Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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86
very good

428 Reviews
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Reviews: 428
Hads: 1,510
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 111
Gots: 311 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews: 428 | Hads: 1,510
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)

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

From the 12 fl. oz bottle stamped 8/29/128. Sampled on July 27, 2012. It pours a handsome looking medium amber with a moderate, foamy, soapy head that leaves a good supply of lacing.

The aroma is of sweet pale malts, raisins, yeast, and some clean hops.

The body was in the medium range.

The taste was upfront sweet and malty with a delayed but lingering hop bitterness on the end. A likable beer. (400 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

n8dietz is da man once again!!!

Pours a light cola brown mixed with ruby and copper. Nice bubbling for a Scottish ale, but lack luster head and foam.

The aroma is sweat toasted bread that has a few raisins and plums baked into the crust. Not too sweet though.

The taste starts fruity bread sweet with a powdery feeling palate upfront. The middle has some of that carbonation add a little spritz to the palate, while the fruity flavors take a little more control and the toasted caramel flavored malt slow fades to the finish.

Great session Scotch ale. No noticeable hops, except that maybe if they weren't there, this beer would be a lot sweeter. (652 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber/copper color with an off-white head. Coarse head dissapated after the first few drinks. Thin lacing on the glass

Smell: Very pleasing aroma, with notes of honey, sweet bread, toasted grain, slight honey and some resiny sting in the nose.

Taste: Sweet slightly burned malt flavors and caramel. Herbal hoppiness turning slightly bitter. Great balance of complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating with a warmness that settled-in. Medium body complimenting the good balance.

Drinkable: I really liked this beer for its complexity, balance and easy drinking. A good choice for a Scottish Ale. (619 characters)

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. (511 characters)

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

On draught served in a mug, the 90 Shilling is dark bronze with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is soft sweet caramel malt, which goes from very faint to modest as it warms up.

Taste is very smooth, semi-sweet malt with a slight bitterness, and is overall super clean. I could use a bit more umpph, but this is otherwise very well made.

MF is smooth, with a crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability is very good, my large mug went down in a hurry. I thought it was stronger as a 90 shilling, and is probably more like a 70 shilling. In general, I like Scotch ales stronger and a little smokey. This one is still pretty good all around for a lighter scotch ale. (680 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2/11/14
A - deep amber body, creamy ivory head slowly fades to a foam, leaving excellent lacing down the glass
S - malty, earthy aroma, caramel, faint peat and tea
T - malty, bready, caramel, burnt sugar, earth, peat, tea
M - medium body, creamy, finishes with some hop spiciness
O - good example of the style, very well crafted (346 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear amber hue with a fat medium-bubbled light beige head that slowly fizzles it's way down to a creamy coating. Leaves a nice looking swiss cheese lacing pattern on the glass as well.

The smell of this beer is fabulous! Practically teeming with sweet caramel notes and soft roasty chocolate. Smells juicy and fresh.

The flavor straddles the line between sweet toffee candy and toasty grain husk bitterness. This is a very refreshing take on the style as earthy peat and smoky flavors are kept to a minimum while still contributing to a Scotch Ale feel to the beer. This is a delicious beer and I would highly recommend trying this beer to everyone! (666 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark red, almost brown. A one finger white head forms, and sticks throughout. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, biscuit, and caramel up front. Light chocolate that is lightly astringent and metallic.
T: Big toasted malt up front. Sweet caramel and milk chocolate. Some hops in the background, and a very light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Slightly prickly and rough. Easy to drink. I put a few away with ease.

A good amber ale. Something I enjoyed. I can see this being a staple of mine if I lived in the area. (573 characters)

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

This is sliding down very quick so I better rate it while I still have a third of a glass left...

pours a orangish/brown...small lace....nose is earthy and herbal...also malty...body is medium...flavor profile leans heavily to the malt....biscuity base....and surprisingly some chocolate notes as well...a touch of spicy hops on the finish..

Very tasty and easy drinking...I don't see it as a Scottish Ale though...tastes more like an amber ale and a very good one at that...I would buy this again....

Thanks to bditty for another dandy... (548 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to prAna for sending me this. I like getting my hands on 90 Shilling beers, as I am a fan of the style. I didn't think this one was quite as good as Hoster's version but it was decent. Pours a dark amber color with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Earthy malt aroma. Body is fairly rich, with flavors of malt, caramel and a little fruit. Finish is lightly bitter. Overall pretty good. (395 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice medium mahgony brown hue with a small tuft of light tan foam keeping steadyness to keep its presense at a good skim. Lacing is minimal in a few spots and torn straggly strings.

Aroma is a tad light but what's there stands with a nice craft to some light toasty biscuity malt, nutty sweetness, toffee, and a poof to some English style dryish hops.

Taste is made up of mostly malt with a nice tender smooth sweetness that has a medium nuttyness swirling about with a twist to some toasted grains and a very slight hint to an English hop biterness thats dryish, buttery, burntish with an edgy push into some late toffee and mild cocoa underneath. Firm, subtle, and smooth.

