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: 225
Hads: 766
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 135
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a turbid brown color with a huge, soapy khaki colored head that sticks to the rim of the glass.

S: A nice big citrus nose to the beer, primarily grapefruit, with some other fruit notes such as pineapple. Pretty resinous and piney, but plenty of malt character here too. Solid toast, chocolate, and toffee.

T: The malts start things off with lots of toffee and bread flavor. The chocolate notes are quite nice and play well off of the big grapefruit hop character. The flavor is surprisingly creamy and quite smooth. There is a moderate level of bitterness here.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A nice hopped up brown ale here. Maybe a bit too strong to drink that much of, but it tasted quite good. (789 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Vintage: 2009 (Deep Mahogany Ale)

As the style name implies, this pours a dark shade of mahogany with some wonderful crimson highlights. It produces a thick head of light brown colored foam, over three fingers thick, from an easy pour. The retention is great and the lacing is in nice thick strands.

Big hop notes are all over this nose. Floral, lightly citrus, green and piney. There is definitely some decent maltiness down in there, but it's oh so hidden.

Spicey hop notes lead the way, with some floral notes close behind. They give way to some nice hints of butterey caramel and slight amounts of brown sugar. A good deal of nuttiness comes in. The hops then return to kiss you farewell.

This one has a medium body to it and a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is nice and smooth and has a slight touch of creaminess, which is nice.

While this has a slight hint of warmth to it, it certainly drinks a lot easier than 8.50%abv should drink. It's also filled with flavors that compliment each other very well, making it a fairly easy drinker. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a thin frothy head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: caramel and hops were spot on the first whiff alongside some candi sugar, grassy, and sweetness notes from the malts.

T: the taste was big on sweetness which I believe most was from the malts with a mild hop bite but had caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, and slight hoppy finish.

D: drank good but was just a decent brown ale gotta say it was pretty smooth though. (572 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer! Meringue-like creamy head, beautiful lace, and deep mahogany color. Nose is a delight with some enticing chocolate, mixed fruit, and soft herbal notes. On the palate there's a well orchestrated balance of roasty and hoppy flavors, with the citrus hops carrying into the finish nicely. (299 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I don't like the finish or feel on this.

Not a big fan, I'd pass in the future. (422 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper stange-like glass.

A - Nice looking Black DIPA. Big tan foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Body is an extremely dark brown that verges on black in low light, but reveals a glint of transparency when held to the light.

S - Soapy Cascade hops, lemon zest, some pine, and not a ton of roast malt character. This has held up surprisingly well after nearly three months. However I just don't dig the hop flavors in use here.

T - The taste is a little more in line with my expectations. Heavy on sugar cookie malt character, but with plenty of unripe grapefruit and lemon too. Residual bitterness is present, but thankfully well-attenuated. Some alcohol is apparent too.

M - Medium body that seems a little undersized, some grain character and tingly carbonation, and a fairly clean, lightly sticky finish.

D - I finished my pour, but I wasn't all that impressed with this one. It's a decent Black DIPA that isn't as palate-raping as Sublimely Self-Righteous, and doesn't have the unpleasant burnt malt quality of Iniquity. I'd try it again if fresh on-tap, but I won't be seeking it out again. (1,186 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine last weekend for $12.49.

Beer poured dark brown with a huge tan head that is sustaining well.

Nose is very nice, a blast of floral hops greets you and a hint of roasted malts following behind.

Taste is extremely well balanced and flavorful, citrus and pine hops are present but roasted malts are equally present.

Mouthfeel is quite impressive, full bodied and very satisfying with each sip.

Drinkability is near perfect, the balance of flavors and the satisfaction from the fullness is amazing. ABV is very well hidden but is making its presence known with each sip. Part of ths single serve series, it is very pricey but i am glad i gave it a try! (694 characters)

Photo of PalatePilot
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious beer that lives up to the name IPA.
A lot of times I find Double Black IPA's a little too sweet and with the malt and not allowing the hops bitterness to come through.
Dark browns to blacks with a big head on the pour, smells of citrus and dark fruits, with a subtle flower smell, not perfume like though.
Great carbonation, the flavors come together great not what I expected from the look and nose.
As I drink, it feels light and heavy at the same time without having that syrupy feel.
I drank the first glass pretty fresh out of the fridge, I should of let it warm a little, because the second glass was amazing. (627 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a massive tan head of at least 3 fingers that is very slow to recede. The head is a little annoying as I can't take a sip for quite a while. Head leaves lace as it settles. Hoppy aroma of slight citrus with a little hint of booze. Medium mouthfeel. The hops have a decent profile from start to finish. I'm surprised how present the alcohol is in this. Some roast as well. Decent flavors. (451 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown pour, slight tan head to it. Amazing fruity aroma. Beer looks so dark, but smells so tropical.

