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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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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 HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 2 finger light khaki head that receded to a patchy cap; OK lacing;

S: pineapple, grapefruit, and floral;

T: pine for a moment, then herbal; a hint of floral in the background; mildly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; a little boozy, but it matches the beer well;

O: nothing stands out on it's own, but the totality is very enjoyable;

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy and a darker shade of amber, having a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of piney hops are stronger and linger into the finish. The maltiness is also a little stronger, offering notes of caramel. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for its strength and does a very good job at masking any flavors of alcohol from the taste. The most pronounced property of this beer is the lingering flavor of dank pine in the finish.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Trombone69
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess every brewery has to have an IPA, and an imperial IPA. I am burned out on them. Mehh. I fail to see how it distinguishes itself from 100 other American IPAs that I've had. Is that what we are going for? Now I can get 100 IPA's that are all pretty close, I used to only be able to say that about Lagers.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 8.4% abv

Appearance- Pours dull, somewhat dark nectarine orange. Twofinger head.

Smell- Fresh citrus fruit such as mango and orange. Some Pineapple as well.

Taste- A sweet caramel malt goes into into a citrus kick. Quite sweet with mango like qualities rising above the grapefruit-esque citrus notes. The citrus flavor winds down into a pine blast with increasing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- A good and flavorful DIPA. Decent. Really nice appearance as well. This one was hopped generously. This is evident from taste, not to mention the 90 IBU's. A good and potent double that comes from a can!

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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 tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is pine, tangerine, citrus fruit, and husk. This beer is very bitter even for the style, yet somehow manages to remain clean. A nice double IPA that I really enjoyed, but have others I prefer in the style. Happy I got a six pack though.

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

Amber color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Taste is similar to the smell, lots of pine bitterness, lighter on the tropical fruits, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Overall maybe a little too bitter in the taste, but I enjoyed it and would drink again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I really love the dense, thick texture, not to mention its softness. Retention isn't balls-out amazing, but when it does fade, a lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's definitely bringing more maltiness than hop goodness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth comes through, mainly. The hops that do appear take on tones of pineapple, grapefruit, and some grass. If someone drew up on a board what the average DIPA would smell like, this would be it. No more, no less. (3)

Taste: Starts off malty. Plenty of caramel and toffee give way to a faint kiss of tropical fruits (mainly pineapple) appearing past the middle, lingering into the aftertaste. I will say, I am enjoying some of the fruity esters that appear near the back end (peach and apricot, primarily) quite a bit. After a few sips, the finish becomes almost weed-like. After a few more sips, I'm reminded of those little Welch's fruit snacks. This features good complexity in general (which really isn't that common in a DIPA), but none of the notes really come together to excite my palate. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as sweet finishing or heavy as some DIPAs, but it isn't a bastion of crisp dryness, either. No wait, after drinking about half of it...it is pretty damn sweet finishing and heavy. Still, drinkability is on par with many DIPAs. The carbonation does a half-hearted attempt to poke through the wall of sweetness. (3)

Overall: This ain't half bad - it just isn't impressive. Its flavor profile reminds me of some triple IPAs I've had (boozy tropical fruits, overt sweetness, minimal bitterness), which isn't what I really want from a double. Worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again. (3)

3.05/5: More Honda Odyssey than Homer's Odyssey

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Photo of beerbully
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, light effervescence, head is off white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a light top and ring along the glass with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is hop forward, bitter with earth, grass notes presenting first followed by subtle malt notes, reminds of the the sweetness from munich malts.

Taste is simple: hop forward presetntation with similar flavors to the nose, grass and earth some pine and more citrus is notable; malt is subtle and comes through as it warms and the bitterness clears.

Mouthfeel is clean, nicely carbonated, solid bitter presence and profile; malt sweetness is not cloying, finishes dry.

Overall, a nice DIPA, it feels maltier than some, but is not sweet, hard to describe but the hop bitternes is appropriate and it really hides the strength well.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the can. I was sitting on the beach so I didn't have much glassware available to me.

Seeing a lower-end score on this made me wonder if it would be as good as some DIPAs I've had. This one was very drinkable. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ or on a boat, crabbing in the bay.

Not super flavorful, but still very tasty. A bit tropical, a bit citrusy. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of trentbent
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-orange, ruby, really thick white head, one inch, settles fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.
S-grass/hay, alcohol, raspberries
T-mint, raspberries, blackberries, pine, silver
M-sharp, bitter, wine like in its weight and alcohol.
O- I'm finding this similar to flying dog's single hop El Dorado in the sense that the alcohol and flavor make this orange hop monster something you can enjoy with foods that are otherwise paired with wine. It's also mind boggling to have such a complex bet from a plain 12 oz can, though I guess these cans have already been a staple of some crazy brews.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey on-tap pours a honeyed orange amber with a flat cap of foam. Looks alright with that nice drip lacing.

