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 drop6301
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Review. Just saying.

Poured from a bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter glass.
Note: Reviewer suspects some aging. See Aroma.

Appearance: I like the look. A nice abysmal black color with a nice creamy-tan, two finger head holding on for some time. Lacing was great.

Aroma: The hop character was hidden in the roast- chocolate-alcohol aroma. (I suspect that the beer was not exactly fresh because there was a subdued hop character with another funky smell.) I also picked up a some smoky character. After all of that there was a little Piney-citrus.

Taste: Like the aroma, the malt character stood out. There was the roasti-chocolate. The alcohol flavor was there. The bitterness seemed to come from both hops and malt, which I thought made it meld well. I Picked up a resinous-piney taste. Citrus notes. A dry end with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: I liked the beer. I'm unfamiliar with the style, but it seems a little more hop American hops character would have made it great.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - This is a pretty good looking beer, definitely lives up to their double IPA. Dark brown-black colored beer with a nice off white-tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass.
S - 4.0 - Some citrusy/piney hops with roasted malts/coffee in the background. What a black IPA should smell like.
T - 4.5 - Definitely a lot of the same citrusy orange zest, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors seen in Myrcenary but with a dark roasted malt background.
M - 4.5 - medium mouth feel. Definitely half way in between a stout and an IPA. Alc is there but appropriate for the style. Aftertaste is bitter citrusy hops.
O - 4.5 - Nice. I liked this the first time I had it, and I like it again now. Great beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of SalukiAlum (I think) pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy cap of tan head. Awesome retention and even better lacing. Its nice when a beer label is actually informative, looks like this is an uber fresh example since last Saturday was DST fallback.

Nose is fruity hops with a chalky, roasted maltiness that combines to give it a plum-like aroma. Smells pretty good, not acrid or overly bitter.

The hops definitly dig deep right from the start all the way to a pithy finish, there is a ton of hops in here. The malts are thankfully not as roasty as some of these Black IPAs can get. Hops are lush, fruity and bright, also fairly unique in this style. Excellent beverage, Odell can make some damn fine hoppy beers.

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Photo of Auraan
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep coffee black with a one finger off-white head. Quite stout like in appearance, but very nice. Scents of peat moss, pine, roast malt and black coffee. True to style, the earthy qualities and hops shine through, backed by a nice roast and black malt scent. Very well done. Taste is roast malt, a bit of alcohol mingling in the background and finish, an ample level of piney hops, citrus pith and grapefruit, some very faint hints of coffee and sweetness and a nice earthiness in the background. It's a very good set of flavors, hoppy yet roasty, bitter with an earthy hint. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and some alcohol burn with an oily-slick finish. Very good, quite nice to drink. Overall this is a good black IPA. It's got the hops, it's got the earthiness and it's got the roastiness to compete with others in it's class.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is espresso bean black with only the faintest of a brown hue coming through the edges in the light. The head is a frothy mocha color that slowly recedes to a bubbly film. Sheets of webby lacing like a net cover the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy and piny up front, then covered in a sweet oily black licorice with faint roasted malts in the background.

Taste: Very hoppy and piny at first. A nice spiciness follows from the alcohol, with more chocolate in the palate than in the nose. Also an underlying fruit sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and quite sharp from the alcohol.

Overall: Delicious as a sipper. Quite strong though.

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Photo of mcflypie
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A seasonal favorite here in Colorado and elsewhere:

A: Dark, sexy, and nice off-white thick lacing bubbles.

S: Roasted malts, sweet, and hoppiness,

T: Roasted, slight smokey/malty and hoppy.

M: Bitter and robust; hoppy, dark, and malty.

O: Great beer. Classic Colorado brew! A legend!!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pure black color that doesn't let any light through. Medium to larger head, about 2.5 fingers, that both retains and laces tremendously well.

S- Piney and resinous right off the bat, this one is moderately to very bitter. Hops is basically the only scent on this one, with none of the dark malts making it through the sticky hops bitterness.

T- Starts just like in the scent, with a bold, piney hops bitterness. That flavor profile sticks around through most of the drink, until the end, when the dark malt flavors kick in. The dark malts start off slightly bitter and burnt, similar to a dry stout. Some chocolate flavors kick in right before the hops make a slight return to end it with a little bit of a bite.

M- Thicker and smooth and the dark malts give the whole beer a good amount of creamy feel. Carbonation is closer to the level of a regular IPA, but the mix of darker flavors really adds to the smooth feel.

Overall, this is among the better IPA's I've had, and probably the best black IPA. A very good beer.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 10th. 12 oz.

A: Opaque body with a nice dark coffee color. Creamy tan head with nice retention.

S: Nice citrus hop presence balanced with caramel, chocolate malt.

T: For lack of a better description, this could be a Myrcenary/Cutthroat Porter hybrid, with more focus on Myrcenary. Similar hop profile as Myrcenary and balanced perfectly for the style. Tons of hop flavor without much bitterness.

