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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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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 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 05, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

mltobin, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ShrLSU
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange with an overly massive head. Patchy lacing left on the glass but that much head is just obnoxious.

S - Malty and earthy with some slight piney notes. Faint citrus scents as well. For an Imperial IPA I would have expected much more of a potent nose.

T - Bitter earthy and piney hops are very prevelant. THere is a nice matly backbone to this which is a bit much for an impreial IPA. There is a certain taste of cut grass to a degree. It's a very odd combination to say the least.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. I can even sense a slight alcohol burn.

D - I would think this would be easy to drink but I just didnt really care for this all that much. It was a very big let down for a beer I brought home from my trip to NYC. This made the one case i shipped home over others, and I'm pretty disappointed with it.

ShrLSU, May 28, 2009
Photo of ryrust5301
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange with a WAY to massive head, even after a gentle pour. A mushroom cloud of white bubbles took up more than 2/3 of the glass. Just the head alone is enough to knock it down a a couple pegs.

Smell - Smell is extremely creamy and sweet, almost hefe-weizen like. Hops are very faint if at all.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bitter hops mix with an almost earthy taste. Very sharp and carbonated taste that is medium bodied. Maybe some orange lends to a citrus fruit taste. Somewhat mettalic flavor lingers as well.

Drinkability - Not what I was hoping for at all. Hope it was just a bad bottle, but not worth wasting the time and money on unless you live in the area, and can pick up a bottle without much effort.

ryrust5301, May 28, 2009
Photo of Dulliwhig
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a sniffer, golden orange with a finger thick white head that lasted a pretty good duration, excellent spiderweb lacing clung and dried to the glass

S - honey malt and pine

T - sweet honey maltiness with a blast of bitter citrusy hops, alcohol is noticeable, but seems to mix well with the flavor. The hops win the battle over the maltiness.

M - a bit chewy with abundant but not thick body, well carbonated and good smooth texture

D - drinkability is not bad, but the alcohol is noticeable

Dulliwhig, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light ruby-orange with a moderately lasting 1 finger billowy white head.

S: a light-moderate hoppiness per style with some sweet caramel and fresh flowery hops.

T: The initial flavor starts off with a moderate hoppiness of citrus, pine and fresh flowers which soon gave way to the sweet caramel malting. The flavor/taste was really clean with a well rounded and polished hoppiness.

M: creamy and smooth, a tad light with a clean finish, devoid of any hop lacing or fade.

D: Great drinkability, very clean and smooth. May disappoint hardcore hopheads per style, but overall a generally well brewed, clean hopped ipa.

beerthulhu, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of past Sly Fox creations and varied styles and passed this one over because I had too many IPA's but ran out of "i have not had this" at the beer store and pulled it for a quaf. Sly Fox mixes "all hops" each year as part of their Odyssey project which I still to typing this review found quite compelling.

A: Poured into an oversized wing glass to show off a an effervescent orange/copper, with a gargantuan three finger plus head of fuzzy bubbles setting down to a tight cap of one finger with medium lacing but not lasting.

S: Nose was first estery and pale malts followed by pine cones, leafy hops, and caramel. I assume the mixture of so many hops has pushed the natural floral and citrus hop profile far to the rear in this one.

T: The flavor reaches over the malts into the nose to brings out the result of mixing many hops with the 2008 project. Clear bitterness along with pepper, ABV somewhat apparent to give some respect to the Imperial profile. Other flavors include pine, tannines, breadyness. The hops are the clear leader over the malts, not much grassy elements or herbs. The orange ester nature comes through in the 2nd and 3rd aftertaste working well together with piney and resin accents. As the beer warms, dark fruits and sugar move into the lead and all of the hops mixed seem to muddle each other.

M: Medium body and carbonation, munchable with increasingly smooth delivery.

D: Odyssey may have choosen to work with a low key noble hop profile in 08 from past years. A complex delivery with more emphasis on malt sweetness to bitterness and hops. I would love to read what the hops were used for this year.

Brianmerrilyn, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of csmiley
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thank to prototypic for sharing this brew.

A - Color is relatively light. Some orange and copper are both present. Head is not overly impressive - maybe a finger deep. It sticks around for a couple minutes. The resulting lace is better than expected.

