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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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83
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

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Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 141
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy and a darker shade of amber, having a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of piney hops are stronger and linger into the finish. The maltiness is also a little stronger, offering notes of caramel. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for its strength and does a very good job at masking any flavors of alcohol from the taste. The most pronounced property of this beer is the lingering flavor of dank pine in the finish.

Serving type: can

Photo of PA-hunter
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 8.4% abv

Appearance- Pours dull, somewhat dark nectarine orange. Twofinger head.

Smell- Fresh citrus fruit such as mango and orange. Some Pineapple as well.

Taste- A sweet caramel malt goes into into a citrus kick. Quite sweet with mango like qualities rising above the grapefruit-esque citrus notes. The citrus flavor winds down into a pine blast with increasing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- A good and flavorful DIPA. Decent. Really nice appearance as well. This one was hopped generously. This is evident from taste, not to mention the 90 IBU's. A good and potent double that comes from a can!

Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a tall tupil glass. 2 fingers of off-white head, fairly creamy and left a fair amount of lacing throughout the session.

Smells of light-roast malts, a small amount of citrus, and some pine. Not a lot of fruitiness but still smells bitter like a solidly-hopped IPA nevertheless. Perhaps a bit of maple notes after further review.

A bit lighter-tasting at first than I expected, especially after the strong nose. A lot of malt and pine hits first on the tongue and that piney bitterness in the back of the throat at the finish. Definitely boozy but very tasty as it warmed up. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Overall- I picked two cans up on a whim and very glad I did. This is a very affordable and tasty IPA I would recommend and surely try again. Well done, Sly Fox!

Side note- I almost wish there an optional rating scale for value, since this is a very well-crafted and expensive-tasting IPA but with a low price tag. If it were $3.50 a can I would have given it a 4.25 overall, but considering I paid only $2.00 I gave it a 4.5 overall.

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is pine, tangerine, citrus fruit, and husk. This beer is very bitter even for the style, yet somehow manages to remain clean. A nice double IPA that I really enjoyed, but have others I prefer in the style. Happy I got a six pack though.

Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Taste is similar to the smell, lots of pine bitterness, lighter on the tropical fruits, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Overall maybe a little too bitter in the taste, but I enjoyed it and would drink again.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I really love the dense, thick texture, not to mention its softness. Retention isn't balls-out amazing, but when it does fade, a lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's definitely bringing more maltiness than hop goodness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth comes through, mainly. The hops that do appear take on tones of pineapple, grapefruit, and some grass. If someone drew up on a board what the average DIPA would smell like, this would be it. No more, no less. (3)

Taste: Starts off malty. Plenty of caramel and toffee give way to a faint kiss of tropical fruits (mainly pineapple) appearing past the middle, lingering into the aftertaste. I will say, I am enjoying some of the fruity esters that appear near the back end (peach and apricot, primarily) quite a bit. After a few sips, the finish becomes almost weed-like. After a few more sips, I'm reminded of those little Welch's fruit snacks. This features good complexity in general (which really isn't that common in a DIPA), but none of the notes really come together to excite my palate. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as sweet finishing or heavy as some DIPAs, but it isn't a bastion of crisp dryness, either. No wait, after drinking about half of it...it is pretty damn sweet finishing and heavy. Still, drinkability is on par with many DIPAs. The carbonation does a half-hearted attempt to poke through the wall of sweetness. (3)

Overall: This ain't half bad - it just isn't impressive. Its flavor profile reminds me of some triple IPAs I've had (boozy tropical fruits, overt sweetness, minimal bitterness), which isn't what I really want from a double. Worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again. (3)

3.05/5: More Honda Odyssey than Homer's Odyssey

Photo of wddrex
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 version has good balance and a nice lingering hop finish.

Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of buttering hops in this imperial India pale ale from sly fox. Think of this a west coast version of their 113 ipa

Photo of briancathy
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Suprisingly solid ipa. Never had a sly fox brand before

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, light effervescence, head is off white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a light top and ring along the glass with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is hop forward, bitter with earth, grass notes presenting first followed by subtle malt notes, reminds of the the sweetness from munich malts.

Taste is simple: hop forward presetntation with similar flavors to the nose, grass and earth some pine and more citrus is notable; malt is subtle and comes through as it warms and the bitterness clears.

Mouthfeel is clean, nicely carbonated, solid bitter presence and profile; malt sweetness is not cloying, finishes dry.

Overall, a nice DIPA, it feels maltier than some, but is not sweet, hard to describe but the hop bitternes is appropriate and it really hides the strength well.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the can. I was sitting on the beach so I didn't have much glassware available to me.

