Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 88
Gots: 178 | 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:
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 Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a thick soapy white head. Thick lace.

S: Burnt toast, some bitter melon, bonfire, not really an appealing smell.

T: Lots of toast/grain flavour. Light hop - lemon/soil, has an American influence for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, nice overall body.

D: Another one of my must tries in AZ, I wasn't a huge fan of this, but I guess you can't like 'em all.

Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Odell. I picked up 4 singles of their regular offerings and chose this one to try first. Pours a dark amber color with golden/copper highlights, small white head that has a lasting cap, but no lacing. Nice, lightly sweet nose, some caramel and toffee, virtually no hoppiness. Upon first taste, I thought it seemed a bit light and watery. But the more I sip on it, the more I like this quality. The smooth, balanced bready and toasty malts combine well with the caramel and light hoppiness (piney, but light) to great a refreshing, drinkable red ale. It's bordering on Scottish ale territory. Lower carbonation works well for this one since the body is light. Again, very drinkable. Good beer!

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark red, almost brown. A one finger white head forms, and sticks throughout. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, biscuit, and caramel up front. Light chocolate that is lightly astringent and metallic.
T: Big toasted malt up front. Sweet caramel and milk chocolate. Some hops in the background, and a very light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Slightly prickly and rough. Easy to drink. I put a few away with ease.

A good amber ale. Something I enjoyed. I can see this being a staple of mine if I lived in the area.

Photo of Axic10
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark amber with two fingers of fluffy foam.

Smell: Bready malt with a slight sting of hops at the end.

Taste: Bready-biscuity malt flavor with some sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable mild amber ale. Actually my first offering from Odell. I can see myself enjoying this in the fall watching football. Mild and not overpowering.

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

Purchased in Minneapolis for $2.49 a single bottle.

A: very nice tawny brown color
S: milder nose but nice chewy roasted malt quality
T: very nice taste, well-balanced between malt and hops with not that traditional over-the-top with hops that most American beers have that absolutely kill the traditional nature of some styles, chewy, roasted malt with great biscuity qualities
M: very nice, rounded with nice balance
D: very drinkable, a very good session beer

Photo of ballz50401
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 9/8/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a very clear dark copper with a red hue. It has medium carbonation with a nice stable off white head. I can sense some breadiness in the aroma with a mild earthy hop aroma. Taste starts out with a little malt sweetness then finishes with some burnt toast. Body feels light to meduim with some drying bitterness. Overall impression was lower than expected.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7-04-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark cloudy tan color with 2 fingers of foam, nice tan head followed with a decent lacing ring, carbonation is present

S - Caramel, dark roasted malts with a slight hop aroma at finish

T/M - Medium bodied, I can taste the roasted malts and caramel. A little hop bitterness at the end

D - Good tasting brew from Odell, medium bodied with a good blend of malts and hops. Slight hop bitterness but smoothed over nicely. I recommend this brew

Photo of deapokid
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, sweet maroon with perpetually bubbling carbonation. It's darker than expected, boasting a one-finger head with good retention and thick, sticky lacing.

Sweet and citrusy hop aromas take up most of the bouquet. Scent leans towards the tropical more than the bitter with a little acidity that reminded me of apple. Not a bad smell, but understated and a bit hard to nose out.

Taste is subtle and creamy with bold hop character that provides a nice bitterness. Liquid is extraordinarily smooth and buttery, which is quite different for an amber, since they often seem more like IPAs (in my humble opinion). Don't get me wrong, the hops are there, but they play second fiddle to the caramel notes and fruity acidity. There's also buttered toast and heavy cream flavoring, which is tasty as hell and obviously reminiscent of a idyllic Sunday breakfast.

What a great introduction to the Odell Brewing Company! This amber is easy to sip, inventive and damn tasty. My glass was done in 5 minutes and I was kicking myself for not picking up a few bottles. Bravo!

Photo of Brewno8it
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours with a creamy head; dense, more like a stout, but in a good way. The head takes on almost a milky appearance, very soft. Color is burnt orangish red, with steady effervescence flowing up throughout the pint style glass.

Smell - The malt comes through immediately, but is not overwhelming: sweet, caramel, toasty.

