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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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr.Jay for bringing. This is being rated in three places. Light orange body with big bubbly soup creamy head. Orange citrus taste, very bitter with fresh good carbonation. I do not know how it compares to other year's, but its another unbalanced too bitter brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep copper nearing amber color with a fluffy,sticky 2 finger head that settles oh so slowly leaving blotches of lace behind.Hops are present in the nose obviously but they dont throw a knock out punch quite grassy and herbal with sweeter caramel malt presence in there as well as a hint of hard water.The hop profile is much more to my liking on the palate quite resiny and piney with some tangerine that lingers nicely,a firm biscuity malt presence is there although it never gets in the way from the waves of hop flavors.I can see the different hop combinations coming together in this giving off a wide range of hop character,if your a hop head and love hop complexity this is it for you in my opinion.

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

hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keepe

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

Thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: The pour is an amber color with a moderately sized off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is citrusy, offering up lots of grapefruit with more caramel malt than I'd like, but still not sweet.

T: The flavor had a pleasant bitter grapefruit flavor along with a hint of pine. The sweetness was not as pronounced as I was expecting, but did provide balance to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, bitter, and refreshing finish.

D: A pretty nice DIPA. Not my favorite of the style, but a bit of a surprise and some good flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.11/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can. Copper with a thick and foamy off-white head and general rich look to it. Smells medicinal and even a little metallic with a combo of tropical citrus and malt twang across the back. This isn’t pleasant. Taste is even less appealing with a raw vegetal bitterness that clashes with the herbal and tropical fruit feel on the edges. More raw bitterness on the finish. The feel is medium bodied with a crisp softness to the carbonation but this showing too much of that 8%+ ABV. Yikes. I’ve never been a big fan of this beer but this can presentation was pretty atrocious. I’m not sure if it was compromised in some way but the metallic, medicinal and all around raw feel of the flavors was pretty off-putting. Cool looking packaging but that’s about it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains hops, citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste has a strong hops presence up front as you would expect but even though the bitterness is there, the pleasant grassy flavor is absent leaving just a paleness to it. The malt character is hearty and there are complimentary sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, decent representation of style, this is pretty much a stronger version of their Route 113 IPA, which I thought was just an average beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from jwc213, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent orange/copper, with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, leafy hops, some pineyness & some caramel

T: Some grapefruit, leafy & piney hops, with a touch of fruittyness up front. A touch of booze, much pineyness, tannins, dryness, breadyness

MF: Chewy with low carbonation. Skews too hoppy or or just the wrong hops, plus some heat all detract.

Drinks alright for the ABV & style, but not a front runner in the DIPA stakes race, just a nice attempt

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears...copper amber hued with a large rocky tuffet of off white beige head very resilient leaves behind sporadic chunks of lacing, the head formed thick and floated above the glass nicely. Aroma...heavy grapefruit, citrus peel, floral hops definitely a combonation of their IPA Project varietals also blends a bready caramel malt profile intertwined with the massive hop nose. Flavor has a very scattered hop profile with a multitude of varieties coming together, it says it's an imperial IPA and I note around 8% abv...grapefruit, perfumey floral tones, earty grassiness all collide and I enjoy the fortified assertive hop mingling going on here, but the higher abv and sugary caramel malt unites some aspects of the bitterness, but it's not working as well as some other DIPA out there in beerland. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied moderate carbonation on the palate with a light oily feel, thank you hops. Although most bigger IPAs have a more pronounced resinous texture than this one pulls off. Drinkability is very easy to consume if you love hops, I don't have any problems in this area good stuff I'm a fan and I can't wait to try more varietals from Brian O'Reilley and company, I would love to taste their Amarillo IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored and clear. Ample lace left on the glass. The head is near perfect in size and settles to a thin layer of minuscule bubbles.

Pleasant floral aroma of fresh hop is the first impression to the nose. Light grapefruit and paler malts. Attractive

Pale malt base is overwhelmed by a bittering hop. Yet, this is not an extreme beer. Although unbalanced, it is not one-dimensional. The body is lighter than I would like for the style--moderately distracting. The higher carbonation adds to this effect. The aftertaste is an extension of the smell, plenty of grapefruit with a modest level of peppery spice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thick head that slowly descends to a lasting, creamy cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The taste is of citric and spicy notes.

The taste is bitter and resiny. Citric with a touch of pine. Some peppery notes, although alcohol is well-controlled and mellow for abv. Bitterness is rather puckering. Some plastic fruitiness. I can enjoy an "imbalanced" beer - as I love the hops, but only if "done right" - not enough malt to keep up - here it is balanced by some raw sugar. Very dry finish.

Somewhat chewy in a medium body.

I like hoppy beers - believe me - and this isn't bad - certainly a "sipper" - and that's okay too - but, it doesn't really stand above others of this style I've had.

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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 stakem
2.02/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

12oz can into a tulip. Big thanks to Kegatron for hooking a brother up with all these canned offerings. The brew appears a mildly hazed copper color with 2.5 fingers of yellowish stained froth that collapses slowly to some big bubble formation and full patches of thick lace sticking to the glass. Before too long, a huge uneven cratered surface appears atop the liquid.

The aroma is dirty and almost chemical filled but not in a terribly disgusting way. It is somewhat mineral to metallic in character with such a strange aspect that seems chlorinated with some sulfur, cheese and fruity hops. As I smell this brew more, it has a bit of toasted toffee grain character blended into the backend as well.

The flavor is rindy, pitty and bitter with a flavor of grapefruit zest and pulp. A bit of catty quality mixed with bitter orange rinds and toffee to caramel sweetness mixed with biscuit to toasty grain. Somewhat buttery even a hint of grass, minerals and chlorine just like the aroma suggested.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat integrated well within the confines of a bunch of strange character going on in this brew. I appreciate the chance to try this but could not finish my glass. Heath, I greatly appreciate the chance to try this but I am glad you liked this brew as little as I did. I would have felt like a jerk saying how terrible I felt this brew was without seeing you thought the same.

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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 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 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 Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice thick 2"+ head that sticks around a while. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruits fill the air.

Taste: initial strong pine bitterness dominates this beer as the malt level is a bit softer than expected. Grapefruits, oranges, and a hint of grass rounds it out. Alcohol is barley noticeable. As the glass emptied (and warmed), the beer kind of grew on me.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Super long aftertaste as pine and grapefruits stick to the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: the beer started off a bit harsh, but turned into a very pleasant drinking session. Try this one.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label reads: "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make hoppy" ... I don't get it.
Thanks to Dr.Jay! 10 varieties of hop? Wowza. Pours from the bottle with a nice glow, some head. Amber (cognac) colour. A sweet and cloying aroma, a little bit of yeast maybe? A pretty void mouthfeel with only minor bitterness. Not a whole ton of flavour either. This is certainly good, but I think they failed in their intention. In using such hop variety it failed to showcase much of anything, too all over the place. Like a beer with ADD. Just needs to concentrate a little better.

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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.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is more on the malt side, some hops, citrus, slight pine, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice tone of hops, some citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty, nicely balanced DIPA.

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