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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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601 Ratings

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 109
Gots: 41 | 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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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a super dark brown color with a bubbly light brown head.

Smell is of huge floral and citrus hops with a dark roasted malt aroma as well.

Taste is amazing, best CDA I have come across yet. Huge hops hit first followed by roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate. The hop profile here is like a Two Hearted Ale on steroids.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, insanely drinkable is maybe more an appropriate description actually. Terrific beer

11-29-2010 02:20:47 | More by pmccallum86
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic.

As soon as I saw this I wondered what "double black" implied and I found my answer as soon as I started to pour this one. Pours impressively black for the style, looks more like an RIS, with some dark garnet tones around the edges when held up to the light. Pour produces a HUGE, foamy, tan head that recedes slowly and leaves a wall of lacing down the side of the glass. Nose is surprising considering how it looks as there's a potent citrusy, resiny, hop aroma front and center with some roasty maltiness in the background. Taste is equally surprising. Definitely as there are plenty of pine and citrus hop flavors with a hint of mint as well. The roasted malts hang out in the background to provide some pleasant balance to a very hop-centric brew. Mouthfeel again proves that looks can be deceiving. Clean crisp finish and nicely carbonated. I actually expected this to be a bit overcarbonated given the crazy head on this one. Incredibally easy drinking for 9.5%. Really my only complaint with this is it is a bit on the pricey side. However, I decided to treat myself with this one and I am glad I did as it went perfectly with a Thanksgiving feast.

11-26-2010 18:22:40 | More by alli4051
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks Justin!

Pours a very dark brown that's just a shade short of black. The huge off white head is making me think this bottle was a touch over carbonated. Some smaller particles seem to be floating around the bottom of the glass.

Hops are dominant on the nose. Citrusy, grassy, and floral too. Some light chocolate notes as well.

Roasty chocolate flavors on the entry with citric hops mid palate and bitter coffee on the finish. Bold, but exceptionally balanced, the malt and hops are in perfect harmony. Must see significant dry-hopping/hop-backing as the flavor and aroma seem to suggest much more hop bitterness than is actually present.

Darn good stuff, grab one if you can.

11-22-2010 22:15:52 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

I haven't reviewed anything in a while, but I'm enjoying this one so much I felt the need. =)

Poured into my Sam Adams glass and unfortunately shared with my husband.... next time we'll get our own bottles!

A - Dark. Super dark. Not much light getting through this one. White head and good, big bubble lacing. Not too sticky, but still clings to the glass.

S - More hops than dark roast. looks are deceiving. Looks like a malt bomb, but hello it's a double IPA!

T - Taste is also hop first. Not as much roast as anticipated. A lot of citrus and some piney hops - typical American hop profile, but not too sharp. Really balanced, but keeping it big.

M - I think this is just right for the style. It's not too light and it's not thick like the darker porter or stout it may look like at first glance. It's an IIPA! and a damn good one at that! Carbonation is another reminder that this is not as 'heavy' as it's appearance may lead you to think.

D - Much too easy for the ABV! I really must buy more of this before it's gone. I really like that this style is coming up in popularity. I'm really enjoying it!

11-21-2010 03:24:16 | More by Tolann
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

750ml bottle. Wow are Odell corks tight! Pours dark brown/black with a monstrous creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, some black licorice, and resiny piney tarry hops.

The flavor is roasted malts with a little sweetness and a good amount of fruity, medium bitter, hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very solid, well balanced, brew. Nothing over the top, but very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden but the warming sneaks up on you.

11-17-2010 06:50:55 | More by Beaver13
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

750 mL bottle with cork and cage. Served cold into my Watou goblet.

Odell's Double Black IPA is actually a really dark brown, Coca-Cola color, with good clarity evident as it's poured. The head is thick and stick with good retention and great lacing left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is very hoppy with similar qualities to their regular year-round IPA. There is lots of nice citrus and pine with any sense of roasty malts being far in the background.

Flavor is both bitter and roasty but surprisingly balanced. The citrus still comes through as the dominany flavor but there is the addition of some roasted coffee and dark chocolate. At times it even tastes a little minty which goes nicely with the chocolate. It's a combination that seems like 90% big IPA and 10% stout.

Mouthfeel is lighter in body than expected, maybe because of the dark color. Carbonation is just right.

Overall a very good example of the style. Unfortunately pretty expensive but still worth a try.

Edit: now available in 4 packs and much more reasonably priced.

