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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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432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,539
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 117
Gots: 339 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 432 | Hads: 1,539
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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Photo of swid
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell 90 Shilling pours a dark amber/light brown color into my pint glass; this beer is slightly hazy. A 1/4", off-white head forms, then quicly dissipates. Moderate carbonation and lacing. The aroma of this beer is quite restrained; the only thing that comes through is a generically sweet caramelized malt aroma. Hop aroma is negligable.

Fortunately, this beer tastes better than it smells. The initial taste is very sweet and malty, and is nearly all caramel. After that, a mild floral hop taste is prevalent, along with a hint of fruit and a faint roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is full without being heavy, wet without being oily. Finishes clean with a distinct caramel flavor.

Although I'd like to see a little bit more (in terms of ABV/flavor) from a "90 shilling" Scottish ale, this beer is quite enjoyable and is another example of a good crossover craft beer. It's definitely sessionable, and its sheer maltiness makes a nice change from the majority of American craft beers.

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Photo of karst
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you find beer like this it almost rates itself!

Pours a whisky brown with a foamy 2-3 finger dense head. Lace curtains the walls of the Grindstone pint glass. Malt Hop and Yeast combined perfection! Aroma hints of its mellow roasted malts and Goldings earthy hops. As great as it smells it tastes even better. Caramel malt that is so chewy and luscious full body that mingles with Willamette hop bitterness and sweet malt flavor. Well worth the 90 Shillings.

The more I analyze this beauty then more I edit my 4.5 ratings to 5s
Never buy less that 6 of these unless you are sharing with friends.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 90 Shilling pours from the bottle a dark red amber with a small bubbly head that quickly fades to a ring around my glass. Aromas of rich caramel and toffee meet a nice underlying bready molasses. Dark fruit and brown sugar...big maltiness. Herbal hops peek in and out as well.

First sip brings a wave of burnt caramelly maltiness with hints of bread dough and toffee. Sweet upfront with a herbal hoppiness that brings some bitterness on the way down. Dark fruitiness in the middle with a vague hint of chocolate. A nice, flavorful brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with fast moving carbonation. I wouldn't mind the carb being tuned down a little as it seems to step over the body of the brew. Overall, this is a tasty scottish ale, not one of my favorite styles but I'd say check it out if you dig the scottish ales. Thanks to babydoc for this one.

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Photo of loren01
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sampler at the brewery in Fort Collins. Color is a dark amber. Smells fruity and sweet. I would say more on the sweet side like some type of candy. Taste is malty with a nice bitter bite in the aftertaste, also maybe a little bit smoky aftertaste. Overall this is a very nice beer, one of the better ones I had at O'dell's.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap, poured into a pint glass, at Kenosha in Breckenridge.
Poured a nice chestnut with a frothy off white head. The aromas were all malt. The flavor followed suit, with a nice mixture of crystal and pale evident. I was a bit surprised with the sharp hops at the end, which detracted from the style somewhat--seeming more like a weak American amber than a tasty Scottish Ale. Good nonetheless. Had the hearty mouthfeel that I remember while drinking through Edinburgh.
Overall, a nice session brew that went well by itself, outside in the summer chill, and alongside some BBQ.

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Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clear russet color with a HEALTHY 1" fluffy light beige head. Hearty lacing.

Deep sweet malts in the nose, reminiscent of brown sugar, caramel & vanilla.

Flavors of toasted pale malts that bring to mind buttermilk biscuits, shortbread cookies & peanut brittle. Sweet and rounded malt profile.

Fine carbonation that makes the light-med. body very soft & airy. A somewhat dry finish balances the (again) sweet malt profile.

Overall pleasantly sweet & soft ale that gives Fat Tire a run for its money. Its clean flavors make it an easygoing everyday beer. I'd love to try it fresh from the source - on tap of course. Thanks to CRJMellor for this unsolicited gift- quite the gentleman.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark amber with a big frothy head that lasted for quite a while. Aroma was pretty much non-existent at first, but slight hops and malt became detectable as the beer warmed and the head disappeared. Light and slightly sweet malt flavours with a slight bitter finish. It was a pretty smooth and easy drinking beer and certainly one that you can drink several of without even noticing..

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.