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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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85
very good

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.73%
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

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Beer added by: maybrick on 12-11-2004

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 144
Photo of linkmon
1.14/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This "Brewery" should be closed!! ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!! Tastes like absolute crap!! Stay FAR FAR FAR FAR AWAY!!

I am not sure what they were going for, but this is BY FAR, the WORST IPA of any kind, I have ever had, and I have drank over 100 of them now!! GROSS!!! (267 characters)

Photo of prg1976
2.27/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber colored, white head. Some lacing and head retention.

Smell is malty, some pine hops in the background.

Taste is a sweet malty mess with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability....yeah, it doesn't really matter, there's got to be something wrong with this bottle. It's dated 12/8/11 (best by, I assume) so it can't be that old. Last year's version was a lot better than this. I'm not impressed. (415 characters)

Photo of cyprest
2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with clean filtering. Slight lacing on pint glass.

High presence of citrus and pine hops with a bit of dinginess.

Hop flavor only somewhat higher than that you would expect from a standard IPA, but unfocused. Prob from the mixing of various "leftover" hops from their IPA- project.

Nice mouthfeel and easy drinkability. The alcohol is masked appropriately for it's imperial status. (402 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From TJs on 1/5. Reviewed from notes.

Deep amber in color, Odyssey has a sticky and fluffy marshmallow-like head. It produces thick and sticky spiderweb lacing. This is a good looking beer.

The aroma is odd...grassy and earthy hops with bready and caramel malt presence, along with a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is similar, as the bready and caramel malts pretty much crush everything out but the alcohol. Some caramel and sugars are also evident.

The feel is thick but lacks that sticky hop character that I really think makes some of the best DIPAs what they are. A little bit disappointed by this one. I was expecting better. (637 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger thinner looking off-white / tan head with good retention with medium carbonation evident. Color is somewhere between clear burnt umber and sienna brown. Head slowly fades to a thin film. A wisp and ring remains 'til the end and leaves some good lacing down the side. Average for the style.

SMELL: Toasted and pale malt for sure with hints of caramel malt as well. Some hints of grapefruit and some earthiness as well. Not as powerful a grapefruit / pine punch as some other DIPA's. Some nice floral notes show through too. Mild but fine, and a more malty than average nose for the style.

TASTE: Toasted and pale malt again with lots of citrus and grapefruit hops. Floral through the middle and finishes with pine notes and spiciness at the end. More flavor than the nose had indicated, especially on the hop end. Strong bitterness at the end and a stronger and longer lasting bitter piney and floral aftertaste just keeps lingering and lingering. Maybe a bit too much of an aftertaste, but I certainly enjoyed it.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, not quite as creamy as hoped, and only somewhat smooth on the palate. Goes down fine with no bite, alcohol well hidden, and finishes drier on the palate. A bit of an astringent ending on this one. Certainly below par for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty decent. Enjoyed it, though the palate was a little weak and the head a little unimpressive. A decent beer with an interesting taste profile non-the-less; one I could drink a few of. (1,583 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Imperial IPA pours out as a golden color with a white soapy head that doesn't stick around that much. The aromas are hoppy not too much else coming through. The taste is surprisingly bland I thought for an imperial IPA. Rather disappointing brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker I think, some more hop oil would have been nice. (361 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -.25 inch head, bright but murky orange color.

S - Major citrus hops surrounding small malt profile.

T - Not much malt, but tons of citrus hop. Malt makes a sneaky appearance towards the end of the sip. Not balanced for me.

M - Average.

D - Too one dimensional and bitter for all night interest. (302 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/13/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel malt, floral hops, and light fruits. Flavor is very malt-forward with a bitter hoppy finish. Decent IIPA, but it's a little heavy in the palate. (260 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with an ever so lightly hazy, rich amber hue that shows bright, reddish copper color when held up to the light. The head starts out a fat-two-fingers in height, is fairly dense in consistency and is a light tan color. Quite hoppy in the nose, there is a nice mix of fruity notes (definitely the dominant character with sweet citrus and apricot notes) and sharper pine-like / herbal notes. Underneath this though is a nice, low level of malt character; while rooting around in the nose, malt aromatics of toasted grain, caramelized malt sugars and biscuit malt can at times play quite a substantial role in the aroma. Interestingly enough the fruity hop character that was so noticeable at first becomes washed out quite quickly; only bits of the vibrant hoppiness that was in this beer soon after popping the cap are left. Faint notes of butterscotch are also found in the nose.

Sharply bitter up front, with a continued hop bitterness through to a biting finish. The bitterness in the finish actually becomes more aggressive and sharp after the beer has completely left the mouth, it even picks up astringent menthol-like flavors. A hint of diacetyl seems to be noticeable, though at a very low level. The hop character leans more towards the bitter, astringent side of things, but there is a low level of tangerine, lychee and sweet orange peel flavors here. This has a reasonably substantial body to it, and some definite malt backbone in the form of sweetness, so I am a bit surprised that the fruity side of the hops are not more apparent here. There is lots of malt though; flavors of soda crackers, biscuits, fresh bread crust and some caramelized grain character.

