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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 296
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 296
Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) has been an on-again, off-again affair as I attempt to divest myself of any and all pesky bottles that may still be hanging around. It does not help that many are bombers and while I am capable of drinking one by myself, it slows me down in the long run. This one is from a CAN.

From the CAN: "Odyssey Imperial India Pale Ale Since 2007 Sly Fox has brewed well over 40 varietal Pale Ales and IPAs. Odyssey is a celebration and a culmination of all that brewing. Each year, our brewers select their favorite and newly discovered hops to create a big, bold Imperial IPA."; "Craft Brewed in Pennsylvania".

There is nothing like the auditory and visual experience of the Crack & Glug! I wound up with two massive, rocky fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pretty riotous with hops, evincing pine and citrus qualities along with a pleasant malty sweetness. As I typed, the head began its descent, leaving behind a bunch of really sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium and the bite of the citrus hops was immediate on the tongue. This was followed pretty closely by a pleasant caramel sweetness to counterbalance the equation. Finish was bittersweet, not in chocolate terms, but literally. The bitterness and the sweetness seemed well melded and in total, it was a very good DIPA. (1,364 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a sticky orange with a half finger of off white foam that coats the glass. Aroma is a mixture of sweet munich-like malt, and earthy hop flavors.

First sip has an initial rush of sweet malt flavor, which quickly gives way to a huge bitter hoppy rush. Long lingering bitter finish - certainly leaves a harsh taste in your mouth.

Unfortunately, I feel like this IIPA pushes for IBUs and bitterness rather than hop flavors. There is some initial promise with the sweet malty backbone, but the bitter finish is just too out of balance. I'd rather some of those hops go to develop hop flavors and aromas, and not just bitter. (663 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose isn't as pungent with hops as I was expecting. There's a good deal of hops there but there's also a big amount of caramel and malt sweetness.

T: The taste has a big amount of piney hop bitterness followed by a nice malt sweetness. It's pretty one dimensional which isn't always a bad thing. I could use a bit more of the fruity hops here though.

M: The feel is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

O: This is good but not great. I could see buying this occasionally but I also think there are better examples of the style. (694 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tap at special tasting

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white lacing.

Smells of honey and piney hops.

Strong piney and floral hop character, not super bitter but very strong. Also, honey malts round out the taste.

Full body with mild carbonation.

Delicious, one of the best American Double/IPA's I've had and I would seek this out again. (344 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a nice orangish red that is perfectly clear and pours with a finger of fine bubbled creamy head that lingers for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: nice dry hop notes, im thinking simcoe and titan, very clean and fresh
T: very very dry, earthy tones with a slight malt presence, nice overall
M: smooth and creamy, extremely dry on the palate from the beginning through the end
O: normally im not a big fan of the dry IPAs but this one was very nice, enjoyed it quite a bit (517 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey Imperial IPA
Sly Fox Brewing Company

Pours a clear deep golden color. Faint wispy head forms and little lace. Aroma is floral, herbal, and mildly citrusy. In the taste, a solid earthy bitterness, some herbs and grapefruit as well. Malt sweetness is restrained, with pale malts and mild raw honey flavor. Well balanced, and the alcohol is well disguised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and clean. Overall, I would consider this an Imperial version of their standard Route 113 IPA. (491 characters)

Photo of HopDr
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A- Nice orangey amber color. Nice fluffy average head which goes quickly and leaves some nice lacing. No clouding.

S- All the expected IIPA hoppyness. The hops are dominated by earthy pine and resin, with some grass and citrus.

T- Goog average bitterness for and IIPA with pretty good balance from malt. Bitterness is smooth and not harsh. Caramel and brown sugar malt flavors come trough. A tiny bit boozy but not too much.

M- Nice, average carbonation, medium body. Nothing particularly special here.

