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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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very good

1,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 112 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-06-2014 00:28:58 | More by afsdan
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-26-2013 00:04:47 | More by BillRoth
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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

01-02-2006 20:13:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-31-2013 05:19:07 | More by rab53
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-01-2014 01:13:15 | More by LXIXME
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

05-15-2010 03:29:33 | More by Bighuge
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

A decent beer, nothing exceptional, a dark copper and red appearance, aroma reveals nothing.

Taste, not a malt bomb, but no discernable hop quotient either. Mildly enjoyable, but taste's like a Colorado version of SA Boston Lager/Red Ale.

Mouthfeel, turns to that earth feel, heavier, woodier, less like beer. Drinkable, yes, it doesn't turn you off to having another, just the price aspect of it does.

02-22-2010 17:46:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-09-2012 19:13:24 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-02-2014 23:48:03 | More by dmorgan310
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

01-28-2012 01:03:00 | More by billab914
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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.


04-03-2011 02:28:46 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

03-02-2009 03:03:56 | More by Tone
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2.7/5  rDev -30.2%

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?

09-05-2012 05:57:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-10-2014 18:20:22 | More by drummermattie02
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-10-2010 01:12:11 | More by scruffwhor
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-05-2008 03:56:01 | More by ccrida
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-30-2013 20:08:08 | More by GraduatedCashew
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4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

01-02-2010 21:04:10 | More by Bitterbill
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

09-20-2013 00:49:01 | More by WoodBrew
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-14-2013 15:57:34 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

02-28-2003 13:08:15 | More by Dogbrick
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-30-2013 10:13:23 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

01-01-2012 01:11:19 | More by bluejacket74
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4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

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!

03-08-2009 23:44:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-28-2010 23:41:20 | More by tavernjef
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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