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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA - Odell Brewing Company

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA

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233 Reviews

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Reviews: 233
Hads: 800
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.31%
Wants: 140
Gots: 106 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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Reviews: 233 | Hads: 800
Photo of dankster
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from my four pack. thank you to my friend at quail creek for saving for me!

A- very dark almost black with a slight red hue. good tan head and lacing

S- big wet hops is the first thing i get. then some chocolate and dark fruits like plum come though for me.

T- Dam this is good! super clean hops with nice malt back. fruit comes though as it warms a little.

M- really good, not to thin but not super thick either

O- I love this beer. so happy odell put this into four packs this year. you would never know this beer is 9.5% ABV by drinking it! possibly deadly in the wrong hands (mine included lol)

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

A big thanks to ArrogantB for this great extra.

Appearance – Pours a dark black into a tulip with half a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Bitter hops, roasted malts, pine, earth, and floral notes.

Taste – Pine, cascade, floral notes, slight citrus, and heavy roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – A decent black ale, though not my first choice. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Basically black in color. No real head to speak of, only slight collar. Does provide some moderate lacing.

S - Sticky, piney hops, with a light floral aspect. Sweet dark malts show up as well.

T/M - Mild roastiness. Resinous pine bite. Almost no sign of being about 10%. Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Glad I picked some up, but it's gonna be hard to pass up their other offerings for this.

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Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a massive rocky tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, chocolate, and musty hop.

Taste is a little lighter than expected. Roasted dark grain up front. Chocolate and dark fruit make an appearance. Finishes with a slight bitterness and lingering chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. A thicker feel would be appreciated.

Overall a little too much on the sweet side for a black IPA. Plenty of chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jimbus
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark coloration which glows a deep brown on the edges when held to light...light toffee one finger head - smell is lightly roasty and nutty, but you have to work your sniffer pretty hard to discern anything - flavors of sweetness, bitterness, hops, and roasted malt are well balanced - mouthfeel is a bit light and lacks some of that enamel ripping hoppiness that I like, but not too light - overall, a solid brew...this is a tought style to nail, but when done right, can be a beautiful thing. an excellent offering from Odell!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up today at the COOP .... Poured into my new CBS snifter.. 1" dark tan head atop deep dark brown brew... verging on black... nice sheets of lacing.

Nose is very nice... big citrus and a little pine.. some lite chocolate and a touch of sweetness.

Good bitterness up front.. resinous hops and a little sweet dark malt... the malts are more roasty black than chocolaty.. a little sweetness with warmth that helps bloom the flavors....

Body is a solid medium with good carbonation.

Glad we got this one in and am even happier I was able to try it fresh.


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Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolatey brown in color with a thin tan head that looks creamy and clings to the glass nicely.

Big juicy citrus hop scent on the nose along with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness.

Whoa, big flavor here. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus from the hops up front. Not to be outdone, the malt adds sweetness and plenty of chocolate. A nice little flow of fruits to blend with chocolatey goodness. A touch of bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Not sticky at all. The carbonation is creamy and soft. Great feel.

This could very well be my favorite beer for the style. Tons of flavor from hops to malt. A nice balance of both in fact. Great beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle with a BB 021612

A-pours a dark brown color with a tan head and nice lacing.garnet highlights
S-was musty roasted malts with orange citrus hops a touch of chocolate and coffee
T- followed the nose musty roasted cocoa and malts with citrus hops
M- warm and bitter with hops and malts chewy and thick
O-tasty double very fresh loads of hops and malts

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bfields4
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body. Almost black with a very brown hue. Thin lacy mocha head.

Nice mix of hop and malt to the aroma. Good resiny floral hop. Malty cocoa sweetness comes through in waves.

Sweet dark chocolate malt hits the same time as a bit of pine. Followed by a tinge of grapefruit and a hit of resiny hop. There's a bit of burnt roasty malt flavor and a little molasses before a nice finishing bitterness sets in.

Chewy smooth body. Nice carbonaton with the alcohol very well hidden behind very solid flavors. No complaints with this one for me. Odell keeps em' coming.

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Photo of claytong
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - black with murky auburn brown edges. nice semi tan head with great retention and lacing. super sticky on the sides, just beautiful.

smell - wow, fresh hops (smells like dank ass weed). then i have to dig to get some dark malts, walnut shell and caramel.

taste - quite mild when cold, i like it, roasted malts, fruity hops. simple but nice.

mouthfeel - bitterness sticks around a bit which is funny cause it didnt seem bitter upfront. sugary and bitter, eh. good body and great carbonation...this is also really fresh.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A-Pours a jet black with some slight scarlet edges
that supports two fingers of dense,light-tan foam.The head showed good retention and deposited sticky ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Really pungent,fruity hop nose.Concentrated tropical fruit,tangerine,apricot,milk chocolate covered pineapple,sweet and perfumey floral hops similar to jasmine and mild coffee.

