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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really close to nailing the Imperial IPA style. With crisp and dry malt character, the resiny hops can shine.

The beer opens with a solid coper color with golden highlights and a moderate dry-hopped haze. This beer's head is expansive and unrelenting. A stark white foam forms a rocky and stubborn foamstance that refuses to fade, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. It's really hard not to give this beer a solid 5 here... aw, heck what the hell....

Hop resins and pine notes take precidence in the nose while a graham cracker-like crusty malt character provide only supporting sturdiness to the beer. More citrus notes could really help out here.

Flavors take off where aromas fade. Sure the malt character holds up but takes on a less caramel and bread note than the nose suggests. However, the hop flavor (resins and pine) gain intensity for complete dominance of the glass. The resins provide an aggressive bitterness that boarders on 'bite' and 'harsh' at times.

Creamy and malty up front, but the beer dries out beautifully in the end for a bright hop finish and crisp malt memory. Aside from the sharp bitterness, this beer could have easily scored a 5 here as well.

Odyssey is a very good beer that is on the verge of greatness. Give me a bit more hops of Centennials and Cascades and a bit less of the high beta-alpha hops and we might have a top 100 contender.

Thanks to Bobfinkenaur!

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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

mikesgroove, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

oberon, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains hops, citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste has a strong hops presence up front as you would expect but even though the bitterness is there, the pleasant grassy flavor is absent leaving just a paleness to it. The malt character is hearty and there are complimentary sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, decent representation of style, this is pretty much a stronger version of their Route 113 IPA, which I thought was just an average beer.

TheManiacalOne, May 22, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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

russpowell, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +9%

Slatetank, May 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thick head that slowly descends to a lasting, creamy cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The taste is of citric and spicy notes.

The taste is bitter and resiny. Citric with a touch of pine. Some peppery notes, although alcohol is well-controlled and mellow for abv. Bitterness is rather puckering. Some plastic fruitiness. I can enjoy an "imbalanced" beer - as I love the hops, but only if "done right" - not enough malt to keep up - here it is balanced by some raw sugar. Very dry finish.

Somewhat chewy in a medium body.

I like hoppy beers - believe me - and this isn't bad - certainly a "sipper" - and that's okay too - but, it doesn't really stand above others of this style I've had.

jwc215, May 06, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice thick 2"+ head that sticks around a while. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruits fill the air.

Taste: initial strong pine bitterness dominates this beer as the malt level is a bit softer than expected. Grapefruits, oranges, and a hint of grass rounds it out. Alcohol is barley noticeable. As the glass emptied (and warmed), the beer kind of grew on me.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Super long aftertaste as pine and grapefruits stick to the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: the beer started off a bit harsh, but turned into a very pleasant drinking session. Try this one.

Gavage, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick white foamy head. Aroma is dominated by earthy and citrus hops with a slight malt presence. Well balanced throughout with a nice touch of maltiness and alcohol balancing out the huge hoppy flavor. Bitter throughout with a bone dry finish.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of stakem
1.96/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

stakem, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Billolick, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

akorsak, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is more on the malt side, some hops, citrus, slight pine, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice tone of hops, some citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty, nicely balanced DIPA.

Wasatch, May 19, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Pillowy head recede slowly, with slow-falling sticky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, with an medium earthy hops presence. Taste starts sweet, earthy bitter in the middle, fading into a floral and lasting bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. I would expect more hops presence for the style, but still a nice brew.

ppoitras, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Cobblestone in York.

I thought this a very nice IPA, though have to say it did not have the blasts of hops I was expecting from a double IPA. Still, it was quite good, and the hops seemed to become more noticeable as it sat in the glass. This IPA is what I would describe as being on the dry side, with not nearly as much of the usual citrus and sweetness one tends to find in an IPA. Nevertheless, I thought this a very enjoyable IPA, one that was very drinkable with the alcohol well integrated.

As close to a sessionable DIPA as you are likely to fine. Nice job by Sly Fox.

John_M, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label reads: "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make hoppy" ... I don't get it.
Thanks to Dr.Jay! 10 varieties of hop? Wowza. Pours from the bottle with a nice glow, some head. Amber (cognac) colour. A sweet and cloying aroma, a little bit of yeast maybe? A pretty void mouthfeel with only minor bitterness. Not a whole ton of flavour either. This is certainly good, but I think they failed in their intention. In using such hop variety it failed to showcase much of anything, too all over the place. Like a beer with ADD. Just needs to concentrate a little better.

biegaman, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

smakawhat, Feb 11, 2014
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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.