S - Earthy and piney aromas come through at the front. Some resin is in there too. Citrus flavors are mild - orange, pink grapefruit. Some caramel and hard candy pop up midway to end. Malty for the style.

T - Heavy amount of bitter hoppiness hits the palate first. There is a decent balance of fruity and earthy in the hop profile. I'm getting pine, orange, resin, and grapefruit. Somewhat soapy in the middle. Malt is more present than expected. Tastes doughy with hints of sugar and honey.

M - Lighter bodied with a good carbonation level. Maybe too thin and clean for my expectations of the style. Finish is bitter and doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. At over 8%, it is quite easy to put down. Mild for the style. It's still a quaffable brew though even though it didn't really hit my expectations. Glad I got to try it but wouldn't seek it out agian.

csmiley, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc (my secret santa). Thanks, Josh.

Appearance: It's hazy and pours a nice golden color with copper highlights. It's capped with a slightly off-white head that's about a finger deep. It was fairly resilient and hung in there for a bit. A fairly decent coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is above average, but not exactly special. Initially, there's a very strong caramel malt aroma. Not a good sign for me, personally. It's sweet and smells like it's mixed with pale malt. There's some secondary citrus scents of grapefruit and pineapple. Smells like they're might even be a touch of dark fruit in there. Hops are noted, but they're nearly drowned by the abundance of caramel malt. They're a mix of piney and floral characteristics. Difficult to tell which is stronger. Alcohol is noted, but not overly strong.

Taste: My fears have been realized. Caramel malts are strong, sweet, and predominate the flavor of the beer. I'm not much of a fan of these types of DIPAs. Generally, the hop flavors are buried by the wealth of malt. Odyssey suffers the same fate. There's some hop bitterness here. It's a little piney and floral, but ultimately curtailed by all the malt. It's too Barleywine-esque for my taste. Some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavor emerges adding some sweetness. There's a very faint dark fruit flavor noted on the tail. Alcohol's mildy notable, but not overly so. Finishes sweet. Ultimately, it's not a bad DIPA. Just definitely not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good mouthfeel. It's relatively smooth. Carbonation's active and gets in the way a little, but it holds together pretty well. Probably the most redeeming quality about this beer. Drinkability's above average, but not quite good. I'm not big on the flavor and it's a little big at 8.4% abv. A bomber would be more than enough for me.

Odyssey's an okay DIPA. It's probably above average. Frankly, there's way too much malt and not enough hop flavor. Adjusting those two variables would be a dramatic step in the right direction. As it is, it's worth a try. But, probably not something I'd seek out.

prototypic, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three fat fingers of amber froth rise over a clear, reddish amber to new copper brew. Big rings of lace lay down contour lines on the snifter glass all the way to a thin film and a slight pillow remaining at the end of the haul.

Rich citrus and pine resins recede to a light floral bouquet, as bready malts build to a strong honey finish.

The acidic bitterness is less balanced than anticipated from the aroma and far less complex. A long, lingering finish hosts nuttiness as it warms.

This Imperial IPA has a thin body and some alcohol, but is predominantly dry with light carbonation.

Odyssey is a nice beer, though not quite the journey initially anticipated from the appearance. However, this experience will carry a conversation.

Date consumed: 14 July 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tightly packed thin layer of head, an orangish gold color, lacing along the edges - 4.50, S: Extremely hearty and bready, tons of hops, some bubblegum - 4.00, T: Bitter and pungent, lemon peel, some toasted malts - 4.00, M: Heavy and creamy - 4.25, D; One of my first beers from Sly Fox and I'm impressed, it's a hearty good sipping brew - 3.75

deereless, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty happy to pick up a bottle of Odyssey at Half Time in Pougkeepsie, I love Sly Fox beers and this was one I hadn't tried.

Pours a pale slightly hazy orangish color. The head was nice and fluffy which was a nice sight.

Initial smell was cotton candy and slight citrus notes. I really wanted to get those sharp pine smells and explosive grapefruit notes that I've come to desire from an Imperial/dIPA. Thus I was slightly disappointed when they did not appear.

Taste is sweet, powdered sugar at first followed by astringent hop bitterness. Not altogether balanced with a lack of malt backbone.

