Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +21.5%
Pours to a beautiful dark orange to amber color. Immediately the nose tells you this is going to be a beig hoppy one. Head is brilliant white with nice lace. Carbonation is perfect just like the rest of Brew Brian O'Reilly's beer tend to be. According to the company website the hops used are Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, East Kent, Fuggle, Simcoe, Styrian and Target hops. This represents the single hop IPA project done during the year culminating to the finish of this beer.
The drinkability is good for those true hopheads amongst us. It is not for the light at heart on the backend. There is definetely detectable malt up-front, then builds the bitterness on the tongue and has a dry crisp finish.
I think this is a very good brew.
12-11-2004 22:51:07 | More by maybrick
4.47/5 rDev +21.5%
An amazing IPA savored during my first visit to Sly Fox on 01.15.05...
When tapped, this brew gave me a luscious head to gaze upon, the orangish almost red brew reminded me of something other than what I was about to experience. I need not do much else other than get this bad boy a foot from my nose to catch a whiff of the fresh hoppy juju... Incredibly smooth in its entry on the palate, this is not the sensory overload many think an IPA like this would be. A very fine balance seems to be the thought of the day, at least in my mind. A good homeostasis, of sorts, between the malt, hops and even, to a lesser extent, the citrus accents, which make this a much more drinkable "big" beer than many would think...
01-16-2005 00:09:36 | More by goindownsouth
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
Pours a deep clear burnt orange, with a smooth creamy head that settles down to a white cap on the top. Smell is bright and hoppy, of springtime with newly-mown grass, bolstered by a rich brown bready foundation. Very well balanced, as the mellow sweetness of the malts gets an agreeable dry finish from the hops. Mouthfeel is very good - not too heavy, not too light, making this beer very drinkable. Just watch out for the well concealed alcohol. While it may not be a "Gee Whiz" beer, the Odyssey is certainly very, very well made and a fitting conclusion to Sly Fox's IPA project.
01-08-2005 16:29:39 | More by stingo
4.35/5 rDev +18.2%
I thought this stuff was awesome. Highly drinkable for a doulbe IPA, much more so that Hop Devil or Hop Wallop (both of which i like). Up front bitterness more tame and aroma more delicate than other two mentioned beers. Its 8.4% but you'd never know it until you'd try to stand up. Some really impressive stuff. Cheers to the IPA project, finding a perfect combination of 9 different hops and finding a new beer I love.
12-23-2004 15:12:42 | More by beerloverofPA
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Appearance: A light orange-copper body, clear and with moderate to high carbonation. Poured with a 1" head of white foam that exhibits very good retention, and is very sticky on the glass.
Smell: A nice boquet of hops give this a real punch. I detect mostly citrus notes, some conifer spiciness. Nice.
Taste: This is very nice. It has a good firm bitterness start to finish, ending with a refreshing spicy smack. The most prominent flavors I got were orange, some faint carmel, lots of oily hops and all that goes with that; pine, some grapefruit, some pepper. Mostly though, this drinks very nicely without overpowering the mouth.
Mouthfeel: It's not a real light drinker, being a double IPA and all, but it still remains rather lively. As I said before, the carbonation is nice and active and keeps the sweetness and the slick malts from weighing this down.
Drinkability: I never had the pleasure of trying any of the single hopped IPAs, but this Imperial IPA does a really nice job of siutating the hops into their respective places. I really like this, it's another winner in this style.
02-24-2005 18:13:45 | More by 99bottles
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a clear copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a flowery hop, rose petals and a touch of mint.
The taste presented a sharp, yet light caramel malt accented by waves upon waves of hops taking the form of dry flowers, mint and tea leaves.
The mouthfeel was light and vlean with a lingering bitterness.
Overall a very tasty and uniquely hopped ale.
12-15-2012 23:30:06 | More by plaid75
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Surprised to see this retired. I just bought a bottle in Rochester 1 month ago.
The beer pours a clear amber color with fluffy eggshell white head of 3 cm foaming up easily and fading slowly.
Aroma is mild pine sap and some caramel mixing almost indeterminably. Sweet and sticky nose, if scents can have a texture.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine and gentle carbonation. Slight syrupy texture and a fine sticky coating on lips after each sip.
Flavor is caramel and toffee then rolling to pine sap and bitey hops that linger long after each swallow. Some grapefruit hits the sides of my tongue as well.
The ABV is hidden pretty well and the beer is dangerously easy to drink considering the 8.4%.
I like this beer and find it to be a nice drinkin beer.
09-22-2007 03:21:21 | More by sulldaddy
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
22 oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass.
Clear, amber color with a foamy white head, that thinned to a light layer, leaving good sticky lacing.
Sweet malty aroma with a faint odor of piney hops.
Sweet malty taste on the initial sip, then the bitterness of the hops kicks in hard, very good overall flavor.
Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
Good drinking beer, I could enjoy a few of these over the course of an evening.
05-25-2009 20:40:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
Draught @ Sly Fox: This one is a clear, dark golden color. Maybe a tinge of orange in there also. There is a strong white head with lots of lacing. There is a pronounced hop aroma. What was strange that even while the aroma was potent, only a bit of pininess stood out of the aroma. The taste is very hoppy, with no traces of maltiness at all. Fairly well balanced. Nice.
12-28-2004 20:37:53 | More by Boto
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one.
