Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale
BEER INFO

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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. Appearance is a nice chestnut brown with clarity. Nose is grainy with light nutty notes, mild sweetness, and a hint of butterscotch. The taste is much of the same... Mild fruity qualities with again a bit of a buttery finish. Not sure if this is due to dirty tap lines or perhaps some diacetyl, but it actually works nicely with the beer. Mouthfeel is mild with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with nice malty flavors.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We couldn't get Odell beers in Indiana, so when we moved to Arizona I fell in love. Their beers are really good, and I haven't been disappointed with anything I have had from them. For example, their IPA is delicious. Their double IPA, while not that hoppy, is a nice smooth flavor. They even do a double black IPA that is amazing! They recently dropped the price to $3.99 at Total Wine & More, and I grabbed a case!

Today we are doing the 90 Shilling. I have not had this beer, and have no idea what to expect. It's an ale… go figure! There is a wine associate at Total Wine that I chat with from time to time. He doesn't "get" beer and always jokes, "Any new ales or lagers in today?" He's funny!

This is a new journey for me and Odell, and I can't wait to drink this!

In the Glass: The beer is a light brown and has a nice thin white head. The lace is pretty good, and hang on to the side of the glass. It drops slowly, and just begs to be drank. Knowing what I do about Odell beers, I assume this is going to be great!

Nose: It smells like an ale. Not much going on in the nose, and I am getting subtle spices toward the end. Not much here, and I am not sure what that says about the flavor. Let's drink.

Flavor: There is a LOT more flavor here than I expected. At first there isn't much going on, and then as the beer slides across the back of the palate, the bubbles explode on the back of the tongue. The flavors I am getting are earthy and remind me a Washington state chardonnay. If you close your eyes, you can picture licking dirty rocks and chewing on pine cones. It's not a bad flavor, but it has a good earthy flavor that keeps me drinking.

Oh, and I will mention, that while writing this, I started chatting with JoShua McGuire (@Shua_MC on Twitter) about Odell and this beer. He seems to like the 90 Shilling and was drinking a Lugene when we were talking. Speaking of Lugene, if you like milk stouts, try it. But if you want to try a beer cocktail with that as the base, take 1 ounce of whipped cream or marshmallow puff vodka, mix the two together, and enjoy. You won't be sorry!)

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel starts thin and balanced, and then about halfway back it explodes with bubbles and those earthy flavors that I was talking about. It has a really nice complexity as you swallow, and the aftertaste (which is my favorite part of this beer) kicks in. Every time I swallow those flavors come rushing back to the surface. This is getting better as it heats up, too.

Aftertaste: I keep going back to those earthy flavors, but that is what I am tasting here. I wouldn't call this a dirty flavor, but it has a nice complexity that would pair nicely with food. I bet this would pair nicely with grilled meats or fried chicken. Maybe we can take a trip to Lo Lo's Chicken & Waffles and see. Highly out they have the 90 Shilling available, though!

Odell didn't let me down, but they also didn't blow me away with this offering. It's good, but not great. I would order this again, and will actually be looking for this on draft. I bet this is really good on draft. I bet this would even make a good cask beer. I can see this being served at room temperature. If you are a fan of Odell Brewing Company, then this should be a staple in your daily drinking.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GHB for sending this one my way. The beer poured out as a nice clear looking amber color with a light cream colored head on top. The lacing is very good on this as well as the retention. It's a great looking brew. The smell of the beer is malty, semi sweet with a nice earthy caramel aroma. The taste of the beer is very mellow, nice malt profile with a subtle bitterness in the late finish, flavors of toast and caramel. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it had a good amount of body but remains easy to drink. Overall it's a very good brew and I'm glad I got to finally try it.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Mugsy's Tavern in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Reviewed live.

A- one finger white head with middling-low retention. Strong white lacing. Walnut color with high clarity. Attractive looking beer.

S- medium roasted malts. Marshmallow, warm malts and some toffee notes as well. Hops have a low profile here.

T- sweet, toasty and roasty. Nice marshmallow taste. Warm, smooth and tasty.

M- smooth, creamy and full-bodied.

O- good example of the style. Balances roasted flavors with sweetness very well. Quite approachable and highly drinkable.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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