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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

1,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 93
Gots: 206 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of gfreed
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spotted this in a forest of mediocre tap handles at a mediocre mall bar in Westminster, CO. I expected something more intense and more alcoholic, given the style, but enjoyed it anyhow. It's a Scottish ale deflated by about one third; still having plenty of caramelly flavor (and that distinct taste of peas) without the burn of the booze that so warms one on a winter evening. A levitated, springtime approach to an otherwise heavy-duty, depths-of-January malty classic. Worth a glass.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this. My first Scottish Ale.

A: Darker red with a brown tint. Very clear. Half finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Pretty malty. Lots of nuttiness and caramel. Toffee. A white bread aroma.

T: Toffee and caramel upfront. Lots of nuttiness with a light toastiness. Slightly bready.

M: Medium light body. Low to medium carbonation. Medium creaminess.

O: A decent beer. To malty for my tastes, but nothing wrong with it.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A well-carbonated tangerine and light brown. A light film of frothy head. Clings to the glass nicely. Huge bubbly and a bit of yeast floating around.

Smell - Light amber notes with a bit of malt and citrus. Fairly light on the nose.

Taste - A very light sour tart intertwined with light Scottish properties. Faint plum and cherry. I can taste a bit of the carbonation as it leaves a sort of carbonated lime flavor with me.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Definitely a lighter-bodied Scottish ale. Hints of lime and light fruits.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruby amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well as a nice bit of overt grassy notes in the finish.

Photo of DividedAvery
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A: The beer pours a hazy brown, very dull to be honest. The beer has a really nice creamy head that sticks around for awhile

S: Lots of malt here. For a scottish ale I would say the malt is actually subdued but it' working really nice for me

T: Malty and sweet this beer is very drinkable. It's more comparable to a malty amber for me than a scotch ale, it just doesn't have some of the earthy characteristics I associate with the style

M: Very smooth and clean. Loving it

O: A great beer, would much rather have this than almost any other amber, unless I was in a hoppy mood.

Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

911th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by: 1/17/12
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A semi translucent amber with some light browns and a good 1/2 finger of semi off white head. Had a very good amount of cling behind it.

Smell- A malty, slightly hoppy aroma with a bit of seems to me like ginger. A boquet of some decent spice balanced things out.

Taste- Much like th taste with a full malt flavor and a bit of a toned down amber. Sadly this had a second layer of some pepper and a bit of a soap flavor.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit of grainular soap after taste. I was not a fan of this residual flavor.

Drink- I just simply wasn't a fan of this beer. It was average to say the least but that mouth and feel just killed it for me.

Photo of beer2day
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel pour with orange notes. Large, fluffy 2-finger head. Thin retention and chunky lace.

Big caramel nose with a healthy dose of peat. Smells very chewy, like bread rising.

Caramel dominates the taste with another healthy dose of peat. Sweet, but relatively dry, finish. Light earthy hops compliment the earthy malt flavors. Getting nuttier as the glass warms.

Body is lighter than I would like, though.

Overall, very well done. Had this at the pub nearly 20 years ago and good to see that my taste and the taste of the beer has remained strong.

I'd get it again.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a thistle glass.

A: Amber in hue with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Head retention is low, and lacing is rather minimal.

S: Malt is dominant, with aromas of fruits, caramel, and some toast. Hops lend a slightly floral nose on the end.

T: Very malt-forward up front, with hints of toffee, dried fruits, and some anise. It also has some chocolate notes there too. Finish is long, and dry, with some floral, piney character.

Notes: This medium-bodied brew is well-balanced, flavorful, and with its relatively low ABV, quite easy to drink. Odell never fails to impress. I really enjoy this brew. It screams for a pairing with a venison roast.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a damn good session. the flagship beer from what i consider to be colorado's finest brewery, it is an amber, but much much more. doesnt have the residual malt sweetness of a typical amber, instead a quicker, more dry finish with a slightly toasted mellow vibe and a bigger body. this one can drink all afternoon evening and night with zero diminishing marginal utility. not my favorite odell brew, but it fills a very important beer drinking niche, especially here in denver

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2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

1/2 pint from cask,served via handpump at local Wetherspoons

A- Ruby red body with excellent clarity. 1 finger tan head with average/good retention and excellent lacing.

S- Light toasted malts mingle amongst some more complex toffeish sweeter malts. Must stress these are as subtle as can be, not much nose at all.

T- There is obvious malt notes there, sweeter toffee in the beginning becoming toastier with a touch of tea like dryness in the finish. Once again extremely subtle and perhaps the finish is not stereotypical of the style.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

D- Doesnt work for me. Lifeless nose and palate and what is there isnt true enough to style for me. Maybe im harsh possibly due to the travel its maybe done or poor cellarmanship, but underneath that it can hardly be branded a 90 shilling - a full bodied malt beast.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of maple and almost a hint of old book pages. A mahogany color, sea foam white head. Taste is nutty, almost hazelnut if not almond. Palate has a nice light carbonation with an almost creamy finish. Overall a great session beer. wish the oak aged came out more.

Photo of Ninjabrew
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Dark amber with an average size head, nothing special.

S Very faint smell, smells faintly like a loaf of bread. Maybe a little green apple.

T I think this taste more like an amber ale than any Scottish ale I've ever had. Not a lot of the piney/spicyness I had hopes for.

D Has a little too much funkyness to drink too many of these, not really worth my soeriety either.

O I've had better amber ales and way better Scottish ales before.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap:

A- Dark amber brown color with a whitish brown head

S- Malty goodness. Scent is not super strong. Hops are mildly present in the scent

T- malty upfront with a nice hoppy finish. Hops aren't too intense, but biterness level is perfect. Aftertaste is refreshing.

M- Super smooth. Goes down with ease

O- My ideal session beer. The beer that made me fall in love with Odell's

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger foamy head. Clear amber with crimson hues.

S: roasted and caramel malt.

T: mostly malt but ver flavorful. Some earthy notes in the finish.

M: high carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: one of the more flavorful ambers/scottish ales I have had.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.