Odyssey Imperial IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. Thick foamy off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Malts and grains. Citrus and pine.. thyme.

T/F: This one is kind of a malt bomb. Sweet grains and malts. The hop profile feels muted... notes of citrus... a bit of resin, but more sweet malts, honey, and alcohol. Cleans up a little at the finish, but overall lacking in bitterness and hop character. Medium to thick in body. Well carbonated.

O: Unbalanced in favor of malt and honey sweetness. Not bad per se, but not what I'm looking for in an IIPA. Another Sly Fox beer that doesn't stack up.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

$ 2.31 (Including Beer Club discount and tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.193/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
BB 05/21/17 (Can bottom) at 42 degrees served into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – pine and citrus.
Head large (Maximum 6.4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, semi-dense, frothy, average retention, diminishing to an irregular tree to five mm frothy ring with drag marks and partial rings of lacing. Several small rocky islands make up the partial layer.
Lacing – fair. Some partial rings, drag marks, and small islands, all with tiny to medium bubbles.
Body – orange, very slight haze.
Flavor – begins moderately bitter with a hint of malt and an oily citrus aftertaste. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, oily, soft carbonation.

Not really liking this. Route 113 is a much better example of what Sly Fox can do with IPAs.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank straight out of a can at a festival for the brewery so I gave it an average rating for appearance, just to err on the side of caution. Smells primarily sweet and malt forward: some caramel, honey, sweeter citrusy smells like pineapple, and something a tiny bit funky like hay. Taste is again more malty than hoppy, but there's certainly a decent bite of bitterness right at the finish. Lots of sweetness up front, with some grapefruit hops coming in midway, and a very dry, black tea like finish. Personally I thought the flavor of this was somewhat subdued...it's sweet, but not that sweet; it's bitter, but not that bitter. I found it to be a more drinkable IIPA than most I've had for that reason, but it's overall somewhat lacking in flavor.

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Photo of farrago
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous two finger head, frothy with a great many larger bubbles creating an uneven surface, the lacing is wispy but is spread all around the glass. The liquid is a darker amber orange, this aided by the large amount of particulate floating about, strong quantity of smaller bubbles aggressively pushing upwards. The nose at first features a peppery salinity as well as freshly mown grass, however, it moves over to honey, grapefruit reduction and danker tar, muddy earth and black tea leaf notes, a bit too tightly wound to offer anything but minimal pineapple, papaya, star fruit scents. Full-bodied, dry with a good deal of extract which glues it to the palate. Honey, molasses and caramel exert themselves to bring sweetness to the proceedings, cocoa and orange extract too. More of a core here to the apricot, nectarine, pineapple fruit. Very piney and peppery, with its high level of bitter herbaceousness it is likely trying to compensate for the malts. Anyway, for all that is going on it finishes on the short side, the carbonation having fluffed up the start but not able to assist by the end. It’s a solid, not spectacular, brew that goes for the sledgehammer approach.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into an IPA glass - not sure the age of the can but has a "best by" with the 2016 clear. Pours clear amber with a slight opaque quality. Amber color with a fizzy head that foam and recedes quickly.

Nose is malt and citrus juice - big orange and a bit of tropical notes. Not much else here, definitely skews to the sweet sign of the fruit on the nose.

Flavor is big on the bitter, with the citrus notes definitely present. Malt a bit more forward than I'd like - not sure if it's more of a balanced brew with big bitter and big malt or if the hop character has fallen off a bit due to age. It's fine, but it's nothing overly juicy, dank etc. The malt profile is definitely nice - not so much bready here so much as a sweetener to the overtly bitter hop profile.

Feel is nice. Nothing out of line here - big drying hop bitterness cut by the malt. The carbonation level is ice and tight to add to the bitter - helps keep the malt in check for sure. I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - dark, toasted orange amber. Slight haze. Looks good!

S - piney hops and caramel malt sweetness. Fresh and floral.

T - lots of pine and caramel up front. Very aggressive. Has a distinct zesty sweetness. Bitter in the back.

F - prickly carb that bites back. Fluffs up easy when swished in the mouth.

