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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: 276
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 Risser09
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 Bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Cleanly transparent golden brown & orange coloration. Bubbles stream to the surface where an off-white head awaits. Varying bubble sizes. Plenty of lace.

Smell: Floral hop bouquet, citrus aroma and a little bit of pine. Faint malt aroma.

Taste: Juicy hop flavor is both grapefruit-like and pine-like. Definitive malt backbone. Sweet sugar. An obvious mishmash of hops makes the actual lupulin flavor complex. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavily bodied beer with lots of flavor and lingering bitterness. The IBUs on this one must be pretty high. Alcohol is warming.

Drinkability: Very bitter varieties of hops are utilized which makes for a fun beer to quaff. An all around solid brew that was worth every penny of the $4 I paid for it.

Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Sly Fox's Route 113 IPA was an excellent depiction of the style, so I had high hopes for their Imperial version, but was somewhat let down at the mediocore character of this one...
Although this sample wasn't a bad stab at the style, I wouldn't say it was above and beyond...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid appearance with a modest head that soon dissipated, leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell wasn't too bad, with a noticeable suggestion of hops, but it didn't have that thick, rich aroma that I have found in many high-quality samples...
Taste was good, with a medium hint of hops that really didn't burst through but still provided a nice taste... Flavor was dominated by citrus, fresh florals, caramel, and slight vanilla...
Decent mouthfeel with an equally moderate level of drinkability make for a good but certainly not outstanding brew that has an apparently strong bitter finish... Either way, it's worth a shot, although there are better representations of the style out there...

Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bomber pours a nice amber color with bubbles rising to the top and 2 inches of light cream colored head. Lighter than most DIPAs but it looks nice, and the retention and stick are both quite good.

At first whiff this smells like Pez candy. Crazy. It really does I'm not kidding. Some pine hop aromas, as well. Doesn't smell bad but that artificial sort of candy sweetness seems a little off, even though it's not unpleasant.

Taste is much more typical for a DIPA...no Pez candy that is. Nice citrusy hop flavor and some pine, too. Pretty solid caramel malt backbone. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Although not as popping with flavor as some DIPAs, it's well balanced and very tasty. Has a medium body and a relatively soft carbonation, pretty creamy and quite smooth.

This is a pretty damn good DIPA, and it's on the "lighter" side of the style, which makes it quite drinkable. Worth a taste for sure.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC!
A- Clear amber/orange hue, head is off-white creamy condensed bubbles that sustain, thick lacing
S- Moderately sweet hops (lemony citrus), bubblegum, some tartness and alcohol
T- Taste is disappointing and falls from the solid aroma, there is some mildly floral and citrus hops, some astringency going on, finishes with mild bitterness and alcohol, not much here
M- Medium-bodied, slick texture, no carbonation (cask)
D- Bland tasting IPA, hops are mild and there is no noticeable malts, the flavors are really washed out and watery, i would not get this again

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

I have tasted this twice recently. Once from tap at the brewery, then once from tap at a freinds house from a recently purchased sixtel, both in late December 2007.

A: Poured a nice amber gold color with a lacing off white head. Not a ton of carbonation.

S: Hops right off the bat, mostly hops with pine smell leading the way. I picked up a hint of floral hops with some slight citrus. When it warms the aromas change a bit more to the citrus.

T: Hops bitterness up front with a load of pine and straw. I can get some citrus, but the piney taste is the real backbone of this beer. Not much malt in the back of this, so I would love to see what the ABV is (the GM of Sly Fox said the ABV is in the 10 range). There is malt there, but it does not push it's way forward in the flavor and the finish is all bitterness of hops. Still this is a fine tasting beer and a very good DIPA.

M: A medium mouthfeel with not a lot of alcohol present. Surprising for a beer with that high an ABV (if the 10 number is right). Not a lot of carbonation as I said earlier.

D: Actually, pretty high. I had 2 the one night and could have kept drinking it. For those that love hops, this might actually be sessionable if you can still stand up after a few.

Overall a very fine beer from Sly Fox. They keep amazing me and it's a miracle that the beer ends up this good with all the different hops they throw in there. Very nicely done.

Photo of Hoppington
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice coppery bronze color, but the smell of this offering is mild to my nose. Taste comes across as bitter, astringent hops with a touch of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is above average, but overall this beer is too bitter and not fragrant enough for my taste. I don't mind astringency in a brew, but I feel it works best with floral and citrus notes. Just not enough balance in this beer. I don't think I would do a repeat tasting on this beer.

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.

Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.