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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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Reviews: 229
Hads: 778
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.31%
Wants: 139
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of Demosthenes503
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via a beer trade. Poured from bottle into over sized tulip glass

A: Thick foamy head with good retention. Very dark black, almost entirely opaque

S: Sweet roasted malt notes with some floral hoppiness on the nose. Smells like it's going to be quite smooth

T: Sweet malts are up front in this beer, closely followed piney bitterness from the hops. The bitterness lingers and the malts give way to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor.

M: Medium to thick bodied and yet with enough carbonation to give it a "bite" and remain refreshing.

Overall, this is almost exactly what I expect a Black IPA to be. Sweet and thick like a porter with a very well balanced hoppy bitterness

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Kaos

A - Pours incredibly dark, thick creamy head, great lacing. Not completely opaque, but close to it

S - Smells like an IPA, hints of mocha and mint

T - Tastes tremendous, subtle tones of hops, coffee, pine, citrus

M - great carbonation, drinkability, a real pleasure to drink

O - Grab a 4 pack at any cost

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle to a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark amber/black with one finger creamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell- Piney hops. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee bitterness. Grass.

Taste- Bitter chocolate. Coffee. Earthy hops. Roasty malts. Nice bitter finish. Slight booze at the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel- Ridiculously smooth. Creamy with some mild carbonation. Like drinking a porter.

Overall- This is what a black IPA should be like. Beautiful cross between a porter and an IPA.

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola-brown with a fluffy dark khaki head that settles to a thick cap. Nice and resinous, with the standard grapefruit, espresso, and dark chocolate aromas of a "Black IPA". Taste is similar, perhaps a bit closer to a hoppy stout then a"Black IPA". Chocolate, dark malt, espresso, grapefruit rind, and resinous hops. Nice. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty decent beer, surprised to see the ABV on this, as it's surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 1/23/2013
Glass: Tulip

Odell's Mountain Standard is a solid, hopped black ale, with a bit of restraint in terms of bitterness or obviousness of roasted malt. While good, I would have liked to see bolder roasted malt and chocolate flavors alongside a slightly more aggressive hopping.

Pours a 2cm tall head of dense, thick foam, comprised of small bubbles, beige to light tan in color. The head's retention is excellent, lasting at least two-and-a-half minutes by my watch as I wait for it to decline before taking a sip. The lacing left by the retreating head is also superior, creating a multifaceted patchwork of streaks and lines, leaving something resembling a spiderweb or many criss-crossed trunks of trees along the entire perimeter of the glass.

Aroma of mild roasted malt with equally mild grapefruit and pine resin-like hop aromas. Intensity increases the more this warms, but still a bit disappointing in its lack of boldness, I would have liked to smell more roast, chocolate, and pine resin flavors, along with anything unique that Odell wanted to add.

The beer features a fairly balanced blend of moderate roasted malt flavor with equally moderate citrus and pine resin-flavored hops for an enjoyable, unextreme mix. Front of palate picks up moderately strong roasted malt flavors with more subtle grapefruit and pine. Mid-palate is of mild roasted malt, some grapefruit bitterness and pine resin, which are accentuated by faint ethanol. The malts are the showcase here, rich, smooth, and roasty. Back of palate features pine resin-like hops with a modest bitterness and a bit of obvious ethanol. Aftertaste of roasted barley with citrus and grapefruit hops, very mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium-low intensity, creating a very smooth mouthfeel that foams up only slightly upon the palate. The result is a very pleasant, sippable beer that features a dry close with mild stickiness lingering along the palate. Despite being able to taste the ethanol slightly, I feel little to none in the nostrils or across the palate, but a slight burn on the back of the throat that's almost negligible. The heavy smoothness of this beer is excellent.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting features:

A touch of grey in the head - a color I've never seen.

Very, very well-balanced, especially considering the ABV and age. Enough hops to leave some spice alongside a pleasant, not at all overl-sweet malt backbone. I was expecting a thin barleywine feel to this beer, but the spiciness gives it a character of its own.

Mouthfeel is a lot less viscous than I expected, but this beer did drink in some surprising ways. Either way, enjoyably thin for the style, color, and content.

Overall, better then expected, but it different and more typical ways than I had imagined.

