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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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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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 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.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an coppery/amber orange color with a little bit of head. Smells of sweetness and dirty earth with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is fairly typical for the style, but hints of earthiness add some intrigue and the brew is very well-balanced. Medium bodied and smooth, the beer is still fairly drinkable as it warms - not too common for an imperial ipa but it is on the light side.

Another solid ale from Sly Fox.

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 BigMike
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with a best by date of 11/25/10

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip glass. A goldish orange with some red tint. Very clear with minimal bubbles. Head is puffy and almost pure white. About 1 finger worth. As it slowly fades it leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Citrusy and some spice. A touch of caramel and grass. Overall a pretty mild nose for DIPA.

TASTE: I'm pretty sure this is a real fresh bottle as i think they just released this batch. Lots of hop bitterness. And real nice bite to it. Theres also a good amount of caramel flavor thats adding a nice sweetness and balancing this one nicely. This is tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Somewhat light in mouth. If anything i get a smooth creaminess. Goes down real easy and i'm getting no sign of the 8.4%abv.

DRINKABILITY: This is super easy to drink. Light and smooth and an easy drinker all around. I wouldn't quite call this a top tier DIPA but it's a local brewery (about 15 minutes away) and it is definitely a quality beer.

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 version on cask at Hop Project Day

A-Slightly hazed, ruby-red grapefruit tinged copper with a cask driven billowing white head that reduced a bit and left caking lace.

S-Fresh, bright floral, citrus and light spicy hop pop up front with a pleasant underlying light caramel malt sweetness.

T-Initial hop notes of fresh citrus, spicy pine and floral notes with the backing of sweet caramel malt. Quite balanced but does lean towards the hops.

M-Medium bodied quite smooth with only a touch of sharpness. Long lingering hop bitterness.

D-I have always been an Odyssey fan and this beer on cask simply shines. Very well constructed.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  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!

Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Manhattan.

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized head for an IPA.
The smell is sugary, with cloves and hops. Taking the first sip, alcohol content is present, boozy; the hops are here, some carbonation and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little rich with the different flavors and characteristics, finishes dry, have some water to your side. Drinkability is a little higher than average.

Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.