Mountain Standard Double Black IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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Photo of Trentt2
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: dark, ruby at the bottom, light tan foam with a touch of lacing. Head quick to settle
S: like an IPA. Lots of hops. Touch of sweet malt comes through
T: a malty IPA. Nice!
F: thicker than expected. A nice surprise
O: my first double black IPA. Reminded me of a hoppy porter. I liked it

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Named after the time zone in which Colorado falls under, Mountain Standard is a Double India Dark Ale, or if you prefer, a hoppy Imperial Stou, hoppy dark beer, whatever. It should be good to go. On to the beer:

It certainly looks black in color with the lightly tanned head, which retains itself quite well and has a somewhat creamy texture. The hops seem to have faded, creating more of a bittersweet beer with notes of prunes, pine, resin, and pears.

Mountain Standard seems to have aged pretty well. You still have a kick of hops that provide gentle pine and resin. Despite its strength, Mountain Standard doesn't show its high octane alcohol. I got a note of bittersweet malt and vague mixed fruits, which I suspect is coming from the yeast. The beer should be respected as the liquid goes down, and that mouth feel is full-bodied.

It aged fine, which makes me more curious to find a fresh sample in future.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour, mostly black, beige head reppin' that 3/4" depth. Aroma was very nice, 1st tier tropical and citrus dominate way more than roast like less good black ipas.

Taste keeps hitting those tropical waves, catch a wave brah. Pineapple and mango stuff. Carbonation spot on. This one actually tastes like ipa more than it does porter. For once.

This could be the best black ipa around. Not bitter, hides alcohol, not roasty, is fruity.

Das it man.

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Photo of Shippy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, bottled 2/4/16. Pours a dark brown with a big, creamy light tan head. Against light, the color looks like a deep red. Aromas of floral hops are prevalent, with some bready malt notes, and roasty chocolate. Flavors start piney with some bitterness, but heavy malt flavors take over with roasty breadiness with some chocolate. Less ashy and harsh than most black IPAs. Tends toward the malty side, but well balanced with some hops and bitterness, but not too much. Feel is medium/heavy and very creamy. The ABV is well hidden in this beer. Overall, a delicious winter beer that is very smooth with flavors that blend very nicely together.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er in NE, brought home to IN. One of my first black IPAs. Pretty darn good overall. I got some carmelized hoppy toned down roasted pinecone. Or at least that was the mental image forming in my mind as I enjoyed it. Wish Odell was more readily available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft.

Look is a murky dark brown with small khaki hea. Goes down to thin film and ring, no lacing.

Smell is mostly hops at first, with pine and slight citrus. As it warms the malts show up in the nose.

Taste is really interesting... there's so much here that I feel unable to even start, but its definitely the sweet flavors taking over, breadiness with lots of molasses and closing with lots of bitterness.

Feel is thick for an ipa, plenty of carbonation and it gets sticky as it warms. Long finish on this one.

Overall, this is not a favorite style for me, but I'm enjoying the beer regardless. Nice balance considering the extreme complexity. Interestingly... this started off as an ipa when it was poured and I smelled it, but by the last gulp it was finishing like a stout!

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A visually pleasing black IPA (which in my mind is a strange name for a style, as how can a beer be both black and pale at the same time?). I was served this beer in a pint glass which was filled from the tap at Yia Yia's in Lincoln Nebraska. Although the head collapsed quickly, very respectable lacing was left behind. The flavor is more hoppy than malty, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. The body is pleasingly light. If this is really a 9.5% ABV beer, it's hard to tell as it is very drinkable. This is a nicely crafted brew and recommended to fans of the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/4/2016. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/smoke, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roast/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, light coffee/smoke, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; with a great bitter/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black DIPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of awayne56
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love the look and feel of this beer. It is tasty but if you are looking for a hoppy black IPA this may not be your best choice. The flavor seems to be primaily roasted malts with notes of chocolate, mocha, and molasses. Some piney hops on the finish. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good beer but the flavor profile to me comes across more like an Imperial Stout than Black Ale. Great beer but if you want hops this is not the one.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark root beer brown, fluffy tan head slowly fades, lots of lace. Mild aroma of roasted malt n light fruit. Light roasted malt taste up front. Mid sip is where the hops come in and stay, citrus and pine turning to earthy grass. Finish is very dry with a licorice and grassy bitterness lingering. Medium soft mouthfeel, goes down easy, very little alcohol burn. Drinks lighter than the abv. Overall good American Black Ale, heavy on back end hops n licorice.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Hard to compete against Wookie Jack in this category but this beer does a wonderful job. The beer has a liquorice flavor with some bitterness on the end.

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Photo of puck1225
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites! Poured very dark brown into a snifter. Beautiful, creamy light brown head, delicate lacing as the glass empties. Love the taste. Toasty with some sweet licorice and a it of citrus. The smell is great and comforting. I really enjoy this beer!

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smoothest black IPA I've had. This is a bastard style in my eyes where the flavors really clash more than complement, but Odell as usual has shown how to figure it out. This is first and foremost a black ale, the hop bitterness plays the backup, secondary notes and that works much better than most black IPAs where the hope dominate and go horribly with the roasty, acrid flavors. This is a smooth beer with great malt sweetness and just enough hops.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Odell Mountain Standard Double Black India Pale Ale, 9.5% ABV, IBU 65, style is American Black Ale. Pours medium viscosity and black, one finger of tan head, some lacing. Nose is fruity hops, malt, and alcohol. Taste follows, with some bitterness. I should mention that this was bottled in January so some of the bitterness I disliked fresh has been muted, as with the first time I tried it. Good mouthfeel. Overall decent - can't say it's a favorite but if I get this again I would age it.