M: Creamy, not too thick. Good carbonation. Almost perfect.

O: Another awesome beer from the best brewery in Colorado.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from FremontBar. THANKS! I miss me some Odell.

Ap. - Deepest brilliant brown. Fluffy khaki head. Excellent lacing.

Ar. - Light citrus hops, a touch of pine and roast.

T. - The roast is nearly unnoticeable with all the citrus hops. Tangerine, grapefruit, hint of charred pineapple. Toasty bread, clean malt and hint of smoke. Complex!

M. - Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Touch of alcohol burn.

O. - One of my favorite Odell seasonals. A standout even with their stellar line up.

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Photo of JeffH
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a Best By date of 1/8/13. Pours an incredibly dark black with a light tan head with great lacing. The aroma the brown sugar and coffee, clearly the age on this beer has dulled the hop character of the DIPA, but what remains is an intriguing beer. The flavor mirrors the aroma, lots of dark roast coffee and big malty sweetness. The end still has a good hop bitterness but very little other hop characteristics, and the finish is slightly sweet with an alcohol warming. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer's aging ability.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - impenetrable black, two fingers of tan head retained extremely well, bits of lacing here and there
S - big pine resin and leafy hop aromas, some toffee and roasty/smoky notes also
T - pine resin and earthy hops up front, followed by roasty and light molasses malts, leafy and earthiness rounds out the with a faint touch of alcohol
M - relatively light bodied, smooth though the middle with hop bitterness picking up through a medium dry finish, no trace of the 9.5% ABV makes it dangerously drinkable
O - fairly unassuming at first but the flavours build along with the drinkability making for an outstanding example of a style that I hope grows in popularity

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Photo of argock
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear rounded glass mug. Did not record the freshness date although I remember that it was in May 2013. Purchased by my brother Greg from a Minneapolis-area bottle shop. Tasted in early April 2013 and reviewed from notes.

A: Very dark brown to black with 1-finger of dark beige head with average retention but sticky lacing.

S: Big roasty notes with bright citrus hops, more on the lemon and grapefruit side than orange, with some herbal and earthy notes as well. Dark maltiness with a dark rye breadiness is there too.

T: A very well-composed beer with a great balance of roast, dark maltiness with some raisin and date fruitiness, and bright citrus hopping with lemon, lime, and grapefruit being most prominent. There is no acrid or astringent character, it is incredibly smooth and easy to drink as the flavors are well melded. It reminds me a little bit of the Stone Anniversary CDA from a year or so ago.

M: Very drinkable with a medium body and relatively low carbonation to yield a creamy overall experience.

O: A really impressive high-ABV CDA that is smooth, flavorful, and balanced with hops and maltiness both making bold statements. A really impressive beer that I think should be a standard-bearer for, dare I say it, imperial American Black Ale or CDA.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with moderate tan head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Moderate aroma of citrus and floral hops with a hint of roast. Flavor is a nice balance--bitter chocolate and toasted grains are there, but just enough to contrast with the nice hop profile. Not as much black patent bitterness as many black IPAs and a nice mix of citrus and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and a clean finish. Very nice.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip. Bottle dated 3/13/13.

A. Dark carmel, nearly black. Two fingers of light tan head. Dissipates quickly.

S. Roasted malts. Hint of melon and pine.

T. Sweet malts, toffee give way to bitter hops. Slight bitter aftertaste. Hides alcohol well.

M. Chewy. Smooth finish.

O. Mountain Standard is an outstanding balanced IPA. Smooth and tasty - almost too much so for the 9.5 ABV. Will be back for more.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We really like this beer. Pour is a very, very dark and clear amber...not 'black' but that's a quibble. Thick head and stout-like lacing. Good aroma of hops and malt and licorice. Taste is very clean and not a hint of ABV. Dark chocolate, expresso and rye toast notes with a solid backbone of hops. Sip and slowly and let it warm to bring up another layer of roasted grains and a bit of sweetness on the backside. Highly recommended for a winter beer. This one has some staying power.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown in a red-orange hue. Nice 2 finger frothy head. The aroma gives off the smokyness hinting at the hoppiness to come. The smoky flavor is a little overpowering which is expected from a black ipa. Wish it was a little more subtle. Taste also hangs out a bit in the back of your pallet. A good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of XxNitExX
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours nearly jet black with a little red highlights. Has a tan head that shows all kinds of lacing but doesn't stick around for very long.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, with a floral hop aroma also. Smells delicious, no strong alcohol presence.

T- All kinds of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, coffee, chocolate, but has a decent amount of hop bitterness to help even it out. Awesome beer.

M- Goes down very very very smooth. Not a black ipa because of the lack of hops but a great overall beer

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Photo of Demosthenes503
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via a beer trade. Poured from bottle into over sized tulip glass

A: Thick foamy head with good retention. Very dark black, almost entirely opaque

S: Sweet roasted malt notes with some floral hoppiness on the nose. Smells like it's going to be quite smooth

T: Sweet malts are up front in this beer, closely followed piney bitterness from the hops. The bitterness lingers and the malts give way to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor.

