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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a bells tulip glass.

A- Pours a 3 finger foamy tan head, really sticky lacing, well carbonated, really dark brown/red color, red hues coming off the bottom.
S- Nice hops coming out upfront, citrus, pine, some grapefruit, slight roasted malt aroma.
T- The taste is interesting, nice bitter sweet taste, sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit, slight peach, I can definitely pick out some roasted malt notes, slight smokiness, the roastiness comes out in the finish.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- Its easy drinking especially for being 9.5% abv, the hoppy characteristics balanced out with the roasted notes come together nicely. Not amazing but enjoyable

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Photo of zeledonia
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by 2/16/12, which suggests it was bottled around 16 October 2011.

Pours dark coffee brown, nearly black in the glass, with a big frothy grayish tan head. Great retention and lacing. A good-looking beer.

For some reason I have a hard time detecting nuance in black IPAs. I get fruity hops - oranges, mostly. And dark roasted malts with a bit of char. They blend together quite well, making for a nice balance of smooth and sharp.

Taste is less to my liking. This is the side of this style of beer that just doesn't do it for me - totally dominated by what I see as the negative sides of both pieces. From the hops, I get bitterness. From the malts, I get charred or burnt grain. These don't totally overshadow the pleasant flavors, but they're way more prominent than I'd like them to be.

On the heavier and thicker side. Feels like a porter in the mouth, actually. Smooth and fluffy, with carbonation present mostly as a light froth in the mouth. I like it. Finish is quicker than I'd expect, mostly bitter but pulling out at just the right time.

I really like everything about this beer, except for the taste. It's just too much bitter and char and too little anything else. But the look, the feel, the smell are all so good! Is this really 9.5%? Yikes. Better stop at one. Not sure whether I want another one, anyway.

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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 Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Deep brown with shades of dark red up to light. Light brown, bubbly head.

S - Faint molasses, dark fruits, some roasted malt. The hops are noticeable right away. Not overpowering but inviting. Nose gets better as it warms.

T - Dark, roasted malt with a bit of smokiness and a pleasant, syrupy sweetness. A hop presence in the finish balances out the beer with a subtle bitterness. Chocolate comes out as the beer warms.

M - Slight carbonation, roasted, malty, goodness sticks to your mouth. Nothing cloying. Great drinkability. Great beer.

Everything about this beer gets better as it warms. Give it time and your patience will pay off!

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Photo of drewba
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deeply black with tints on brown. The cream-colored head puffs up about one finger and doesn't stick around for long. A tiny film sticks around for the duration, but the legs and lacing are lacking.

S - Dingy pine, stale citrus, metallic, vegetal. Strange.

T - The malt profile comes off as kind of muted/faded, struggling to find a real reason to be here. It's a little nutty, a little bready, a little roasty, but the real star here is the pine and fresh citrus. There is a distinct black licorice flavor going on; I'm baffled because I cannot stand licorice, but it really isn't bothering me...

M - medium bodied, very slight carbonation; nice.

O - First of all, this beer is dangerous. Has 9.5% abv, but drinks like 6% - proceed cautiously. It's also supremely drinkable; the bitterness is almost too low with very little aftertaste. At the risk of Ding rolling over in his early BA grave, this is sessionable.

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

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA, 12oz with a best before date of February 23, 2012. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours dark brown/black with tons of red hues; I can see right through on the edges. Beer has a big, rocky tan head that leaves good lace.

S: Extremely hoppy nose for a Black IPA; its West Coast pithy, pungent pine, spicy tropical fruits, with some very light chocolate and roast notes from the malts.

T: Hops upfront again, with a buried roasted chocolate malt presence that works (slightly) to smooth out the bitterness. Hops are piney, with herbal and woody flavors.

The malts cut through the hops on the palette and help this beer finish with a light roasty sweetness instead of an overwhelming dryness.

MF: Moderate feel with some creaminess, light carbonation and light dryness.

O: This beer has some good darker notes but its mostly about the hops...dank, astringent, hoppy...and good.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a small, creamy light tan head. Good retention and good lacing.

Light hop aroma blending with dark malt and cocoa notes. The hop aroma is mostly citrus leaning toward tropical.

The flavor is an interesting blend of a stout/porter and an IPA. The hop notes are more muted than an IPA but the dark, sweet malt notes are similarly downplayed. A good balance overall that works well.

