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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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1,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 81
Gots: 144 | 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 thryn
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper color with great clarity and a finger of eggshell-colored head that leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing.

The nose is very biscuity and fairly roasty/smoky, with prominent toffee notes and a faint floral hop character. It smells delicious.

On the palate, it matches the smell very well, though the hops come forward a bit more. It's a toffee-rich cookie of a beer. Slightly burnt caramel, smoke, biscuit, some flowery hops. Faint diacetyl.

Creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate and the body medium.

A wonderfully drinkable Colorado take on the Scottish style. Odell, please come to Florida.

thryn, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at City Grille in Denver, CO.

A: Deep copper color with good clarity and minimal carbonation from small bubbles. Cream colored head is frothy and has above average retention. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: A nice balance of aromas. A bittersweet toffee smell is balanced with pepper, grass and a hint of citrus.

T: Bittersweet overall. Malt has a heavy taste of sugars that have been caramelized to the point of almost being burnt. Bitterness does a good job of providing balance. It's mostly peppery, but there is some lemon in the background that adds variety. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet toffee flavor.

M: Medium light body is dry and has the right level of carbonation.

D: A good Scottsh Ale is one of my favorite styles. This is perhaps not as authentic as one from across the pond, but I'm not complaining.

Rayek, May 31, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from Domingo..

A: A nice copper amber.. Nice slightly off white head.. Looks good enough to drink.

S: Earthy, dark and roasted..

T: Nice, a roasty malt taste.. Not a lot of hops.. Nutty.

M: Simple and good.

D: Good, not amazing, but good. Great to cook with, or to drink while cooking.. Gimmie a sixer and a grill.

Beejay, May 24, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received courtesy of breity in a recent trade.

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a good-sized off-white head on top. Good retention and perfect sip rings after every sip. Very pretty. Smells of sweet malt and bananas with a touch of metal.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too bad. Flavor is very tame and mellow. Great malty goodness with just the slightest touch of bitterness lingering in the finish. This is a very easy drinker that I could enjoy time and again. I just wish that I could get it more often.

Onenote81, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scottlish LIGHT ale? There's little resemblance to most other Scottish ales. Pour is dark amber with light tan head. Nose is somewhat weak with a faint caramel and light fruits. Thin body on the palate, toasty caramel, and a rather clean finish. This beer is light and caramel sweet, easy drinking/ refreshing.

yemenmocha, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of mattster
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Pours a light frothy head of ½" atop a tea-brown brew that quickly dies down.

Smell is malty with subtle nutty notes as well. Taste follows through with a nice round taste and good finish. A hint of sweetness is nice yet not clowing. Very good finish, Nice brew.

mattster, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper like color with ruby highlights. Creamy two finger off-white head that stays for a decent amount. Big and small bubbles are left on top of the beer scattered around and some lacing is left clinging to the glass. Good appearance.

Smells like prunes, dark cherries, scotch, bread like malts.

Taste is very gentle of malts, some light hops, and notes of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation

I can see people having more then one of these due to low percentage of alcohol, not myself though.

tr4nc3d, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just bought this today in a mix-a-six. No freshness date.

Appearence- Amber red. No sediment. Poured an even half-finger head. Some lacing on the sides. Half way through the beer there remains no head, I give it a swirl and a small amount returns but then quickly dissipates.

Smell- This beer has a soft aroma in my opinion. Light hops, light malts. Kind of sweet and nutty. Kind of hard to pick out.

Taste- Bitter and light. Not an explosion of flavor but not to little of flavor. Good balance of malt and hops. Sweet, nutty, and bitter all at once. The flavors are coming through a lot more now that it has warmed up. Roasty as well.
Not bad...

Drinkability- Fair. I would not want to drink these all night. Not enough excitment for me.

dankbrew21, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Dark copper color with amber tones

S=Malty with hints of hoppiness, alcohol evident

T=Gently malty taste, light hoppiness with caramel overtones

M=Nice, thick w/ light carbonation

D=Very, not too heavy and filling, alcohol is not so strong to hinder drinkability

jacobseyb, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark auburn color with rather thin head that is quick to fade away. When held to the light you can see some reddish hues that make this a very nice looking pour.

Smells are caramel, a bit of clove, sweet sweet malt and brown sugar. Very straightforward and delisious smelling!

One big sip of this and you get a dose of malt sweetness that makes this style so good. Its got a lot of malt character followed by that caramel and clove that I could smell. A wonderful sweet beer that at 5.5% is almost a session Scottish Ale if there ever is one!

Great tasting beer, very smooth and sweet with a lot of character for a low ABV. Drinkability is exceptional!

indiapaleale, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's my nightcap, a scottish ale from a brewery I can't get locally. On to the beer:

It is a dark colored beer, looks like black cherries, but shown through a light it glows redder. Creamy head on top. Aroma....peat, dirt, rustic dry crackery malt, bread crust. A very dry aroma.

Dry, astringent malt is what hits the palate first. A bit of peat is mixed in, dried prunes, tea leaves are also tasted. The flavors together are mixed at the right proportions to create an extremely easy on the palate treat which isn't too light, and goes down without a hitch.

A good, and very drinkable scottish ale. I would call for another bottle, but I only brought home one.

DoubleJ, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a musky bark brown with slight dark ruby red. Slightly white yellow head. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma is very sweet. Burnt carmel, light chocolate, and pine hops.

Taste is pretty solid. A slightly toasted flavor but not overdone. The hops are present. Carmel as well. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, but overall clean. Great carbonation. Dry/sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this beer really surprised me. It was well rounded and had a lot of flavor. Very drinkable. I am bummed that I didn't buy an entire 6 pack.

mothman, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of joedon
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice effort.
Beautiful copper color with a tannish head. Good lacing.