Big tropical hop flavor, pineapple and mango in a double black ipa, love it. Perfect carbonation for the appearance and the mouthfeel, something I've had an issue with from these guys before, but not here. Don't really want to call it complex because its really just a big hop mouthfeel of tropical citrus with a black appearance. I don't taste any of the chocolate, coffee or cream that others do, I think there might just be a projection of color =flavor bias.

Close your eyes and drink it, very drinkable, hides the alcohol extremely well. Got this from koufax21 for xmas, a great gift indeed. (709 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pour is a deep dark brown, thick one and a half finger head subsides to a frothy dusting across the surface leaving behind some light lacing

S: black currant exactly like Ribena, blackberry sorbet and blueberry muffin, Welch's concord grape juice, deliciously fruity without being too flowery and sweet.

T: so interesting, I've never tasted anything like it, burnt smoky charred 100% concord or blueberry-acai juice. Perfect balance, the smoke, bitter and floral hops and sweet roasted malts are all in sync. This may sound weird (and gross to some people) but even the burps taste great--fresh hops.

M: perfect carbonation, smooth and creamy with a creaminess that lasts and lasts without going flat. The ABV is present in that it is warming, but largely invisible in terms of

D: This is why I drink beer. Though they are hands down my favorite brewery, Odell has really outdone themselves with this one. I've never tasted anything like it and yet it is unbelievably drinkable. I'm just sad that it's over. (1,016 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black with a rocky, light brown head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted with a subtle, citrus hop aroma.

Tastes of the roasted malts followed by a good hop character. Malts have notes of espresso with a touch of molasses and brown sugar. Hops have characteristics of citrus with some pine as well. Definite lean towards malt, but there is little sweetness, which I find very appealing. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but does give some warm splashes over the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

The drinkability could be higher, but I paid $13.65, which is just a lot higher than comparable beers. (690 characters)

Photo of MinorThreat
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cork and cage bomber. Great packaging

A-Pours a deep ruby brown that collects to a nice rich black. Super thick white head with great lacing and retention.

S-Nice hints of citrus and floral hops with a good rich roasted malt backbone. This was not a hit you over the head type of aroma some CDA's/BIPA's have, but it was nice none the less.

T-The most interesting part of this beer was how refined and balanced it was. The taste juggles a big roasty/semi-sweet malt backbone with citrus hop flavors of citrus fruits and pine, all the while hiding the 9.5%abv very well. This was as polished of a black IPA as I have tried. Very nice.

M-Light, bubbly and viscous. Very nice.

D-For the ABV the drinkability is unbelievable. This is a great beer that I could enjoy a few of in a sitting. (804 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a big, foamy, white head. There's lots of floral and citrusy hops with a touch of pine. The roasted malts add a bit of chocolate and roast but without the usual chalkiness that I don't like in most black IPA's. The body is creamy, medium-full with soft carbonation. (281 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a nice dark blackish brown with 2-3 inch creamy tan head. Excellent retention and decent lacing.
S: Very nice here...moderately sharp piney hops, sweet cream, hint of citrus hops...very fresh and herbal.
T: A quick shot of piney hops up front is quickly balanced by roasted caramel malt...perfection in balance. Then notes of coffee and cream, bitter medicinal herbs, and sweet milk and melon emerge (in that order).
M: Astringent and bitter (hops) at first, giving way to a sweet and creamy feel in the middle. The finish keeps the milky sweetness and adds back in the hoppy bitterness for a great balance to end. The aftertaste brings a smoky mild alcohol burn. Light-medium feel (certainly feels lighter than the ABV).
D: Simply a tremendous brew and hands down my favorite DBIPA. Seek it out! Very interesting and good complexity. Very drinkable (esp for ABV). Wish I had another bottle. (944 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head is shy of frothy, somewhat thin but sticky. Good topper to this otherwise quite dark and spot-on looker. Nose is muted initially, but the roasted malt complements the hops nicely, with the contrapuntal sweetness kept to a minimum.

The flavor is pretty sweet upfront, moreso than I was expecting, and leads to a somewhat fuller mouthfeel than you sometimes see in this style. Kudos for that. The bitterness is somewhat muted, however, compared to other CDAs and sticks mostly in the pine range, with a hint of citrus (rather than the other way around, which is more frequent).

Quite a bit of carbonation, pretty smooth, but as mentioned a bit fuller than other so-called Black IPAs. I enjoyed the attenuation, less so the light touch used with the hop cones. No matter; still a fine ale. (799 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 12/31; from bottle.

