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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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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
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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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

04-10-2010 02:14:34 | More by womencantsail
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tpd975

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

Another beer I have had several times without giving it a rate.

A: Pours a very clear amberish orange hue. Nice tall creamy head. Rocky on top. Insane retention with HUGE chunks of lace.

S: Wonderful aromas. Light caramel, with huge hints of citrus and fresh cut grass.

T: Very well balanced. Nice sweet candy malt backbone plays well off the bold citrus hops. The finish has a nice blast of bitter herbal grassy hops.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rather full bodied for the style.

D: Good I really do like this beer. One of the best offerings i have ever had from Slyfox.

03-18-2010 20:21:24 | More by tpd975
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

02-26-2010 15:28:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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cyprest

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

01-06-2010 20:48:05 | More by cyprest
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

11-02-2009 16:03:03 | More by Jeffo
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

07-11-2009 17:34:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

05-27-2009 01:35:28 | More by Lexluthor33
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

22 oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass.

Clear, amber color with a foamy white head, that thinned to a light layer, leaving good sticky lacing.
Sweet malty aroma with a faint odor of piney hops.
Sweet malty taste on the initial sip, then the bitterness of the hops kicks in hard, very good overall flavor.
Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
Good drinking beer, I could enjoy a few of these over the course of an evening.

05-25-2009 20:40:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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srandycarter

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

02-17-2009 05:36:36 | More by srandycarter
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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!

05-04-2008 18:45:31 | More by ncvbc
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

04-05-2008 02:57:25 | More by DefenCorps
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t0rin0

California

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

02-13-2008 07:34:03 | More by t0rin0
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bort11

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one.

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Thick head that stands a fingers width. Great retention. Lacing clings to the glass and creates an awesome webbing. Color is a darker amber orange with red hughes when held to the light.

Smell is a sharp hops bitterness. Piney, herbal, and citrusy. Taste is very complex, with the flavors changing as it rolls back. Sharp and piney up front and smoothes out to fairly sweet and fruity in the back. Noticeable malt balance. Mouthfeel has a solid medium body.

This is the first Sly Fox beer I've had, and I'm impressed. I hope Odyssey comes out of retirement.

02-07-2008 12:37:53 | More by bort11
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

01-20-2008 02:44:42 | More by WillieMoe
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-08-2007 01:45:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

09-22-2007 03:21:21 | More by sulldaddy
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boelker62

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

Like almost all Sly Fox IPAs, very little aroma. Looking past this, the complexity is fairly deep, and you can pick out some of the varietals. Maltiness is light. That is expected and preferred, however. Of course the bitterness is going to be smoothed out, as all the varietals play, bounce, add and subtract from each other. This is nicely bittered, and has a wonderful finish. I have had all the single varietal brews that make this 2006 Odyssey, and this year’s combination outweighs them all. A great addition, and wonderful to have in bottles this time. A local must-have.

04-11-2007 02:07:39 | More by boelker62
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

03-03-2005 20:24:55 | More by francisweizen
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

02-24-2005 18:13:45 | More by 99bottles
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

02-01-2005 19:41:49 | More by pezoids
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

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...

01-16-2005 00:09:36 | More by goindownsouth
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stingo

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

01-08-2005 16:29:39 | More by stingo
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Boto

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

12-28-2004 20:37:53 | More by Boto
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beerloverofPA

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

12-23-2004 15:12:42 | More by beerloverofPA
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Via German flip top growler filled Dec. 15, 2004 at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA and enjoyed Dec. 17, 2004.

Deep orange amber sunset crystal clear filtered hues with a sticky antique white ¼ “ settled sudsy head cap met with a stream of champagne bubbles sporadically escaping. Spotty lattice lace left in the glass.

Exquisite hops heaven bouquet of eight varietal hops combined. My nose tells me that Amarillo is the most prominent of the hops. Overall a welcome assault of hops and pine resin delight rounding out with grapefruit rind.

First Swigs: Cut grass fresh pine resin. Hops blast indahouse with some familiar recognizable SlyFox house flavors that most like derive from the yeast(?) A cornicopia of mixed fruit blends of peach, grapefruit wedges, citrous lemon peel and peppery zest. Some candied fruit and vanilla ice cream malt background eventually peeks out. (Yes, there are also malts in there.) Pine needle and full fledged hop cone essence. Lingering aftertaste of rock candy and grassy pine.

Medium bodied without being too overly American 2IPA thick. Crisp tight carbonation and sticky acidic sizzle.

Last swigs: Sticky clean hop soup! Odyssey cleverly blends eight varietal hops into one massive hops giant. Some English and some American mixed well, almost too well. Maybe my greedy tongue needed a bit more of my favorite Simcoe or Amarillo hops. Odyssey overwhelmed all in its accomplishment, but fails a nip short of being an upper echelon 2IPA. After the huge hype and my immense anticipation, this is good but not great. The reason for saying so is that the Simcoe and Amarillo (didn’t review) were better. My opinion is that Brian O’Reilly has brewing talents which are not 100% harnessed in this 2IPA…or maybe this just needs a higher ABV percentage. Just kidding! Seriously, too refined and thus restrained.

Beer is good, Happy hoppy local fresh brewing.

12-22-2004 07:33:19 | More by blitheringidiot
Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.