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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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87
very good

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world-class

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Ratings: 1000
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2001)
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Odell's Mountain Standard pint glass.

Appearance is a deep, clear, copper color.
1 1/2 finger off white rocky cap that maintains itself down to the last sip.

Smell is of light hop and light roast malt.

Taste is very balanced with English hop and light roast biscuit. No residual sweetness just a nice balance of malt and hops with neither too assertive. A great amber ale flavor. Probably the best I have had of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium with fine carbonation.

Overall a great session ale that is so balanced and smooth. A pleasure to bring this back from my visit to Colorado. Odell is my favorite brewery in the state with New Belgium a close second.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:42:40 | More by 312HopBomb
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. pour at Axel's Bonfire in Eagan with my 9 year old on our date night, while Mom is working & the older one is on a sleepover. This is a strange beer...I see it on tap in the oddest of places. They must have a very good rep around the Twin Cities.

Pour is a medium red, a bit lighter than I was expecting, easy to see through this filtered brew. Smell is nutty caramel, & enticing to the mouth.

90 Shilling is a very good ambassador of the style. Big, lovely caramel notes drip off the sweet malts, with toffee in the backdrop. Smooth. Lovely to drink, easy on the palate.

This is a study in good, solid simplicity. Relatively low ABV, straightforward DNA, & very tasty. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 00:39:38 | More by maximum12
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stercomm

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass

A - tawny copper in color with a slight reddish hue, nice off white head, good glass lacing.

S - immediately get a malty biscuit scent with some slight citrus and maybe some mint.

T - slight sweet malt, some biscuit, citrusy hops on the dry finish

M - slight creaminess, medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - a well balanced brew, worth a couple at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 00:40:05 | More by stercomm
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bnes09

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with good clarity. Pours a solid, frothy foam with excellent retention and lacing patches with each sip.

Nuts and bread grains in the aroma.

Malt flavor suggestive of rye bread. Roasted almonds. Weak herbal hop attempts to balance. Finishes with a hint of tartness.

Solid medium body. Smooth feel. Descent carbonation.

Pretty good stuff. Could use a little more balance from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 03:03:47 | More by bnes09
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best before June 12, 2012

A: Amber with a nice head and good lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malt. Fairly faint on the nose, although that could be the shaker pint.

T: Sweet, bready and buttery malt with herbal hops to balance. The finish is surprisingly somewhat dry, and the beer is well balanced.

M: Medium and a bit fizzy.

O: An unremarkable, although well balanced, drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:13:23 | More by greybeardloon
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elNopalero

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for bringing this my way.

It pours a ruby-amber brown with a nice cap of foam. There’s a light, malty aroma with a slight hint of a hop spice at the end. The aroma is familiar and welcoming, like the rounded notes from toasting brown sugar topping pancakes. I like it.

It’s real tasty too. The malt sweetness doesn’t overpower but blends well with the rest of the beer. I get that light ‘pancake’ familiarity too, along with just a hint of hops at the end. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:51:30 | More by elNopalero
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap, but managed to score a single as well, so chose to take notes on the bottle experience.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, finger of tan head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hop notes, hint of mustiness, caramel and toffee, cornmeal, wheaty bread.

T - The caramel and toffee dominate, the musty citrus hops come through nicely on the finish with a touch of peat. Hints of cotton candy, muddled toffee and buttered whole wheat bread lingers on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation level but comes across a tad thin, smooth going down and a hint of dryness on the finish.

O - Very tasty ale, more of an amber than a scotch IMO. The peat notes are quite faint and the caramel notes tend to dominate. Easy drinking ale that was fantastic on tap and just as tasty in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:35:01 | More by andrenaline
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to pint glass the beer pours a amber/dark orange color with a nice 2 finger head, good retention and lacing. An enjoyable aroma of malty sweetness, caramel, almost nutty character to it. Little hop presence in the nose. The flavor starts with the malt character and develops with caramel flavors, mild bitterness, and again a hint of nuts. Very tasty and well balanced. Finishes smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. Overall, this is an excellent beer I need to drink more of, highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 18:13:12 | More by hopfacebrew
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Aml42000

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark copper with a nice head. Decent lacing.'

S- Distinct cigar box/tobacco aromatics.

T- A very obvious black tea note dominates the palate. This is either positive or negative based on one's perception. Medium finish at best.

