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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 296
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber at New Beer Distributors in NYC for 5.50.

It pours a hazy orange with a rocky, thick head that lasts the whole session. Plenty of lace patches stick to the glass. The aroma is replete with sweet, floral, grapefruity hops, very inviting. The taste is a wall of hops complimented by a firm malty backdrop. With some warmth, white grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine tar hop flavors abound. Alcohol is subdued, offering only a pleasant spiceyness. The mouthfeel is thick are creamy with active carbonation. Grapefruit bitterness abounds in the everlasting finish.

This is an awesome, brash DIPA. Im surprised it has such a (relatively) low average. Try it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am glad I was able to try this on tap cheaper that bottle price. Served during the Happy Hour at Mad Mex.

A - Poured a nice amber copper color with slight haze and a nice sticky white bubbly head to boot! Looks tasty.

S - First nose is of pure hop bliss. Pine and citrus with a bready undertone, almost like it was dry hopped.

T - Prickly hop bite mellowed with a nice cracker sweet malt to balance but hops in the finish and the main star of the show. ABV is well covered and each sip is hop good!

M - I found it drinking with a rather medium body. Hops were kind of harsh but delicious.

D - Overall I may have to get the bottle or have it on tap again because it really was a great imperial IPA. Full hop flavor and great balance and drinkable but ABV did catch up to me. Still it took the edge off that darn East End Homewood Reserve!

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Photo of dehay
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of lessthanhadley
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2008 edition. I had never been impressed with this beer in the past but this years edition has completely changed my mind. Great head retention throughout the beer, very drinkable, while not as bitter as many DIPA's certainly very complex. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent crystal clear honey ruby body, low carbonation. Off-white rocky bumbly head, great clumping lace and retention.
Hoppy caramel scent, grain, wet hay and dirt.
Semi rough hop flavors of a pine character with sweet caramel mingled in. Dont know if they are in it, but there is a strong simcoe hop flavor here.
Aftertaste is long and hoppy with just abit of spice. Yes there is alot of hop flavor here but thats the point, this is afterall, a double IPA.
Full body and decent coating, fresh and dry sensation.
A very drinkable brew. It definitely improves with warmth.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle


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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) has been an on-again, off-again affair as I attempt to divest myself of any and all pesky bottles that may still be hanging around. It does not help that many are bombers and while I am capable of drinking one by myself, it slows me down in the long run. This one is from a CAN.

From the CAN: "Odyssey Imperial India Pale Ale Since 2007 Sly Fox has brewed well over 40 varietal Pale Ales and IPAs. Odyssey is a celebration and a culmination of all that brewing. Each year, our brewers select their favorite and newly discovered hops to create a big, bold Imperial IPA."; "Craft Brewed in Pennsylvania".

There is nothing like the auditory and visual experience of the Crack & Glug! I wound up with two massive, rocky fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pretty riotous with hops, evincing pine and citrus qualities along with a pleasant malty sweetness. As I typed, the head began its descent, leaving behind a bunch of really sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium and the bite of the citrus hops was immediate on the tongue. This was followed pretty closely by a pleasant caramel sweetness to counterbalance the equation. Finish was bittersweet, not in chocolate terms, but literally. The bitterness and the sweetness seemed well melded and in total, it was a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tap at special tasting

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white lacing.

Smells of honey and piney hops.

Strong piney and floral hop character, not super bitter but very strong. Also, honey malts round out the taste.

Full body with mild carbonation.

Delicious, one of the best American Double/IPA's I've had and I would seek this out again.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into a pint glass, received in a trade from bk998. Review taken from my notes from this evening.

Pours a very clear amber with a huge fluffy white head, some light carbonation present, and some nice, moderate lacing.

Smell is very hoppy, with aromas of citrus, grapefruit especially, as well as floral hops. Some light sweetness present but mostly hops,

Taste is much like it smells, loads of hoppiness, accompanied by a nice caramel sweetness. The sweetness is soon washed away by more bitterness that hangs until the swallow. The alcohol is well hidden, just hinting, this is a very good DIPA.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but not at all watery, not sticky. Finishes uite clean and slightly drying.

Drinkability is great, this a tasty beer I could enjoy all night long.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange amber body, excellent clarity, topped by four fingers of level off-white froth, which settled qucikly down to two fingers and left nice sticky lacing.

Inviting piney and citrus fruity aroma. Fresh orange scent shines through.

Good firm caramelly malt center. Nice to see in a beer that all about its hop varieties. The caramel smoothly gives way to juicy fruits, and a rising bitterness that crests at the swallow and dominates the aftertaste without destroying the tastebuds.

