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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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1,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 97
Gots: 251 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 1,416 | Reviews: 422
Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: Amber color. 1/4 finger head that dissipates very quickly. Nice carbonation off the bottom of the glass. A little bit of lacing.

S: I get some piney hops, but not much. Toasty malts, but not too much. Some bready notes. Smells like a normal Pale.

T: Nice balanced Pale ale but not really. Good easy drinking beer. Not much there. Some hop crispness, but nothing to write home about.

M: Light to medium bodies.

O: This one is OK. Doesn't stack up to their IPA or DIPA, but they did a good job on it.

Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear ruby-hued copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rocky looking eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with rich thick swathes of lace. Just a great look to this. The aroma has notes of caramel and toast, which mingle at first, and then is pretty much taken over by, an earthy ripe fruitiness. There is maybe just a touch of a grassy feel that hangs on the edges of the nose.

The taste has a lot of sweetness but not only from the malts, as there is a good bit coming from some softer dark fruit character as well. This also has a surprisingly assertive earthy citric bite to this, while a light roastiness lingers in the finish along with a raw pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively prickle on the tongue at first that then gets much more smooth and creamy as this works its way across the palate.

While initially heavy on the malt and fruit, I found myself liking what the hops brought to this after a while, making this much more accessible to me than what I normally found in the style. This is a decidedly American take on a Scottish Ale and I overall mostly dug it!

Photo of bigaltemple
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty aggressive pour produced only a small off-white head. Great looking amber/burnt copper color. Quite consistent bubbling rising up.

S - Rich, robust malt base. Very bready. No real detection of hops, but don't expect there to be.

T - Sweet, biscuity malts. Smallest bite of hops on the finish.

M - Good feel. Medium body with great carbonation.

O/D - Very enjoyable, drinkable beer. Don't think it needs to be sought out, but if you're working your way through the style (ticking) definitely worth grabbing.

Photo of twaddlac
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - For a brown - holy hell! Beautiful, thick lacing with a yeasty type head that lingers for the duration of the pint. Maple syrup colored with noticeable carbonation throughout the beer.

S - Not much to it; sweet, molasses, and a subtle hop character.

T - DELICIOUS! The roasted and caramel malts jump out right away while the slight hop bite hitchhikes a ride and balances out the flavors. Finishes sweet with the toasted malts lingering on the back of your palate.

M - It feels like a milk stout - very creamy with very soft carbonation and transitions seamlessly to a dry finish.

O - This is the best brown that I've had so far. Everything is so delicate about it but it's still so complex and easy to enjoy. Definitely try this if you get the chance!

Photo of eclipse54
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A Hazy amber liquid with golden hues near the edges, this beer evolves about a half inch of head before it fades to a thin foam layer. A grand amount of sticky, white lacing is left behind, enhancing the appearance. It smells of hops, faint citrus, a bit of smooth malt, and even fainter skunky/funky smell; something just seems off. This is reflected in the taste. It tries to find a middle ground between an amber and a scotch ale, but seems to fall short of excelling at either. Hops and very faint caramel lead the way before that odd skunk flavor takes over. Quite unfortunate. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, save a faint burning from the alcohol (which was surprising since there really wasn't a whole lot in there) and the rather unpleasant flavor. I'm a big fan of a number of Odell's products, but I won't be revisiting this one anytime soon. For some reason, it just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin light tan head on top of a ruby red beer. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Caramel malts. Smells like copper, pretty standard for the style for me.

T- Malt malt malt, caramel. No hops detected, as per style guidelines. Nice, pleasant ABV.

M- Low carbonation. Mid to low mouthfeel thickness.

D/O- Easy drinking Scottish ale here. Nothing stands out to put it in the top tier of the style but no bad attributes either. Good for what it is.

Photo of litheum94
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Date stamp 9/17/11A. Reviewed on 6/26/11.

Pour: A thick, dirty white head pours out of the bottle, protecting a ruddy colored body. The head settles to a thin, dense cover, leaving foam clinging to the side of the glass.

Aromas: 'Meaty' aromas, with some smoke and a hint of saltiness. Some caramel sweetness, and some earthy qualities from the yeast. Hint of floral hops.

