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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

604 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 111
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 11-15-2010)
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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an opaque dark brown with plenty of tan head and huge lacing.

S-Roasty with great dark chocolate notes and a milky sweetness. Earthy hops in the back.

T-Delicious flavors. Rich roastiness and bitter chocolate in the front with plenty of rich citrus hops in the finish. Delicious,

M-Medium Bodied, nice lingering bitterness.

O-A contender for my favorite black IPA. I have held Sublimely Self Righteous at the top of the pyramid for this style for quite a while. This one is in that class.

HV

sholland119, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

LambicKing, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of hitter114
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip
A: black as night with a nice 2 finger head
S: Smells roasty and hoppy
T: delicious. all the good qualities of an ipa with the nice roasted character, like the style, like this versino
M: A little thick but nice and drinkable
Overall: awesome beer. Drink it for breakfast

hitter114, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of crashoveride
4/5  rDev -5%

crashoveride, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TubbyDullard
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

TubbyDullard, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of barbellsNbeers
5/5  rDev +18.8%

barbellsNbeers, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into my Moonlight Brewing Tu/pint
"dated" 3/27/12A

Everything about this brew is top notch except the aroma. I suppose that might be the hard part of a "double black ipa" but there are two distinct aromas - big hops and light milk chocolate.

Pitch perfect pour, no light escapes at the centre but the edges are bronze, brite and add complexity. Topped nicely with a dense coating of lacing.

Flavor is exquisite. Nice bitter notes, some resin, a bit of pine and then floral/fruit that dissolves into the malty core. Rather a different sort of flavor buy very enjoyable.

Carbonation is adequate and the feel is light for the color but nails for the flavor, style.

Damn good. Please send more.

(168th)

CooperEllis, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a dark chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that diminished slightly to a foamy residue which had great longevity and some awesome lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt, pine hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of toffee, dark fruit, coffee and licorice.

The taste was a bitter malty with a hint of licorice and dark fruit at first and then a nice bitter sweet hoppy flavor set in with a note of roasted coffee at the end. The flavor stuck around for quite a long time after the swallow with the taste of the pine hops left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was strong medium in body and a tad oily in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a bold and hoppy Black IPA with just the right amount of sweetness, thus creating the perfect balance of flavor in this exceptional brew.

KajII, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BlackDrongo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

BlackDrongo, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of caretaker222
4/5  rDev -5%

caretaker222, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -5%

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. it poured dark brown in color with a thick, frothy, khaki colored head to it. Great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy, citrusy, hoppiness to it with some notes of pineapple and peach resent. I get just a hint of the darker, roasty malts coming out from behind the hops. Very nice hoppiness to it.

The taste shows more of the darker, roasty malts to it. I get some chocolaty notes up front with a little roasted bitterness in the finish. Of course it's pretty hoppy as well with some of that juicy, peach and pineapple like flavor coming out. Nice range of flavors to it. The hoppiness mixed pretty well with the darker malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. The juicy, fruity hops mixed pretty well with the chocolaty, darker malts. Too often I find that the bitter hops clash with the bitter roastedness of the dark malts in this style of beer. This one however really avoids that pretty well and I really appreciated that in it. Very drinkable and flavorful beer overall.

billab914, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 750 mL bottle into globe.

A - Pours a deep deep brown that's almost black with a huge 3 finger tan head with great retention and solid lacing.

S - A nice blend of herbal, piney, and citrusy hop flavors together with hints of sweet malty flavors provide for a nice nose. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable.

T/M - The initial flavor is that of pine/earthy hops. The beer quickly balances out as the roasted malts and a sweet almost fruity flavor enter the palate. The beer finishes creamy and slightly bitter with a hint of roast at the end. It's on the lighter end of a medium body and hides the alcohol very well. Very good.

D - Well I gone through 5 bottles before reviewing! It's extremely drinkable.

Overall, this is an outstanding brew and I highly recommend it. I wish they'd release all year instead of as a Mountain Standard release...will cross my fingers.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 16:30:53

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Mappies
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Mappies, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Mrpickles
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Mrpickles, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -5%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -5%

zenwatts, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of abcramer
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle with 2/23/12 drink by date into a shaker pint glass.

A - very dark mahogany color, not black; 1 finger tan head which dissipated fairly quickly, but left a solid lace around the entire glass.

S - Fruity, pineapple aroma, roasted malt, piney hops.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee; piney, herbal hops. Very well balanced, unlike some Black IPAs that are overdone with burnt roasted malt flavor. A lot going on in this one.

M - Very nice. Moderate body with a smooth, creamy feel.

O - One of the best Black IPAs I've had. Again, very well balanced and tasty. Very good drinkability. Odell make some great beers, and they don't disappoint with this one.

abcramer, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of RHCP313
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Great Divide brewpub tulip.

Cracked a bottle that survived in my checked luggage from Denver. Opened toward the end of a Blackhawks victory. Cheers.

A: Pours a very dark brown, closer to black with garnet and ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of khaki head forms and dissipates leaving long walls of lace on the sides of my glass. A thin layer of khaki head tops the rested beer.

S: Some bold fruits up front, plum, fig and raisin. Flowery, with herbal hops coming through. Slightly smoky. Some brown sugar and a bit of mild yeast.

T: Nice balance of roasted malt notes and sugary, bready sweetness. Candied fruits with some smoke and wood coming through.

M: Medium bodied, smooth even carbonation with a mouthfeel that is just slick enough but leaves nice dry flavors at the back of the palate.

O: I'm sure glad a few of these made it through my checked luggage. This is a wonderful example of the style, puts its own stamp on the style with a nice smoky and woody quality balanced with a slight bready sweetness. The closest comparison I can think of is New Glarus' Black Top– also a great offering. However, it is unique and a pleasure to drink.

RHCP313, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of TheFlern
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black, bone white head, good lacing.

Smell: Citrus hop aroma that reminds me a lot of Myrcenary. Slight amounts of burnt/roasted malt come through behind the hops.

Taste: Follows the nose. Upfront are the hops and following is a slight burnt malt flavor carrying the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good amount of carbonation. No noticeable heat from the high ABV.

Overall: If you want a hop forward black IPA then you absolutely must try Mountain Standard by Odell. In fact, if you are a fan of IPAs in general you should give this one a shot. Those guys at Odell, they know how to make an IPA.

TheFlern, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

bostonryan, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable malty IPA. Lots of aromatics but restrained bitterness makes this a friendly brew. Candy, caramel, and resiny hops. Dark brown with some amber highlights in the tulip glass. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Almost acidic on the tongue but the big, rich malt gives it balance. Pleasant nose of pineapple. Bitter aftertaste along with more resins.

Somebody should blind taste this with Lagunitas Sucks. Well, duh, one's black and one's golden, but that malty/piney sharpish flavor seems to be a winner. These guys are making some great beers and I have not stumbled on enough of them.

mactrail, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells piney and a bit resinous with notes of roastiness. Up front theres a dark creaminess, almost chocolatey followed right on the heels by piney hops and it closes with roasted malts that tie the taste up. You get a little bit of leftover bitterness but not as strong as would usually occur with an American DIPA. This is a real nice example of a black IPA done well.

DonDirkA, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5%

drewone, Jan 17, 2012
Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.