Route 113 I.P.A. | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Route 113 I.P.A.Route 113 I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big, flavorful IPA, brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and hopped with Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, and East Kent Goldings. Bold and Spicy.

113 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served an orange amber color with a medium white head. The head faded fast to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell had a big caramel sweet and bready base with notes of pine and a lemon citrus. Mixed with these aromas was some lighter aromas of some earthy hops.

Taste – A hopped bready malt meets the tongue. The hop is mainly of a pine and earthy nature in the front. A sweet caramel comes more into the middle of the taste. This is mixed with a citrus hop flavor. The sweet in the middle loses ground more toward the end where the lemon and grapefruit citrus hops intensify and leave a more bitter taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a little above average in terms of creaminess with the carbonation being the same. Both suit the beer fine, but are nothing exceptional.

Overall – It was a rather run of the mill IPA in most ways. Not bad, but also not great.

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Photo of Squelch
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber colored with a minimal off white head. Crystal clear.

Smell: Wonderful earthy hop aroma. One of the best smelling beer's I've had.

Taste: British hops dominate. This is definitely an East Coast IPA. the citrus hops shine through in the finish

Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering and astringent. Grapefruit like bitterness in here causes the pucker as well.

Overall: A decent example of an ipa, with an strange mixture of hops.

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Photo of philbe311
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Two fingers worth of frothy creamy slightly off-white colored head... Very solid retention... A good bit of moderate to quick paced carbonation rises within... A light caramel coloring with a faint yet distinctive amber hue...

S - Lots of pale malts... Lots of earthy grass notes... The hops take on a certain euro character... A slight metallic tinge... Rather subdued and seems to be a bit off for the style...

T - Pale malts... A touch of caramel... Some grassy notes... A slight piney hop presence rises and then quickly fades out... The finish has some slight metallic tones to it... The components don't hold together that well...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... This one is definitely a bit thin... Very light carbonation... Mundane... Very basic uninspiring mouthfeel at best...

D - A hate to be hard on a local brewery, but this one really misses the mark for me... It's a bit of a stretch to even call this one average... The are some decent part here, but they are a bit disjointed and don't seem to compliment each other as they should...

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz can from Warners at the Bay, into a Brooklyn tulip.

A real ruby-amber colour, some off-white head that laces well and sits as film.

Not a lot going on with the smell, some grain, some dry-grass but that is about it.

Tastes of dried grass with plenty of malt backing it up. Not near enough hopping, or this is not very fresh.

Mouthfeel is full and rounded, but that is because it lacks bitterness. There is plenty of malt to speak of. The 113 IBU is almost undetectable.

Doesn't deliver, a dull, uninteresting PA beer. A shame, as its a state that normally delivers when it comes to beer. This is just disappointing.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-medium amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-citrus and nice floral aromas with a little malt

T-citrus and some pineapple with malt and solid hop bitten as, but some off-flavors in the mix

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent IPA, but lacks the balance and flavor of the better ones

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yielded a finger of banana creme colored head over a light orange/copper body. Good amount of bubbles going bottom to top, decent head retention, nice lacing.

Grapefruit and pine are the first apparent aromas. After a couple sniffs you start to notice some deeper citrus notes, a grassy hint and a little caramel malt.

Starts out sweet and caramel-esque before delving into the land of the hops. Sweet grass compliments a mix of mandarin oranges and pineapple before some hard pine comes in and finishes your tongue off.

This beer is medium bodied, and the carbonation is rather subdued. That being said, it's about 80 degrees today, in March, near Cleveland... this is rather refreshing. Slides smooth over the tongue, it's not sticky, but certainly finishes dry.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber almost hazel like color with auburn highlights. Nice clarity and a huge tarnished white head. Noticeable toffee malt on the nose with piney pink grapefruit hops lingering through the room.

Lingering caramel sweetness after the swallow. Head doesn not wanna die down. Earthy and piney hops are big players in this beer. For 113 ibus the beer has good balance and a nice toffee and caramel malt body to back up the hops. Some bite still exists but not as much as expected. Spicy earthy hops are present with a floral bouquet like finish. Medium body. Pretty good and slightly different offering. Complex. Nice blending of the fruity hop bombs and subtle earthy ipa offerings.

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Photo of B33R501
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow if this is 113 ibus my palate must really be adjusted to bitter, because i didnt think this was bitter at all.

real good little ipa that packs enough punch to be completely satisfied with 1/2 a sixer. pretty beer, dark amber, huge creamy head, nice lace and retension. big blast of citrus hop on a nice caramel malt base, reminds me of sixpoint bengali tiger, another cool canned ipa, probably a little better. nice creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. this would be nice at the pool.


