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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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very good

1,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 79
Gots: 124 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

seth72104, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
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.

doughanson78, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
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.

Jesse13713, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of DividedAvery
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.

DividedAvery, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
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.

FosterJM, Oct 31, 2011
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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.

beer2day, Oct 29, 2011
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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.

WYVYRN527, Oct 21, 2011
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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

StonedTrippin, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

1/2 pint from cask,served via handpump at local Wetherspoons

A- Ruby red body with excellent clarity. 1 finger tan head with average/good retention and excellent lacing.

S- Light toasted malts mingle amongst some more complex toffeish sweeter malts. Must stress these are as subtle as can be, not much nose at all.

T- There is obvious malt notes there, sweeter toffee in the beginning becoming toastier with a touch of tea like dryness in the finish. Once again extremely subtle and perhaps the finish is not stereotypical of the style.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

D- Doesnt work for me. Lifeless nose and palate and what is there isnt true enough to style for me. Maybe im harsh possibly due to the travel its maybe done or poor cellarmanship, but underneath that it can hardly be branded a 90 shilling - a full bodied malt beast.

seanyfo, Oct 19, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of maple and almost a hint of old book pages. A mahogany color, sea foam white head. Taste is nutty, almost hazelnut if not almond. Palate has a nice light carbonation with an almost creamy finish. Overall a great session beer. wish the oak aged came out more.

stabzmcgee, Oct 17, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Dark amber with an average size head, nothing special.

S Very faint smell, smells faintly like a loaf of bread. Maybe a little green apple.

T I think this taste more like an amber ale than any Scottish ale I've ever had. Not a lot of the piney/spicyness I had hopes for.

D Has a little too much funkyness to drink too many of these, not really worth my soeriety either.

O I've had better amber ales and way better Scottish ales before.

Ninjabrew, Oct 14, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap:

A- Dark amber brown color with a whitish brown head

S- Malty goodness. Scent is not super strong. Hops are mildly present in the scent

T- malty upfront with a nice hoppy finish. Hops aren't too intense, but biterness level is perfect. Aftertaste is refreshing.

M- Super smooth. Goes down with ease

O- My ideal session beer. The beer that made me fall in love with Odell's

MrDonQuixote, Oct 09, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger foamy head. Clear amber with crimson hues.

S: roasted and caramel malt.

T: mostly malt but ver flavorful. Some earthy notes in the finish.

M: high carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: one of the more flavorful ambers/scottish ales I have had.

kylehay2004, Oct 02, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a generic pint glass -

A - non-transparent, dark copper/amber color with a creamy, off white, one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Not a very strong aroma. Cream, some caramel malt and no hops on the nose. I think its a bit cold, though.

T - better than the nose predicted. Buscuity and caramel malts nicely balanced by floral hops. Decent bitterness.

M - medium to full bodied and wet. Compliments the taste nicel

D - could be a decent session beer and widely available here in Fort Collins. That being said, I don't think its a great example of the style.

blakelive784, Sep 30, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Old Chicago, Towne Square mall Boise ID. Served in a tumbler.

A: Deep copper colored, clear, low carb, with a white head and some lacing.

S: Tough to pick much up (beer might be too cold)...malty for sure; grain husks and toasted bread, light floral hop character as well but it's really minimal.

T: Nothing more jumps out here than on the nose. The malt backbone is much more toasty than carmelly. There are just the faintest flavors of herbal notes, wood, and smoke (it's buried deep, but it's there) but overall the malt bill is really on display.

MF: Rich, silky mouthfeel, low carbonation and moderate/light body.

O: A couple other reviewers (Alstrom brother included) call this beer out as an Amber and even review it that way, however Odell is obviously marketing this as a Scottish Ale. I think it's lacking in depth as a Scotch Ale, although overall the beer itself holds it's own as a low-hop American Amber.

Basically it's not my favorite but it's not that bad at all.

Scotchboy, Sep 24, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium glass. At the time of this review, this is the #10 Scottish Ale on beeradvocate.com. Beer is brown and clear with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.

Aroma is caramel and mildly roasty.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet with a surprisingly dry finish, the overall beer is nice on the palate and I enjoy it a lot. Perhaps it is because I have had so little beer recently but the beer I drink I seem to really enjoy, I'd have this again.

drabmuh, Sep 21, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This Scottish Ale has a burnt orange copper color with a full beige froth that sticks around until the beer is gone, leaving lace the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toasted grain creates the malt aroma, some citric hoppiness, and a bit of peat.

Taste: The smooth malt imparts a caramel sweetness with some peat notes as well. A thin cut of mint is next on the palate, with a citric hoppiness that pushes back just enough to keep this in the realm of balanced.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation looks to be full and creamy but does not have that impact on the palate. Soft and gentle carbonation gives this almost a cask feel to it. Lightly sticky and slightly tingly as the spruce kicks in.

Overall: This grows on me as the glass progresses. I can tell this is a well made beer, but there is not any one feature that really sticks out.

KickInTheChalice, Sep 20, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tarnished copper with a thin light tan head. Smells of toasted bread. Taste is a big blast of sweet bread up front, followed by some dark caramel notes, finishing with a slight earthy, smoky bitterness. A quite malty beer. Mouthfeel is juicy, low carbonation. Overall a quite good beer. Tastes more like an American Amber Ale to me, but either way I would get this again.

tronester, Sep 07, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a murky dark red with a small head that faded quickly. A bit cloudy.

The nose is fairly simple with a faint malt aroma, hints of cherry, and a general mustiness.

The taste reminds me of a mild red wine. Fruits, more cherry, grapes, and vague malts.

The trouble is, there really isn't much flavor. It was pretty simple and very drinkable, but with nearly no discernible character; in short, pretty boring.

After reviewing this beer, I've gone back to look at other BA reviews: most reviews seem pretty favorable. I can't help but wonder if my bottle was subjected to poor conditions in its life. I would be willing to give it another shot, but based on this tasting, I cannot justify giving it high marks.

rinhaak, Aug 28, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A ruddy browned amber with active carbonation jumping from a collection on the bottom. Head - a stark eggshell color, especially compared to the beer itself - comes up just over two fingers. Heavy, clumpy retention.

S - Darker, toasted malts with a note of fig. Bittering hops come through as well, woody with raisin notes.

T - Much deeper and darker than expected from a flagship amber. The malt character here is one of the better I’ve had recently, not being crazy about malts myself. Very full and rounded, dark malt flavor, nearly a brown but with more than enough lightness not to stray into that territory. The taste is a developed version of the smell, carrying raisin, fig, and even some maple notes. The ideas clearly behind this impressed me.

M - Oat-like. Very full-bodied and flavored for how “thin” the beer feels. It feels like a much bigger beer than its relatively low 5% ABV.

O - I’m inclined to like this one. While I don’t know if I’d seek it out, it’d be a welcome find now and then. It’s a rustic taste that I could see paired well with a meal. As for a flagship beer, Odell is wise to hype this one, showing the range of their balance as a brewery.

paperbackfoster, Aug 27, 2011
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.