Mouth: Kola nut flavors, with a vague caramel sweetness. Bready malts, thick and nutty. Very creamy mid-palate. Slight smoke, and some vanilla flavors. Very light hopping on the finish. There's a very weird taste left in my mouth. Vaguely medicinal.

Not quite sure what to make of the finish, but it ruins this beer for me. I can't explain it at all, which I know doesn't help, but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I was disappointed by this beer.

Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a nice, medium amber color, with some good light tan foam on top. Aromas of biscuit, light caramel and hops. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with a little caramel, some biscuit and a kiss of hops.

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz bottle of this from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4. Poured from the bottle into a Pint Glass and has a best by date of 8/5/11a.

Aroma- Has a scotch and oak aroma from the start that are dominant and then a low hop smell.

Appearance- Pours the deepest amber color you can get but clear. Also has 2 fingers of thick, off white head and a lacing that sticks like crazy.

Flavor- Malty, sweet, but watery... A mild amount of fruit esters is present and is well balanced. The malt does block out all the hop and theres no grain in any part of the drink. Mild bitterness at the end but goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low amount of Carbonation, and ends watery... Great taste though!

Overall Impression- While enjoying this both on-tap and in bottle over a dozen times, this is awesome to have been able to get my hands on another one of these! Odell does great brewing and with this Malt heavy Scottish Ale, it is easily enjoyed. Don't even have to think twice about this one. Will be having again very soon!

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, mostly clear ruby amber orange red color.

Nose brings semi sweet toasty reddish malts, little syrupy, caramel, light fruity, slight earthy and some herbal hops, a light sweet mild hop as well.

Taste starts with a rich malty flavor, dark malts, reddish toasty malts, a bit of a rich creamy roasty porter, caramel, chewy malts, then a light herbal slight earthy hops and some bitterness but not much. A hint of a juicy fruity yeast addition I think. Finishes a bit syrupy, touch sweet, little bitterness, bit coppery, lingering malts and light juicy flavors.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice dark malts, bit of hoppy bitterness, herbal hops are not quite my thing but fit the style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. The only smell I get from this beer is malt. Taste is of toasty malt/biscuit flavors. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell and taste is pretty one dimensional. I think I would like to try this one again from a bottle to see how it compares.

Photo of leagr
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is absolutely one of my favorite beers - not only because of the actual beer but also because of its packaging. The bottle and label give this brew some standout character. The good packaging doesn't always lead to good beer, but in this case, it is a true guide.

A - hazy copper color with minimal head

S - citrus and hops

T - some bitterness from the hops nicely balanced that lovely sweet caramel malty taste

M - medium body, subtle bitterness lingers, smooth - even creamy

D/O - easy to drink, incredibly enjoyable

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Slighty hazy, medium-dark red-orange in color. Two fingers of off-white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malt-forward aroma with tones of caramel and toasted grain. Light hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet malts hit you like a ton of bricks up-front. Rich taste consisting of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Nutty middle with some yeasty flavors going on, and light hops in the back. Slight smokiness ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low-to-medium carbonation. Has a certain creaminess in there too. Unbelievably smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: A nice sipper with lots of good flavors going on. Rich malty characteristics and easy drinking.

Final Notes: This is a beer that malt-heads will want to check out. Deliciously sweet, not overly bitter, and very interesting palate. Makes a great dessert beer.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: The smell is very malty and has some notes of caramel and toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also very malty and has some notes of toffee along with a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the maltiness, the beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-pretty brown with a two inch white head. Laces really well,

s-malt, with some hops hanging back. Grains, and hops mingle well with the malted grain aroma winning out.

t-well balanced, and refreshing malt and hop presence. Does great for what Odell is looking for in this beer, a nice drinking amber ale.

m-little thin, but it works with this beer,

o-great job with a session beer that easy to drink, but makes you think some during the pint.

Photo of Japerrault
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper with a light, quickly dissipating head.

S: Mostly malt. toasted grains, and caramel. A very slight grapefruit aroma finally showed through.

T: Toasted malts, and slight smokey malt flavors in the forefront. Caramel and toffee at the end, finishing with a very light hop bitterness. All the malt flavors present, but not too sweet.

