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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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 440
Photo of bobsy
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Coles.

Pretty deep gold colour with a creamy off white head. Some lace spots and decent retention. Aroma is honey and mild leafy hops. Certainly not a punch in the face and seeming all about malts and not about hops. A bit disappointing for an imperial IPA. The hops seem completely dialled back, and the malt is far too prominent. If this was a bottle then I'd just figure I'd gotten hold of an old one, but this is on tap at a bar. With minimal hops we're left with a low bitterness and a honey / beet aspect to the flavour. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Drinkable, but not what you'd look for in the style.

Either something went screwy with this one, or this is a mediocre attempt at the style.

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

Thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: The pour is an amber color with a moderately sized off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is citrusy, offering up lots of grapefruit with more caramel malt than I'd like, but still not sweet.

T: The flavor had a pleasant bitter grapefruit flavor along with a hint of pine. The sweetness was not as pronounced as I was expecting, but did provide balance to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, bitter, and refreshing finish.

D: A pretty nice DIPA. Not my favorite of the style, but a bit of a surprise and some good flavors.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I have had several times without giving it a rate.

A: Pours a very clear amberish orange hue. Nice tall creamy head. Rocky on top. Insane retention with HUGE chunks of lace.

S: Wonderful aromas. Light caramel, with huge hints of citrus and fresh cut grass.

T: Very well balanced. Nice sweet candy malt backbone plays well off the bold citrus hops. The finish has a nice blast of bitter herbal grassy hops.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rather full bodied for the style.

D: Good I really do like this beer. One of the best offerings i have ever had from Slyfox.

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

Odyssey Imperial IPA, found on tap. Pours light orange, the bartender did not leave much room for head, but lacing goes all the way down the glass.

Big aroma of citrusy hop, floral notes are there as well. Flavor follows the nose with a enamel stripping bitterness. Malt is overwhelmed by the hops but in a good way. Resiny, grapefruit, lemon and very bitter. Drinkability is limited due to the strength and bitterness. A good night cap beer and a palate wrecker. All in all, I thought this is a pretty strong example of the style, and a must for hop heads.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a not quite brilliantly clear, just the slightest haze can be found here. A nice full finger of creamy foam rises above the surface and stands proudly for a minute or so. When it falls, some thick spiderwebs of lacing are left on the glass. Very nice.

S - Very citrusy on the nose. Sweet and orangey aromas dominate. Light lemony hints blend in nicely. The sugary malt serves too temper the hops and give a very well balanced aroma. I would call this liquid orange candy.

T - The aromas are really sweet and almost delicate in nature - expected a taste to be light, summery and refreshing. Well, the flavor does not match the aroma, but it doesn't fail to make a positive impression. Bitterness is full and deep - a rock solid base for a DIPA. Citrus is present, but blends with a more earthy hop flavor and some grassiness. Caramel malt flavors creep in and offset the bitter hops with some nice sweetness.

M - Pretty full bodied beer overall - definitely a chewy beer. Carbonation is just light of medium....somewhat creamy in feel. Bitter, citrusy resins fill the mouth and linger well after the swallow.

D - This is a dangerously drinkable DIPA...alcohol really isn't apparent. The light, almost tropical aroma will suck you in and the flavors don't disappoint either. Very enjoyable and I really wouldn't mind having another of these right now.

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

The delicacy of this beer totally belies its alcoholic strength and status as a DIPA.

Pours clear light copper with big bubbly white head. Smell is light, malty with light floral hops. Flavor is stronger, piny hops and pale malt with a pleasant, sharp orange rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and sharply carbonated. Surprisingly delicate. Good alcohol emerges as beer opens, bitterness become more citrusy.

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Photo of morimech
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an Imperial beer that did not seem like an Imperial. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. This beer is good looking. The aroma was a touch weak or faint. Hints of pine and grass but not much from the malt. The flavor did not come off as big and bold. The bitterness was as expected but lacked hop and malt flavor. At 90 IBUs I want more than just bitter. Hints of pine. Extremely dry qualities which did nothing for me and I like dry beers. The body felt a little light but had good carbonation, giving a nice texture. If this beer just had a little more flavor to go along with the bitterness, it would deserve much higher scores. As it is, just a nice effort.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an coppery/amber orange color with a little bit of head. Smells of sweetness and dirty earth with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is fairly typical for the style, but hints of earthiness add some intrigue and the brew is very well-balanced. Medium bodied and smooth, the beer is still fairly drinkable as it warms - not too common for an imperial ipa but it is on the light side.

Another solid ale from Sly Fox.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of spicy and grassy hops. As the beer warms the hop notes gain some citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are a bit more distinct. Pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by grassy and herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of grapefruit flavors enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter and abnormally dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this drank more like an IPA and I'm impressed with how well the 8.4% ABV was hidden. Not exceptional but worth a shot.

