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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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1,273 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 81
Gots: 138 | 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 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
Photo of tmitch75
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love a good Scottish Ale, let's give this one a try. Dark amber color with ample creamy off-white head. Very enticing.

Heavy malty smell, just how I like with, with brown sugar, smoke, peat, and light floral notes.

Roasty peaty flavor to start, solid but not overpowering, with light floral and piney hops. Quite a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little creamy.

The medium body is an interesting change for the style that works quite well and makes this quite a drinkable Scottish Ale.

Tasted on 7/11/08.

tmitch75, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with some cool info about the beer on the label.

Appearance: Tawny amber beer with orange tints, capped by a cream-colored head that fades to a persistent ring and leaves beautiful lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt predominates, supported by substantial caramel, maybe some toffee, and a mild but firm hop presence. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet, malty buiscuit, with hints of chocolate and caramel. It begins sweet, but ends with a bittersweet, dry, toasted and roasty edge. The hops are quite mild, but assertive enough to balance this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit lighter than I was expecting. Normally, I'd say I like a little more in a Scottish-style ale, but this is so flavorful and balanced that the light-bodied feel just contributes to the...

Drinkability: A superbly drinkable amber ale. This is a great session beer that's neither too light nor too dark.

Conclusion: I bought this on a whim in a mix-a-six pack from Patricia's Grocery. I was not dissappointed. It's not overpowering in flavor or body, but has enough character to keep things interesting. Well-done!

BedetheVenerable, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GABF Weekend '08

After having the IPA, then the 5 Barrel, now to this, it seems that the quality of choices are declining a bit. This is as fine a Scotch Ale as can be found in the states, but not comparable to the beers from across the pond. This beer has an under-attenuated, wort-y sweet quality, yet a bit light in the body. A pungent earthy note does give a much needed variety, but can't overcome the sugary sweetness. Although the hops are in abundance, they even falter under the sweetness. The body is somehow lacking with true maltiness, giving the beer a dull, sticky texture. Finishes a little sugary. Although it's not a bad beer, it's one and done for me.

BEERchitect, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as beautiful dark amber with 2 finger off white super sturdy head that sticks around even after more than a few sips.

Aroma is full of caramel malt with earthy grassy hops.

Taste is very well balanced, great sweetness with just the right amount of bitterness for balance. Very clean malt flavor with a nice dry finish

Actually this has been a favorite of mine for years but just now reviewing it. I never realized what style it was but basically it is a classic amber ale with kick of more malt and more hops.

Very tasty and drinkable, maybe a step up for those getting bored with fat tire.

kgotcher, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours murky reddish brown, white head, leaves quickly to ring. Long veins of lacing.

S - Nice malt. Initially, lots of earth and barn. As it warmed, floral.

T - Very nice caramel center, hops at it to finish. Nice balance and clean end.

M - Medium bodied, good coating and good carb.

D - Very drinkable.

srandycarter, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of sleazo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger creamy head. The retention is good as it ends up as a nice cap dotted with some large bubbles.

S_The smell is remiscent of toffee with some roasted grain and a bit of spice. Some minor smoke notes as well.

T_The initial sip is a bit sweet with a caramel richness. This does not last long as it is followed up by a dry medicinal hop finish. This too seems to fade. Some roasted notes as well as a bit of smoke appear in the aftertaste. It is well balanced as it does not veer towards either side.

M_A little too light and carbonated for a Scottish ale. I would prefer a bit more stickiness and less carbonation.

D_A decent attempt no doubt but there is definitely something lacking. The flavours are good but they just do not linger in the mouth long enough for my taste. Still I am enjoying .

sleazo, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

A-Pours a very clean clear burnt orange with a nice 2 finger head and laces down the glass as you drink.

S-Subtle malt hops and alcohol very small notes of spice

T&M-Bready and spicy are the only real things that come to mind, its got a good level of carbonation and a medium body easy to drink.

D-Very easy to have more than a couple of these goes down nice and easy overall another good beer by odell

SpecialK088, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a plain shaker pint. This beer pours a hazy caramel amber with a creamy white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma is big on caramel. Vanilla and toffee also come through. The taste is also toffee caramel, vanilla and just a slight buttery taste. The mouthfeel is full but not over powering. A really great beer from Odell's.

hwwty4, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a shilling coin positioned above a Rocky Mountain paradise. According to the label, the name 90 Shilling comes from the Scottish method of taxing beer.

A: Pours a pale ruby color with a resilient, one-finger, tan-colored head.

S: Toasted malt and toffee. Brown sugar. Buttered biscuit. Subtle hints of floral hops and pine.

T: Initial sharp and unpleasant metallic taste that quickly subsides. Toasted malts upfront with notes of caramel and toffee. Moves on to buttered biscuit. Finishes slightly bitter with a twang of citrus hops.

M: Light-bodied with minimal carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

D: Refreshing and full of character, this lighter take on the traditional Scottish Ale is worth every shilling.

CaptainIPA, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold to copper in color with a one inch head and nice lacing.

Smells of dough, citrus and a slight pine.

Tastes of honey, biscuit and lemon with a slight herbal piney finish. Very nice.

Pretty easy to drink with a lot of complexity and plenty of flavor.

MOShepp, Jul 28, 2008
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.