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Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by Todd on 01-27-2001

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt copper with a small short-lived head of off white bubbles. The head was gone in no time and didn't really leave any lace.

Aroma: Some sweet malt with a clean but defined floral hop thing going on. The hops remind me of an Old Ale or some Christmas Ales. Otherwise, the beer is pretty clean and I don't have that much more to say about it.

Taste: The flavor is more hoppy that I thought it was going to be from the aroma. I would expect the beer to be more malt driven to be a historic 90 Schilling Ale. I don't get any peat or any kettle carmelization, so it falls a bit short in those points. It is a clean and very drinkeable beer, but it is lacking a bit for the style. I don't get any alcohol, and the mouthfeel is a tad heavy from light carbonation.

Opinion: This is a tasty beer. That said, I wouldn't expect much of a Scottish Ale by definition. I would drink this beer again, but I believe that it is a bit of a blurr between a Scottish Export 80 and a British Pale Ale. Take that as you may.

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

Found this as a single at my local store. I was quite surprised when I saw it so I had to grab it. Still quite fresh. $1.50 as it didn't ring in when scanned and there was no price. Excellent grab, imo.

A: Pours an amber color with red hues. Thin cream colored head on top. Retention is limited.
S: mmmm...malty. Sweet caramel malt notes coupled with a hefty dose of toasted grain. Leafy hop presence.
T/M: Nice and smooth from the get go. Deceivingly thick on the palate with a very soft carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sweet caramel malt and toasted grains coupled with a leafy hop presence. Bitterness is subtle but shows up mostly in the finish. Excellent balance to this brew with both the hop and malt profiles getting some pt.
D: I'm very happy I saw this in the cooler and snagged it. Excellent session brew. Another gem from Odell's.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a light tan head that didnt stay.

Aroma and taste were all malt. Some sweet caramel, some woody tones.
It went down well, not too watery, could have had a bit more body.
Drinkability was high, as the flavor was a bit muted (yet good). This could definately be a good session beer.
(Thanks Wasach)

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

Pours a nice clean clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter, with some nice caramel tones thrown in. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew from Odell.

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Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber color, a bit hazy, and with a slight head.

First off... nice looking bottle, and a classy simple label on these Odell brews.

Smells bread like, sweet, malty, and a touch pepper like.

Flavor is mostly all malt based. A malty and sweet sun tea like character to this one. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the beer finishes crisp and with just a small amount of hop bitterness. Flavors are easy on the palette. This is a bit light.

Drinkability is good on this one. Just a nice all around pleasant beer. Very session worthy with low abv and muted flavors.

Thanks for the bottle Wasatch.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A rich amber color with a thin tan head.

Smell: I sensed the smell of floral hops and malt.

Taste: A mellow malty sweetness with a somewhat sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with a small amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice take on a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of roblowther
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-copper with a thin but dense tan head. Smells sweet and....murky somehow. If that's possible. It has a sharply sour finish to the smell. Taste is much better, though. Starts with a bit of fruit up front, like sour cherries. It gets dry from there. Very dry. Slight hops on the finish, which is a nice balance to the malt. The malt isn't very sweet. At first I would have said it lacked the peat of a scottish ale but as the beer has warmed, i revise that statement. Definite peat and very delicate. A nice feat and it makes for a flavor that addresses the gripe I frequently have of Scottish ales, that they just demand too much of you. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, not so much as to prevent it from being a refreshing drink Nice carbonation. Drinkability? Hard to drink a lot of them with that bone-dry finish. A very good beer and an interesting cross of styles but not something that will move into my regular rotation.

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Photo of rpheld
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of johnyeast
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Romulus141
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Skidud313
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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