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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

429 Reviews
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Reviews: 429
Hads: 1,523
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 113
Gots: 324 | 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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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (570 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 dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malts with light aromas of toasted malts.

T: Upfront the flavors of the beer are all malts - toasted and caramel with some light amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. Light amounts of earthy hops which contribute just a touch of bitterness to the finish of the beer which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: While being somewhat of a malt bomb, this beer is not overly sweet and is quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer though I sometimes find the style to be a little sweeter than I prefer, especially in the hot southern summer. Overall, very well balanced between the sweet and the bitter. (1,135 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a musky bark brown with slight dark ruby red. Slightly white yellow head. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma is very sweet. Burnt carmel, light chocolate, and pine hops.

Taste is pretty solid. A slightly toasted flavor but not overdone. The hops are present. Carmel as well. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, but overall clean. Great carbonation. Dry/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this beer really surprised me. It was well rounded and had a lot of flavor. Very drinkable. I am bummed that I didn't buy an entire 6 pack. (585 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am continuing to up my bottle numbers to a nice, round 400 so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM).

From the label: "One day, we wondered what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale. The result? An irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. We're a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

My slow pour into a glass did not allow for the development of much head. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, leaving no doubt as to its style of origin. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant, yet not overwhelming sweetness on the tongue. I have long copped to not being a sweet beer kind of drinker, preferring palate-ripping AmeriCAN IPAs, but when I am off-reservation, this is the kind of taste that I CAN get behind. The finish was sweet, but not cloyingly so, which is my usual complaint about the style. I could drink a couple of bottles of this at a time. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  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. (1,809 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a clear, bright copper color with a thin white head covering the top of the beer and clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice color to it as well as some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of tart, crisp fruits and malty, bready, caramel flavors to it. I get some notes of apple and grape to it along with some pale, grainy malts.

The taste shows more of the crisp fruits to it up front. In the finish I get more of the malty, bready, slight caramel flavors. Pretty smooth and balanced flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is a little below average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one. I found it was a pretty easy drinking, flavorful and balanced beer overall though. (821 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before dating(?) etched onto label. Pours clear, dark honey amber. Head is large and lucious, darker khaki, long lasting and leaves plenty of well developed and thick sheeting/lace. The old sniffer picks up maple malt, fruit and some hops in the background. Pleasing scottish ale, more maple and caramel sensed along with some astringent hops notes in the finish. I like my scotts more on the sweet and malty side, but this one is smooth on the tongue and tasty from start to finish. Another worthy offering from Odells (541 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.95/5  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. (400 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a medium sized snifter glass.

An absolutely shimmering and crystal clear but dark brown ruby red color. You can just perfectly see though it, even in it's great dark appearance. Head is creamy light tan, hints of white, with a big soapy triangled collar. Cream and soapy, thick out of the bottle. Toast notes are just booming off the pour already. She's a looker indeed.

Big impressive brown bread aromas. Huge amounts of bread crust. Mellow clean finish, no hop presence at all. Malt depth is airy, powdery and very clean.

Palate just brings the goods. Mellow and easy drinking toasted bread in a glass. Crackling toast I say there Grommit, hints of brown bread crust, almost rye but none of the overt spicy quality. Chewy malt with a moderate very subtle caramel that takes a backseat but shows up slightly on the aftertaste. Light bodied and borderline feeling sessionable, but with more depth by far.

Odell just can do me no wrong. A fun easy drinking Scottish ale that has fantastic bready character, without getting overly sweet, sugary, bitter, watery or anything. Odell delivers the goods. (1,143 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's my nightcap, a scottish ale from a brewery I can't get locally. On to the beer:

It is a dark colored beer, looks like black cherries, but shown through a light it glows redder. Creamy head on top. Aroma....peat, dirt, rustic dry crackery malt, bread crust. A very dry aroma.

Dry, astringent malt is what hits the palate first. A bit of peat is mixed in, dried prunes, tea leaves are also tasted. The flavors together are mixed at the right proportions to create an extremely easy on the palate treat which isn't too light, and goes down without a hitch.

