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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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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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 BlindPig
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

BlindPig, May 20, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BeerTruth, May 10, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Metalmonk, May 09, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

jwc215, May 06, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

jjayjaye, May 01, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

plaid75, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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!

NJpadreFan, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

vwcraig, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

beermanbrian, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of kpantz
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

kpantz, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

John_M, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of rayjay
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

rayjay, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

RedChrome, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

bjohnson, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange amber body, excellent clarity, topped by four fingers of level off-white froth, which settled qucikly down to two fingers and left nice sticky lacing.

Inviting piney and citrus fruity aroma. Fresh orange scent shines through.

Good firm caramelly malt center. Nice to see in a beer that all about its hop varieties. The caramel smoothly gives way to juicy fruits, and a rising bitterness that crests at the swallow and dominates the aftertaste without destroying the tastebuds.

Nice sticky medium-plus-to-full body. Substantial and not for chugging, though extremely drinkable.

It would take a better palate then mine to identity all the hop varieties involved, but brewmaster O'Reilly has made a hell of a blend. Seek out fast, but this is one and done, and it was done well.

RonfromJersey, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Given to me by Akorsak - thanks!!

A - Poured a clear, reddish-golden color with good carbonation and a medium off-white head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Smells entirely of grassy hops...an aroma for the hopheads!

T - I'll admit, at first, I wasn't too sure of the taste...but as the beer warmed, it really grew on me. This took over an hour to finish, and I only really appreciated it towards the end. Strong hop presence with grassy and piney notes that dominate the flavors. No malty or fruity accompaniment...all hops. No real detection of alcohol, either...unbalanced DIPA, but not in a way that takes away from the taste at all. Enjoyable to a hophead.

M - Very bitter finish, following a medium, semi-creamy body. A little warming senstation afterwards...very enjoyable.

D - I really enjoyed it...I've been drinking a lot of DIPAs lately, and this one is definitely on the hoppy side of the balance. Highly recommended.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep copper nearing amber color with a fluffy,sticky 2 finger head that settles oh so slowly leaving blotches of lace behind.Hops are present in the nose obviously but they dont throw a knock out punch quite grassy and herbal with sweeter caramel malt presence in there as well as a hint of hard water.The hop profile is much more to my liking on the palate quite resiny and piney with some tangerine that lingers nicely,a firm biscuity malt presence is there although it never gets in the way from the waves of hop flavors.I can see the different hop combinations coming together in this giving off a wide range of hop character,if your a hop head and love hop complexity this is it for you in my opinion.

oberon, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label reads: "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make hoppy" ... I don't get it.
Thanks to Dr.Jay! 10 varieties of hop? Wowza. Pours from the bottle with a nice glow, some head. Amber (cognac) colour. A sweet and cloying aroma, a little bit of yeast maybe? A pretty void mouthfeel with only minor bitterness. Not a whole ton of flavour either. This is certainly good, but I think they failed in their intention. In using such hop variety it failed to showcase much of anything, too all over the place. Like a beer with ADD. Just needs to concentrate a little better.

biegaman, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into a pint glass, received in a trade from bk998. Review taken from my notes from this evening.

Pours a very clear amber with a huge fluffy white head, some light carbonation present, and some nice, moderate lacing.

Smell is very hoppy, with aromas of citrus, grapefruit especially, as well as floral hops. Some light sweetness present but mostly hops,

Taste is much like it smells, loads of hoppiness, accompanied by a nice caramel sweetness. The sweetness is soon washed away by more bitterness that hangs until the swallow. The alcohol is well hidden, just hinting, this is a very good DIPA.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but not at all watery, not sticky. Finishes uite clean and slightly drying.

Drinkability is great, this a tasty beer I could enjoy all night long.

foureyedgeek, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears...copper amber hued with a large rocky tuffet of off white beige head very resilient leaves behind sporadic chunks of lacing, the head formed thick and floated above the glass nicely. Aroma...heavy grapefruit, citrus peel, floral hops definitely a combonation of their IPA Project varietals also blends a bready caramel malt profile intertwined with the massive hop nose. Flavor has a very scattered hop profile with a multitude of varieties coming together, it says it's an imperial IPA and I note around 8% abv...grapefruit, perfumey floral tones, earty grassiness all collide and I enjoy the fortified assertive hop mingling going on here, but the higher abv and sugary caramel malt unites some aspects of the bitterness, but it's not working as well as some other DIPA out there in beerland. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied moderate carbonation on the palate with a light oily feel, thank you hops. Although most bigger IPAs have a more pronounced resinous texture than this one pulls off. Drinkability is very easy to consume if you love hops, I don't have any problems in this area good stuff I'm a fan and I can't wait to try more varietals from Brian O'Reilley and company, I would love to taste their Amarillo IPA.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, burnt orange with a thin, fine head. As the foam receded to a solid ring of bubbles it left behind some spotty lacing. The aroma was all hops with lots of different characters vying for dominance. Lots of grapefruit, light pine, some earthiness, a little catty - I'm not sure whether it's complexity or a mish-mash. Either way it's not bad. Fairly high bitterness with comparatively mild malt sweetness. There's lots of depth in the hop flavour, mostly citrus and a little pine. Dry finish, moderate carbonation with a body that's just on the full side of medium. The texture was a little creamy. It's an interesting experiment, but I think a little more malt would really let the hops shine. As it is, the hops are front and center, but they don't have a solid partner to dance with.

DrJay, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of dehay
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Bought a full case, and it was date stamped "fresh by" on the box.

A - clear copper colored, 2 fingers of mouse-like head. Decent lacing.

S - very strong piney, fresh hop smell

T - Citrusy grapefruit, with very light caramel malt to back it up. Decent carbonation. Light alcohol warmth.

M- oily, very bitter, but typical for this style.

D - If you are a hophead, you will love it. Excellent example of this style. Good sipping beer. I hope Sly Fox keeps makes this brew part of their regular rotation.

dehay, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bomber courtesy of BeerBeing.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a fingers worth of white head. The head is much more manageable than the one you get their Rt.113 IPA.

Piney hops and caramel are fairly even in the nose, but as with my last Sly Fox bottle, it isn't very assertive. I expected more of a hop presence since this is a DIPA.

Bitter pine and grapefruit, caramel, and some alcohol. Nice and hoppy...but closer to a IPA, I think.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, and a somewhat slick feel in the mouth from the hop oils. Some dryness after swallowing. Not bad, but I still feel it's closer to an IPA than a DIPA.

Imstillthegman, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice! Good to experience great US craft brew like Sly Fox, courtesy of my main man DrJay!

Pours a cloudy amber, thick white head, settles to a nice layer, tons of lace, really sticks. Smell is sweet, some toffee, pine, citrus/floral, lots of different combinations of aroma, pretty complex stuff. Taste is citrus and floral, very hoppy, crazy bitterness, unbalanced, kind of harsh. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some heat. Bitterness was too strong, but a neat beer nonetheless, thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice thick 2"+ head that sticks around a while. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruits fill the air.

Taste: initial strong pine bitterness dominates this beer as the malt level is a bit softer than expected. Grapefruits, oranges, and a hint of grass rounds it out. Alcohol is barley noticeable. As the glass emptied (and warmed), the beer kind of grew on me.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Super long aftertaste as pine and grapefruits stick to the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: the beer started off a bit harsh, but turned into a very pleasant drinking session. Try this one.

Gavage, Jan 16, 2007
Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.