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 csmiley
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thank to prototypic for sharing this brew.

A - Color is relatively light. Some orange and copper are both present. Head is not overly impressive - maybe a finger deep. It sticks around for a couple minutes. The resulting lace is better than expected.

S - Earthy and piney aromas come through at the front. Some resin is in there too. Citrus flavors are mild - orange, pink grapefruit. Some caramel and hard candy pop up midway to end. Malty for the style.

T - Heavy amount of bitter hoppiness hits the palate first. There is a decent balance of fruity and earthy in the hop profile. I'm getting pine, orange, resin, and grapefruit. Somewhat soapy in the middle. Malt is more present than expected. Tastes doughy with hints of sugar and honey.

M - Lighter bodied with a good carbonation level. Maybe too thin and clean for my expectations of the style. Finish is bitter and doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. At over 8%, it is quite easy to put down. Mild for the style. It's still a quaffable brew though even though it didn't really hit my expectations. Glad I got to try it but wouldn't seek it out agian.

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Photo of prototypic
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc (my secret santa). Thanks, Josh.

Appearance: It's hazy and pours a nice golden color with copper highlights. It's capped with a slightly off-white head that's about a finger deep. It was fairly resilient and hung in there for a bit. A fairly decent coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is above average, but not exactly special. Initially, there's a very strong caramel malt aroma. Not a good sign for me, personally. It's sweet and smells like it's mixed with pale malt. There's some secondary citrus scents of grapefruit and pineapple. Smells like they're might even be a touch of dark fruit in there. Hops are noted, but they're nearly drowned by the abundance of caramel malt. They're a mix of piney and floral characteristics. Difficult to tell which is stronger. Alcohol is noted, but not overly strong.

Taste: My fears have been realized. Caramel malts are strong, sweet, and predominate the flavor of the beer. I'm not much of a fan of these types of DIPAs. Generally, the hop flavors are buried by the wealth of malt. Odyssey suffers the same fate. There's some hop bitterness here. It's a little piney and floral, but ultimately curtailed by all the malt. It's too Barleywine-esque for my taste. Some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavor emerges adding some sweetness. There's a very faint dark fruit flavor noted on the tail. Alcohol's mildy notable, but not overly so. Finishes sweet. Ultimately, it's not a bad DIPA. Just definitely not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a pretty good mouthfeel. It's relatively smooth. Carbonation's active and gets in the way a little, but it holds together pretty well. Probably the most redeeming quality about this beer. Drinkability's above average, but not quite good. I'm not big on the flavor and it's a little big at 8.4% abv. A bomber would be more than enough for me.

Odyssey's an okay DIPA. It's probably above average. Frankly, there's way too much malt and not enough hop flavor. Adjusting those two variables would be a dramatic step in the right direction. As it is, it's worth a try. But, probably not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three fat fingers of amber froth rise over a clear, reddish amber to new copper brew. Big rings of lace lay down contour lines on the snifter glass all the way to a thin film and a slight pillow remaining at the end of the haul.

Rich citrus and pine resins recede to a light floral bouquet, as bready malts build to a strong honey finish.

The acidic bitterness is less balanced than anticipated from the aroma and far less complex. A long, lingering finish hosts nuttiness as it warms.

This Imperial IPA has a thin body and some alcohol, but is predominantly dry with light carbonation.

Odyssey is a nice beer, though not quite the journey initially anticipated from the appearance. However, this experience will carry a conversation.

Date consumed: 14 July 2008

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Photo of deereless
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tightly packed thin layer of head, an orangish gold color, lacing along the edges - 4.50, S: Extremely hearty and bready, tons of hops, some bubblegum - 4.00, T: Bitter and pungent, lemon peel, some toasted malts - 4.00, M: Heavy and creamy - 4.25, D; One of my first beers from Sly Fox and I'm impressed, it's a hearty good sipping brew - 3.75