Get some. And a fucking awesome bottle, by the way.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.15.12
Best by 2/13/13A

A - Pours a light cola brown with a 3/4 inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Hoppy pine and grass, roasted malts.

T - Roasted chocolate with a nice hop finish - unique.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Chocolate and hops, but very unique balance and flavor, I like it.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep opaque black with a sort of chocolaty brown color. 3 fingers worth of off-white foam which quickly dissipates leaving just a touch of lacing.

S - Nose is subtle but pleasant. Lots of grapefruit rind, orange pulp and pine needles. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate become more noticeable as it warms.

T - Lots of smooth chocolate flavors like a rich syrup. Pine needles lend an earthy touch to the slightly roasty character. Lots of sharp citrus rind bitterness with just a hint of juicy tropical fruit in the center. finish is a lingering bittersweet chocolate and citrus blend.

M - Full bodied with a silky, creamy texture. High carbonation helps keeps up the drinkability.

O - Very enjoyable black ale. Really like that the malty chocolate flavors shine through.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Poured a deep black color with a bit of sticky head...nice. great roasted malt and fruity hop aroma. Taste is hoppy pine slightly citrus hop meets roasted malt. Nice balance of hops and malts.
Really nice brew...well balanced and super tasty. Awesome.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with small cream colored head.

Smells super hoppy. Peppery and citrusy with a tad bit of floral fruit orchard.

The taste is pretty much bitter hops all the way. You get a little bit
of the dark malt character but not much. The malt bill mostly comes out in the mouthfeel. Which is medium to medium full and slight creamy.

Overall pretty good but a bit too much hops to give it any interesting difference from an IPA.

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Photo of Kenye
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. As the head recedes it leaves tons of sticky lacing. This is absolutely gorgeous! 5/5

Smell - This could be one of the best smelling beers I've opened in a long time. As soon as I started prying the lid off I could already smell the DIPA smell forming. The smell is pine, pine, and more pine. If you search hard enough you can smell the wonderful roasted malts underneath. 5/5

Taste - Odell's Myrcenary is one of my favorite DIPA's and this tastes almost exactly like a roastier version of that. So much hop deliciousness in this. Highly recommended for those who like the "pine" flavor of hops. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel - Just a bit too sticky to warrant a 5, but still amazing! 4.5/5

Overall - After having "Hop in the Dark" by Deschutes, I didn't think I'd ever find a Black IPA I liked more, but Mountain Standard has proven me wrong. This is an absolutely amazing brew for those who love hops! 5/5

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a dark dark brown with some caramel hues and some ruby red hues on the edges. THere is a nice 1 inch head that is light tan and pretty dense and creamy. It recedes at a nice pace leaving some sticky lacing.

Aroma of chocolate malts gets overtaken quickly by some resinous notes. Citrus blast of hops. Herbal and grassy notes are present. Slightly dank. The malt notes are nice and chocolaty and have some good roast to them.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Roasted malt notes with some nice coca sweetness and some nice slight caramel notes as well. There is some nice herbal and grassy spice from the hops. Nice notes of dark coffee malts blend very well with the hops. Mouthfeel is nice and slick with great medium-light body.

Overall this is one of the better ABAs out there. Great roasted notes with an awesome piney and resinous hop profile balancing things out.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler at 45 degrees. Let it warm up a little bit more over the course of tasting. Pours a deep dark mohagany topped by a 1/2 inch light tan head comprised of small bubbles. Retention is good and lacing is pretty fantastic, lots of spiderwebbing going on here!

The smell is quite excellent as well. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some citrusy hoppy bits. When really inhaling deep it smells a lot like the cookie part of an oreo. Plenty of depth and interplay in between the aromas and it's nice to pick out different bits of desserty goodness. The only thing I think could be better is a little more hop presence and a little bit stronger aroma, it doesn't exactly waft out of the glass, kinda have to work at it.

A good bit of oreo pickup in the taste as well. A bit more hop flavor than indicated from the aroma. The hop flavor is unfortunately a little muddled and on the bitter side rather than the vibrant side, but it's still good. If this beer had the hop presence of say, Sublimely Self-Righteous ale, this would be a real winner.

Mouthfeel is dead on. Feels on the heavier side of medium, with a perfect carbonation level and an overall nice silky feel in the mouth. Odell seems to nail this with most of their beers, so it's not much of a surprise.

