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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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very good

997 Ratings

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%

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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Photo of Hoopdreama


3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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
Photo of delta490


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
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
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.84/5  rDev -1%
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
Photo of homebrew311


3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. Appearance is a nice chestnut brown with clarity. Nose is grainy with light nutty notes, mild sweetness, and a hint of butterscotch. The taste is much of the same... Mild fruity qualities with again a bit of a buttery finish. Not sure if this is due to dirty tap lines or perhaps some diacetyl, but it actually works nicely with the beer. Mouthfeel is mild with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with nice malty flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 22:53:33 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Murrhey


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Mugsy's Tavern in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Reviewed live.

A- one finger white head with middling-low retention. Strong white lacing. Walnut color with high clarity. Attractive looking beer.

S- medium roasted malts. Marshmallow, warm malts and some toffee notes as well. Hops have a low profile here.

T- sweet, toasty and roasty. Nice marshmallow taste. Warm, smooth and tasty.

M- smooth, creamy and full-bodied.

O- good example of the style. Balances roasted flavors with sweetness very well. Quite approachable and highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 22:14:22 | More by Murrhey
Photo of bambam2517


3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times, but finally reviewing it after a 22oz. draft with dinner tonight.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a cocoa head, decent legs for a Scottish ale. A little hazy.

S - Piney hops muddled with clove or allspice. It's nice but isnt there in great amounts.

T - I dont detect any of the spices that were there in the nose. I get a mild hop twang and an oaky flavor.

M - The character that makes it above average for me is a little more creaminess and no funky lingering aftertaste.

O - I had this after having a Sam Adams Winter Lager, and it was a defininte improvement. Mostly because of the mouthfeel and appearance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 05:37:50 | More by bambam2517
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Anton's, Waite Park, MN

A: thick, bushy head; dark cola color; decent lacing
S: malty, caramel aroma
T: sweet, dark roast; lightly hopped; clear, nice upper-note flavors; caramel, whorehound, pepper; malt comes through well
M: clear, not thick

This is a good, solid dinner beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 21:03:26 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of bump8628


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quality, well-rounded beer. Between dark amber and mahogany. Tight light khaki head. Deep nutty maltiness. Bready with thick caramel, but dry enough to keep it quaffable. Even bitterness. Light and smooth hop flavor - earthy, grassy, blackberries. Bit of fruit from the yeast too. Where better to try a brewery's flagship than the brewery itself?

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 04:04:21 | More by bump8628
Photo of maximum12


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. pour at Axel's Bonfire in Eagan with my 9 year old on our date night, while Mom is working & the older one is on a sleepover. This is a strange beer...I see it on tap in the oddest of places. They must have a very good rep around the Twin Cities.

Pour is a medium red, a bit lighter than I was expecting, easy to see through this filtered brew. Smell is nutty caramel, & enticing to the mouth.

90 Shilling is a very good ambassador of the style. Big, lovely caramel notes drip off the sweet malts, with toffee in the backdrop. Smooth. Lovely to drink, easy on the palate.

This is a study in good, solid simplicity. Relatively low ABV, straightforward DNA, & very tasty. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 00:39:38 | More by maximum12
Photo of stercomm


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass

A - tawny copper in color with a slight reddish hue, nice off white head, good glass lacing.

S - immediately get a malty biscuit scent with some slight citrus and maybe some mint.

T - slight sweet malt, some biscuit, citrusy hops on the dry finish

M - slight creaminess, medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - a well balanced brew, worth a couple at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 00:40:05 | More by stercomm
Photo of Aml42000


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark copper with a nice head. Decent lacing.'

S- Distinct cigar box/tobacco aromatics.

T- A very obvious black tea note dominates the palate. This is either positive or negative based on one's perception. Medium finish at best.

M- Heavy carbonation, but quite angular. Some freshness enhanced with some mineral/herbal character. Medium bodied.

O- This gets points for being distinctive in an easy category to get lost in. Don't know if I think it is more than a good beer, but certainly unique.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 22:08:46 | More by Aml42000
Photo of lurpy1


3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Manning's in Minneapolis, not a place known for lesser-known beers.

Pours the color of heated caramel, very opaque. Nice head makes up for the otherwise unimpressive appearance.

Smell is a little caramel, somewhat earthy, quite a bit of malt. A bit hard to pick up on.

Taste: Caramel is a bit more pronounced, maybe this beer takes the malt a little bit too far. Pretty good, not lip-smacking good though.

Adequate mouthfeel, found it more of a sipper despite the low ABV.

This was all right. It's the best beer on tap by far at a place like Manning's, so under those circumstances I'd get it again, but that's about the extent of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 16:28:28 | More by lurpy1
Photo of gfreed


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spotted this in a forest of mediocre tap handles at a mediocre mall bar in Westminster, CO. I expected something more intense and more alcoholic, given the style, but enjoyed it anyhow. It's a Scottish ale deflated by about one third; still having plenty of caramelly flavor (and that distinct taste of peas) without the burn of the booze that so warms one on a winter evening. A levitated, springtime approach to an otherwise heavy-duty, depths-of-January malty classic. Worth a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 04:18:26 | More by gfreed
Photo of MrDonQuixote


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 21:47:23 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of blakelive784


2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a generic pint glass -

A - non-transparent, dark copper/amber color with a creamy, off white, one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Not a very strong aroma. Cream, some caramel malt and no hops on the nose. I think its a bit cold, though.

T - better than the nose predicted. Buscuity and caramel malts nicely balanced by floral hops. Decent bitterness.

M - medium to full bodied and wet. Compliments the taste nicel

D - could be a decent session beer and widely available here in Fort Collins. That being said, I don't think its a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 01:30:12 | More by blakelive784
Photo of Scotchboy


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 05:14:18 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of kojevergas


3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a hefeweissbier glass in Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is an amber-copper.

Sm: A light scent in which all I can detect is cream on account of my broken nose. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream, caramel, amber hops, caramelized malt, and full barley. Simple but nicely built. Balanced decently.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Nice drinkability at a very expensive price (6 USD).
Good quality. I'd have it again, but not at this price.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 00:42:02 | More by kojevergas
Photo of twaddlac


4.58/5  rDev +18%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 18:13:55 | More by twaddlac
Photo of emmasdad


3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a nice, medium amber color, with some good light tan foam on top. Aromas of biscuit, light caramel and hops. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with a little caramel, some biscuit and a kiss of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 07:54:52 | More by emmasdad
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. The only smell I get from this beer is malt. Taste is of toasty malt/biscuit flavors. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell and taste is pretty one dimensional. I think I would like to try this one again from a bottle to see how it compares.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:08:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: The smell is very malty and has some notes of caramel and toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also very malty and has some notes of toffee along with a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the maltiness, the beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 02:34:37 | More by metter98
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-pretty brown with a two inch white head. Laces really well,

s-malt, with some hops hanging back. Grains, and hops mingle well with the malted grain aroma winning out.

t-well balanced, and refreshing malt and hop presence. Does great for what Odell is looking for in this beer, a nice drinking amber ale.

m-little thin, but it works with this beer,

o-great job with a session beer that easy to drink, but makes you think some during the pint.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 21:07:48 | More by
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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.