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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 296
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Odyssey has a clear, copper-colored body and a massive off-white head. The head has pretty solid retention, and it decorates my glass with some nice lacing.

The aroma has a good hop kick to it that is both bitter and fruity with a biscuity malt aroma as an underpinning.

The hops in the flavor are mostly bittering with a big resin flavor and only a touch of citurs. The yeast is adds a slight fruitiness. The malt bill is pretty big, providing a dry, biscuit-like sweetness. The finish is warm and a bit boozy. I think the malt bill is my favorite part of Odyssey, but it is overshadowed by bitterness and booze.

The mouthfeel is a little puckering with a pretty dry finish. The body is big and almost chewy while the carbonation is adequate.

Odyssey is a solid IIPA, but there are better options on the shelves. (817 characters)

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

On tap at Coles.

Pretty deep gold colour with a creamy off white head. Some lace spots and decent retention. Aroma is honey and mild leafy hops. Certainly not a punch in the face and seeming all about malts and not about hops. A bit disappointing for an imperial IPA. The hops seem completely dialled back, and the malt is far too prominent. If this was a bottle then I'd just figure I'd gotten hold of an old one, but this is on tap at a bar. With minimal hops we're left with a low bitterness and a honey / beet aspect to the flavour. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Drinkable, but not what you'd look for in the style.

Either something went screwy with this one, or this is a mediocre attempt at the style. (713 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a not quite brilliantly clear, just the slightest haze can be found here. A nice full finger of creamy foam rises above the surface and stands proudly for a minute or so. When it falls, some thick spiderwebs of lacing are left on the glass. Very nice.

S - Very citrusy on the nose. Sweet and orangey aromas dominate. Light lemony hints blend in nicely. The sugary malt serves too temper the hops and give a very well balanced aroma. I would call this liquid orange candy.

T - The aromas are really sweet and almost delicate in nature - expected a taste to be light, summery and refreshing. Well, the flavor does not match the aroma, but it doesn't fail to make a positive impression. Bitterness is full and deep - a rock solid base for a DIPA. Citrus is present, but blends with a more earthy hop flavor and some grassiness. Caramel malt flavors creep in and offset the bitter hops with some nice sweetness.

M - Pretty full bodied beer overall - definitely a chewy beer. Carbonation is just light of medium....somewhat creamy in feel. Bitter, citrusy resins fill the mouth and linger well after the swallow.

D - This is a dangerously drinkable DIPA...alcohol really isn't apparent. The light, almost tropical aroma will suck you in and the flavors don't disappoint either. Very enjoyable and I really wouldn't mind having another of these right now. (1,404 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The delicacy of this beer totally belies its alcoholic strength and status as a DIPA.

Pours clear light copper with big bubbly white head. Smell is light, malty with light floral hops. Flavor is stronger, piny hops and pale malt with a pleasant, sharp orange rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and sharply carbonated. Surprisingly delicate. Good alcohol emerges as beer opens, bitterness become more citrusy. (410 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an Imperial beer that did not seem like an Imperial. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. This beer is good looking. The aroma was a touch weak or faint. Hints of pine and grass but not much from the malt. The flavor did not come off as big and bold. The bitterness was as expected but lacked hop and malt flavor. At 90 IBUs I want more than just bitter. Hints of pine. Extremely dry qualities which did nothing for me and I like dry beers. The body felt a little light but had good carbonation, giving a nice texture. If this beer just had a little more flavor to go along with the bitterness, it would deserve much higher scores. As it is, just a nice effort. (779 characters)

Photo of josefnewsong
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an coppery/amber orange color with a little bit of head. Smells of sweetness and dirty earth with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is fairly typical for the style, but hints of earthiness add some intrigue and the brew is very well-balanced. Medium bodied and smooth, the beer is still fairly drinkable as it warms - not too common for an imperial ipa but it is on the light side.

Another solid ale from Sly Fox. (415 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of spicy and grassy hops. As the beer warms the hop notes gain some citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more distinct. Pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by grassy and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of grapefruit flavors enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter and abnormally dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this drank more like an IPA and I'm impressed with how well the 8.4% ABV was hidden. Not exceptional but worth a shot. (879 characters)

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with a best by date of 11/25/10

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip glass. A goldish orange with some red tint. Very clear with minimal bubbles. Head is puffy and almost pure white. About 1 finger worth. As it slowly fades it leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Citrusy and some spice. A touch of caramel and grass. Overall a pretty mild nose for DIPA.