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Photo of PatDreadful
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my DFH Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A big white head rises from the dark orange body. As the pint empties and the beer warms, the brew takes on a distinctly pumpkin colored hue. Crystal clear with nice sticky lacing make for a beautiful experience.

Smell: Woody hops. Most likely German? This is undercut with faint hints of pine and the slightest amount of citrus. Of course, this is all followed up with a nice bready finish.

Taste: Follows the nose but not as intense. The woody hops are a bit more subdued which allow for more of that West Coast flavor to shine. The malt is consistantly present from start to finish and provides a nice canvas for the flavors. This ends with a refreshing hop bitterness that is very nice. I would have gone 4.5 here is there was just a tad more hop character. This is just as much a hoppy amber ale as it is an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable. Despite the ABV (which is nicely hidden) this is a highly sessionable beer which would be great for tailgates, cookouts and camping trips. As a big plus- it also comes in cans!

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Photo of danieelol
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With thanks to MrKennedy for bringing this back for me from Warners at the Bay.

Route 113 pours a pretty red colour with nice head and lacing.

Smell is nice. Definitely get some caramel malt with fruity hops.

As for the taste, this must be one of the driest beers I’ve ever had. I mean, you can still taste the malt and detect the sugar when you search for it but it’s just really dry. It is bitter but not hugely so, I think it needs more malt to carry the bitterness further.

Mouthfeel is medium, resiny, medium carb.

Overall a nice beer but no wow factor at all. The bitterness is enjoyable though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a hoppy balance to caramel malt flavor, the beer straddles the line of where Amber Ales stop and IPAs begin- best of both worlds?

Medium amber in color, the beer pours with an everso slight haze that's light for highly hopped beers, yet a shade darker in color than IPAs as well. A froathy ivory head floats the beer with solid retention and moderate lace. The foam character is satisfactory albeit terse for IPAs as well.

Surprisingly, caramel is the first characteristic to penetrate the olfactory sense instead of hops. But a quick follow up of citrus, pine, and grass round out the aromas after a few visits to the glass. Pungent malt aromas also rise and promise a near-perfect balance.

Balance continues in taste as the malty forefront of caramel malt and crusted breads are intent on stating their ground. But the rush of hops add elements of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine resin particularly in finish where bitterness dictates rather than sweetness. Low on fruity esters or spicy phenolics, the beer is a clean interplay between malt and hops.

Medium to start, the malty weight and creamy carbonation gives the impression of more weight than what is actaully there. Lifting carbonation and amplified hops assist the dryness in finsih and is accompanied by alcohol warmth and semi-dry maltiness.

If standard IPAs are too one-sided hoppy and if Amber Ales don't offer enough intrigue, then this IPA should be as comfortable as baby bear soup. But prized IPAs celebrate hop aroma, flavor and bitterness in part by surpressing malt character so that there's no attempt to balance, but simply a supple support to the hops all leave this IPA much less dry than I more normally appreciate.

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Photo of 57md
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper in appearance with little head and some lacing. This offering had a mildly floral nose. Sweet malt dominated the flavor up front and there was a decently bitter finish. The high alcohol makes this beer a borderline DIPA. Because of that, I expected a bit more flavor than was delivered.

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Photo of HopNelius
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of can and into an American pint glass.
Appearance- Amber, with medium carbonation.
Smell- notes of grapefruit and pine.
Taste- big ole juicy hop BOMB! In a good way.Tart notes of grapefruit and pine.
Overall- 113ibu's my goodness, for those of us who love hops.Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red-brown. Very dark for an IPA. Tight bubbles lace with an eggshell coat

Grapefruit rind bitter aroma, grassy hops too, some honey sweetness. Slight soapy scent/floral character.

Floral hop galore with slight citrus. Wheat bread malt. Some apricot fruitiness. Bit of Band-Aid medicinal off-flavors.

Decent carb level. Medium body. Nice feel.

Not bad. Could use more in the aromatics department. Definitely a floral IPA. Exemplary of the style.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the darkest IPA I've seen to date.
This beer is a very deep copper/amber in color. The head produced is about a finger in depth, tan in color and quite dense. Carbonation is pretty lite. Aroma is lite as in not very assertive as an AIPA normally is, but more along the lines of an EIPA. Malts are bold and upfront with caramel notes and hops are light and floral.
Taste is solid malts Hops have a herbal and floral taste but quite sutle and don't do a very good job of balancing out the malts. To me drinks more like an EIPA then an Americian.
The beer feels heavy on the palette and is smooth all way round. There is some soft alcohol warming at the finish. A good drinking beer. More of an EIPA to me.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparent best-by date of 4/29/12. Cystal clear, it's one of the darker IPAs I've had in a while with notes of red, orange and brown. Decent one finger head had pretty good lacing.

