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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: maybrick on 12-11-2004

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Reviews: 183 | Hads: 418
Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper orange in color with just a touch of chill haze. Poured with a dense with foam that alowly reduced to a thick cap that ledt sheets of sticky, soapy lacing on the glass. This is undeniably a malt forward DIPA. Toasted and caramel malt aromas up front with floral hop buttery notes. Light resinous pine hop aromas in the background. Slightly heavier than medium bodied with a buttery feel and light carbonation. Toasted and caramel malt flavofs up fron followed by floral and then intense hop bitterness to the end. Finishes with a slighlty boozy lingering pine hop bitterness. Love the DIPA in the can !

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a standard pint glass. I think they use a best by code, but I can't find it on the can. Oh, well.

A - Foams up a bit on the pop of the awesome looking can. Pours a tangerine color with a one inch pillow of white carbonation sitting on top. Good retention and near-perfect lacing.

S - Floral hops give this a pleasant, delicate hop aroma. Some brown sugar malts contribute sweetness. There is a buttery quality to the aroma as well. Complex.

T - Starts a little bit sweet with some tangy citrus and caramel. An interesting blend of hops follow with citrus, pine, and floral all getting involved. Pine resin on the finish with a slightly astringent linger.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol.

O - I have had this on tap, and while the canned version doesn't quit live up, it is pretty good. The aroma is mellow and enjoyable. A complexity of hops makes for a unique flavor profile. The cans are a nice touch, somewhat rare for the style (outside of HT, OB, and Abrasive). This is a great value at $10/six pack, but I will probably stick with some of the other IPAs available to me in my area.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.11/5  rDev -43.4%
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 gabedivision
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can to a Tulip glass

A- Pours a crystal clear burnt orange, light ruby red, with a 2 finger head with decent retention, nice stickiness lacing the glass.

S- A nice tangerine/ orange juice, citrus peel zest in there. Buttery malt on the finish, with hints of caramel and toffee.

T- Up front has the flavor of biting a fresh pineapple, mixed with some grapefruit and orange that is smoothered with sugar, sweet malts pop up all throughout the sip, alcohol warms towards the end and finishes very bitter. A weird funk occurs somewhere mid sip, cant quite put my finger on it, but its holding me back from really liking this brew, there is also a slightly metalic taste i would assume is coming from the can.

M- Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation, very sweet, finishes dry and bitter.

O- Decent DIPA, if you like balance, you might enjoy this. Its not a hop lovers dream nor a malt cravers dream, just a happy medium, and if it werent for a taste i couldnt get out of my mouth i may have enjoyed this a little more.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. 4/29/2013 on the can.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a 1 finger dense white head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates over the course of a few minutes. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Interesting mix here, not completely blown away with hops instead balanced out with a crackery malt. Almost like a raw malt that reminds me of a grain room. Tasty aroma but not the most suited for this style.

T: As with the aroma there is a lot of a crackery bready malt. Hops are almost more in the background. Bitterness does get through but not past the malt. It's certainly a unique approach to a double ipa.

M: Medium body with sort of low carbonation. Good nectar like quality.

Overall seems like this has been different when I've had it in the past. Had it on tap last month and do not remember such a malty flavor.

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Photo of fdig23
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can.

Appearance: murky, almost translucent amber with a nice sticky white head.

Nose: Very floral, backed up by pine and citrus and a fatty german-lager-esque malt backbone. German IPA would be how I'd describe it. Different and interesting.

Taste: Pine forward with fresh flowers and some some soapiness. That unique maltiness follows through with toasty croissant and fresh-baked biscuits. Not quite on-par with the nose.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin. Needs a bit more structure.

Overall: Doesn't make for that great of a double IPA, but thinking about it as a boozy sessionable pale ale works better. The malt bill is what kept it interesting for me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last Sly Fox offering brought back from Philly around the holidays.

A- Poured from a can into a pint glass for reviewing purposes. This ale has a very slight haze to it's amber body. A gigantic head forms in the glass which was just rinsed with scorching hot water (this is the key to reviewing appearance). The cap atop the beer has a thick, creamy texture and could probably be scooped right off the beer. Great retention and massive patches of uber-thick lacing.

S- Does not seem like the most late-hopped Double IPA right off the bat. I get a big whiff of fresh cracked grains and caramel malts immediately, it does remind me of the other IPA I had from Sly Fox. With warmth some pine, orange zest and floral hops open up.

T- Just like the nose, this beer comes off as one of the more balanced Double IPAs. I am not saying it doesn't pack a hop punch but the malt they use is more pronounced than most. Malts lend cracked grain dust, caramel and toasty notes. The hops kick in nicely with a few sips giving orange zest, apricot, pine, herbal and floral flavors to the beer.

MF- A moderately thick body here with lower-end but still silky smooth carbonation. The beer creams up nicely with some agitation. Bittering finish with some alcohol warmth.

Not your typical peach/tropical fruit hop bomb but this beer is certainly interesting. The malt profile is flavorful but still allows the hops to shine as it should.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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 jifigz
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a nice and rich deep amber orange color with a head that lingers for quite a while and dies very slowly. The receding head and the beer while being consumed left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is boozy, malty, and a decent amount hoppy. The aroma a bit more defined smells of slight toffee, a nice hop bitter aroma, and a little bit of coffee-rather interesting for an Imperial IPA. The flavor is deep and nicely balanced between a strong malt body (even with some good roasty notes) and a good bitterness. The flavor isn't extremely powerful, but it is very enjoyable. The initial flavor starts out mild and fruity and then gives way to a powerful bitter note. The MF is rather light and soapy.

This is an interesting beer. It tastes different than most Imperial IPA's, but I can't really pinpoint what the flavors are...A good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a sticky orange with a half finger of off white foam that coats the glass. Aroma is a mixture of sweet munich-like malt, and earthy hop flavors.