TASTE: I'm pretty sure this is a real fresh bottle as i think they just released this batch. Lots of hop bitterness. And real nice bite to it. Theres also a good amount of caramel flavor thats adding a nice sweetness and balancing this one nicely. This is tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Somewhat light in mouth. If anything i get a smooth creaminess. Goes down real easy and i'm getting no sign of the 8.4%abv.

DRINKABILITY: This is super easy to drink. Light and smooth and an easy drinker all around. I wouldn't quite call this a top tier DIPA but it's a local brewery (about 15 minutes away) and it is definitely a quality beer. (994 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 version on cask at Hop Project Day

A-Slightly hazed, ruby-red grapefruit tinged copper with a cask driven billowing white head that reduced a bit and left caking lace.

S-Fresh, bright floral, citrus and light spicy hop pop up front with a pleasant underlying light caramel malt sweetness.

T-Initial hop notes of fresh citrus, spicy pine and floral notes with the backing of sweet caramel malt. Quite balanced but does lean towards the hops.

M-Medium bodied quite smooth with only a touch of sharpness. Long lingering hop bitterness.

D-I have always been an Odyssey fan and this beer on cask simply shines. Very well constructed. (638 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really close to nailing the Imperial IPA style. With crisp and dry malt character, the resiny hops can shine.

The beer opens with a solid coper color with golden highlights and a moderate dry-hopped haze. This beer's head is expansive and unrelenting. A stark white foam forms a rocky and stubborn foamstance that refuses to fade, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. It's really hard not to give this beer a solid 5 here... aw, heck what the hell....

Hop resins and pine notes take precidence in the nose while a graham cracker-like crusty malt character provide only supporting sturdiness to the beer. More citrus notes could really help out here.

Flavors take off where aromas fade. Sure the malt character holds up but takes on a less caramel and bread note than the nose suggests. However, the hop flavor (resins and pine) gain intensity for complete dominance of the glass. The resins provide an aggressive bitterness that boarders on 'bite' and 'harsh' at times.

Creamy and malty up front, but the beer dries out beautifully in the end for a bright hop finish and crisp malt memory. Aside from the sharp bitterness, this beer could have easily scored a 5 here as well.

Odyssey is a very good beer that is on the verge of greatness. Give me a bit more hops of Centennials and Cascades and a bit less of the high beta-alpha hops and we might have a top 100 contender.

Thanks to Bobfinkenaur! (1,417 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Pillowy head recede slowly, with slow-falling sticky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, with an medium earthy hops presence. Taste starts sweet, earthy bitter in the middle, fading into a floral and lasting bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. I would expect more hops presence for the style, but still a nice brew. (505 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Manhattan.

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized head for an IPA.
The smell is sugary, with cloves and hops. Taking the first sip, alcohol content is present, boozy; the hops are here, some carbonation and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little rich with the different flavors and characteristics, finishes dry, have some water to your side. Drinkability is a little higher than average. (439 characters)

Photo of ShrLSU
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange with an overly massive head. Patchy lacing left on the glass but that much head is just obnoxious.

S - Malty and earthy with some slight piney notes. Faint citrus scents as well. For an Imperial IPA I would have expected much more of a potent nose.

T - Bitter earthy and piney hops are very prevelant. THere is a nice matly backbone to this which is a bit much for an impreial IPA. There is a certain taste of cut grass to a degree. It's a very odd combination to say the least.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. I can even sense a slight alcohol burn.

D - I would think this would be easy to drink but I just didnt really care for this all that much. It was a very big let down for a beer I brought home from my trip to NYC. This made the one case i shipped home over others, and I'm pretty disappointed with it. (851 characters)

Photo of ryrust5301
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange with a WAY to massive head, even after a gentle pour. A mushroom cloud of white bubbles took up more than 2/3 of the glass. Just the head alone is enough to knock it down a a couple pegs.

Smell - Smell is extremely creamy and sweet, almost hefe-weizen like. Hops are very faint if at all.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bitter hops mix with an almost earthy taste. Very sharp and carbonated taste that is medium bodied. Maybe some orange lends to a citrus fruit taste. Somewhat mettalic flavor lingers as well.