Body is smooth, firm, and toned in a malten medium body that has unescapeable drinkability. Wow! It's simple with a nice subtleness across its flavor profile. It takes on a very drinkable smooth body that's clean, round, and malted with a nice touch to English hoppyness and toastyness. This one grows on you quickly and drinks down way too easy...solid and definately Odell. (1,053 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby highlights and a very malty smell. I don't really know how to judge thse "scottish" ales since I haven't sampled many (Alesmith Wee Heavy was good). This was not thick or strong but it was tasty and the low ABV makes it easy to drink. (250 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: copper transparent body 7 a massive white head. Very nice lacing on side of glass,

Smell: Biscuit & roasty grain. Citrisy hops.

Taste: Nice malty flavor (lightly roasted grain and biscuity). Light tasting hops. Citris, leafy, fresh, and grassy tasting hops. The balance between malt and hops is the best part of this beer, very nice!

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Sticky and slick. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is great for throwing a few back. Your palate will not get overpowered by too much flavor and the balance is impressive. Great example of this style! (630 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful! A finger and a half of creamy head atop a wonderfully red amber ale. Some tracing on the sides. Light bubbles float through the clear beer. I, for one, am impressed.

S: Light, hoppy, and pleasant. An almost herbal scent in the background is identified, after consultation, as mint. Very nice!

T: Crisp, malty, and very good. I bought this in Scotland, and was commenting on its American taste, when it was pointed out that this Scottish Ale is actually from Colorado. They have done their jobs well. Hops perform a lovely balancing act. The aftertaste is clean, bitter-sweet, and delectable.

M: Full, substantial, ticklish, and fun.

D: A wonderfully drinkable, very satisfying beer. As good or better than its Scottish counterparts. Definitely recommended. (820 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a creamy beige head that recedes to a thin cap quickly.

The aroma is decent for an Scottish ale with the requisite sweet caramel malts joined by a hint of smoked peat. It's pretty light overall in the nose with some earthy hops coming through.

The taste is more of the same with hints of chocolate and lots of caramel sweetness. There is a heavily toasted malt character throughout with a light smokiness coming out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

A cross between and amber and a Scottish ale, this beer is a solid entry in either category. (655 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell has captured the Scottish Ale character. the beer pours brilliant ruby under a cream colored 2" foam collar that rises up over the rim of the glass. Clean and smooth with big malt flavors, some kettle sugars and a hint of fruity esters. (243 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 10/21/10, into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish amber body with an inch of creamy off-white head; average retention and very nice lacing. Excellent looking beer.

S: Deep nutty malts and a touch of citrusy hops. Very clean and well-balanced.

T: Malts dominate throughout, with sweeter caramel notes up front giving way to toasty and nutty flavors on the back end. Some hop bitterness closes things out, but doesn't really add much in the way of flavor. Lightly fruity aftertaste, but more bitter than sweet. Enjoyable, but I'd prefer more noticeable hops.

M: Fairly full body with a moderate amount of somewhat spiky carbonation. Interesting, but not as smooth as I'd like for the style.

D: Very full-flavored for the ABV, which is nice, but the full body and big malts keep it from going down too easily.

Notes: This is an eminently solid amber ale, and it doesn't surprise me a bit that Odell calls this their flagship. I greatly prefer their IPA (or St. Lupulin), but this is a nice, approachable brew. Good stuff.

Cheers! (1,051 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of caramel, a very faint whiff of peat, and an overall sweetness. It is a nice aroma, but rather weak. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is pleasant, but lacks any real complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but it really doesn't wow me. I could drink it again without complaints, but I would seek it out. (522 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a white and lace producing head. The aroma is of grain, fresh earth, and wet hops. Medium in body. Semi sweet. This is a drinkable beer. (161 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

911th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by: 1/17/12
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A semi translucent amber with some light browns and a good 1/2 finger of semi off white head. Had a very good amount of cling behind it.

Smell- A malty, slightly hoppy aroma with a bit of seems to me like ginger. A boquet of some decent spice balanced things out.

Taste- Much like th taste with a full malt flavor and a bit of a toned down amber. Sadly this had a second layer of some pepper and a bit of a soap flavor.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit of grainular soap after taste. I was not a fan of this residual flavor.

Drink- I just simply wasn't a fan of this beer. It was average to say the least but that mouth and feel just killed it for me. (788 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich chestnut with loose beige foam that fades fast but trails.
Red currant, some Crystal sweetness, and some tannins on the nose - all muted but grow as it opens.
Big toffee sauce sweetness, some toasted hazelnuts, dried apricots and mildly woody end.
Chocolate malt powder and golden raisin end and spicy clean linger.
Light more than medium, some cling, round.

States outright that it wanted to lighten the traditional style, and so it has. The body has decent chew and the flavors are sketched out right, but nothing is very deep, the big fruit and whiskey notes are missing and it's all a bit fizzy and punchless. Another one of those flagship beers from an established brewery that must've tasted amazing at the time and been a gateway for many, but it's now hard to see what the fuss is about.

Pleasant, easy, and dull as dishwater - what Americans mean when they complain about British beer. (906 characters)

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. (732 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of light tan head, Nice lacing. Deep straight amber color.

Very light aroma. Hints of a balanced beer to come. Fruit,toasted malt and slight hop aroma.

Very nicely balanced beer. Great combination of light fruit, some soft caramel, toasted malt and hop finish.
The bitterness grows and is a touch more assertive than you realize at first. Definitely showcases the caramel/brown sugar malt, but really balances this nicely.

Medium body, standard carbonation, slightly dry.

Enjoyable, not overly complex. (517 characters)

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.