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 gdfan47
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a really nice off yellow with a pretty damn big off white head and aloooot of lacing
S- hops, hops, and more hops, some faint honey smells
T- fresh hops, i was told that this one has 13 different types of hops in it, more hops, very balanced not overly bitter
M- really smooth, this one was pretty cold but it worked
D- very high abv, but it tastes too damn good

a great DIPA, esp for the money, although I would like to see this beer in 12 oz bottles and cans instead of 22's

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Photo of lessthanhadley
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2008 edition. I had never been impressed with this beer in the past but this years edition has completely changed my mind. Great head retention throughout the beer, very drinkable, while not as bitter as many DIPA's certainly very complex. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
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 corby112
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick white foamy head. Aroma is dominated by earthy and citrus hops with a slight malt presence. Well balanced throughout with a nice touch of maltiness and alcohol balancing out the huge hoppy flavor. Bitter throughout with a bone dry finish.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition.

Pours a clear reddish amber with golden highlights. 2+ fingers of foamy eggshell head has good retention and leaves a nice dollop in the center of the glass along with some lovely lacing latticework on the glass. Smells of fruits, floral hops, citrus, a bit of biscuit, caramel, pine, and spicy earthen notes. Tastes of citrus fruits like pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit up front accompanied by some floral hops and some fruits like apple and white grapes. Caramel and biscuit make for a nice backbone followed by some earth. Finishes with some spicy hops and pine with just a little bit of an alcohol kick that comes out more as it warms up. Medium in body with good carbonation. Nicely sweet and bitter, balanced nicely with good malty touch to break up all the hop flavors going around, most prominent of which is citrus. A good double IPA that hides its alcohol quite well and is very drinkable.

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Photo of antilogic
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks kplynch for the bottle.

Small amount of head, but it lasts. Color is orange amber with a variety of floral hops hitting the aroma. It's on the lighter side, but tasty. Just not really living up to the imperial in IPA. I'd call it a well balanced, smooth IPA with notes of citrus and floral hops...

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty good looking although semi-watery amber colour with a medium to large sized head that is creamy and pillowy. Residue clings to the glass here and there.

The aroma is a surprising balance of hops and malt: bread, some spice and some earthiness are detected, along with a bit of sweet caramel. Simple, but nice.

The flavour is more of the same: hops bite at first with a nice bread flavour, but a caramel sweetness quickly chases said hops to balance things out but also brings in more of a malt flavour than ever expected for the style. There are hints of fruit flavour here (citrus) that essentially went undetected in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a kick to it, but with also a bit of a thinness overall.

Hmmm...this is a pretty good beer but I'd hardly call it an Imperial IPA. As a standard IPA it works nicely but it just doesn't pack the punch of an IIPA. In fact, I'd say the 113 IPA is ballsier than this one. I'd chalk it up to an older bottle, but "Best By 12.11.08" is clearly marked on said bottle. Oh well. Not bad by any means, just not an IIPA.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber.

A: Clear goldenish amber color. 2 fingers of white head and nice sticky lacing.

S: A weird though not unpleasant musty hop smell. Malt backbone is weak but there.

T: Starts off very bitter. Almost too bitter your tongue gives out before it peaks. Then you get a hint of the malt before a sharp hop taste. Finishes bitter.

M: The bitterness from the hops actually affects the mouthfeel. Hurts it in fact.

D: Glad I split this. Too much bitterness without balance. Up the malt a little and this would be much better.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from jwc213, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent orange/copper, with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty, leafy hops, some pineyness & some caramel

T: Some grapefruit, leafy & piney hops, with a touch of fruittyness up front. A touch of booze, much pineyness, tannins, dryness, breadyness

MF: Chewy with low carbonation. Skews too hoppy or or just the wrong hops, plus some heat all detract.

Drinks alright for the ABV & style, but not a front runner in the DIPA stakes race, just a nice attempt

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours a clear copper color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Intense hop aroma. Citrus and very floral. Taste to match with malt sweetness coming through in the middle leading to a dry, intensely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy but still quite drinkable. A bit heavy on the bitter finish but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains hops, citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste has a strong hops presence up front as you would expect but even though the bitterness is there, the pleasant grassy flavor is absent leaving just a paleness to it. The malt character is hearty and there are complimentary sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, decent representation of style, this is pretty much a stronger version of their Route 113 IPA, which I thought was just an average beer.

