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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: 270
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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 flexabull
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear copper color, with a small white head.

Aromas are bitter, dusty, sour, and grapefruit like. This just doesn't smell that great, it's not bad, but the dusty and sour aromas just dominate too much.

Taste is sour, tart, and bitter on the tongue. Malt flavors are lacking, and there really isn't much balance here. All that I notice is a mineral aspirin like bitterness, and a bit of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Pretty full feeling, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. This is a decent DIPA, but it lacks balance and falls well behind other beers in the same style.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a few months ago while in PA for work. Kinda forgot about in the cellar till this weekend.

A - Solid bright yellow amber color with a nice white head
S - caramel malts, light floral piney hops
T - rich sweet malts, pine cone, I mean strong piney hops. Wow is that a direct piney hop flavor or what?
M - medium bodied, smooth medium carbonation, silkey with a lingering piney hop flavor.
D - a bit too far to one sided hops for me.

Side note - made some great brats with this beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Hazy, light copper color, with an off-white foamy head. Decent retention. Lots of sticky lace.

Citrusy and floral hop aroma. Aroma seems pretty restrained for the style.

A good bit of malt character. Nice blast of citrusy hops. Solid amount of bitterness lingers on the palate. A bit more pine as it warms.

Good body. Pretty nice beer, but seems tame for a DIPA.

Photo of williamherbert
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The look is a light orange, reminiscent of Triaminic. Very clear. Light, and no lasting head. Looks somewhat ordinary.

The smell is reminisicent of a regular pale ale. Much pale malt in the aroma. The bitter aromatic hops come through; they are not flowery. Bitter English hops abound. There is that hint of chlorine you get in some yeasts.

The taste is bitter beechwood hops. A bit piney. The malt and yeast are very dry. It's bitter, though it softens as it warms. Too bitter with no balance, honestly. The taste is so bitter that it makes it feel thicker, more sandpapery.

It's try and a tiny bit bubbly. Leaves a bitter film. I found this a bit disappointing. It's not bad, but just bitter with not much character. A very bitter pale, that's all.

Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My hard pour resulted in a damn nice looking beer. Vivid amber with a thick pillow top head that is bordering on yellow and retains itself like a pro and leaves a sticky lacing.

Not a bad aroma to this IIPA yet lacking the depth and veracity that a DIPA should possess. A citrus approach with a big lemony underlying. Floral hops with a caramel backing.

A very solid beer but again drinks much more like an IPA. Very well balanced with caramel malt and thick floral perfumey hop components and lemony orange citrus with a bit of starfruit.

Mouth is solid and a bit drying but leaves you with the feeling of give me more. A very drinkable beer that just drinks too much like an un-imperial version.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odyssey pours with a huge fluffy tanned white head. Leaves behind a ring of lace after every sip. The head retention is way above the norm.

The nose is pretty laid back for such a bitter brew. Has notes of floral hops, caramel and grass.

The taste is very hoppy, piney, citrusy and has a very strong bitter grapefruit finish. Really happy with this one.

Photo of
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Primarily clear, dark golden/light amber color. Medium sized, rocky, off white head. Great lacing, OK legs.

Aroma is very sweet, peaches and tropical fruits. Caramel and pine as well.

Taste is a WOW, they really brought the hops. Biscuits and caramel in the middle, which pick up as the beer warms. Overall, much more bitter than sweet. Nice, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, mainly grapefruit.

Medium + in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very nice DIPA. Not top shelf, and a bit out of balance, but a great hop bomb. Give me more!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured in a pint glass.

A - clear, amber color with a foamy white head, that thinned to a light layer, leaving good sticky lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma with a faint odor of piney hops.

T - sweet malty taste on the initial sip, then the bitterness of the hops kicks in hard, very good overall flavor.

M - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - good drinking beer, I could enjoy a few of these over the course of an evening.

Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Body is coppery-amber with a 1.5-finger antique white head that settles very slowly. Lots of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Not overpowering -- caramel malt, pine and juicy hops are all noted.

T: Some caramel malt sweetness is noted, but the main story is the hops -- it finishes with a sprucey/piney taste, a spicy bite (presumably from the alcohol), and some citrus. There's also something metallic in there somewher.

M: Medium -bodied, appropriate carbonation for the feel.

D: OK. I've had better DIPAs, but it wasn't bad. . . .

Notes: With no dates on the bottle, I have no idea how old this bottle was. A friend bought it at Olivers in Albany, and I have a feeling it may have been a little past its prime given the subdued nose.

