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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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1,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 94
Gots: 232 | 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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Photo of GBB
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer got me started in the craft industry. The pour is a dark mahogany wood color with a soft white head. Good retention through the tasting.

The nose is somewhat a blend of English malt and American hops. A nice malt backing with hints of roasted and chocolate malts. The hops really come out with a light herbal and hint of citrus notes. Very clean yeast. No real off notes to speak of.

The taste is to par with what the nose indicates. The malt comes out nicely and balances well. The roast is light but there. More of a chocolate undertone than anything else. Some caramel and underlining malt that lingers into the finish. The hops back off versus the nose but are still present. More of a citrus meats earthy and herbal notes. The yeast is very clean and not really present at all. No off flavors

The body is moderate to mid dry. Would like a touch more depth overall, but still very good. Carbonation is good. Overall a very clean easy drinking brown ale. Very tasty, thanks.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift leftover from one of my glorious catsitters. Alfred thanks you.
Dark amber, quite clear, looking lovely. A dominant malt character persists in the aroma, some sweet barley, a dominant caramel. The flavor is very similar, with a very dextrinous mouthfeel. Starchy. No smokiness, despite the fact I'm sitting beside a fire whilst sipping upon this beer. I really need some smokiness here. Even some subtle smoking might go a long ways here. Instead, it feels like something caught between styles, though, as an amber ale, I'd probably score this a little bt higher.

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber or copper colored with two fingers of solid head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I am not picking up much aroma. I do detect the caramelized malt and that is about it. Lacks much depth. The flavor also suffers from a lack of depth. Odell 90 Shilling lacks the sweetness that makes a Scottish Ale. A lot of artificial tasting malt with subtle hints of peat and smoke. This sort of malt bill turns me off everytime regardless of style. A nice little grassy hop hit in the finish. Maybe not exactly 90 Shilling worthy but maybe 70 Shilling. Good carbonation and texture. A flagship beer that is not an APA is a nice departure along with the ABV.

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

I am continuing to up my bottle numbers to a nice, round 400 so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM).

From the label: "One day, we wondered what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale. The result? An irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. We're a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

My slow pour into a glass did not allow for the development of much head. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, leaving no doubt as to its style of origin. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant, yet not overwhelming sweetness on the tongue. I have long copped to not being a sweet beer kind of drinker, preferring palate-ripping AmeriCAN IPAs, but when I am off-reservation, this is the kind of taste that I CAN get behind. The finish was sweet, but not cloyingly so, which is my usual complaint about the style. I could drink a couple of bottles of this at a time.

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

Appearance - Amber, Clementine, Orange colour. Medium clarity. Light-Medium carbonation and very little head retention.

Smell - Mild Orange, Grand Mariner, Peppermint, light-medium malt, Cinnamon and mild hops

Taste - Very well balanced fruity with hints of Satsumas, Apple, Pear, lemon. Medium bitterness with mil aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth with very light carbonation

Drinkability - Good beer. Very drinkable with no over powering flavors. Not too heavy on the stomach so you could enjoy a few of these.

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

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a medium brown body with good clarity. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Some moderately dark carmel malt with a hint of pine hop aroma. A little bit of red apple hiding in the background.

T - LIght caramel malt with a hint of toffee up front. Some Red apple and musty hops creep up in the middle. The finish is dominated by the toasty caramel of the malt and musty herbal hop flavors with light, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is an enjoyable beer and a decent interpretation of the style. The malt is spot on with a smooth, lightly fruity yeast character, but the hops are a bit excessive. There is some musty flavor and a bit of pine in the aroma with bitterness that balances but cut through the malt more that I would generally want it to in this sort of beer. Worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful! A finger and a half of creamy head atop a wonderfully red amber ale. Some tracing on the sides. Light bubbles float through the clear beer. I, for one, am impressed.

S: Light, hoppy, and pleasant. An almost herbal scent in the background is identified, after consultation, as mint. Very nice!

T: Crisp, malty, and very good. I bought this in Scotland, and was commenting on its American taste, when it was pointed out that this Scottish Ale is actually from Colorado. They have done their jobs well. Hops perform a lovely balancing act. The aftertaste is clean, bitter-sweet, and delectable.

M: Full, substantial, ticklish, and fun.

D: A wonderfully drinkable, very satisfying beer. As good or better than its Scottish counterparts. Definitely recommended.

Photo of codewarrior
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a 6-pack from a mix-and-match case. Freshness date reads 3/4/11.

