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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 850
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an obsidian black, shiny almost, and solid, with a 2 inch creamy head. smells like huge hops, and rich slow roasted chocolate malts. sensational presentation, same as all the others in odell's 4 pack series. taste is immediately hoppy and strong, imperial in nature. the "black" part kicks in in the middle, smoothing out the bitter hops with a certain patience that really accentuates the local colorado hops. seasonally appropriate and fairly crisp in the finish, this is a really exceptional beer. that is becoming a pattern for odell. huge abv makes this 4 pack a really nice warm buzz!

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a massive head; very nice retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Rather roasty, with chocolate and black bread notes that build a base upon which the citrusy hops can prance

Taste: While the citrusy hops add a bitter, upper level to the beer, the malts are very assertive, adding layers of dark chocolate, black bread and roast to the equation; nicely balanced, after the swallow, but the alcohol level becomes rather noteworthy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: About a month past the "best by" date, the hops have lost some of their assertiveness, but this is still a nice beer; I'll have to try a fresher example next time I am in Odell territory

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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...

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave patchy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasty malts with citrus/tropical fruits like orange and grapefruit.

T - Great burnt toast malt flavor with a bitter piney hop bite. Mild taste of citrus fruits.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a subtle alcohol warmth.

D - This is really good. One of the best black IPAs that I've had so far.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a tan head. Color is a deep brown.

Aroma: a little chocolate roast and caramel. Hop resiny. Grapefruit citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Citrus and hop resin juiciness. A little roast and coffee. Caramel. Chocolate. The maltiness is minimal. Grapefruit and pineapple. Surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, yet roasty. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this is actually a solid black ipa. Very hoppy. The malt and roast is minimal so it doesn't take away from the hops. I like it.

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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 mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable malty IPA. Lots of aromatics but restrained bitterness makes this a friendly brew. Candy, caramel, and resiny hops. Dark brown with some amber highlights in the tulip glass. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Almost acidic on the tongue but the big, rich malt gives it balance. Pleasant nose of pineapple. Bitter aftertaste along with more resins.

Somebody should blind taste this with Lagunitas Sucks. Well, duh, one's black and one's golden, but that malty/piney sharpish flavor seems to be a winner. These guys are making some great beers and I have not stumbled on enough of them.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. it poured dark brown in color with a thick, frothy, khaki colored head to it. Great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy, citrusy, hoppiness to it with some notes of pineapple and peach resent. I get just a hint of the darker, roasty malts coming out from behind the hops. Very nice hoppiness to it.

The taste shows more of the darker, roasty malts to it. I get some chocolaty notes up front with a little roasted bitterness in the finish. Of course it's pretty hoppy as well with some of that juicy, peach and pineapple like flavor coming out. Nice range of flavors to it. The hoppiness mixed pretty well with the darker malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. The juicy, fruity hops mixed pretty well with the chocolaty, darker malts. Too often I find that the bitter hops clash with the bitter roastedness of the dark malts in this style of beer. This one however really avoids that pretty well and I really appreciated that in it. Very drinkable and flavorful beer overall.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to see this at MacaDoodles in Joplin, MO!

Bottle opens with a gentle pop with an effervescent mahogany color & 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & nice sheet of lacing crawling down my Boulevard Tank #7 Goblet

S: Pineyness & orange rind, they both fade once warm

T: Pineyness, grapefruit & some brown bread up front, along with a touch of rye spicyness & roasty malt up front. Dryness, more roasty malt try to hold the line against herbal hops, pine sap, & grapefruit, plus a faint bit of black currant underneath the hop assault s this warms. Finishes with a kiss of booze burn, some dark chocolate, herbal & grapefruitty hops & along with much pine, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation. Great balance, just bit warmer than I like

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, this is one for the hopheads!

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Photo of smcolw
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Beige head leaves a coating of lace. Near black color where no light passes.

Even with a full glass the flavor is strong. There are elements of evergreen, chocolate and a touch of sourness. Mildly prickly.

A phenomenal, slightly different beer: Starts with a light brown sugar sweetness. There's a toasty flavor as well. Slowly, the bittering hop takes over; peppery and spicy. Warm alcohol in the swallow. Long, well-balanced aftertaste. The body is neutral/ the carbonation high.

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

Part of the hobo tasting at RJ Rockers last night, we went with some damn good DIPA's that I will be the first to admit knocked me for a bit of a loop after a long break. But got a love good beer, good company, and being surrounded by fermenters, still does not beat a chucky cheese. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/17/2011.

