1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,160 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 75
Gots: 91 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Odell 90 Shilling Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,160 | Reviews: 396 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hoserking


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't take great notes on this as I was simply out tasting as many new beers as possible. Had this as part of their basic sampler set.

It was fantastic the color was great, the taste was well balanced and very flavorful.

Really wish this beer would make it's way to California as I dont want today to be the last time I ever get to have it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 05:17:21 | More by hoserking
Photo of cbak999


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark, orange...almost brown, into my Goose Island snifter-type glass. A nice tan 2-finger head quickly falls to just a solid covering.

S - not much going on here with the smell. Smells almost alcoholly/boozy, or dirty. Something seems a bit off.

T - The taste makes up for the smell. A nice balance of malt and hops. Very pleasing. Overwhelming taste is sweet brown sugar.

D - very drinkable. Except for the weird smell, this is a solid ale. I am happy with it!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:43:14 | More by cbak999
Photo of sogrady


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of the Odell's offerings, I'm most fond of the Five Barrel, but this 90 Shilling is one of the more common and widely distributed.

A credible but undistinguished exhibit of the amber style, the 90 Shilling outclasses New Belgium's Fat Tire, but is an otherwise average offering. It's heavily malty too my taste, both in the nose and the flavoring. There are some observable fruit notes, but overall the taste is unbalanced in favor of the malt.

If you like ambers, give it a try, but keep your expectations reasonable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:19:05 | More by sogrady
Photo of Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks good and has a reasonable head but after that there's little to inspire here. A sulphury nose with some fruit can't do much to spice up a rather hollow centre which is ringed by some simple earthiness. Can't realy see how this can be called a 90 Shilling.
Classic case of a wannabe.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:07:03 | More by Zimbo
Photo of Nerudamann


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Good amber color with about a fingers worth of foam. Very good carbonation.

Smell - Malty aroma, a little bit on the sweeter side. Doesn't smell like a thick malt either.

Taste - Good balance on the palate. Malty, but not too much so. I don't taste the sweetness that I smelled. Rather, I almost taste a tinsy bit of a sourness to it.

Mouthfeel - Good balance, not too watery or too creamy in texture.

Drinkability - I don't a whole lot of complexity in this one, but I think it might make a good fridge stuffer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 06:05:18 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a copper orange colour. Creamy tan head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to nice thick layer... Very sparse carbonation drifts to the surface... Fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Toasted breadiness, biscuity malts, light spicy fruits (figs, prunes and oranges), nice caramel and nutty sweetness, light brown sugar notes, peppery hops, some woody notes...

Taste - Not as sweet as the aroma suggests... light toasted malts, biscuity, tart fruits (figs, oranges, some apples, faint grapefruits), light toffee sweetness, faint tobacco notes, nice light spicy hop bitterness, earthy / woody notes...

Feel - Quite sharp then smooth after... light / medium body... pretty quaffable - a decent session beer...

Overall - an OK brew but nothing special. Odell can do better than this... worth a try though

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 13:35:23 | More by mdagnew
Photo of beerisgood2010


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew about a year ago while travelling through Colorado. Its now available in my area in the Twin Cities. It is an awesome Ale and it is unique in that you can drink a few of them without getting filled up. I love this beer. Try it as soon as you can as distribution is expanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 20:26:44 | More by beerisgood2010
Photo of claybeer


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reflex the perfect pour on what an amber beer should look like. The rich red color shines through the glass when held up to the light. The head was just over a finger thick. The smell has complex grains but mostly sweet malts. I taste a lot of earthy walnuts. It really sticks to the roof of my mouth. It lingers just long enough to remind you of the soft sweetness of the malt. This easy drinking beer would complement any classic comfort foods that grandma use to make like a simple batch of cornbread and a home cooked chicken pot pie.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 16:11:49 | More by claybeer
Photo of meatyard


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, reddish amber with a 2-finger off white head. The head leaves spotty lacing and has decent retention while falling to a thick cover.
The smell is more malt than anything else that can be determined.
The taste is sweet, not cloying in any way, lightly roasted malt. I can't find evidence of hops in the taste and there is no bitterness. With a fairly low ABV, there is no notice of alcohol either.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy leaning toward medium in body.
Drinkability: This is no Nugget Nectar Amber Ale but it's, clearly, not going in that direction. I can see someone looking for a pleasant, easy to drink beer (almost sessionable) being able to drink a few and enjoy each one as much as the previous. I think a lot of non-hop heads will like this though I don't see it as a go-to beer for many.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:27:23 | More by meatyard
Photo of brewdub17


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber with light copper spots. Head is a nice creamy off white, expected from an amber beer with abundant amounts of malt.