Medium mouthfeel that tends to finish thicker than it begins. Another good brew from Odell.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'11 12oz. poured into Boulevard snifter fairly cold. Pours a deep, dark brown with hints of burgundy at the edges, with a creamy mocha head that sticks nicely. Smells strongly of sticky pine resin and some citrus hops, with a subtle cocoa roasted malt that becomes more prevalent as it warms. A solid hop profile on this beer, with the pine and orange citrus flavors melding well. The malt roast is subdued, but again shows up more as this warms. Nice bitter finish to follow the creamy but finely carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid black ale from Odell. The flavors are bold, but not fatigue-inducing. This, along with the hidden abv could be dangerous, as I could easily have 2-3 of these.

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Photo of herman77
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dark brown, with a foamy off white head with great retention. Very big bands of frothy lacing.

S: Dank, wet hops. Pine and a bit of citrus hops. A hint of chocolate and a bit of sweet, dark fruit like malts. More than anything, it reminds me of a damp forest after it rains.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front. A bit of toasted malt and some malt sweetness. Finishes with a bit of sweetness and some citrus hops. Surprisingly not that flavorful for being 9.5%

M: Medium to fuller body. A lot thicker than I thought it would be. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

O: Not my favorite black IPA. Not bad by any means, just wasn't doing much for me. ABV is pretty well hidden though. But I don't think I would drink this again.

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

A - Pours pitch black with three finger brown sugar colored head.

S - Citrus, pine, orange. Faint chocolate malt.

T - Starts out with a bitter chocolate followed by a wave a piney, citrus hops.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - This beer is like riding a roller coaster. First it's malty, then it's hoppy, then it's malty again. I love it. Like a stout and IPA rolled into one. The 9.5 abv is not apparent. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Another great brew from Odell.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep dark brown, some wispy head that fades to a scattering of clouds on the surface. Smells like roast and citrus in harmony, with a bit of pine. The taste is not a balance, citrus forward with a bitter backbone that enhances the bitters in the roast. Roast flavor is mild, subdued, abd overall this seems to disappear from the palate with a wink. Mouth is right, and this drinks easy, just lacking in the lasting department.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours black, a nice big head that just floats on the beer, nice lacing, the head retention is off the charts

Smell is a little subtle for such a dark beer but roasted malts mostly

Taste - Expected it to be more malt forward but was pleasantly surprised to find out that the hops showed up in force with a nice roasted malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was nice, not too carbonated, not too thick.

Overall - a really balanced Black IPA but imo not big enough to boast double in the title. None the less this is a very solid beer and a great example of the style.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

It produced a very dense, light khaki, 2-finger head. Superb retention from a head that never quite goes away, and some fine lacing. Poured a near black, that only let a bit of light through at the edges.

Everything I've come to expect from a strong Black Ale. Roasted malt competing with piney hops and a solid boozy backbone.

There seem to be malty Black Ales and hoppy Black Ales, and this is of the malty variety. The initial clash of hops and malt is won by the malt The hops lend an overall dryness, that lingers throughout, but roasted and caramel malt is dominant in the middle. A touch of alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting from the 9.5%.

You would think this would be heavier than it actually is. There is modest, but adequate, carbonation, and the dry finish aids in it's drinkability.

Overall this is a well balanced and drinkable, strong, Black Ale. It lacks the complexity and sheer amount of flavor for me to justify it being a "Double", but it is damn smooth for the level of flavor and alcohol. A solid example of the style. Cheers!

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Photo of dankster
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from my four pack. thank you to my friend at quail creek for saving for me!

A- very dark almost black with a slight red hue. good tan head and lacing

S- big wet hops is the first thing i get. then some chocolate and dark fruits like plum come though for me.

T- Dam this is good! super clean hops with nice malt back. fruit comes though as it warms a little.

M- really good, not to thin but not super thick either

O- I love this beer. so happy odell put this into four packs this year. you would never know this beer is 9.5% ABV by drinking it! possibly deadly in the wrong hands (mine included lol)

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

A big thanks to ArrogantB for this great extra.

Appearance – Pours a dark black into a tulip with half a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Bitter hops, roasted malts, pine, earth, and floral notes.

Taste – Pine, cascade, floral notes, slight citrus, and heavy roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – A decent black ale, though not my first choice. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Basically black in color. No real head to speak of, only slight collar. Does provide some moderate lacing.

S - Sticky, piney hops, with a light floral aspect. Sweet dark malts show up as well.

T/M - Mild roastiness. Resinous pine bite. Almost no sign of being about 10%. Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Glad I picked some up, but it's gonna be hard to pass up their other offerings for this.