This is certainly a substantially hoppy beer, unfortunately (for me at least) it is show casing the harsh, astringent side of the hop. This really needs at the very least a lot more citrus type hops in the recipe. It would seriously help to bring balance to the hop focus of this brew. I do like the substantial, yet clearly secondary, malt character here, which would again really help to showcase some of those great citrus type hops if those were added to the bill. A decent beer, but I find it is even a bit too unbalanced for my hop head side. (2,228 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter amber in color with active carbonation and fluffy white head that leaves good lacing down the glass. Smell is kind of weak. Earthy, floral hops for the most part. A little piney stuff underneath and pale malts. Not too much sweetness. Taste is also not too complex or bold. A good hop profile but not one that stands out among the many I've tried. Light grainy flavor as well. Mouthfeel has a nice clean bitterness to it that is appealing. Tingles the tongue and finishes good and dry. Pretty drinkable. Not a favorite but not something I'd complain about if offered to me.

Thanks to DrJay for this 80's BIF beer! (631 characters)

Photo of WillieMoe
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange amber color, with a moderate head and leaves some beautiful lacing.

The smell is of a several different hops, with the pined hops being predominate, but is not as potent to the nostrils as one might think.

This tastes of very dry and overly bitter. There are some subtle fruit tastes in there as well,mostlyof the citrus variety. The taste is not what I was expecting. While the hops are present they are a lot more subtle than I've grown to expect from an imperial IPA.

A wonderful mix of flavors makes this worth a drink, but there are better imperial IPAs out there. (594 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into nonic pint. date on the bottle says 12/2/12, which im assuming is a best before considering that date has not yet happened and i doubt this was bottled in the future.

A: very clear. orange hue. head is bubbly. retention is good, not great. lacing is thick.

S: OJ. pine. slightly subdued american hops in my opinion. a little funfetti cake. i like more of an aroma overload.

T: fruity. cantalope. orange slices. the hopes are definitely balanced with a hefty grain bill. grain gets chewy and a little munich-like. finish is bitter. remains long after the sip is gone.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium mouthfeel.

D: good DIPA, but in a field with plenty-a-standout, this one is slightly pedestrian. no real complaints, just not over the top, in your face, lights out. (788 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can to a Tulip glass

A- Pours a crystal clear burnt orange, light ruby red, with a 2 finger head with decent retention, nice stickiness lacing the glass.

S- A nice tangerine/ orange juice, citrus peel zest in there. Buttery malt on the finish, with hints of caramel and toffee.

T- Up front has the flavor of biting a fresh pineapple, mixed with some grapefruit and orange that is smoothered with sugar, sweet malts pop up all throughout the sip, alcohol warms towards the end and finishes very bitter. A weird funk occurs somewhere mid sip, cant quite put my finger on it, but its holding me back from really liking this brew, there is also a slightly metalic taste i would assume is coming from the can.

M- Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation, very sweet, finishes dry and bitter.

O- Decent DIPA, if you like balance, you might enjoy this. Its not a hop lovers dream nor a malt cravers dream, just a happy medium, and if it werent for a taste i couldnt get out of my mouth i may have enjoyed this a little more. (1,049 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer with a color of amber with orange high lights. Poured into a glass it produces a dense thick head but fades quickly. Well carbonated and a tad hazy probably some cold chill. Good lacing.

Aroma is light with a pretty balanced bouquet. Hops have a pineapple and citrus smell while the malts are light and sweet.

A lackluster taste here. The beer is bitter and tart and does not complement the apperance and aroma.
Malts are pale in taste but are muted from the extreme bitterness. Hop flavor is absent.

Bitter and tart and a bit harsh. Could use some flavorful hops to balance. (598 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper orange in color with just a touch of chill haze. Poured with a dense with foam that alowly reduced to a thick cap that ledt sheets of sticky, soapy lacing on the glass. This is undeniably a malt forward DIPA. Toasted and caramel malt aromas up front with floral hop buttery notes. Light resinous pine hop aromas in the background. Slightly heavier than medium bodied with a buttery feel and light carbonation. Toasted and caramel malt flavofs up fron followed by floral and then intense hop bitterness to the end. Finishes with a slighlty boozy lingering pine hop bitterness. Love the DIPA in the can ! (614 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at The Hop Shop in State College, PA.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour with an orange glow around the edges. Half a finger of cream coloured head that quickly disappeared.

S - Pine, herbal and light citrus notes with a noticeable malt backbone. Not an overly bitter nose for a DIPA.

T - Piney hops up front with a good bitterness. Light citrus notes. The bitterness is somewhat dry with some orange zest coming through along with some floral/herbal notes. Some sweet caramel in the backbone.

M - Medium body with a nice chew; light to moderate carbonation. (598 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a drink by date of 5/03/13

A-Nice frothy lighly colored beige head. About a fingers width. The body is copper in color and looks to be a pretty hazy beer.

S-The nose is filled with dank earthy pine notes. Citrus hops are there but seem to take a step back and allow those pine notes to shine through. Next in line comes the malt bill. You can smell those caramel/caramelized sugars. Intriguing nose.