T-Punchy with great fruity hop bitterness and a supporting but nonaggressive chocolate/coffee character.Sweetened grapefruit,musky,tropical fruit(pineapple,mango),bright citrus,mild roast,sweetened coffee,slight pine and some fresh hop qualities(raw,leafy).

M-Medium bodied with a slick feel and bitter finish.Hop forward example of the style but the roastiness was there just understated.Kind of reminded me of a roasty Myrcenary(which is a good thing).A touch thin would be my only knock.

O-A seriously worthwhile ABA/Black DIPA.I will definitely be purchasing more.

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Photo of katan
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Thick and hazy - lots of body to this beer. Brown with a few amber highlights. Not really all that black except in the thickest parts. Head formation is thick and creamy, mocha in color.

S - Mega hoppy smell, lots of citrus and piney, a little bit zingy. No malts, this is DIPA first and black second. Really spicy overall.

T - Lots of citrus flavors from the mega hop backbone. Mid-stream develops alot of graininess, hoppiness and even a really solid bitterness. Finishes with just a little bit of maltiness, the black roast coming through.

M - Full bodied, thick and even a little bit creamy. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A good BIPA. I think its a bit of a IPA that just happens to be black colored, but I certainly see the aim of trying to bring in more roast balance. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of quaybr
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick head with heavy lacing. As black as you might assume from the name.

Smells of fresh grassy and citrusy hops with roasted malts holding them all together.

Flavor is foreshadowed by aroma. Dark malts try to provide a sturdy structure for the flavoring and bittering hops that punch through the entire time. Some brown sugar sweetness begins showing itself as the brew warms up. For a 9.5 ABV, the alcohol is well disguised by the hop-forward tongue.

The feel of the beer is a bit peculiar, but it works pretty damn well. It has a creamy body but doesn't seem nearly as thick as I would have guessed. Still, the creamy body covers the bitter hops to near perfect, only improving as it warms up.

I like this beer alot. I wouldn't want more than one a night, but it's tasty. I was completely shocked to see this was 9.5 % alcohol. This style of beer still kind of eludes me, but it's growing on me - many thanks to this brew.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A: Pours very black. Black black if you will. Maintains a creamy white head that lingers nicely.

S: Roast dominates my nose followed closely by hop fruitiness and bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus are the main fruits here and it smells heavenly

T: Great taste! Some awesome chocolate flavors followed closely by some fruit and a slightly bitter cleansing finish. I have had quite a few CDA/Black IPAs and this is definitely one of the very best

M: Creamy and smooth the feel resembles a decent stout. Love everything about this beer

O: Great great beer by some really great brewers up at Odell. I had this one on tap a couple weeks ago and I gotta say it's almost as good from a bottle. Love that these came in 4 packs his year, gonna buy a lot of it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an obsidian black, shiny almost, and solid, with a 2 inch creamy head. smells like huge hops, and rich slow roasted chocolate malts. sensational presentation, same as all the others in odell's 4 pack series. taste is immediately hoppy and strong, imperial in nature. the "black" part kicks in in the middle, smoothing out the bitter hops with a certain patience that really accentuates the local colorado hops. seasonally appropriate and fairly crisp in the finish, this is a really exceptional beer. that is becoming a pattern for odell. huge abv makes this 4 pack a really nice warm buzz!

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany (as stated) with some ruby highlights when the light shows through - a massive light tan, chunky, and soap-like head bellows up and sticks around. Only when I take sips does the head even begin to give way leaving thick remnants of bubbly lace behind. The tangy smell of grapefruit, lemon citrus and sweet hops shines through all backed by a nice roasty malt balance that brings about burnt sugar and subtle chocolate. The taste follows the nose pretty well and is slightly reminiscent of Bigfoot in a way - massive hops coat the tongue while cloaking the chocolate afterbite that comes flowing through next - tasty brew - but there's a catch. The mouthfeel, for me, was overwhelming. There is a lot of carbonation to the point where my mouth is almost filling with fizzy bubbles/frothiness with each sip and it's hard to put down such a thick bodied beer while trying to drink down air at the same time. The mouthfeel did not take away from my enjoyment of this beer as I just sipped it slowly and took in the nice complex taste. Good beer, but tough to put down by myself in one sitting for sure!!


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Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to colejacobs for sending me this as an extra. Consumed in July 2011.

True to its name, it pours pretty black, but you can notice a reddish mahogany tint if you look closely in the light. The head is HUGE, it was almost a gusher. The head bubbles like a boiling pit of magical ooze in a witch's cauldron. Even after it dies down it's pretty intimidating.

I smell fruit--bananas, some tropical stuff like guava or papaya maybe. Smells nice and sweet but with a strong hop profile as well.