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Photo of L0ne
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good one from O'dell!

Pours almost black with a finger of creamy offwhite head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Fresh: Smell is roasty and piney/citrus hops. Taste follows.

Found one of these leftover after 8+ months and liked it even more than fresh. Hop profile was very muted, but tons of roastiness with chocolate and dark fruit.

Feel has some creaminess but enough carbonation to keep things from getting too heavy.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised by the creamy texture of this black IPA, incredibly smooth, even decadent, which makes for an unusual but pleasing complement to the piney hops. It's definitely big, almost too big given that rich texture, but it's also mighty tasty.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with pry-off cap poured into a tulip glass with a best by date of 02/05/2015

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and ample head

Smell: Pleasant mint, roasted notes and some floral hops

Taste: Incredible balance with roasted chocolate malt and hop citrus and faint sweetness on the end with the high ABV

Mouthfeel: Light and dry considering the ABV

Overall: A fantastic Black IPA. Impressive considering I am enjoying this past the best by date. The high ABV provides some warmth but does not overpower. All of the components are balanced very well.

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Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

People tend to get intimidated with the name (Double Black IPA). However the black part of this beer tones down the hoppiness allowing this beer to be very drinkable. Lots of flavor and lots of alcohol (9.5% ABV) makes this among the top of my list.

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Photo of GregJ
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, black. Smells of dark roast malts, some char, pine and some citrus. Tastes of roast malts, caramel, pine, citrus and floral hops. Medium body and carbonation. Citrus and pine resin, sweet malts.

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Photo of pat61
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am still trying to get over the oxymoron of a black IPA but here goes: Grassy hops, light roast, hints of chocolate very faint spice suggesting anise on the nose. Pours brilliant black to dark brown under a 3” tan cap. It is very creamy with an underlying sweetness with light roast – but no burnt flavors, dark sugars suggestive of light chocolate, faint fruit and spice on the palate. Less hop bitterness than expected. Medium body and a little more than medium on the carbonation. Not as hot or warming as your would expect for 9.5% abv. Very drinkable.

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Photo of brurevu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

The beer poured a pitch black with slight ruby highlights when held up to the light a and a slight tan head that left sufficient lacing. The aroma was slightly piney but more resinous and citrus notes with sweet roasted malt backup as to be expected in a Black IPA. The taste exceptionally glided between dark roasty bitterness and piney, resinous hop bitterness that played off each other and kept my deeply coated palate guessing as to where all the flavors were coming from. The citrus hop flavors peaked their head out from time to time as well and really accentuated the interplay between the dark roasted malts and hop bite. There is almost a rye or roasted coffee tone deep in this monstrous beauty of a beer. A really superb Black IPA that manages the line between roasty malts and bitter hoppiness with finesse, if you can say that about such a high abv brew. Another great one from Odell.

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Photo of TooGood
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very smooth drinking and tasty black IPA by Odell. Very dark brown in the glass with minimal head but decent lacing. Taste is sweet almost toffee like, with a hint of citrus. I garb a 4 pack of this brew every year, it hasn't let me down yet.

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Photo of Oakenshield53
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Maaaan, this is tasty. This is a glass of beer to pay attention to, right here.

Pours a very dark brown with a half-inch of tan foam which settles to a thin stripe, and the scent is definitely hop-forward. Slightly muted, not a bright sharp salad-bar tang of hops, but definite.

A disarmingly (for such a robust-looking brew) clean presentation at first, and then the roastiness and malt announce themselves like a warm towel slowly applied after a good shave, in the back of the throat and on the sides of the tongue. It finishes with a very interesting pine resin / grapefruit note, but the grapefruit thing is hard for me to work out; it's not the FLAVOR of grapefruit at all, the malty-bready-smoky atmosphere stays assuredly in place for a good while, but it's more that feeling you get on the top of the palate after drinking grapefruit juice.

This effect makes the smoky-malty flavor which stays hunkered down right there where you put it finish up with a nice, dry sharpness, rather than being thick and filling.

This is seriously delicious. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, brown to black coloring, with a thick, foamy, tan head. Nose of grapefruit, smoke, roasted coffee, pine resin, and subtle chocolate notes. Flavors are grapefruit forward, with a decent smoke overlay, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, and a bitter resinous hops highlight throughout. Smooth, light bodied, with a smoky, roasted, and extremely bitter aftertaste. The finish is dry, slightly frothy, with a resinous, bitter linger. Good beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black glass denies light even at the edges. Holds a thin ropey tan foam head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Black IPA profile, heavy west coast hops with a toasted to burnt full base malt. Both knobs turned to 11.

Taste: The two monsters of malt and hop crash into and mostly dampen the other, leaving a strange, powerful balance. The hops eventually burn through the sweet barleywine strength malt and start a long, slow, oily burn that encourages the next sweet, extinguishing sip.

Feel: Prickly carbonation in a heavy beer, there's enough depth that it doesn't go fizzy, and goes a bit creamy. There is alcoholic heat, but it's just a spice in the hop oil numbing. A bit of a lip smacking chew.

Overall: Moar Kudos for Odell. MOAR ODELL!
A beast of a beer, but so much good flavor, if there's a flaw it is drowned out by the intensity of what's going on. This is like getting two beers, a roasted barleywine, and a super fresh IPA. If you like the style, this is a much try.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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