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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of trentbent

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 02:42:25 | More by trentbent
Photo of smakawhat


3.48/5  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.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 00:45:14 | More by smakawhat
Photo of larryi86


3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2014 02:32:02 | More by larryi86
Photo of Omnium


3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-06-2013 23:08:41 | More by Omnium
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Serving type: can

04-30-2013 05:58:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of WissBrauSean


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 22:08:29 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 03:12:30 | More by Huffs
Photo of tone77


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 10:00:18 | More by tone77
Photo of stakem


1.96/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 02:55:26 | More by stakem
Photo of Kegatron


2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2013 20:30:57 | More by Kegatron
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: can

01-22-2013 01:01:13 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of fdig23


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Appearance: murky, almost translucent amber with a nice sticky white head.

Nose: Very floral, backed up by pine and citrus and a fatty german-lager-esque malt backbone. German IPA would be how I'd describe it. Different and interesting.

Taste: Pine forward with fresh flowers and some some soapiness. That unique maltiness follows through with toasty croissant and fresh-baked biscuits. Not quite on-par with the nose.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin. Needs a bit more structure.

Overall: Doesn't make for that great of a double IPA, but thinking about it as a boozy sessionable pale ale works better. The malt bill is what kept it interesting for me.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 20:33:26 | More by fdig23
Photo of cbutova


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last Sly Fox offering brought back from Philly around the holidays.

A- Poured from a can into a pint glass for reviewing purposes. This ale has a very slight haze to it's amber body. A gigantic head forms in the glass which was just rinsed with scorching hot water (this is the key to reviewing appearance). The cap atop the beer has a thick, creamy texture and could probably be scooped right off the beer. Great retention and massive patches of uber-thick lacing.

S- Does not seem like the most late-hopped Double IPA right off the bat. I get a big whiff of fresh cracked grains and caramel malts immediately, it does remind me of the other IPA I had from Sly Fox. With warmth some pine, orange zest and floral hops open up.

T- Just like the nose, this beer comes off as one of the more balanced Double IPAs. I am not saying it doesn't pack a hop punch but the malt they use is more pronounced than most. Malts lend cracked grain dust, caramel and toasty notes. The hops kick in nicely with a few sips giving orange zest, apricot, pine, herbal and floral flavors to the beer.

MF- A moderately thick body here with lower-end but still silky smooth carbonation. The beer creams up nicely with some agitation. Bittering finish with some alcohol warmth.

Not your typical peach/tropical fruit hop bomb but this beer is certainly interesting. The malt profile is flavorful but still allows the hops to shine as it should.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 02:24:00 | More by cbutova
Photo of woodychandler


4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 20:14:43 | More by woodychandler
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a sticky orange with a half finger of off white foam that coats the glass. Aroma is a mixture of sweet munich-like malt, and earthy hop flavors.

First sip has an initial rush of sweet malt flavor, which quickly gives way to a huge bitter hoppy rush. Long lingering bitter finish - certainly leaves a harsh taste in your mouth.

Unfortunately, I feel like this IIPA pushes for IBUs and bitterness rather than hop flavors. There is some initial promise with the sweet malty backbone, but the bitter finish is just too out of balance. I'd rather some of those hops go to develop hop flavors and aromas, and not just bitter.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 03:06:59 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of GregSVT


3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 08:03:33 | More by GregSVT
Photo of thecheapies


3.6/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 16:33:34 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Budinetz


2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 01:22:09 | More by Budinetz
Photo of CurtFromHershey


2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 21:13:59 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of Cylinsier


4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 23:21:17 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a nice orangish red that is perfectly clear and pours with a finger of fine bubbled creamy head that lingers for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: nice dry hop notes, im thinking simcoe and titan, very clean and fresh
T: very very dry, earthy tones with a slight malt presence, nice overall
M: smooth and creamy, extremely dry on the palate from the beginning through the end
O: normally im not a big fan of the dry IPAs but this one was very nice, enjoyed it quite a bit

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:25:38 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey Imperial IPA
Sly Fox Brewing Company

Pours a clear deep golden color. Faint wispy head forms and little lace. Aroma is floral, herbal, and mildly citrusy. In the taste, a solid earthy bitterness, some herbs and grapefruit as well. Malt sweetness is restrained, with pale malts and mild raw honey flavor. Well balanced, and the alcohol is well disguised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and clean. Overall, I would consider this an Imperial version of their standard Route 113 IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 04:32:08 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of HopDr


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A- Nice orangey amber color. Nice fluffy average head which goes quickly and leaves some nice lacing. No clouding.

S- All the expected IIPA hoppyness. The hops are dominated by earthy pine and resin, with some grass and citrus.

T- Goog average bitterness for and IIPA with pretty good balance from malt. Bitterness is smooth and not harsh. Caramel and brown sugar malt flavors come trough. A tiny bit boozy but not too much.

M- Nice, average carbonation, medium body. Nothing particularly special here.

O- This is a pretty good IIPA, although I kind of expected more. Sly Fox 113 IPA has been my go-to house beer recently, and when I tasted this all I could think it that it really is kind of like 113 IPA on steroids. Similar flavors, appearance and aroma, just a bit more of all of them. Not sure I will buy this one again with all the other IIPA/DIPA options out there and 113 IPA being relatively inexpensive. It also reminds me a lot in appearance, aroma, and taste of Southern Tier's 2XIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 18:36:46 | More by HopDr
Photo of crispy620


4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 22:28:13 | More by crispy620
Photo of TheBrewo


3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a glowing, rusty orange brew. The nice coloring supports a half finger head of tan bubbles, which recedes to clumps along the top of the liquid. This happens rather quickly, and no lacing is noted. There is a thick haze and sandy sediment is suspended about the drink. Carbonation appears lighter. The aroma gives a thick caramel sweetness, with darker malts and full grainy inclusions. The hops of grapefruity, and more sweet than tart. There is a cidery musk about it, with hard water and minerals coming to mind. There is huge booze with warmth and a cotton candy stickiness. The taste begins with citric hop, sugary lime sweetness, and a serious grain to cut the former flavors. There is also a mineral bitterness, which leads us to the peak through the middle where fusel booze wash the palate clean. What rises is now brown sugar sweetness, and mild flavors of berry fruit. We finish with bitterness and cooling, cutting cream. There is an air of overripe apples and soapy hops mixing for the finish. The aftertaste breathes of coiny metals and bitterness, with a sour twinge of faint lactics. There is hop coolness and bittered yeast to round things out. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with a fine astringency, and a slick metallic shield that leaves the tongue gritty. Slurp and froth are decent, at best. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the beautiful coloring. The bitter inclusions in the taste were nice, but at times because overbearing. A great deal of this was from the booze, which was also overrepresented in the flavoring. In the end we would have like to see more hops to give this more of a push for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 23:07:15 | More by TheBrewo
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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.