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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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439 Reviews

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Reviews: 439
Hads: 1,585
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 124
Gots: 389 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 439 | Hads: 1,585
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1/2" beige head. Deep amber-brown beer. Head retains as a solid cap. Thick lace.

S - Sweet, perfumey malt. Nutty. Caramel. Lightest hops. Clean aroma.

T - Mellow and malty. Toasted, gritty grain. Nutty. Light but noticable tangy bitterness.

M - Creamy, medium bodied. Decent carbonation levels.

D - Good drinkability. Mellow, flavorful session style ale.

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Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large off-white head which reduced to a skim layer. Lace grips the glass well. Color is dark caramel, fairly clear.

Aroma is malty, light biscuits mainly with a touch of dark caramel. Pretty clean smelling with some earthy hops. Kinda light overall though.

Taste is defined by the malts again, earthy and peat like but with some biscuits again. Hops compliment this and give it a touch of bitterness. good flavor but light again and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel seems okay, a bit thin though. Low carbonation levels. Good session drinkability. Light flavor and light body make this go down easily. I'd like to see it kicked up a notch or two overall.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
Crystal clear dark orange/amber with a wonderfully full off white or tan colored 2 finger head that melts slowly to a craggy top and sticky lacing.
Smells like sweet citrus hops.
Taste is lightly toasted amber malt and a crisp, citus bite at the end. Not necessarily green or leafy...not even very citrusy...but crisp and biting just the same.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and thick for the style. Very smooth on the tongue...very smooth going down.
I like the depth and complexity of this beer...the toasted malt definately adds smoothness and complexity without giving a bitter or forced taste. Very balanced.

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Photo of stouty1
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded for with Solomon420! Thank you!

Poured a deep amber red with a nice 1.5-2 finger head. Laced around the glass very nicely.

Smells like caramel and hops, maybe some orange.

Tastes like malty spicyness with hints of caramel. Just a hint of very well hidden alcohol just before it leaves the mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste but dissipates quickly to leave the mouth feeling malty. Just the right mix of carbonation level and hops!

I rather enjoyed this beer and wish I had more than one. hint...hint, Solomon420. Looking forward to the next bee from Odell.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compliments of Dertbert!!
Amber in color. Nice frothy cream colored head. That last as long as the beer in the glass. Excellent spiderweb like lacing.
Smells like sweet alcohol. I'm not really fond of the aroma.
Taste is a struggle of the malty sweetness and some fruity hops. In the end the hops win. Also some raisins and caramel flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. Low on the carbonation and dry in the middle.
Overall a mix between a Scottish Ale and an Amber ale that's a good beer I recommend.

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Photo of Enola
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade with Solomon420

This beer is a reddish mahogany color. There is a thin head and some lacing. The smell is very good. Bitter and caramel like. The taste is a nice sweet start with a slight hoppy finish. There is a good aftertaste as well. The beer is smooth to drink and I could certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this Scottish Ale in St. Louis about a month ago and forgot about it until now. Pours a great amber-ruby color with a nice head and a bit of solid lacing around the glass. A bit of hoppy characteristic is fantastic on a warm evening. Reminds me of a darker Pale Ale. I'll drink this one again and try some others from Odell brewing when i get the chance.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing all over the glass

Smell: Caramel aromas along with some pinecone hops that betray a touch of peppermint

Taste: Starts out with a nice fruity (pear/apricot) flavor with a smidge of chocolate that is joined, mid-palate by an increasing pinecone flavor (there's that touch of peppermint, too) that, as the beer warms provides some peat; finishes incredibly balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy

Drinkability: Not really a classic Scottish Ale, this beer defines the term, "well-balanced."

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle as a reddish-orange, with lingering off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma was slightly detectable hoppiness, but flavor was a perfect blend of hops and malts. Finish was very smooth, somewhat warming, and long lasting. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 12oz bottle pours out a reddish brown. It had about a 2 finger head and left a little lacing.

S - Smells of caramel and hops.

T - It is sweet and malty. The hops add a bit of spiciness. There are even some chocolate flavors in it.

M - It has a soft mouthfeel and is medium bodied.

D - I enjoyed this beer. Odell makes good brews.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper orange, with ruby hues. 1/2 inch head subsides quickly to leave thick layer of suds. Low viscosity, low clarity, with visible carbonation. Really pretty color.

