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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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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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: 284 | Reviews: 140
Photo of andyschaps
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Nice color: bright orange ice-tea, almost like a dried apricots. White head has nice lace and a mixed bubble structure. After a quick retreat, what’s left on the head has great retention.

S – Brown sugar, woody bark and cilantro. Hint of lime zest.

T – Bright pine dives into brown sugar before pulling back up to escalate into a bitter, woody crescendo. As the bitterness fades, soft almond and cashew round out the backend along side subtle booze.

M – Medium body with a great finish. Well balanced carbonation.

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a fluffy white two finger head into my tulip glass. Tons of sticky lacing drips down the rim.

S- Lots of fresh cut grass and bitter citrusy hops with just a hint of malt. Really not much going on here. Pretty unimpressive for an Imperial IPA!

T- Bitter grassiness, grapefruit pith and some earthiness hit you just before the subtle sweetness from the malt takes over. The bitterness has neither the citrus punch, or pure piney flavor that alot of IIPA's have. Not horrible, but I thought this would be much better.

M- Nice carbonation, but really bitter without any real citrus bomb flavor! The mouthfeel mirrors the smell.

O- I know this was fresh because my store just got this yesterday when I bought it. Not the worst IIPA i've ever had, but It's not likely I'll buy this again.

Photo of tbrown4
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle a few weeks ago while I was in the Philly area for an epic beer weekend with some friends. Price was right, I enjoy the style and we don't get this back home.

22 oz. -> DFH signature glass

A - Hazy light copper, thin and firm fine bubbled white head, dotted lacing, minimal carb streams

S - Spicy hops, mild malty, floral and perfumy

T - Huge spicy and bitter hop flavors up front. Kind of like candied grapefruit? Malt backbone is less present in the flavor profile than in the aroma. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness.

M - Feels medium in body

O - This tastes and feels like an above average double IPA. It's not a total hop or booze bomb, which is nice. They did a decent job balancing out the flavors in this beer though it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side as expected. I'd get this again in a few years, but it's nothing I'd go crazy to find.

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

Very one note. Pours an orange amber color with a thick yellow head and tons of lacing all over the glass. Aroma offers up piny grassy hops with tons of caramel malt and biscuit notes. Tastes pretty much like a bitter bomb with nothing but hops assaulting the palate and nothing to reign in the bitterness. It could have been just like eating hops sauteed in a hop juice reduction. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. Overall, its not a bad beer, but just very unfair to the palate.

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of pburland23
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a dimpled mug.

Beer pours a bright orange with thick, fluffy egg-shell head that stuck around for a long visit before shrinking back into some nice lacing.

Smells of piney hops perhaps some tropical fruits...mango, a touch of grapefruit. Taste is very, very hoppy and really bitter. I love hops a lot but the hops in this beer taste way out of balance. I looked at the Sly Fox website and they say Odyssey has Bravo, Citra, Sorachi Ace, German Northern Brewer, Cascade and Centennial. It's muddled and confused.

The mouthfeel is thick and resinous. There is more than enough carbonation. As for drinkability, I'll stick with Route 113 if I want a Sly Fox IPA. This one doesn't make the grade.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
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!

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 IronLover
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with good clarity. Started with a healthy, thick white head with good retention and slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Orange cirus and floral hop aromas with a bit of sweet maltiness sneaking through. Smells good but not nearly as intense as most 2xIPAs I've had. On the thinner side of medium bodied with light carbonation. Big floral and citrus flavors in the front, tapering to a pine hoppy middle that helps suppress the alcoholic heat. Pine hop flavor lingers but doesn't last. Pretty easy to drink despite the higher ABV. However, I've had more intense IPAs than this ale.

Photo of rfgetz
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighty hazed burnt orange, huge cap of frothy and sticky white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is of tropical and citrus fruit - grapefruit, mango - and some floral hoppy notes. Lightly sweet, fresh grain and faintly grassy on the back end. First sip is the tropical and citrus fruit, strong floral presence with pine and grass coming through before a touch of booze covers up any malt. Sadly felt thin, moderately carbonated and bone dry. Impressed with this offering from Sly Fox. Just needs a touch more body and a little less booze bite to be a star.

Photo of BabySnakes
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful penny copper/ orangy color.
Initial candy orange flavor in the first few sips while the head was still tall and fluffy.
Bitter IPA sensation but also well balanced. Not extremely hoppy nor tangy. Alcohol content is reflected in the slightly boozy flavor. lightly syrupy and creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of xnicknj
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a burnt orange with copper hues, a white head fades to retained film with some streaks and patches of lacing.

Strong bitter pine in the nose with grapefruit and alcohol. Somewhat overpowering initially.

Begins with a tough blast of piny hops with an almost acidic citrus touch. A bit of caramel malt backbone attempts to peek out although the intense hop bitterness outweighs most of the other flavors. Finishes bitter and dry with boozy warmth.

Medium body, higher carbonation, dry and sticky throughout. Kinda tougher drinking to be honest, especially since the alcohol could be masked better, even for a DIPA. The flavors could use more balance, as the intense pine and grapefruit blew everything else away.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this twice recently on-tap at Bocktown.

A- Body is a nearly transparent rich beautiful amber hue. Served with only a thin white collar-which has good retention but leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

S- Loads of citrus hops- but also exotic fruit such as pineapple and mango. A slight hop resin, a hint of spicy hops and astringent alcohol are present in the back.