M: Nice medium body, with decent carbonation. A malty, smooth feeling ale, but still surprisingly dry.

O: A very nice, easy drinking ale. Not for hop-heads. Full of malt character without being overly heavy.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a nice ruby reddish brown color with a small white head. Some lacing but not much.

Smells like lighter colored caramel candy, toffee, a touch of earthyness and a bit of a adjunct grains in there.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Sweeter malts with caramel and toffee like flavors, and a bit of earthyness from the hops. Not too complex but right on for the style.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium with light carbonation. Works for me.

Overall, this beer is a good Scotch ale and easy to drink. I think on tap and fresh it would be a lot better due to the carbonation level and the possible age of this bottle.

Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky brown with offwhite head..

S: grainy, toffee malts.. light herbal hops.. mild nuttiness..

T: toasty malts with a bit of grain..slight toffee/caramel with some earthy/herbal hops.. finish is on the nutty side with more toasty malts.. slight lingering hops..

Mf: great light-medium body with easy going carbonation..

O: decent brew! Went perfect with my pizza & wings!

Photo of Schmittymack
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chi's Wheatridge. FINALLY getting around to reviewing this one. Poured a nice dark brown with a small head that quickly disapated. Aroma of malt, some brown sugar, and a touch of smoke (?). Taste was malt, brown sugar, caramel, and just the right amount of hop bitterness. This used to be a go-to beer for me. Still mighty tasty, especially on tap.

Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date.

A: Pours a nice, dark, brown sugar ale with cherry hues on the translucency. Single finger, finely packed, peanut head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Loosely laced.

S: Grain, wood, malt. Hints of noble hops - earthy, soil, straw and dry grass. Finely woven brown sugar and molasses in here. Nice, mellow.

T: Nice, creamy, nutty ale. Meets all the requisites of a scottish ale, and I'm quite satisfied with this beer. Plenty of sweet tones I had expected, and which are relatively subdued to the point that I seek them out with my tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Well done beer. Nice beer. Likely not to buy in bottle. But likely to have on tap.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.


Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth pour into a shaker pint nets a one and a half finger head of off white foam, sinks slowly with a rocky texture. Body is clear and stock brown.

Aroma is pretty basic, not off putting in anyway but yes, basic, bready caramel malts with no touch of sweetness in the nose balanced by citrus hops with a pine undertone. Yeah, kinda your basic amber.

Full caramel malts, subdued bread, with notes of citrus and toasted grains. Equally balanced are the hops, generally citric but not biting, complexity added with pine and mint. Such a balanced beer and not overly sweet like some Scottish style ales. Dried grain husks, pine and citrus mild bitterness and a bit herbal on the aftertaste.

Balanced carbonation along with a medium body that is satisfying on the palate but not full on the stomach. Slick and pleasant on the drink, goes down easy.

Odell flexes it's muscles with it's flagship here, probably one of the most balanced beers out there that still delivers with malt and hops. In my opinion a great session beer that might not even be Odell's best amber. A staple for the fridge.

Photo of Wattsox
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, bottled Sep 2010.

A - Amber body with very little head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin covering and ring of lacing.

S - Obvious citrus hop notes with some caramel and malt undertones.

T - Good balance between sweet caramel malt lead and hop bitterness on the back end. Finishes slightly bitter with mild aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light but punchy carbonation, quite crisp.

O - Very drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink.

Photo of Charlotte09
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep red amber color. Head is a creamy white color and about a finger width thick.

S: Smell is alright, slightly metallic and some malt character with some hop notes.

T: Upfront I can taste some caramel malts along with a hint of piney hops. Pretty crisp with slight carbonation. Finish isn't great, tastes slightly metallic.

M: Slightly carbonated, pretty smooth and thick, slightly bitter ending.

D: Pretty drinkable, nice sessional beer, could probably go through a couple in a sitting pretty easily.

Photo of russwbeck
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper color, small white head that laces nicely, but doesn't stick around for later.

S: Malty, caramel, with some alcohol coming through. Some hops in the background.

T: Big nutty, malty flavor. Hops are in the background, grassy and floral. Balance is nice, but leans towards the malts.

MF: Carbonation is nice, body is light, alcohol is non-existant.

D: Very good. Could drink these all day.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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