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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

439 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 439
Hads: 1,585
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 124
Gots: 389 | FT: 5
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
Photo of mblk6062
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, but after the way it poured and appeared in the glass, then the wonderful aroma....I was pumped! But truthfully, after tasting, I was disappointed. Wouldn't buy it again. I know I'm in the minority here but it left alot to be desired for me. Probably just my palate and not the beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 'CHEERS BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a good finger+ white foamy head. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of grainy malt and caramel. The taste is even better with bready malts with a mild hop finish that doesn't linger or isn't bitter. The caramel comes through perfectly. Very tasty and goes down very easy. Perfect carbonation also. A great brew for sure!

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Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- light amber.

Aroma- balanced rich grainy malt and hints of caramel.

Taste- A balanced, mild English ale. Starts smooth with a rich malt reminiscent of light bread and butter moving to an every so slight, gentle hop note in the finish. Don't serve too cold. A great overall brew from O'Dell, but I cannot agree with the very high marks others have given it, especially if compared directly to actual outstanding English or Scottish ales (e.g., Broadside Ale, St. George's by Young's, Belhaven...).

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted May 2014. Purchased from Costco in Austin.

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Photo of mjurney
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Copper color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubble rising to the top. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Faint aroma. I smell some bready, caramel and fruity.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Rich, bready, deep caramel, toasty, hint of toffee. Slight fruity. Hop bitterness is moderate, herbal-leafy, tea like. Finish is dry, yet very clean. Medium bodied, very smooth, refreshing.

Overall:
It's a world class beer!!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice mostly clear reddish brown brew, head and lace are hard to say since the bartender carefully poured and poured off a little head to make it full.

A tasty beer indeed, crispy with a touch of mild hop crunch, complimenting a nice malty base, caramel and bready malts, overall very enjoyable.

Body is smooth with medium carbonation, finishes with a bready malt flavor.

Overall impression is in line with other beers I've had from O'dells, good stuff.

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beautiful amber to copper color with excellent clarity and an off-white head. When I poured it (lengthening the pour towards the end) I got a sweet, malty, floral aroma from like a foot away. Initially it had a 3/4 inch head which didn't persist for too long but was still present in a thinner form to the bottom of the glass.

This isn't my favorite beer, but I don't want to downgrade it because I think it is exactly what it is supposed to be. Very malty, sweet, very little hops. It has a delicate flavor which I think would really shine if paired with the proper food. Because it is delicate it would easily be overpowered by foods that are bold and assertive. I find myself thinking of adventurous pairings such as cinnamon toast, pancakes or waffles with maple syrup and butter, chicken and waffles, sweet barbecue chicken, sweet corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, delicate cheeses, etc. Putting this with the right food could really be the right move. I think it would take it from being an interesting beer in its own right to something really stellar.

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Photo of Foyle
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper color, mostly clear, pours a healthy 3” cream colored head that recedes slowly leaving significant lacing.
Aroma: very malty aroma – like bread dough for yeast rolls when rising, also some notes of caramel and toffee
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a wet finish
Flavor: This brew has a significant whole wheat breadlike malt presence but is somewhat balanced with a earthy and floral hop bite along with some sweet caramel and toffee.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Just over the line into brown, from an amber orange. Holds a thin white head and a good halo that laces.

Smell: Earthy, hop leaves, little sweetness, light toasted malt.

Taste: A bit yeasty, well balanced malt and earthy bitter hop with a hint of pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, firm, almost fizzy carbonation, lingering almost oily finish.

Overall: A well crafted, easy drinking beer. A nice break from all the IPAs and Impy Stouts, more toward a season, if a big one.

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Photo of Hoopdreama
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the tap at my local Whole Foods market

A- deep copper tone. Light off white head.

S-malty and earth hops

T-nice malt sweetness and hops. Instanly loved this a rotation beer by the poor or beach

M- Crisp, Smooth feel

O- a simple great ale. Could be a regular go to for the summer time

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy brownish brick-amber with a moderate sized cap. The off-white head lingers for quite a while and leaves nice patches of lacing.