Seeing a lower-end score on this made me wonder if it would be as good as some DIPAs I've had. This one was very drinkable. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ or on a boat, crabbing in the bay.

Not super flavorful, but still very tasty. A bit tropical, a bit citrusy. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of trentbent
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-orange, ruby, really thick white head, one inch, settles fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.
S-grass/hay, alcohol, raspberries
T-mint, raspberries, blackberries, pine, silver
M-sharp, bitter, wine like in its weight and alcohol.
O- I'm finding this similar to flying dog's single hop El Dorado in the sense that the alcohol and flavor make this orange hop monster something you can enjoy with foods that are otherwise paired with wine. It's also mind boggling to have such a complex bet from a plain 12 oz can, though I guess these cans have already been a staple of some crazy brews.

Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey on-tap pours a honeyed orange amber with a flat cap of foam. Looks alright with that nice drip lacing.

Mostly pine and citrus peels. Orange and grapefruit and some resinous character. A kiss of hemp oil, bitter greens, and raw hop leaf. Malty with some good toasty evidence. Sugars are caramelizing.

Husky bitterness with pine and pink grapefruit leading the charge. Some bitter orange and unripe melon in there, too. Caramel malts with more bitterness from the toast. Some astringency from the acid content. A little rough, but tasty. Booze is above medium for the percentage. Lacks smoothness. Not sure if they were going for such a bitter hop bomb.

Take it or leave it with the others in its company.

Photo of Budinetz
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Molly's Irish pub & sports bar in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours an orange/amber color with a light, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing around the glass upon drinking further.

S- not very much on the nose. Some earthy hop aromas and a heavy malt forward profile. Very lacking in this category

T- tastes of bitter hops, biscuit malt, and a slight carbonation. The hops overpower the malt on the front and finish, malt flavor is prevalent just after the initial sip where some sweetness is detected.

M- prickly on the tongue but not overly carbonated. Slick on the tongue.

O- at 8 plus percent abv, there are better imperial IPAs out there that will deliver more flavor and much satisfaction than this brew. Although this brew is not bad, it's not fantastic.

Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A deep amber orange, slightly cloudy, with some good slow rising pinhead carbonation. Head is a fluffy off white and slightly tan, quite large billowing at four fingers easily. Settles with soapy clumpy retention to match.

Nose has a very obvious sweetness, more sensing of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol boozy warmth with a little bit of pine to match. Very low on hop aromas, but hints at big sweetness and sugars of the style.

Palate comes a bit more subdued. A very lingering tea and pine bitter, which grows nicely on the finish, gradually warming with some mint like warmth. Noticeable caramel sweetness but nothing too outrageous. Mild hop bitterness slightly in the mid palate comes off more like a regular IPA than a DIPA.

This isn't particularly awful, in fact it's well constructed but in the realm of the style and the big heavy exciting players it just doesn't stand out much unfortunately.

Photo of larryi86
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Pine, some resin, caramel malts, kind of bland.

T- Big let down, piney/resin finish with some alcohol, some faint citrus hops, sweet malts.

M- Abrasive, medium body, bitterness really lingers.

O- Disappointing, was hoping for more from Sly Fox. Nothing really jumps out at me with this beer. I will just stick with other beers Sly Fox.

Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > Lagunitas Mason
A - Pours a really nice slightly clouded orange with a big 2 finger foamy head, lacing everywhere.
S - Grapefruit citrus is the most prevalent scent along with some caramel malt.
T - Big ibu bitterness in front a little hop dankness, and some of that sweet caramel, some pine, but really dry aggressive bitter assault on your taste buds. The grapefruit is miniscule in the flavor compared to aroma. There is also a huge lager yeast taste in this.
M - Lingering bitterness.
O - Too abrasive of a flavor and mouthfeel for something that I'd want to enjoy again.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A hazy somewhat light copper orange with heavy bubbles on the body. Orange tinted white head maybe 1/4" off the body.

Taste: Wet-hopped, missing some key pieces to the puzzle that creates what the best DIPAs should, tastes good but needs more bitterness. Needs that grapefruit or at minimum floral and pines. More like your American Lager on roids.

Mouth: Little bitterness at the end of each sip, taste a bit sour almost like biting into raw green vegetables, sounds crazy but I am serious. Oh before I forget medium on the body.

Overall: My biggest knock on this beer is the fact that it is called an "Imperial IPA", some if not most may argue that it would really taste more like a Imperial Lager, since it's characteristics as far as taste. Lacking complexity and true IPA bitterness, this beer isn't bad but don't expect this to be on the upper tier DIPAs, for less than three bucks a bottle/can, you can decide. Salud!

Photo of CurtFromHershey
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can to a tulip, well within best by date on can.