O - solid DIPA. Nothing blows your socks off, but it's easy-drinking.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 2 finger light khaki head that receded to a patchy cap; OK lacing;

S: pineapple, grapefruit, and floral;

T: pine for a moment, then herbal; a hint of floral in the background; mildly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; a little boozy, but it matches the beer well;

O: nothing stands out on it's own, but the totality is very enjoyable;

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy and a darker shade of amber, having a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of piney hops are stronger and linger into the finish. The maltiness is also a little stronger, offering notes of caramel. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for its strength and does a very good job at masking any flavors of alcohol from the taste. The most pronounced property of this beer is the lingering flavor of dank pine in the finish.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Trombone69
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess every brewery has to have an IPA, and an imperial IPA. I am burned out on them. Mehh. I fail to see how it distinguishes itself from 100 other American IPAs that I've had. Is that what we are going for? Now I can get 100 IPA's that are all pretty close, I used to only be able to say that about Lagers.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 8.4% abv

Appearance- Pours dull, somewhat dark nectarine orange. Twofinger head.

Smell- Fresh citrus fruit such as mango and orange. Some Pineapple as well.

Taste- A sweet caramel malt goes into into a citrus kick. Quite sweet with mango like qualities rising above the grapefruit-esque citrus notes. The citrus flavor winds down into a pine blast with increasing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- A good and flavorful DIPA. Decent. Really nice appearance as well. This one was hopped generously. This is evident from taste, not to mention the 90 IBU's. A good and potent double that comes from a can!

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a tall tupil glass. 2 fingers of off-white head, fairly creamy and left a fair amount of lacing throughout the session.

Smells of light-roast malts, a small amount of citrus, and some pine. Not a lot of fruitiness but still smells bitter like a solidly-hopped IPA nevertheless. Perhaps a bit of maple notes after further review.

A bit lighter-tasting at first than I expected, especially after the strong nose. A lot of malt and pine hits first on the tongue and that piney bitterness in the back of the throat at the finish. Definitely boozy but very tasty as it warmed up. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Overall- I picked two cans up on a whim and very glad I did. This is a very affordable and tasty IPA I would recommend and surely try again. Well done, Sly Fox!

Side note- I almost wish there an optional rating scale for value, since this is a very well-crafted and expensive-tasting IPA but with a low price tag. If it were $3.50 a can I would have given it a 4.25 overall, but considering I paid only $2.00 I gave it a 4.5 overall.

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is pine, tangerine, citrus fruit, and husk. This beer is very bitter even for the style, yet somehow manages to remain clean. A nice double IPA that I really enjoyed, but have others I prefer in the style. Happy I got a six pack though.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Taste is similar to the smell, lots of pine bitterness, lighter on the tropical fruits, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Overall maybe a little too bitter in the taste, but I enjoyed it and would drink again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 beerbully
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Half inch white foamy head leaving a thick lacing which quickly slides down the side of the glass. clear golden color

S-very aromatic...smelled this one while pouring into the glass. Lots of citrus hops. grapefruit, pineapple mango some mild sweetness

T-some sweetness out of the gate and then the hops come into play giving way to more of the malty sweetness. grapefruit mix with sweet tropical fruits some hoppy bitterness. not boozy

M-mildly carbonated, leaves a lingering sweetness

O-solid offering from Sly Fox

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, light effervescence, head is off white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a light top and ring along the glass with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is hop forward, bitter with earth, grass notes presenting first followed by subtle malt notes, reminds of the the sweetness from munich malts.

Taste is simple: hop forward presetntation with similar flavors to the nose, grass and earth some pine and more citrus is notable; malt is subtle and comes through as it warms and the bitterness clears.

Mouthfeel is clean, nicely carbonated, solid bitter presence and profile; malt sweetness is not cloying, finishes dry.

Overall, a nice DIPA, it feels maltier than some, but is not sweet, hard to describe but the hop bitternes is appropriate and it really hides the strength well.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 trentbent
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-orange, ruby, really thick white head, one inch, settles fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.
S-grass/hay, alcohol, raspberries
T-mint, raspberries, blackberries, pine, silver
M-sharp, bitter, wine like in its weight and alcohol.
O- I'm finding this similar to flying dog's single hop El Dorado in the sense that the alcohol and flavor make this orange hop monster something you can enjoy with foods that are otherwise paired with wine. It's also mind boggling to have such a complex bet from a plain 12 oz can, though I guess these cans have already been a staple of some crazy brews.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey on-tap pours a honeyed orange amber with a flat cap of foam. Looks alright with that nice drip lacing.

Mostly pine and citrus peels. Orange and grapefruit and some resinous character. A kiss of hemp oil, bitter greens, and raw hop leaf. Malty with some good toasty evidence. Sugars are caramelizing.

