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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

715 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 117
Gots: 69 | 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 marine1975
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of hundo
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Appearance: Very dark, ruby red, nearly black and opaque. Nice, off-white head that lingers and leaves nice rings down the glass.

Smell: Roasted, burnt grains. Nutty. A gentle sugary sweetness in the nose. A subtle hop aroma fills things out.

Taste: Coffee, a hint of chocolate, and the roasted grains. A well-rounded bitterness finishes things off. Alcohol warmth shows through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, no over-bearing carbonation.

Overall: Bottle is dated 2/16/12A. With a 9.5% ABV, this is still an easy drinking beer. Nice touch with the Colorado-grown hops. I would have expected more over-the-top hop aroma and flavor for something labeled "double", but despite its high ABV, this beer comes across as very well-balanced and superbly drinkable. For lovers of roasted flavored dark beers with a bit of a hidden kick.

Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black coffee color with a one finger tan head that fades slowly into a creamy film. Leaves thin walls of lace on a tulip glass.

The aroma is full of hops. Big floral and herbal bouquet with big grapefruit undertows. Hints of pine with light caramel and chocolate notes.

The flavor is dominated by the hops, so right off it is not balanced against the malt the way I like a black IPA. If we are gonna double the hops, double the malt. The malt flavors of chocolate and bitter coffee take a back seat to a huge leafy, herbal and grapefruit flavor. Grapefruit and other citrus notes dominate. Nice blend of hops, but the malt character is lacking a lot of depth. Hops linger.

Medium body, smooth

Overall, enjoyable but lacking in depth. One sided, not balanced.

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Keemohoppy
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of biggred1
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, coffee colored with a creamy tan head that leaves sheets of sticky film on the glass. The nose is pretty amazing, roasty coffee-like notes with toffee, mint and fruity hop aromas. Delicious and hoppy with enough roastiness to separate it from regular DIPA flavors. Chicory, leafy hop flavors and plenty of malty beefiness to back it up. Full bodied and creamy with no noticeable alcohol heat and a touch of chalkiness in the finish. One of the best Black Ales I've tried.

Photo of jivecap
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of riored4v
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip with a 1 finger, khaki colored, rocky head. Dark black body. Some good lacing.

Aroma had some great citrus and grapefruit up front with some pleasant roasty notes in the back. Mild maltiness. Some subtle notes or orange as well.

Taste was excellent. Strong hop flavors up front that consisted of floral, citrusy with grapefruit and orange really coming forward. Some moderate sweetness with a great balance of roasted malts. Slight chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter with some piney-ness and more citrusy goodness. Very good. No signs of ABV

Mouthfeel was a bit more than medium bodies. Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall an excellent DIPA that is extremely drinkable at 9.5%. Could easily have a few of these with the excellent balance between bitterness and maltiness.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to SalukiAlum for this bottle.

A: Pours a super dark brown, almost black. There is about one full finger of khaki colored head that settles nicely into a thin frothy layer above the beer.

S: Honestly... I'm just picking up a ton of hops. There are some great floral and citrus notes that burst through. And there is only the slightest toasted malt presence. If I didn't see this beer, I'd think it was a standard IPA. (edit: I pick up more of a roasty characteristic as it warms).

T: The taste is really interesting. The first blast is sweet malt and citrus hops. I then get bombarded with toast and more floral hops. The finish is bittersweet with hints of licorice. I wasn't expecting that at all. Really nice flavor.

M: Medium bodied beer. Starts off smooth and sweet, but finishes a bit bitter and cloying.

O: I'm really enjoying this brew. I don't think I could have more than one in a sitting, but I'd seek it out at a bar if I were in the mood.

Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in CST, 12/8/2011. It pours a nice brown with ruby red highlights. The head is fluffy and large, retention and lacing are very pleasing.

The aroma is bursting with citrus hop flavor, well ahead of the roasted dark malts. Pineapple and mandarin oranges really make a statement for Colorado hops. The malt backing is there, but none too bold and somewhat funky. The hop bill is excellent, but the demeanor of the malt and lack of overall intensity, for a 9.5% beer, drag things down - albeit the alcohol is hidden very well.

That juicy citrus character from the nose holds true in the taste. Tropical fruits offer sweetness, balancing out the contrasting resiny grapefruit flavors. Now the malt begins to take on positive qualities, especially in the finish. Bitter coffee, a dash of chocolate, and some astringency keep the finish roasty and dry. I still think the malt profile is lacking a bit of spunk and identity.

The body is on the medium side, with a pretty fluffy texture. Carbonation is quite mild, adding just a slight tang, not to interrupt the pristine smoothness.

For the style, I don't think it stands up to it's counterparts on the West Coast. Yet, it's a style that lacks concrete ground rules, so difference of opinion should be vast. For me, I just don't think the flavor is as perfected as it could be from a quality brewery like Odell. A bit too messy IMO.

Photo of PerHops
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pretty standard looking by way of black IPAs. Very dark, very little head. Medium carbonation.

S- Woah! Where is the coffee? Chocolate? Lots of citrus, pine, grassiness and spice.

T- Ok, there's a tiny bit of toasted malts, but way more citrusy and complex than any other beer of this style I have ever had. This is great!

M- No complaints here. Has the right amount of carbonation to lighten this style up and express the depth of flavors.

O- For a style that I am extremely apprehensive towards, this is a winner, no doubt!!