O- This is a pretty good IIPA, although I kind of expected more. Sly Fox 113 IPA has been my go-to house beer recently, and when I tasted this all I could think it that it really is kind of like 113 IPA on steroids. Similar flavors, appearance and aroma, just a bit more of all of them. Not sure I will buy this one again with all the other IIPA/DIPA options out there and 113 IPA being relatively inexpensive. It also reminds me a lot in appearance, aroma, and taste of Southern Tier's 2XIPA. (1,044 characters)

Photo of crispy620
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark orange color with a lacey head that remained for quite a while. The nose was full with a slight tequila smell, might have had a little oaky tone to it. The taste was definetly very hoppy and bitter with a continous bitter flavor that remained in your mouth for a while. I pick this one up on a visit to New York and tried with family. Some loved it, other not so much. It all depends on the persons likes.

This is a very powerful DIPA that I would definetly buy again, hopefully it will come down to Florida. (520 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a glowing, rusty orange brew. The nice coloring supports a half finger head of tan bubbles, which recedes to clumps along the top of the liquid. This happens rather quickly, and no lacing is noted. There is a thick haze and sandy sediment is suspended about the drink. Carbonation appears lighter. The aroma gives a thick caramel sweetness, with darker malts and full grainy inclusions. The hops of grapefruity, and more sweet than tart. There is a cidery musk about it, with hard water and minerals coming to mind. There is huge booze with warmth and a cotton candy stickiness. The taste begins with citric hop, sugary lime sweetness, and a serious grain to cut the former flavors. There is also a mineral bitterness, which leads us to the peak through the middle where fusel booze wash the palate clean. What rises is now brown sugar sweetness, and mild flavors of berry fruit. We finish with bitterness and cooling, cutting cream. There is an air of overripe apples and soapy hops mixing for the finish. The aftertaste breathes of coiny metals and bitterness, with a sour twinge of faint lactics. There is hop coolness and bittered yeast to round things out. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with a fine astringency, and a slick metallic shield that leaves the tongue gritty. Slurp and froth are decent, at best. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the beautiful coloring. The bitter inclusions in the taste were nice, but at times because overbearing. A great deal of this was from the booze, which was also overrepresented in the flavoring. In the end we would have like to see more hops to give this more of a push for the style. (1,746 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Nice color: bright orange ice-tea, almost like a dried apricots. White head has nice lace and a mixed bubble structure. After a quick retreat, what’s left on the head has great retention.

S – Brown sugar, woody bark and cilantro. Hint of lime zest.

T – Bright pine dives into brown sugar before pulling back up to escalate into a bitter, woody crescendo. As the bitterness fades, soft almond and cashew round out the backend along side subtle booze.

M – Medium body with a great finish. Well balanced carbonation. (531 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a fluffy white two finger head into my tulip glass. Tons of sticky lacing drips down the rim.

S- Lots of fresh cut grass and bitter citrusy hops with just a hint of malt. Really not much going on here. Pretty unimpressive for an Imperial IPA!

T- Bitter grassiness, grapefruit pith and some earthiness hit you just before the subtle sweetness from the malt takes over. The bitterness has neither the citrus punch, or pure piney flavor that alot of IIPA's have. Not horrible, but I thought this would be much better.

M- Nice carbonation, but really bitter without any real citrus bomb flavor! The mouthfeel mirrors the smell.

O- I know this was fresh because my store just got this yesterday when I bought it. Not the worst IIPA i've ever had, but It's not likely I'll buy this again. (824 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle a few weeks ago while I was in the Philly area for an epic beer weekend with some friends. Price was right, I enjoy the style and we don't get this back home.

22 oz. -> DFH signature glass

A - Hazy light copper, thin and firm fine bubbled white head, dotted lacing, minimal carb streams

S - Spicy hops, mild malty, floral and perfumy

T - Huge spicy and bitter hop flavors up front. Kind of like candied grapefruit? Malt backbone is less present in the flavor profile than in the aroma. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness.

