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Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by Todd on 01-27-2001

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear amber color with barely half an inch of thin off-white foam. The head fades quickly leaving no lace. Smells of lightly toasted grain along with a pronounced nuttiness as well as some apple and pear notes. Tastes of sweet malt, bread, roasty grain and bitter hops. Medium in body with mild to medium carbonation. Not a bad beer but IMO, more like an amber than a scotch ale. Worth a try though.

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Photo of cafemondegar
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very impressive as it pours into the glass. About 2" high head that just refused to die out. May be aided by the very cold glass I poured the beer into. It had a reddish brown color, kind of like iced tea.
Smells faintly of sorghum (call me crazy) but other than that nothing distinctive. Tastes of yeast and malt and the carbonation is evident. With 5.3 ABV, it isn't exactly a knock out beer but sure gives you bang for the buck. Above average mouthfeel to this beer, a decent beer to order in a bar instead of a bud

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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 brdc
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while visiting Colorado.

Poured into a pint, it shows a nice dark brown color, with some faint reddish highlights. Tan colored head, decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is nice with the expected sweet maltiness, caramel and toffee, although somewhat "delicate".
A lot thinner than I hoped for, it shows a pleasant taste of caramel and toffee, that unfortunately has no depth whatsoever, dissipating in seconds.
It is pleasant and easy to drink, but quite thin overall.

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Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber or copper colored with two fingers of solid head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I am not picking up much aroma. I do detect the caramelized malt and that is about it. Lacks much depth. The flavor also suffers from a lack of depth. Odell 90 Shilling lacks the sweetness that makes a Scottish Ale. A lot of artificial tasting malt with subtle hints of peat and smoke. This sort of malt bill turns me off everytime regardless of style. A nice little grassy hop hit in the finish. Maybe not exactly 90 Shilling worthy but maybe 70 Shilling. Good carbonation and texture. A flagship beer that is not an APA is a nice departure along with the ABV.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

COOP bottle... lite tan head.. okay lacing.. the brew is amber/deep orange...

nose show only lite malt presence with a bit of caramel... some minor earthy notes...

toasty malt with a some background caramel... grassy/earthy elements that could possibly be construed as hops... but there is nothing close to the heavy malts that are expected in a "90 shilling" ... more like a hop negative clean American amber... pretty toasty and that is about it.

Body is medium (maybe) .. with smooth lit carbonation.. good drinkability...

I enjoy this beer for sure, but don't mistake it for anything close to Scottish.


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Photo of expatsteve
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper orange, with ruby hues. 1/2 inch head subsides quickly to leave thick layer of suds. Low viscosity, low clarity, with visible carbonation. Really pretty color.

Aroma: Toffee, cocoa, and light raisin malts. Good fruity aroma with nice malt presence. Slight sourdough finish.

Taste: Fairly bready upfront with hints of booze, though the comination makes for a pleasant balance. Not much middle palate, though there are some good bitters present in the aftertaste. Not quite as fruity as I'd expect from a beer of this style, or as the aroma suggested. Nice balanced ale, but one that lacks much by way of development.

Mouthfeel: Like many Odell beers, this is light and drinkable. No bitter aftertastes, but not a lot of complicating flavors. Low carbonation, and creamy finish.

Drinkability: Good, but not much fruitiness and the beer overall is a little light. Like most Odells, this is sessionable but nothing wild on the palate. Not a boundary pusher in terms of the style or microbrewing.

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Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date.

A: Pours a nice, dark, brown sugar ale with cherry hues on the translucency. Single finger, finely packed, peanut head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Loosely laced.

S: Grain, wood, malt. Hints of noble hops - earthy, soil, straw and dry grass. Finely woven brown sugar and molasses in here. Nice, mellow.

T: Nice, creamy, nutty ale. Meets all the requisites of a scottish ale, and I'm quite satisfied with this beer. Plenty of sweet tones I had expected, and which are relatively subdued to the point that I seek them out with my tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Well done beer. Nice beer. Likely not to buy in bottle. But likely to have on tap.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Scottish Ale. Now, this one is new to me. I'm counting on you BA guys to not let me down here, I got this on recommendation of the reviews! So here's my contribution :

Serving Style : 12 oz glass bottle, also poured

Appearance (3.75) : Copper and amber red hue with an average balance between clarity and obscurity. Head is sticky and hangs around like an old friend.

