Friday, March 1, 2013

Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping in!  Glad it's Friday?  Me too!  Tonight I am drinking another canned offering from Sly Fox Brewing Company out of Pottstown, PA.  It is their Odyssey Imperial IPA.  On the can, the label says that each year the Sly Fox brewers "select their favorite and newly discovered hops to create a big, bold Imperial IPA."  I suppose then that the recipe on this beer changes a bit from year to year.  I like that!  Let's crack this can open...
 
Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA
Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA
 
Odyssey 
Imperial IPA
8.4% ABV
90 IBUs
12 oz. can poured into Victory Brewing tulip glass

Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA
Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA

Odyssey Imperial IPA pours a beautiful golden amber color with a two finger width white head.  There is extravagant lacing, and the beer looks clear (filtered).  As soon as the beer was poured, I got a whiff of grassy hops, but before long, the aroma was gone, and I couldn't get much out of it.  Odyssey has a VERY unique flavor profile.  It starts out very plain.  There is a bit of sweet malt and a tickle of carbonation.  It is a little grassy up front too.  A few seconds after swallowing, and the bitterness arrives!  It hits the back and roof of my mouth.  It is not an unpleasant bitterness though.  It is grassy, peppery, and citrusy.  Odyssey has an above average body, and is of average carbonation.

Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA
Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA
  
Overall:  Sly Fox's Odyssey is a very interesting Imperial IPA.  I don't think I've had one quite like it.  It took me more than half the beer to really "get" the beer I was drinking.  As the beer sits, it is not one of my favorite Imperial IPAs, but I am worried it may be an older can.  There is a smudged date on the can, but it is impossible to read.  I probably wouldn't buy this beer in a can again, but if I saw it on tap while I was out I would give it another try.   

Have you had Sly Fox's Odyssey?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!

Check out my review of another Sly Fox Brewing Company beer:

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