M: Medium to thick bodied and yet with enough carbonation to give it a "bite" and remain refreshing.

Overall, this is almost exactly what I expect a Black IPA to be. Sweet and thick like a porter with a very well balanced hoppy bitterness

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Kaos

A - Pours incredibly dark, thick creamy head, great lacing. Not completely opaque, but close to it

S - Smells like an IPA, hints of mocha and mint

T - Tastes tremendous, subtle tones of hops, coffee, pine, citrus

M - great carbonation, drinkability, a real pleasure to drink

O - Grab a 4 pack at any cost

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle to a Smutty pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark amber/black with one finger creamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell- Piney hops. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee bitterness. Grass.

Taste- Bitter chocolate. Coffee. Earthy hops. Roasty malts. Nice bitter finish. Slight booze at the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel- Ridiculously smooth. Creamy with some mild carbonation. Like drinking a porter.

Overall- This is what a black IPA should be like. Beautiful cross between a porter and an IPA.

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola-brown with a fluffy dark khaki head that settles to a thick cap. Nice and resinous, with the standard grapefruit, espresso, and dark chocolate aromas of a "Black IPA". Taste is similar, perhaps a bit closer to a hoppy stout then a"Black IPA". Chocolate, dark malt, espresso, grapefruit rind, and resinous hops. Nice. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty decent beer, surprised to see the ABV on this, as it's surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 1/23/2013
Glass: Tulip

Odell's Mountain Standard is a solid, hopped black ale, with a bit of restraint in terms of bitterness or obviousness of roasted malt. While good, I would have liked to see bolder roasted malt and chocolate flavors alongside a slightly more aggressive hopping.

Pours a 2cm tall head of dense, thick foam, comprised of small bubbles, beige to light tan in color. The head's retention is excellent, lasting at least two-and-a-half minutes by my watch as I wait for it to decline before taking a sip. The lacing left by the retreating head is also superior, creating a multifaceted patchwork of streaks and lines, leaving something resembling a spiderweb or many criss-crossed trunks of trees along the entire perimeter of the glass.

Aroma of mild roasted malt with equally mild grapefruit and pine resin-like hop aromas. Intensity increases the more this warms, but still a bit disappointing in its lack of boldness, I would have liked to smell more roast, chocolate, and pine resin flavors, along with anything unique that Odell wanted to add.

The beer features a fairly balanced blend of moderate roasted malt flavor with equally moderate citrus and pine resin-flavored hops for an enjoyable, unextreme mix. Front of palate picks up moderately strong roasted malt flavors with more subtle grapefruit and pine. Mid-palate is of mild roasted malt, some grapefruit bitterness and pine resin, which are accentuated by faint ethanol. The malts are the showcase here, rich, smooth, and roasty. Back of palate features pine resin-like hops with a modest bitterness and a bit of obvious ethanol. Aftertaste of roasted barley with citrus and grapefruit hops, very mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium-low intensity, creating a very smooth mouthfeel that foams up only slightly upon the palate. The result is a very pleasant, sippable beer that features a dry close with mild stickiness lingering along the palate. Despite being able to taste the ethanol slightly, I feel little to none in the nostrils or across the palate, but a slight burn on the back of the throat that's almost negligible. The heavy smoothness of this beer is excellent.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting features:

A touch of grey in the head - a color I've never seen.

Very, very well-balanced, especially considering the ABV and age. Enough hops to leave some spice alongside a pleasant, not at all overl-sweet malt backbone. I was expecting a thin barleywine feel to this beer, but the spiciness gives it a character of its own.

Mouthfeel is a lot less viscous than I expected, but this beer did drink in some surprising ways. Either way, enjoyably thin for the style, color, and content.

Overall, better then expected, but it different and more typical ways than I had imagined.

Get some. And a fucking awesome bottle, by the way.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.15.12
Best by 2/13/13A

A - Pours a light cola brown with a 3/4 inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Hoppy pine and grass, roasted malts.

T - Roasted chocolate with a nice hop finish - unique.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Chocolate and hops, but very unique balance and flavor, I like it.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep opaque black with a sort of chocolaty brown color. 3 fingers worth of off-white foam which quickly dissipates leaving just a touch of lacing.

S - Nose is subtle but pleasant. Lots of grapefruit rind, orange pulp and pine needles. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate become more noticeable as it warms.

T - Lots of smooth chocolate flavors like a rich syrup. Pine needles lend an earthy touch to the slightly roasty character. Lots of sharp citrus rind bitterness with just a hint of juicy tropical fruit in the center. finish is a lingering bittersweet chocolate and citrus blend.

M - Full bodied with a silky, creamy texture. High carbonation helps keeps up the drinkability.

O - Very enjoyable black ale. Really like that the malty chocolate flavors shine through.

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Mountain Standard Double Black IPA from Odell Brewing Company
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