Overall this is a very good Imperial Black Pale Ale and one that should definitely be tried by anyone who is a fan of the style. I sort of put this on par with Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, but for different reasons. The malt profile is better here, and has a lot of depth, where as SSR is hoppier. Wookey Jack is still the standard but this is quite nice indeed. Odell delivers again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Beige head leaves a coating of lace. Near black color where no light passes.

Even with a full glass the flavor is strong. There are elements of evergreen, chocolate and a touch of sourness. Mildly prickly.

A phenomenal, slightly different beer: Starts with a light brown sugar sweetness. There's a toasty flavor as well. Slowly, the bittering hop takes over; peppery and spicy. Warm alcohol in the swallow. Long, well-balanced aftertaste. The body is neutral/ the carbonation high.

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Photo of zachary80
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 1/22/13

Body is a near-black shade of brown, fat tan head with perfect lacing and good retention. Oily-looking bubbles.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of hoppiness and roasted malts. Somewhat bready. Not sure what the hop variety is, seems different than the normal C'hops, but still some citusey/piney blend. I typically have trouble describing the aroma of Black IPAs. This one smells enticing though.

This tastes like a hoppy mocha milkshake. The roastiness and bitterness linger for a very long time.

The body is oily, and right on target for a DIPA. Not heavy like an imperial stout, but definitely full.

Mountain Standard time is one of my favorite beers. It isn't shockingly complex, just damn good. I wish I had access to it more often. If there was an imperial American black ale style, this would be its captain.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice full three-finger tan head. Very frothy and lots of even lacing. Brew is moderately thick and black with lots of browns.

Some nice smooth crisp pine and caramel scents. Slightly citrus and chewy.

Slightly over carbonated and gummy. Missing some deep key flavors of dark chocolate and resinous hops. Over all the flavor is a hit. Bitterness is spot on as is sweetness. Bready, dry, and lingering...

For thinking I hated American Black Ales, this one has also changed my mind. Highly recommended, and very nicely flavored. My only complaint is MS drinks a bit too much like a Porter..

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Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While considering myself to be NOT a black IPA fan, this in now the 2nd in a row Black IPA I have tried that I have enjoyed (the first being Wookey Jack). I think the key for me to be able to enjoy this style is a lack of any citric and fruity flavors.

Pours a nice brown, cola color with a nice beige head and decent lacing. A bready, chocolatey, and slightly herby aroma. Flavor followed suits; started off malty and doughy then some some chocolate, and some herbal and twiggy hops kick in and close things out, giving it some bitterness. A nice full, creamy and active mouthfeel. Overall, fresh of the tap in their taproom I quite enjoyed this one. Its probably just me but this felt more like a brown IPA than a black IPA and I actually enjoyed that. I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a black IPA fan, but do enjoy this one. Excited to see it out again. One the pour it looks like a deep rootbeer color, but sitting in the glass it is much darker. Head is large, maybe three fingers on an aggressive pour. A nice light mocha color. So much hops on the nose. Really all I'm getting. Smells mostly like cascade. Taste is much darker including some bitter chocolate, pine, and molasses. Feels smooth on the mouth and very nice. Wonderful body and slightly lower carbonation (which works well).

Overall, this beer is just so well done. Balanced flavor and mouthfeel makes this one special beer that is cheap (relatively) and easy to drink. The sum is greater than the parts.

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

This is the bottle from the Mountain Standard Reserve 09 Deep Mahogany ale

Apperence- Dark Mahogany very deep, a nice off with head with surypy lacing.

Smell- given its age it has a lack of hop aroma but it has turned to something almost bitter, a nice dark bread smell with a punch of crystal malt.

Taste- toast tobacco, bread, nutty, some alcohol heat, a nice balance of hops and malt, very pleasing, has a al most quad like taste kinda Belgian maybe some candi surgar or yeast driven. This is completely different for the newer Black IPA.

Mouthfeel- A dryness with bitterness but a nice malt finish making you crave another taste.

Overall- A solid brew, wish I had the chance to try it fresh but, a few years has mad this a well balanced brew thats really easy to drink.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.5%. Bottle is labeled "Mountain Standard Reserve '09"

A: Pours a medium brown with a ridiculously huge fizzy tan head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving reasonable amounts of lacing behind.

S: Loads of toffee and even some molasses, almost barleywine-ish. A bit of toasted bread and a touch of caramel.

