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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,343 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 88
Gots: 174 | 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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
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?

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.