Scotch ales are somewhat passe in Colorado. Both Odell and Bristol (Laughing Lab) have built successful breweries around them, and many other locals have amazing offerings in the category (Old Chub, Claymore, etc.)

L: Deep amber bordering on mahogany. A touch cloudy, but that could be the pour (a tad on the cold side). 2 fingers rich head, and great lacing.

S: Clean, cold and sweet, with an odd twinge of bitterness in the back.

T: Builds slowly into a malty-sweet middle. Fades off into a slight-hop and then into a sweet crisp finish. Tastes better than it smells, by a good margin.

F: Smooth and thick, perfect carbonation. Finish lingers a bit past its welcome.

D: Good every day beer right here. And as literally every bar in Denver has this on tap, and it's 5.3% ABV, it's a sessionable safety beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of light tan head, Nice lacing. Deep straight amber color.

Very light aroma. Hints of a balanced beer to come. Fruit,toasted malt and slight hop aroma.

Very nicely balanced beer. Great combination of light fruit, some soft caramel, toasted malt and hop finish.
The bitterness grows and is a touch more assertive than you realize at first. Definitely showcases the caramel/brown sugar malt, but really balances this nicely.

Medium body, standard carbonation, slightly dry.

Enjoyable, not overly complex.

Photo of JayS2629
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from brewery.

A- clear dark amber

S- Caramel with earty tones. Toffee and delicate hints of chocolate.

T- malty upfront with hints of chocolate and butter. Smoke is in there somewhere. hints of bright apple.

M Medium bodied with a dry finish. Slightly creamy.

D- Easy to drink. Complex and refreshing. Slightly above average.

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a creamy beige head that recedes to a thin cap quickly.

The aroma is decent for an Scottish ale with the requisite sweet caramel malts joined by a hint of smoked peat. It's pretty light overall in the nose with some earthy hops coming through.

The taste is more of the same with hints of chocolate and lots of caramel sweetness. There is a heavily toasted malt character throughout with a light smokiness coming out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

A cross between and amber and a Scottish ale, this beer is a solid entry in either category.

Photo of brdc
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while visiting Colorado.

Poured into a pint, it shows a nice dark brown color, with some faint reddish highlights. Tan colored head, decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is nice with the expected sweet maltiness, caramel and toffee, although somewhat "delicate".
A lot thinner than I hoped for, it shows a pleasant taste of caramel and toffee, that unfortunately has no depth whatsoever, dissipating in seconds.
It is pleasant and easy to drink, but quite thin overall.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark amber brown with an off white head. A wee bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel, toffee, bread, some light fruits, and a mild hop character. The taste is slightly bitter with good notes of toffee and some light chocolate. Good body with nice carbonation. Some nice flavors for a low ABV beer. The taste doesn't have quite the depth that I would like, but it's fairly nice overall.

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

Nice medium mahgony brown hue with a small tuft of light tan foam keeping steadyness to keep its presense at a good skim. Lacing is minimal in a few spots and torn straggly strings.

Aroma is a tad light but what's there stands with a nice craft to some light toasty biscuity malt, nutty sweetness, toffee, and a poof to some English style dryish hops.

Taste is made up of mostly malt with a nice tender smooth sweetness that has a medium nuttyness swirling about with a twist to some toasted grains and a very slight hint to an English hop biterness thats dryish, buttery, burntish with an edgy push into some late toffee and mild cocoa underneath. Firm, subtle, and smooth.

Body is smooth, firm, and toned in a malten medium body that has unescapeable drinkability. Wow! It's simple with a nice subtleness across its flavor profile. It takes on a very drinkable smooth body that's clean, round, and malted with a nice touch to English hoppyness and toastyness. This one grows on you quickly and drinks down way too easy...solid and definately Odell.

Photo of salvo
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to ocre to light brown. Pours out of the bottle crystal clear with light lacing head that lingers. I totally get SanDiegoBeerLove's assertion that there is a "hot dog" smell: I totally get that NYC dirty water hot dog smell, but that's not unpleasant to me. And thanks for putting a name to the scent! The smell continues with subtle toasty malts: not so much fresh-from-the-toaster but the lingering smell when you return to the kitchen and it still smells like breakfast at noon.

The taste is almost smoky, almost, with a deep roasty malt flavor. No toast in the taste, unless that little nuttiness crosses over. Really nice: I just wish it was more full bodied. And I wsh I could bring a case home with me.

Lingering maltiness on the tongue pleasantly ends with herbal hops, but the hops are way at the end of the taste and not assertive at all: don't get any hops in the nose.

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a darker reddish Brown with a finger of head leaving a light film.