T- Taste is similar to the nose. Very fruity upfront with grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango, etc. The citrus fades slightly for the finish and a moderate hop bitterenss and mild hop spiciness come forward along with a mild alcohol astringency and heat.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight body.

D- This is a decent, very fruity DIPA overall. The citrus flavors are bright but the finish is more resiny than bright. At 8.4% the alcohol feels like its 10%+.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blind bomber #8 from the Blind Bombers BIF.
Poured into a snifter (explanation to follow).
This beer is consumed and reviewed without any knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.

Upon cracking open the bottle, I honestly thought this was a saison... A citrus and spice aroma wafted from the bottle... I realized it could be an ipa, so, I went with a snifter. After pouring it, seeing it, smelling the full beer, and tasting it, I think a snifter was in fact a good choice-- this seems to be another DIPA from this BIF!

Pours a coppery amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Derby retention and lacing. I prefer a lighter color-- and there are some dark yeast sediments in my glass that remind me of dark sand.

The smell is lemony and citrus notes with. Lot of spices-- saison like spices. A peppery note is very pronounced here-- and it seems odd.

Very little sweetness... Leads to a surprisingly little hop kick. This beer comes across as bland-- almost watered down. Nothing really pops on the flavor: actually the spicy notes seem to be the most influential... Not how I like my IPAs-- The spices kick in on the finish and in the aftertaste... Very differnt, but not necessarily in a good way.

The aftertaste lingers with a sweet and bitter note that leaves me feeling thirty-- like I need some water. Some grapefruit flavors sneak past the spicy hops and permeate the aftertaste.

The body is more than medium with a good carbonation level. No complaints here.

As far as drinkabilty goes-- this isn't bad. This isn't great either. This seems to me to be a standard offering from a small local brewery.... Nothing that people trade for or seek out, but one all the locals try when they put it on tap.

Rip open the envelope...
And this is Slyfox's Odyssey DIPA.
Hmmm... I really like their Pils-- but not their 113 IPA. Their DIPA isn't very impressive either it seems...

I will give these guys another shot though-- I really liked their Pils- and I love the fact they can their beer!
4/3/2.5/4/3

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, hops, big piney hops. In the taste, dry piney hops and a small sweetness via the malt. A small bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Big piney hops, yet somewhat thinner and watery than expected.

Photo of Axic10
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark golden (not quite amber) color with a finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruity and passionfruit citrus. Wave of hop aroma followed by a nice malt character.

Taste: Some bitter citrus and bitter hops with a malty/hoppy balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability: Decent offering from Sly Fox that I would drink again.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Odyssey has a clear, copper-colored body and a massive off-white head. The head has pretty solid retention, and it decorates my glass with some nice lacing.

The aroma has a good hop kick to it that is both bitter and fruity with a biscuity malt aroma as an underpinning.

The hops in the flavor are mostly bittering with a big resin flavor and only a touch of citurs. The yeast is adds a slight fruitiness. The malt bill is pretty big, providing a dry, biscuit-like sweetness. The finish is warm and a bit boozy. I think the malt bill is my favorite part of Odyssey, but it is overshadowed by bitterness and booze.

The mouthfeel is a little puckering with a pretty dry finish. The body is big and almost chewy while the carbonation is adequate.

Odyssey is a solid IIPA, but there are better options on the shelves.

Photo of bobsy
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Coles.

Pretty deep gold colour with a creamy off white head. Some lace spots and decent retention. Aroma is honey and mild leafy hops. Certainly not a punch in the face and seeming all about malts and not about hops. A bit disappointing for an imperial IPA. The hops seem completely dialled back, and the malt is far too prominent. If this was a bottle then I'd just figure I'd gotten hold of an old one, but this is on tap at a bar. With minimal hops we're left with a low bitterness and a honey / beet aspect to the flavour. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Drinkable, but not what you'd look for in the style.

Either something went screwy with this one, or this is a mediocre attempt at the style.

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a not quite brilliantly clear, just the slightest haze can be found here. A nice full finger of creamy foam rises above the surface and stands proudly for a minute or so. When it falls, some thick spiderwebs of lacing are left on the glass. Very nice.

S - Very citrusy on the nose. Sweet and orangey aromas dominate. Light lemony hints blend in nicely. The sugary malt serves too temper the hops and give a very well balanced aroma. I would call this liquid orange candy.

T - The aromas are really sweet and almost delicate in nature - expected a taste to be light, summery and refreshing. Well, the flavor does not match the aroma, but it doesn't fail to make a positive impression. Bitterness is full and deep - a rock solid base for a DIPA. Citrus is present, but blends with a more earthy hop flavor and some grassiness. Caramel malt flavors creep in and offset the bitter hops with some nice sweetness.

M - Pretty full bodied beer overall - definitely a chewy beer. Carbonation is just light of medium....somewhat creamy in feel. Bitter, citrusy resins fill the mouth and linger well after the swallow.

D - This is a dangerously drinkable DIPA...alcohol really isn't apparent. The light, almost tropical aroma will suck you in and the flavors don't disappoint either. Very enjoyable and I really wouldn't mind having another of these right now.

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

The delicacy of this beer totally belies its alcoholic strength and status as a DIPA.

Pours clear light copper with big bubbly white head. Smell is light, malty with light floral hops. Flavor is stronger, piny hops and pale malt with a pleasant, sharp orange rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and sharply carbonated. Surprisingly delicate. Good alcohol emerges as beer opens, bitterness become more citrusy.

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.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.