Mostly pine and citrus peels. Orange and grapefruit and some resinous character. A kiss of hemp oil, bitter greens, and raw hop leaf. Malty with some good toasty evidence. Sugars are caramelizing.

Husky bitterness with pine and pink grapefruit leading the charge. Some bitter orange and unripe melon in there, too. Caramel malts with more bitterness from the toast. Some astringency from the acid content. A little rough, but tasty. Booze is above medium for the percentage. Lacks smoothness. Not sure if they were going for such a bitter hop bomb.

Take it or leave it with the others in its company.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can over at the Whole Foods in Springfield.

Served in a Boulevard tulip.

A: Glistening gold, with a substantial, whipped cream-esque head on top.

S: Not ridiculously potent, but I will say that this one is more on the fresh citrus side as opposed to a pine one.

T: Much more hop forward on the flavor though….. almost to the fresh hop harvest side even. Still, substantial grapefruit and orange juice component with a slight bit of booze burn.

M: Picture perfect on the palate and slows you down just enough so you can appreciate and savor it. Not too syrupy-sweet, and lots of lacing left on the glass.

O: This is only my second Sly Fox brew and it was certainly an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Molly's Irish pub & sports bar in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours an orange/amber color with a light, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing around the glass upon drinking further.

S- not very much on the nose. Some earthy hop aromas and a heavy malt forward profile. Very lacking in this category

T- tastes of bitter hops, biscuit malt, and a slight carbonation. The hops overpower the malt on the front and finish, malt flavor is prevalent just after the initial sip where some sweetness is detected.

M- prickly on the tongue but not overly carbonated. Slick on the tongue.

O- at 8 plus percent abv, there are better imperial IPAs out there that will deliver more flavor and much satisfaction than this brew. Although this brew is not bad, it's not fantastic.

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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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A deep amber orange, slightly cloudy, with some good slow rising pinhead carbonation. Head is a fluffy off white and slightly tan, quite large billowing at four fingers easily. Settles with soapy clumpy retention to match.

Nose has a very obvious sweetness, more sensing of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol boozy warmth with a little bit of pine to match. Very low on hop aromas, but hints at big sweetness and sugars of the style.

Palate comes a bit more subdued. A very lingering tea and pine bitter, which grows nicely on the finish, gradually warming with some mint like warmth. Noticeable caramel sweetness but nothing too outrageous. Mild hop bitterness slightly in the mid palate comes off more like a regular IPA than a DIPA.

This isn't particularly awful, in fact it's well constructed but in the realm of the style and the big heavy exciting players it just doesn't stand out much unfortunately.

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Photo of larryi86
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Pine, some resin, caramel malts, kind of bland.

T- Big let down, piney/resin finish with some alcohol, some faint citrus hops, sweet malts.

M- Abrasive, medium body, bitterness really lingers.

O- Disappointing, was hoping for more from Sly Fox. Nothing really jumps out at me with this beer. I will just stick with other beers Sly Fox.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > Lagunitas Mason
A - Pours a really nice slightly clouded orange with a big 2 finger foamy head, lacing everywhere.
S - Grapefruit citrus is the most prevalent scent along with some caramel malt.
T - Big ibu bitterness in front a little hop dankness, and some of that sweet caramel, some pine, but really dry aggressive bitter assault on your taste buds. The grapefruit is miniscule in the flavor compared to aroma. There is also a huge lager yeast taste in this.
M - Lingering bitterness.
O - Too abrasive of a flavor and mouthfeel for something that I'd want to enjoy again.

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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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A hazy somewhat light copper orange with heavy bubbles on the body. Orange tinted white head maybe 1/4" off the body.

Taste: Wet-hopped, missing some key pieces to the puzzle that creates what the best DIPAs should, tastes good but needs more bitterness. Needs that grapefruit or at minimum floral and pines. More like your American Lager on roids.

Mouth: Little bitterness at the end of each sip, taste a bit sour almost like biting into raw green vegetables, sounds crazy but I am serious. Oh before I forget medium on the body.

Overall: My biggest knock on this beer is the fact that it is called an "Imperial IPA", some if not most may argue that it would really taste more like a Imperial Lager, since it's characteristics as far as taste. Lacking complexity and true IPA bitterness, this beer isn't bad but don't expect this to be on the upper tier DIPAs, for less than three bucks a bottle/can, you can decide. Salud!

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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.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can to a tulip, well within best by date on can.

Pours a rich copper with gnarly cream colored head which is persistent. Great lacing. Looking forward to smelling and tasting this one.

Smell is a letdown. Somewhat biscuity, bland malts, severely lacking in any definitive hop aromas. Mildly astringent. Not entirely unpleasant though.

Taste is like the nose, but worse. None of the bready malts shine through for me, just nondescript cat pissy hops. I doubt it's intentional though. Blah.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Not overly sticky for an IIPA

Overall, this beer was a letdown. Had some good traits, hut many more bad traits in my opinion.

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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.

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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!!!

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