Pours a rich copper with gnarly cream colored head which is persistent. Great lacing. Looking forward to smelling and tasting this one.

Smell is a letdown. Somewhat biscuity, bland malts, severely lacking in any definitive hop aromas. Mildly astringent. Not entirely unpleasant though.

Taste is like the nose, but worse. None of the bready malts shine through for me, just nondescript cat pissy hops. I doubt it's intentional though. Blah.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Not overly sticky for an IIPA

Overall, this beer was a letdown. Had some good traits, hut many more bad traits in my opinion.

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours from a 50 degree can a beautifully clear and pure amber color with a huge 3 finger yellow/white head consisting of multiple sized bubbles that quickly fades to a ring and cap covering the top of the beer. It has lacing that is both nice and sticks to the glass and looks a little sloppy.

I found the aroma to be both equally malty and florally hoppy with notes of bread. I think it's a pretty well balanced aroma. Lovely and aromatic hops. Beautiful.

As for flavour, I'm finding the bready caramel malt base and the floral hops fairly balanced at the beginning of the sip. Well, maybe more hoppy than malty, but the hops become massively apparent towards the end leaving you bitter and dry. I do believe that along with the hops and carbonation that a slight alcohol burn is released. It's not overly noticeable which is a good accomplishment for an 8.4 ABV beer.

I also find the mouthfeel beneathe the hops to be rather smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation that gives way to a hoppy dry aftertaste that is fairly strong.

The beer is too hoppy for me. I like it, but I would only have one hoping that my next beer would erase the aftertaste. I'm not overly familiar with the style and please take my score with a grain of salt. I found it pretty balanced for being so hoppy except for the finish.

Photo of Huffs
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a fluffy, biscuit colored head whish laced and lasted. Appearance was a hazy, copper / amber color. Aroma was of light with hop and flower hints. Taste had notes of caramel and spice on the front with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste was pleasantly bitter and on the dry side. Mouthfeel was full and slightly carbonated.

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is hoppy, minty, bitter, a touch of malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it didn't knock my socks off, but is a pretty good beer, worth a shot.

Photo of stakem
2.02/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

12oz can into a tulip. Big thanks to Kegatron for hooking a brother up with all these canned offerings. The brew appears a mildly hazed copper color with 2.5 fingers of yellowish stained froth that collapses slowly to some big bubble formation and full patches of thick lace sticking to the glass. Before too long, a huge uneven cratered surface appears atop the liquid.

The aroma is dirty and almost chemical filled but not in a terribly disgusting way. It is somewhat mineral to metallic in character with such a strange aspect that seems chlorinated with some sulfur, cheese and fruity hops. As I smell this brew more, it has a bit of toasted toffee grain character blended into the backend as well.

The flavor is rindy, pitty and bitter with a flavor of grapefruit zest and pulp. A bit of catty quality mixed with bitter orange rinds and toffee to caramel sweetness mixed with biscuit to toasty grain. Somewhat buttery even a hint of grass, minerals and chlorine just like the aroma suggested.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat integrated well within the confines of a bunch of strange character going on in this brew. I appreciate the chance to try this but could not finish my glass. Heath, I greatly appreciate the chance to try this but I am glad you liked this brew as little as I did. I would have felt like a jerk saying how terrible I felt this brew was without seeing you thought the same.

Photo of Kegatron
2.11/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can. Copper with a thick and foamy off-white head and general rich look to it. Smells medicinal and even a little metallic with a combo of tropical citrus and malt twang across the back. This isn’t pleasant. Taste is even less appealing with a raw vegetal bitterness that clashes with the herbal and tropical fruit feel on the edges. More raw bitterness on the finish. The feel is medium bodied with a crisp softness to the carbonation but this showing too much of that 8%+ ABV. Yikes. I’ve never been a big fan of this beer but this can presentation was pretty atrocious. I’m not sure if it was compromised in some way but the metallic, medicinal and all around raw feel of the flavors was pretty off-putting. Cool looking packaging but that’s about it.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. 4/29/2013 on the can.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a 1 finger dense white head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates over the course of a few minutes. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Interesting mix here, not completely blown away with hops instead balanced out with a crackery malt. Almost like a raw malt that reminds me of a grain room. Tasty aroma but not the most suited for this style.

T: As with the aroma there is a lot of a crackery bready malt. Hops are almost more in the background. Bitterness does get through but not past the malt. It's certainly a unique approach to a double ipa.

M: Medium body with sort of low carbonation. Good nectar like quality.

Overall seems like this has been different when I've had it in the past. Had it on tap last month and do not remember such a malty flavor.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.