Odell Mountain Standard
Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA
November 9th, 2010
Mountain Standard Double Black IPA...the name is quiet the mouthfull, but then again, so is the drink of this massive Double Black IPA from Odell brewing.
Continuing in their Single Barrel Series, the 2nd release of Mountain Standard is a popular craft catagory, Black IPA's. Most of the Black IPA's that I've had seem to not have enough malt and way too much hop, but shouldn't a beer be balanced? That was my mindset going into the tasting but once I nosed the brew, I knew something was different. The pour is dark brown, lingering on "Black" from which the brew is named, the nose has your typical hop citrus and caramel tones expected of a Double IPA but the best part of the nose was a nice, resin tone that is subtle, but has enough of a presence to be pleasant. The drink is full with roasted malt tones marrying well with the bold hop presence and the finish is quick, crisp, and full of chocolate and some citrus notes. On top of all the pleasant surprises that make this brew different in the Black IPA catagory was the lack of booze. After drinking you would not guess that this beer is 9.5%, it is not "hot" and "boozy" as per some Double IPA's, yet the malt build on the mid palate seems to coat the alcohol and allow more hop flavor to come through.
Seeing as it is a limited release in Odell's Single Barrel Series, I highly recommend snagging a few of these, it will be interesting to see how this beer develops over time, but as for now, it's drinking beautifully.
Posted by Mark Fetter on November 9th, 2010 | Permalink