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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 140
Photo of aerozeppl
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of jophish17
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is more on the malt side, some hops, citrus, slight pine, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice tone of hops, some citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty, nicely balanced DIPA.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pale amber, nice quarter inch of head that hangs around and good lacing

smell:sweet dinner roll style malt and HUGE hop aroma. I smell grapefruit and flowers primarily

taste: not as much malt as I'd expect from an imperial IPA. But the hops do not dissapoint, the primary flavor is grapefruit with notes

mouthfeel: light, yet oily, tannic, astringent and nice carbonation the whole thing cleans the pallete in a way that makes it refreshing

drinkability: I find this tasty enough and the nice nose and great mouthfeel really drinkable.

notes: I really like the concept of the Sly Fox IPA project. If for no other reason then it is a lot of fun to drink a beer with a sinlge hop in it to get an idea of the character of that hop.

Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in wide mouth glass - let sit for a few minutes to warm up from fridge.

appearance: pours nice yellowish copper color. initially poured a nice head but dissipated rather quickly. it did leave a nice lacing howeve.

smell: citrus malty hop is what comes to mind. can really smell the alcohol - pretty malty with hop surrounding it.

taste: light initial creamy flavor. the flavor evaporated pretty quickly. initial sweet malty taste with hop bitterness. as you have a few more sips - the flavor coats your mouth and you don't have the disappearing flavor phenomenon anymore - which leads to a good overall mouthfeel.

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

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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