This is yummy. Tangy dark fruit all over the place, floral and citrus hops, dark malts and cocoa and a roasty porter like backbone.

Great mouthfeel, heckufalot of carbonation in this one as was obvious from the pour.

I really like this beer! Even with a bit of age on it, it's probably the best black ale I've had to date. It's got all the best aspects of the hops and of the dark malt and they find a perfect balance. I can't wait to try the regular Mountain Standard!


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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown and fills to the top with a small fluffy, dusty, tanned, brownish foam rising to cap it. Looks almost black in most light but put it up to a stronger light source and you'll find its actually a very dark mahogany. Nice. Lots of lacing cakes the glass in broken sheets and stringy globs very well and it keeps a good ring of foam around the edge top.

Lofty, warming, sweet, roastified, hoppy aroma of black tea twisted with lots of lemon, some orange, papaya, and grapefruit also tend to add to the nose upon bigger wiffs. The hoppyness seems very green and fresh punching with citrus while the roasted malts add a unique mix of tea aromas and airy earthyness.

Taste is partially roasty sweet, yet enticingly tangy and rich. Full on citrus roundedness with mostly orange tones taking over on the tongue while it gets spritzed with some lemon along the way. Maybe some mango too. Some of the earthy tea-like features from the nose are lightly floating around in the background and pick up pace as it flows into the finish where, there, it lingers strongly and boldly with a wonderful blend of the citrusy tangy stuff and its roasted malty play. Warmth ensues in the gullet once it settles in about half way through the 750. Making for a nice lengthy session of drinkin'.

Hearty, wholesome, tangy, semi-rich, fairly full in body with an overall smoothness of citrusy rounded tang and lofty touch to hoppy dryness, and a solid lip smacking orangeyness showing late across the finish.

This is one solid Black IPA and very Odell! Yum!

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Photo of movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a small snifter.

The pour here is quite beautiful. A strong tan head sits on top of a fine looking black ale. Not quite as black as midnight, but black. And the head of super foamy and very enticing.

Upon first whiff, this beer gives off some heavy fruited and floral notes--quite hoppy. This initial smell is then offset by some of the elements from the dark malts, such as some bitter chocolate, cereal grains, and vanilla.

The flavor is along par with what the aroma leads one to believe. It is bittersweet at first, with the hops colliding with the dark chocolate malts. Flavors of chocolate, honey, cinnamon, dark fruit, and caramel come to mind. Some other elements hidden away in the background are burnt brown sugar and black cherry.

Overall, I think this is a good beer. The black ipa style is interesting to begin with...it just doesn't seem to make sense. But, it is being made, and provides a strange balance in terms of what an IPA can or should be.

The Mountain Standard from Odell's was a nice treat...brought back from Colorado by a good friend. The beer is good...has a complex, creamy flavor, and, for the style, does a great job.

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Photo of jdense
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared at inaugural meeting of Eastern Oregon chapter of DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) in fabulous Baker City, OR 5/26/11.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque, one finger tan head, no visible carbonation due to hue, minimal lacing. There's not much going on in the nose, waited for the brew to warm up when it took on a mild roast and grassy note character, some vanilla notes from the barrel aging. Pretty smooth, some mild bitterness once it warmed, floral and grassy hops, I picked up some caramel, fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side, good effervescence,alcohol is still pretty prominent, sticky. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed, I'd been setting on this for a couple of months which may have led to the hops fading a bit. But we ended up doing a side by side with Turmoil, and this beer ended up far short of that world class CDA. Worth a try, but at this price point I won't be buying another.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

420th review on BA
bottle to mug
750 ML C/C

App- Cola caramel brown with a huge three finger head. Very puffy and crackely. Not a lot of stick but decent.

Smell- Huge hoppy notes with a malt background. This was not what I expected to find. The hops lean towards a deep citrus rind.

Taste- As with the nose this was very different from what I thought it would be. I was thinking it was a very traditional brown with a little hop kick to balance the malt forwardness of the style. This was much more hoppy and took a detour from the style. It was good but didnt knock my socks off.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A little yeasty like bubble and softness.

Drink- A very good brown ale albeit a little off from center of the style. Hoppy, soft, bubbly. If I didnt have to trade for it, I would get it again.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark but not quite completely black. A large tan head forms and has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Very hoppy nose of Cascades. I find the citrus hops and roasted malt makes an odd combination. Some alcohol is also detected.

Hops are the main player in the flavor. Fruity, piney, and some earthy, herbal qualities. Not as sweet as say, Back in Black, but more of a roasted malt element. Bitterness does not seem to be that high. Alcohol adds a little heat in the finish.

Just a tick into medium body. Feels lighter than a lot of DIPAs. Very nice carbonation. Love the soft texture of this.

The alcohol loweres the drinkability. MST is exactly what it claims to be, a hoppy, dark beer with a high ABV.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.