A- Heavy carbonation and very black. Very light tan head.

S- Very piney with slight notes of citrus and malts

T- Very sweet in the fore front of the beer that cascades to a nice citrus mid/after taste. Sweet notes throughout with a ever so slight bittering notes. This beer is truly amazing. I loved the complexity throughout and am cursing myself for not purchasing a couple more bottles. The name seems a little off since I did not feel the beer was overly bitter but what a fabulous beer.

M- Highly carbonated but it still sits delicately on the palate.

D- Very high. I could have easily drank another bottle of this.

Overall- Very outstanding. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone. Rich, complex, balanced and easy on lots of palates. (791 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep porter brown-black with an enormous, light tan, foamy head.

Smell: Resinous, grapefruit peels and roasted malts.

Taste: Resin and grapefruit hop profile is nicely bitter but quite balanced by deeply roasted malt. Additional flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, subtle coffee and floral notes add complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Wo. It's easy drink and very enjoyable. Hardly notice the high ABV..until it's too late to turn back. (490 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark redish brown with a huge billowing head; great head retention--but almost too much

S: Sweet woody pine presence; a bit of a caramel malt backbone; alcohol burns through a bit

T: A little sour up front with a strong alcohol burn; this has a faded hop presence--but it still has a citrus/ pine quality

F: A bit thin but overall fairly decent mouth feel

D: Pretty strong alcohol presence; this beer is good but it's a bit too much at times (453 characters)

Photo of Jake1605
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a rinsed snifter. No bottled on date.

Appearance - Thick, tan, rocky 3 finger head that dissipates after a few minutes. As expected, it's pitch black with a somewhat ruby-red tint.

Smell - The standard floral, grapefruit & piny smell you get from cascade hops, along with chocolaty sweetness & roasted malts.

Taste - The woody, hot cocoa taste gives this black dipa awesome flavor. I hardly notice an alcohol bite, although it is slightly warming. It also tastes like it is fresh hopped. It's mellowing, I want to drink this in front of the fireplace and get away from everything for a night. Excellent malt & hop character.

Mouthfeel -Creamy feel, carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability - This is one of the better black ipa's I have tried, and could drink a few of these. About as good as a black dipa gets. (840 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black; no light comes through. Poured a 3 finger rocky tan head with good retention; had to wait to get a good smell. Thick webs of lacing.

S: Big flavoring hops; grapefruit and pine. No detectable malt character until the beer warmed a little then some toasted malt aromas came through; wood, chocolate.

T: Bitter chocolate and wood. Resiny citrus and pine hops in the middle. Finish is bitter, dry and warming.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny coating. Warming alcohol.

D: Good hop and malt character; suggest warming to mid 40's. ABV a bit daunting. (572 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork goes phwup, gunsmoke, then a super charged billowing head of foam in the glass that never quits. Dark tan meringue foam, super sticky and long lasting. It coats the glass in sheets, and never breaks across the surface.

Aroma is pungent citrus rind layered over a moderately roasty malt character. Very integrated and seamless. A bit of woody tobacco surfaces after the hoppy citrus takes its course.

Flavor is well integrated too, the fresh hoppiness takes centerstage, dried orange rind citrus and pine. Medium bodied, feels like a porter, with the hop content of a balanced IPA. Some malt complexity lends notes of tobacco leaf and dry roast coffee. Supple feel, despite the initial foaminess, the carbonation was fine. Substantial and a nice sipper. Good stuff... (773 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brownish-black with massive light brown head and nice lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, coffee, dark chocolate and a floral rose-like aroma.

Taste: Great juxtaposition of pine & grapefruit accented hops and coffee & bittersweet chocolate roasted malts. Ends somewhat bitter, spicy and floral; just generally very well balanced.

Feel: Smooth medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Delicious - great melding of Porter and IPA, imperialized. Would love to have this again - I split the 750 and was jealous of the other 375. (645 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by a kind soul at a Christmas party last night, and enjoyed by me very much. Poured a deep black color, with a good light brown head. Aromas of grapefruit, floral hops and roasted malt. Medium bodied, the roasted malt and citrusy hops work very well together here. A very nice beer. (289 characters)

Photo of gonzo138
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured jet black with large frothy tan head that retained very well.

S - Very clean grapefruit like hop aroma, similar to the hop profile in Odell's standard IPA.

T - Taste balances between the charred malt and the citric bitterness. Taste a bit of extra dark chocolate along with a small alcoholic bite on the finish.

M- Sticky and medium bodied, pleasant amount of carbonation.

D- A good offering, if it were less expensive ($15 is a little steep) I would gladly pick up another. (490 characters)

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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