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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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1,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 107 | 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:
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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Photo of harrymel


3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

No bottle date.

A: Pours a nice, dark, brown sugar ale with cherry hues on the translucency. Single finger, finely packed, peanut head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Loosely laced.

S: Grain, wood, malt. Hints of noble hops - earthy, soil, straw and dry grass. Finely woven brown sugar and molasses in here. Nice, mellow.

T: Nice, creamy, nutty ale. Meets all the requisites of a scottish ale, and I'm quite satisfied with this beer. Plenty of sweet tones I had expected, and which are relatively subdued to the point that I seek them out with my tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Well done beer. Nice beer. Likely not to buy in bottle. But likely to have on tap.

04-23-2011 06:44:18 | More by harrymel
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

COOP bottle... lite tan head.. okay lacing.. the brew is amber/deep orange...

nose show only lite malt presence with a bit of caramel... some minor earthy notes...

toasty malt with a some background caramel... grassy/earthy elements that could possibly be construed as hops... but there is nothing close to the heavy malts that are expected in a "90 shilling" ... more like a hop negative clean American amber... pretty toasty and that is about it.

Body is medium (maybe) .. with smooth lit carbonation.. good drinkability...

I enjoy this beer for sure, but don't mistake it for anything close to Scottish.


04-03-2011 02:28:46 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of rawfish


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Smooth pour into a shaker pint nets a one and a half finger head of off white foam, sinks slowly with a rocky texture. Body is clear and stock brown.

Aroma is pretty basic, not off putting in anyway but yes, basic, bready caramel malts with no touch of sweetness in the nose balanced by citrus hops with a pine undertone. Yeah, kinda your basic amber.

Full caramel malts, subdued bread, with notes of citrus and toasted grains. Equally balanced are the hops, generally citric but not biting, complexity added with pine and mint. Such a balanced beer and not overly sweet like some Scottish style ales. Dried grain husks, pine and citrus mild bitterness and a bit herbal on the aftertaste.

Balanced carbonation along with a medium body that is satisfying on the palate but not full on the stomach. Slick and pleasant on the drink, goes down easy.

Odell flexes it's muscles with it's flagship here, probably one of the most balanced beers out there that still delivers with malt and hops. In my opinion a great session beer that might not even be Odell's best amber. A staple for the fridge.

04-01-2011 06:31:45 | More by rawfish
Photo of Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.22/5  rDev +9%

355ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, bottled Sep 2010.

A - Amber body with very little head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin covering and ring of lacing.

S - Obvious citrus hop notes with some caramel and malt undertones.

T - Good balance between sweet caramel malt lead and hop bitterness on the back end. Finishes slightly bitter with mild aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light but punchy carbonation, quite crisp.

O - Very drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink.

03-20-2011 00:34:39 | More by Wattsox
Photo of Charlotte09

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Poured a deep red amber color. Head is a creamy white color and about a finger width thick.

S: Smell is alright, slightly metallic and some malt character with some hop notes.

T: Upfront I can taste some caramel malts along with a hint of piney hops. Pretty crisp with slight carbonation. Finish isn't great, tastes slightly metallic.

M: Slightly carbonated, pretty smooth and thick, slightly bitter ending.

D: Pretty drinkable, nice sessional beer, could probably go through a couple in a sitting pretty easily.

03-17-2011 01:25:29 | More by Charlotte09
Photo of russwbeck


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Copper color, small white head that laces nicely, but doesn't stick around for later.

S: Malty, caramel, with some alcohol coming through. Some hops in the background.

T: Big nutty, malty flavor. Hops are in the background, grassy and floral. Balance is nice, but leans towards the malts.

MF: Carbonation is nice, body is light, alcohol is non-existant.

D: Very good. Could drink these all day.

03-14-2011 02:49:02 | More by russwbeck
Photo of ocelot2500


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a clear amber color with a big, frothy off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts with an earth undertone. Toasted malts have typical caramel notes along with some bread to them. Some earthy hops add on the back end, but kind of muck up the malts. I would've preferred a cleaner malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

03-12-2011 01:22:43 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of garymuchow


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Aroma is a crisp malt with crackling little bites that hint of caramel and toastiness.
Brilliantly clear for a darker amber beer. Minimal head.
Full malt flavor that resembles, but not quite mimics the aroma. Slight sweetness but ample richness. Fortunately it holds enough dryness to prevent being cloy.
Moderate to bigger feel. Very fine bubbles and a little biggly (like that word?) carbonated.
A big enough beer to slow down drinking, yet light enough to be able to have another (but two would probably be tops for me).
I like hints of peat or smoke in this style and it didn't show any and didn't seem to have much caramelization, yet still well done.
Thanks Bry.