Photo of crwills
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average double IPA. Drank this at home with some jerk chicken and salad.

Pours a moderately dark amber colour with an off-white head. Grassy, grapefruit aromas abound right out of the bottle, balanced out by some light caramel undertones. Flavour is surprisingly deep and malty, although I still didn't find it particularly well-balanced. Woodsy and piney hops dominate over the grapefruit, but there's a lot of both. Dry, mildly astringent aftertaste. Not bad with food, but hard to get through a whole bomber (yeah, yeah) alone.

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: rich caramel-amber color with a light khaki head

s: great, straightforward blend of caramel malts with the gently forceful scent of floral pine easy...4.0, but certainly closing in on a 4.5

m: smooth, light medium carbonation and full-medium body...good use of body and carb.

t: full caramel malt backbone supports a load of piney hops with a tropical underbelly. the moderate sweetness is easily checked by a
generous finishing bitterness. great use of balance here. instinct tells me 4.0, but it's so solid and each character compliments the other
so well for a 4.5.

d: easily drinkable and a fine iipa

i really like a heavy malted, heavy pine standard ipa...so i really like the double style

from zrrbrrt, consumed at my summer/work cabin in maysville

Photo of BlindPig
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- About a inch thick tan head on a clear amber/orange body.
S- Big sweet caramel malts, and some grapefruit hops. The aroma isn't anything to complex at all. It is kind of weak and really doesn't smell like to many hops are in it at all.
T- Sweet malt body supporting a bunch of bittering hops. Some pine and grapefruit flavors which also lingering in the aftertaste with a light malt too. Alcohol is well covered and doesn't taste like much is in there at all. Leaves a decent size bitterness on tongue.
M- Medium/full body with low carbonation.
D- Its a decent brew. Nothing to go crazy over and I was hoping for more hops. Still a good solid DIPA though.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Odyssey pours a nice clear copper hue with a one finger off-white head that dies down to a thin lacing that last throughout tasting. Lacing is quite sticky to the glass. I thought the smell was a bit weak for a DIPA, but enjoyable. Mild earthy hop odor with a hint of grapefruit that tingles the nose. There is an enjoyable malt presence as well, me likey in DIPA's. Very enjoyable taste, a pepper-ish hop flavor with earthy undertones. Pine appears as well on the tounge with a nice maltiness to balance the flavor out. Mouthfeel is a bit unpleasant. I hate to say t his, but a bit too dry?...maybe for such a low abv. Moving on, drinkability is pretty good. Carbonation is a bit much, but I do enjoy the balance. Pick it up if you see it, but don't go out of your way to find it.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One creamy mutha of a head here, big and rocky; it almost floats on top of the liquid. Hangs around awhile too. The appearance is a gorgeous copper/rust. Lace is abundant. Extra points for the great head. (now now kids...)

Hops feature in the aroma, all kinds, from grassy, spicy and herbal to pungent and citrusy. I detect some malt too, so there seems to be good balance here.

Flavor is nice, and pretty much as expected. Not too wild, but certainly not flimsy. Balanced hops ride over the tongue and they stay for ages, leaving a long finish in the mouth that's bitter, even a bit puckery, like munching on freshly mown grass or something. Nice floral hops kiss in the middle. Malt shows up too, keeping things from getting out of control.

Maybe the finish is too bitter for some, but as double IPAs go, this goes down easily...maybe too easily...and the ABV is still tame enough where you can stand up straight and say your ABC's backwards after a big bottle. But you'll feel it...and that crazy long finish will be there long after the bottle's gone dry.

Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with orange hues and almost a full finger off white head of tiny foamy bubbles that resists fading. Spotty lacing observed.

The smell is first "this is gonna be syrupy" sweet malt and citrus fruit.

The mouth feel is less than the nose lets on that its going to be. Not as full bodied nor as sweet as you'd think.

The flavor is malty with an imbalanced bitterness that is more pronounced in the finish and lingers fairly significantly. Not a fan of the left over bitterness. It is approaching a soapy, almost astringent nature.

Drinkability - I fully intend on finishing this one, and its been a pleasure, but i won't be looking back for more.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong and mildly sweet biscuity malt with a suprisingly light and benign hop aroma.

The taste consisted of a light peppery hop and a thick and chewy lightly sweet doughy malt. Good lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a good DIPA, just not as good as I was expecting.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox- Odyssey Imperial IPA

Appearance- Dark chestnut brown with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Strong green unripe hops (casade perhaps)
Taste- Immediate earthy green hops, slight cannibis flavor but quickly dissapating to a milder oily pine flavor.
Mouthfeel- Moderate sharp hop bite up front but the dry bitterness fizzles out midway and ends up sweet with a mild citric finish.