Nice sticky medium-plus-to-full body. Substantial and not for chugging, though extremely drinkable.

It would take a better palate then mine to identity all the hop varieties involved, but brewmaster O'Reilly has made a hell of a blend. Seek out fast, but this is one and done, and it was done well.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a really nice off yellow with a pretty damn big off white head and aloooot of lacing
S- hops, hops, and more hops, some faint honey smells
T- fresh hops, i was told that this one has 13 different types of hops in it, more hops, very balanced not overly bitter
M- really smooth, this one was pretty cold but it worked
D- very high abv, but it tastes too damn good

a great DIPA, esp for the money, although I would like to see this beer in 12 oz bottles and cans instead of 22's

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Photo of crispy620
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark orange color with a lacey head that remained for quite a while. The nose was full with a slight tequila smell, might have had a little oaky tone to it. The taste was definetly very hoppy and bitter with a continous bitter flavor that remained in your mouth for a while. I pick this one up on a visit to New York and tried with family. Some loved it, other not so much. It all depends on the persons likes.

This is a very powerful DIPA that I would definetly buy again, hopefully it will come down to Florida.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odyssey pours with a huge fluffy tanned white head. Leaves behind a ring of lace after every sip. The head retention is way above the norm.

The nose is pretty laid back for such a bitter brew. Has notes of floral hops, caramel and grass.

The taste is very hoppy, piney, citrusy and has a very strong bitter grapefruit finish. Really happy with this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: rich caramel-amber color with a light khaki head

s: great, straightforward blend of caramel malts with the gently forceful scent of floral pine easy...4.0, but certainly closing in on a 4.5

m: smooth, light medium carbonation and full-medium body...good use of body and carb.

t: full caramel malt backbone supports a load of piney hops with a tropical underbelly. the moderate sweetness is easily checked by a
generous finishing bitterness. great use of balance here. instinct tells me 4.0, but it's so solid and each character compliments the other
so well for a 4.5.

d: easily drinkable and a fine iipa

i really like a heavy malted, heavy pine standard ipa...so i really like the double style

from zrrbrrt, consumed at my summer/work cabin in maysville

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Jackie Blues in Harrisburg PA, after we kicked the keg of Raspberry Reserve trying to fill my growler. =)

Appearance: Served an amber brown color with a creamy off-white head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Big pine hops, grassy and integrated caramel swirl around in a musty bitter aroma in the nose.

Taste: It is dominated by bitter hops no doubt. There is a sweet malt character present but caramel malt is buried first by bitterness. First grapefruit pine hops and then additionally by alcohol making it a harsh beer, and I like it =) If you are into hoppy beer go for it. The one fault maybe a lack of a more solid malt backbone to this beer but the flavor itself is hard to mess up when there is so many delicious hops thrown in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter and active in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a hopheads delight. It is not the most complex of balanced DIPA I have enjoyed but it is hoppy.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Primarily clear, dark golden/light amber color. Medium sized, rocky, off white head. Great lacing, OK legs.

Aroma is very sweet, peaches and tropical fruits. Caramel and pine as well.

Taste is a WOW, they really brought the hops. Biscuits and caramel in the middle, which pick up as the beer warms. Overall, much more bitter than sweet. Nice, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, mainly grapefruit.

Medium + in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very nice DIPA. Not top shelf, and a bit out of balance, but a great hop bomb. Give me more!

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained from the Finger Lakes Beverage Center this shows a clear orange amber color with a very nice, creamy off-white head and wallpaper of lacing. The aroma offers a crisp green pine/grass hop and biscuit yeast. Nice enough. The flavor brings plenty of the same hop idea, bright but finishing with more grass and very little malt or caramel elements. It's got a nice, tangy orange peel bite with lots of peppery carbonation. The feel is half viscous with a near full body constitution. But it's way too heavy on the bitterness with little regard for the flavor. This is an unbalanced grassy, bitter, acrid brew. Not something I'd call very drinkable. It's okay but I'm very disappointed that this is the brew I chose when shopping for one growler to bring home from Finger Lakes Beverages. Update: just bought and tried a can of this stuff, apparently pretty fresh and the result was much happier, so I can restore the flavor score to a more impressive level and correct my review. The original bomber must have been a tainted batch/bottle. The flavor here is of nice, thick tropical fruits with a pleasant herbal/agave quality that i really like. There's some sweet biscuit, rice and maybe a touch of evergreen. Very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured in a pint glass.

