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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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83
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maybrick on 12-11-2004)
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Photo of t0rin0
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

t0rin0, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

womencantsail, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

RblWthACoz, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

smcolw, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

oriolesfan4, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

dbrauneis, May 03, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +9%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

plaid75, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

THECPJ, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
2/5  rDev -45.5%

xnicknj, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via trade with dashirey. Poured into my spanking new Urthel glass

A: Clear reddish copper with steady carbonation and a dense, frothy two finger white head. Sticky lacing as the head recedes.

S: Pine and grapefruit hops up front with a solid malt backbone featuring caramel. There's a slight fruitiness as it warms up.

T: A good dose of bitter up front - sharp and moderately astringent. The malts start to peep through but disappear pretty fast with a long, moderately dry and bitter finish.

M: A very pleasantly carbonated beer, nice body, pleasant finish. Definitely good

D: Oh boy, is this easy to drink!

DefenCorps, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice light orange/amber colour mostly clear with a nice white collar of thick foam. Lacing is decent as well. I had this one on tap and I remember it being better that way, but alas, I have lost my notes for that one, and so I will enter in a review for the cask-conditioned version of this much heralded, and highly anticipated brew from the end of last year. The aromas are very bready and malty, with a nice hop integration that lets the malts shine hand in hand with the 8 different hop varities used. Unfortunately the aroma is not very hoppy, and for me the taste follows suit. Sure this is a hoppy beer, but the hops seem so muddled in comparison to the wonderful single-hopped IPA's that this place cranked out over the past year. This is one-dimensional for a DIPA in my book, but the creamy cask mouthfeeel and drinkability remain very very inspired. Don't get me wrong, this is very balance and well integrated in its flavors, but I just expected a more raw, in your face IBU monster. Maybe the 2005 odyssey will be more to my liking. Still, as this is it's still very good and interesting.

francisweizen, Mar 03, 2005
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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.