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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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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 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 vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Nice color: bright orange ice-tea, almost like a dried apricots. White head has nice lace and a mixed bubble structure. After a quick retreat, what’s left on the head has great retention.

S – Brown sugar, woody bark and cilantro. Hint of lime zest.

T – Bright pine dives into brown sugar before pulling back up to escalate into a bitter, woody crescendo. As the bitterness fades, soft almond and cashew round out the backend along side subtle booze.

M – Medium body with a great finish. Well balanced carbonation.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a fluffy white two finger head into my tulip glass. Tons of sticky lacing drips down the rim.

S- Lots of fresh cut grass and bitter citrusy hops with just a hint of malt. Really not much going on here. Pretty unimpressive for an Imperial IPA!

T- Bitter grassiness, grapefruit pith and some earthiness hit you just before the subtle sweetness from the malt takes over. The bitterness has neither the citrus punch, or pure piney flavor that alot of IIPA's have. Not horrible, but I thought this would be much better.

M- Nice carbonation, but really bitter without any real citrus bomb flavor! The mouthfeel mirrors the smell.

O- I know this was fresh because my store just got this yesterday when I bought it. Not the worst IIPA i've ever had, but It's not likely I'll buy this again.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle a few weeks ago while I was in the Philly area for an epic beer weekend with some friends. Price was right, I enjoy the style and we don't get this back home.

22 oz. -> DFH signature glass

A - Hazy light copper, thin and firm fine bubbled white head, dotted lacing, minimal carb streams

S - Spicy hops, mild malty, floral and perfumy

T - Huge spicy and bitter hop flavors up front. Kind of like candied grapefruit? Malt backbone is less present in the flavor profile than in the aroma. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness.

M - Feels medium in body

O - This tastes and feels like an above average double IPA. It's not a total hop or booze bomb, which is nice. They did a decent job balancing out the flavors in this beer though it leans a bit more towards the hoppy side as expected. I'd get this again in a few years, but it's nothing I'd go crazy to find.

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

Very one note. Pours an orange amber color with a thick yellow head and tons of lacing all over the glass. Aroma offers up piny grassy hops with tons of caramel malt and biscuit notes. Tastes pretty much like a bitter bomb with nothing but hops assaulting the palate and nothing to reign in the bitterness. It could have been just like eating hops sauteed in a hop juice reduction. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. Overall, its not a bad beer, but just very unfair to the palate.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained from the Finger Lakes Beverage Center this shows a clear orange amber color with a very nice, creamy off-white head and wallpaper of lacing. The aroma offers a crisp green pine/grass hop and biscuit yeast. Nice enough. The flavor brings plenty of the same hop idea, bright but finishing with more grass and very little malt or caramel elements. It's got a nice, tangy orange peel bite with lots of peppery carbonation. The feel is half viscous with a near full body constitution. But it's way too heavy on the bitterness with little regard for the flavor. This is an unbalanced grassy, bitter, acrid brew. Not something I'd call very drinkable. It's okay but I'm very disappointed that this is the brew I chose when shopping for one growler to bring home from Finger Lakes Beverages. Update: just bought and tried a can of this stuff, apparently pretty fresh and the result was much happier, so I can restore the flavor score to a more impressive level and correct my review. The original bomber must have been a tainted batch/bottle. The flavor here is of nice, thick tropical fruits with a pleasant herbal/agave quality that i really like. There's some sweet biscuit, rice and maybe a touch of evergreen. Very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of pburland23
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a dimpled mug.

Beer pours a bright orange with thick, fluffy egg-shell head that stuck around for a long visit before shrinking back into some nice lacing.

Smells of piney hops perhaps some tropical fruits...mango, a touch of grapefruit. Taste is very, very hoppy and really bitter. I love hops a lot but the hops in this beer taste way out of balance. I looked at the Sly Fox website and they say Odyssey has Bravo, Citra, Sorachi Ace, German Northern Brewer, Cascade and Centennial. It's muddled and confused.

The mouthfeel is thick and resinous. There is more than enough carbonation. As for drinkability, I'll stick with Route 113 if I want a Sly Fox IPA. This one doesn't make the grade.

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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 DrDemento456
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am glad I was able to try this on tap cheaper that bottle price. Served during the Happy Hour at Mad Mex.

A - Poured a nice amber copper color with slight haze and a nice sticky white bubbly head to boot! Looks tasty.

S - First nose is of pure hop bliss. Pine and citrus with a bready undertone, almost like it was dry hopped.

T - Prickly hop bite mellowed with a nice cracker sweet malt to balance but hops in the finish and the main star of the show. ABV is well covered and each sip is hop good!

M - I found it drinking with a rather medium body. Hops were kind of harsh but delicious.

D - Overall I may have to get the bottle or have it on tap again because it really was a great imperial IPA. Full hop flavor and great balance and drinkable but ABV did catch up to me. Still it took the edge off that darn East End Homewood Reserve!

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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of creamy slightly off-white head with a bit of rocky top with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Decent retention... Loaded with small bubbled slow to moderate paced carbonation... A bronzed copper color with a distinctive orange hue...

S - A subdued hop forward nose... Mostly citrus in nature... A solid malty base lies beneath... Some grassy notes... Simple and straight forward...