I split this bottle with a friend and I'm glad I did. A full bomber would be a little much of this stuff. It just isn't as drinkable as some of the other big IPAs on the market.

indiapaleale, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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

gdfan47, Dec 27, 2008
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 lessthanhadley
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

lessthanhadley, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 07, 2008
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 HopDerek
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition.

Pours a clear reddish amber with golden highlights. 2+ fingers of foamy eggshell head has good retention and leaves a nice dollop in the center of the glass along with some lovely lacing latticework on the glass. Smells of fruits, floral hops, citrus, a bit of biscuit, caramel, pine, and spicy earthen notes. Tastes of citrus fruits like pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit up front accompanied by some floral hops and some fruits like apple and white grapes. Caramel and biscuit make for a nice backbone followed by some earth. Finishes with some spicy hops and pine with just a little bit of an alcohol kick that comes out more as it warms up. Medium in body with good carbonation. Nicely sweet and bitter, balanced nicely with good malty touch to break up all the hop flavors going around, most prominent of which is citrus. A good double IPA that hides its alcohol quite well and is very drinkable.

HopDerek, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of antilogic
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks kplynch for the bottle.

Small amount of head, but it lasts. Color is orange amber with a variety of floral hops hitting the aroma. It's on the lighter side, but tasty. Just not really living up to the imperial in IPA. I'd call it a well balanced, smooth IPA with notes of citrus and floral hops...

antilogic, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty good looking although semi-watery amber colour with a medium to large sized head that is creamy and pillowy. Residue clings to the glass here and there.

The aroma is a surprising balance of hops and malt: bread, some spice and some earthiness are detected, along with a bit of sweet caramel. Simple, but nice.

The flavour is more of the same: hops bite at first with a nice bread flavour, but a caramel sweetness quickly chases said hops to balance things out but also brings in more of a malt flavour than ever expected for the style. There are hints of fruit flavour here (citrus) that essentially went undetected in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a kick to it, but with also a bit of a thinness overall.

Hmmm...this is a pretty good beer but I'd hardly call it an Imperial IPA. As a standard IPA it works nicely but it just doesn't pack the punch of an IIPA. In fact, I'd say the 113 IPA is ballsier than this one. I'd chalk it up to an older bottle, but "Best By 12.11.08" is clearly marked on said bottle. Oh well. Not bad by any means, just not an IIPA.

SixpointJMH, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber.

A: Clear goldenish amber color. 2 fingers of white head and nice sticky lacing.

S: A weird though not unpleasant musty hop smell. Malt backbone is weak but there.

T: Starts off very bitter. Almost too bitter your tongue gives out before it peaks. Then you get a hint of the malt before a sharp hop taste. Finishes bitter.

M: The bitterness from the hops actually affects the mouthfeel. Hurts it in fact.

D: Glad I split this. Too much bitterness without balance. Up the malt a little and this would be much better.

aerozeppl, Jul 28, 2008
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 TheBCrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours a clear copper color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Intense hop aroma. Citrus and very floral. Taste to match with malt sweetness coming through in the middle leading to a dry, intensely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy but still quite drinkable. A bit heavy on the bitter finish but enjoyable nonetheless.

TheBCrew, Jul 21, 2008
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 jophish17
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired via trade with HopDerek

Aroma: Strong hop aroma coming out of the pour, citrus hops as is typical among American IPAs. A nice smelling IPA, it previews what its going to bring

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with an inch or so of moderately fluffy white head, which produces fine lacing. A standard look for the style.

Taste: Slick malt taste is the main component, but the hops still bite -- bitter hops are there to keep the taste in check, and to leave you wanting more

Feel: This one was super balanced, as the malt really made this one smooth on the tongue. A nice medium body on the beer with a nice dose of carbonation too.

Drinkability: I had to look up the ABV, as the alcohol did not come out very strong. 8.4% is hidden quite well, and without the harsh, mouthful of hops taste that other IPAs have, this one is quite pleasant to drink

All told, Odyssey is a pretty good double IPA, pretty easy to drink too, but there are still several others I would rather have. Definitely worth a try though!

jophish17, May 21, 2008
Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.