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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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very good

50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maybrick on 12-11-2004

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Reviews: 50 | Hads: 143
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber at New Beer Distributors in NYC for 5.50.

It pours a hazy orange with a rocky, thick head that lasts the whole session. Plenty of lace patches stick to the glass. The aroma is replete with sweet, floral, grapefruity hops, very inviting. The taste is a wall of hops complimented by a firm malty backdrop. With some warmth, white grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine tar hop flavors abound. Alcohol is subdued, offering only a pleasant spiceyness. The mouthfeel is thick are creamy with active carbonation. Grapefruit bitterness abounds in the everlasting finish.

This is an awesome, brash DIPA. Im surprised it has such a (relatively) low average. Try it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
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!

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Photo of dehay
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lessthanhadley
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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


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Photo of maybrick
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a tall tupil glass. 2 fingers of off-white head, fairly creamy and left a fair amount of lacing throughout the session.

Smells of light-roast malts, a small amount of citrus, and some pine. Not a lot of fruitiness but still smells bitter like a solidly-hopped IPA nevertheless. Perhaps a bit of maple notes after further review.

A bit lighter-tasting at first than I expected, especially after the strong nose. A lot of malt and pine hits first on the tongue and that piney bitterness in the back of the throat at the finish. Definitely boozy but very tasty as it warmed up. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Overall- I picked two cans up on a whim and very glad I did. This is a very affordable and tasty IPA I would recommend and surely try again. Well done, Sly Fox!

Side note- I almost wish there an optional rating scale for value, since this is a very well-crafted and expensive-tasting IPA but with a low price tag. If it were $3.50 a can I would have given it a 4.25 overall, but considering I paid only $2.00 I gave it a 4.5 overall.

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Photo of stingo
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerloverofPA
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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Photo of crispy620
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Boto
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.