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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1003
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We introduced 90 Shilling, our flagship beer, at our opening party in 1989. For a while, we'd been wondering what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale? The result is an irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2001)
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Hoopdreama

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the tap at my local Whole Foods market

A- deep copper tone. Light off white head.

S-malty and earth hops

T-nice malt sweetness and hops. Instanly loved this a rotation beer by the poor or beach

M- Crisp, Smooth feel

O- a simple great ale. Could be a regular go to for the summer time

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 22:55:40 | More by Hoopdreama
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy brownish brick-amber with a moderate sized cap. The off-white head lingers for quite a while and leaves nice patches of lacing.

The nose is nutty and toasty with some caramel and room for earthiness from the hops. caramel, and earthy hops. It's raw-sugar-grainy with a hint of milk chocolate and just a touch of cinnamon. There's a touch of fig there, too, and then a mild fresh breeze of woodsy hops that come through in the balance of flavors.

Upfront bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toffee, walnuts and a touch of oak. In the middle there's a caramelized chocolate brûlée smoothness--it feels like it's going to go too creamy thin, but then late in the gulp, the dark fruits usher in boggy hops with just a touch of resin that lengthens the experience. The taste is its leading characteristic, and that's the way beer should be!

In the mouth, it's medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Light and creamy early, but then some hop oils seep in and it ends nicely dry. If there could have been more bulk earlier in each sip, too, I'd have rejoiced, but it feels pretty good.

This is a nicely balanced and complex take on the style. There's more going on than you'll find most of the time with respect to flavors and phases of sipping experience. I look forward to finding the brew again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 20:19:11 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best before date of 3/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, nutty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit, caramel, and earthy hops. Sweet and bready malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, yeast, chocolate, and subtle peat. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of fig and dates. Background hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid Scotch ale aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a toasty, sweet, and nutty malt driven taste with good notes of biscuit, caramel, and backing earthy hops. Upfront bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, toast, nuts, yeast, chocolate, and a little bit of peat and oak. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit undertones of dates and fig. Some earthy hops round out the finish. A pretty solid Scotch taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Scotch ale. Good toasty caramel malt taste with a solid subtle fruit and malt background.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 08:27:19 | More by MattyG85
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mverity

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a very thin collar and wisps of head at the surface. Aroma is muted malt and a bit bready. Taste is light caramel, very lightly bitter, and some toasty malt. Light to medium body and medium carbonation lend to a decent mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:41:42 | More by mverity
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StJamesGate

New York

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich chestnut with loose beige foam that fades fast but trails.
Red currant, some Crystal sweetness, and some tannins on the nose - all muted but grow as it opens.
Big toffee sauce sweetness, some toasted hazelnuts, dried apricots and mildly woody end.
Chocolate malt powder and golden raisin end and spicy clean linger.
Light more than medium, some cling, round.

States outright that it wanted to lighten the traditional style, and so it has. The body has decent chew and the flavors are sketched out right, but nothing is very deep, the big fruit and whiskey notes are missing and it's all a bit fizzy and punchless. Another one of those flagship beers from an established brewery that must've tasted amazing at the time and been a gateway for many, but it's now hard to see what the fuss is about.

Pleasant, easy, and dull as dishwater - what Americans mean when they complain about British beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 21:42:13 | More by StJamesGate
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delta490

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep clear copper with an off white head. Great retention and lacing.

S-caramel malt and earthy hops

T-nice malt sweetness and hops balance. Again the earthy hops prevail

M- a slight crispness on the finish. But very smooth overall

O- a great malty Scottish ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:04:41 | More by delta490
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2/11/14
A - deep amber body, creamy ivory head slowly fades to a foam, leaving excellent lacing down the glass
S - malty, earthy aroma, caramel, faint peat and tea
T - malty, bready, caramel, burnt sugar, earth, peat, tea
M - medium body, creamy, finishes with some hop spiciness
O - good example of the style, very well crafted

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 17:47:45 | More by barnzy78
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soju6

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber color with a fairly small head. with plenty of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, a bit of fruit and citrus in the background. Taste of roasted malt, caramel with a light touch of fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth clean and refreshing. Nice rich flavor and well balanced. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:59:33 | More by soju6
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles very slowly, leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Very thick, pervasive lacing.

S: Caramel malt, oak, and a little peat.

T: Caramel accentuated with milk chocolate, peat and wood chips. Multigrain bread.

