Sunday, February 12, 2012

Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA

Type: Double Black IPA
Origin: Fort Collins, CO
Price: $3.99/12 oz
ABV: 9.5%
NSP: 8.45

I've been looking for this one for a while, as I like the flavor profile of black IPAs, and I've liked Odell since I had my first 90 Shilling way back in the day. Now, I'm not sure what makes this a double black IPA...maybe it just means that it's steeper and has more moguls than a regular black IPA.

This one poured with minimal head, pretty much as you see in the photo. The nose is really interesting, with a floral punch and some deep roasty malt. There's also initially an odd (but not off-putting) soapy scented candle thing, but that fades away fairly quickly. It kind of tastes like weak coffee, but in a good way, with a bit of smoke. It has a surprisingly light body, making it very drinkable. Even though it's an IPA, the hops are just an accent, much stronger on the nose than the flavor.

This is basically a muted version of an imperial porter, kind of like a diluted Victory At Sea. It has a lot of the same flavors (though the coffee is understandably less potent), just reduced across the board, and it's also somehow refreshing (not an adjective I'd use for Victory At Sea). The alcohol is also completely concealed. So this beer ends up as kind of a pleasing puzzle- I'm not sure how they managed to make a 9.5% black IPA refreshing, but they did, and I like it.

My original notes complained about paying $3.99 for a 12-oz. But then I thought that ~$8.50 for a 750 of this would be pretty damn reasonable, particularly at 9.5%. Goes to show what good packaging can accomplish.

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