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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1003
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popular beer, enjoyed on tap at the Yard House, Scottsdale. Good white head that leaves lace. A fresh smell, a tad of smoke, which is me processing the toasted malts, a bit of sourness. Above average mouthfeel.Good caramel, malting. Nice drinking, quenching.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 14:26:42 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy orange-bronze with tangerine peel trim. The creamy, light toffee colored cap is sticky enough to deposit buckshot-riddled sheets of thick lace when it finally begins to fade. There's an even more impressive lace display when the glass is almost empty. A classic Scottish ale look.

The nose fails to impress due to an earthy, clay-like character. Underneath all the mud, citric fruity hops are struggling to be appreciated. The strange thing is, there's very little present that makes me think of a Scottish ale, such as caramel, brown sugar, peat, etc. To be fair, it does improve a little as the beer sits and even makes an attempt at smelling like the stated style.

The flavor is pretty good as long as I chuck all considerations of style out the window. Odell describes 90 Shilling as an amber ale that has the hoppiness of an English pale ale and the body of a Scottish ale. I'd like to invent a new style just for this beer: robust amber ale. It's a pretty damn good one of those.

The flavor profile is balanced overall, perhaps slightly favoring heavily toasted malt over hops. Improvement comes with warming as dark butterscotch and a mild chocolatiness make a minor splash on the palate. Thanks to a somewhat generous quantity of malt, I might be more impressed with the body/mouthfeel than I am with the flavor.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale is pretty good beer no matter what style one settles on. As noted above, it tastes like a robust amber ale right out of the chute. It then takes on some, although not all, of the characteristics of a quasi-Scottish ale by the bottom of the bottle. I continue to be impressed by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 16:31:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruby amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well as a nice bit of overt grassy notes in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:56:58 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing all over the glass

Smell: Caramel aromas along with some pinecone hops that betray a touch of peppermint

Taste: Starts out with a nice fruity (pear/apricot) flavor with a smidge of chocolate that is joined, mid-palate by an increasing pinecone flavor (there's that touch of peppermint, too) that, as the beer warms provides some peat; finishes incredibly balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy

Drinkability: Not really a classic Scottish Ale, this beer defines the term, "well-balanced."

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 00:41:55 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 19:52:52 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark amber brown with an off white head. A wee bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel, toffee, bread, some light fruits, and a mild hop character. The taste is slightly bitter with good notes of toffee and some light chocolate. Good body with nice carbonation. Some nice flavors for a low ABV beer. The taste doesn't have quite the depth that I would like, but it's fairly nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 15:26:11 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown in color with a cream colored head that holds up fairly well and leaves some nice Belgian-lace. The aroma is really pleasing with a sweet, maltiness that contains caramel, toffee and a touch of fruitiness. Almost like a combination of Munich and Brown malts, but not quite. Rich, but not aggressive. The body and carbonation level are appropriate. The flavor starts malty and fruity, dries a bit at mid swallow, and then gives a spritz of hop flavor before leading into a lightly bitter dryness. Quite Scottish in nature up to a point, but I find the hop flavor unusual. The choice of hops seems a little odd. Still, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 08:10:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is on the amber/copper side, under a huge head of foam. Aroma is on the dry side, soft, herbal, slightly floral, vegetal. Hops are minimal, malt is huge and thick. Taste is a little mellow for me, and a bit too sweet. Drinks well, slides easily down the tongue. Full, rich, malty mouthfeel, but a little too low on hops for my taste. A fine micro Scottish, but not for me.

10/19/03 tweaked the numbers some, after realizing that I let personal prefererence interfere witha judgement of a perfectly good expression of this style, yet not among my favorites at that time. I'm still growing, folks...

07/30/09
I totally forgot I reviewed this 6 1/2 years ago.
Here's my notes from last night just for fun:
Odell 90 Shilling

Clear, caramel-brown, nice, if small, beige head.

Sweetness in the nose, big malt, lush and lovely.

Tasting it:...sweet and smooth, fine and mellow...a light, easy-drinking scotch-style ale. Very drinkable. Toffee and caramel tones dominate, sweet and tasty reigns supreme.

I can see this being very popular. On the other hand, it doesn't quite hold enough interest for me. Ah, well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 11:56:13 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.78/5  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

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 03:22:54 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts as well as a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a wonderfully malty flavor that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts along with a mild hop taste and finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Scottish ale. It has good malt flavor and balance; a fine sessions beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2005 12:31:40 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:03:38 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 12oz bottle pours out a reddish brown. It had about a 2 finger head and left a little lacing.

S - Smells of caramel and hops.

T - It is sweet and malty. The hops add a bit of spiciness. There are even some chocolate flavors in it.

M - It has a soft mouthfeel and is medium bodied.