A good, and very drinkable scottish ale. I would call for another bottle, but I only brought home one. (667 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.

Better to pour in a glass than drink out of the bottle.

Dark color with medium head, disappearing after a bit.
Smells like malt, a bit fruity and nutty.

Taste has malts, but with a spicey/sweet undertone. At first I thought it would be too malty for me, but it cleared up and ended as a Pale. great drinkability and mouthfeel. A darn good beer. (375 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, amber coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, bubbly, off-white head. Nose of muted roasted caramel and nut, with earthy highlights. Flavors are roasted caramel sweet, with earthy tones, and hints of char. Smooth, slick bodied, with a roasted, sugary sweet aftertaste. Smooth, slightly cloying finish. (356 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm reddish-brown body with a thick rocky off-white head and a light carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of soft toasted malt comes through with a light dryness.

T- The flavor of dry biscuit malt flavor with coffee roasted malt has a slight earthy note and a finish of bitterness that is soft with a hop hint. There is a slight tartness to the hop bitterness that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish fills out the mouthfeel.

D- This beer has nice roasted flavor but it is very smooth and drinkable. (641 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikey711 for this 12 oz bottle. For the record, Odell didn't coin the term 90 Shilling, so shame on them...

A: The ale is cuprous red color, dark enough to be opaque even though it retains an orange glow. A finger and a half of white head lasted for 10 or so minutes before fading away.

S: The maltiness of the ale stands out, roasted (not burnt) grains and caramel vie for attention. Nutty aromas also run around.

T: Nice and malty, this ale is a good companion following a day of intermittent shovelling. Dark fruits match the caramel malts, all elements strong and grainy. Hoppiness is an afterthought, hiding behind the layers of warming malts. With the word 'Shilling' in the name, I was expecting a wee bit o' smoke but there's none to be tasted here.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-driven, full and tasty. The biscuity, caramel flavors are soothing.

D: The lower abv really helps the drinkability. A good ale for a cold night. (942 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter, with some nice caramel tones thrown in. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew from Odell. (322 characters)

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.

3.5/3/3.5/3/4 (628 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The 90 Schilling from Odell is quite nice. The beer pours a brownish clear amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent a nice malt....that isnt sweet or over powering. The taste is very good....a nice scotch type ale with that earthy malt. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected in body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and would definitely try this one again! (387 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin light tan head on top of a ruby red beer. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Caramel malts. Smells like copper, pretty standard for the style for me.

T- Malt malt malt, caramel. No hops detected, as per style guidelines. Nice, pleasant ABV.

M- Low carbonation. Mid to low mouthfeel thickness.

D/O- Easy drinking Scottish ale here. Nothing stands out to put it in the top tier of the style but no bad attributes either. Good for what it is. (460 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of pale hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, earthy malt, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of grain. Overall, a very smooth beer with a nice blend of flavors. (407 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fire Rock Grill.
A nice deep amber/red colour with a small head of foam but some decent sticky lacing.

It has a nice caramel malt sweet and lightly roasted malt nose. No bitterness that I can detect and that's fine with me.

Sipping was a nice experience. Plenty of caramel maltiness brings some sweet notes but it's balanced by a nice roasted malt character with a slight dash or maybe hint of some nuttiness. Very malt forward and a sheer delight.

Medium bodied with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? I had things to do or I would have had another or 2. Very darn drinkable and very darn tasty. Just a tad better than the bottled version, imho, but both are more than worthy. (711 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper tone. Bubbly and fluffy beige head. Lace is more than sufficient. Nice aroma of caramel malts and warm biscuity tones. Medium to medium-full body. Smooth flavor and mouthfeel. Caramel and bread maltiness provides the substance to this beer. Hops merely provide a little balance. Could serve well as a session beer in a pinch. (337 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased in Pocatello on 9.4.12

A - Poursna clear deep amber with a one inch light tan head with good lacing.

S - Very malty and bitter.

T - Malty and lots of metal ruin it for me.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Metal in beer is not a good flavor. It might be a bad bottle. I mean I did buy it in Idaho at an Albertsons. So, who knows? (365 characters)

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