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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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1,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 88
Gots: 174 | 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 Parrotbeak
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly spicey malts, with some faint hop notes. Faint notes of figs and pear was well.
Taste is crisp malts with more spices and some mild dark fruit notes. Pear, fig, apple, and some cinnamon come in. Finish is malts spices, and a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a nice, quick bite from the carbonation near the front. Finish is still crisp and clean.
Excellent drinkability. Could drink it all night.

Photo of Buebie
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This just in....As in, this (brewery) just came to MN yesterday.
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. best buy date of 8/19/10 on the label.
About an inch of head, settles fairly quick. Leaving a thin cap across the top. Great color, a darker amber with redish hues and copper glowing where the glass narrows.

Aroma for me is almost all malt. A little bit of ashy aroma too and a little bit of charred grain.
Didnt pick up on the many things that others seemed to find in the aroma. This was served at about 40 degree. I allowed it to warm to practically room temp.

Fairly malty in taste, caramel and a little bit of sweetness, a little more of the ashy flavors, mint as somone else mentioned along with a hop leaf earthy flavor. A very good 90 schilling. Easy to drink on, no pallete fatigue. A very nice beer indeed.

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

Pours a nice red/orange color. Not a lot of smell, but what there is is smoky malt. Flavor is malt with a hint of smoke, and a tinge of bitterness. Very nice flavor. Complex. Quite a lot of carbonation, but not overpoweringly so. I would drink these all evening. Very nice beer.

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

Had on tap at Robbie Fox's Irish Pub.

Pours dark mahogany with a small frothy white head that melts away quickly, but leaves layered lacing as an afterthought.

Grassy, flowery hops lead the nose. Little bit of pine bark too, but not much malt.

Malt, however, rules the taste. Caramel, honey, some mild light roast coffee, and a hint of sweet bubble gum play off the grassy hops with a sweet finish.

Medium-light body, with high peppery carbonation.

Red ales are an interesting style to begin with, and this one strikes a nice balance. Decent and drinkable, and a welcome addition to any night spent listening to live Irish jigs.

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

Coppery colored clear brew, slightly orange, short head. Poured into an oversized whiskey rocks glass.

Pleasant but weak aroma.

Flavor is complex. A mix of bready malt, a decent amount of hops, a tiny bit of citrus and spices, slight bit of evergreen, maybe even some copper (like the smell of penny)

Nice balanced mouthfeel. Supremely drinkable.

One thing is that this beer was better on first sip than last sip. Normally full-flavored beers improve as they slightly warm but I think this one was best right out of the fridge.

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

12 oz bottle. Drank March 16, dated best by 4-9-10
Nice looking beer. Tan, foamy head on a brown/bronze body.
Somewhat sweet and obviously malty on nose with a floral hint.
Body is malty but more dry than expected. Very nice. Slight roasty/toasty hint towards the end, the decent bitterness on finish cleans it up and prevents it from being cloying or sweet but rather that nice roasty/toasty finish.
Medium bodied and fairly smooth.
Very nice

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer, nothing exceptional, a dark copper and red appearance, aroma reveals nothing.

Taste, not a malt bomb, but no discernable hop quotient either. Mildly enjoyable, but taste's like a Colorado version of SA Boston Lager/Red Ale.

Mouthfeel, turns to that earth feel, heavier, woodier, less like beer. Drinkable, yes, it doesn't turn you off to having another, just the price aspect of it does.

Photo of TheMightyGUEST
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color was a good cherry/crimson with a thin head of a cream color. The lacing was decent on the latter half ot the drink and the head stuck around throughout the whole drink, keeping at least a couple centimeters.

Smell was smoky with a hint of the malts in the flavor.

Taste was likewise malty and smoky, and I was surprised by a hint of nuttiness in the flavor. It was moderately bitter, but not overpowering in that aspect.

Mouthfeel was both creamy and crisp with carbonation, medium feel. A decent amount of substance.

Overall, this is a highly recommended drink on my part. I found it easy to enjoy and it grew on me with each sip. I'd be eager to try out Odell's other brews.

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

Popular beer, enjoyed on tap at the Yard House, Scottsdale. Good white head that leaves lace. A fresh smell, a tad of smoke, which is me processing the toasted malts, a bit of sourness. Above average mouthfeel.Good caramel, malting. Nice drinking, quenching.

Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikey711 for this 12 oz bottle. For the record, Odell didn't coin the term 90 Shilling, so shame on them...

A: The ale is cuprous red color, dark enough to be opaque even though it retains an orange glow. A finger and a half of white head lasted for 10 or so minutes before fading away.