M: Hearty, and earthy. A slight sweetness in the front, and a pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Thick foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is sweet with wood and beat and an overall earthy character. Caramel and milk chocolate, peat, and wood. Grainy and earthy. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:04:35 | More by bmwats
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12. oz longneck into a 33 cl tulip.

Look- Clear amber-brown with three fingers of off-white head that falls extremely quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell- Mild, toffee, light stone fruit, toasted potato bread. Nothing flashy, but nice.

Taste- Maple-laced biscuit dominates, with just a hint of clean, lightly resinous bittering to balance it out. Overall impression is lightly sweet, but finishes clean.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium carbonation, soft feel. Feels substantial, but not sticky or particularly heavy. Even so, I'm good with the 12 oz.

Overall- A solid, no-nonsense, well-rounded brew. Certainly above average, and something I'd revisit, but not going to make my short list.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 06:16:43 | More by Lawl3ss
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse in suburban Denver for the Beer Diaries Colorado premiere.

This beer appears a clear medium copper amber hue, with one finger of lazily puffy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent iceberg profile lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of moderately biscuity caramel malt, a touch of toffee, hints of treacle, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more big biscuity caramel malt, a bit of drupe fruitiness, some mild hard water minerality, a hint of wispy smoke, and earthy, kind of weedy hops.

The carbonation is mild, but a tad aggressive in its frothiness by the same token, the body a steady medium weight, and mostly smooth, a wee creaminess needling its way in. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt going full-biscuit, the fruitiness helicoptering, and the hops trailing off.

A tasty, toned-down Scottish (or do they mean Scotch?) Ale, just as proclaimed by the brewery. Easy to drink, which leaves me little time to ponder why they just didn't refer to this as what it really is, in the first place. Maybe staring at the logo on Brent the brewmaster's shirt for half an hour informed me a little too much.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 03:43:28 | More by biboergosum
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BeerWizard

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet, caramel brown, clarified ale, with under an inch of off white head. Nose is pleasing, candy apple, citrus, toast and malt. Flavor is where it falls slightly short for me, crisp apple, malty and medium-hopped, but somehow seems to be some empty spaces in there somewhere. Mouthfeel is lighter than it looks like it's going to be, but nice carbonation and a tight finish. I think Odell achieved what they were going for with their lighter take on a Scotch ale, and definitely a good offering for their flagship beer. I remember drinking this in Fort Collins 15 years ago and liking it, and still like it now.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:17:56 | More by BeerWizard
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The 90 Schilling from Odell is quite nice. The beer pours a brownish clear amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent a nice malt....that isnt sweet or over powering. The taste is very good....a nice scotch type ale with that earthy malt. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected in body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and would definitely try this one again!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 00:49:01 | More by WoodBrew
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

90 Shilling Ale pours a dark clear and cooper color with a nice lacing head. There is a weak aroma with a sharp malty note present. The taste has a nice sharp and peaty malty taste. Flavors are overall rather weak. Overall nothing to special, it is a very average.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 22:55:31 | More by vette2006c5r
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium, rusty amber color with a medium 1.5 to 2 finger head. Head is light tan, frothy, and retains very well. Lacing is good. Body is just slightly hazy, but dark enough to only let a little light through.

S- Fairly one dimensional, but delicious all the same. Primarily caramel malts that are fairly dark in scent and present a slight brown sugary sweetness. Very faint hint of peat malts common in scotch ales.

T- Reminiscent of a light scotch ale. Starts with a little bit of sweetness, mostly brown sugar like in the scent. Lots of caramel malts mix in with the slight sweetness. Towards the end, the caramel malts and a low to moderate hops bitterness balance each other out nicely. Clean, somewhat biting finish from the hops.

M- High in carbonation and medium to heavier in flavor, this is on the more drinkable side of a scotch ale. Alcohol won't keep you from consuming this beer, but the carbonation and thicker flavor profile might.

Overall, this is a good to very good beer, and it's apparent why this is Odell's flagship. Rather smooth drinking and fairly refreshing for the darker side of beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:25:33 | More by boilermakerbrew
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking bottle. Love the look of the label, and info.
Deep copper in colour. Head quickly dissipated to thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Couldn't get much aroma, maybe a little biscuit.
What stood out for me was the smooth mouthfeel.
Complete newbie to reviewing finding it hard to pick out individual flavours, could only really get caramel in this.
Finished quite dry with a burnt sugary taste.
Overall seemed one dimensional, but still liked it a lot, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 21:25:16 | More by WGO
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woemad

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrims in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for $1.69. According to the label, this is best by September 19th of this year.

