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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good

429 Reviews
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Reviews: 429
Hads: 1,524
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 113
Gots: 328 | 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: 429 | Hads: 1,524
Photo of TubaManJack
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Merciless Malty Goodness...

Appearance -
A solid browned amber with a pillowy head.

Smell -
Roasted/Toasted Malts with various different levels there is a bit of brown sugar and dried fruit bit.

Taste -
Deep and multiple malt layers that is full and rounded, dark malt flavor. The lack of hops drives the beer towards a brown ale territory. It lacks the typical bitterness that I associate Scotch Ales

Mouthfeel - Oaty Smooth

Overall - I like this beer. Its one of the deeper Scotch Ale I have enjoyed. It is definitely work seeking out. (551 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a plain shaker pint. This beer pours a hazy caramel amber with a creamy white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma is big on caramel. Vanilla and toffee also come through. The taste is also toffee caramel, vanilla and just a slight buttery taste. The mouthfeel is full but not over powering. A really great beer from Odell's. (351 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly spicey malts, with some faint hop notes. Faint notes of figs and pear was well.
Taste is crisp malts with more spices and some mild dark fruit notes. Pear, fig, apple, and some cinnamon come in. Finish is malts spices, and a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a nice, quick bite from the carbonation near the front. Finish is still crisp and clean.
Excellent drinkability. Could drink it all night. (489 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel pour with orange notes. Large, fluffy 2-finger head. Thin retention and chunky lace.

Big caramel nose with a healthy dose of peat. Smells very chewy, like bread rising.

Caramel dominates the taste with another healthy dose of peat. Sweet, but relatively dry, finish. Light earthy hops compliment the earthy malt flavors. Getting nuttier as the glass warms.

Body is lighter than I would like, though.

Overall, very well done. Had this at the pub nearly 20 years ago and good to see that my taste and the taste of the beer has remained strong.

I'd get it again. (572 characters)

Photo of Skidud313
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Its a little lighter than most scottish ales, and i think that if you go into this beer knowing that you expect different things.

A- Beautiful dark amber color, small to moderate off-white head that fades rather quickly, even lacing.

S- Roasted caramel malty with a hint of hops

T- Wonderful balance of malt with hop overtones. I agree with superspy that the caramelization really comes out the warmer it gets.

M- Lightly carbonated, very easy to drink. Great session beer, all around very refreshing. (547 characters)

Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap:

A- Dark amber brown color with a whitish brown head

S- Malty goodness. Scent is not super strong. Hops are mildly present in the scent

T- malty upfront with a nice hoppy finish. Hops aren't too intense, but biterness level is perfect. Aftertaste is refreshing.

M- Super smooth. Goes down with ease

O- My ideal session beer. The beer that made me fall in love with Odell's (392 characters)

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. (401 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love a good Scottish Ale, let's give this one a try. Dark amber color with ample creamy off-white head. Very enticing.

Heavy malty smell, just how I like with, with brown sugar, smoke, peat, and light floral notes.

Roasty peaty flavor to start, solid but not overpowering, with light floral and piney hops. Quite a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little creamy.

The medium body is an interesting change for the style that works quite well and makes this quite a drinkable Scottish Ale.

Tasted on 7/11/08. (561 characters)

Photo of Sam-B
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Another Odell success. Can't go wrong with these guys.

A: Beautiful warm copper/amber with subdued fizz.

S: Malt goodness with fruity overtones, biscuit undertones and a hint of something I'd call more sage than mint. Deceptively light body for the ABV. Citric hops are present but don't defeat the toasty malted flavour at all. Quite an amazing balancing act between these two actually. Aftertaste is remarkably clean and refreshing, it doesn't linger too long on the palate and leaves you wanting more.

I could session this stuff for days, given the balance and drinkability it has in spades. If you want a tasty beer that goes down real easy... look no further. (667 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,336 characters)

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

Nice effort.
Beautiful copper color with a tannish head. Good lacing.

Smells of grain, dark fruit and toffee.

Big flavor: lots of malt, caramel, and some residual sugars.

Smooth and lots of body. Nice aftertaste of the malt. Low bitterness and no hop flavor; as to style.

Very drinkable. Would go well with food, too. (321 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coppery colored clear brew, slightly orange, short head. Poured into an oversized whiskey rocks glass.

Pleasant but weak aroma.

Flavor is complex. A mix of bready malt, a decent amount of hops, a tiny bit of citrus and spices, slight bit of evergreen, maybe even some copper (like the smell of penny)

Nice balanced mouthfeel. Supremely drinkable.

One thing is that this beer was better on first sip than last sip. Normally full-flavored beers improve as they slightly warm but I think this one was best right out of the fridge. (531 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Semi-hazy light amber color. One finger of frothy head that falls fairly fast.

4.0 S: Mainly grainy, but a slight breadiness as well. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Again, simple, but well made. Graininess like a good Oktoberfest beer. Very clean flavor.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. No problems here.

5.0 D: Really nice brew. One of the easiest to drink I've ever had. (452 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz bottle of this from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4. Poured from the bottle into a Pint Glass and has a best by date of 8/5/11a.