02-25-2011 01:51:40 | More by garymuchow
Photo of StaveHooks


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a 1.5 inch off-white head. The tight bubbled head sinks and forms a high collar.

S - Toasted grain, biscuty malt, acidic berries, toffee.

T - Toffe malt, roasted grain, berry sweetness, mint, herbal/citrus hops. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

M - Soft and creamy, moderate carbonation.

A solid scottish ale. Nice acidity, good malt, and a good finish from the hops.

02-22-2011 03:05:45 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Urbancaver


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a yellowed brown with a good amount of off-white frothy head. Lots of lacing and good head retention. Smells malty.... almost a bit yeasty. Smells not all that different from a malt liquor. Tastes malty up the wazoo. Sweet and great mouthfeel. Very nice carbonation. Highly drinkable which is to be expected at 5.5 percent

02-18-2011 00:53:05 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of cyrock1


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Amber to copper, great lacing.

Smell: Slight roast with a background of citrus hops.

Taste: Nice balance, the volume of hops and malt both at about a 7 out of 10.

Mouthfeel: Light sweetness, good hop presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: Sessionable is the perfect word for this beer. Another please!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 05:54:32 | More by cyrock1
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Notes from Odell Brewery (2004) on tap poured into pint glass: Beer is a clear medium-dark plum-brown color with a small, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pretty small. It's malty with light notes of slightly husky roasted grain, caramel, cookie, trace of cocoa; Light miscellaneous notes of steak sauce and gingerbread. Trace of herbal hop. The flavor is more vivid. It's moderately bittersweet, moderately acidic with a long, lightly bittersweet, lightly acidic/dry finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

02-09-2011 22:26:39 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

aggressive pour into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: copper transparent body 7 a massive white head. Very nice lacing on side of glass,

Smell: Biscuit & roasty grain. Citrisy hops.

Taste: Nice malty flavor (lightly roasted grain and biscuity). Light tasting hops. Citris, leafy, fresh, and grassy tasting hops. The balance between malt and hops is the best part of this beer, very nice!

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Sticky and slick. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is great for throwing a few back. Your palate will not get overpowered by too much flavor and the balance is impressive. Great example of this style!

02-08-2011 03:57:47 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of iSip


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Jumping out of my IPA rut for an evening, I quaffed an Odell 90 Shilling. It's a beautiful beer, and most brunettes would love to have their hair glow as richly as this deep auburn ale. Breaking out of my trance, I took a sip. Lots of bold malt flavor up front turns to a soft bitterness toward the finish. Very nice. The 90 Shilling is a smooth experience, and I would have reached for another, but alas, there were no more in the fridge.

02-02-2011 17:01:12 | More by iSip
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

It's one of those beers that's

Very dark color (or maybe just next to it's neighboring tap: Miller High Life?). The flavor starts sweet and finishes dry from roasted grains, but well away from seeming like a porter or a stout. Mild fruitiness from the yeast. Plesant but low profile hop presence. Tasty and easy to drink.

01-31-2011 21:26:41 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of Axe12001


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

I really like 90 shilling. Im trying this from a bottle. Poured into my favorite Odell's IPA glass. A clear brown color with a good foam on top. The aroma is malty with a hint of nuttiness. There is a good hop aroma as well. The taste is great. Good malt backing with a great hop backing. More of an US Brown than anything. But great lingering sweetness. Tasty.

01-27-2011 18:31:10 | More by Axe12001
Photo of AleWatcher


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Served on tap at Afton Alps ski resort in Minnesota.

Enjoyed this beer while sitting in a small chalet on the side of a small mountain top. My wife grabbed a hot chocolate and a burger-- I went with the 90 and some nachos.

I was hoping for a stout, but settled for the only craft option on tap.
Served in a clear plastic cup.

Looks pretty good. A dark amber with orange hues. A head of 1.5 fingers forms from a steady stream of bubbles rising from the ridged pattern at the base of the cup. Head is thick and creamy and leaves thick chunks of lacing with a few rings as well.

Smells like a scotch ale-- caramelized sugars and sweet malts. Very little hops, but that's ok. I don't think they were going for a super scotch ale. This is nice and enjoyable. Very easy to drink. The taste is sweet, of course, but there is a light hint of coffee hiding in here too. The finish is sweet, but not cloying. Very little bitterness-- just a slight coffee-like bitter bite that helps keep the sweetness in check.

I actually am liking this one-- perhaps more than I normally would due to my surroundings... Either way, not bad. The body is lighter than a lot of other beers of the style, but I think it works well enough. Good bubbly feel is pleasant and smooth. This is a Scotch ale for mass appeal-- but it's respectable enough for a more discerning palate.