D - I enjoyed this beer. Odell makes good brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 15:52:35 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, mostly clear ruby amber orange red color.

Nose brings semi sweet toasty reddish malts, little syrupy, caramel, light fruity, slight earthy and some herbal hops, a light sweet mild hop as well.

Taste starts with a rich malty flavor, dark malts, reddish toasty malts, a bit of a rich creamy roasty porter, caramel, chewy malts, then a light herbal slight earthy hops and some bitterness but not much. A hint of a juicy fruity yeast addition I think. Finishes a bit syrupy, touch sweet, little bitterness, bit coppery, lingering malts and light juicy flavors.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice dark malts, bit of hoppy bitterness, herbal hops are not quite my thing but fit the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:14:53 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces four-fingers of amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet crystal malt, with a touch of toasted grain character, but also has a touch of berry and herbal hop character to it. The finish smells of freshly crushed, nicely browned whole grain bread crust, some hay like grain notes and even a touch of sweet tea character. The nose is definitely malt focused, but it has a bit too much crystal malt character. A greater malt richness from kettle caramelization might help, but I do like the light, but noticeable hop influence that is here in the nose.

Dry toasted malt, and caramelized bread crust notes are noticeable as this beer first hits my tongue. As it rolls across the palate the beer picks up a caramelized sweetness and a fruity berry character that sticks to the palate beyond what a beer of this strength would suggest. The viscous heft is kept from being cloying by a solid, biting bitterness and a sharp herbal hop character that adds some nice spiciness to the finish. The fruitiness is fairly noticeable here and I think comes from all three of the malt, hop and fermentation derived sources; it is mostly berry like with perhaps just a hint of citrus character.

The hop character plays a much bigger role here than one would expect in a more stock version of the style, but I definitely like the addition as it is needed to keep this from being cloying and from allowing the crystal malt character to run rough-shod over the profile of this beer. Not bad, and in fact even enjoyable. I could wish for a bit more richness in the malt character, but I am happily consuming my bottle of this beer right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 16:51:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GHB for sending this one my way. The beer poured out as a nice clear looking amber color with a light cream colored head on top. The lacing is very good on this as well as the retention. It's a great looking brew. The smell of the beer is malty, semi sweet with a nice earthy caramel aroma. The taste of the beer is very mellow, nice malt profile with a subtle bitterness in the late finish, flavors of toast and caramel. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it had a good amount of body but remains easy to drink. Overall it's a very good brew and I'm glad I got to finally try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:10:59 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.

Pours copper with a thin white head that stays.

The smell is of caramelish/grainy malt with some citrus and earthy notes.

The taste is malt-accented - caramel and grainy with leafy, earthy bitterness mixed in. A tad clashing, rather than balancing - though it maintains a nice flavor overall. It becomes a bit nutty and roasty as it progresses. Finishes bittersweet and dryish.

Ok carbonation - it hits medium-bodied.

Easy to drink. Not a classic example of the style - esp. "90 shilling", but who cares in this case.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 00:19:30 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with some head, but not a huge amount. On the taste it has a sweeter edge. It's full bodied and has a nice froth on the mouth. It might be a bit heavy for some people for a session beer, but for people who enjoy quality, it's a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 04:14:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a caramel amber color tan head forms decently thick tight knit lacing around my chalice. Aroma full of toasted malts hints of nut with pine scented hops. Flavor is well balanced nice light roasty character touch of caramel and touch of whiskey character to it uniform flavor is formed nicely. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied even lower carbonation though not flat glides along the palate. Drinkability well I could definitely love this stuff on cask but it's still a great tasting session ale regardless of serving style.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 21:55:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a thick soapy white head. Thick lace.

S: Burnt toast, some bitter melon, bonfire, not really an appealing smell.

T: Lots of toast/grain flavour. Light hop - lemon/soil, has an American influence for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, nice overall body.

D: Another one of my must tries in AZ, I wasn't a huge fan of this, but I guess you can't like 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:29:58 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a damn good session. the flagship beer from what i consider to be colorado's finest brewery, it is an amber, but much much more. doesnt have the residual malt sweetness of a typical amber, instead a quicker, more dry finish with a slightly toasted mellow vibe and a bigger body. this one can drink all afternoon evening and night with zero diminishing marginal utility. not my favorite odell brew, but it fills a very important beer drinking niche, especially here in denver

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 06:00:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off...this is not the greatest beer on Earth nor does it deserve a 5! To each is own I suppose. Poured a light copper colored with an off-white fluffy head .Nose is malty, a little biscuity, slightly sweet, very inviting. Flavor is initially thickly malty, a little chewy, no hop profile. Hints of toffee and sweet fruit, but these are understated. Very smooth, very malty without being overpowering. Smooth and even mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 03:12:53 | More by barleywinefiend
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kojevergas

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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
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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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