T - A surprisingly potent hop bite given the rather muted nose... A mix of piney and citrusy hops... Tropical fruits... Some floral perfume notes... Graham Crackers... Bready crust... The hops return and linger on the finish...

M - Clean... Crisp... Bristilng carbonation... Lush and creamy to start turning exceedingly dry on the finish...

D - A solid and respectable American Double IPA... Far from the top of the class, but something I would drink again if offered the opportunity...

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Photo of rfgetz
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighty hazed burnt orange, huge cap of frothy and sticky white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is of tropical and citrus fruit - grapefruit, mango - and some floral hoppy notes. Lightly sweet, fresh grain and faintly grassy on the back end. First sip is the tropical and citrus fruit, strong floral presence with pine and grass coming through before a touch of booze covers up any malt. Sadly felt thin, moderately carbonated and bone dry. Impressed with this offering from Sly Fox. Just needs a touch more body and a little less booze bite to be a star.

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Photo of BabySnakes
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful penny copper/ orangy color.
Initial candy orange flavor in the first few sips while the head was still tall and fluffy.
Bitter IPA sensation but also well balanced. Not extremely hoppy nor tangy. Alcohol content is reflected in the slightly boozy flavor. lightly syrupy and creamy mouthfeel.

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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.

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

Had this twice recently on-tap at Bocktown.

A- Body is a nearly transparent rich beautiful amber hue. Served with only a thin white collar-which has good retention but leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

S- Loads of citrus hops- but also exotic fruit such as pineapple and mango. A slight hop resin, a hint of spicy hops and astringent alcohol are present in the back.

T- Taste is similar to the nose. Very fruity upfront with grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango, etc. The citrus fades slightly for the finish and a moderate hop bitterenss and mild hop spiciness come forward along with a mild alcohol astringency and heat.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight body.

D- This is a decent, very fruity DIPA overall. The citrus flavors are bright but the finish is more resiny than bright. At 8.4% the alcohol feels like its 10%+.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blind bomber #8 from the Blind Bombers BIF.
Poured into a snifter (explanation to follow).
This beer is consumed and reviewed without any knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.

Upon cracking open the bottle, I honestly thought this was a saison... A citrus and spice aroma wafted from the bottle... I realized it could be an ipa, so, I went with a snifter. After pouring it, seeing it, smelling the full beer, and tasting it, I think a snifter was in fact a good choice-- this seems to be another DIPA from this BIF!

Pours a coppery amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Derby retention and lacing. I prefer a lighter color-- and there are some dark yeast sediments in my glass that remind me of dark sand.

The smell is lemony and citrus notes with. Lot of spices-- saison like spices. A peppery note is very pronounced here-- and it seems odd.

Very little sweetness... Leads to a surprisingly little hop kick. This beer comes across as bland-- almost watered down. Nothing really pops on the flavor: actually the spicy notes seem to be the most influential... Not how I like my IPAs-- The spices kick in on the finish and in the aftertaste... Very differnt, but not necessarily in a good way.

The aftertaste lingers with a sweet and bitter note that leaves me feeling thirty-- like I need some water. Some grapefruit flavors sneak past the spicy hops and permeate the aftertaste.

The body is more than medium with a good carbonation level. No complaints here.

As far as drinkabilty goes-- this isn't bad. This isn't great either. This seems to me to be a standard offering from a small local brewery.... Nothing that people trade for or seek out, but one all the locals try when they put it on tap.

Rip open the envelope...
And this is Slyfox's Odyssey DIPA.
Hmmm... I really like their Pils-- but not their 113 IPA. Their DIPA isn't very impressive either it seems...

I will give these guys another shot though-- I really liked their Pils- and I love the fact they can their beer!

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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.

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Photo of Axic10
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark golden (not quite amber) color with a finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruity and passionfruit citrus. Wave of hop aroma followed by a nice malt character.

Taste: Some bitter citrus and bitter hops with a malty/hoppy balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability: Decent offering from Sly Fox that I would drink again.

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

Odyssey has a clear, copper-colored body and a massive off-white head. The head has pretty solid retention, and it decorates my glass with some nice lacing.

The aroma has a good hop kick to it that is both bitter and fruity with a biscuity malt aroma as an underpinning.

The hops in the flavor are mostly bittering with a big resin flavor and only a touch of citurs. The yeast is adds a slight fruitiness. The malt bill is pretty big, providing a dry, biscuit-like sweetness. The finish is warm and a bit boozy. I think the malt bill is my favorite part of Odyssey, but it is overshadowed by bitterness and booze.

The mouthfeel is a little puckering with a pretty dry finish. The body is big and almost chewy while the carbonation is adequate.

Odyssey is a solid IIPA, but there are better options on the shelves.

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Photo of bobsy
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Coles.

Pretty deep gold colour with a creamy off white head. Some lace spots and decent retention. Aroma is honey and mild leafy hops. Certainly not a punch in the face and seeming all about malts and not about hops. A bit disappointing for an imperial IPA. The hops seem completely dialled back, and the malt is far too prominent. If this was a bottle then I'd just figure I'd gotten hold of an old one, but this is on tap at a bar. With minimal hops we're left with a low bitterness and a honey / beet aspect to the flavour. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Drinkable, but not what you'd look for in the style.

Either something went screwy with this one, or this is a mediocre attempt at the style.

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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 tpd975
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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