Taste - This is where the action really begins. The body is medium and the malt and hops are interesting in their balance (complex). The malt has a wonderful taste, yet not too sweet as the hops nicely balance the brew. As the beer warms, the hop flavor comes through more, yet the balance remains.

Overall - Incredibly drinkable, wonderful, a must try for this style. I'm ready for another!

Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of caramel, a very faint whiff of peat, and an overall sweetness. It is a nice aroma, but rather weak. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is pleasant, but lacks any real complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but it really doesn't wow me. I could drink it again without complaints, but I would seek it out.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This an amber colored affair with a fine head and noticeable lacing. Caramel and hops combine a decent aroma. On the palate, the malt is the major component, but there are plenty of hops to provide balance. Caramel sweetness mixes with some floweriness from the hops.

A session beer this is, appropriate for the style. It went well with a Sunday afternoon lunch.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Big, fluffy and light, light-tan head retained nicely. Copper beer, quite clear, with hints of deeper brown.

S-Sweet toffee with a hint of graininess.

T-Again, sweet toffee maltiness, with a bit of chocolatey dryness. Hop bitterness really takes a back seat and allows the malts to shine in this one. Caramel hints come through as the flavor progresses, heading to a semi-sweet tasting finish.

M-Moderate body with an easy, far-from-overwhelming carbonation.

D-A tasty beer, definately a good one to be Odell's flagship brew. Very flavorful for this easy of drinking, without bogging me down too much.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got during Odell's visit to Philly during "Philly Beer Week". Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter glass. Pours a pale and clear bright amber, almost bronze. Fills the glass a lot darker than the pour. A deeper brown with a reddish tinge. Appearance is clear and crisp, not cloudy, but provides a nice creamy...but small...off white head. The head dissipates really quick and remains as a very thin rim around the outside of the glass. Lacing is nice, as it provides slow sliding patches of cream here and there around the glass.

Aroma is very week. It's not a bad smell for whats there, just very mild/average. Perhaps a very distant resemblance of caramel, toasted malts, and yeast. Other than that, no hops or fruits.

Flavor is ok. It's a pretty bland beer for the style. I expected a little bit more hop, but pretty average overall. Light and crisp, medium carbonation, and light body. Only noticable flavors are yeasts and malts. I had slightly higher expectations, but a good drinker atleast.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Semi-hazy light amber color. One finger of frothy head that falls fairly fast.

4.0 S: Mainly grainy, but a slight breadiness as well. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Again, simple, but well made. Graininess like a good Oktoberfest beer. Very clean flavor.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. No problems here.

5.0 D: Really nice brew. One of the easiest to drink I've ever had.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - A very thin light tan head quickly fizzes away leaving barely a lacing... A rich slightly glowing caramel color... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation...

S - Toasted malts... Slightly nutty... Some caramel and toffee undertones... Earthy... A touch of citrus...

T - Biscuity... Caramel and toffee... Vague nuttiness... Apple... Toasted malts... Some peach flavors... Slightly medicinal... Minimal raisins... Not much in the way of aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Some fizzy carbonation... Sleek... Slightly dry... A touch on the thin side...

D - An easy drinker for sure... Nothing wrong with this one, but nothing quite memorable either... The "90 Schilling' name is slightly misleading as this is in no way a traditional Scotch(ish) Ale...

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

Odell's is a no-brainer in terms of trying a variety of well-made beers while visiting the great state of Colorado.

A deep, copper color with a very light head that lasted the entire drink. Nice lacing. I thought this smelled very similar to OB Dale's PA, and it was every bit as smooth as most beers of this style. That's really where you have to watch yourself. There is so much flavor, and such complexity in this Amber Ale category, it's easy to get carried away. I've been pleasantly surprised by all of the varieties that I've sampled from Odells, and 90 Shilling is no exception.


Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

n8dietz is da man once again!!!

Pours a light cola brown mixed with ruby and copper. Nice bubbling for a Scottish ale, but lack luster head and foam.

The aroma is sweat toasted bread that has a few raisins and plums baked into the crust. Not too sweet though.