Drinkability - Not what I was hoping for at all. Hope it was just a bad bottle, but not worth wasting the time and money on unless you live in the area, and can pick up a bottle without much effort. (728 characters)

Photo of Dulliwhig
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a sniffer, golden orange with a finger thick white head that lasted a pretty good duration, excellent spiderweb lacing clung and dried to the glass

S - honey malt and pine

T - sweet honey maltiness with a blast of bitter citrusy hops, alcohol is noticeable, but seems to mix well with the flavor. The hops win the battle over the maltiness.

M - a bit chewy with abundant but not thick body, well carbonated and good smooth texture

D - drinkability is not bad, but the alcohol is noticeable (509 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light ruby-orange with a moderately lasting 1 finger billowy white head.

S: a light-moderate hoppiness per style with some sweet caramel and fresh flowery hops.

T: The initial flavor starts off with a moderate hoppiness of citrus, pine and fresh flowers which soon gave way to the sweet caramel malting. The flavor/taste was really clean with a well rounded and polished hoppiness.

M: creamy and smooth, a tad light with a clean finish, devoid of any hop lacing or fade.

D: Great drinkability, very clean and smooth. May disappoint hardcore hopheads per style, but overall a generally well brewed, clean hopped ipa. (641 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of past Sly Fox creations and varied styles and passed this one over because I had too many IPA's but ran out of "i have not had this" at the beer store and pulled it for a quaf. Sly Fox mixes "all hops" each year as part of their Odyssey project which I still to typing this review found quite compelling.

A: Poured into an oversized wing glass to show off a an effervescent orange/copper, with a gargantuan three finger plus head of fuzzy bubbles setting down to a tight cap of one finger with medium lacing but not lasting.

S: Nose was first estery and pale malts followed by pine cones, leafy hops, and caramel. I assume the mixture of so many hops has pushed the natural floral and citrus hop profile far to the rear in this one.

T: The flavor reaches over the malts into the nose to brings out the result of mixing many hops with the 2008 project. Clear bitterness along with pepper, ABV somewhat apparent to give some respect to the Imperial profile. Other flavors include pine, tannines, breadyness. The hops are the clear leader over the malts, not much grassy elements or herbs. The orange ester nature comes through in the 2nd and 3rd aftertaste working well together with piney and resin accents. As the beer warms, dark fruits and sugar move into the lead and all of the hops mixed seem to muddle each other.

M: Medium body and carbonation, munchable with increasingly smooth delivery.

D: Odyssey may have choosen to work with a low key noble hop profile in 08 from past years. A complex delivery with more emphasis on malt sweetness to bitterness and hops. I would love to read what the hops were used for this year.
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Photo of csmiley
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thank to prototypic for sharing this brew.

A - Color is relatively light. Some orange and copper are both present. Head is not overly impressive - maybe a finger deep. It sticks around for a couple minutes. The resulting lace is better than expected.

S - Earthy and piney aromas come through at the front. Some resin is in there too. Citrus flavors are mild - orange, pink grapefruit. Some caramel and hard candy pop up midway to end. Malty for the style.

T - Heavy amount of bitter hoppiness hits the palate first. There is a decent balance of fruity and earthy in the hop profile. I'm getting pine, orange, resin, and grapefruit. Somewhat soapy in the middle. Malt is more present than expected. Tastes doughy with hints of sugar and honey.

M - Lighter bodied with a good carbonation level. Maybe too thin and clean for my expectations of the style. Finish is bitter and doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. At over 8%, it is quite easy to put down. Mild for the style. It's still a quaffable brew though even though it didn't really hit my expectations. Glad I got to try it but wouldn't seek it out agian. (1,144 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc (my secret santa). Thanks, Josh.

Appearance: It's hazy and pours a nice golden color with copper highlights. It's capped with a slightly off-white head that's about a finger deep. It was fairly resilient and hung in there for a bit. A fairly decent coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is above average, but not exactly special. Initially, there's a very strong caramel malt aroma. Not a good sign for me, personally. It's sweet and smells like it's mixed with pale malt. There's some secondary citrus scents of grapefruit and pineapple. Smells like they're might even be a touch of dark fruit in there. Hops are noted, but they're nearly drowned by the abundance of caramel malt. They're a mix of piney and floral characteristics. Difficult to tell which is stronger. Alcohol is noted, but not overly strong.