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Photo of jophish17
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired via trade with HopDerek

Aroma: Strong hop aroma coming out of the pour, citrus hops as is typical among American IPAs. A nice smelling IPA, it previews what its going to bring

Appearance: Beautiful amber color with an inch or so of moderately fluffy white head, which produces fine lacing. A standard look for the style.

Taste: Slick malt taste is the main component, but the hops still bite -- bitter hops are there to keep the taste in check, and to leave you wanting more

Feel: This one was super balanced, as the malt really made this one smooth on the tongue. A nice medium body on the beer with a nice dose of carbonation too.

Drinkability: I had to look up the ABV, as the alcohol did not come out very strong. 8.4% is hidden quite well, and without the harsh, mouthful of hops taste that other IPAs have, this one is quite pleasant to drink

All told, Odyssey is a pretty good double IPA, pretty easy to drink too, but there are still several others I would rather have. Definitely worth a try though!

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is more on the malt side, some hops, citrus, slight pine, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice tone of hops, some citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very tasty, nicely balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pale amber, nice quarter inch of head that hangs around and good lacing

smell:sweet dinner roll style malt and HUGE hop aroma. I smell grapefruit and flowers primarily

taste: not as much malt as I'd expect from an imperial IPA. But the hops do not dissapoint, the primary flavor is grapefruit with notes

mouthfeel: light, yet oily, tannic, astringent and nice carbonation the whole thing cleans the pallete in a way that makes it refreshing

drinkability: I find this tasty enough and the nice nose and great mouthfeel really drinkable.

notes: I really like the concept of the Sly Fox IPA project. If for no other reason then it is a lot of fun to drink a beer with a sinlge hop in it to get an idea of the character of that hop.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in wide mouth glass - let sit for a few minutes to warm up from fridge.

appearance: pours nice yellowish copper color. initially poured a nice head but dissipated rather quickly. it did leave a nice lacing howeve.

smell: citrus malty hop is what comes to mind. can really smell the alcohol - pretty malty with hop surrounding it.

taste: light initial creamy flavor. the flavor evaporated pretty quickly. initial sweet malty taste with hop bitterness. as you have a few more sips - the flavor coats your mouth and you don't have the disappearing flavor phenomenon anymore - which leads to a good overall mouthfeel.

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

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!

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Photo of Risser09
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 Bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Cleanly transparent golden brown & orange coloration. Bubbles stream to the surface where an off-white head awaits. Varying bubble sizes. Plenty of lace.

Smell: Floral hop bouquet, citrus aroma and a little bit of pine. Faint malt aroma.

Taste: Juicy hop flavor is both grapefruit-like and pine-like. Definitive malt backbone. Sweet sugar. An obvious mishmash of hops makes the actual lupulin flavor complex. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavily bodied beer with lots of flavor and lingering bitterness. The IBUs on this one must be pretty high. Alcohol is warming.

Drinkability: Very bitter varieties of hops are utilized which makes for a fun beer to quaff. An all around solid brew that was worth every penny of the $4 I paid for it.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Sly Fox's Route 113 IPA was an excellent depiction of the style, so I had high hopes for their Imperial version, but was somewhat let down at the mediocore character of this one...
Although this sample wasn't a bad stab at the style, I wouldn't say it was above and beyond...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid appearance with a modest head that soon dissipated, leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell wasn't too bad, with a noticeable suggestion of hops, but it didn't have that thick, rich aroma that I have found in many high-quality samples...
Taste was good, with a medium hint of hops that really didn't burst through but still provided a nice taste... Flavor was dominated by citrus, fresh florals, caramel, and slight vanilla...
Decent mouthfeel with an equally moderate level of drinkability make for a good but certainly not outstanding brew that has an apparently strong bitter finish... Either way, it's worth a shot, although there are better representations of the style out there...

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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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