Poured a chill-hazed amber color, with a big, fluffy off-white head that left lots of lace.

Malty in the nose. Initially, I couldn’t make out much of a hop presence at all.
Eventually, as things warmed up, I could smell a mild, floral hop scent.

Mostly malty tasting as well. There’s a little bit of hop bitterness that provides a little contrast, but not much else.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A decent, malty beer, probably a good choice for someone that does not like hops. Being a bit of a hophead, I found it a little boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:33:17 | More by woemad
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with one finger off white head. Head dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, citrus, brown sugar.

Taste: I first get a taste of citrusy hops which is very surprising. Maybe I am tasting something else that is giving the beer a citrusy flavor. Finishes sweet and malty. A citrusy hop profile is definitely coming through in this beer. Don't think I've tasted that before in a 90 schilling but I like it. Reminds me of dogfish indian brown ale a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Great feel.

Sweet fruity flavors as well as a nice sweet malty finish make this beer much more enjoyable than I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised with this one. Fantastic balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:52:00 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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RaulMondesi

California

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Raul just landed his ass in the cornfields of Omaha and he is just doing it! Life isn't bad my children, life isn't bad at all. And as Raul sips on this beer by default, he ain't strugglin. He's kind of happy.

Smooth and caramel-esque like Raul's senior year prom date. I mean, she was a nice girl, and every now and then I still thinks of you girl, but I probably won't ever be back. It's one of those good thangs, but not one of those "good" thangs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 04:20:32 | More by RaulMondesi
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice scottish style ale. Very refreshing.

Nice reddish brown color. Good mouthfeel.

Balanced nose of hops and malts. A nice hop dry finish.

Smooth and pleasing. An ale that would go well with most foods.

Hints of chocolate malt in the background. A well rounded ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:11:02 | More by jaz58
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - dark amber/brown, carbonation bubbles build a beige/off white head. Lacing is very good with this beer!
Smell - caramel, biscuit, spice; soothing.
Taste - follows the nose with the caramel, some biscuit. Roasted malt is strong in this one.
Feel - some hops trying to break through after the first few sips. Carbonation is noticeable. Feels too light, kind of a turn off.
Overall - this is a solid beer and very good for the style. I usually don't drink Scottish ales, but this is nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:40:04 | More by DenverHopHead
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a pretty lame Scottish ale. Lightening it up made it pretty boring and then adding more hops and higher combination just made that worse. It's got an interesting peppery taste that makes it a little above average compared to other boring American flagship beers, but it's just not on par with anything Scottish style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 03:58:19 | More by ElCommodoro
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Why-P-A

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A rich red-brown with a medium thick head.

S: Very rich bready nose, not sugary but clear notes of sweet malt.

T: This beer has a subtle biscuit flavor typical of English ales and finished sweet and hearty. The sweet finish also masks most of the hop bitterness present.

M: For a lighter colored beer this has some real texture to it Not overly alcoholic but it feels like your really drinking something substantial.

O: A classic beer in a style that is starting to make a comeback in the US. Most of the Scottish ales trend toward light and unflavorful or strong and syrupy characteristic of may Wee Heavy ales. 90 Shilling strikes a nice balance between these two, yielding a tasty and drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:44:20 | More by Why-P-A
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Algebrew

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured a rich amber color with a small off white head that left a fine lace.

Smell: Such a surprisingly sweet smell, candy-like, but not overbearing. A sweet malt and hop aroma.

Taste: The beginning has a malty dullness to it, but a complex dullness; the middle escalates quickly to let the hops peek through more with a sharp bitterness; the end ties both flavors back down together into a calm bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to perfection.

Overall: One of Odell's best. Such a complex yet simple brew. It's hard to explain. Unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 20:12:51 | More by Algebrew
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BobN

Colorado

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle, poured into Odell snifter glass.

A - Beautiful copper color at the rim with a rich amber at core of snifter. Dense, creamy head that persists through most of the session with a nice lacing as well.

S - A sweet toasted malt, biscuity, citrusy fruit, and mild hints of mint

T - Exceptional malt and hops balance, sweet toasty malt is the first to appear with a nicely balanced citrusy hop following fast on its heals. The two play off one another throughout with a nice caramel and hop bitterness balance and a subtle hint of mint towards the end

M - Creamy. smooth

O - This is a world class Scottish Ale from Odell. A fantastic beer in all regards. One of my favorites because even though it is well-balanced, it still makes you think as you enjoy it. Not to mention it's sessionable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:32:38 | More by BobN
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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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