Husky bitterness with pine and pink grapefruit leading the charge. Some bitter orange and unripe melon in there, too. Caramel malts with more bitterness from the toast. Some astringency from the acid content. A little rough, but tasty. Booze is above medium for the percentage. Lacks smoothness. Not sure if they were going for such a bitter hop bomb.

Take it or leave it with the others in its company.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can over at the Whole Foods in Springfield.

Served in a Boulevard tulip.

A: Glistening gold, with a substantial, whipped cream-esque head on top.

S: Not ridiculously potent, but I will say that this one is more on the fresh citrus side as opposed to a pine one.

T: Much more hop forward on the flavor though….. almost to the fresh hop harvest side even. Still, substantial grapefruit and orange juice component with a slight bit of booze burn.

M: Picture perfect on the palate and slows you down just enough so you can appreciate and savor it. Not too syrupy-sweet, and lots of lacing left on the glass.

O: This is only my second Sly Fox brew and it was certainly an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Molly's Irish pub & sports bar in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours an orange/amber color with a light, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing around the glass upon drinking further.

S- not very much on the nose. Some earthy hop aromas and a heavy malt forward profile. Very lacking in this category

T- tastes of bitter hops, biscuit malt, and a slight carbonation. The hops overpower the malt on the front and finish, malt flavor is prevalent just after the initial sip where some sweetness is detected.

M- prickly on the tongue but not overly carbonated. Slick on the tongue.

O- at 8 plus percent abv, there are better imperial IPAs out there that will deliver more flavor and much satisfaction than this brew. Although this brew is not bad, it's not fantastic.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear amber color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a decent retention, fading over time to leave a moderate level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite fruity with lots of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and some papaya. Along with these smells come some nice grapefruit hop smells. A rather moderately strong pine aroma brings with it a resinous and somewhat more poignant harshness to the nose, but in a kind of way that seems to balance the sweeter aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and bready taste with the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose right up front and being joined by a bready and doughy flavor. A grapefruit hop flavor is present upfront as well with it growing stronger as the flavor advances to the middle. Along with the grapefruit comes some light grassiness and a pine flavor. The pine really kicks into gear more at the middle of the taste with it growing quite potent at the end. While that occurs the doughy and sweeter flavors begin fading some with a caramel flavor coming to replace the lost fruit flavors. In the end with the pine getting decently intense, one is left with a rather resinous and moderately sweet but smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather nice for the sipping quality of the brew and really allow the resinous pine flavor to shine through at the end

Overall – A rather nice Imperial overall with a nice moderately resinous finish. Very tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A deep amber orange, slightly cloudy, with some good slow rising pinhead carbonation. Head is a fluffy off white and slightly tan, quite large billowing at four fingers easily. Settles with soapy clumpy retention to match.

Nose has a very obvious sweetness, more sensing of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol boozy warmth with a little bit of pine to match. Very low on hop aromas, but hints at big sweetness and sugars of the style.

Palate comes a bit more subdued. A very lingering tea and pine bitter, which grows nicely on the finish, gradually warming with some mint like warmth. Noticeable caramel sweetness but nothing too outrageous. Mild hop bitterness slightly in the mid palate comes off more like a regular IPA than a DIPA.

This isn't particularly awful, in fact it's well constructed but in the realm of the style and the big heavy exciting players it just doesn't stand out much unfortunately.

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Photo of larryi86
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Pine, some resin, caramel malts, kind of bland.

T- Big let down, piney/resin finish with some alcohol, some faint citrus hops, sweet malts.

M- Abrasive, medium body, bitterness really lingers.

O- Disappointing, was hoping for more from Sly Fox. Nothing really jumps out at me with this beer. I will just stick with other beers Sly Fox.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > Lagunitas Mason
A - Pours a really nice slightly clouded orange with a big 2 finger foamy head, lacing everywhere.
S - Grapefruit citrus is the most prevalent scent along with some caramel malt.
T - Big ibu bitterness in front a little hop dankness, and some of that sweet caramel, some pine, but really dry aggressive bitter assault on your taste buds. The grapefruit is miniscule in the flavor compared to aroma. There is also a huge lager yeast taste in this.
M - Lingering bitterness.
O - Too abrasive of a flavor and mouthfeel for something that I'd want to enjoy again.

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