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

Bomber with a best by date of 11/25/10

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip glass. A goldish orange with some red tint. Very clear with minimal bubbles. Head is puffy and almost pure white. About 1 finger worth. As it slowly fades it leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Citrusy and some spice. A touch of caramel and grass. Overall a pretty mild nose for DIPA.

TASTE: I'm pretty sure this is a real fresh bottle as i think they just released this batch. Lots of hop bitterness. And real nice bite to it. Theres also a good amount of caramel flavor thats adding a nice sweetness and balancing this one nicely. This is tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Somewhat light in mouth. If anything i get a smooth creaminess. Goes down real easy and i'm getting no sign of the 8.4%abv.

DRINKABILITY: This is super easy to drink. Light and smooth and an easy drinker all around. I wouldn't quite call this a top tier DIPA but it's a local brewery (about 15 minutes away) and it is definitely a quality beer.

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Photo of cyprest
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with clean filtering. Slight lacing on pint glass.

High presence of citrus and pine hops with a bit of dinginess.

Hop flavor only somewhat higher than that you would expect from a standard IPA, but unfocused. Prob from the mixing of various "leftover" hops from their IPA- project.

Nice mouthfeel and easy drinkability. The alcohol is masked appropriately for it's imperial status.

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

2009 version on cask at Hop Project Day

A-Slightly hazed, ruby-red grapefruit tinged copper with a cask driven billowing white head that reduced a bit and left caking lace.

S-Fresh, bright floral, citrus and light spicy hop pop up front with a pleasant underlying light caramel malt sweetness.

T-Initial hop notes of fresh citrus, spicy pine and floral notes with the backing of sweet caramel malt. Quite balanced but does lean towards the hops.

M-Medium bodied quite smooth with only a touch of sharpness. Long lingering hop bitterness.

D-I have always been an Odyssey fan and this beer on cask simply shines. Very well constructed.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger thinner looking off-white / tan head with good retention with medium carbonation evident. Color is somewhere between clear burnt umber and sienna brown. Head slowly fades to a thin film. A wisp and ring remains 'til the end and leaves some good lacing down the side. Average for the style.

SMELL: Toasted and pale malt for sure with hints of caramel malt as well. Some hints of grapefruit and some earthiness as well. Not as powerful a grapefruit / pine punch as some other DIPA's. Some nice floral notes show through too. Mild but fine, and a more malty than average nose for the style.

TASTE: Toasted and pale malt again with lots of citrus and grapefruit hops. Floral through the middle and finishes with pine notes and spiciness at the end. More flavor than the nose had indicated, especially on the hop end. Strong bitterness at the end and a stronger and longer lasting bitter piney and floral aftertaste just keeps lingering and lingering. Maybe a bit too much of an aftertaste, but I certainly enjoyed it.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, not quite as creamy as hoped, and only somewhat smooth on the palate. Goes down fine with no bite, alcohol well hidden, and finishes drier on the palate. A bit of an astringent ending on this one. Certainly below par for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty decent. Enjoyed it, though the palate was a little weak and the head a little unimpressive. A decent beer with an interesting taste profile non-the-less; one I could drink a few of.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really close to nailing the Imperial IPA style. With crisp and dry malt character, the resiny hops can shine.

The beer opens with a solid coper color with golden highlights and a moderate dry-hopped haze. This beer's head is expansive and unrelenting. A stark white foam forms a rocky and stubborn foamstance that refuses to fade, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass. It's really hard not to give this beer a solid 5 here... aw, heck what the hell....

Hop resins and pine notes take precidence in the nose while a graham cracker-like crusty malt character provide only supporting sturdiness to the beer. More citrus notes could really help out here.

Flavors take off where aromas fade. Sure the malt character holds up but takes on a less caramel and bread note than the nose suggests. However, the hop flavor (resins and pine) gain intensity for complete dominance of the glass. The resins provide an aggressive bitterness that boarders on 'bite' and 'harsh' at times.

Creamy and malty up front, but the beer dries out beautifully in the end for a bright hop finish and crisp malt memory. Aside from the sharp bitterness, this beer could have easily scored a 5 here as well.

Odyssey is a very good beer that is on the verge of greatness. Give me a bit more hops of Centennials and Cascades and a bit less of the high beta-alpha hops and we might have a top 100 contender.

Thanks to Bobfinkenaur!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Pillowy head recede slowly, with slow-falling sticky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, with an medium earthy hops presence. Taste starts sweet, earthy bitter in the middle, fading into a floral and lasting bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. I would expect more hops presence for the style, but still a nice brew.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/13/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel malt, floral hops, and light fruits. Flavor is very malt-forward with a bitter hoppy finish. Decent IIPA, but it's a little heavy in the palate.

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Photo of mltobin
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Manhattan.

