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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,401 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 94
Gots: 235 | FT: 4
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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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Hyvee, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 1/9/2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Odell's 90 Shilling Ale is a satisfyingly malty scottish ale that simultaneously makes use of notable European hops to contribute balance and enjoyable spiciness and bitternes. The only part where this caramel and brown-malt heavy beer seems to stumble is in its aroma, where it is too placid, displaying little of the caramel, bread, and hop bravado that its flavor did. That aside, this is an excellent, easy drinking beer that will satisfy what those looking for malt and continental hops seek.

Pours a tall, 2.5cm high head of light tan to beige-colored bubbles, which has above-average retention, gradually settling to a fairly thick cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also above average, leaving doily-like patterns over the part of the glass that a sip was taken from, the head itself also leaving some thick washes of lace along the entire perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark copper-red color, with light brining out brighter orange-red hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, and apparently very active and numerous.

Aroma is surprisingly modest, not as much caramel malt as I'd expect, but some, along with toasted bread, mild yeast, and minerals. The result is a mild, sweet, slightly hearty bread-like aroma.

Tastes as you'd expect, big and malty, with sizable portions of caramel malt and brown bread, all tempered by woodsy, spicy, slightly bitter European hops. Front of palate is sugary sweet, with caramel, toffee, and brown bread flavors. Mid-palate finds continued sweetness from caramel and toated malt sources, substantial brown bread flavors, hints of mineral-laden water, and slightly herbal and bitter hops. Back of palate is mildly sweet with caramel malts, bigger mineral flavor, and more notable hop flavors including slightly spicy, herbal, and woodsy notes. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, slightly leaf-matter-on-forest-floor, slightly sweet, as from caramel malts and brown bread.

The beer has a medium body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, never high enough to make this fizzy, but substantial to the point of foaming the beer gently upon the palate. The overall mouthfeel is, then, foamy and smooth, even somewhat creamy. Closes wet, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.