Overall- An overacheiver here. A nice tasting IPA but its billed as a DIPA. Just not up to par with the Imperials. Worthy of a pint regardless!

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

22oz bomber from 2006

Poured a dark amber, bronzish color. Pillowy 3-finger head that fell to a constant 1/4" cap. Head was also rocky and off-white. Smelled of caramel malt and flowery and piney hops. Flowery hops is there in the taste along with a long bitter aftertaste. Decent amount of the caramel malt to balance everything out. Laced the glass fairly well. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Drinkability was OK, probably wouldn't have more than 1 in a sitting, unlike Dreadnaught which I could drink forever.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle of this at the brewery in Pheonixville.

Nice bronze color with a fine bubbled white head. Head drops quickly and the film that remains leaves minimal lacing. Smell is piney hops and the taste follows suit. I detect a faint bit of grapefruit that would give this some nice citrus zest if it could break through the piney resin flavors, but it just dosn't quite make it. Sticky mouthfeel that leaves your mouth coated with bitterness. Not quite enough balance in this one for me. I know it's supposed to be a hop bomb which i usualy like, but this is just too much pine. Not a terrible beer, and I'd love to try it on tap, but it just can't compete with some of the clasic IPA's out there.

Photo of kpantz
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Not a bad attempt. I hated it initially, but I warmed up to it as it warmed up to me. Good thing, too, because I really like Sly Fox.

Appearance: Very pretty copper/amber pour into my tulip glass, with an off-white head that lingers as a little more than a film. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops dominate the aroma. Slight citrus, but it's nearly negligible. Not a bad smelling brew.

Taste: Grassy hops again. Problem is, that's it. Not much malt flavor up front to introduce or balance it. This is sorta unbalanced. As the beer warms, it's a little more palatable as some sweetness develops. Recommendation - let this puppy warm a bit more than you would your other imperial IPAs.

Mothfeel: Not bad for the style. Carbonation level is perfect, actually. Some stickiness left in the mouth.

Drinkability: If it were better balanced, I'd rate this higher.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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

Much thanks to zrrbrrt, a most excellent trader, for hooking me up with this one. This double IPA seems to concentrate on the shear bitterness aspect, which it does very well. This is a one-dimentional bitter hop bomb, perfect if that's what you're going for. I am personally missing some depth in the hops. Very American pale ale style malt and yeast character, bumped up a notch for a high gravity and a tiny bit sticky sweet as a result. It's a bit unbalanced towards the hop side, but 1) I can tell they were going for that, and 2) I love those kind of beers! Personally, I would have made more later hop additions, as it seems to me that the hops were boiled too long and lost a lot of volitiles. Still, it's a very fun beer to drink. In summary, this is a bitter beer. Cheers!

Photo of RedChrome
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A crystal clear light amber colored beer. A quarter inch pure white head became a slick after a minute. Extreme amount of rapidly rising bubbles. A web of lace spots is left behind.

An initial fruity smell included pineapple, grapefruit, and peach. A subtle aroma of bready malt helped to mellow out the fruit. Not an overly bitter beer on the nose.

A gritty yeast flavor in the mouth. Extremely poor balance of flavors has a plastic taste coating the other flavors. Light grapefruit and pineapple are not strong enough to compensate.

Feeling is average. A tingle helps move the flavors around, which isn't a benefit in this case.

This has an overall average combination. Unfortunately, it lacks in the taste, where it counts the most. I can't recommend any food to match with this. Try it if you must, but I would steer clear in exchange of other choices in the style.

Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bomber from skinnyelvis as part of my BA Anniv. Thanks for the chance to try this hop bomb.

A: Pours a sparklingly clear amber color with a frothy one finger cream colored foam like head. Excellent retention and sticky lacing.
S: Big juicy citrus fruit notes with a slap of pine also. Nice undercurrent of caramel malt and slight toasted grain.
T/M: Nice citrus fruit notes blanket the tongue followed by a raging rush of bitterness. Fruit hop notes get a bit drowned out by the excessive bitterness, which lasts on the palate for a good long while, and take on more of grassy characteristic. Toasted grain is present also, but only for a short time as again the hop demand attention. Lip smacking tongue scratchingly bitter. A bit juicy and chewy and just slightly buttery. Medium to thick bodied.
D: A very bitter beer, but still a good one. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a hophead.

Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.