Smell (3.25) : Strong copper, quite a bit metallic, deep dark malts, hint of bitterness in the nose. An impressive bouquet of smells to be sure. I'm apprehensive, though...

Taste (3.25) : Hoppy and yeasty. Earthy. Totally reminiscent of Pabst Blue Ribbon but more sophisticated. Begins with a shot of coppery hops and amber wheat (adding a slight sweetness), ending with a sandpaper dry, coppery finish. A trace of bitter roasted bean remains on the palate. Overall this beer seems pretty damn impressive. I can totally respect what is going on in this beer. I just can't pinpoint if this is something I could drink often and if I'm totally sold on it.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Dry and yeasty for the most part. Interesting and crafty. Copper is the dominating adjective for this beer to be sure. Can't get rid of it.

Overall (3.45) : I had a hard time with this one. I truly wanted to give it a raving review but something was just missing for me. So yes, 90 Shilling is an impressive little beer that would be great with a friend and great for a trial run like what I'm doing here. People go crazy over it but I think it's simply a capable beer. After half the bottle I'm about spent with this one, I don't know if I would actually go out and purchase it again - but it is a good full-flavored beer and crafty too. If you're looking for something to wet your whistle, look elsewhere but if you're looking for a bouquet of interesting flavors that make you raise your eyebrow and say "hmmm" or "mmmm", you should give this one a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GABF Weekend '08

After having the IPA, then the 5 Barrel, now to this, it seems that the quality of choices are declining a bit. This is as fine a Scotch Ale as can be found in the states, but not comparable to the beers from across the pond. This beer has an under-attenuated, wort-y sweet quality, yet a bit light in the body. A pungent earthy note does give a much needed variety, but can't overcome the sugary sweetness. Although the hops are in abundance, they even falter under the sweetness. The body is somehow lacking with true maltiness, giving the beer a dull, sticky texture. Finishes a little sugary. Although it's not a bad beer, it's one and done for me.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the Brown Dog in Telluride, CO.

Poured a coppery/auburn color with a thick light tan head. Lacing down the glass and great head retention.

The smell was mostly malty and grassy.

Sweet taste with a mild hop finish. Primarily malty.

The brew gave a dry feeling in the mouth. Hops felt good on the back of my mouth and the malts were more present on my tongue.

Great session beer. If they sold this where I'm from in Michigan it would be my new go-to beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Old Chicago, Towne Square mall Boise ID. Served in a tumbler.

A: Deep copper colored, clear, low carb, with a white head and some lacing.

S: Tough to pick much up (beer might be too cold)...malty for sure; grain husks and toasted bread, light floral hop character as well but it's really minimal.

T: Nothing more jumps out here than on the nose. The malt backbone is much more toasty than carmelly. There are just the faintest flavors of herbal notes, wood, and smoke (it's buried deep, but it's there) but overall the malt bill is really on display.

MF: Rich, silky mouthfeel, low carbonation and moderate/light body.

O: A couple other reviewers (Alstrom brother included) call this beer out as an Amber and even review it that way, however Odell is obviously marketing this as a Scottish Ale. I think it's lacking in depth as a Scotch Ale, although overall the beer itself holds it's own as a low-hop American Amber.

Basically it's not my favorite but it's not that bad at all.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint glass. I think the batch that i have might vary a bit from what is resembled on the site. ABV is 5.3% on the label.

The pour is great, giving a nice opaque brown ale with a 1/2" of head light tan to white in color.

The smell is initially hard to get a large hint of anything. A bit of malt and bread, a really mostly grainy smell.

The taste i don't have a great fondness for. Malt with a nice smooth finish. Slightly bitter but overall a warm and full feel around the palate.

I would like to drink this brew on a nice light meal i think it would help bring something a little heavy to the table, although it is not a really heavy brew.

