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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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753 Ratings

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kjritt
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. little to no head but good lacing. very dark but not pitch.

s. excellent. hop and malt. pine. a very good colorado smell, like the mountains on a cold, snowy day such as this one is.

t. as it says on the bottle, a perfect amount of bitterness. though more than that might indicate, the aftertaste which lingers on the tongue is quite tart and tasty. the hops in this are extraordinary. again pine. a lot of character in this one.

m. tartness on the tongue and the back of the throat. slighlty syrupy.

o. the best black ipa i've ever had. being from colorado, i love a good colorado brew, and this one is exceptional. reminds me of the moutains with snow falling with the smell of pine needles permeating even the cold. a wonderful beverage.

Photo of MarshallMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of bertram
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amazingly dark - nearly black with a decent tan head with significant lacing left behind.

The smell is a constant battle of roasted malt and hops, both of which are tempting and inviting.

The taste follows the smell - a back-and-forth between the warm roasted malt and the bitter hops, with an edge going to the malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick for an IPA - it has characteristics of a porter more than an IPA. The carbonation is there in a nice balance.

Overall a strong example of a black IPA, with really great balance between the malt and hops. Happy to have a chance to try this one!

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of siege06nd
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A: Impenetrable tobacco brown-black, dark and murky. A moderately aggressive pour yields thick, creamy three finger light brown head. Lacing is porter-like, fluffy and cloying. Retention is excellent. A beautiful beer.

S: Mmmmm, some nice coffee roast wafts out of the glass. Sweet, creamy, biscuit malts provide a wonderful foundation. Piny, spicy hops provide a refreshing zest and interesting contrast to what is otherwise a malt forward base. I detect just a faint trace of chocolate in this one too. Good.

T: Goodness is this smooth and flavorful. Again, very porter-like as I get a lot of chocolate espresso and roasted biscuit. Assertive hops across the mid that are wonderfully integrated and tempered by the malt base. A spectacularly smooth finish leaves just a trace of hop bitterness and resolves to a smooth vanilla creaminess. Very drinkable, very delicious.

M: Perfect. Simply perfect. The flavors are incredibly balanced and I love how much Odell has let the chocolate, coffee, roast, and creaminess take center stage here. For such a strong beer (and strong style), I am impressed that it maintains a lightness and creamy profile while still allowing an assertive hop presence. This is just perfectly balanced.

O: Best Black IPA I have had. Lots of porter qualities, bittering hops, and an amazingly creamy mouthfeel. This is the first Odell beer I have had, and I am very excited to drink through the rest of their line up. Mountain Standard is world class stuff. Find it and enjoy it.

Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odells makes some fine Colorado beers, that is to say they make World Class beers and and I know from experience that this one is no exception. Today I am drinking it from a pint glass filled from a 12 oz bottle. The head is one and a half fingers tall, dark tan and leaves thick lacing. Smells are heavy on the hops (piney variety) and a bit medicinal with a smidgen of dark-roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is tart and bitter with an emphasis on the hops, as in the nose, and a middling sweetness that ties it all together. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with good carbonation and a lingering dry finish. As all beers of quality and complexity it really starts to shine as it warms bringing out the cacao and citrus.

I like it but the 9.5% shows through in a medicinal way that I prefer to avoid in my beers. The balance is good and the other flavors strong enough that it is not a predominate flavor but it is not as well hidden as I would like overall. Drinkability suffers only slightly for this flaw but the lasting impression I am left with is one of satisfaction and intrigue.

I will happily classify this beer among its peers as a departure for its imperial nature but a damn fine dark, hoppy beer.