Smell: The mixture of malts give a pleasant, sweet but robust smell. A well-made bread fresh from baking comes to mind when wafting the sweet scent.

Taste: Similar to the smell, a sweet but robust taste comes forward followed by a nicely balanced crispness. There is a great deal of depth within such a basic formula.

Mouthfeel: The crispness lingers throughout and mixes well with that strong sweet, robust taste that really defines the beer.

Drinkability: With the exception of hops, this beer has a good deal of diverse flavors combined into one package, which can make for a good session beer, considering the semi-low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:09:23 | More by brewdub17
Photo of eclaycamp


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O'Dell brewing has been moving up the ranks as one of my favorite craft brew makers. I know I've had 90 Shilling in the past, but I've never sat down and analyzed exactly why I like it. The Scottish Ale has gained some momentum in recent years; 90 Shilling is a variation on that.

12 ounce bottle. I'm pouring this into my imperial pint glass. A rigorous pour reveals a beer that is ruby red to light amber in appearance. It's got a smallish tan head, creamy in appearance, with some decent lacing readily apparant. Judging on appearance alone, this is one good looking beer.

You have to do some work to get the aroma of the beer (typically I struggle a little bit in this area, my sinuses just don't always cooperate). What is there smells of toffee and caramel malt. Some biscuit characteristics as well. Not a lot of what I would normally call hop character. This beer, at least at first smell, appears to be all about the malt profile.

The mouthfeel of the beer is almost creamy, with moderate carbonation lending a very pleasant mouthfeel. With this style it's easy for a beer to get syrupy or viscous; that's not the case in 90 Shilling. The first taste is pleasant, with biscuit and caramel yielding to pine in the middle followed by sweet gingerbread and a warming finish. Reminds me of autumn, really an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Though those of you who prefer more of an earthy peat flavor in your Scotch Ale may be a bit disappointed. I'm not among them. This is just a nice, easy drinking beer, regardles of style. It's obvious, at least to me, why O'Dell picked this as their flagship ale. It's got all the great markings of a good beer, well balanced and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:42:28 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep,reddish brown with almost no head but decent lacing.

S-The nose is caramel malt,brown bread and golden raisin.Nothing that grabs me but not horrible either.

T-The overall taste of this beer was average.Initially there was roasted malt,a mineral/copper quality and sourdough bread
and the finish was a slight brown sugar sweetness
with some dried fruit notes.This beer needed more hop balance.

M-The body was light to medium with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D-I have recently realized that I am not a fan of red ales.That said,this beer was a good example of the style but just not in my list of favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 16:37:02 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of woosterbill


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 10/21/10, into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish amber body with an inch of creamy off-white head; average retention and very nice lacing. Excellent looking beer.

S: Deep nutty malts and a touch of citrusy hops. Very clean and well-balanced.

T: Malts dominate throughout, with sweeter caramel notes up front giving way to toasty and nutty flavors on the back end. Some hop bitterness closes things out, but doesn't really add much in the way of flavor. Lightly fruity aftertaste, but more bitter than sweet. Enjoyable, but I'd prefer more noticeable hops.

M: Fairly full body with a moderate amount of somewhat spiky carbonation. Interesting, but not as smooth as I'd like for the style.

D: Very full-flavored for the ABV, which is nice, but the full body and big malts keep it from going down too easily.

Notes: This is an eminently solid amber ale, and it doesn't surprise me a bit that Odell calls this their flagship. I greatly prefer their IPA (or St. Lupulin), but this is a nice, approachable brew. Good stuff.


Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 19:00:39 | More by woosterbill
Photo of CampusCrew


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark amberish complexion, good lacing

smell: caramel malts were dominate, sublt hop presence on the nose

taste: not that fresh, a month away from best by. if there were hop, they faded, medium bodied malty red ale. caramel, bready malts

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not bad, woul dhave loved some more balance with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 20:22:26 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Halcyondays


2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a thick soapy white head. Thick lace.

S: Burnt toast, some bitter melon, bonfire, not really an appealing smell.

T: Lots of toast/grain flavour. Light hop - lemon/soil, has an American influence for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, nice overall body.