Aroma: Toffee, cocoa, and light raisin malts. Good fruity aroma with nice malt presence. Slight sourdough finish.

Taste: Fairly bready upfront with hints of booze, though the comination makes for a pleasant balance. Not much middle palate, though there are some good bitters present in the aftertaste. Not quite as fruity as I'd expect from a beer of this style, or as the aroma suggested. Nice balanced ale, but one that lacks much by way of development.

Mouthfeel: Like many Odell beers, this is light and drinkable. No bitter aftertastes, but not a lot of complicating flavors. Low carbonation, and creamy finish.

Drinkability: Good, but not much fruitiness and the beer overall is a little light. Like most Odells, this is sessionable but nothing wild on the palate. Not a boundary pusher in terms of the style or microbrewing.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark copper color. Fluffy two inch head. Great lacing. Excellent malt profile. Friends had recommended this several times. Many described it as being very smooth. I very much agree. A tremendous session beer. Nice carbonation enhances the sweet caramel notes. After investing so much time in IPA's this drinks like a cola. That is easy drinking at its finest. Odell is steadily making itself one of my favrite breweries. Good show!!!

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Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap a a restaurant in Littleton, CO, it pours a nice amber with an off-white head that leaves a bit of lace. The smell is caramel with a nice dose of fresh hops. The taste is well-balanced with caramel, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and just enough hop bite. The mouthfeel is nice and it's quite drinkable. I only wish I could find it on tap when I head back to California.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coper color with tints of 14K gold. Large, puffy off-white head forms on the pour and kicks of some lace as the pint is drained.
Aroma is very biscuity with light citrus and pine cone hop note in the back ground. Minor caramel hints noted.
Flavor has an interesitng dynamic between lush light caramel, fruity notes and a dry sort of toasted bread taste. Solid balance
Mouthfeel - solid balance, light hop bittering provides just enough to stand up to relatively sweet malts.
Drinkability is relaly top notch, relaly solid beer that always make me look forward to the trips to KC where I can get this.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bloody urine in color with a 1-finger khaki head. (You can thank my nurse wife for that lovely description.) Nice miniature carbon dioxide bubbles ascend in a flurry towards the surface.

Nose is a little sour and a little spice. Alcohol is in attendance along with dried cherries, copper and ... tomatoes?

Mouthfeel is full but crisp. Starts out like a soft drink (think birch beer) and comes to a close bitter and dry. Nice taste: caramel, roast and toasted flavors mingle. Carbonation and hops leave the tongue in a tingle.

A decent session this would make. Though it may start to sit a bit heavily on the stomach after awhile. While not packed with flavor, this is a very nice go on a sometimes overlooked style. Recommended.

Thanks to my brother for supplying. This beer marks the beginning of a journey into large pile of Colorado brews. Cheers bro!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a caramel amber color tan head forms decently thick tight knit lacing around my chalice. Aroma full of toasted malts hints of nut with pine scented hops. Flavor is well balanced nice light roasty character touch of caramel and touch of whiskey character to it uniform flavor is formed nicely. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied even lower carbonation though not flat glides along the palate. Drinkability well I could definitely love this stuff on cask but it's still a great tasting session ale regardless of serving style.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper/amber color, only a thin head with decent retention, good clarity. The smell is mild, some faint hoppiness and caramel malt flavor present. The taste starts out moderately hoppy, and then the sweet caramel malt comes through in the finish. Not very bitter. Medium thickness. Average carbonation. Not a bad balance of flavors here, the malt was nice but could have been more intriguing. It just didn't taste that "fresh" to me. It's still a fine Colorado craft brew...

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Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the MT. Dragon in Snow Mass last weekend. yummy

Poured tofee/mahogany color wit great clarity. Off white hed kept a 1/4" tight head all the way down with very good lacing

Smell: Fruitiness with fruitcake/bready notes

Taste: Rich fruitiness with slight bitterness on the back of the tounge and throat. Sweet caramel, slight hint of smokiness/dryness and alcohol mix well in the finish

Chewy/yet silky smooty, awesome balance, super carbonation

If I could get this on tap, this would be a front runner amongst my session choices. Good in the bottle, but was almost like a different beer on tap. Tastes more like a scotch ale on draft, Highly reccomended

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good drinkable beer from Odell, obtained from my recent travels back home to Omaha. Pours to a dark amber color with a golden hue and a decent carbonation. Head is decent and maintains for most of the drinking experience.

