Mountain Standard Double Black IPA
Odell Brewing Company

Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA
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From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Black IPA
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.03%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
619
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 12, 2019
Added:
Nov 04, 2009
Wants:
  148
Gots:
  139
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA
Notes: None
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Part of $10 sixer mixer. Doing the annual watching of SS5+

Appearance - Small white soapy head. Cloudy residue at the bottom of the can that disperses into the beer making it more hazy. Hazy but bright yellow body. Almost has a faint greenish tint. 4

Smell - Dry grass and mellowed lemony citrus. 4

Taste - Bitter dry grass. Alcohol shows. 4

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied though kind of hollow. It lacks much bite or sharpness. Slightly astringent. 4

Overall - Enjoyable but not memorable. 4
Dec 12, 2019
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours golden yellow with fluffy white foamy cap. Subtle juicy citrus notes with bold, vibrant hop flavors and aromas. Smooth, non-bitter, simple and beautiful IPA!
Nov 28, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown/light black; light passes through the edges easily.

Decent head; massive lace.

Nose is hop forward; grapefruit mostly, back end of roasted coffee.

The chocolate malts are more assertive in the taste, but this finishes strongly of grapefruit.

A nice, black IPA; these two flavors are not the most natural pair, but this works better than it should. Booze is well hidden; would never guess it's 9.5%.
May 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by pvibeer from Colorado

Nov 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.89 by tjstrat from Wisconsin

Aug 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jun 07, 2018
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
B / GOOD
Apr 16, 2018
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can, date stamped 04/17/18. I had the barrel aged version of this one a couple months ago, so I couldn't resist getting the base beer, even if I've only seen it in the mixed 12 pack. Deep mahogany colored ale with a tall & rocky khaki head that holds incredible retention and leaves thick lacing down the glass. Aroma is big on piney hops with some burnt caramel and roasted malt. Flavors are bold with notes of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, char, and a bit of anise that blends with a huge hop profile of earthy pine and citrus zest. Full creamy, sticky, and resinous body with hop oils covering the palate with pungent bitterness. This is great! I'd drink this anyday.
Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Jan 26, 2018
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Reviewed by williamphelps from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Can purchased in Boulder. Best By date of 3/16/18.

Look: Lots of lasting lacing. Thick foamy tan head that never leaves you. Beer lounges with a turbid, deep, mahogany color. I cannot think of anything else I could expect for a beer to look like.

Smell: "Malt...I like what that reviewer said about popcorn...toasty caramel....dark chocolate? ....peaches? ....lemons? ...Is that the complexity making me dizzy or the 8.2% ABV" So amazingly complex: all of the above plus toasted pineapple, fresh pine needles,, back to dark malt, toffee. Outstanding.

Taste: Starts with a intense perfect marrying of hop and malt then fold into kinda a watery super bright malt then evolves into rich roast with the right amount of bitterness and hop complexity: pineapple, tart lemon, pine needles, apricots. Long bitter-sweet hoppy finish.

Feel: Robust and full then almost too light then clean and rich without stickiness.

Overall: An experience. First sip was a bit underwhelming with Firestone's Wookus fresh in mind. It is not nearly as smooth and seamless. But the seams allow for a ridiculous amount of complexity and enjoyment. I would highly recommend to all except maybe those that are very sensitive to hop bitterness.

Research:
Odell- Fall Seasonal. IPA. IBU-56. ABV 8.1%. Daylight savings time ended on November 5, winter began December 21. So I guess this is a late fall seasonal celebrating the end of Daylight savings time and the coming of winter. Their blog talks about the balance inherent in the season - a balance of warmth and coolness. Hops are local from Colorado's Western Slope. Great beer.
Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is great, as is lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasted, biscuit, and earth malts, and herbal and pine hops. Lovely depth to the aroma. Flavor profile is a mash-up of roasted, toasted, and biscuit malts, with herbal, pine, and resin hops. The biscuit malts taste doughy, and fresh, with the hops leaving a long lasting flavor on the palate. Great balance, and depth. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a velvety, creamy feel - almost stout like. Overall, a hearty black IPA that really packs a punch. It's not bitter, or sweet, but instead holds itself firmly between striking a fantastic balance. It's a filling, and tasty beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.
Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a light brown bean color which forms a shiny black body in the snifter. The head is popcorn colored and tall at 2 fingers.

Aroma is citra hops right off the bat, hints of amarillo, and tree bark. Hiding behind that are notes of molasses and hot caramel.

Flavor is complex but not. It's quite dirty, like old laundry, but the hops lean on the dank side of things which doesn't surprise me for Odell. There's a brightness on the flipside of that coin though, with bright fruity notes like orange and grapefruit as the hops open up on the palate. Comes off as an orange rolled in smothered campfire. The roast malts are kept to a bare minimum, and largely impart color only, with that hint of smoke/char in there. Very faint suggestions of anise on the finish. Overall the flavor is : dirty laundry, dank, roast, citrus, earth, anise.