D: Another one of my must tries in AZ, I wasn't a huge fan of this, but I guess you can't like 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:29:58 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of KeefD


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Odell. I picked up 4 singles of their regular offerings and chose this one to try first. Pours a dark amber color with golden/copper highlights, small white head that has a lasting cap, but no lacing. Nice, lightly sweet nose, some caramel and toffee, virtually no hoppiness. Upon first taste, I thought it seemed a bit light and watery. But the more I sip on it, the more I like this quality. The smooth, balanced bready and toasty malts combine well with the caramel and light hoppiness (piney, but light) to great a refreshing, drinkable red ale. It's bordering on Scottish ale territory. Lower carbonation works well for this one since the body is light. Again, very drinkable. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:28:09 | More by KeefD
Photo of champ103


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark red, almost brown. A one finger white head forms, and sticks throughout. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, biscuit, and caramel up front. Light chocolate that is lightly astringent and metallic.
T: Big toasted malt up front. Sweet caramel and milk chocolate. Some hops in the background, and a very light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Slightly prickly and rough. Easy to drink. I put a few away with ease.

A good amber ale. Something I enjoyed. I can see this being a staple of mine if I lived in the area.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 01:22:56 | More by champ103
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark amber with two fingers of fluffy foam.

Smell: Bready malt with a slight sting of hops at the end.

Taste: Bready-biscuity malt flavor with some sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable mild amber ale. Actually my first offering from Odell. I can see myself enjoying this in the fall watching football. Mild and not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 01:13:46 | More by Axic10
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Minneapolis for $2.49 a single bottle.

A: very nice tawny brown color
S: milder nose but nice chewy roasted malt quality
T: very nice taste, well-balanced between malt and hops with not that traditional over-the-top with hops that most American beers have that absolutely kill the traditional nature of some styles, chewy, roasted malt with great biscuity qualities
M: very nice, rounded with nice balance
D: very drinkable, a very good session beer

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:46:42 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of ballz50401


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 9/8/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a very clear dark copper with a red hue. It has medium carbonation with a nice stable off white head. I can sense some breadiness in the aroma with a mild earthy hop aroma. Taste starts out with a little malt sweetness then finishes with some burnt toast. Body feels light to meduim with some drying bitterness. Overall impression was lower than expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 05:13:07 | More by ballz50401
Photo of FreshmanPour77


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7-04-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark cloudy tan color with 2 fingers of foam, nice tan head followed with a decent lacing ring, carbonation is present

S - Caramel, dark roasted malts with a slight hop aroma at finish

T/M - Medium bodied, I can taste the roasted malts and caramel. A little hop bitterness at the end

D - Good tasting brew from Odell, medium bodied with a good blend of malts and hops. Slight hop bitterness but smoothed over nicely. I recommend this brew

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 03:39:43 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of deapokid


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, sweet maroon with perpetually bubbling carbonation. It's darker than expected, boasting a one-finger head with good retention and thick, sticky lacing.

Sweet and citrusy hop aromas take up most of the bouquet. Scent leans towards the tropical more than the bitter with a little acidity that reminded me of apple. Not a bad smell, but understated and a bit hard to nose out.

Taste is subtle and creamy with bold hop character that provides a nice bitterness. Liquid is extraordinarily smooth and buttery, which is quite different for an amber, since they often seem more like IPAs (in my humble opinion). Don't get me wrong, the hops are there, but they play second fiddle to the caramel notes and fruity acidity. There's also buttered toast and heavy cream flavoring, which is tasty as hell and obviously reminiscent of a idyllic Sunday breakfast.

What a great introduction to the Odell Brewing Company! This amber is easy to sip, inventive and damn tasty. My glass was done in 5 minutes and I was kicking myself for not picking up a few bottles. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 16:01:17 | More by deapokid
Photo of Brewno8it


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours with a creamy head; dense, more like a stout, but in a good way. The head takes on almost a milky appearance, very soft. Color is burnt orangish red, with steady effervescence flowing up throughout the pint style glass.

Smell - The malt comes through immediately, but is not overwhelming: sweet, caramel, toasty.

Taste - This is where the action really begins. The body is medium and the malt and hops are interesting in their balance (complex). The malt has a wonderful taste, yet not too sweet as the hops nicely balance the brew. As the beer warms, the hop flavor comes through more, yet the balance remains.

Overall - Incredibly drinkable, wonderful, a must try for this style. I'm ready for another!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 19:25:59 | More by Brewno8it
Photo of KarlHungus


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of caramel, a very faint whiff of peat, and an overall sweetness. It is a nice aroma, but rather weak. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is pleasant, but lacks any real complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but it really doesn't wow me. I could drink it again without complaints, but I would seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 18:56:51 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This an amber colored affair with a fine head and noticeable lacing. Caramel and hops combine a decent aroma. On the palate, the malt is the major component, but there are plenty of hops to provide balance. Caramel sweetness mixes with some floweriness from the hops.

A session beer this is, appropriate for the style. It went well with a Sunday afternoon lunch.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:48:24 | More by BeardedBoffin
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.