Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,488 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 106
Gots: 296 | 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 puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odell 90 Shilling

Appearance: red-orange, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty and dark.

Taste: hops, nice malts, and a sweet bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly watery.

Overall:
This is an ok brew. It isn't terribly complex, but it is slightly watery.

Photo of intensify
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark amber color with a very small head. Picking up some caramel and dark fruits. Can pick up the sweetness in the smell immediatly. Taste of dark fruits with good carbonation. Medium bodied which fits this beer well. Worth having a glass and maybe 1 or 2 in the fridge.

Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quality, well-rounded beer. Between dark amber and mahogany. Tight light khaki head. Deep nutty maltiness. Bready with thick caramel, but dry enough to keep it quaffable. Even bitterness. Light and smooth hop flavor - earthy, grassy, blackberries. Bit of fruit from the yeast too. Where better to try a brewery's flagship than the brewery itself?

Photo of lawlerj
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A - Pours a brownish, translucent amber. Tawny, light tan finger width head. Very nice sudsy lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears moderate; even a little light. Very nice looking beer.

S - The nose is not overly strong. Toasty malt aromas as well as some sweeter caramel notes. Not getting much in the way of hop character here.

T - The taste is similar to the aroma for the most part. Bready and toasty, with just a touch of hop bitterness through the middle, but nothing crazy though. Finish is smooth and a little bit sweet.

M - Medium bodied. The carbonation is just right, and lends a nice crispness that gives this brew an added bit of levity.

O - Overall, a very nice beer. Can't believe that it took me this long to get to it, but I think I will be coming back for a full sixer sooner rather than later.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Merciless Malty Goodness...

Appearance -
A solid browned amber with a pillowy head.

Smell -
Roasted/Toasted Malts with various different levels there is a bit of brown sugar and dried fruit bit.

Taste -
Deep and multiple malt layers that is full and rounded, dark malt flavor. The lack of hops drives the beer towards a brown ale territory. It lacks the typical bitterness that I associate Scotch Ales

Mouthfeel - Oaty Smooth

Overall - I like this beer. Its one of the deeper Scotch Ale I have enjoyed. It is definitely work seeking out.

Photo of Bockrules
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent deep copper with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the creamy, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind a nice wall comprised of individual rings of lacing. Textbook.

S - A dose of slightly smokey peat and sweet malt notes upon opening the bottle and pouring in the glass that quickly dissipates.

T - Malty upfront. The body is almost completely driven by sweet malt with just a hint of caramel and peat, with just a small, slightly stale earthy hop bitterness to balance things out. Increase hop presence as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a lightly toasted grain, caramel and peat finish.

M - Smack in the middle of medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep it lively and interesting.

Although 90 Shiling is Odell's flagship brew, it is actually my least favorite of their offerings that I have tried so far (although it looks damn sexy). By no means is it a bad brew, it just comes up short in the aroma profile and has a decent, but unmemorable flavor. In fact, if it didn't cost $8.50 a six, this would be an ideal causal beer. At this point in the argument, I still prefer Belhaven if I am going to shell out for a Scottish ale.

Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red, with a hint or orange. Forms about an inch of a tan colored head.

Smells very malty, and with the yeast, reminds me a bit of the smell of fresh baked bread.

Starts out very malty, with a sweetness that is just right, not overdone. There is a bit of a hop bite there, which adds a bit of spice to it. Has a bit of pepper overlaying the malt. Nice mix of flavors here.

The feel is very nice and full, better than I expected.

This is a very flavorful beer which goes down easy. I picked up this bottle while on vacation, and glad I gave it a try. Very nice beer.

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed reading about this style and the the history behind it relating to the taxation of how heavy the beer was. Looking forward to trying this.

Bottle best by 5/1/12. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice deep amber color with lots of frothy off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Bready. Lots of caramel malts. Very mild hop aroma.

T- Nicely balanced. The malt sweetness is not overpowering, balanced with some mild herbal hops. The bready flavor is enjoyable like freshly baked warm wheat bread.

M- Pleasant medium body, not overly carbonated. Slight dry finish.

O- A solid offering from Odell. Really enjoyed this.

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with best by of 6/12/2012 into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours beautiful dark amber with about two to three fingers of off white head that disipates rather quickly, but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Roasted malt's dominate thoughout, lots of caramel, and toffee notes interacting quite well with the breadiness. A slight smoky/peaty smell lingers in the background.

Taste: Nice peaty, smoky breadiness right up front, that turns to a sweet caramel and toffee taste in the middle of the mouth, and ends with a slight herbal spicyness from the hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp light and drinkable.

Overall: Very very good brew. I feel this is one of the better balanced "Scotch Ales" I've had from an American brewer. Very solid all around, and a real crowd pleaser even with my BMC drinking friends.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Odell's Mountain Standard pint glass.

Appearance is a deep, clear, copper color.
1 1/2 finger off white rocky cap that maintains itself down to the last sip.

Smell is of light hop and light roast malt.

Taste is very balanced with English hop and light roast biscuit. No residual sweetness just a nice balance of malt and hops with neither too assertive. A great amber ale flavor. Probably the best I have had of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium with fine carbonation.

Overall a great session ale that is so balanced and smooth. A pleasure to bring this back from my visit to Colorado. Odell is my favorite brewery in the state with New Belgium a close second.

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of stercomm
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass

A - tawny copper in color with a slight reddish hue, nice off white head, good glass lacing.

S - immediately get a malty biscuit scent with some slight citrus and maybe some mint.