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Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remains.

S: Piney and slightly fruity, the smell is distinctly dark with refined malt that suggests sweetness. Yeast influences seem minimal in the smell, and alcohol is not detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with intense piney hop aromatics and mild roasted malt. Acidity is intensely carbonic, causing a rift between the beginning and middle. It sweetens somewhat in the middle where transient honey can be found. This beer finishes moderately bitter and also at its most roasty, drying out to the greatest extent yet. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, intensely acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This high-test black IPA from O'Dell's is tolerable but not really noteworthy.Hops are one-note pine delivered at the starting gun, while rampant acidity represents the single greatest detriment. In a field of hoppy offerings from this brewery, it would be difficult to return to this one any time soon--the IPA and (especially) Myrcenary are both so much better.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a massive rocky tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, chocolate, and musty hop.

Taste is a little lighter than expected. Roasted dark grain up front. Chocolate and dark fruit make an appearance. Finishes with a slight bitterness and lingering chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. A thicker feel would be appreciated.

Overall a little too much on the sweet side for a black IPA. Plenty of chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of bashiba
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep black with ruby highlights and a thick and creamy head.

The smell is surprisingly sweet and malty with just a light bit tropical hops and a bit of lightly smokey roasted barley.

The flavor is more malt dominated than I would expect for this style. Sweet malts and light roasty malts dominate with just a light herbal hop prescence. Some nice chocolate flavors come through as well.

The mouthfeel is light and resiny.

Strange Black IPA, drinks more like a slightly hoppy big porter.

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Photo of jimbus
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark coloration which glows a deep brown on the edges when held to light...light toffee one finger head - smell is lightly roasty and nutty, but you have to work your sniffer pretty hard to discern anything - flavors of sweetness, bitterness, hops, and roasted malt are well balanced - mouthfeel is a bit light and lacks some of that enamel ripping hoppiness that I like, but not too light - overall, a solid brew...this is a tought style to nail, but when done right, can be a beautiful thing. an excellent offering from Odell!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up today at the COOP .... Poured into my new CBS snifter.. 1" dark tan head atop deep dark brown brew... verging on black... nice sheets of lacing.

Nose is very nice... big citrus and a little pine.. some lite chocolate and a touch of sweetness.

Good bitterness up front.. resinous hops and a little sweet dark malt... the malts are more roasty black than chocolaty.. a little sweetness with warmth that helps bloom the flavors....

Body is a solid medium with good carbonation.

Glad we got this one in and am even happier I was able to try it fresh.


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Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolatey brown in color with a thin tan head that looks creamy and clings to the glass nicely.

Big juicy citrus hop scent on the nose along with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness.

Whoa, big flavor here. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus from the hops up front. Not to be outdone, the malt adds sweetness and plenty of chocolate. A nice little flow of fruits to blend with chocolatey goodness. A touch of bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Not sticky at all. The carbonation is creamy and soft. Great feel.

This could very well be my favorite beer for the style. Tons of flavor from hops to malt. A nice balance of both in fact. Great beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle with a BB 021612

A-pours a dark brown color with a tan head and nice lacing.garnet highlights
S-was musty roasted malts with orange citrus hops a touch of chocolate and coffee
T- followed the nose musty roasted cocoa and malts with citrus hops
M- warm and bitter with hops and malts chewy and thick
O-tasty double very fresh loads of hops and malts

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a four-pack that cost $10.49. Black color, mocha head, looks good. Smell is hoppy citrus but I was disappointed after hearing this compared to Pliny (lies). Flavor is decently hoppy but again not on the level of Stone 15th. The roast flavor really conflicted with the citrus, like oranges dunked in bitter coffee. I would have preferred chocolate covered oranges but oh we'll. Still, this is a decent beer and a much better value than when it was in 750's.

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Photo of bfields4
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body. Almost black with a very brown hue. Thin lacy mocha head.

Nice mix of hop and malt to the aroma. Good resiny floral hop. Malty cocoa sweetness comes through in waves.

Sweet dark chocolate malt hits the same time as a bit of pine. Followed by a tinge of grapefruit and a hit of resiny hop. There's a bit of burnt roasty malt flavor and a little molasses before a nice finishing bitterness sets in.

Chewy smooth body. Nice carbonaton with the alcohol very well hidden behind very solid flavors. No complaints with this one for me. Odell keeps em' coming.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 840 ratings.
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