11-15-2010 01:37:20 | More by GilGarp
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Mountain Standard is an interesting offspring of the old Extra Special Red that's a bit hoppier and more potent. While listed as a brown ale, I'd say it leans far more in the "double red" or strong ale grouping.
This review is a combination of 2 tastings: one fresh one from back in April, and one allowed to sit until October.
With both instances, this brew is a deep amber. In the case of the fresh bottle - the head is big and billowing with lasting power and a lot of lacing. The dated version is similar, but the head dies quickly and there isn't as much head up-front.
The fresh bottle has big hops intially. Chinook's are especially evident. Caramel malts follow suit and blend back in with the hop notes. Sweet and bitter flavors alternate, but minimal booziness surprisingly. The malt base never lets the hops take over completely. The dated version still has Chinooks first on the palate, but the caramel malts take over and stay on the forefront. The malts and hops intermingle a bit and give things a bit of an orange flavor. It's almost like Gran Marnier. The flavors lean a lot more in a barleyine direction.
In both cases, the beer is highly drinkable and never really boozy, but the dated version is slicker and the carbonation gives out fast.
Fresh - this beer is terrific. One of Odell's finest. After sitting for a few months it really gains very little and the texture and hop character fades.
My rating is for a fresh bottle - and FYI, I wouldn't hang on to this one for too long.

10-18-2010 13:59:37 | More by Domingo
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

(from notes)

Solid bubbly head with a deep brown color. Heavy carbonation, reminded me of a Belgium when poured. Heavy malt presence, including some fig, chocolate, and bready flavors. Alcohol is very apparent, even though it has a fairly low abv. There is a citrus hop flavor, but it seems to me that perhaps the hoppiness has faded somewhat, resulting in malt-driven flavor. Solid Brown ale.

08-25-2010 23:57:33 | More by Baraka


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

From tasting notes:
A: Good head retention, with a cloudy body appearance.
S: A nice herbal, pine aroma with notes of flowers, good aroma on this one.
T/M: A full bodied taste, with just the right amount of bitterness. Hoppy character. A medium intensity on this mouthfeel and overall taste.
D: A so so brew, nothing too special for the limited format and price.

08-17-2010 13:10:16 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Mountains of thanks go to n8dietz for the pick-up of this other un-obtainable brew in Hangover Park IL.

The color is just like the bottle says, "a deep mahogany ale." Nice tan head after the intial pour, but no retntion. Plus, not much visible carbonation.

Very nice malty aroma. Roasted sweetness that has only hints of chocolate and coffee. The rest is just different shades of bread and grain. But the hops keep the nose in check. Adding some dry potting soil with mulch and cut grass, mixed in small doses. This is when the beer has come close to room temperature.

You can't see the carbonation in this beer but you feel it in each sip from front to back, all the way through and lingers. Roasted rye bread crust. Some blakc cherries and some Cavendish tobacco hops with a sprinkle of Earth. Nice complex flavors with this beer.

Very good sipper and indulger. This beer was awesome squandering to just myself over almost and hour and a half.

08-17-2010 05:00:38 | More by scruffwhor
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A. Massive carbonation caused this to pour a 3+ finger head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Mahogany brown color.

S. Smell is a big blast of floral hops. Citrus and piney hops. Some malt smell lies beneath all the hops. Smells like a DIPA.

T. Hops might have faded a bit on this one. The malt plays a more dominant role in the flavor than it does in the aroma. Pick up some caramel and roasted malt. Has a biscuity malt flavor. The hops do manage to balance a majority of the malt sweetness out. Some grapefruit flavors come out.

M. Medium bodied. Dry finish. Massive carbonation.

D. This is definitely drinkable. The nose is of the best hop aromas I have smelled in a while. The flavor was well balanced and good. This is an interesting brown ale, and definitely the best brown I have had so far.

07-17-2010 21:25:34 | More by siradmiralnelson
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks goes out to RedHaze for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, HUGE foamy three-finger plus off-white head, with tons of thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some toffee notes, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some toffee/caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty ABA, worth checking out.

06-11-2010 21:32:41 | More by Wasatch
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

I was expecting more of a brown ale and was pleasantly suprised.

The color was a rich brown with a small head.

The aroma was of a variety of hops, citrus, pine and floral.

I would prefer this to be a bit less malty, but the balance was dead on. The hop and malt melded nicely making this a very drinkable beer. It was like drinking a big brown ale.

06-01-2010 13:17:13 | More by youbrewidrink
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Presentation: 750 corked and caged. 2009 Reserve, bottle conditioned. Cork is a royal pain in the ass to remove.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish brown with a large tan colored head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Something smells slightly sour, with a malt sweetness.