The smell is fairly unimpressive, but it is decent. A bit of sweet caramel maltiness, but not much else other than a feitn herbal hop.

The taste is good. As stated on the label, this is a good mix between a scottish ale and an english pale. Nice and sweet with some great caramelized malt tones. A hint of cider and hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and doesn't seem to have much going on in terms of carbonation. Still a good drinkable beer. As a scottish ale it is fairly weak, but as a hybrid scottish ale / english pale, it is really quite tasty. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.

Better to pour in a glass than drink out of the bottle.

Dark color with medium head, disappearing after a bit.
Smells like malt, a bit fruity and nutty.

Taste has malts, but with a spicey/sweet undertone. At first I thought it would be too malty for me, but it cleared up and ended as a Pale. great drinkability and mouthfeel. A darn good beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I’ll be – maybe I’m catching on to the different styles. I made a note that this one seemed to be a cross between Scottish ale and American Pale ale – then I read the label and they say it is! But with a British PA – close enough!

Damn solid brew – clear burgundy pour, topped with a weak ivory head, which did produce some sticky laces. Aroma of semi-sharp pine, herbals and florals, then a quaff of the same qualities, along with a backbone of malt.

Medium bodied, sharp and dry. In my book, the 5.3 % abv makes this one a qualifier for the session book. At least a six-pack afternoon with football

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, mid amber colored beer, white fluffy head, not extremely thick. Nice, chunky lace. Head almost disappears from the top of the beer.
Smells of caramel malt, almost chocolate like, but not that strong. A lovely, sweet aroma.
With moderate carbonation, a strong malt flavor crosses the mouth with just a touch of fruity, citrus hop in the back. Very easy drinking beer, smooth and tasty. As the beer warms, a slight hint of smokiness appears to compete with the hop aftertaste.
Thanks to swid for the hookup on this bottle.


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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very clear dark amber, forming a good-sized light yellow head with very good retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps a little heavier than I would expect for a Scotch Ale. The aroma is akin to an amber ale, toasty amber grains with mild husk, maybe chocolate malt and probably roasted barley, some herbal hops, clean ferment. The mouthfeel is spritely as well with a brisk carbonation is medium-body. The taste is an echo of the aroma. Uncanny familiarity to Fat Tire, which is right down the road from Odell. I'd be hard pressed to pick out which is which in a blind tasting. This perhaps has more herbal hop character and bitterness and more body, but that same characteristic amber toast note. The finish is slightly dry and the aftertaste is of toast and leather. Belches are hoppy. As it warms, the sweetness of the malts come out.

Well done, but this is certainly not a Scotch Ale. Don't let the bottle fool you. Try this is you like Fat Tire.

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Photo of whynot44
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, copper/amber colored with a modest ivory head that subsides to a skin but continues to leave some decent lace all the way down.

Aroma is caramel malt with hints of citrus and smoke.

Taste is mellow, toasted, slightly smoky biscuits and caramel malt balanced by citrusy hops for just a slight bitterness, followed by a very smooth finish.

Although fairly rich in flavors, none are overbearingly aggressive - very smooth and very drinkable, although a little mild for this kind of ale.

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Photo of mntlover
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with red showing thru a nice big fluffy dense creamy head that leaves good amounts of lace. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma is caramel malt light fruity notes sugary molasses along with some light hops and spice. Overall nice smelling beer but seemed little subdued.

Taste is not subduded however nice malty some light molasses mingled with the malt. Some lingering fruitiness mingles with light spice and hops for a pleasant finish. Bottle says its a hybrid Scotch Ale mixed with a Pale that is the way it seems. Flavor leans more to the Scotch side with the Pale lightening it a bit, nice smooth flavorable easy drinking make a hell of a sessions brew wish I could run out and pick up a case.

Mouthfeel is medium nice carbonation some sugary notes as well in the feel.

Drinkability is pretty damn good hell of a sessions brew here. Thanks go to Hometown Sports BIF and ImWithStupid for this treat.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.