The nose is nutty and toasty with some caramel and room for earthiness from the hops. caramel, and earthy hops. It's raw-sugar-grainy with a hint of milk chocolate and just a touch of cinnamon. There's a touch of fig there, too, and then a mild fresh breeze of woodsy hops that come through in the balance of flavors.

Upfront bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toffee, walnuts and a touch of oak. In the middle there's a caramelized chocolate brûlée smoothness--it feels like it's going to go too creamy thin, but then late in the gulp, the dark fruits usher in boggy hops with just a touch of resin that lengthens the experience. The taste is its leading characteristic, and that's the way beer should be!

In the mouth, it's medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Light and creamy early, but then some hop oils seep in and it ends nicely dry. If there could have been more bulk earlier in each sip, too, I'd have rejoiced, but it feels pretty good.

This is a nicely balanced and complex take on the style. There's more going on than you'll find most of the time with respect to flavors and phases of sipping experience. I look forward to finding the brew again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best before date of 3/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, nutty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit, caramel, and earthy hops. Sweet and bready malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, yeast, chocolate, and subtle peat. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of fig and dates. Background hints of earthy hops. A pretty solid Scotch ale aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a toasty, sweet, and nutty malt driven taste with good notes of biscuit, caramel, and backing earthy hops. Upfront bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, toast, nuts, yeast, chocolate, and a little bit of peat and oak. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit undertones of dates and fig. Some earthy hops round out the finish. A pretty solid Scotch taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Scotch ale. Good toasty caramel malt taste with a solid subtle fruit and malt background.

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Photo of mverity
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a very thin collar and wisps of head at the surface. Aroma is muted malt and a bit bready. Taste is light caramel, very lightly bitter, and some toasty malt. Light to medium body and medium carbonation lend to a decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich chestnut with loose beige foam that fades fast but trails.
Red currant, some Crystal sweetness, and some tannins on the nose - all muted but grow as it opens.
Big toffee sauce sweetness, some toasted hazelnuts, dried apricots and mildly woody end.
Chocolate malt powder and golden raisin end and spicy clean linger.
Light more than medium, some cling, round.

States outright that it wanted to lighten the traditional style, and so it has. The body has decent chew and the flavors are sketched out right, but nothing is very deep, the big fruit and whiskey notes are missing and it's all a bit fizzy and punchless. Another one of those flagship beers from an established brewery that must've tasted amazing at the time and been a gateway for many, but it's now hard to see what the fuss is about.

Pleasant, easy, and dull as dishwater - what Americans mean when they complain about British beer.

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep clear copper with an off white head. Great retention and lacing.

S-caramel malt and earthy hops

T-nice malt sweetness and hops balance. Again the earthy hops prevail

M- a slight crispness on the finish. But very smooth overall

O- a great malty Scottish ale.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2/11/14
A - deep amber body, creamy ivory head slowly fades to a foam, leaving excellent lacing down the glass
S - malty, earthy aroma, caramel, faint peat and tea
T - malty, bready, caramel, burnt sugar, earth, peat, tea
M - medium body, creamy, finishes with some hop spiciness
O - good example of the style, very well crafted

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Photo of soju6
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber color with a fairly small head. with plenty of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, a bit of fruit and citrus in the background. Taste of roasted malt, caramel with a light touch of fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth clean and refreshing. Nice rich flavor and well balanced. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles very slowly, leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Very thick, pervasive lacing.

S: Caramel malt, oak, and a little peat.

T: Caramel accentuated with milk chocolate, peat and wood chips. Multigrain bread.

M: Hearty, and earthy. A slight sweetness in the front, and a pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Thick foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is sweet with wood and beat and an overall earthy character. Caramel and milk chocolate, peat, and wood. Grainy and earthy. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12. oz longneck into a 33 cl tulip.

Look- Clear amber-brown with three fingers of off-white head that falls extremely quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell- Mild, toffee, light stone fruit, toasted potato bread. Nothing flashy, but nice.

Taste- Maple-laced biscuit dominates, with just a hint of clean, lightly resinous bittering to balance it out. Overall impression is lightly sweet, but finishes clean.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium carbonation, soft feel. Feels substantial, but not sticky or particularly heavy. Even so, I'm good with the 12 oz.