T: Toasted malt with some dark chocolate to boot. Smooth caramel, toffee and molasses. A bit creamy in the finish with just a hint of hop bitterness but not much (this is, after all, 3 years old).

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is a touch too high but not too detracting.

O: Very interesting brew, I was expecting a black ipa or a black anything but it's a nice medium brown, funnily enough. Tastes like a cross between a black IPA and a barleywine. I would probably classify it more as an american strong ale than anything. Taste is well balanced, smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very high as a result. Gotta find a fresh one of these sometime to compare.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip with a date of 5/10/12 on bottle.
From a recent trade courtesy patFC320

Appearance: This offering from Odell poured a dark brown/black with a 1 finger size frothy light brown head. Nice reddish hue on edges when held up to the light. Nice lacing evident.

Smell: Surprisingly this is a very complex smelling beer with the hops standing out first. There is the floral and piney hops and the citrus hops present all at the same time. Then the dark malts come through with some bitter chocolate and toasted qualities. This is a very complex smelling beer.

Taste: Wow not what I was expecting. There are some nice hops present but also the malts to counter those hops. Just a wonderful balance of fruity hops and malt to prevent this from being too bitter. Perfect balance represented here between the two as the hops also prevent this from being too sweet. The alcohol is non existent in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess with a slight thickness at first but then almost thinning out on the swallow when the hops shine with the aftertaste.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this double black IPA because I found it to be perfectly balanced without one aspect overpowering. It is too bad Odell does not distribute to my state because this is one I'd seek out on a regular basis.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, not quite black. Opaque with a light brown hue on the edges.

Aroma: Very reminiscent of Odell's Cutthroat Porter. Roasted coffee notes and some molasses. Just a hint of the hops.

Taste: Like a much hoppier version of their porter. However, instead of the hops competing with the perfectly selected malts, the two work together nicely. I get a little bit of heat in the back of my throat from the high abv, but it's not a bad thing. The first thing you taste is a bitterness from the hops. Aftertaste of dry dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A surge of bitterness at first followed by a smooth and slightly drying effect. Definitely easy to take in medium to large sized sips. It's also not as thick as I suspected it to be, it has a very good consistency.

Final Thoughts: This is the first Double Black IPA I've ever had. Though, the name may sound daunting, it's actually one of the more interesting styles I've tasted. Pairs very nicely with a chocolate dessert. But I imagine it would also go well with any well seasoned steak. It's also great on it's own. A very versatile beer.

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Photo of Blargimus
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Best by 5/10/2012, but I've had it fresher before.

Pours a deep brown with a wonderfully tall tan head.

Past the exp. date, the smell is mostly molasses and malt, but there's still enough hops to let you know it's an IPA. From memory of it fresh, it's heavily hopped.

Strong bitter backbone, but very sweet. Caramel, molasses, dark malt. Some roastiness. Superb.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick. Really coats the tongue, and fairly low carbonation is perfect.

A+, and one of Odell's finest.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a massive head; very nice retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Rather roasty, with chocolate and black bread notes that build a base upon which the citrusy hops can prance

Taste: While the citrusy hops add a bitter, upper level to the beer, the malts are very assertive, adding layers of dark chocolate, black bread and roast to the equation; nicely balanced, after the swallow, but the alcohol level becomes rather noteworthy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: About a month past the "best by" date, the hops have lost some of their assertiveness, but this is still a nice beer; I'll have to try a fresher example next time I am in Odell territory

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thoroughly ebon appearance, with crimson highlights at the edges. Impressive cream-toned foam, leaving lace aplenty.

Subdued aromatics, mix of muted grassy hops and dark malt.

Taste: Gracious on the tongue, and down the throat. Delicate hop buzz grips the palate, washed over by roasty black and chocolate malts, altogether beautifully balanced. Nothing is out of whack, nothing doesn't gel. Roasty espresso and cocoa notes, while a persistently hoppy tingle hanging over.
Smooth, full-bodied, and drinkable. Rewarding, without being too complex. Has depth, though, and plenty of deliciousness. And while you sink too deeply into it's tempting flavors, the 9.5% ABV doesn't to rear it's head.

This one goes in to the category of Black Ales/ IBAs that I actually like. Although it's ease of drinking belies it's alcoholic strength. Have to put a stop after one.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.