01-18-2011 18:41:27 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of LittleDon


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Hazy red-amber with lots of carbonation. Dense and sticky off-white head with good retention. Plenty of caramel in the aroma and a bit of earthiness. Good amount of carbonation in the beginning. The middle brings out the caramel sweetness followed with a quick stab of hop bitterness. Very nice balance through the finish, which adds a bit of spiciness. Medium heavy body.

01-17-2011 00:02:37 | More by LittleDon
Photo of HOPPYKC


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a Pint glass. I think the batch that i have might vary a bit from what is resembled on the site. ABV is 5.3% on the label.

The pour is great, giving a nice opaque brown ale with a 1/2" of head light tan to white in color.

The smell is initially hard to get a large hint of anything. A bit of malt and bread, a really mostly grainy smell.

The taste i don't have a great fondness for. Malt with a nice smooth finish. Slightly bitter but overall a warm and full feel around the palate.

I would like to drink this brew on a nice light meal i think it would help bring something a little heavy to the table, although it is not a really heavy brew.

01-15-2011 21:40:14 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of johntp

South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Poured into an English pint glass. Dark golden to amber and hazy. Cant see any carbonation. 1 finger bright white, creamy head.

S: Carmel malts, huge nutty notes, some bread-y yeast characters, hints of roasted malts, spices, and tiny bit of hops. Quite complex and inviting, I would love to have a candle that smells like this.

T: Mirrors the aroma, nutty carmel malts, hint of roasted malt. Faint hop bite.

M: Barely any carbonation, thin body.

D: mouthfeel and taste combine to create an excellent drink-ability, would have no problem downing a 6'er of these.

01-12-2011 06:14:26 | More by johntp
Photo of ScorpyX


4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

A: Amber color with a finger-width, creamy head.

S: A very malty smell. Some sweetness in there as well and some alcoholic notes, especially as the glass goes on.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates. As it sits on the tongue, the biscuity flavor comes to the forefront.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. The swallow has a creaminess feeling to it.

D: Easy drinking and delicious, this is a brew that sessions well. I'm a bit biased, though, as this is one of my favorites at Odell.

01-12-2011 02:35:33 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of GBB


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer got me started in the craft industry. The pour is a dark mahogany wood color with a soft white head. Good retention through the tasting.

The nose is somewhat a blend of English malt and American hops. A nice malt backing with hints of roasted and chocolate malts. The hops really come out with a light herbal and hint of citrus notes. Very clean yeast. No real off notes to speak of.

The taste is to par with what the nose indicates. The malt comes out nicely and balances well. The roast is light but there. More of a chocolate undertone than anything else. Some caramel and underlining malt that lingers into the finish. The hops back off versus the nose but are still present. More of a citrus meats earthy and herbal notes. The yeast is very clean and not really present at all. No off flavors

The body is moderate to mid dry. Would like a touch more depth overall, but still very good. Carbonation is good. Overall a very clean easy drinking brown ale. Very tasty, thanks.

01-10-2011 20:40:52 | More by GBB
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

A gift leftover from one of my glorious catsitters. Alfred thanks you.
Dark amber, quite clear, looking lovely. A dominant malt character persists in the aroma, some sweet barley, a dominant caramel. The flavor is very similar, with a very dextrinous mouthfeel. Starchy. No smokiness, despite the fact I'm sitting beside a fire whilst sipping upon this beer. I really need some smokiness here. Even some subtle smoking might go a long ways here. Instead, it feels like something caught between styles, though, as an amber ale, I'd probably score this a little bt higher.

01-07-2011 11:34:15 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of morimech


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Dark amber or copper colored with two fingers of solid head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I am not picking up much aroma. I do detect the caramelized malt and that is about it. Lacks much depth. The flavor also suffers from a lack of depth. Odell 90 Shilling lacks the sweetness that makes a Scottish Ale. A lot of artificial tasting malt with subtle hints of peat and smoke. This sort of malt bill turns me off everytime regardless of style. A nice little grassy hop hit in the finish. Maybe not exactly 90 Shilling worthy but maybe 70 Shilling. Good carbonation and texture. A flagship beer that is not an APA is a nice departure along with the ABV.

12-18-2010 19:25:43 | More by morimech
Photo of woodychandler


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

I am continuing to up my bottle numbers to a nice, round 400 so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM).

From the label: "One day, we wondered what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale. The result? An irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. We're a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

My slow pour into a glass did not allow for the development of much head. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, leaving no doubt as to its style of origin. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant, yet not overwhelming sweetness on the tongue. I have long copped to not being a sweet beer kind of drinker, preferring palate-ripping AmeriCAN IPAs, but when I am off-reservation, this is the kind of taste that I CAN get behind. The finish was sweet, but not cloyingly so, which is my usual complaint about the style. I could drink a couple of bottles of this at a time.

12-12-2010 12:28:40 | More by woodychandler
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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