Overall- A solid, no-nonsense, well-rounded brew. Certainly above average, and something I'd revisit, but not going to make my short list.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse in suburban Denver for the Beer Diaries Colorado premiere.

This beer appears a clear medium copper amber hue, with one finger of lazily puffy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent iceberg profile lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of moderately biscuity caramel malt, a touch of toffee, hints of treacle, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more big biscuity caramel malt, a bit of drupe fruitiness, some mild hard water minerality, a hint of wispy smoke, and earthy, kind of weedy hops.

The carbonation is mild, but a tad aggressive in its frothiness by the same token, the body a steady medium weight, and mostly smooth, a wee creaminess needling its way in. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt going full-biscuit, the fruitiness helicoptering, and the hops trailing off.

A tasty, toned-down Scottish (or do they mean Scotch?) Ale, just as proclaimed by the brewery. Easy to drink, which leaves me little time to ponder why they just didn't refer to this as what it really is, in the first place. Maybe staring at the logo on Brent the brewmaster's shirt for half an hour informed me a little too much.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet, caramel brown, clarified ale, with under an inch of off white head. Nose is pleasing, candy apple, citrus, toast and malt. Flavor is where it falls slightly short for me, crisp apple, malty and medium-hopped, but somehow seems to be some empty spaces in there somewhere. Mouthfeel is lighter than it looks like it's going to be, but nice carbonation and a tight finish. I think Odell achieved what they were going for with their lighter take on a Scotch ale, and definitely a good offering for their flagship beer. I remember drinking this in Fort Collins 15 years ago and liking it, and still like it now.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The 90 Schilling from Odell is quite nice. The beer pours a brownish clear amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent a nice malt....that isnt sweet or over powering. The taste is very good....a nice scotch type ale with that earthy malt. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected in body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and would definitely try this one again!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

90 Shilling Ale pours a dark clear and cooper color with a nice lacing head. There is a weak aroma with a sharp malty note present. The taste has a nice sharp and peaty malty taste. Flavors are overall rather weak. Overall nothing to special, it is a very average.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium, rusty amber color with a medium 1.5 to 2 finger head. Head is light tan, frothy, and retains very well. Lacing is good. Body is just slightly hazy, but dark enough to only let a little light through.

S- Fairly one dimensional, but delicious all the same. Primarily caramel malts that are fairly dark in scent and present a slight brown sugary sweetness. Very faint hint of peat malts common in scotch ales.

T- Reminiscent of a light scotch ale. Starts with a little bit of sweetness, mostly brown sugar like in the scent. Lots of caramel malts mix in with the slight sweetness. Towards the end, the caramel malts and a low to moderate hops bitterness balance each other out nicely. Clean, somewhat biting finish from the hops.

M- High in carbonation and medium to heavier in flavor, this is on the more drinkable side of a scotch ale. Alcohol won't keep you from consuming this beer, but the carbonation and thicker flavor profile might.

Overall, this is a good to very good beer, and it's apparent why this is Odell's flagship. Rather smooth drinking and fairly refreshing for the darker side of beers.

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Photo of WGO
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking bottle. Love the look of the label, and info.
Deep copper in colour. Head quickly dissipated to thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Couldn't get much aroma, maybe a little biscuit.
What stood out for me was the smooth mouthfeel.
Complete newbie to reviewing finding it hard to pick out individual flavours, could only really get caramel in this.
Finished quite dry with a burnt sugary taste.
Overall seemed one dimensional, but still liked it a lot, very drinkable.

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Photo of woemad
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrims in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for $1.69. According to the label, this is best by September 19th of this year.

Poured a chill-hazed amber color, with a big, fluffy off-white head that left lots of lace.

Malty in the nose. Initially, I couldn’t make out much of a hop presence at all.
Eventually, as things warmed up, I could smell a mild, floral hop scent.

Mostly malty tasting as well. There’s a little bit of hop bitterness that provides a little contrast, but not much else.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A decent, malty beer, probably a good choice for someone that does not like hops. Being a bit of a hophead, I found it a little boring.

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