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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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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
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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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

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!

04-23-2007 20:12:46 | More by NJpadreFan
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vwcraig

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

04-18-2007 19:12:47 | More by vwcraig
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-22-2007 00:10:08 | More by beermanbrian
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kpantz

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

03-17-2007 01:22:48 | More by kpantz
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John_M

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

03-12-2007 13:07:22 | More by John_M
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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!

03-07-2007 06:38:10 | More by rayjay
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RedChrome

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

02-16-2007 22:49:30 | More by RedChrome
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

02-10-2007 18:40:33 | More by bjohnson
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

02-06-2007 23:09:15 | More by RonfromJersey
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

02-02-2007 02:44:03 | More by JohnnyM2002
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

01-29-2007 22:37:55 | More by oberon
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

01-29-2007 17:20:15 | More by biegaman
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

01-29-2007 03:05:55 | More by foureyedgeek
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

01-29-2007 01:16:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

01-27-2007 02:57:26 | More by DrJay
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dehay

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +23.4%

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.

01-22-2007 02:35:20 | More by dehay
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

01-21-2007 22:06:12 | More by Imstillthegman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

01-18-2007 05:35:48 | More by Viggo
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-16-2007 12:48:04 | More by Gavage
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15%

Sampled on-tap at Jackie Blues in Harrisburg PA, after we kicked the keg of Raspberry Reserve trying to fill my growler. =)

Appearance: Served an amber brown color with a creamy off-white head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Big pine hops, grassy and integrated caramel swirl around in a musty bitter aroma in the nose.

Taste: It is dominated by bitter hops no doubt. There is a sweet malt character present but caramel malt is buried first by bitterness. First grapefruit pine hops and then additionally by alcohol making it a harsh beer, and I like it =) If you are into hoppy beer go for it. The one fault maybe a lack of a more solid malt backbone to this beer but the flavor itself is hard to mess up when there is so many delicious hops thrown in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter and active in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a hopheads delight. It is not the most complex of balanced DIPA I have enjoyed but it is hoppy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

01-16-2007 06:54:42 | More by Phatz
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Ego

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

eyes..
full 2 fingers of off white head, retention is good and carbonation is quite evident replacing the head that burps out into my workspace, this is golden brown with amber highlights, nothing too exciting but not bad at all.

nose...
"brown" smelling hops, almost a caramel malt tone also, that's about it, pretty mundane and for a DIPA does not take hops and pimp slap you ass with a cone-iferous cacophony... disappointing.

taste etc...
a lot more bitter than I would have thought considering the odor, but it doesn't linger in the aftertaste too much, the malts are there but the bitterness is king, mouth feel is medium and this is not oily (perhaps why the taste doesn't linger too much). Oddly enough the lack of linger adds to the drinkability of this. This drinks like many a "regular" IPA of these days, not that that is a bad thing perse BUT when you come through my hood wearing the colors of the DIPAs you better represent. dig ?

verdict?
for a DIPA this is like the baby brother of the bunch. not bad, tasty in fact, maybe just a more bitter regular IPA. This is quite enjoyable but don't expect a hop-hiroshima.

01-11-2007 03:30:59 | More by Ego
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

A tumbler served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille. I ordered this glass along with another immediately and allowed this to warm.

A: The ale is a amber color, brilliant and clear. The head is nonexistent, in part because the glass is filled to the brim.

S: The ale has a thick bitter hop aroma. Specific scents are difficult to come by though, which is a little disappointing.

T: The flavor is muddled. There are a lot of hops, but no one flavor really makes itself known. The big hop body is definitely citrusy, but it is difficult to delve too much deeper. The malts are biscuity and are a nice base for the big hops.

M: Surprisingly, I prefer this beer out of a bomber. The hop flavors are hesitant to shine after they make themselves known.

D: I could have had another, in part because the hops did not overwhelm me. As noted in an earlier review, the ale is intense and delicious when it is on its A game, so give it a shot and you'll be impressed.

01-11-2007 02:17:30 | More by akorsak
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden copper with an off-white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was piney, grassy and resinous through the moussy head. As the head retreated a moderate level of caramel became notable and a citrusy hop character emerged.

The flavor was lighter than anticipated with a lightly metallic and spicy hop presence coupled with a medium level of caramel malt that was not very strong. The flavor was lightly piney and grassy, but did not have the big resinous feel the aroma promised as the head began it's retreat. The bittering level was high and worked well to overshadow the light malt presence yet did not become overdone.

The finish was dry with a lasting grapefruit citrus hop flavor and bittering pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a moderate level of carbonation and an almost creamy mouthfeel. A nice IPA, but just not enough character to be quite a Double IPA.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

01-03-2007 23:19:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Bomber bottle, no freshness information given. Pours rich almond amber, clear. The of white head showed good retention and then melted to a long lasting tiny bubble film, and leaves a rich offering to the eyes of longlasting lacing. Fine, scattered and also in sheets, mellow nose, softly of leafy hops. Nice hoppy brew, not overpowering hope wise, but respectabe amounts of oily, grainy hop goodness abounds. Love the style and this is a worthy take. Well worth a try for hop lovers

01-01-2007 20:35:48 | More by Billolick
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oelergud

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Transparent crystal clear honey ruby body, low carbonation. Off-white rocky bumbly head, great clumping lace and retention.
Hoppy caramel scent, grain, wet hay and dirt.
Semi rough hop flavors of a pine character with sweet caramel mingled in. Dont know if they are in it, but there is a strong simcoe hop flavor here.
Aftertaste is long and hoppy with just abit of spice. Yes there is alot of hop flavor here but thats the point, this is afterall, a double IPA.
Full body and decent coating, fresh and dry sensation.
A very drinkable brew. It definitely improves with warmth.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle

-Oelergud

12-31-2006 01:09:07 | More by oelergud
Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.