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

Really pleasant complex hop aroma. Sweet fruity citrusy, a little grassy. I can imagine there are several types of hops in this - and all blended so well. Plus a very solid malt base. Nice.
Head was a little short lived (i did pour into a chalice - maybe that made a difference). Very dark, basically black with some deep red, kinda' ruby, highlights. A neat color red.
This beer seems to like a little chill on it. I'm enjoying this one more than my first (which was a bit warmer). Cooler it seems to have a fresher presentation. Great blending and only moderately light bitterness which greatly enhances drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden with no indication of how big this bad boy really is. While the roast isn't dominant in any way, it's clearly more than a traditional IPA or DIPA. Pleasing hop flavors and the same for malt. An assortment of good pleasure.
The carbonation is a bit more than I'd prefer, but the body feel is nice.
This pretty darn good, but very dangerous. It goes down remarkable easily.

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

Opaque black body with crimson hues on the edges. Thin light brown head leaves a nice amount of lace. Great aroma of pine cones, hop resin and citric juices mixed with thick black,chocolatey, smoky malts. Great flavor to this Double Black IPA. First of all, wouldn't guess this is 9.5%. Alcohol is very nicely hidden. Flavors run the gamut...chocolatey maltiness, hop resin and tropical fruit tones, and a nice rounded bitterness (both hop and roasted malt blend of bitterness). This is quite good. Wouldn't expect much less from this quality brewery.

Photo of Mtnbeerman
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown with a reddish tint. This one is almost black but not quite. There is a layer of fluffy off white head and good retention.

Smell: Citrus hops hit the nose right off the bat. They are backed up by some sweet malt, but not much roast can be found.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness with some strong pine notes. There is an obvious sweetness with some roast from the malt, but it is very smooth. The flavors don't really fight each other. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good representation of the style. The flavors blend quite well and the alcohol isn't very obvious. I would definitely have another.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bells tulip glass.

A- Pours a 3 finger foamy tan head, really sticky lacing, well carbonated, really dark brown/red color, red hues coming off the bottom.
S- Nice hops coming out upfront, citrus, pine, some grapefruit, slight roasted malt aroma.
T- The taste is interesting, nice bitter sweet taste, sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit, slight peach, I can definitely pick out some roasted malt notes, slight smokiness, the roastiness comes out in the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- Its easy drinking especially for being 9.5% abv, the hoppy characteristics balanced out with the roasted notes come together nicely. Not amazing but enjoyable

Photo of zeledonia
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 2/16/12, which suggests it was bottled around 16 October 2011.

Pours dark coffee brown, nearly black in the glass, with a big frothy grayish tan head. Great retention and lacing. A good-looking beer.

For some reason I have a hard time detecting nuance in black IPAs. I get fruity hops - oranges, mostly. And dark roasted malts with a bit of char. They blend together quite well, making for a nice balance of smooth and sharp.

Taste is less to my liking. This is the side of this style of beer that just doesn't do it for me - totally dominated by what I see as the negative sides of both pieces. From the hops, I get bitterness. From the malts, I get charred or burnt grain. These don't totally overshadow the pleasant flavors, but they're way more prominent than I'd like them to be.

On the heavier and thicker side. Feels like a porter in the mouth, actually. Smooth and fluffy, with carbonation present mostly as a light froth in the mouth. I like it. Finish is quicker than I'd expect, mostly bitter but pulling out at just the right time.

I really like everything about this beer, except for the taste. It's just too much bitter and char and too little anything else. But the look, the feel, the smell are all so good! Is this really 9.5%? Yikes. Better stop at one. Not sure whether I want another one, anyway.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: A shade away form full on black, epic looking lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Peppermint, orange zest, carob, sweet coffee, plum pudding, figs, dark bread, alcohol.

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium body, full jacket of hop flavor, thick wild herb, mint, pine, orange and lime zest, warming alcohol, slight roasted grain, burnt sugar, toastet bread crust.

Odell is serious when the said "Double", the hops are amped with a level of alcohol is tells you that you better be sipping and of course the malt to back everything up is just enough. I really love where Odell is taking this style.

Photo of beersis81
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Deep brown with shades of dark red up to light. Light brown, bubbly head.

S - Faint molasses, dark fruits, some roasted malt. The hops are noticeable right away. Not overpowering but inviting. Nose gets better as it warms.

T - Dark, roasted malt with a bit of smokiness and a pleasant, syrupy sweetness. A hop presence in the finish balances out the beer with a subtle bitterness. Chocolate comes out as the beer warms.

M - Slight carbonation, roasted, malty, goodness sticks to your mouth. Nothing cloying. Great drinkability. Great beer.

Everything about this beer gets better as it warms. Give it time and your patience will pay off!

Photo of drewba
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deeply black with tints on brown. The cream-colored head puffs up about one finger and doesn't stick around for long. A tiny film sticks around for the duration, but the legs and lacing are lacking.

S - Dingy pine, stale citrus, metallic, vegetal. Strange.

T - The malt profile comes off as kind of muted/faded, struggling to find a real reason to be here. It's a little nutty, a little bready, a little roasty, but the real star here is the pine and fresh citrus. There is a distinct black licorice flavor going on; I'm baffled because I cannot stand licorice, but it really isn't bothering me...

M - medium bodied, very slight carbonation; nice.

O - First of all, this beer is dangerous. Has 9.5% abv, but drinks like 6% - proceed cautiously. It's also supremely drinkable; the bitterness is almost too low with very little aftertaste. At the risk of Ding rolling over in his early BA grave, this is sessionable.

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.