Feel is creamy with a quiet carbonation and a roasty, resiny finish.

Overall, I was expecting more due to the hype by both word of mouth and, well, the overall scores here. It's not as good as Zipline's Black IPA (which most have never heard of), or even 21st's Back In Black. It is fairly enjoyable though, and has the Odell signature all over it. Recommended.
Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can best by 2-9-18
Mahogany color with a 1/2" beige head retains as a cap-crown. Full lace.
Piney, resin-y hops over a roasted malt back...smells sticky if that's even possible.
Roasted, slight charred quality. Pine needle, faint orange peel...a little spicy as well.
Clean mouthfeel, medium bodied..slight heat from ABV @ 8.1%.
Tasty, Big on both sides - malt and hops but has a nice balance and leaves me wanting another can.
Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jan 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Jovial_Libations from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Purchased a fresh six pack cans in December 2017. Pours drop black with nice healthy carbonation. Smells slightly sweet rye. Tastes dry smooth with little flavor. Quite boring, nothing special.
Jan 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours a deep black with a large off white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and citrus front, with a hint of sawdust and roasted malt on the back end. The flavor starts with a load of pine, then morphs to coffee and chocolate, with a finish of tangerine peel and cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is moderate with soft, foaming carbonation. Overall this is a well done and flavorful beer. When I was first getting into craft five or so years ago, black IPA's were everywhere, and I must say I do miss the style. Done well, as here, they are a great example of the brewers art.
Jan 03, 2018
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Reviewed by andrewh995 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown with a large tan head. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, and coffee. Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, slightly bitter hops, and cream. Medium-heavy creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall and incredible black IPA.
Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Nov 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by sethcroisant from Nebraska

Nov 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.72 by billydrinksbeer from Colorado

Nov 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.39 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Nov 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours deep dark black with a small head. Fabulous hop aroma. Nice strong hop flavor with some slight sweetness I can’t quite put a finger on. Smooth with a lingering hop flavor. A very nice beer and I will be trying again very soon. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.
Nov 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by DrKarl from Illinois

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Nov 11, 2017
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz can, 8.1% alcohol by volume.
Dark reddish brown color, with dense off white head, and moderate lacing.
Roasted malt and slightly sweet hop balanced for smell and taste. A bitter end to the taste profile.
Smooth drinker and enjoyable.
Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.62 by mdwhitney from Arizona

Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Jul 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by Casey_L from Texas

Apr 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Mar 24, 2017
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
CAN
Ruby-brown with tower of sepia cream. 4
Bubble gum, root beer barrels, hint of blueberry and coffee candy. 4.25
Licorice, slight ash, and blackberries then oily pine sap, summer berry, mint, and resin hops. Long herbal linger. 4.25
Dead smooth, round, almost medium. 4.25

Unique! Sweet nose and a hop profile that’s all botanicals with none of the usual citrus or mango - maybe that’s the locally Colorado grown factor. Roast, too, skips the usual coffee/chocolate to skew either candy or charred. The whole thing adds up to be juicy yet clean and dangerously easy.

Top 5 BIPA. 4.25
Feb 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by dcotom from Iowa

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by princessbay710 from Texas

4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Surely black, with the color and lacing of this beer you can't help but be excited to see it poured out. The artwork of the can is mesmerizing for me as well with the moon/sun/stars over silver mountains thing going on. 8.10%, differing from its double.
Canned 3 months ago 2 days ago.
The smell is warm as hell, muted roasted notes carried by grassy hops which stands out more in its taste. A chalky light cocoa hits the sides of your tounge sensationally, leaving it's hops a flat grassy undertone. Slight hints of charcoal which gives it a nice Bar-B-Q hint.
This has made my list of favorites, I hope to see it get more reviews!
Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Leaving a review here for the normal "Mountain Standard Time Black IPA" instead of on the other listing which is technically a double IPA. This beer is only 8.1%, not 9.5%. Very surprised a brewery as big as Oddell hasn't surpassed 10 reviews on any beer they make or have made.

Cool artwork on the beer, King Crimson esque "Larks Tongues in Aspic" like.. (I had to).

The obvious distinction between the two closely related beers I've mentioned comes out already even though I haven't tried the double version. The smell is quite faint with just the slightest bit of roasted malts and some indistinct hops.

Look (besides the generous lasting had and beautiful lacing) is a dark brown, almost black IPA. Haha.

Taste is hop dominant but alludes to a porter. That is likely the malts doing their business, swept under the rug by a relatively bitter, piney/sour tone that mixes in strangely well with the roasted, salty cracker malts. Don't be fooled as this is still an IPA trying to look like a stout etc. Cheers!

I like it and look forward to giving the double IPA a shot, maybe more alcohol and malts is what this thing needs.
Jan 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by oldvines from Illinois

Jan 14, 2017
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