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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,228 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 78
Gots: 120 | FT: 4
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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

metter98, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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

brentk56, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

GRG1313, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +9%

A: 1.5 finger foamy head. Clear amber with crimson hues.

S: roasted and caramel malt.

T: mostly malt but ver flavorful. Some earthy notes in the finish.

M: high carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: one of the more flavorful ambers/scottish ales I have had.

kylehay2004, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Knapp85, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

zeff80, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 25, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer.

Appearance: Tawny and tarnish copper hue with a well formed and healthy looking head that does not falter even when down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Subdued fruitiness, noticeable citric hop with hints of mint or evergreen in the aroma … sweet toasted biscuit nose also.

Taste: Moderate body with a very smooth mouth feel from a milder carbonation. Right away the hops and malt push each other back and forth for domination though neither gains any more ground that it already has which shows for a balanced beer. Hop bitterness is at a spot on level with a citric and vague minty flavour to boot. The malt profile is just enough to carry the beer all the way through, going from sweet caramel twang to the drying toasted grain character in the end. Hints of citrus rind and toasted husks make up the finish.

Notes: A proud beer that was crafted for maximum drinkability and a superb balance. This is what American Amber ales are all about.

Jason, Jan 27, 2001
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a medium brown body with good clarity. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Some moderately dark carmel malt with a hint of pine hop aroma. A little bit of red apple hiding in the background.

T - LIght caramel malt with a hint of toffee up front. Some Red apple and musty hops creep up in the middle. The finish is dominated by the toasty caramel of the malt and musty herbal hop flavors with light, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is an enjoyable beer and a decent interpretation of the style. The malt is spot on with a smooth, lightly fruity yeast character, but the hops are a bit excessive. There is some musty flavor and a bit of pine in the aroma with bitterness that balances but cut through the malt more that I would generally want it to in this sort of beer. Worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for.

nickfl, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear ruby-hued copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rocky looking eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with rich thick swathes of lace. Just a great look to this. The aroma has notes of caramel and toast, which mingle at first, and then is pretty much taken over by, an earthy ripe fruitiness. There is maybe just a touch of a grassy feel that hangs on the edges of the nose.

The taste has a lot of sweetness but not only from the malts, as there is a good bit coming from some softer dark fruit character as well. This also has a surprisingly assertive earthy citric bite to this, while a light roastiness lingers in the finish along with a raw pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively prickle on the tongue at first that then gets much more smooth and creamy as this works its way across the palate.

While initially heavy on the malt and fruit, I found myself liking what the hops brought to this after a while, making this much more accessible to me than what I normally found in the style. This is a decidedly American take on a Scottish Ale and I overall mostly dug it!

Kegatron, Jul 26, 2011
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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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