Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

434 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 434
Hads: 1,569
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 121
Gots: 355 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Odell 90 Shilling Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 434 | Hads: 1,569
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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

 405 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 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 barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasted, nutty, caramel, with a lightly fruity specialty malt character in aroma.

Flavor is more fruity and more focused on toasted, nutty malt. No noted peat.

 160 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 FLima
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thick two finger head with decent retention.
Light aroma of mint, biscuit and slight toasted malts.
Flavor of toasted malts, earthy hops, spices, caramels and mild herbal mint. Finishes with a copper and mild red fruit taste. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body.
This is mellow, perfected balanced and refreshing Scottish ale, though not so fruity and complex as the original style. Being very clean and easy to drink, also pleasant and not tiresome.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,25 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 C.3,75

 541 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 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 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 BMMillsy
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured to a pint glass at the Grand Hyatt lobby in Denver. Pours orange colored, clear, with a creamy off white head on top. Aroma of some caramel and bready malts dominate, with some light floral notes on the back end. Flavor is mostly caramel malts, bready, much like a scotch ale (this is my first "Scottish" ale). Finishes OK, with medium body and a bit of juiciness. Medium carbonation. Overall not my favorite beer but my first of the style and certainly not bad.

 476 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

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.