M - Feels medium in body

O - This tastes and feels like an above average double IPA. It's not a total hop or booze bomb, which is nice. They did a decent job balancing out the flavors in this beer though it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side as expected. I'd get this again in a few years, but it's nothing I'd go crazy to find. (884 characters)

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

Very one note. Pours an orange amber color with a thick yellow head and tons of lacing all over the glass. Aroma offers up piny grassy hops with tons of caramel malt and biscuit notes. Tastes pretty much like a bitter bomb with nothing but hops assaulting the palate and nothing to reign in the bitterness. It could have been just like eating hops sauteed in a hop juice reduction. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. Overall, its not a bad beer, but just very unfair to the palate. (491 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained from the Finger Lakes Beverage Center this shows a clear orange amber color with a very nice, creamy off-white head and wallpaper of lacing. The aroma offers a crisp green pine/grass hop and biscuit yeast. Nice enough. The flavor brings plenty of the same hop idea, bright but finishing with more grass and very little malt or caramel elements. It's got a nice, tangy orange peel bite with lots of peppery carbonation. The feel is half viscous with a near full body constitution. But it's way too heavy on the bitterness with little regard for the flavor. This is an unbalanced grassy, bitter, acrid brew. Not something I'd call very drinkable. It's okay but I'm very disappointed that this is the brew I chose when shopping for one growler to bring home from Finger Lakes Beverages. Update: just bought and tried a can of this stuff, apparently pretty fresh and the result was much happier, so I can restore the flavor score to a more impressive level and correct my review. The original bomber must have been a tainted batch/bottle. The flavor here is of nice, thick tropical fruits with a pleasant herbal/agave quality that i really like. There's some sweet biscuit, rice and maybe a touch of evergreen. Very interesting and enjoyable. (1,247 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a dimpled mug.

Beer pours a bright orange with thick, fluffy egg-shell head that stuck around for a long visit before shrinking back into some nice lacing.

Smells of piney hops perhaps some tropical fruits...mango, a touch of grapefruit. Taste is very, very hoppy and really bitter. I love hops a lot but the hops in this beer taste way out of balance. I looked at the Sly Fox website and they say Odyssey has Bravo, Citra, Sorachi Ace, German Northern Brewer, Cascade and Centennial. It's muddled and confused.

The mouthfeel is thick and resinous. There is more than enough carbonation. As for drinkability, I'll stick with Route 113 if I want a Sly Fox IPA. This one doesn't make the grade. (730 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am glad I was able to try this on tap cheaper that bottle price. Served during the Happy Hour at Mad Mex.

A - Poured a nice amber copper color with slight haze and a nice sticky white bubbly head to boot! Looks tasty.

S - First nose is of pure hop bliss. Pine and citrus with a bready undertone, almost like it was dry hopped.

T - Prickly hop bite mellowed with a nice cracker sweet malt to balance but hops in the finish and the main star of the show. ABV is well covered and each sip is hop good!

M - I found it drinking with a rather medium body. Hops were kind of harsh but delicious.

D - Overall I may have to get the bottle or have it on tap again because it really was a great imperial IPA. Full hop flavor and great balance and drinkable but ABV did catch up to me. Still it took the edge off that darn East End Homewood Reserve! (845 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of creamy slightly off-white head with a bit of rocky top with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Decent retention... Loaded with small bubbled slow to moderate paced carbonation... A bronzed copper color with a distinctive orange hue...

S - A subdued hop forward nose... Mostly citrus in nature... A solid malty base lies beneath... Some grassy notes... Simple and straight forward...

T - A surprisingly potent hop bite given the rather muted nose... A mix of piney and citrusy hops... Tropical fruits... Some floral perfume notes... Graham Crackers... Bready crust... The hops return and linger on the finish...

M - Clean... Crisp... Bristilng carbonation... Lush and creamy to start turning exceedingly dry on the finish...

D - A solid and respectable American Double IPA... Far from the top of the class, but something I would drink again if offered the opportunity... (920 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with good clarity. Started with a healthy, thick white head with good retention and slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Orange cirus and floral hop aromas with a bit of sweet maltiness sneaking through. Smells good but not nearly as intense as most 2xIPAs I've had. On the thinner side of medium bodied with light carbonation. Big floral and citrus flavors in the front, tapering to a pine hoppy middle that helps suppress the alcoholic heat. Pine hop flavor lingers but doesn't last. Pretty easy to drink despite the higher ABV. However, I've had more intense IPAs than this ale. (596 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighty hazed burnt orange, huge cap of frothy and sticky white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is of tropical and citrus fruit - grapefruit, mango - and some floral hoppy notes. Lightly sweet, fresh grain and faintly grassy on the back end. First sip is the tropical and citrus fruit, strong floral presence with pine and grass coming through before a touch of booze covers up any malt. Sadly felt thin, moderately carbonated and bone dry. Impressed with this offering from Sly Fox. Just needs a touch more body and a little less booze bite to be a star. (570 characters)

