Mountain Standard Double Black IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPAMountain Standard Double Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 11-04-2009

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243
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832
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
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Photo of quaybr
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick head with heavy lacing. As black as you might assume from the name.

Smells of fresh grassy and citrusy hops with roasted malts holding them all together.

Flavor is foreshadowed by aroma. Dark malts try to provide a sturdy structure for the flavoring and bittering hops that punch through the entire time. Some brown sugar sweetness begins showing itself as the brew warms up. For a 9.5 ABV, the alcohol is well disguised by the hop-forward tongue.

The feel of the beer is a bit peculiar, but it works pretty damn well. It has a creamy body but doesn't seem nearly as thick as I would have guessed. Still, the creamy body covers the bitter hops to near perfect, only improving as it warms up.

I like this beer alot. I wouldn't want more than one a night, but it's tasty. I was completely shocked to see this was 9.5 % alcohol. This style of beer still kind of eludes me, but it's growing on me - many thanks to this brew.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A: Pours very black. Black black if you will. Maintains a creamy white head that lingers nicely.

S: Roast dominates my nose followed closely by hop fruitiness and bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus are the main fruits here and it smells heavenly

T: Great taste! Some awesome chocolate flavors followed closely by some fruit and a slightly bitter cleansing finish. I have had quite a few CDA/Black IPAs and this is definitely one of the very best

M: Creamy and smooth the feel resembles a decent stout. Love everything about this beer

O: Great great beer by some really great brewers up at Odell. I had this one on tap a couple weeks ago and I gotta say it's almost as good from a bottle. Love that these came in 4 packs his year, gonna buy a lot of it.

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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 antlerwrestler19
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany (as stated) with some ruby highlights when the light shows through - a massive light tan, chunky, and soap-like head bellows up and sticks around. Only when I take sips does the head even begin to give way leaving thick remnants of bubbly lace behind. The tangy smell of grapefruit, lemon citrus and sweet hops shines through all backed by a nice roasty malt balance that brings about burnt sugar and subtle chocolate. The taste follows the nose pretty well and is slightly reminiscent of Bigfoot in a way - massive hops coat the tongue while cloaking the chocolate afterbite that comes flowing through next - tasty brew - but there's a catch. The mouthfeel, for me, was overwhelming. There is a lot of carbonation to the point where my mouth is almost filling with fizzy bubbles/frothiness with each sip and it's hard to put down such a thick bodied beer while trying to drink down air at the same time. The mouthfeel did not take away from my enjoyment of this beer as I just sipped it slowly and took in the nice complex taste. Good beer, but tough to put down by myself in one sitting for sure!!

Cheers

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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!

8.7/10

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

Pours a dark brown and fills to the top with a small fluffy, dusty, tanned, brownish foam rising to cap it. Looks almost black in most light but put it up to a stronger light source and you'll find its actually a very dark mahogany. Nice. Lots of lacing cakes the glass in broken sheets and stringy globs very well and it keeps a good ring of foam around the edge top.

Lofty, warming, sweet, roastified, hoppy aroma of black tea twisted with lots of lemon, some orange, papaya, and grapefruit also tend to add to the nose upon bigger wiffs. The hoppyness seems very green and fresh punching with citrus while the roasted malts add a unique mix of tea aromas and airy earthyness.

Taste is partially roasty sweet, yet enticingly tangy and rich. Full on citrus roundedness with mostly orange tones taking over on the tongue while it gets spritzed with some lemon along the way. Maybe some mango too. Some of the earthy tea-like features from the nose are lightly floating around in the background and pick up pace as it flows into the finish where, there, it lingers strongly and boldly with a wonderful blend of the citrusy tangy stuff and its roasted malty play. Warmth ensues in the gullet once it settles in about half way through the 750. Making for a nice lengthy session of drinkin'.

Hearty, wholesome, tangy, semi-rich, fairly full in body with an overall smoothness of citrusy rounded tang and lofty touch to hoppy dryness, and a solid lip smacking orangeyness showing late across the finish.

This is one solid Black IPA and very Odell! Yum!

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Photo of movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a small snifter.

The pour here is quite beautiful. A strong tan head sits on top of a fine looking black ale. Not quite as black as midnight, but black. And the head of super foamy and very enticing.

Upon first whiff, this beer gives off some heavy fruited and floral notes--quite hoppy. This initial smell is then offset by some of the elements from the dark malts, such as some bitter chocolate, cereal grains, and vanilla.