Smells of grain, dark fruit and toffee.

Big flavor: lots of malt, caramel, and some residual sugars.

Smooth and lots of body. Nice aftertaste of the malt. Low bitterness and no hop flavor; as to style.

Very drinkable. Would go well with food, too.

joedon, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

twiggamortis420, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Domingo
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much the best or one of the best go-to beers in Colorado.
Pours a medium to deep brown with a little bit of a white foam head, but not too much of one.
Smells rich and malty, but there are still some hops in there.
Toasty and malty, but the hops aren't hiding. Definitely an American take on the style as the malt isn't absolutely dominating. The nice sweet ginger snap toasty-sweet is kept from being cloying by come citric hops. Suprising balance.
Texture is creamy and the low carbonation works wonders.
Goes down easy and pairs well with food of all kinds, espcially meat dishes. It's killer with BBQ.
90 Shilling isn't going to blow your mind with depth or assault you with strength or hop bitterness. What it does is combining malt and hops with a great texture and a flavor you'll never get sick of. I think there's a rule that you can't drink just one, and that's regardless of the serving size.
While not as well known as some of the other amber beers in the state, 90 Shilling is the best of them in my opinion.

Domingo, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Tone, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle into my pint glass with striking redish brown color and excellent clarity. The head is thick and white but settles quickly leaving a little lacing behind.

Aroma is malty and nutty with a nice fruit background. Slightly roasty/smokey.

Flavor is smooth and well balanced between sweet and roasty malts. Slight bitterness is more likely a result of the toasted malts than any substantial hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation. This could easily be one of the best session beers. This one is almost gone and I would happily have several more if I had them. Such a nice balance and enough going on to keep my interest.

GilGarp, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of climax
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this proud flagship is a mainstay in my fridge as long as i live in an area where it is readily available....

A - poured a nice slightly hazy brown/copper, a finger of head faded to a constant film, left nice lace all the way down

smell was first tangy citrus, balanced perfectly by biscuity malt and caramel, leafy and slightly floral aroma, maybe even cherry

T - fantastic. roasted biscuity flavor throughout, the right amount of sweetness. half way through the hops starts to shine through with grassy/citrus notes. well balanced throughout, smooth with a mellow finish

m - slight carbonation was about perfect, medium bodied, crisp and smooth

i'd take mom's lasagna out the fridge to make room for more of these. fantastic beer thatll always be near the top for me

climax, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before dating(?) etched onto label. Pours clear, dark honey amber. Head is large and lucious, darker khaki, long lasting and leaves plenty of well developed and thick sheeting/lace. The old sniffer picks up maple malt, fruit and some hops in the background. Pleasing scottish ale, more maple and caramel sensed along with some astringent hops notes in the finish. I like my scotts more on the sweet and malty side, but this one is smooth on the tongue and tasty from start to finish. Another worthy offering from Odells

Billolick, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of hellbilly
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at papago...

pours a slightly hazed ruby amber copper color with a foamy white head.

this smells really toasty and malty with touches of nuts, citrus and earthy mildly spicy woodiness.

these notes carry through to the flavor... to go along with them are hints of chocolate, grass, orange skins with a scant amount of the pith still on them, some pine (not resinous) and a slightly tongue numbing dry hoppy finish. it's very crisp in the mouth and quite refreshing as many in this style tend to be too sweet. medium bodied session beer which pairs great with food... 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

hellbilly, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of efhart
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Odell brew is not bad. I would rate it better in it's style (Scottish Ale) than their Easy Street Wheat in it's style group. The beer was a copper color with a malty smell and had some bitterness along the way from mouth introduction to the swallow. It's a drinkable above average Scottish Ale type beer.

efhart, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of cbros
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounced bottle poured into a pint glass, born on date 05/08.

A- Pours an amber color with a white lace , no activity present after pour.

S- Strong citrus hop smell with a hint of malt.

T- Nice even combination of malts and hops. Good even presentation with a mellow aftertaste.

Got this in a trade and even though I have never heard of the brewery I found this beer to be decent,but not a favorite of mine. This is my first example of a Scottish Ale and even though I was not overly impressed with this beer I plan on trying more from this genre.

cbros, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of ghebel
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper / brown slightly turbid presentation with 1 inch off-white head. Head dissipates to a smallist ring rather quickly.

S - Citrus hops and sweet malt

T - Balanced malty and hop profile. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M - Moderate body.

D - This is a smooth drinking beer that is nicely balanced.

Overall - I would recommend this one to a friend.

ghebel, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of GeoffM
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Looks like a dirty pond with a murky copper color. Head is small, diminsihes quickly, little lacing to speak of. Nothing inspiring.

Smell - Malty, faint wheat notes on the back end. Something pleasant that I can't put my finger on. Oak? Something faintly wooden.

Taste - Bitter notes form the get-go, almost something like wine in fact, but the finish is smooth. Everything blends together very nicely on the palate. More than the sum of its parts.

Overall - This beer is better than the grade it's going to pop out when I post this. The overall experience is better compared to when you just add up every specific aspect of the beer. Solid brew, one of the better of the style that I've had.

GeoffM, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a nice tan frothy head and thick lacing. The lace is a little bit spread out but follows the beer the whole time it is in the glass. The body is copper color with bronze hue. It has a sweet and malty smell with some roasty highlights. The taste starts off sweet but gets bitterer as you go. The aftertaste is roasty and a bit metallic. It has a medium body with a little bit of bite.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.