A - clear, amber color with a foamy white head, that thinned to a light layer, leaving good sticky lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma with a faint odor of piney hops.

T - sweet malty taste on the initial sip, then the bitterness of the hops kicks in hard, very good overall flavor.

M - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - good drinking beer, I could enjoy a few of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tasted this twice recently. Once from tap at the brewery, then once from tap at a freinds house from a recently purchased sixtel, both in late December 2007.

A: Poured a nice amber gold color with a lacing off white head. Not a ton of carbonation.

S: Hops right off the bat, mostly hops with pine smell leading the way. I picked up a hint of floral hops with some slight citrus. When it warms the aromas change a bit more to the citrus.

T: Hops bitterness up front with a load of pine and straw. I can get some citrus, but the piney taste is the real backbone of this beer. Not much malt in the back of this, so I would love to see what the ABV is (the GM of Sly Fox said the ABV is in the 10 range). There is malt there, but it does not push it's way forward in the flavor and the finish is all bitterness of hops. Still this is a fine tasting beer and a very good DIPA.

M: A medium mouthfeel with not a lot of alcohol present. Surprising for a beer with that high an ABV (if the 10 number is right). Not a lot of carbonation as I said earlier.

D: Actually, pretty high. I had 2 the one night and could have kept drinking it. For those that love hops, this might actually be sessionable if you can still stand up after a few.

Overall a very fine beer from Sly Fox. They keep amazing me and it's a miracle that the beer ends up this good with all the different hops they throw in there. Very nicely done.

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Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bomber pours a nice amber color with bubbles rising to the top and 2 inches of light cream colored head. Lighter than most DIPAs but it looks nice, and the retention and stick are both quite good.

At first whiff this smells like Pez candy. Crazy. It really does I'm not kidding. Some pine hop aromas, as well. Doesn't smell bad but that artificial sort of candy sweetness seems a little off, even though it's not unpleasant.

Taste is much more typical for a DIPA...no Pez candy that is. Nice citrusy hop flavor and some pine, too. Pretty solid caramel malt backbone. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Although not as popping with flavor as some DIPAs, it's well balanced and very tasty. Has a medium body and a relatively soft carbonation, pretty creamy and quite smooth.

This is a pretty damn good DIPA, and it's on the "lighter" side of the style, which makes it quite drinkable. Worth a taste for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 edition. I was lucky enough to get a growler of this gem from my man Drjay. Served cold, I let everyone sip on this one with christmas dinner. Consumed on 12/25/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark amber color with loads of orange highlights to it. Some nice lacing was evident as the thick head of white faded down from the top of the glass. Light carbonation struggling to reach the top throughout.

The rich aroma was loaded down with piney hops and some nice hints of pineapple and orange. Rich with a ton of sweet malts offering up some delicate balance to it. The flavor followed suit very nicely. Rich and very fresh hops flavors that melded well and hid the alcohol with a subtle, gentle smoothness. Rich tones of biscuit like malts that helped to give it tremedous depth, especially in the finish which was long, dry and very well balanced.

Overall a very solid and very drinkable big IPA. I expect nothing less from sly fox as they continue to impress more each time

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Given to me by Akorsak - thanks!!

A - Poured a clear, reddish-golden color with good carbonation and a medium off-white head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Smells entirely of grassy hops...an aroma for the hopheads!

T - I'll admit, at first, I wasn't too sure of the taste...but as the beer warmed, it really grew on me. This took over an hour to finish, and I only really appreciated it towards the end. Strong hop presence with grassy and piney notes that dominate the flavors. No malty or fruity accompaniment...all hops. No real detection of alcohol, either...unbalanced DIPA, but not in a way that takes away from the taste at all. Enjoyable to a hophead.

M - Very bitter finish, following a medium, semi-creamy body. A little warming senstation afterwards...very enjoyable.

D - I really enjoyed it...I've been drinking a lot of DIPAs lately, and this one is definitely on the hoppy side of the balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pre-holiday tasting at my place attended by me, DrJay, Viggo, biegaman, and northyorksammy. DrJay contributed this bottle. thanks jay!

2006 batch

pours a deep amber colour with fine white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

great aroma. pine and grapefruit hops. bit of caramel. little malt sneaking through.

taste is great. bready malt. resiny piney hops. grapefruit. herbal notes too. orange. bit of caramel sweetness. bitterness is high, maybe even too high, but works well for a dipa.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is good. not quite balanced, but DIPAs rarely are. this one is tasty and enjoyable. i think there was maybe a little too much going on in the hop department. the idea of using many different hops is neat, but i find it works better if you focus on one or a few. still, a fine beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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