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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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very good

432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,543
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 117
Gots: 342 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2001

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.
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Reviews by Romulus141:
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with plenty of cream-white fluffy head. The head will dissipate, but a substansial amount of foam remains on the surface. If served at a slightly higher temperature, I imagine the head would remain for a good deal of time. I like the color a lot. It's inviting and rich. There is also lacing.

Smell: Strong, yet pleasant. This has more of a "flowery" aroma, suggesting a sweet taste. I also detect a hint of citrus. One of the more tangy-smelling beers, and it's a welcome change.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, this beer has a sweet character to it. The alcohol is present in this one, but it's balanced out by the sweet taste. The taste makes a strong impression, has a crisp finish, and an aftertaste that is unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel: More full-bodied than some other ales I've had. There is a definite weight to it. The carbonation is well-balanced.

Drinkability: These go down quite well, although they may be too rich to work in a late night session. If you stick to 3 or 4, you should be quite fine.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. I'd definitely pick this up again, and other brews from this company.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ericstites
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SlurpDooberstank
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 90 Shilling pours from the bottle a dark red amber with a small bubbly head that quickly fades to a ring around my glass. Aromas of rich caramel and toffee meet a nice underlying bready molasses. Dark fruit and brown sugar...big maltiness. Herbal hops peek in and out as well.

First sip brings a wave of burnt caramelly maltiness with hints of bread dough and toffee. Sweet upfront with a herbal hoppiness that brings some bitterness on the way down. Dark fruitiness in the middle with a vague hint of chocolate. A nice, flavorful brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with fast moving carbonation. I wouldn't mind the carb being tuned down a little as it seems to step over the body of the brew. Overall, this is a tasty scottish ale, not one of my favorite styles but I'd say check it out if you dig the scottish ales. Thanks to babydoc for this one.

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Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large off-white head which reduced to a skim layer. Lace grips the glass well. Color is dark caramel, fairly clear.

Aroma is malty, light biscuits mainly with a touch of dark caramel. Pretty clean smelling with some earthy hops. Kinda light overall though.

Taste is defined by the malts again, earthy and peat like but with some biscuits again. Hops compliment this and give it a touch of bitterness. good flavor but light again and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel seems okay, a bit thin though. Low carbonation levels. Good session drinkability. Light flavor and light body make this go down easily. I'd like to see it kicked up a notch or two overall.

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of gemery554
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bszymkow09
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tomisarobot
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Beaver13
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

90 Shilling is a dark reddish amber color with a nice medium head. Its aroma has subtle hints of citrus and caramel. Very nice tasting with hints of fig and a good hoppy finish. It doesn't taste like a normal Scottish Ale. Overall, a very drinkable beer - one of my old reliables.

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Photo of EROCK83
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Bear03
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mverity
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Guz23
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer.

Appearance: Tawny and tarnish copper hue with a well formed and healthy looking head that does not falter even when down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Subdued fruitiness, noticeable citric hop with hints of mint or evergreen in the aroma … sweet toasted biscuit nose also.

Taste: Moderate body with a very smooth mouth feel from a milder carbonation. Right away the hops and malt push each other back and forth for domination though neither gains any more ground that it already has which shows for a balanced beer. Hop bitterness is at a spot on level with a citric and vague minty flavour to boot. The malt profile is just enough to carry the beer all the way through, going from sweet caramel twang to the drying toasted grain character in the end. Hints of citrus rind and toasted husks make up the finish.

Notes: A proud beer that was crafted for maximum drinkability and a superb balance. This is what American Amber ales are all about.

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper amber body with a small khaki head. Good patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, oranges and red apples. Medium body and carbonation. Very tasty brew here. Malty toffee and fruity hops are exceptionally well balanced. Grapefruit,red apples, and oranges mingle with the toffee notes to make this exceedlingly quaffable. My favorite Odell brew, hands down.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before dating(?) etched onto label. Pours clear, dark honey amber. Head is large and lucious, darker khaki, long lasting and leaves plenty of well developed and thick sheeting/lace. The old sniffer picks up maple malt, fruit and some hops in the background. Pleasing scottish ale, more maple and caramel sensed along with some astringent hops notes in the finish. I like my scotts more on the sweet and malty side, but this one is smooth on the tongue and tasty from start to finish. Another worthy offering from Odells

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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