T-Pretty well balanced except for at the end where the hop character really comes in. Leaves a very bitter lingering taste that gets even mildly metallic in character. For the initial taste I get a resiny dank grass, pine needles and rind off of a dull tasting orange. Enjoyable no doubt and hides the abv well.

M-Medium bodied that finishes on the dry side. Good carbonation.

O-A good beer which I believe from experience taste better off of draft. The finish is the one thing that is taking away from this beer. (932 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear bright orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy light beige head that slowly reduces to mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a couple of medium patches of thick film, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of light fruits upfront. Moderate aromas of citrus/orange/tangerine and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts that imparts very little sweetness to the overall flavor of the beer. There are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange/tangerine and pine hops which impart a moderate to heavy amount of bitterness which lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: This beer has quite a bit of lingering bitterness but is still pretty enjoyable. Not the easiest beer to drink because of the intensity of the bitterness but there are some nice hop flavors in it. (1,136 characters)

Photo of skratchx
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying I'm a huge fan if imbalanced pale ales that assault you with hops. Just a disclaimer so that you can understand where I'm coming from.

I poured into a half liter Oktoberfest mug from a 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Poured a copper color with a short but thick head which dissipated into moderate to high lacing rather quickly (could be that I just washed the mug with soap).

Smell: Gentle hoppy smell. No outstanding characteristics of flowers or fruit.

Taste: The first sip is an almost toasty malt character on the front with crisp but gentle hops rolling in and finishing off the swig. Successive sips are dominated by the hops which have a subtle grapefruity character but not much up front, as opposed to more aggressive hop varieties like chinook.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated. Medium body, on the heavier side.

Drinkability: As far as imperial IPA's are concerned, this guy is pretty drinkable. Not something you put down in one go, but you could have a few of these in a night. The 8.4% ABV (advertised on Sly Fox's website) is well hidden though, so don't plan on driving if you're going out for a couple of these!

Note: It's my understanding that this beer is different every year, so it is probably unwise to look at reviews from previous years to figure out what you'll get in the present. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear amber color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a decent retention, fading over time to leave a moderate level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite fruity with lots of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and some papaya. Along with these smells come some nice grapefruit hop smells. A rather moderately strong pine aroma brings with it a resinous and somewhat more poignant harshness to the nose, but in a kind of way that seems to balance the sweeter aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and bready taste with the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose right up front and being joined by a bready and doughy flavor. A grapefruit hop flavor is present upfront as well with it growing stronger as the flavor advances to the middle. Along with the grapefruit comes some light grassiness and a pine flavor. The pine really kicks into gear more at the middle of the taste with it growing quite potent at the end. While that occurs the doughy and sweeter flavors begin fading some with a caramel flavor coming to replace the lost fruit flavors. In the end with the pine getting decently intense, one is left with a rather resinous and moderately sweet but smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather nice for the sipping quality of the brew and really allow the resinous pine flavor to shine through at the end

Overall – A rather nice Imperial overall with a nice moderately resinous finish. Very tasty. (1,717 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown with a nice head and lace.

The aroma of piney hops,grapefruit and malts with some alcohol in the back.
The taste starts off with malts,some sweetness and then a super power hop comes through.
The feel was mild bitterness with medium body and a smooth carbonation. A well balanced beer.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer and I liked how easy it was to drink. Good strength in the ABV,but seems a lot less. (416 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was enjoyed at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philly. Poured a clear and golden amber orange with a thin head on top. Juicy bits of delicate lacing left on the glass. The aroma yields a light and bitter maltiness. The taste is bitter and full of musty hops. The bitter qualities build as you consume more with tannic fermented fruits taking over the palate. Although the bitterness is very assertive, this remains quite drinkable. Medium to full bodied. The body is smooth with a nice creaminess and a nutty bitters. Largely drinkable for a “middle of the road” strong beer. (577 characters)

Photo of TimUF1
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can with best by date of 5/3/13 stamped on it

A sessionable IIPA? Its flavors are not as much of a hop battering ram as most American IIPA's.

Good two finger head, fair lacing, a bit hazy light copper color.

Lots of floral notes in the scent, rose, orange blossom, some hay or clover honey.
The flavor follows this, where a lot of citrusy iipa's tend towards grapfruit, this seems more like clementines, sweeter, less tart. Finishes with a lot more of the bitterness of the tart grapefruit flavors, almost metallic, and a bit astringent. The IBUs are definitely back loaded on the finish. (609 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey Imperial IPA, found on tap. Pours light orange, the bartender did not leave much room for head, but lacing goes all the way down the glass.

Big aroma of citrusy hop, floral notes are there as well. Flavor follows the nose with a enamel stripping bitterness. Malt is overwhelmed by the hops but in a good way. Resiny, grapefruit, lemon and very bitter. Drinkability is limited due to the strength and bitterness. A good night cap beer and a palate wrecker. All in all, I thought this is a pretty strong example of the style, and a must for hop heads. (558 characters)

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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