The flavor is along par with what the aroma leads one to believe. It is bittersweet at first, with the hops colliding with the dark chocolate malts. Flavors of chocolate, honey, cinnamon, dark fruit, and caramel come to mind. Some other elements hidden away in the background are burnt brown sugar and black cherry.

Overall, I think this is a good beer. The black ipa style is interesting to begin with...it just doesn't seem to make sense. But, it is being made, and provides a strange balance in terms of what an IPA can or should be.

The Mountain Standard from Odell's was a nice treat...brought back from Colorado by a good friend. The beer is good...has a complex, creamy flavor, and, for the style, does a great job.

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Photo of jdense
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared at inaugural meeting of Eastern Oregon chapter of DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) in fabulous Baker City, OR 5/26/11.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque, one finger tan head, no visible carbonation due to hue, minimal lacing. There's not much going on in the nose, waited for the brew to warm up when it took on a mild roast and grassy note character, some vanilla notes from the barrel aging. Pretty smooth, some mild bitterness once it warmed, floral and grassy hops, I picked up some caramel, fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel a bit on the thin side, good effervescence,alcohol is still pretty prominent, sticky. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed, I'd been setting on this for a couple of months which may have led to the hops fading a bit. But we ended up doing a side by side with Turmoil, and this beer ended up far short of that world class CDA. Worth a try, but at this price point I won't be buying another.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

420th review on BA
bottle to mug
750 ML C/C

App- Cola caramel brown with a huge three finger head. Very puffy and crackely. Not a lot of stick but decent.

Smell- Huge hoppy notes with a malt background. This was not what I expected to find. The hops lean towards a deep citrus rind.

Taste- As with the nose this was very different from what I thought it would be. I was thinking it was a very traditional brown with a little hop kick to balance the malt forwardness of the style. This was much more hoppy and took a detour from the style. It was good but didnt knock my socks off.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A little yeasty like bubble and softness.

Drink- A very good brown ale albeit a little off from center of the style. Hoppy, soft, bubbly. If I didnt have to trade for it, I would get it again.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark but not quite completely black. A large tan head forms and has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Very hoppy nose of Cascades. I find the citrus hops and roasted malt makes an odd combination. Some alcohol is also detected.

Hops are the main player in the flavor. Fruity, piney, and some earthy, herbal qualities. Not as sweet as say, Back in Black, but more of a roasted malt element. Bitterness does not seem to be that high. Alcohol adds a little heat in the finish.

Just a tick into medium body. Feels lighter than a lot of DIPAs. Very nice carbonation. Love the soft texture of this.

The alcohol loweres the drinkability. MST is exactly what it claims to be, a hoppy, dark beer with a high ABV.

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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 thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed during Hobo Tasting #4 with mikesgroove (as always) at RJ Rockers Brewery during a Thursday Taste & Tour session. Massive thanks goes out to jmkratt for sending me this bottle! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and slight roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Probably the standout of Hobo Tasting #4 in my opinion (not sure about what Mike thinks). Had a great balanced flavor going on here as well as a great aroma to back it up. We even let the owner/brewmaster of RJ Rockers sample a little bit of this one and he agreed that it was a damn fine beer. This one had all the citrus I could ask for in an IPA as well as the roastiness you would get in a nice Porter. Not much more you can ask for in my opinion. This was probably one of the best examples of a Black IPA (Black Ale, whatever...) that I have had to-date. An absolute must try for anyone, fan of the style or not.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris at our Fight Night 1 tasting.

A - Not a bad looking beer. Darker than expected foam in a very dark brown beer that is almost black. Some light still comes through when held to a light source.

S - Cascade hops, floral notes, hints of some roasted malts. Little bit sugary.

T - Not a big fan of this particular brew. It's okay, but slightly piney with the cascade and some citrus and lemon. The flavors ren't really mixing together very well here. This isn't horrid, but I'im not a big fan at all.

M - Medium bodied, something of a sugar feel, moderate carbonation.

D - Average beer, average drinkability, alcohol does come through a little bit, wouldn't drink again.

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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 coldmeat23
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Vintage: 2009 (Deep Mahogany Ale)

As the style name implies, this pours a dark shade of mahogany with some wonderful crimson highlights. It produces a thick head of light brown colored foam, over three fingers thick, from an easy pour. The retention is great and the lacing is in nice thick strands.

Big hop notes are all over this nose. Floral, lightly citrus, green and piney. There is definitely some decent maltiness down in there, but it's oh so hidden.