Nice dark pour, black with a light touch of brown on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Smooth tan lacing graces the top for just a few moments before settling back down and leaving behind a nice ring around the glass. Aroma is hops at first, earthy but the malts really set it apart as I pick up the deep roast coming through and balancing it nicely. Flavor mirrors it perfectly as you get that quick and upfront hit of bright hops that seems to prepare the palate and open your eyes and then smooth roasted malt flavors coat the tongue. Hints of brown sugar, earthy malts and hints of light pine finish it out nicely and leave the dry finish and smooth flavor behind. 9.5% is seductively hidden and made for an interesting ride.

Overall a great example of the style and a nice way to start off the day!

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/18/11 notes.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, pine hops, and light coffee.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, citrus hops, chocolate, light fruit, pine hops, vanilla and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice Black IPA. Al the roasted characteristics and hops meld together nicely. The nose is a little more hoppier than the taste, which is in turn more roasted and chocolatey. Would like to have it again sometime.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +7%

On draft at Whole Foods, Chandler, AZ.

Near black opaque body with a filmy beige head. Aromas of pine, chocolate, roast. Lovely balance. I'm not typically a of fan of black IPAs, but this is certainly noteworthy. Bitter chocolates and resinous hops. Silky mid palate finishing with some bitter chocolate and hop notes. Well done.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to colejacobs for sending me this as an extra. Consumed in July 2011.

True to its name, it pours pretty black, but you can notice a reddish mahogany tint if you look closely in the light. The head is HUGE, it was almost a gusher. The head bubbles like a boiling pit of magical ooze in a witch's cauldron. Even after it dies down it's pretty intimidating.

I smell fruit--bananas, some tropical stuff like guava or papaya maybe. Smells nice and sweet but with a strong hop profile as well.

This is yummy. Tangy dark fruit all over the place, floral and citrus hops, dark malts and cocoa and a roasty porter like backbone.

Great mouthfeel, heckufalot of carbonation in this one as was obvious from the pour.

I really like this beer! Even with a bit of age on it, it's probably the best black ale I've had to date. It's got all the best aspects of the hops and of the dark malt and they find a perfect balance. I can't wait to try the regular Mountain Standard!


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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till February 16, 2012.

A very large cocoa light brown, almost coffee light tan like head out of the pour, large four fingers deep and uniform with lots of retention. Clumpy, like a chocolate milkshake, sitting on a simple very DARK body which on closer appearance is walnut black with red hues towards the bottom. Sticky lacing visible all over. Real impressive.

Nose is a distinct sense of malt, but more so of salted beef jerky. This smells like a rauchbier in many ways. Hints of dry tobacco as well. Very out worldly!

Taste is quite unusual but really blurs the style line. THick bodied like a good imperial stout with malty richness, incredibly velvet texture that goes like nothing. Dense. Rich. Compelling. Chocolate and roast. Not so much of an "IPA" like hop angle (slightly on the finish), but who cares! Malty rich, dry finishing with a hint of bitter, but incredibly velvety.

Overall, really enjoying this, an extremely unique beer, rich and distinct, have never had anything like it. Man I really like this brewery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thoroughly ebon appearance, with crimson highlights at the edges. Impressive cream-toned foam, leaving lace aplenty.

Subdued aromatics, mix of muted grassy hops and dark malt.

Taste: Gracious on the tongue, and down the throat. Delicate hop buzz grips the palate, washed over by roasty black and chocolate malts, altogether beautifully balanced. Nothing is out of whack, nothing doesn't gel. Roasty espresso and cocoa notes, while a persistently hoppy tingle hanging over.
Smooth, full-bodied, and drinkable. Rewarding, without being too complex. Has depth, though, and plenty of deliciousness. And while you sink too deeply into it's tempting flavors, the 9.5% ABV doesn't to rear it's head.

This one goes in to the category of Black Ales/ IBAs that I actually like. Although it's ease of drinking belies it's alcoholic strength. Have to put a stop after one.

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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 MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, dark citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, citrus, yeast, hint of roasted malt, and slight dough. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, good body, and good blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #13 on the "Top Beers - American Black Ale" list on Served in a snifter. Beer is dark brown / black. A nice off white head of small bubbles with nice retention. Some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is a little odd. Smells first like pine hops and then like dishwater. Hmm.

Beer is much better than the aroma. Medium body. Nice pine hops. Good finish. Clean and nice with moderate bitterness but no real roast. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 3 Apr 17
12 oz. Bottle

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate notes, some slight dark fruits. The taste is malty, with some nice chocolate and dark fruit notes. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Nice to see it here in GJ.

Revisit: 18 Nov 15
12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 1/14/16

Been a long time coming:

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate notes, some slight dark fruits. The taste is malty, with some nice chocolate and dark fruit notes. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Recomended!

Thanks goes out to RedHaze for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, HUGE foamy three-finger plus off-white head, with tons of thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some toffee notes, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some toffee/caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty ABA, worth checking out.

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