S - Smells of Brown Sugar, Malts, Fragrant Hops, Scotch and Hot Dogs.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Minerals, Red Fruits, Citrus, and Red Apples. This beer does have weird taste that is hard to describe, it's almost like a burnt Hop bitterness.

M - Good Mouthfeel and a little tannic.

D - Drinkability is good but one is enough for me.

This beer is average for the style with a unique taste that I don't like too much.

Photo of hoserking
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't take great notes on this as I was simply out tasting as many new beers as possible. Had this as part of their basic sampler set.

It was fantastic the color was great, the taste was well balanced and very flavorful.

Really wish this beer would make it's way to California as I dont want today to be the last time I ever get to have it.

Photo of cbak999
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark, orange...almost brown, into my Goose Island snifter-type glass. A nice tan 2-finger head quickly falls to just a solid covering.

S - not much going on here with the smell. Smells almost alcoholly/boozy, or dirty. Something seems a bit off.

T - The taste makes up for the smell. A nice balance of malt and hops. Very pleasing. Overwhelming taste is sweet brown sugar.

D - very drinkable. Except for the weird smell, this is a solid ale. I am happy with it!

Photo of sogrady
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of the Odell's offerings, I'm most fond of the Five Barrel, but this 90 Shilling is one of the more common and widely distributed.

A credible but undistinguished exhibit of the amber style, the 90 Shilling outclasses New Belgium's Fat Tire, but is an otherwise average offering. It's heavily malty too my taste, both in the nose and the flavoring. There are some observable fruit notes, but overall the taste is unbalanced in favor of the malt.

If you like ambers, give it a try, but keep your expectations reasonable.

Photo of Zimbo
2.56/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks good and has a reasonable head but after that there's little to inspire here. A sulphury nose with some fruit can't do much to spice up a rather hollow centre which is ringed by some simple earthiness. Can't realy see how this can be called a 90 Shilling.
Classic case of a wannabe.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Good amber color with about a fingers worth of foam. Very good carbonation.

Smell - Malty aroma, a little bit on the sweeter side. Doesn't smell like a thick malt either.

Taste - Good balance on the palate. Malty, but not too much so. I don't taste the sweetness that I smelled. Rather, I almost taste a tinsy bit of a sourness to it.

Mouthfeel - Good balance, not too watery or too creamy in texture.

Drinkability - I don't a whole lot of complexity in this one, but I think it might make a good fridge stuffer.

Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a copper orange colour. Creamy tan head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to nice thick layer... Very sparse carbonation drifts to the surface... Fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toasted breadiness, biscuity malts, light spicy fruits (figs, prunes and oranges), nice caramel and nutty sweetness, light brown sugar notes, peppery hops, some woody notes...

Taste - Not as sweet as the aroma suggests... light toasted malts, biscuity, tart fruits (figs, oranges, some apples, faint grapefruits), light toffee sweetness, faint tobacco notes, nice light spicy hop bitterness, earthy / woody notes...

Feel - Quite sharp then smooth after... light / medium body... pretty quaffable - a decent session beer...

Overall - an OK brew but nothing special. Odell can do better than this... worth a try though

Photo of beerisgood2010
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew about a year ago while travelling through Colorado. Its now available in my area in the Twin Cities. It is an awesome Ale and it is unique in that you can drink a few of them without getting filled up. I love this beer. Try it as soon as you can as distribution is expanding.

Photo of claybeer
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reflex the perfect pour on what an amber beer should look like. The rich red color shines through the glass when held up to the light. The head was just over a finger thick. The smell has complex grains but mostly sweet malts. I taste a lot of earthy walnuts. It really sticks to the roof of my mouth. It lingers just long enough to remind you of the soft sweetness of the malt. This easy drinking beer would complement any classic comfort foods that grandma use to make like a simple batch of cornbread and a home cooked chicken pot pie.

Photo of meatyard
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, reddish amber with a 2-finger off white head. The head leaves spotty lacing and has decent retention while falling to a thick cover.
The smell is more malt than anything else that can be determined.
The taste is sweet, not cloying in any way, lightly roasted malt. I can't find evidence of hops in the taste and there is no bitterness. With a fairly low ABV, there is no notice of alcohol either.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy leaning toward medium in body.
Drinkability: This is no Nugget Nectar Amber Ale but it's, clearly, not going in that direction. I can see someone looking for a pleasant, easy to drink beer (almost sessionable) being able to drink a few and enjoy each one as much as the previous. I think a lot of non-hop heads will like this though I don't see it as a go-to beer for many.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.