Spicey hop notes lead the way, with some floral notes close behind. They give way to some nice hints of butterey caramel and slight amounts of brown sugar. A good deal of nuttiness comes in. The hops then return to kiss you farewell.

This one has a medium body to it and a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is nice and smooth and has a slight touch of creaminess, which is nice.

While this has a slight hint of warmth to it, it certainly drinks a lot easier than 8.50%abv should drink. It's also filled with flavors that compliment each other very well, making it a fairly easy drinker.

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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 yemenmocha
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer! Meringue-like creamy head, beautiful lace, and deep mahogany color. Nose is a delight with some enticing chocolate, mixed fruit, and soft herbal notes. On the palate there's a well orchestrated balance of roasty and hoppy flavors, with the citrus hops carrying into the finish nicely.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Chris, drank from a perfect pint glass.... The beer pours a dark mahoany with a huge light tan head. Great retention, is a looker... Average aroma of a little roast, soapy hops, some pine hops, boring and hops are off... The taste is a little better but not much. Soap is still prominent, with citrus rhine, roast and hops. I don't like the finish or feel on this.

Not a big fan, I'd pass in the future.

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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 arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine last weekend for $12.49.

Beer poured dark brown with a huge tan head that is sustaining well.

Nose is very nice, a blast of floral hops greets you and a hint of roasted malts following behind.

Taste is extremely well balanced and flavorful, citrus and pine hops are present but roasted malts are equally present.

Mouthfeel is quite impressive, full bodied and very satisfying with each sip.

Drinkability is near perfect, the balance of flavors and the satisfaction from the fullness is amazing. ABV is very well hidden but is making its presence known with each sip. Part of ths single serve series, it is very pricey but i am glad i gave it a try!

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious beer that lives up to the name IPA.
A lot of times I find Double Black IPA's a little too sweet and with the malt and not allowing the hops bitterness to come through.
Dark browns to blacks with a big head on the pour, smells of citrus and dark fruits, with a subtle flower smell, not perfume like though.
Great carbonation, the flavors come together great not what I expected from the look and nose.
As I drink, it feels light and heavy at the same time without having that syrupy feel.
I drank the first glass pretty fresh out of the fridge, I should of let it warm a little, because the second glass was amazing.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a massive tan head of at least 3 fingers that is very slow to recede. The head is a little annoying as I can't take a sip for quite a while. Head leaves lace as it settles. Hoppy aroma of slight citrus with a little hint of booze. Medium mouthfeel. The hops have a decent profile from start to finish. I'm surprised how present the alcohol is in this. Some roast as well. Decent flavors.

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

Dark dark brown pour, slight tan head to it. Amazing fruity aroma. Beer looks so dark, but smells so tropical.

Big tropical hop flavor, pineapple and mango in a double black ipa, love it. Perfect carbonation for the appearance and the mouthfeel, something I've had an issue with from these guys before, but not here. Don't really want to call it complex because its really just a big hop mouthfeel of tropical citrus with a black appearance. I don't taste any of the chocolate, coffee or cream that others do, I think there might just be a projection of color =flavor bias.

Close your eyes and drink it, very drinkable, hides the alcohol extremely well. Got this from koufax21 for xmas, a great gift indeed.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pour is a deep dark brown, thick one and a half finger head subsides to a frothy dusting across the surface leaving behind some light lacing

S: black currant exactly like Ribena, blackberry sorbet and blueberry muffin, Welch's concord grape juice, deliciously fruity without being too flowery and sweet.

T: so interesting, I've never tasted anything like it, burnt smoky charred 100% concord or blueberry-acai juice. Perfect balance, the smoke, bitter and floral hops and sweet roasted malts are all in sync. This may sound weird (and gross to some people) but even the burps taste great--fresh hops.

M: perfect carbonation, smooth and creamy with a creaminess that lasts and lasts without going flat. The ABV is present in that it is warming, but largely invisible in terms of

D: This is why I drink beer. Though they are hands down my favorite brewery, Odell has really outdone themselves with this one. I've never tasted anything like it and yet it is unbelievably drinkable. I'm just sad that it's over.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black with a rocky, light brown head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted with a subtle, citrus hop aroma.

Tastes of the roasted malts followed by a good hop character. Malts have notes of espresso with a touch of molasses and brown sugar. Hops have characteristics of citrus with some pine as well. Definite lean towards malt, but there is little sweetness, which I find very appealing. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but does give some warm splashes over the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

The drinkability could be higher, but I paid $13.65, which is just a lot higher than comparable beers.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.
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