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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

428 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 1,523
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 113
Gots: 328 | 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: 428 | Hads: 1,523
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. (255 characters)

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. (906 characters)

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. (268 characters)

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 (346 characters)

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. (381 characters)

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. (650 characters)

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. (708 characters)

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. (1,194 characters)

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. (628 characters)

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! (387 characters)

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. (264 characters)

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. (1,126 characters)

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. (483 characters)

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. (702 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with one finger off white head. Head dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, citrus, brown sugar.

Taste: I first get a taste of citrusy hops which is very surprising. Maybe I am tasting something else that is giving the beer a citrusy flavor. Finishes sweet and malty. A citrusy hop profile is definitely coming through in this beer. Don't think I've tasted that before in a 90 schilling but I like it. Reminds me of dogfish indian brown ale a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Great feel.

Sweet fruity flavors as well as a nice sweet malty finish make this beer much more enjoyable than I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised with this one. Fantastic balance. (724 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Raul just landed his ass in the cornfields of Omaha and he is just doing it! Life isn't bad my children, life isn't bad at all. And as Raul sips on this beer by default, he ain't strugglin. He's kind of happy.

Smooth and caramel-esque like Raul's senior year prom date. I mean, she was a nice girl, and every now and then I still thinks of you girl, but I probably won't ever be back. It's one of those good thangs, but not one of those "good" thangs. (458 characters)

Photo of jaz58
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice scottish style ale. Very refreshing.

Nice reddish brown color. Good mouthfeel.

Balanced nose of hops and malts. A nice hop dry finish.

Smooth and pleasing. An ale that would go well with most foods.

Hints of chocolate malt in the background. A well rounded ale. (277 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - dark amber/brown, carbonation bubbles build a beige/off white head. Lacing is very good with this beer!
Smell - caramel, biscuit, spice; soothing.
Taste - follows the nose with the caramel, some biscuit. Roasted malt is strong in this one.
Feel - some hops trying to break through after the first few sips. Carbonation is noticeable. Feels too light, kind of a turn off.
Overall - this is a solid beer and very good for the style. I usually don't drink Scottish ales, but this is nice. (539 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.06/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a pretty lame Scottish ale. Lightening it up made it pretty boring and then adding more hops and higher combination just made that worse. It's got an interesting peppery taste that makes it a little above average compared to other boring American flagship beers, but it's just not on par with anything Scottish style. (326 characters)

Photo of Why-P-A
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A rich red-brown with a medium thick head.

S: Very rich bready nose, not sugary but clear notes of sweet malt.

T: This beer has a subtle biscuit flavor typical of English ales and finished sweet and hearty. The sweet finish also masks most of the hop bitterness present.

M: For a lighter colored beer this has some real texture to it Not overly alcoholic but it feels like your really drinking something substantial.

O: A classic beer in a style that is starting to make a comeback in the US. Most of the Scottish ales trend toward light and unflavorful or strong and syrupy characteristic of may Wee Heavy ales. 90 Shilling strikes a nice balance between these two, yielding a tasty and drinkable ale. (710 characters)

Photo of Algebrew
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured a rich amber color with a small off white head that left a fine lace.

Smell: Such a surprisingly sweet smell, candy-like, but not overbearing. A sweet malt and hop aroma.

Taste: The beginning has a malty dullness to it, but a complex dullness; the middle escalates quickly to let the hops peek through more with a sharp bitterness; the end ties both flavors back down together into a calm bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth to perfection.

Overall: One of Odell's best. Such a complex yet simple brew. It's hard to explain. Unique. (546 characters)

Photo of BobN
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle, poured into Odell snifter glass.

A - Beautiful copper color at the rim with a rich amber at core of snifter. Dense, creamy head that persists through most of the session with a nice lacing as well.

S - A sweet toasted malt, biscuity, citrusy fruit, and mild hints of mint

T - Exceptional malt and hops balance, sweet toasty malt is the first to appear with a nicely balanced citrusy hop following fast on its heals. The two play off one another throughout with a nice caramel and hop bitterness balance and a subtle hint of mint towards the end

M - Creamy. smooth

O - This is a world class Scottish Ale from Odell. A fantastic beer in all regards. One of my favorites because even though it is well-balanced, it still makes you think as you enjoy it. Not to mention it's sessionable ABV. (821 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown to amber color in the glass - really nice color. Finger of head, good retention, really nice lacing. Aroma is fresh and malty yet somewhat non-distinct. Flavor is malt strong with only a hint of hops. Refreshing up front and finishes with a bit of hop bite. Another very nicely balanced beer. (313 characters)

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear dark reddish copper. Cream colored head with bubbly retention, good lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, bready, with caramel and toffee.

Taste: Malty and sweet up front with tangy toffee and sweet buttery caramel. In the finish a wonderful hop presence balances the sweetness out, leaving a tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: This is a delicious drinker, very easy to session. (447 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by June 5, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-This beer has a skinny, light-khaki head consisting of dense, smooth foam. The brew is deep amber in color and mostly clear.

S-The smell is smooth, balanced, and mild. There is some caramel malt, some lightly earthy hops, toast, and a bit of nuttiness.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a nice balance between smooth, lightly sweet malt flavors like toffee, caramel, on one hand, and a nice spicy, earthy hop flavor on the other hand. I also taste toast and nuttiness. The taste leans a bit more to the malty side, but the result is smooth and drinkable.

M-Feel is medium body with a smooth carbonation, not as heavy as some Scottish Ales.

O-This is a nice-drinking, if slightly mellow beer. I think the mellowness serves this beer well, because it is enjoyable, but not fatiguing or overly aggressive on the palate. A nice "unwind" type of beer that tastes good but doesn't require you to think too much. I am OK with that. (994 characters)

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.