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized head for an IPA.
The smell is sugary, with cloves and hops. Taking the first sip, alcohol content is present, boozy; the hops are here, some carbonation and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little rich with the different flavors and characteristics, finishes dry, have some water to your side. Drinkability is a little higher than average.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange with an overly massive head. Patchy lacing left on the glass but that much head is just obnoxious.

S - Malty and earthy with some slight piney notes. Faint citrus scents as well. For an Imperial IPA I would have expected much more of a potent nose.

T - Bitter earthy and piney hops are very prevelant. THere is a nice matly backbone to this which is a bit much for an impreial IPA. There is a certain taste of cut grass to a degree. It's a very odd combination to say the least.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. I can even sense a slight alcohol burn.

D - I would think this would be easy to drink but I just didnt really care for this all that much. It was a very big let down for a beer I brought home from my trip to NYC. This made the one case i shipped home over others, and I'm pretty disappointed with it.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange with a WAY to massive head, even after a gentle pour. A mushroom cloud of white bubbles took up more than 2/3 of the glass. Just the head alone is enough to knock it down a a couple pegs.

Smell - Smell is extremely creamy and sweet, almost hefe-weizen like. Hops are very faint if at all.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bitter hops mix with an almost earthy taste. Very sharp and carbonated taste that is medium bodied. Maybe some orange lends to a citrus fruit taste. Somewhat mettalic flavor lingers as well.

Drinkability - Not what I was hoping for at all. Hope it was just a bad bottle, but not worth wasting the time and money on unless you live in the area, and can pick up a bottle without much effort.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown with a nice head and lace.

The aroma of piney hops,grapefruit and malts with some alcohol in the back.
The taste starts off with malts,some sweetness and then a super power hop comes through.
The feel was mild bitterness with medium body and a smooth carbonation. A well balanced beer.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer and I liked how easy it was to drink. Good strength in the ABV,but seems a lot less.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass.

Clear, amber color with a foamy white head, that thinned to a light layer, leaving good sticky lacing.
Sweet malty aroma with a faint odor of piney hops.
Sweet malty taste on the initial sip, then the bitterness of the hops kicks in hard, very good overall flavor.
Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
Good drinking beer, I could enjoy a few of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a sniffer, golden orange with a finger thick white head that lasted a pretty good duration, excellent spiderweb lacing clung and dried to the glass

S - honey malt and pine

T - sweet honey maltiness with a blast of bitter citrusy hops, alcohol is noticeable, but seems to mix well with the flavor. The hops win the battle over the maltiness.

M - a bit chewy with abundant but not thick body, well carbonated and good smooth texture

D - drinkability is not bad, but the alcohol is noticeable

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Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -.25 inch head, bright but murky orange color.

S - Major citrus hops surrounding small malt profile.

T - Not much malt, but tons of citrus hop. Malt makes a sneaky appearance towards the end of the sip. Not balanced for me.

M - Average.

D - Too one dimensional and bitter for all night interest.

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

A: Poured a clear, light ruby-orange with a moderately lasting 1 finger billowy white head.

S: a light-moderate hoppiness per style with some sweet caramel and fresh flowery hops.

T: The initial flavor starts off with a moderate hoppiness of citrus, pine and fresh flowers which soon gave way to the sweet caramel malting. The flavor/taste was really clean with a well rounded and polished hoppiness.

M: creamy and smooth, a tad light with a clean finish, devoid of any hop lacing or fade.

D: Great drinkability, very clean and smooth. May disappoint hardcore hopheads per style, but overall a generally well brewed, clean hopped ipa.

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

I am a big fan of past Sly Fox creations and varied styles and passed this one over because I had too many IPA's but ran out of "i have not had this" at the beer store and pulled it for a quaf. Sly Fox mixes "all hops" each year as part of their Odyssey project which I still to typing this review found quite compelling.

A: Poured into an oversized wing glass to show off a an effervescent orange/copper, with a gargantuan three finger plus head of fuzzy bubbles setting down to a tight cap of one finger with medium lacing but not lasting.

S: Nose was first estery and pale malts followed by pine cones, leafy hops, and caramel. I assume the mixture of so many hops has pushed the natural floral and citrus hop profile far to the rear in this one.

T: The flavor reaches over the malts into the nose to brings out the result of mixing many hops with the 2008 project. Clear bitterness along with pepper, ABV somewhat apparent to give some respect to the Imperial profile. Other flavors include pine, tannines, breadyness. The hops are the clear leader over the malts, not much grassy elements or herbs. The orange ester nature comes through in the 2nd and 3rd aftertaste working well together with piney and resin accents. As the beer warms, dark fruits and sugar move into the lead and all of the hops mixed seem to muddle each other.

M: Medium body and carbonation, munchable with increasingly smooth delivery.

D: Odyssey may have choosen to work with a low key noble hop profile in 08 from past years. A complex delivery with more emphasis on malt sweetness to bitterness and hops. I would love to read what the hops were used for this year.

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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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