M- Heavy carbonation, but quite angular. Some freshness enhanced with some mineral/herbal character. Medium bodied.

O- This gets points for being distinctive in an easy category to get lost in. Don't know if I think it is more than a good beer, but certainly unique.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 22:08:46 | More by Aml42000
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siege06nd

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a CBS snifter...

A: 90 Shilling pours a clear, relatively dark copper color. About a finger of white head lasts for a few minutes until it fades down to a quarter finger of loose bubbles. Decent lacing on the sides. Fairly light and clear for the style.

S: Sweet, bready malt and a lot of citrus notes. A hint of pine resin hops. Not much complexity, a bit one note.

T: Sweet caramel malt, some mild hops. Very sticky and cloying. Kind of a watery taste. Freshness may be an issue here.

M: Well balanced, medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This isn't anything impressive and doesn't really seem to be to style. It's somewhat thin and cloying, and certainly doesn't present anything interesting. A lot better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:44:15 | More by siege06nd
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billab914

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a clear, bright copper color with a thin white head covering the top of the beer and clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice color to it as well as some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of tart, crisp fruits and malty, bready, caramel flavors to it. I get some notes of apple and grape to it along with some pale, grainy malts.

The taste shows more of the crisp fruits to it up front. In the finish I get more of the malty, bready, slight caramel flavors. Pretty smooth and balanced flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is a little below average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one. I found it was a pretty easy drinking, flavorful and balanced beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:03:00 | More by billab914
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denver10

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I have a soft spot for as it was the first Colorado beer I had when I moved to the state.
Pours a nice amber color with a thumb and a half width of a just off-white head. The head eventually drops but a thin layer remains on the surface, with the edges maintaining the thickest leftover. Decent lacing. Aroma offers a touch of smokiness, nutty, sweet bread and caramel, and a little spiciness and earthiness. Flavor follows suit. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, definitely a fan of this one. Easily my favorite beer of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 02:56:09 | More by denver10
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TheFlern

Idaho

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfect amber with white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smooth malts. Nothing surprising here. This is a "gateway" beer if I've ever had one.

Taste: Follows the nose. Mainly malt with very little detectable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and drinkable. Good carbonation.

Overall: Not something to go seeking out if you are a craft aficionado. However, if you get Odell in your area and are looking for something to convert a BMC drinker or if you're just looking for a sessionable beer check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:37:49 | More by TheFlern
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother in law brough this beer over on New Years Eve, and we never got around to drinking our good beers because we were busy drinking copious amounts of cheap beer and playing video games. Soudns like a loser, I know, whatever. Anyway...

Appearance - Pours almost a burnt orange color, making it the perfect gift for the Longhorn fan in your family. Probably a one inch head on it which dissipated rather quickly, decent carbonation.

Smell - This brew has a wicked good smell. Nuts, caramel, and a whopping dose of malt. I love it, one of my favorite parts about the brew.

Taste - The taste pretty much matches right up with what you would expect when you smell this brew. The malt is the prime mover, although there are hints of maybe caramel or maybe even toffee and some roasted almonds.

Mouthfeel - Well balanced brew, medium carbonation, nice and smooth.

Overall - This is a great brew. I would certainly buy it again, recommend it to a friend, etc. Everything seems to be a cohesive whole with this beer. The taste matches the smell, which is kind of what you would expect out of the look and partly the style. ODell Brewing has done an excellent job with this beer. I suggest it to anyone. That and 98 cents will get you a burger off the dollar menu.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:34:09 | More by TheCondor
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 3/14/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel malt, toffee, nuts and some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and it's also well carbonated. Overall I think it's an OK beer. It's worth trying, and I wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:11:19 | More by bluejacket74
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Manning's in Minneapolis, not a place known for lesser-known beers.

Pours the color of heated caramel, very opaque. Nice head makes up for the otherwise unimpressive appearance.

Smell is a little caramel, somewhat earthy, quite a bit of malt. A bit hard to pick up on.

Taste: Caramel is a bit more pronounced, maybe this beer takes the malt a little bit too far. Pretty good, not lip-smacking good though.

Adequate mouthfeel, found it more of a sipper despite the low ABV.