The taste starts fruity bread sweet with a powdery feeling palate upfront. The middle has some of that carbonation add a little spritz to the palate, while the fruity flavors take a little more control and the toasted caramel flavored malt slow fades to the finish.

Great session Scotch ale. No noticeable hops, except that maybe if they weren't there, this beer would be a lot sweeter.

Photo of Merchant46
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Odell's 90 Shilling Ale pours a pleasant rich dark copper color with a small amount of cloudiness. A thin head dissipates quickly but hangs around enough to lace the glass nicely. The aroma is very faint, mainly highlighting the malt with little hops scent. The taste basically follows the scent - rather dull, with only a little hops flavor for this style of beer, with a slight smokiness. As it warms, it gets a little better, but overall the taste is mediocre, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is only OK. The aftertaste suggested I might have an old bottle, but the "best before" date was 8/24/10, so perhaps the six pack I bought was warmed or otherwise mishandled along the way.

This is the third beer I have tried from this brewery. I think their St. Lupin Ale is very good, so with Odell terming this beer their "flagship" I was looking forward to trying it. For me, unfortunately, it was a disappointment.

Photo of herman77
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Carmel brown, small beige head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Not much here, slight grainy, sweet malt, brown sugar, a tad earthy.

T: Sweet, dry barley to start with a little bit of malt biscuit and hop bitterness. Its kind of bland tasting. Nothing special at all.

M/D: Medium to light body, average carbonation. A touch creamy. Drinkability is dece at best. After a pint I was ready for something else.

A little disappointed with this one, too bland. I was expecting more.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 9 May 2010. Gift from K&J, thanks!

Served in an Abita shaker pint. Medium think very light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Slight haze, light brown color. Aroma is strong, floral, cherry, fruity sour. Flavor is a bit lighter than the aroma. Sweet cider, cherries, becoming more caramel through the middle. Tart fruit in the finish and aftertaste. Thin body.

Reminds A of a sweet fruit tea (?!).

Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a two finger off white head with nice retention. The aroma is very light, but has some caramel malt. Unfortunately, I cannot pick anything else up.

The taste has some sweet caramel, roasted malt, and a light hop flavor not noticeable in the aroma. Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, and pretty good drinkability.

Photo of DrewHodges
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/7/10 tasting; bottle poured to pint glass.

A--deep reddish copper, light brown head, nice irregularity and lightness, no bubbles, good lacing;

S--dank hops, straw hops, slightly skunky;

T--surprisingly bitter finish, sweet caramel malts at first, good flavor;

M--smooth and medium bodied, low carbonation;

D--great beer to drink a 6-pack of, not an extremely unique craft beer, but a beer for everyone

Photo of darklordlager
2.13/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Odell 90 Schilling Scottish Ale

A: Pours a light mohagany with ruby highlights. 1/4" of soda-like head...Nice colour, but the head is very odd.

S: Floral, bright scent--hops, and heather?. Some light to medium caramel malt. Sweetness lingers.

T: Odd floral hops and hop bitterness combines with a floral flavour to produce something not all that enjoyable. Crunchy malts lie in the background, but are swallowed by the other aspects. Artificial sweetness makes for an undesireable aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth semi-dry.

D: Not enjoyable as a Scotish 90- ale, or as a beer defying categorization. Not a fan.

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

Deep copper tone. Bubbly and fluffy beige head. Lace is more than sufficient. Nice aroma of caramel malts and warm biscuity tones. Medium to medium-full body. Smooth flavor and mouthfeel. Caramel and bread maltiness provides the substance to this beer. Hops merely provide a little balance. Could serve well as a session beer in a pinch.

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

90 Shilling pours a clear red, and is topped by a foamy, beige head that retains well, and is fed by a steady stream of bubbles. It looks very appealing. The aroma has rich, caramel and malty notes. Along with hints of mild fruitiness, and grassy, hay-like hops.

This beer is on the malty side, but comes out very balance. The malts upfront are toasty and bready. Sweeter notes of caramel appear in the center, and there's a moderate, grassy bitterness in the finish. This beer is medium -bodied with high carbonation, and a slight roughness.

I thought that this beer was very tasty. It had nice malty flavors and enough hops to back them up without overpowering them. It tasted great after a day of skiing.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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