Aroma- Has a scotch and oak aroma from the start that are dominant and then a low hop smell.

Appearance- Pours the deepest amber color you can get but clear. Also has 2 fingers of thick, off white head and a lacing that sticks like crazy.

Flavor- Malty, sweet, but watery... A mild amount of fruit esters is present and is well balanced. The malt does block out all the hop and theres no grain in any part of the drink. Mild bitterness at the end but goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low amount of Carbonation, and ends watery... Great taste though!

Overall Impression- While enjoying this both on-tap and in bottle over a dozen times, this is awesome to have been able to get my hands on another one of these! Odell does great brewing and with this Malt heavy Scottish Ale, it is easily enjoyed. Don't even have to think twice about this one. Will be having again very soon! (1,054 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a small head.

Smells of malts, oats and barley, hints of maple, and some hops.

Tastes of caramel malts, followed by bitter, but not overly bitter, hops. This is a perfect balance for me...much better than some of the scotch ales I have tried. There is also a touch of smokiness as it goes down.

Overall, this is simply a great beer. Good balance of malts and hops, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Too bad I just got back from Colorado and can't have this for a while. (494 characters)

Photo of JimKal
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this while visiting family in Texas as it isn't available in NC. I'm surprised to see it listed as a Scoth Ale as the bottle calls it an Amber as does their website (although derived from a Scotch Ale). Ambers don't get a lot of love around here but this is one tasty Amber, perhaps my favorite.
Look: Lovely dark amber color with significant lacing and a nice head.
Aroma: Nice malt
Taste and mouthfeel: it begins with a malt forward taste and ends with a hint of bitter and has a medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall: I just loved this one as a nice contrast to my ongoing love of IPAs. I'm going to have to revisit some of the more highly rated Ambers available in NC to if I can find one that compares. (710 characters)

Photo of thryn
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper color with great clarity and a finger of eggshell-colored head that leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing.

The nose is very biscuity and fairly roasty/smoky, with prominent toffee notes and a faint floral hop character. It smells delicious.

On the palate, it matches the smell very well, though the hops come forward a bit more. It's a toffee-rich cookie of a beer. Slightly burnt caramel, smoke, biscuit, some flowery hops. Faint diacetyl.

Creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate and the body medium.

A wonderfully drinkable Colorado take on the Scottish style. Odell, please come to Florida. (614 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark auburn color with rather thin head that is quick to fade away. When held to the light you can see some reddish hues that make this a very nice looking pour.

Smells are caramel, a bit of clove, sweet sweet malt and brown sugar. Very straightforward and delisious smelling!

One big sip of this and you get a dose of malt sweetness that makes this style so good. Its got a lot of malt character followed by that caramel and clove that I could smell. A wonderful sweet beer that at 5.5% is almost a session Scottish Ale if there ever is one!

Great tasting beer, very smooth and sweet with a lot of character for a low ABV. Drinkability is exceptional! (668 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark copper color. Fluffy two inch head. Great lacing. Excellent malt profile. Friends had recommended this several times. Many described it as being very smooth. I very much agree. A tremendous session beer. Nice carbonation enhances the sweet caramel notes. After investing so much time in IPA's this drinks like a cola. That is easy drinking at its finest. Odell is steadily making itself one of my favrite breweries. Good show!!! (447 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber with a nice fluffy head that didn't stick around that long.

smell - Strong sweet, citrusy.

taste - Sweet taste like malt, and alcohol taste is present.

mouthfeel - Full body and carbonated.

drinkability - Real nice sipping beer. I would try this again, since i didn't buy this. I can't say buy lol. (329 characters)

Photo of johnyeast
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown/ dark amber in appearance with a slight white head. Smells of malt and barley with a hint of hops. Sweet in taste with the a slight bitterness. This ale has a strong character and am grateful for my friend leaving the 12 pack in my fridge. It's been a great beer for the cold weather we've had in FC in the past two weeks. A second taste reveals the thick yet light flavor of the malt. A great beer that is fulfilling and yet quite drinkable. (454 characters)

Photo of Wattsox
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, bottled Sep 2010.

A - Amber body with very little head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin covering and ring of lacing.

S - Obvious citrus hop notes with some caramel and malt undertones.

T - Good balance between sweet caramel malt lead and hop bitterness on the back end. Finishes slightly bitter with mild aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light but punchy carbonation, quite crisp.

O - Very drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink. (492 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium glass. At the time of this review, this is the #10 Scottish Ale on beeradvocate.com. Beer is brown and clear with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.

Aroma is caramel and mildly roasty.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet with a surprisingly dry finish, the overall beer is nice on the palate and I enjoy it a lot. Perhaps it is because I have had so little beer recently but the beer I drink I seem to really enjoy, I'd have this again. (501 characters)

Photo of palliko
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice clear red amber, with plenty of foam and some lacing. Aroma has grapefruit hops, pine, roasted malt and crackers. Initial taste is of a well proportioned ratio of sweet malt to minty hops that carries through to the finish that contains a toasty/citrus tang. Palate is clean and satisfied. Would be good for a session beer or with food. (355 characters)

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.