Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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: 291 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by GregSVT:
Photo of GregSVT
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose isn't as pungent with hops as I was expecting. There's a good deal of hops there but there's also a big amount of caramel and malt sweetness.

T: The taste has a big amount of piney hop bitterness followed by a nice malt sweetness. It's pretty one dimensional which isn't always a bad thing. I could use a bit more of the fruity hops here though.

M: The feel is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

O: This is good but not great. I could see buying this occasionally but I also think there are better examples of the style.

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep copper nearing amber color with a fluffy,sticky 2 finger head that settles oh so slowly leaving blotches of lace behind.Hops are present in the nose obviously but they dont throw a knock out punch quite grassy and herbal with sweeter caramel malt presence in there as well as a hint of hard water.The hop profile is much more to my liking on the palate quite resiny and piney with some tangerine that lingers nicely,a firm biscuity malt presence is there although it never gets in the way from the waves of hop flavors.I can see the different hop combinations coming together in this giving off a wide range of hop character,if your a hop head and love hop complexity this is it for you in my opinion.

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 Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, no freshness information given. Pours rich almond amber, clear. The of white head showed good retention and then melted to a long lasting tiny bubble film, and leaves a rich offering to the eyes of longlasting lacing. Fine, scattered and also in sheets, mellow nose, softly of leafy hops. Nice hoppy brew, not overpowering hope wise, but respectabe amounts of oily, grainy hop goodness abounds. Love the style and this is a worthy take. Well worth a try for hop lovers

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 kpantz
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not a bad attempt. I hated it initially, but I warmed up to it as it warmed up to me. Good thing, too, because I really like Sly Fox.

Appearance: Very pretty copper/amber pour into my tulip glass, with an off-white head that lingers as a little more than a film. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops dominate the aroma. Slight citrus, but it's nearly negligible. Not a bad smelling brew.

Taste: Grassy hops again. Problem is, that's it. Not much malt flavor up front to introduce or balance it. This is sorta unbalanced. As the beer warms, it's a little more palatable as some sweetness develops. Recommendation - let this puppy warm a bit more than you would your other imperial IPAs.

Mothfeel: Not bad for the style. Carbonation level is perfect, actually. Some stickiness left in the mouth.

Drinkability: If it were better balanced, I'd rate this higher.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears...copper amber hued with a large rocky tuffet of off white beige head very resilient leaves behind sporadic chunks of lacing, the head formed thick and floated above the glass nicely. Aroma...heavy grapefruit, citrus peel, floral hops definitely a combonation of their IPA Project varietals also blends a bready caramel malt profile intertwined with the massive hop nose. Flavor has a very scattered hop profile with a multitude of varieties coming together, it says it's an imperial IPA and I note around 8% abv...grapefruit, perfumey floral tones, earty grassiness all collide and I enjoy the fortified assertive hop mingling going on here, but the higher abv and sugary caramel malt unites some aspects of the bitterness, but it's not working as well as some other DIPA out there in beerland. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied moderate carbonation on the palate with a light oily feel, thank you hops. Although most bigger IPAs have a more pronounced resinous texture than this one pulls off. Drinkability is very easy to consume if you love hops, I don't have any problems in this area good stuff I'm a fan and I can't wait to try more varietals from Brian O'Reilley and company, I would love to taste their Amarillo IPA.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of spicy and grassy hops. As the beer warms the hop notes gain some citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more distinct. Pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by grassy and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of grapefruit flavors enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter and abnormally dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this drank more like an IPA and I'm impressed with how well the 8.4% ABV was hidden. Not exceptional but worth a shot.

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox- Odyssey Imperial IPA

Appearance- Dark chestnut brown with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Strong green unripe hops (casade perhaps)
Taste- Immediate earthy green hops, slight cannibis flavor but quickly dissapating to a milder oily pine flavor.
Mouthfeel- Moderate sharp hop bite up front but the dry bitterness fizzles out midway and ends up sweet with a mild citric finish.

Overall- An overacheiver here. A nice tasting IPA but its billed as a DIPA. Just not up to par with the Imperials. Worthy of a pint regardless!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One creamy mutha of a head here, big and rocky; it almost floats on top of the liquid. Hangs around awhile too. The appearance is a gorgeous copper/rust. Lace is abundant. Extra points for the great head. (now now kids...)

Hops feature in the aroma, all kinds, from grassy, spicy and herbal to pungent and citrusy. I detect some malt too, so there seems to be good balance here.

Flavor is nice, and pretty much as expected. Not too wild, but certainly not flimsy. Balanced hops ride over the tongue and they stay for ages, leaving a long finish in the mouth that's bitter, even a bit puckery, like munching on freshly mown grass or something. Nice floral hops kiss in the middle. Malt shows up too, keeping things from getting out of control.

Maybe the finish is too bitter for some, but as double IPAs go, this goes down easily...maybe too easily...and the ABV is still tame enough where you can stand up straight and say your ABC's backwards after a big bottle. But you'll feel it...and that crazy long finish will be there long after the bottle's gone dry.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr.Jay for bringing. This is being rated in three places. Light orange body with big bubbly soup creamy head. Orange citrus taste, very bitter with fresh good carbonation. I do not know how it compares to other year's, but its another unbalanced too bitter brew.

Photo of prototypic
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc (my secret santa). Thanks, Josh.

