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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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 850
Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of princessbay710
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine/pine needles, spices and dark malts. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, pine needles, grapefruit and an acidic/bitter/slightly sour finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the brewery 10.29.16

L - dark brown, 1 finger of head, lots of lace left all over the glass

S - fresh citrus hops, pint, roasts,

T - sweet and bitter, chocolate, toasty

F - smooth, hidden abv. Well done!

O -

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: very dark brown; definitely not black but close. The head is a solid 2-finger tan head that lasts indefinitely as you’d expect from an IPA / 2X IPA.

Aroma: the alcohol really comes through in the nose. Hops are present but very little dark malt.

Flavor: roasty, increasingly so as the beer warms. Nice and hoppy to balance the flavors. The hops are definitely of northwest variety – spicy with pine. Pine is key. Perfect hops. There is some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. A few of these beers could go down a wee tad too easily.

Overall: this is certainly an enjoyable beer and well done, but Odell’s Myrcenary is better. A good beer nonetheless, and kudos to Odell for trying a black double IPA. Well done.

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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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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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