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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

434 Reviews

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Reviews: 434
Hads: 1,568
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 121
Gots: 355 | 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: 434 | Hads: 1,568
Photo of BobN
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%

My first review really should be for my favorite beer, shouldn't it? This beer goes with every food, it's perfectly balanced, and it's a great introduction to craft beer for those who have never seen the light. It's closer in style to an amber ale, which might bore some people, but don't let a classification determine what you try. Beautiful color, not too high alcohol content, not super hoppy, not too sweet, just a fantastic beer. Will have one of these anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of aRauf
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This brew quickly became my favorite beer. Easily becoming the weekend go-to. This is a rich, full bodied beer without the weight.

The smell is subtle which builds up to the first sip. True to it's roots, this Scottish ale is easily drinkable; and with such an easily likable flavor, it can be enjoyed one after another as its still light enough to.

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Photo of karst
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you find beer like this it almost rates itself!

Pours a whisky brown with a foamy 2-3 finger dense head. Lace curtains the walls of the Grindstone pint glass. Malt Hop and Yeast combined perfection! Aroma hints of its mellow roasted malts and Goldings earthy hops. As great as it smells it tastes even better. Caramel malt that is so chewy and luscious full body that mingles with Willamette hop bitterness and sweet malt flavor. Well worth the 90 Shillings.

The more I analyze this beauty then more I edit my 4.5 ratings to 5s
Never buy less that 6 of these unless you are sharing with friends.

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Photo of mjurney
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Copper color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubble rising to the top. Thick creamy head.

Faint aroma. I smell some bready, caramel and fruity.

Rich, bready, deep caramel, toasty, hint of toffee. Slight fruity. Hop bitterness is moderate, herbal-leafy, tea like. Finish is dry, yet very clean. Medium bodied, very smooth, refreshing.

It's a world class beer!!

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Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the MT. Dragon in Snow Mass last weekend. yummy

Poured tofee/mahogany color wit great clarity. Off white hed kept a 1/4" tight head all the way down with very good lacing

Smell: Fruitiness with fruitcake/bready notes

Taste: Rich fruitiness with slight bitterness on the back of the tounge and throat. Sweet caramel, slight hint of smokiness/dryness and alcohol mix well in the finish

Chewy/yet silky smooty, awesome balance, super carbonation

If I could get this on tap, this would be a front runner amongst my session choices. Good in the bottle, but was almost like a different beer on tap. Tastes more like a scotch ale on draft, Highly reccomended

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Photo of bort11
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tight finger width head that gradually recedes to a solid film on the surface. The lacing paint the inside of the glass with each sip. Color is a bright copper with brilliantly dancing carbonation.

Smell is a rich toasted biscuit with mild herbal hops in the back. Taste is the definition of balanced. The toasty malts swirl around the herbal and slightly citric malts. Not one over shadows the other but both compliment each other perfectly. Slight hints of honeysuckle and mint edge things out.

Mouthfeel is mild and crisp. A bit of tartness and finishes clean. It's been a while since I've visited this beer, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.

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Photo of leagr
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is absolutely one of my favorite beers - not only because of the actual beer but also because of its packaging. The bottle and label give this brew some standout character. The good packaging doesn't always lead to good beer, but in this case, it is a true guide.

A - hazy copper color with minimal head

S - citrus and hops

T - some bitterness from the hops nicely balanced that lovely sweet caramel malty taste

M - medium body, subtle bitterness lingers, smooth - even creamy

D/O - easy to drink, incredibly enjoyable

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Photo of Algebrew
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell has captured the Scottish Ale character. the beer pours brilliant ruby under a cream colored 2" foam collar that rises up over the rim of the glass. Clean and smooth with big malt flavors, some kettle sugars and a hint of fruity esters.

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Photo of yeatsvisitslinco
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers to sit back and relax with. It has a great amount of flavor while still being light and refreshing. It's hard to find a beer that's not a session IPA or lager/pils/etc that has this much going for it while still being 5.3% abv.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for bringing this my way.

It pours a ruby-amber brown with a nice cap of foam. There’s a light, malty aroma with a slight hint of a hop spice at the end. The aroma is familiar and welcoming, like the rounded notes from toasting brown sugar topping pancakes. I like it.

It’s real tasty too. The malt sweetness doesn’t overpower but blends well with the rest of the beer. I get that light ‘pancake’ familiarity too, along with just a hint of hops at the end. Yum!

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color with a finger-width, creamy head.

S: A very malty smell. Some sweetness in there as well and some alcoholic notes, especially as the glass goes on.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates. As it sits on the tongue, the biscuity flavor comes to the forefront.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. The swallow has a creaminess feeling to it.

D: Easy drinking and delicious, this is a brew that sessions well. I'm a bit biased, though, as this is one of my favorites at Odell.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a medium sized snifter glass.

An absolutely shimmering and crystal clear but dark brown ruby red color. You can just perfectly see though it, even in it's great dark appearance. Head is creamy light tan, hints of white, with a big soapy triangled collar. Cream and soapy, thick out of the bottle. Toast notes are just booming off the pour already. She's a looker indeed.

Big impressive brown bread aromas. Huge amounts of bread crust. Mellow clean finish, no hop presence at all. Malt depth is airy, powdery and very clean.