Taste: My fears have been realized. Caramel malts are strong, sweet, and predominate the flavor of the beer. I'm not much of a fan of these types of DIPAs. Generally, the hop flavors are buried by the wealth of malt. Odyssey suffers the same fate. There's some hop bitterness here. It's a little piney and floral, but ultimately curtailed by all the malt. It's too Barleywine-esque for my taste. Some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavor emerges adding some sweetness. There's a very faint dark fruit flavor noted on the tail. Alcohol's mildy notable, but not overly so. Finishes sweet. Ultimately, it's not a bad DIPA. Just definitely not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good mouthfeel. It's relatively smooth. Carbonation's active and gets in the way a little, but it holds together pretty well. Probably the most redeeming quality about this beer. Drinkability's above average, but not quite good. I'm not big on the flavor and it's a little big at 8.4% abv. A bomber would be more than enough for me.

Odyssey's an okay DIPA. It's probably above average. Frankly, there's way too much malt and not enough hop flavor. Adjusting those two variables would be a dramatic step in the right direction. As it is, it's worth a try. But, probably not something I'd seek out. (2,175 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three fat fingers of amber froth rise over a clear, reddish amber to new copper brew. Big rings of lace lay down contour lines on the snifter glass all the way to a thin film and a slight pillow remaining at the end of the haul.

Rich citrus and pine resins recede to a light floral bouquet, as bready malts build to a strong honey finish.

The acidic bitterness is less balanced than anticipated from the aroma and far less complex. A long, lingering finish hosts nuttiness as it warms.

This Imperial IPA has a thin body and some alcohol, but is predominantly dry with light carbonation.

Odyssey is a nice beer, though not quite the journey initially anticipated from the appearance. However, this experience will carry a conversation.

Date consumed: 14 July 2008 (768 characters)

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

A: Tightly packed thin layer of head, an orangish gold color, lacing along the edges - 4.50, S: Extremely hearty and bready, tons of hops, some bubblegum - 4.00, T: Bitter and pungent, lemon peel, some toasted malts - 4.00, M: Heavy and creamy - 4.25, D; One of my first beers from Sly Fox and I'm impressed, it's a hearty good sipping brew - 3.75 (347 characters)

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

I was pretty happy to pick up a bottle of Odyssey at Half Time in Pougkeepsie, I love Sly Fox beers and this was one I hadn't tried.

Pours a pale slightly hazy orangish color. The head was nice and fluffy which was a nice sight.

Initial smell was cotton candy and slight citrus notes. I really wanted to get those sharp pine smells and explosive grapefruit notes that I've come to desire from an Imperial/dIPA. Thus I was slightly disappointed when they did not appear.

Taste is sweet, powdered sugar at first followed by astringent hop bitterness. Not altogether balanced with a lack of malt backbone.

I split this bottle with a friend and I'm glad I did. A full bomber would be a little much of this stuff. It just isn't as drinkable as some of the other big IPAs on the market. (785 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a really nice off yellow with a pretty damn big off white head and aloooot of lacing
S- hops, hops, and more hops, some faint honey smells
T- fresh hops, i was told that this one has 13 different types of hops in it, more hops, very balanced not overly bitter
M- really smooth, this one was pretty cold but it worked
D- very high abv, but it tastes too damn good

a great DIPA, esp for the money, although I would like to see this beer in 12 oz bottles and cans instead of 22's (487 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 edition. I was lucky enough to get a growler of this gem from my man Drjay. Served cold, I let everyone sip on this one with christmas dinner. Consumed on 12/25/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark amber color with loads of orange highlights to it. Some nice lacing was evident as the thick head of white faded down from the top of the glass. Light carbonation struggling to reach the top throughout.

The rich aroma was loaded down with piney hops and some nice hints of pineapple and orange. Rich with a ton of sweet malts offering up some delicate balance to it. The flavor followed suit very nicely. Rich and very fresh hops flavors that melded well and hid the alcohol with a subtle, gentle smoothness. Rich tones of biscuit like malts that helped to give it tremedous depth, especially in the finish which was long, dry and very well balanced.

Overall a very solid and very drinkable big IPA. I expect nothing less from sly fox as they continue to impress more each time (988 characters)

Photo of lessthanhadley
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2008 edition. I had never been impressed with this beer in the past but this years edition has completely changed my mind. Great head retention throughout the beer, very drinkable, while not as bitter as many DIPA's certainly very complex. Definitely worth a try. (269 characters)

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