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Photo of L0ne
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Usually end up getting this on tap when the other options are BMC. Decent beer, light, but flavorful for the abv, and very drinkable. A big step up from BMC, but never especially impressive.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a nice head that recedes leaving a droupy clinging lace on the glass. The head fades to a thin sheet, thicker around the edge of the glass.

The smell is predominatly an open malt; very refreshing. Hints of subtle hops appear with closer examination.

This baby is an easy drinker, very smooth after a rough pour and very malty. Nothing extreme, not even that impressive, just a solid drinker.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored, good head with nice retention and lacing. Very clear. The nose is slightly sweet biscuity malt, a little pine, and some light fruit. Hops are present in a citric capacity.

Taste is toasted malt, bready yeast, and light hop springiness. Good balance, maybe a little light and thin. Lightly sweet caramel malts steal the show.

More like an American amber ale to me, as the hops are distinct. Better than the Levity, possible replacement? Overall, an okay beer from Odell.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's one of those beers that's

Very dark color (or maybe just next to it's neighboring tap: Miller High Life?). The flavor starts sweet and finishes dry from roasted grains, but well away from seeming like a porter or a stout. Mild fruitiness from the yeast. Plesant but low profile hop presence. Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 3/14/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel malt, toffee, nuts and some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and it's also well carbonated. Overall I think it's an OK beer. It's worth trying, and I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- light amber.

Aroma- balanced rich grainy malt and hints of caramel.

Taste- A balanced, mild English ale. Starts smooth with a rich malt reminiscent of light bread and butter moving to an every so slight, gentle hop note in the finish. Don't serve too cold. A great overall brew from O'Dell, but I cannot agree with the very high marks others have given it, especially if compared directly to actual outstanding English or Scottish ales (e.g., Broadside Ale, St. George's by Young's, Belhaven...).

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted May 2014. Purchased from Costco in Austin.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: Amber color. 1/4 finger head that dissipates very quickly. Nice carbonation off the bottom of the glass. A little bit of lacing.

S: I get some piney hops, but not much. Toasty malts, but not too much. Some bready notes. Smells like a normal Pale.

T: Nice balanced Pale ale but not really. Good easy drinking beer. Not much there. Some hop crispness, but nothing to write home about.

M: Light to medium bodies.

O: This one is OK. Doesn't stack up to their IPA or DIPA, but they did a good job on it.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Good amber color with about a fingers worth of foam. Very good carbonation.

Smell - Malty aroma, a little bit on the sweeter side. Doesn't smell like a thick malt either.

Taste - Good balance on the palate. Malty, but not too much so. I don't taste the sweetness that I smelled. Rather, I almost taste a tinsy bit of a sourness to it.

Mouthfeel - Good balance, not too watery or too creamy in texture.

Drinkability - I don't a whole lot of complexity in this one, but I think it might make a good fridge stuffer.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got during Odell's visit to Philly during "Philly Beer Week". Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter glass. Pours a pale and clear bright amber, almost bronze. Fills the glass a lot darker than the pour. A deeper brown with a reddish tinge. Appearance is clear and crisp, not cloudy, but provides a nice creamy...but small...off white head. The head dissipates really quick and remains as a very thin rim around the outside of the glass. Lacing is nice, as it provides slow sliding patches of cream here and there around the glass.

Aroma is very week. It's not a bad smell for whats there, just very mild/average. Perhaps a very distant resemblance of caramel, toasted malts, and yeast. Other than that, no hops or fruits.

Flavor is ok. It's a pretty bland beer for the style. I expected a little bit more hop, but pretty average overall. Light and crisp, medium carbonation, and light body. Only noticable flavors are yeasts and malts. I had slightly higher expectations, but a good drinker atleast.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scottlish LIGHT ale? There's little resemblance to most other Scottish ales. Pour is dark amber with light tan head. Nose is somewhat weak with a faint caramel and light fruits. Thin body on the palate, toasty caramel, and a rather clean finish. This beer is light and caramel sweet, easy drinking/ refreshing.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.