Appearance: It's hazy and pours a nice golden color with copper highlights. It's capped with a slightly off-white head that's about a finger deep. It was fairly resilient and hung in there for a bit. A fairly decent coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is above average, but not exactly special. Initially, there's a very strong caramel malt aroma. Not a good sign for me, personally. It's sweet and smells like it's mixed with pale malt. There's some secondary citrus scents of grapefruit and pineapple. Smells like they're might even be a touch of dark fruit in there. Hops are noted, but they're nearly drowned by the abundance of caramel malt. They're a mix of piney and floral characteristics. Difficult to tell which is stronger. Alcohol is noted, but not overly strong.

Taste: My fears have been realized. Caramel malts are strong, sweet, and predominate the flavor of the beer. I'm not much of a fan of these types of DIPAs. Generally, the hop flavors are buried by the wealth of malt. Odyssey suffers the same fate. There's some hop bitterness here. It's a little piney and floral, but ultimately curtailed by all the malt. It's too Barleywine-esque for my taste. Some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavor emerges adding some sweetness. There's a very faint dark fruit flavor noted on the tail. Alcohol's mildy notable, but not overly so. Finishes sweet. Ultimately, it's not a bad DIPA. Just definitely not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good mouthfeel. It's relatively smooth. Carbonation's active and gets in the way a little, but it holds together pretty well. Probably the most redeeming quality about this beer. Drinkability's above average, but not quite good. I'm not big on the flavor and it's a little big at 8.4% abv. A bomber would be more than enough for me.

Odyssey's an okay DIPA. It's probably above average. Frankly, there's way too much malt and not enough hop flavor. Adjusting those two variables would be a dramatic step in the right direction. As it is, it's worth a try. But, probably not something I'd seek out.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from jwc213, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent orange/copper, with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, leafy hops, some pineyness & some caramel

T: Some grapefruit, leafy & piney hops, with a touch of fruittyness up front. A touch of booze, much pineyness, tannins, dryness, breadyness

MF: Chewy with low carbonation. Skews too hoppy or or just the wrong hops, plus some heat all detract.

Drinks alright for the ABV & style, but not a front runner in the DIPA stakes race, just a nice attempt

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 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 morimech
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an Imperial beer that did not seem like an Imperial. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. This beer is good looking. The aroma was a touch weak or faint. Hints of pine and grass but not much from the malt. The flavor did not come off as big and bold. The bitterness was as expected but lacked hop and malt flavor. At 90 IBUs I want more than just bitter. Hints of pine. Extremely dry qualities which did nothing for me and I like dry beers. The body felt a little light but had good carbonation, giving a nice texture. If this beer just had a little more flavor to go along with the bitterness, it would deserve much higher scores. As it is, just a nice effort.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours a clear copper color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Intense hop aroma. Citrus and very floral. Taste to match with malt sweetness coming through in the middle leading to a dry, intensely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy but still quite drinkable. A bit heavy on the bitter finish but enjoyable nonetheless.

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 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 beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light ruby-orange with a moderately lasting 1 finger billowy white head.

S: a light-moderate hoppiness per style with some sweet caramel and fresh flowery hops.

T: The initial flavor starts off with a moderate hoppiness of citrus, pine and fresh flowers which soon gave way to the sweet caramel malting. The flavor/taste was really clean with a well rounded and polished hoppiness.

M: creamy and smooth, a tad light with a clean finish, devoid of any hop lacing or fade.

D: Great drinkability, very clean and smooth. May disappoint hardcore hopheads per style, but overall a generally well brewed, clean hopped ipa.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tumbler served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille. I ordered this glass along with another immediately and allowed this to warm.

A: The ale is a amber color, brilliant and clear. The head is nonexistent, in part because the glass is filled to the brim.

S: The ale has a thick bitter hop aroma. Specific scents are difficult to come by though, which is a little disappointing.

T: The flavor is muddled. There are a lot of hops, but no one flavor really makes itself known. The big hop body is definitely citrusy, but it is difficult to delve too much deeper. The malts are biscuity and are a nice base for the big hops.

M: Surprisingly, I prefer this beer out of a bomber. The hop flavors are hesitant to shine after they make themselves known.

D: I could have had another, in part because the hops did not overwhelm me. As noted in an earlier review, the ale is intense and delicious when it is on its A game, so give it a shot and you'll be impressed.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of creamy slightly off-white head with a bit of rocky top with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Decent retention... Loaded with small bubbled slow to moderate paced carbonation... A bronzed copper color with a distinctive orange hue...

S - A subdued hop forward nose... Mostly citrus in nature... A solid malty base lies beneath... Some grassy notes... Simple and straight forward...

T - A surprisingly potent hop bite given the rather muted nose... A mix of piney and citrusy hops... Tropical fruits... Some floral perfume notes... Graham Crackers... Bready crust... The hops return and linger on the finish...

M - Clean... Crisp... Bristilng carbonation... Lush and creamy to start turning exceedingly dry on the finish...

D - A solid and respectable American Double IPA... Far from the top of the class, but something I would drink again if offered the opportunity...

Photo of dehay
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Bought a full case, and it was date stamped "fresh by" on the box.

A - clear copper colored, 2 fingers of mouse-like head. Decent lacing.

S - very strong piney, fresh hop smell

T - Citrusy grapefruit, with very light caramel malt to back it up. Decent carbonation. Light alcohol warmth.

M- oily, very bitter, but typical for this style.

D - If you are a hophead, you will love it. Excellent example of this style. Good sipping beer. I hope Sly Fox keeps makes this brew part of their regular rotation.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.