T - slight sweet malt, some biscuit, citrusy hops on the dry finish

M - slight creaminess, medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - a well balanced brew, worth a couple at a time.

Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with good clarity. Pours a solid, frothy foam with excellent retention and lacing patches with each sip.

Nuts and bread grains in the aroma.

Malt flavor suggestive of rye bread. Roasted almonds. Weak herbal hop attempts to balance. Finishes with a hint of tartness.

Solid medium body. Smooth feel. Descent carbonation.

Pretty good stuff. Could use a little more balance from the hops.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best before June 12, 2012

A: Amber with a nice head and good lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malt. Fairly faint on the nose, although that could be the shaker pint.

T: Sweet, bready and buttery malt with herbal hops to balance. The finish is surprisingly somewhat dry, and the beer is well balanced.

M: Medium and a bit fizzy.

O: An unremarkable, although well balanced, drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for bringing this my way.

It pours a ruby-amber brown with a nice cap of foam. There’s a light, malty aroma with a slight hint of a hop spice at the end. The aroma is familiar and welcoming, like the rounded notes from toasting brown sugar topping pancakes. I like it.

It’s real tasty too. The malt sweetness doesn’t overpower but blends well with the rest of the beer. I get that light ‘pancake’ familiarity too, along with just a hint of hops at the end. Yum!

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

Enjoyed this one on tap, but managed to score a single as well, so chose to take notes on the bottle experience.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, finger of tan head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hop notes, hint of mustiness, caramel and toffee, cornmeal, wheaty bread.

T - The caramel and toffee dominate, the musty citrus hops come through nicely on the finish with a touch of peat. Hints of cotton candy, muddled toffee and buttered whole wheat bread lingers on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation level but comes across a tad thin, smooth going down and a hint of dryness on the finish.

O - Very tasty ale, more of an amber than a scotch IMO. The peat notes are quite faint and the caramel notes tend to dominate. Easy drinking ale that was fantastic on tap and just as tasty in the bottle.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to pint glass the beer pours a amber/dark orange color with a nice 2 finger head, good retention and lacing. An enjoyable aroma of malty sweetness, caramel, almost nutty character to it. Little hop presence in the nose. The flavor starts with the malt character and develops with caramel flavors, mild bitterness, and again a hint of nuts. Very tasty and well balanced. Finishes smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. Overall, this is an excellent beer I need to drink more of, highly recommended.

Photo of Aml42000
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark copper with a nice head. Decent lacing.'

S- Distinct cigar box/tobacco aromatics.

T- A very obvious black tea note dominates the palate. This is either positive or negative based on one's perception. Medium finish at best.

M- Heavy carbonation, but quite angular. Some freshness enhanced with some mineral/herbal character. Medium bodied.

O- This gets points for being distinctive in an easy category to get lost in. Don't know if I think it is more than a good beer, but certainly unique.

Photo of siege06nd
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a CBS snifter...

A: 90 Shilling pours a clear, relatively dark copper color. About a finger of white head lasts for a few minutes until it fades down to a quarter finger of loose bubbles. Decent lacing on the sides. Fairly light and clear for the style.

S: Sweet, bready malt and a lot of citrus notes. A hint of pine resin hops. Not much complexity, a bit one note.

T: Sweet caramel malt, some mild hops. Very sticky and cloying. Kind of a watery taste. Freshness may be an issue here.

M: Well balanced, medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This isn't anything impressive and doesn't really seem to be to style. It's somewhat thin and cloying, and certainly doesn't present anything interesting. A lot better options out there.

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 denver10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I have a soft spot for as it was the first Colorado beer I had when I moved to the state.
Pours a nice amber color with a thumb and a half width of a just off-white head. The head eventually drops but a thin layer remains on the surface, with the edges maintaining the thickest leftover. Decent lacing. Aroma offers a touch of smokiness, nutty, sweet bread and caramel, and a little spiciness and earthiness. Flavor follows suit. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, definitely a fan of this one. Easily my favorite beer of the style.

Photo of TheFlern
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfect amber with white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smooth malts. Nothing surprising here. This is a "gateway" beer if I've ever had one.

Taste: Follows the nose. Mainly malt with very little detectable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and drinkable. Good carbonation.

Overall: Not something to go seeking out if you are a craft aficionado. However, if you get Odell in your area and are looking for something to convert a BMC drinker or if you're just looking for a sessionable beer check this one out.

Photo of TheCondor
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother in law brough this beer over on New Years Eve, and we never got around to drinking our good beers because we were busy drinking copious amounts of cheap beer and playing video games. Soudns like a loser, I know, whatever. Anyway...

Appearance - Pours almost a burnt orange color, making it the perfect gift for the Longhorn fan in your family. Probably a one inch head on it which dissipated rather quickly, decent carbonation.

Smell - This brew has a wicked good smell. Nuts, caramel, and a whopping dose of malt. I love it, one of my favorite parts about the brew.

Taste - The taste pretty much matches right up with what you would expect when you smell this brew. The malt is the prime mover, although there are hints of maybe caramel or maybe even toffee and some roasted almonds.

Mouthfeel - Well balanced brew, medium carbonation, nice and smooth.

Overall - This is a great brew. I would certainly buy it again, recommend it to a friend, etc. Everything seems to be a cohesive whole with this beer. The taste matches the smell, which is kind of what you would expect out of the look and partly the style. ODell Brewing has done an excellent job with this beer. I suggest it to anyone. That and 98 cents will get you a burger off the dollar menu.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.