S: The maltiness of the ale stands out, roasted (not burnt) grains and caramel vie for attention. Nutty aromas also run around.

T: Nice and malty, this ale is a good companion following a day of intermittent shovelling. Dark fruits match the caramel malts, all elements strong and grainy. Hoppiness is an afterthought, hiding behind the layers of warming malts. With the word 'Shilling' in the name, I was expecting a wee bit o' smoke but there's none to be tasted here.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-driven, full and tasty. The biscuity, caramel flavors are soothing.

D: The lower abv really helps the drinkability. A good ale for a cold night.

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

On draft at The Yard House, Scottsdale, AZ.

Nice light tan head sitting on a pretty Chestnut brown/amber colored beer. Nice clarity.

Caramel and roasted malt aroma. Very simple but nice nonetheless. Enticing in fact. Taste is of caramel, some burnt/caramelized sugar, nice sweetness mixed with roasty malt. No hops noticeable at all other than in the slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied, creamy feel, mild carbonation. I like this beer as a "light 90 shilling" if that's what they want it to be.

Photo of TexIndy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 4/21/2010. Was an reddish copper color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a medium collar and thin film. Good sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was a bit subdued. Caramel, toffee, vegetal, malty. I find most in this category to have an aroma that I don't like but this one is the exception. Only complaint is that I wish it were stronger. The taste is also good and way above what I usually experience in the style. Bready malt at the start giving way to sweet malt at the end. Goes down easy. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and good after-taste.

Overall, one of the best amber/reds that I've had in a long time. Good amount of flavor for a malt show. High recommend. Rotation - not avail here in TX so had ummagum ship me some. If here, I'm in a hop phase these days so a malty one like this might get a 6xer a year. For now, not worth shipping again but will have on-tap during my Colorado visits.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pilsener, unreadable date. The date is raised bumps on a paper label and only part of the first numeral and the last three have been well transferred.

Let me start with the comments that I put this beer into a mixed six-pack expecting a Scotch Wee Heavy. Branding, naming, marketing this with the name 90 Schilling is going to confuse people, Odell! And some of them will be upset because they've been on a Scotch ale jag and to get an amber ale is going to seriously throw a wrench into their expectations.

On the darker, brownish side of amber. The head is just off-white and sudsy. Not much of a lacer.

Not a strong nose, but leans towards a lightened version of a Scottish ale as the label refers to. Caramel, caramelized sugar, even a bit of the smokiness (though I could just be wanting it to be there), deep fruit, earthy hop.

Instead of doubling down on the promising but faint nose, the flavors have retreated a half step. Reflections of the caramel malt join grain as the main component The finish is some grain astringency, tea, and hop bitterness.

I think my score speaks for the mouthfeel. In the world of amber ales this is middlin.

Edit: Odell has a red ale that they call 'Red'. To me, wtf, is appropriate here; why do they need two products in this category? Why not have an actual 90 Schilling?

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fire Rock Grill.
A nice deep amber/red colour with a small head of foam but some decent sticky lacing.

It has a nice caramel malt sweet and lightly roasted malt nose. No bitterness that I can detect and that's fine with me.

Sipping was a nice experience. Plenty of caramel maltiness brings some sweet notes but it's balanced by a nice roasted malt character with a slight dash or maybe hint of some nuttiness. Very malt forward and a sheer delight.

Medium bodied with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? I had things to do or I would have had another or 2. Very darn drinkable and very darn tasty. Just a tad better than the bottled version, imho, but both are more than worthy.

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

Thanks to my buddy Jeff for bringing this back from CO while on a roadtrip to visit some family. Review is from notes taken on 12/21/2009. Poured from the bottle to my kick-ass Sam Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rusty coppery color with faint hints of amber when held to the light; starts with a one finger off-white head that fades to a full, yet uneven, creamy skim; body is clear and shows strong carbonation; decent webs of lacing hold to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very much a dry, cracked grainy smell and it actually reminds me a lot of GLBC Dortmunder Gold and even a little GLBC Elliot Ness, so it's already starting on pretty solid footing with me.

Taste: Again, almost just like the two other GLBC brews mentioned in the smell -- very grainy, earthy and almost wheaty; a very slight sweet malty backing is in the far end, but very much subdued.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and well carbonated; it's a very "moist" mouthfeel and finishes quite cleanly with just a slightly grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day, but I have to admit, it's a little confusing to determine what the style of beer was supposed to be as the bottle kind of touts itself as a Scottish, but then says the results of the brewing was an amber, and of course, BA lists it as an amber. Very easy to drink though, fine flavors and a body that really isn't heavy at all and a very moderate ABV.