Photo of BabySnakes
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful penny copper/ orangy color.
Initial candy orange flavor in the first few sips while the head was still tall and fluffy.
Bitter IPA sensation but also well balanced. Not extremely hoppy nor tangy. Alcohol content is reflected in the slightly boozy flavor. lightly syrupy and creamy mouthfeel. (303 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a burnt orange with copper hues, a white head fades to retained film with some streaks and patches of lacing.

Strong bitter pine in the nose with grapefruit and alcohol. Somewhat overpowering initially.

Begins with a tough blast of piny hops with an almost acidic citrus touch. A bit of caramel malt backbone attempts to peek out although the intense hop bitterness outweighs most of the other flavors. Finishes bitter and dry with boozy warmth.

Medium body, higher carbonation, dry and sticky throughout. Kinda tougher drinking to be honest, especially since the alcohol could be masked better, even for a DIPA. The flavors could use more balance, as the intense pine and grapefruit blew everything else away. (753 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this twice recently on-tap at Bocktown.

A- Body is a nearly transparent rich beautiful amber hue. Served with only a thin white collar-which has good retention but leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

S- Loads of citrus hops- but also exotic fruit such as pineapple and mango. A slight hop resin, a hint of spicy hops and astringent alcohol are present in the back.

T- Taste is similar to the nose. Very fruity upfront with grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango, etc. The citrus fades slightly for the finish and a moderate hop bitterenss and mild hop spiciness come forward along with a mild alcohol astringency and heat.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight body.

D- This is a decent, very fruity DIPA overall. The citrus flavors are bright but the finish is more resiny than bright. At 8.4% the alcohol feels like its 10%+. (854 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blind bomber #8 from the Blind Bombers BIF.
Poured into a snifter (explanation to follow).
This beer is consumed and reviewed without any knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.

Upon cracking open the bottle, I honestly thought this was a saison... A citrus and spice aroma wafted from the bottle... I realized it could be an ipa, so, I went with a snifter. After pouring it, seeing it, smelling the full beer, and tasting it, I think a snifter was in fact a good choice-- this seems to be another DIPA from this BIF!

Pours a coppery amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Derby retention and lacing. I prefer a lighter color-- and there are some dark yeast sediments in my glass that remind me of dark sand.

The smell is lemony and citrus notes with. Lot of spices-- saison like spices. A peppery note is very pronounced here-- and it seems odd.

Very little sweetness... Leads to a surprisingly little hop kick. This beer comes across as bland-- almost watered down. Nothing really pops on the flavor: actually the spicy notes seem to be the most influential... Not how I like my IPAs-- The spices kick in on the finish and in the aftertaste... Very differnt, but not necessarily in a good way.

The aftertaste lingers with a sweet and bitter note that leaves me feeling thirty-- like I need some water. Some grapefruit flavors sneak past the spicy hops and permeate the aftertaste.

The body is more than medium with a good carbonation level. No complaints here.

As far as drinkabilty goes-- this isn't bad. This isn't great either. This seems to me to be a standard offering from a small local brewery.... Nothing that people trade for or seek out, but one all the locals try when they put it on tap.

Rip open the envelope...
And this is Slyfox's Odyssey DIPA.
Hmmm... I really like their Pils-- but not their 113 IPA. Their DIPA isn't very impressive either it seems...

I will give these guys another shot though-- I really liked their Pils- and I love the fact they can their beer!
4/3/2.5/4/3 (2,021 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, hops, big piney hops. In the taste, dry piney hops and a small sweetness via the malt. A small bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Big piney hops, yet somewhat thinner and watery than expected. (301 characters)

Photo of Axic10
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark golden (not quite amber) color with a finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruity and passionfruit citrus. Wave of hop aroma followed by a nice malt character.

Taste: Some bitter citrus and bitter hops with a malty/hoppy balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability: Decent offering from Sly Fox that I would drink again. (430 characters)

Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.