Photo of rsdaugherty
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip glass
A – A nearly black brown brew with a surprisingly light tan head of 2 fingers with decent retention and nice lacing 4.5
S – Overall mild nose of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, citric notes, slightly smoky 3.5
T – Roasted malt dark bread backbone has a full hop profile right beside it. Citrus zest, pine and herbal characteristics. Mild chocolate & smoke notes. Hop & malt balanced well, a very good black IPA with alcohol way under the radar. A strong 4
M – Body was moderate, with pretty mild carbonation, mouth feel was smooth and creamy with very good drinkability but watch out for that well hidden ABV 4.5
O – A solid black IPA with a strong flavor profile that was not too large to really turn-up the drinkability 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of iSip
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA: I am a fan of Odell products, especially if they come in a four pack. The Mountain Standard does not disappoint. As the name implies, no light shines through this black brew. The head is tan and thick, lasting for the whole experience and leaving a beautiful lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, with lots of hop complexity. The Mountain Standard is very balanced in the flavor department. It has good malt flavor, but is not too sweet or too big. The hops are well refined, adding to the flavor, but not overpowering it. In a time where brewers push beers into a statement category with big abrasive brews, the Mountain Standard is a great beer that impresses you rather than overwhelms you. A must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of bennetj17
3.11/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – jet black, with about a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – syrupy, hoppy, and very much like it says…a dark IPA.

Taste – hoppy right off the bat. But the hops have a crispness to them that makes them hard to identify. They’re probably Cascade hops though. The roasted quality that they claim on the label peaks its head in around the middle of the tasting. But the hops come back in the end with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel – good balance, but leans more toward the watery side than I would have anticipated. Still good balance though.

Overall – very nice, good-tasting brew. Not terribly intriguing to think about while tasting, but not boring either.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odell Brewing Co.
Mountain Standard Black DIPA
Best before 2/23/12
DFH signature glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with some reddish hues behind it.  One full finger of tight bubbled (bottle conditioned) light tan mocha colored head.  Some sticky lacing is left on the glass after the whirl.  

S: Wow, you get blasted with hops right away.  Lots of piney Amarillo and or Cascade aroma.  Some fruitiness is there.  Don't get the malts.  Its almost like alpha klaus from recent memory.

T: Right up front of the tongue you get a little bit of that hop bitterness, but it's not overpowering.  Then in the middle of the mouth you get those nice dark malt characteristics: mild chocolate and coffee (not a lot).  The alcohol is extremely well hidden.  I can't believe this is 9.5 ABV except for the slight warming in the back of throat.

M: Full bodied even though it isn't the thickest beer around.

O: I really enjoy this one.  It's right up there.  Solid A for me. Top 3 Black IPA versions I have tried.

Photo of azdback
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Very dark brown color. When held up to the light it became a bit transparent. Head is a beautiful two finger, cocoa colored, rocky head. The lace is insanely sticky. Quite nice.

Smell is roasted malts. Light milk chocolate and mild coffee. There is a bit of hop brightness to the smell too.

Taste is a bit off from the smell. The hop character and alcohol take over. The hops are kind of fighting the tart, dark fruit tastes and I'm the loser.

Mouth is smooth with creamy carbonation. The body is balanced and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I am not in love with this but do really like it. I really like having an IPA in between Stouts and this one does it all in one beer. The dark roasted flavors and the bright hop flavors are all there but I think I'll stick to my current combination. Obsidian to (insert West Coast IPA).

Photo of HWren
2/5  rDev -52.5%

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. "2/16/12A" on the label.

Dark cola brown body. Dense, creamy, light khaki brown head. Excellent lacing. Nose of roasted coffee, tobacco, dark chocolate, pine resin, herbal hops, and dark fruit.

Light roasted bitterness up front. Rich malty palate, with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and molasses. This is balanced, and then overshadowed by, evergreen, roasted coffee, citrus, and Scotch tape bitterness. Interesting mix of citrus/evergreen, dark fruit, and roasted malts. Medium-full body, with a creamy feel. Not too shabby!

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

On tap at 1702 Speedway. Was not a fan of Black IPA until I tried this one. Pours dark brown with a khaki head lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is a little piney with hint of citrus and some sweetness from the grains. The taste is smooth a fairly light, a bit different than the nose. The grain is stronger than the hops and has a moderately strong roast. The hop flavor is mostly in the finish with a bitterness that competes with the grains and a light pine and citrus that lets it be smooth a malty but just enough bite to be an IPA. It is a clean beer with no off or extremely strong stand out flavors, just nice and mellow throughout. For the strength it does not show it. Overall a solid black IPA.

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.