Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,491 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 107
Gots: 297 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Odell 90 Shilling Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,491 | Reviews: 445
Photo of rpheld
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand delivered from Colorado to North Dakota.
Poured in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark copper-red with a slight thin head.
Smell: Yeast and Malt nuttiness.
Taste: Sour malt front, light bitter hop bite at back.
Mouthfeel: Mouthcoating and slightly dry
Drinkability: Alright, has a sour malt aftertaste

Photo of johnyeast
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown/ dark amber in appearance with a slight white head. Smells of malt and barley with a hint of hops. Sweet in taste with the a slight bitterness. This ale has a strong character and am grateful for my friend leaving the 12 pack in my fridge. It's been a great beer for the cold weather we've had in FC in the past two weeks. A second taste reveals the thick yet light flavor of the malt. A great beer that is fulfilling and yet quite drinkable.

Photo of Romulus141
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with plenty of cream-white fluffy head. The head will dissipate, but a substansial amount of foam remains on the surface. If served at a slightly higher temperature, I imagine the head would remain for a good deal of time. I like the color a lot. It's inviting and rich. There is also lacing.

Smell: Strong, yet pleasant. This has more of a "flowery" aroma, suggesting a sweet taste. I also detect a hint of citrus. One of the more tangy-smelling beers, and it's a welcome change.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, this beer has a sweet character to it. The alcohol is present in this one, but it's balanced out by the sweet taste. The taste makes a strong impression, has a crisp finish, and an aftertaste that is unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel: More full-bodied than some other ales I've had. There is a definite weight to it. The carbonation is well-balanced.

Drinkability: These go down quite well, although they may be too rich to work in a late night session. If you stick to 3 or 4, you should be quite fine.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. I'd definitely pick this up again, and other brews from this company.

Photo of Skidud313
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Its a little lighter than most scottish ales, and i think that if you go into this beer knowing that you expect different things.

A- Beautiful dark amber color, small to moderate off-white head that fades rather quickly, even lacing.

S- Roasted caramel malty with a hint of hops

T- Wonderful balance of malt with hop overtones. I agree with superspy that the caramelization really comes out the warmer it gets.

M- Lightly carbonated, very easy to drink. Great session beer, all around very refreshing.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle with a distinct etching near the base of the neck. 5.3% ABV on the label. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Fairly clear, dark copper beer with a 1 inch off white head. Some very nice lacing.

S - Medium maltiness and some light floral hops.

T - A good medium malty sweetness just like the aroma suggests. Light caramalization and also some hop bitterness but the balance is just on the malt side of the line.

M - The mouthfeel is a little light, with little carbonation.

D - This is an excellent session beer. As it warms the carmalization really starts to become apparant. Another fine beer from Odell.

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of stouty1
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Enola
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Backer2004
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of kimcgolf
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of expatsteve
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ChrisA
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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!!!

Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of froggyfrog
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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

Photo of neonbrown82
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.