Taste: Very balanced, good malt flavors, and just enough hops to keep it from being overly sweet. Despite a relatively high ABV, this is very drinkable.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - nice beer, but probably a bit over priced. Odell does need to do something about the corks they use, they are consistently a pain.

05-09-2010 00:13:05 | More by rowew
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a hazy, brown color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, dark citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, citrus, yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight dough. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, good body, and good blend.

05-03-2010 21:16:45 | More by Tone
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours clear deep red to brown color with a huge off white head initially composed of mostly larger bubbles. It dissipates slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass and the top of the head takes on a creamy consistency.

S - Dark malts with lots of citrus and piney hops. Malt character is caramel, dark fruit, slightly roasted.

T - Follows the aroma with moderate bitterness. Great malt and hop balance. Hops flavor is strong for such a malty beer.

M - Carbonation bite, moderate body.

D - Drinkable

Overall - Great balance of malts and hops.

03-21-2010 20:49:31 | More by ghebel
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

Sampled January 2010
Forgotten time my ass, I live in AZ and here we never forget ;)

Absolutely, excessively carbonated, as a very soft pour nets me a finger or so of beer and almost six fingers worth of head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a tan color and it sits on top of a burnt amber colored beer and shows a brilliantly clear darkish amber color when held up to the light. The beer smells of crystal malt and American hops; grapefruit, a bit of sweet tea, bergamot, hints of lychee, and a solid tangelo note.

A touch viscous as it hits my tongue for the first time, the beer definitely has some sweetness to it as well. It finishes with a touch of astringency that seems like it might be roast grain derived, but I think is more likely from the ample hops. Flavors of grapefruit, tangelo and some hints of tropical fruit are buoyed by a solid malt character that provides notes of caramelized whole grain bread, soft brown sugar notes, an ample biscuit like maltiness and perhaps a hint of more toasted grain flavors. This is quite a bit more balanced between malt and hop than I was expecting; it is still more hop dominated than anything, but there is a lot of malt character here as well. The hop and malt character seem to compete more often than residing harmoniously together; though it is a friendly competition that ends more muddled than anything.

My second pour nets me almost three-fingers of beer, but at the expense of having the beer foam over the sides of my glass (luckily the sink was nearby). When drunk quickly after pouring the beer it is excessively foamy and the texture manages to accentuate some hot alcohol notes as well. This beer has some potential, and I really like the idea of Colorado grown hops, but the execution comes off a touch more lackluster than I was hoping. This is certainly by no means bad, in fact it is quite drinkable, it just needs a little work.

03-07-2010 16:58:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a deep ruby red... or mahogany as the label calls it, with a huge 2 finger light tan head. Head recedes but leaves excellent lacing. A huge sweet citrus aroma conflicts with the dark appearance of the beer, but smells delicious. I love the cascade and chinook hops, and come out beautifully in the nose of this. The aroma is so strong, that I am surprised by the flavor, very much in line with the aroma, but not as intense as it had suggested. Luckily the malt backbone is strong enough for the intense usage of hops, it makes the beer taste like a citrus candy! There is little complexity there beyond the hops, so I would say this one is best as fresh as possible. This beer rests a bit tart in your mouth, and this tartness impacts its drinkability. In the end, another uniquely hopped up style from Odell, much like the India Barleywine and Red Ale. I like the hops they use, so its another winner for me.

02-14-2010 21:45:24 | More by bhalter8
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a golden chestnut, letting only a small amount of light through, topped by a huge and lasting foamy tan head.

Hoppy aromas of citrus, earthy resin, and fresh leaves, offset by a strong sweet caramel maltiness. Not unlike a well-hopped old ale.

Very well balanced and clean on the palate. Earthy molasses and sweet caramel, a touch of vanilla, and a nice bouquet of hops (citrus, resin, leaves). Full bodied and moderately firm, with a lasting finish. A clean, well-made, tasty beer.

01-11-2010 00:55:05 | More by wnh
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

750 ml corked bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin tumbler glass. Thick khaki colored head stands a solid two inches that gradually drops down to a dense cap. Sticky lattice of lacing surrounds the glass. Color is a deep and dense reddish mahogany. Very lazy carbonation rises up.

