Odyssey Imperial IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maybrick on 12-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
448
Reviews:
189
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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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 outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Drank from a six day old growler.. It looked fresh, just specifying for context purposes. Not bad, not great. Pretty decent sweet malty undertone.

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Photo of wilmerkatie
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I hate this rating system

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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 paulish
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GNH3
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cchrink
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Bill69
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BrianQuinn
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of let8it8grow
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wddrex
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 version has good balance and a nice lingering hop finish.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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