First sip has an initial rush of sweet malt flavor, which quickly gives way to a huge bitter hoppy rush. Long lingering bitter finish - certainly leaves a harsh taste in your mouth.

Unfortunately, I feel like this IIPA pushes for IBUs and bitterness rather than hop flavors. There is some initial promise with the sweet malty backbone, but the bitter finish is just too out of balance. I'd rather some of those hops go to develop hop flavors and aromas, and not just bitter.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose isn't as pungent with hops as I was expecting. There's a good deal of hops there but there's also a big amount of caramel and malt sweetness.

T: The taste has a big amount of piney hop bitterness followed by a nice malt sweetness. It's pretty one dimensional which isn't always a bad thing. I could use a bit more of the fruity hops here though.

M: The feel is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

O: This is good but not great. I could see buying this occasionally but I also think there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tap at special tasting

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white lacing.

Smells of honey and piney hops.

Strong piney and floral hop character, not super bitter but very strong. Also, honey malts round out the taste.

Full body with mild carbonation.

Delicious, one of the best American Double/IPA's I've had and I would seek this out again.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a nice orangish red that is perfectly clear and pours with a finger of fine bubbled creamy head that lingers for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: nice dry hop notes, im thinking simcoe and titan, very clean and fresh
T: very very dry, earthy tones with a slight malt presence, nice overall
M: smooth and creamy, extremely dry on the palate from the beginning through the end
O: normally im not a big fan of the dry IPAs but this one was very nice, enjoyed it quite a bit

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in appearance with little head but some lacing left behind. There is a mild floral nose and the malt and hops blend very well in the taste. There is a spicy hop finish which is the highlight of this offering. A very good effort even if it fell a bit short of a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into nonic pint. date on the bottle says 12/2/12, which im assuming is a best before considering that date has not yet happened and i doubt this was bottled in the future.

A: very clear. orange hue. head is bubbly. retention is good, not great. lacing is thick.

S: OJ. pine. slightly subdued american hops in my opinion. a little funfetti cake. i like more of an aroma overload.

T: fruity. cantalope. orange slices. the hopes are definitely balanced with a hefty grain bill. grain gets chewy and a little munich-like. finish is bitter. remains long after the sip is gone.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium mouthfeel.

D: good DIPA, but in a field with plenty-a-standout, this one is slightly pedestrian. no real complaints, just not over the top, in your face, lights out.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From TJs on 1/5. Reviewed from notes.

Deep amber in color, Odyssey has a sticky and fluffy marshmallow-like head. It produces thick and sticky spiderweb lacing. This is a good looking beer.

The aroma is odd...grassy and earthy hops with bready and caramel malt presence, along with a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is similar, as the bready and caramel malts pretty much crush everything out but the alcohol. Some caramel and sugars are also evident.

The feel is thick but lacks that sticky hop character that I really think makes some of the best DIPAs what they are. A little bit disappointed by this one. I was expecting better.

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Photo of HopDr
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A- Nice orangey amber color. Nice fluffy average head which goes quickly and leaves some nice lacing. No clouding.

S- All the expected IIPA hoppyness. The hops are dominated by earthy pine and resin, with some grass and citrus.

T- Goog average bitterness for and IIPA with pretty good balance from malt. Bitterness is smooth and not harsh. Caramel and brown sugar malt flavors come trough. A tiny bit boozy but not too much.

M- Nice, average carbonation, medium body. Nothing particularly special here.

O- This is a pretty good IIPA, although I kind of expected more. Sly Fox 113 IPA has been my go-to house beer recently, and when I tasted this all I could think it that it really is kind of like 113 IPA on steroids. Similar flavors, appearance and aroma, just a bit more of all of them. Not sure I will buy this one again with all the other IIPA/DIPA options out there and 113 IPA being relatively inexpensive. It also reminds me a lot in appearance, aroma, and taste of Southern Tier's 2XIPA.

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Photo of crispy620
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark orange color with a lacey head that remained for quite a while. The nose was full with a slight tequila smell, might have had a little oaky tone to it. The taste was definetly very hoppy and bitter with a continous bitter flavor that remained in your mouth for a while. I pick this one up on a visit to New York and tried with family. Some loved it, other not so much. It all depends on the persons likes.

This is a very powerful DIPA that I would definetly buy again, hopefully it will come down to Florida.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a glowing, rusty orange brew. The nice coloring supports a half finger head of tan bubbles, which recedes to clumps along the top of the liquid. This happens rather quickly, and no lacing is noted. There is a thick haze and sandy sediment is suspended about the drink. Carbonation appears lighter. The aroma gives a thick caramel sweetness, with darker malts and full grainy inclusions. The hops of grapefruity, and more sweet than tart. There is a cidery musk about it, with hard water and minerals coming to mind. There is huge booze with warmth and a cotton candy stickiness. The taste begins with citric hop, sugary lime sweetness, and a serious grain to cut the former flavors. There is also a mineral bitterness, which leads us to the peak through the middle where fusel booze wash the palate clean. What rises is now brown sugar sweetness, and mild flavors of berry fruit. We finish with bitterness and cooling, cutting cream. There is an air of overripe apples and soapy hops mixing for the finish. The aftertaste breathes of coiny metals and bitterness, with a sour twinge of faint lactics. There is hop coolness and bittered yeast to round things out. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with a fine astringency, and a slick metallic shield that leaves the tongue gritty. Slurp and froth are decent, at best. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the beautiful coloring. The bitter inclusions in the taste were nice, but at times because overbearing. A great deal of this was from the booze, which was also overrepresented in the flavoring. In the end we would have like to see more hops to give this more of a push for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -9.4%
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 -21.7%
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 +1.6%
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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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.