This was all right. It's the best beer on tap by far at a place like Manning's, so under those circumstances I'd get it again, but that's about the extent of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 16:28:28 | More by lurpy1
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spotted this in a forest of mediocre tap handles at a mediocre mall bar in Westminster, CO. I expected something more intense and more alcoholic, given the style, but enjoyed it anyhow. It's a Scottish ale deflated by about one third; still having plenty of caramelly flavor (and that distinct taste of peas) without the burn of the booze that so warms one on a winter evening. A levitated, springtime approach to an otherwise heavy-duty, depths-of-January malty classic. Worth a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 04:18:26 | More by gfreed
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doughanson78

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this. My first Scottish Ale.

A: Darker red with a brown tint. Very clear. Half finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Pretty malty. Lots of nuttiness and caramel. Toffee. A white bread aroma.

T: Toffee and caramel upfront. Lots of nuttiness with a light toastiness. Slightly bready.

M: Medium light body. Low to medium carbonation. Medium creaminess.

O: A decent beer. To malty for my tastes, but nothing wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:55:49 | More by doughanson78
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A well-carbonated tangerine and light brown. A light film of frothy head. Clings to the glass nicely. Huge bubbly and a bit of yeast floating around.

Smell - Light amber notes with a bit of malt and citrus. Fairly light on the nose.

Taste - A very light sour tart intertwined with light Scottish properties. Faint plum and cherry. I can taste a bit of the carbonation as it leaves a sort of carbonated lime flavor with me.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Definitely a lighter-bodied Scottish ale. Hints of lime and light fruits.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:05:09 | More by Jesse13713
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruby amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well as a nice bit of overt grassy notes in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:56:58 | More by mikesgroove
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DividedAvery

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A: The beer pours a hazy brown, very dull to be honest. The beer has a really nice creamy head that sticks around for awhile

S: Lots of malt here. For a scottish ale I would say the malt is actually subdued but it' working really nice for me

T: Malty and sweet this beer is very drinkable. It's more comparable to a malty amber for me than a scotch ale, it just doesn't have some of the earthy characteristics I associate with the style

M: Very smooth and clean. Loving it

O: A great beer, would much rather have this than almost any other amber, unless I was in a hoppy mood.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:03:55 | More by DividedAvery
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FosterJM

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

911th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by: 1/17/12
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A semi translucent amber with some light browns and a good 1/2 finger of semi off white head. Had a very good amount of cling behind it.

Smell- A malty, slightly hoppy aroma with a bit of seems to me like ginger. A boquet of some decent spice balanced things out.

Taste- Much like th taste with a full malt flavor and a bit of a toned down amber. Sadly this had a second layer of some pepper and a bit of a soap flavor.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation level. A bit of grainular soap after taste. I was not a fan of this residual flavor.

Drink- I just simply wasn't a fan of this beer. It was average to say the least but that mouth and feel just killed it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 03:29:11 | More by FosterJM
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel pour with orange notes. Large, fluffy 2-finger head. Thin retention and chunky lace.

Big caramel nose with a healthy dose of peat. Smells very chewy, like bread rising.

Caramel dominates the taste with another healthy dose of peat. Sweet, but relatively dry, finish. Light earthy hops compliment the earthy malt flavors. Getting nuttier as the glass warms.

Body is lighter than I would like, though.

Overall, very well done. Had this at the pub nearly 20 years ago and good to see that my taste and the taste of the beer has remained strong.

I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:02:44 | More by beer2day
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a thistle glass.

A: Amber in hue with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Head retention is low, and lacing is rather minimal.

S: Malt is dominant, with aromas of fruits, caramel, and some toast. Hops lend a slightly floral nose on the end.

T: Very malt-forward up front, with hints of toffee, dried fruits, and some anise. It also has some chocolate notes there too. Finish is long, and dry, with some floral, piney character.

Notes: This medium-bodied brew is well-balanced, flavorful, and with its relatively low ABV, quite easy to drink. Odell never fails to impress. I really enjoy this brew. It screams for a pairing with a venison roast.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 05:52:41 | More by WYVYRN527
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a damn good session. the flagship beer from what i consider to be colorado's finest brewery, it is an amber, but much much more. doesnt have the residual malt sweetness of a typical amber, instead a quicker, more dry finish with a slightly toasted mellow vibe and a bigger body. this one can drink all afternoon evening and night with zero diminishing marginal utility. not my favorite odell brew, but it fills a very important beer drinking niche, especially here in denver

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 06:00:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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