Mountain Standard Double Black IPA - Odell Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -28%
Poured a nice deep black with ruby highlights and a thick and creamy head.
The smell is surprisingly sweet and malty with just a light bit tropical hops and a bit of lightly smokey roasted barley.
The flavor is more malt dominated than I would expect for this style. Sweet malts and light roasty malts dominate with just a light herbal hop prescence. Some nice chocolate flavors come through as well.
The mouthfeel is light and resiny.
Strange Black IPA, drinks more like a slightly hoppy big porter.
11-15-2011 02:19:50 | More by bashiba
3.05/5 rDev -27.6%
Twelve ounce bottle. Best before 2/23/12. Black colored brew, with a dense head of tan foam. Excellent retention and coaty lace. Aroma of toffee malt with a background of peppery, pine hops. The alcohol is a hint noticible. I was expecting more of the hop bouquet but didn't really get it.
I'm not real impressed with the flavor. It's like a higher ABV nutty brown ale, with a strong caramel and toffee sweetness. This grassy hop balance balance is there, but the flavors just don't seem to go together for some reason. I hate to say it, but it's almost off-putting. Moderately bitter at the back, the taste lingers on after the finish without much change. Mouthfeel seems unremarkable, and the carbonation is nice.
I can't put my finger on where this went wrong, but it did. This beer doesn't stack up with any other so-called Black IPA's I've tried, and perhaps because it seems quite different. Maybe the hop variety doesn't mesh well with these malts? Perhaps it needs to be more roasty/stout-like and less nutty sweet? Either way I can't recommend it.
01-01-2012 04:43:28 | More by bennetj17
3.1/5 rDev -26.4%
Thanks to Chris at our Fight Night 1 tasting.
A - Not a bad looking beer. Darker than expected foam in a very dark brown beer that is almost black. Some light still comes through when held to a light source.
S - Cascade hops, floral notes, hints of some roasted malts. Little bit sugary.
T - Not a big fan of this particular brew. It's okay, but slightly piney with the cascade and some citrus and lemon. The flavors ren't really mixing together very well here. This isn't horrid, but I'im not a big fan at all.
M - Medium bodied, something of a sugar feel, moderate carbonation.
D - Average beer, average drinkability, alcohol does come through a little bit, wouldn't drink again.
02-12-2011 04:29:43 | More by AgentZero
3.25/5 rDev -22.8%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remains.
S: Piney and slightly fruity, the smell is distinctly dark with refined malt that suggests sweetness. Yeast influences seem minimal in the smell, and alcohol is not detected.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with intense piney hop aromatics and mild roasted malt. Acidity is intensely carbonic, causing a rift between the beginning and middle. It sweetens somewhat in the middle where transient honey can be found. This beer finishes moderately bitter and also at its most roasty, drying out to the greatest extent yet. No alcohol is detected.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, intensely acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.
D/O: This high-test black IPA from O'Dell's is tolerable but not really noteworthy.Hops are one-note pine delivered at the starting gun, while rampant acidity represents the single greatest detriment. In a field of hoppy offerings from this brewery, it would be difficult to return to this one any time soon--the IPA and (especially) Myrcenary are both so much better.
11-17-2011 23:23:33 | More by beagle75
3.28/5 rDev -22.1%
Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I don't like the finish or feel on this.
Not a big fan, I'd pass in the future.
02-06-2011 22:20:37 | More by jrallen34
3.35/5 rDev -20.4%
12oz bottle from a four-pack that cost $10.49. Black color, mocha head, looks good. Smell is hoppy citrus but I was disappointed after hearing this compared to Pliny (lies). Flavor is decently hoppy but again not on the level of Stone 15th. The roast flavor really conflicted with the citrus, like oranges dunked in bitter coffee. I would have preferred chocolate covered oranges but oh we'll. Still, this is a decent beer and a much better value than when it was in 750's.
11-09-2011 18:22:22 | More by ArrogantB
3.45/5 rDev -18.1%
A - Pours deeply black with tints on brown. The cream-colored head puffs up about one finger and doesn't stick around for long. A tiny film sticks around for the duration, but the legs and lacing are lacking.
S - Dingy pine, stale citrus, metallic, vegetal. Strange.
T - The malt profile comes off as kind of muted/faded, struggling to find a real reason to be here. It's a little nutty, a little bready, a little roasty, but the real star here is the pine and fresh citrus. There is a distinct black licorice flavor going on; I'm baffled because I cannot stand licorice, but it really isn't bothering me...
M - medium bodied, very slight carbonation; nice.
O - First of all, this beer is dangerous. Has 9.5% abv, but drinks like 6% - proceed cautiously. It's also supremely drinkable; the bitterness is almost too low with very little aftertaste. At the risk of Ding rolling over in his early BA grave, this is sessionable.
12-02-2011 08:09:48 | More by drewba
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
Sampled in CST, 12/8/2011. It pours a nice brown with ruby red highlights. The head is fluffy and large, retention and lacing are very pleasing.
The aroma is bursting with citrus hop flavor, well ahead of the roasted dark malts. Pineapple and mandarin oranges really make a statement for Colorado hops. The malt backing is there, but none too bold and somewhat funky. The hop bill is excellent, but the demeanor of the malt and lack of overall intensity, for a 9.5% beer, drag things down - albeit the alcohol is hidden very well.
That juicy citrus character from the nose holds true in the taste. Tropical fruits offer sweetness, balancing out the contrasting resiny grapefruit flavors. Now the malt begins to take on positive qualities, especially in the finish. Bitter coffee, a dash of chocolate, and some astringency keep the finish roasty and dry. I still think the malt profile is lacking a bit of spunk and identity.
The body is on the medium side, with a pretty fluffy texture. Carbonation is quite mild, adding just a slight tang, not to interrupt the pristine smoothness.
For the style, I don't think it stands up to it's counterparts on the West Coast. Yet, it's a style that lacks concrete ground rules, so difference of opinion should be vast. For me, I just don't think the flavor is as perfected as it could be from a quality brewery like Odell. A bit too messy IMO.
12-09-2011 00:26:20 | More by climax
Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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