22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Thick head that stands a fingers width. Great retention. Lacing clings to the glass and creates an awesome webbing. Color is a darker amber orange with red hughes when held to the light.
Smell is a sharp hops bitterness. Piney, herbal, and citrusy. Taste is very complex, with the flavors changing as it rolls back. Sharp and piney up front and smoothes out to fairly sweet and fruity in the back. Noticeable malt balance. Mouthfeel has a solid medium body.
This is the first Sly Fox beer I've had, and I'm impressed. I hope Odyssey comes out of retirement.
02-07-2008 12:37:53 | More by bort11
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
Like almost all Sly Fox IPAs, very little aroma. Looking past this, the complexity is fairly deep, and you can pick out some of the varietals. Maltiness is light. That is expected and preferred, however. Of course the bitterness is going to be smoothed out, as all the varietals play, bounce, add and subtract from each other. This is nicely bittered, and has a wonderful finish. I have had all the single varietal brews that make this 2006 Odyssey, and this years combination outweighs them all. A great addition, and wonderful to have in bottles this time. A local must-have.
04-11-2007 02:07:39 | More by boelker62
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
A nice light orange/amber colour mostly clear with a nice white collar of thick foam. Lacing is decent as well. I had this one on tap and I remember it being better that way, but alas, I have lost my notes for that one, and so I will enter in a review for the cask-conditioned version of this much heralded, and highly anticipated brew from the end of last year. The aromas are very bready and malty, with a nice hop integration that lets the malts shine hand in hand with the 8 different hop varities used. Unfortunately the aroma is not very hoppy, and for me the taste follows suit. Sure this is a hoppy beer, but the hops seem so muddled in comparison to the wonderful single-hopped IPA's that this place cranked out over the past year. This is one-dimensional for a DIPA in my book, but the creamy cask mouthfeeel and drinkability remain very very inspired. Don't get me wrong, this is very balance and well integrated in its flavors, but I just expected a more raw, in your face IBU monster. Maybe the 2005 odyssey will be more to my liking. Still, as this is it's still very good and interesting.
03-03-2005 20:24:55 | More by francisweizen
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Can poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a nice and rich deep amber orange color with a head that lingers for quite a while and dies very slowly. The receding head and the beer while being consumed left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is boozy, malty, and a decent amount hoppy. The aroma a bit more defined smells of slight toffee, a nice hop bitter aroma, and a little bit of coffee-rather interesting for an Imperial IPA. The flavor is deep and nicely balanced between a strong malt body (even with some good roasty notes) and a good bitterness. The flavor isn't extremely powerful, but it is very enjoyable. The initial flavor starts out mild and fruity and then gives way to a powerful bitter note. The MF is rather light and soapy.
This is an interesting beer. It tastes different than most Imperial IPA's, but I can't really pinpoint what the flavors are...A good brew nonetheless.
01-03-2013 15:33:23 | More by jifigz
4.11/5 rDev +11.7%
A-Half inch white foamy head leaving a thick lacing which quickly slides down the side of the glass. clear golden color
S-very aromatic...smelled this one while pouring into the glass. Lots of citrus hops. grapefruit, pineapple mango some mild sweetness
T-some sweetness out of the gate and then the hops come into play giving way to more of the malty sweetness. grapefruit mix with sweet tropical fruits some hoppy bitterness. not boozy
M-mildly carbonated, leaves a lingering sweetness
O-solid offering from Sly Fox
07-13-2014 17:10:53 | More by beerbully
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
This came as a bonus in a trade with jtrockchalk
a couple weeks ago. I always love trying things from around the country that we can't get in Ca. I'm a little confused about the "American IPA" description of this beer, as its got the abv and the hop flavor to qualify as a DIPA.
The beer poured a deep red/amber color that was nice and clear. The head was sticky and offwhite and really laced the glass well.
The smell was very piney and fruity. I smelled some citrus smells coming out with an underlying IPA sweetness that can only come from a ton of base malts. I had a bit of a stuffy nose that day and we had just finished doing a 5 year bigfoot vertical tasting but I still noticed the hops. Very nice and strong.
The taste was well balanced. There was a fair amount of malt flavor to balance the huge amount of hops. The piney flavors were stronger here in the initial taste and the citrus flavors were noticeable more in the aftertaste. This beer had a large amount of bitterness for a DIPA or atleast for the ABV. I guess this is why someone thought to call this an IPA instead of a DIPA?
The body was good and heavy but the bitterness was a tad distracting as it became more difficult to fully appreciate the complexity of the brew. Very drinkable if you're a hop head but it might be intimidating if you're just getting into IPAs.
On a side note, I looked at the sly fox website and it lists this beer as a Seasonal.
02-13-2008 07:34:03 | More by t0rin0
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Another beer I have had several times without giving it a rate.
A: Pours a very clear amberish orange hue. Nice tall creamy head. Rocky on top. Insane retention with HUGE chunks of lace.
S: Wonderful aromas. Light caramel, with huge hints of citrus and fresh cut grass.
T: Very well balanced. Nice sweet candy malt backbone plays well off the bold citrus hops. The finish has a nice blast of bitter herbal grassy hops.
M: On the fuller side of medium, rather full bodied for the style.
D: Good I really do like this beer. One of the best offerings i have ever had from Slyfox.
03-18-2010 20:21:24 | More by tpd975
Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.