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Odyssey Imperial IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA
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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 190
Reviews by Fremont897:
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the can. I was sitting on the beach so I didn't have much glassware available to me.

Seeing a lower-end score on this made me wonder if it would be as good as some DIPAs I've had. This one was very drinkable. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ or on a boat, crabbing in the bay.

Not super flavorful, but still very tasty. A bit tropical, a bit citrusy. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 57md
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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 indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty happy to pick up a bottle of Odyssey at Half Time in Pougkeepsie, I love Sly Fox beers and this was one I hadn't tried.

Pours a pale slightly hazy orangish color. The head was nice and fluffy which was a nice sight.

Initial smell was cotton candy and slight citrus notes. I really wanted to get those sharp pine smells and explosive grapefruit notes that I've come to desire from an Imperial/dIPA. Thus I was slightly disappointed when they did not appear.

Taste is sweet, powdered sugar at first followed by astringent hop bitterness. Not altogether balanced with a lack of malt backbone.

I split this bottle with a friend and I'm glad I did. A full bomber would be a little much of this stuff. It just isn't as drinkable as some of the other big IPAs on the market.

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tumbler served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille. I ordered this glass along with another immediately and allowed this to warm.

A: The ale is a amber color, brilliant and clear. The head is nonexistent, in part because the glass is filled to the brim.

S: The ale has a thick bitter hop aroma. Specific scents are difficult to come by though, which is a little disappointing.

T: The flavor is muddled. There are a lot of hops, but no one flavor really makes itself known. The big hop body is definitely citrusy, but it is difficult to delve too much deeper. The malts are biscuity and are a nice base for the big hops.

M: Surprisingly, I prefer this beer out of a bomber. The hop flavors are hesitant to shine after they make themselves known.

D: I could have had another, in part because the hops did not overwhelm me. As noted in an earlier review, the ale is intense and delicious when it is on its A game, so give it a shot and you'll be impressed.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of maybrick
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a beautiful dark orange to amber color. Immediately the nose tells you this is going to be a beig hoppy one. Head is brilliant white with nice lace. Carbonation is perfect just like the rest of Brew Brian O'Reilly's beer tend to be. According to the company website the hops used are Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, East Kent, Fuggle, Simcoe, Styrian and Target hops. This represents the single hop IPA project done during the year culminating to the finish of this beer.

The drinkability is good for those true hopheads amongst us. It is not for the light at heart on the backend. There is definetely detectable malt up-front, then builds the bitterness on the tongue and has a dry crisp finish.

I think this is a very good brew.

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Photo of andyschaps
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden copper with an off-white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was piney, grassy and resinous through the moussy head. As the head retreated a moderate level of caramel became notable and a citrusy hop character emerged.

The flavor was lighter than anticipated with a lightly metallic and spicy hop presence coupled with a medium level of caramel malt that was not very strong. The flavor was lightly piney and grassy, but did not have the big resinous feel the aroma promised as the head began it's retreat. The bittering level was high and worked well to overshadow the light malt presence yet did not become overdone.

The finish was dry with a lasting grapefruit citrus hop flavor and bittering pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a moderate level of carbonation and an almost creamy mouthfeel. A nice IPA, but just not enough character to be quite a Double IPA.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I really love the dense, thick texture, not to mention its softness. Retention isn't balls-out amazing, but when it does fade, a lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's definitely bringing more maltiness than hop goodness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth comes through, mainly. The hops that do appear take on tones of pineapple, grapefruit, and some grass. If someone drew up on a board what the average DIPA would smell like, this would be it. No more, no less. (3)

Taste: Starts off malty. Plenty of caramel and toffee give way to a faint kiss of tropical fruits (mainly pineapple) appearing past the middle, lingering into the aftertaste. I will say, I am enjoying some of the fruity esters that appear near the back end (peach and apricot, primarily) quite a bit. After a few sips, the finish becomes almost weed-like. After a few more sips, I'm reminded of those little Welch's fruit snacks. This features good complexity in general (which really isn't that common in a DIPA), but none of the notes really come together to excite my palate. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as sweet finishing or heavy as some DIPAs, but it isn't a bastion of crisp dryness, either. No wait, after drinking about half of it...it is pretty damn sweet finishing and heavy. Still, drinkability is on par with many DIPAs. The carbonation does a half-hearted attempt to poke through the wall of sweetness. (3)

Overall: This ain't half bad - it just isn't impressive. Its flavor profile reminds me of some triple IPAs I've had (boozy tropical fruits, overt sweetness, minimal bitterness), which isn't what I really want from a double. Worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again. (3)

3.05/5: More Honda Odyssey than Homer's Odyssey

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the Cobblestone in York.

I thought this a very nice IPA, though have to say it did not have the blasts of hops I was expecting from a double IPA. Still, it was quite good, and the hops seemed to become more noticeable as it sat in the glass. This IPA is what I would describe as being on the dry side, with not nearly as much of the usual citrus and sweetness one tends to find in an IPA. Nevertheless, I thought this a very enjoyable IPA, one that was very drinkable with the alcohol well integrated.

As close to a sessionable DIPA as you are likely to fine. Nice job by Sly Fox.

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Photo of bbrown12
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox- Odyssey Imperial IPA

Appearance- Dark chestnut brown with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Strong green unripe hops (casade perhaps)
Taste- Immediate earthy green hops, slight cannibis flavor but quickly dissapating to a milder oily pine flavor.
Mouthfeel- Moderate sharp hop bite up front but the dry bitterness fizzles out midway and ends up sweet with a mild citric finish.

Overall- An overacheiver here. A nice tasting IPA but its billed as a DIPA. Just not up to par with the Imperials. Worthy of a pint regardless!

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Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dcolatriano
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 logicalparadox
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber at New Beer Distributors in NYC for 5.50.

It pours a hazy orange with a rocky, thick head that lasts the whole session. Plenty of lace patches stick to the glass. The aroma is replete with sweet, floral, grapefruity hops, very inviting. The taste is a wall of hops complimented by a firm malty backdrop. With some warmth, white grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine tar hop flavors abound. Alcohol is subdued, offering only a pleasant spiceyness. The mouthfeel is thick are creamy with active carbonation. Grapefruit bitterness abounds in the everlasting finish.

This is an awesome, brash DIPA. Im surprised it has such a (relatively) low average. Try it.

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Photo of skriv
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 453 ratings