Palate just brings the goods. Mellow and easy drinking toasted bread in a glass. Crackling toast I say there Grommit, hints of brown bread crust, almost rye but none of the overt spicy quality. Chewy malt with a moderate very subtle caramel that takes a backseat but shows up slightly on the aftertaste. Light bodied and borderline feeling sessionable, but with more depth by far.

Odell just can do me no wrong. A fun easy drinking Scottish ale that has fantastic bready character, without getting overly sweet, sugary, bitter, watery or anything. Odell delivers the goods.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly darker than caramel but a great color with a strong head two finger width light tan head.

S: Roasted malts right off the top with light nutmeg and caramel in the background.

T: Smoke flavor, sweet maple syrup, and floral hops with a smooth smokey finish. I would like to have tasted some bread flavors in here just because I like bread flavors in Scottish ales but it really doesn't matter because this is a great taste.

M/D: Can't complain about the feel or the drinkability, I could drink this as a session beer or take it to a party. Great all around beer. I buy this one often and for good reason.

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Photo of beerisgood2010
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew about a year ago while travelling through Colorado. Its now available in my area in the Twin Cities. It is an awesome Ale and it is unique in that you can drink a few of them without getting filled up. I love this beer. Try it as soon as you can as distribution is expanding.

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Photo of rhollman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber

Smell - Hops aroma

Taste - Toasted malt and hops

Mouth Feel - Smooth

Drinkability - An excellent beer. The roasted/toasted malt has a fleeting moment at the beginning, light hop bitterness begins to dominate in the middle and finish - Extraordinary!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear amber hue with a fat medium-bubbled light beige head that slowly fizzles it's way down to a creamy coating. Leaves a nice looking swiss cheese lacing pattern on the glass as well.

The smell of this beer is fabulous! Practically teeming with sweet caramel notes and soft roasty chocolate. Smells juicy and fresh.

The flavor straddles the line between sweet toffee candy and toasty grain husk bitterness. This is a very refreshing take on the style as earthy peat and smoky flavors are kept to a minimum while still contributing to a Scotch Ale feel to the beer. This is a delicious beer and I would highly recommend trying this beer to everyone!

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Photo of twaddlac
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - For a brown - holy hell! Beautiful, thick lacing with a yeasty type head that lingers for the duration of the pint. Maple syrup colored with noticeable carbonation throughout the beer.

S - Not much to it; sweet, molasses, and a subtle hop character.

T - DELICIOUS! The roasted and caramel malts jump out right away while the slight hop bite hitchhikes a ride and balances out the flavors. Finishes sweet with the toasted malts lingering on the back of your palate.

M - It feels like a milk stout - very creamy with very soft carbonation and transitions seamlessly to a dry finish.

O - This is the best brown that I've had so far. Everything is so delicate about it but it's still so complex and easy to enjoy. Definitely try this if you get the chance!

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Photo of sporklift87
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass. Two fingers sandy, light brown, sparse foam. Poor retention and leaves a thin, scattered film. Burnt orange color and clear. Smells of caramel malt, moderately potent. Some spices in background. Tastes like aroma suggests, with heavy emphasis on malty characteristics and hints of cloves on aftertaste. Feels watery and light/medium bodied. Moderate carbonation levels. I'm glad this scotch ale isn't overly sugary. Always a great choice to keep around in the fridge. I've had this fresh from the brewery on tap, and though that tastes much better, it seems to store fairly well. Will happily buy again.

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Photo of hoserking
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't take great notes on this as I was simply out tasting as many new beers as possible. Had this as part of their basic sampler set.

It was fantastic the color was great, the taste was well balanced and very flavorful.

Really wish this beer would make it's way to California as I dont want today to be the last time I ever get to have it.

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. before today i had not had the pleasure of hearing of Odell brewing. this is a good day. this beer pours a nice amba brown with medium head. very nice malt aroma. a nice hop twinge to the malts in the taste. good carbonation and decent lacing down the glass. this is a remarkably smooth beer with rich taste that is not overpowering.

very yummy.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fire Rock Grill.
A nice deep amber/red colour with a small head of foam but some decent sticky lacing.

It has a nice caramel malt sweet and lightly roasted malt nose. No bitterness that I can detect and that's fine with me.

Sipping was a nice experience. Plenty of caramel maltiness brings some sweet notes but it's balanced by a nice roasted malt character with a slight dash or maybe hint of some nuttiness. Very malt forward and a sheer delight.

Medium bodied with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? I had things to do or I would have had another or 2. Very darn drinkable and very darn tasty. Just a tad better than the bottled version, imho, but both are more than worthy.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle into my pint glass with striking redish brown color and excellent clarity. The head is thick and white but settles quickly leaving a little lacing behind.

Aroma is malty and nutty with a nice fruit background. Slightly roasty/smokey.

Flavor is smooth and well balanced between sweet and roasty malts. Slight bitterness is more likely a result of the toasted malts than any substantial hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation. This could easily be one of the best session beers. This one is almost gone and I would happily have several more if I had them. Such a nice balance and enough going on to keep my interest.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 'CHEERS BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a good finger+ white foamy head. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of grainy malt and caramel. The taste is even better with bready malts with a mild hop finish that doesn't linger or isn't bitter. The caramel comes through perfectly. Very tasty and goes down very easy. Perfect carbonation also. A great brew for sure!

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.