Nose is pretty good balance of citrus and pine, nice and spicy but a bit tame for an American IPA. Hops show themselves a bit more in the first sip, but the caramel malt puts up a fight and adds a fantastic balance.

I would never guess this is as high as 7% abv. Hopheads will likely be disappointed, but I really enjoyed the drinkability of this. The heavy malt sweetness sort of take the I out of the IPA, but I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear caramel copper color with a big dense off-white head that left crazy lacing on the side of the glass. Nice fluffy ass head.

The aroma is a bit disappointing, not much of a hop presence. There is a bready aroma with a hint of toffee/caramel. Really not much if anything from the hops.

The taste is of a big bready malt, some honey and toffee sweetness. There is some tropical fruit hop flavor and some grassy bitterness and grapefruit rind. Not very hop flavorful.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation which helps break up the malt body. The sweetness from the malt borders DIPA status. There is enough of a grassy and piney bitterness that it provides a good balance. Drinks well.

Not a very flavorful AIPA, perhaps the hops faded. Almost a DIPA body but has good balance. I much rather have a Dale's Pale Ale.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark, beautiful color. Kind of a ruby-reddish amber Low carbonation. Nose is sweet and not as hoppy as I expected. Cherries and muted orange zest.

This is 113 IBUs? Maybe this beer is a bit old (I don't see any freshness date or other info) or maybe I'm a bit old. Either way, I didn't get much in the way of a hoppy tongue-lashing like I expected. The mouthfeel is firm and oily, but the flavor is sweet and just kind of dead. Apricots and biscuits, but none of the zesty citrus flavors I was expecting. I'll bet this stuff is good when it's fresh.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours lovely amber with a pretty large tan head that sinks nice lacings.

S: American hops galore; both bitter and floral; pineapple, grapefruit and oranges. Grassy notes from the sweet caramell malt. Bready.

T: The hops are very strong, but not overpowering - nice. Bitter and citric as well as piney. Caramelle malt, sweet and a little bit buttery.

M: Medium body and smooth light carbontion. Aftertaste stays for a long time and holds both bitterness but also a bready sweetness.

O: A nice American IPA, rich in hops, but balanced.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber color with two fingers of rocky white foam, leaving curtains on the side of the glass.

Floral hops and caramel malt on the nose. Bready malt flavors balanced by earthy hops with a good bitter finish.

Good lingering carbonation. Medium, mouth-coating body.

A nice IPA. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Giant Eagle for 4.99

A - A nice clear amber maybe a touch darker than typical offerings with a slightly opaque inch of head that has some moderate lacing.

S - Bitter and herbal with some sugar and bread malts to keep it in check.

T - Well I didn't get a big rush of hops so I assume my bottles a bit old but it does have a touch of pine that quickly pushes to a sugar like gram cracker malt. Slight sticky post hop bitterness too. Eh.

M - Light to medium this is the best part that it drinks rather easy.

Overall I remember this being a "hop assault" in a can but a 2 month old bottle is actually pretty decent (best by date 12/22/11). Maybe it's my palate so I will have to review the can someday.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a transparent pure white with a thinner head. The nose has a light malt presence, slightly toasted grain, oily hops with notes of pine and some tangy citric aromas. The flavor follows with some faint malts, very light grain notes and strong resign piney hops with some notes of citrus hops and a touch of bitterness. The body is medium with a soft texture and strong carbonation and dry finish. Very sessionable beer.

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Photo of brewpig
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lucky enough to live a mile from pnxvlle sly fox and work less than a mile from victory brewery...

wasnt sure how fox's brews would measure ups to victory but since i acually live right off rt 113 and love ipa, had to give it a shot.

LOVE the cans...not alot of nose, some hops and caramel and a little citrus.

mouthfeel is good not great, not alot of carbonation.

taste is surprisingly good. grapefruit, orange, caramel and a good amount of hops. bitter finish.

this is a pretty standard ipa. i like it and will drink more definitely. even though pretty standard, it has its own personality and is highly sessionable. goes down easy - tasty!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into glass

dark copper in color, foamy white head. well rounded hop aroma - pine, citrus, floral. taste is fairly bitter, with some caramel malt balance. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more

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Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 839 ratings.
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