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Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by Todd on 01-27-2001

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Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GHB for sending this one my way. The beer poured out as a nice clear looking amber color with a light cream colored head on top. The lacing is very good on this as well as the retention. It's a great looking brew. The smell of the beer is malty, semi sweet with a nice earthy caramel aroma. The taste of the beer is very mellow, nice malt profile with a subtle bitterness in the late finish, flavors of toast and caramel. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it had a good amount of body but remains easy to drink. Overall it's a very good brew and I'm glad I got to finally try it.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Mugsy's Tavern in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Reviewed live.

A- one finger white head with middling-low retention. Strong white lacing. Walnut color with high clarity. Attractive looking beer.

S- medium roasted malts. Marshmallow, warm malts and some toffee notes as well. Hops have a low profile here.

T- sweet, toasty and roasty. Nice marshmallow taste. Warm, smooth and tasty.

M- smooth, creamy and full-bodied.

O- good example of the style. Balances roasted flavors with sweetness very well. Quite approachable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Hyvee, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 1/9/2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Odell's 90 Shilling Ale is a satisfyingly malty scottish ale that simultaneously makes use of notable European hops to contribute balance and enjoyable spiciness and bitternes. The only part where this caramel and brown-malt heavy beer seems to stumble is in its aroma, where it is too placid, displaying little of the caramel, bread, and hop bravado that its flavor did. That aside, this is an excellent, easy drinking beer that will satisfy what those looking for malt and continental hops seek.

Pours a tall, 2.5cm high head of light tan to beige-colored bubbles, which has above-average retention, gradually settling to a fairly thick cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also above average, leaving doily-like patterns over the part of the glass that a sip was taken from, the head itself also leaving some thick washes of lace along the entire perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark copper-red color, with light brining out brighter orange-red hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, and apparently very active and numerous.

Aroma is surprisingly modest, not as much caramel malt as I'd expect, but some, along with toasted bread, mild yeast, and minerals. The result is a mild, sweet, slightly hearty bread-like aroma.

Tastes as you'd expect, big and malty, with sizable portions of caramel malt and brown bread, all tempered by woodsy, spicy, slightly bitter European hops. Front of palate is sugary sweet, with caramel, toffee, and brown bread flavors. Mid-palate finds continued sweetness from caramel and toated malt sources, substantial brown bread flavors, hints of mineral-laden water, and slightly herbal and bitter hops. Back of palate is mildly sweet with caramel malts, bigger mineral flavor, and more notable hop flavors including slightly spicy, herbal, and woodsy notes. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, slightly leaf-matter-on-forest-floor, slightly sweet, as from caramel malts and brown bread.

The beer has a medium body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, never high enough to make this fizzy, but substantial to the point of foaming the beer gently upon the palate. The overall mouthfeel is, then, foamy and smooth, even somewhat creamy. Closes wet, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times, but finally reviewing it after a 22oz. draft with dinner tonight.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a cocoa head, decent legs for a Scottish ale. A little hazy.

S - Piney hops muddled with clove or allspice. It's nice but isnt there in great amounts.

T - I dont detect any of the spices that were there in the nose. I get a mild hop twang and an oaky flavor.

M - The character that makes it above average for me is a little more creaminess and no funky lingering aftertaste.

O - I had this after having a Sam Adams Winter Lager, and it was a defininte improvement. Mostly because of the mouthfeel and appearance.

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Photo of KajII
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear dark copper with an average (1-2 finger) off white foamy head that steadily reduced, down to a puddled film and medium collar with fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt, mild grassy hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and a mild spiciness.

The taste was very malty with a mild caramel sweetness at first, but quickly became bitter sweet with an earthy and mildly spicy finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a mild sweet bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was in the middle of light and medium in body with a dry texture and an very soft carbonation.

Overall this was a brew that did not have much complexity. Although what it did have seemed to work well enough, allowing for the bitter and sweet to meld together along with a good malty feel creating a nice smooth drinkability...


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Photo of jimmah120
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of ambers, not sure why I keep trying them.. 12oz bottle, no date, into hourglass.

Look is a great dark-brown amber, off-white finger of head. Smell is nutty and woody; hazelnut, earthy hop, baked bread. Nice velvety feel gives way to a blast of nutty oak and a sprinkling of numbing bitter hops.

Ended up being surprised by how solid a beer this is. Tasty.

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Photo of sommersb
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-18-2012
Freshness: Best by 12-19-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Schooner
Purchased: 6-pack from Colorado Liquor Mart, Denver

Appearance is a clear, dark amber color and a sizable tan head of 3 fingers. Lacing is excellent and head retention is very good.

Smells are of smoked peat, toasted malts and earthy hop notes. A very unique aroma for sure.

Taste is bready and has a distinct flavor that carries over from the nose. I don't know that this is any kind of peat or smoke influence as the brewer's notes don't mention these, but it is my guess they've either used some smoking technique or tried to mimic the flavors of such. No bitterness is perceived, although the taste does have some bite to it from the smoke.

Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation seems to be in the low ranges. The aftertaste is malty and smoked, with a light sweetness to it.

Overall the taste seemed unpleasant at first, but I came to appreciate it more as I had more samples. I'd say this was a good beer and I'm betting it would pair well with something smoky like bar-b-que or a cigar.

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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?

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colour with tinges of copper and a thin, foamy white to tan-brown coloured head that settles to a thin lace.

Lighter hops and some mild fruity aromas coming through at the start of this one. It's not especially strong on the nose but it pleasant and is backed up with some light tropical notes and a helping of vanilla and caramel malts. There is also a touch of pine and some sweetness.

Nice light hops and a mild tropical fruit aroma together with some vanilla, caramel and also some nice sweet malts and toffee.

Smooth with low to medium carbonation and body along with a sweet finish that has some mild bitterness and feels creamy.

A nice beer but one that was a slight disappointment in that I was expecting a little bit more from this one. I was nice enough to taste but I felt the cabonation could have been a little stronger and there wasn't really anything to excite me or grab my attention.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Anton's, Waite Park, MN

A: thick, bushy head; dark cola color; decent lacing
S: malty, caramel aroma
T: sweet, dark roast; lightly hopped; clear, nice upper-note flavors; caramel, whorehound, pepper; malt comes through well
M: clear, not thick

This is a good, solid dinner beer.

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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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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

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Photo of intensify
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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?

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Photo of lawlerj
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of stercomm
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.