Photo of thistle3189
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought me a few beers for Colorado and this was among them.

A: This pours a good copper color with a reasonable head, with just a little lacing.
S: The smell is a nice balance of hops and malt but not big at all.
T: Taste certainly flavorful robust but not what I would expect for a Scottish ale, or one that is named 90 shillings. I think that it may be more appropriately Amber. The bottle reads 5.3% not the 5.5% listed on this sight.
M: Nice body may have a little dryness.
D: I would drink several and wish that it was normally available in Ohio.

Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in Colorado and it was free, I never complain at getting things for free. I poured it into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: There is an one finger tan head that some retention. The color of the beer is medium mahogany color with reddish copper hues. There are some carbonation bubble in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and close to brilliant.

Nose: Rich roasted malted grain with caramel, fruity esters, floral, earthy, and some phenols. In the background of the beer there is a subtle sweetness.

Taste: A roasted malt with caramel, fruity esters, floral citrus, wood, earthy, and some phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is sticky, mild carbonation, a bit of astringency. The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium. BA said that this is a Scottish Ale, but the label says it is an amber ale. It taste more like an amber ale and not even close to a Scottish Ale. I am going to rate this beer as if it is an Amber Ale and not a Scottish

Photo of kpoole25
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit on the light side (as the label states), fairly decent but didn't excite me. 12 oz bottle to glass, copper color. Nice fresh nose, a little fruity. Taste mostly had malt (maybe a little bit of roasted flavor), and did have some hops, more than most of the few Scottish ales I've had. Not sure I'd get again, just OK for me.

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

Received from Davey in trade

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Beautiful clear dark orange body with a thin off white head thats a little bit then fades to a faint white film on top of the beer. Smells sweet, malty. Taste much better than most other Scotch ales I have had in the past.

Photo of rhollman
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber

Smell - Hops aroma

Taste - Toasted malt and hops

Mouth Feel - Smooth

Drinkability - An excellent beer. The roasted/toasted malt has a fleeting moment at the beginning, light hop bitterness begins to dominate in the middle and finish - Extraordinary!

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear amber in color. Poured with a single finger off white to tan head that sticks around for a few minutes.

S - Nice roasty character with hint of cinnamon/nutmeg.

T - Sweet and roasty, the spiciness playing a slighter larger role in the foreground flavors. The slight amount of hop bitterness balances out the character of the beer well and provides a pleasant finish.

M - On the heavier side of light bodied. It could stand to have a little more legs in the department

D - Overall a decent refreshing lighter beer.

Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer for $8.99 at the Mesa, Co Wine and Spirits earlier this week.

Beer poured a deep copper color with a very nice off white head that was two fingers on the initial pour and sustaining well. Nose is predominately malts with a hint of hops lingering in the background. Taste is heavy on caramel malts and is nicely blended with a fair dose of hops to keep it very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth, finishing fairly clean. Overall drinkability is good. This is one of the more interesting beers I have had as it transcends the scottish and amber styles. Definitely sessionable and would be perfect for an October tailgate.

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

look: dark amber color, medium retention
Smell: sweet, caramel malt
taste: dry, yet caramel malt is dominant, very interesting, little to no hop flavor
mouthfeel: appealing, med to high carbonation
drinkability: pretty good

I have to say, I really like this beer, specially because the nice balance, betweet sweetness and dryness.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a nice crisp clear dark honey color. It could also be described as light amber with some reddish hues. There is a nice 2 finger head that dissipates into a thin film soon enough.

S - Malt is consistently present on the nose with some nice smoked character as well.

T - There is a nice dry sweet malt taste initially that is quickly subdued by a hop bitterness. The beer has an overall warm quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with nice CO2

D - Refreshing but a bit sweet.

Photo of SamN
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a left over bottle of 90 in the folks' fridge, decided to review it. 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice clear amber color, 1 finger light tan head that sticks around. I feel like this beers looks...asymmetrical, somehow? The color of the head is a little off, somehow.

Smells of sticky sweet hops, malt in the background, light exotic fruit, just a hint of breadiness, barely noticeable.

The taste always kind of throws me off, no matter how often i drink this. It's like bread, rolled in caramelized hops then topped with dog biscuits. This is truly a unique taste, and it is a surprisingly complex drink, yet light and easy to drink. The more I drink, the more pronounced the hops become.

Mouthfeel is solidly average; medium-light body. Nothing spectacular.

This is a very drinkable beer, perfect for hot afternoons on the patio at the brewery.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.