Smell is a thick green hops, floral and a little spicy. Taste is also very hop-centric, but the brown ale malts try to maintain balance. There is a sweet caramel and chocolate finish that comes in after hops subsides. It's like an IPA that finishes like a brown ale. Spicy hop bite on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a lot thicker than what I was expecting. Very chewy texture, like a melting toffee. Carbonation is mild in the mouthfeel compared to the visible activity. Must be the heavier body keeping the bubbles checked. Very interesting beer that defies category.

01-09-2010 04:04:29 | More by bort11
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

The cork came out of this with a massive pop and the subsequent pour was active to say the least, with an enormous white head that refused to recede until finally leaving a clump of foam on top and quite a bit of lacing. The body is a dark murky amber.

The aroma is all about the hops, pithy grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and some pine sap as well. There is a light malty sweetness in background but not much stands out other than the hops.

The taste is more complex than the aroma would suggest, though the C hops are still the most dominant aspect with a big citrus bitterness up front. There is a lightly toasted caramel malt and nut presence that stay secondary to the hops, which come back strong in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hop juice. The carbonation is fairly lively and keeps the mouthfeel from getting too sticky.

I don't know how I would categorize this beer except that it's got a lot of hops in it. The underlying beer is just hefty enough to support the hops, but I doubt it's big enough to stand up to time. I'd say drink this one fresh and enjoy the hops, but don't expect a ton of complexity.

12-13-2009 23:03:17 | More by gford217
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Picked up a 750ml single from Total Bev in Westminster, CO.

A: Pours a rich mahogany with an enormous cream colored head I couldn't wait for the head to go away so I could dive in. Did I say it had a big head?

S: Strong hop smell leaps from the bottle. Citrus and pine...followed up by malt smell...scent reminds me of Dugana (Avery).

T: The hops are somewhat muted by the malts...but not so muted that the beer doesn't finish hoppily strong. I think the malts compliment and support the hops...not to compete with the hops or "balance" the beer. The malts sometimes gave hints of caramel...sometimes a flash of nuts.

M: Medium-light body...a little more wouldn't be unfitting for the hops and the color. The carbonation was appropriate, but could lighten up a tad without hurting the beer (my opinion). I think the hop/malt/dry finish created a little anticipation of the next sip.

D: It's corked and not inexpensive...so expected a liiitle bit more. Lose the cork and drop the price to $8 and we've got a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 19:37:36 | More by KenGage
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

750ml single from Central Park Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $16. Not sure this can be classified fully as a brown ale, will review more as a strong ale.

A: Pours a rich deep brown color with an enormous cream colored head, three fingers easy, on this bottle. Head isn't incredibly dense, but lingers nicely. Lots of nice red accents.

S: Dense strong citrus and piney hops, smells like a big IPA. Smells slightly soapy as well. A few malty profiles in there as well, smells sort of melonlike as well. Not too shabby.

T: Interesting, not nearly as hoppy as it smells, sweet pale malts mix with roasted malts to create a pretty nice sweetness. Fairly bitter with a nice lingering citrus profile on the tongue. Tastes reminds me a little of DFH's Palo Santo Marron. Nice flavors overall.

M: Fairly light bodied, with medium carbonation, slightly warm alcohol, and a definite dryness.

D: Pretty easy to drink, but not nearly as exciting as I'd hoped for. Decent flavors, and fair drinkability. A little disappointing though. Definitely not a $16 beer, and definitely not a beer to age, I don't know why this is caged and corked. Would make a much better six pack beer. Overall a decent beer. Just not quite at that next level.

11-16-2009 02:27:41 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown with a big, creamy, light-beige head. Head recedes slowly, and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Fairly sharp, floral, and spicy hop aromas dominate. Hint of sweet, caramel malt in the background.

T - Floral, slightly spicy hop character up front that leads into some rich bready, caramel malt. Finish lends some spicy earthy hoppiness that blends nicely with the malts. Hop flavors linger into the aftertaste. A nice, interesting flavor overall. I like the balance of the rich malt character paired with the hops.

M - Medium bodied, maybe medium-full, with a light carbonation that lends a smooth feel.

D - A nicely done beer with good flavor, balance, and mouthfeel. Goes a bit off the beaten path style wise. The only real drawback is the price-tag, which does seem a bit steep. Worth a try though.

11-15-2009 05:08:00 | More by GarrisWH
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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

A=deep, very dark brown with a slight off white head that left some lacing

S=hoppy citrusy on the nose, with some finishing malts on the end

T=very similar on the taste from the nose.

M=light carbonation, gentle feel, soft finish

D=good feel, and taste, good even tasting beer.

11-09-2009 03:12:10 | More by jacobseyb
Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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