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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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1,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 75
Gots: 94 | 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 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
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Big, fluffy and light, light-tan head retained nicely. Copper beer, quite clear, with hints of deeper brown.

S-Sweet toffee with a hint of graininess.

T-Again, sweet toffee maltiness, with a bit of chocolatey dryness. Hop bitterness really takes a back seat and allows the malts to shine in this one. Caramel hints come through as the flavor progresses, heading to a semi-sweet tasting finish.

M-Moderate body with an easy, far-from-overwhelming carbonation.

D-A tasty beer, definately a good one to be Odell's flagship brew. Very flavorful for this easy of drinking, without bogging me down too much.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 15:00:04 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of ShadesOfGray


3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got during Odell's visit to Philly during "Philly Beer Week". Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter glass. Pours a pale and clear bright amber, almost bronze. Fills the glass a lot darker than the pour. A deeper brown with a reddish tinge. Appearance is clear and crisp, not cloudy, but provides a nice creamy...but small...off white head. The head dissipates really quick and remains as a very thin rim around the outside of the glass. Lacing is nice, as it provides slow sliding patches of cream here and there around the glass.

Aroma is very week. It's not a bad smell for whats there, just very mild/average. Perhaps a very distant resemblance of caramel, toasted malts, and yeast. Other than that, no hops or fruits.

Flavor is ok. It's a pretty bland beer for the style. I expected a little bit more hop, but pretty average overall. Light and crisp, medium carbonation, and light body. Only noticable flavors are yeasts and malts. I had slightly higher expectations, but a good drinker atleast.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:02:52 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Semi-hazy light amber color. One finger of frothy head that falls fairly fast.

4.0 S: Mainly grainy, but a slight breadiness as well. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Again, simple, but well made. Graininess like a good Oktoberfest beer. Very clean flavor.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. No problems here.

5.0 D: Really nice brew. One of the easiest to drink I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 04:19:47 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of philbe311


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - A very thin light tan head quickly fizzes away leaving barely a lacing... A rich slightly glowing caramel color... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation...

S - Toasted malts... Slightly nutty... Some caramel and toffee undertones... Earthy... A touch of citrus...

T - Biscuity... Caramel and toffee... Vague nuttiness... Apple... Toasted malts... Some peach flavors... Slightly medicinal... Minimal raisins... Not much in the way of aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Some fizzy carbonation... Sleek... Slightly dry... A touch on the thin side...

D - An easy drinker for sure... Nothing wrong with this one, but nothing quite memorable either... The "90 Schilling' name is slightly misleading as this is in no way a traditional Scotch(ish) Ale...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:28:39 | More by philbe311
Photo of smanders


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

Odell's is a no-brainer in terms of trying a variety of well-made beers while visiting the great state of Colorado.

A deep, copper color with a very light head that lasted the entire drink. Nice lacing. I thought this smelled very similar to OB Dale's PA, and it was every bit as smooth as most beers of this style. That's really where you have to watch yourself. There is so much flavor, and such complexity in this Amber Ale category, it's easy to get carried away. I've been pleasantly surprised by all of the varieties that I've sampled from Odells, and 90 Shilling is no exception.


Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 20:37:45 | More by smanders
Photo of scruffwhor


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

n8dietz is da man once again!!!

Pours a light cola brown mixed with ruby and copper. Nice bubbling for a Scottish ale, but lack luster head and foam.

The aroma is sweat toasted bread that has a few raisins and plums baked into the crust. Not too sweet though.

The taste starts fruity bread sweet with a powdery feeling palate upfront. The middle has some of that carbonation add a little spritz to the palate, while the fruity flavors take a little more control and the toasted caramel flavored malt slow fades to the finish.

Great session Scotch ale. No noticeable hops, except that maybe if they weren't there, this beer would be a lot sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:12:11 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Merchant46


2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Odell's 90 Shilling Ale pours a pleasant rich dark copper color with a small amount of cloudiness. A thin head dissipates quickly but hangs around enough to lace the glass nicely. The aroma is very faint, mainly highlighting the malt with little hops scent. The taste basically follows the scent - rather dull, with only a little hops flavor for this style of beer, with a slight smokiness. As it warms, it gets a little better, but overall the taste is mediocre, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is only OK. The aftertaste suggested I might have an old bottle, but the "best before" date was 8/24/10, so perhaps the six pack I bought was warmed or otherwise mishandled along the way.

This is the third beer I have tried from this brewery. I think their St. Lupin Ale is very good, so with Odell terming this beer their "flagship" I was looking forward to trying it. For me, unfortunately, it was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 15:15:34 | More by Merchant46
Photo of herman77


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Carmel brown, small beige head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Not much here, slight grainy, sweet malt, brown sugar, a tad earthy.

T: Sweet, dry barley to start with a little bit of malt biscuit and hop bitterness. Its kind of bland tasting. Nothing special at all.

M/D: Medium to light body, average carbonation. A touch creamy. Drinkability is dece at best. After a pint I was ready for something else.

A little disappointed with this one, too bland. I was expecting more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 03:57:51 | More by herman77
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 9 May 2010. Gift from K&J, thanks!

Served in an Abita shaker pint. Medium think very light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Slight haze, light brown color. Aroma is strong, floral, cherry, fruity sour. Flavor is a bit lighter than the aroma. Sweet cider, cherries, becoming more caramel through the middle. Tart fruit in the finish and aftertaste. Thin body.

Reminds A of a sweet fruit tea (?!).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 06:04:29 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of hardy008


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

Amber color with a two finger off white head with nice retention. The aroma is very light, but has some caramel malt. Unfortunately, I cannot pick anything else up.

The taste has some sweet caramel, roasted malt, and a light hop flavor not noticeable in the aroma. Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, and pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:37:41 | More by hardy008
Photo of DrewHodges


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

Notes from 5/7/10 tasting; bottle poured to pint glass.

A--deep reddish copper, light brown head, nice irregularity and lightness, no bubbles, good lacing;

S--dank hops, straw hops, slightly skunky;

T--surprisingly bitter finish, sweet caramel malts at first, good flavor;

M--smooth and medium bodied, low carbonation;

D--great beer to drink a 6-pack of, not an extremely unique craft beer, but a beer for everyone

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:38:32 | More by DrewHodges
Photo of darklordlager


2.13/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Odell 90 Schilling Scottish Ale

A: Pours a light mohagany with ruby highlights. 1/4" of soda-like head...Nice colour, but the head is very odd.

S: Floral, bright scent--hops, and heather?. Some light to medium caramel malt. Sweetness lingers.

T: Odd floral hops and hop bitterness combines with a floral flavour to produce something not all that enjoyable. Crunchy malts lie in the background, but are swallowed by the other aspects. Artificial sweetness makes for an undesireable aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth semi-dry.

D: Not enjoyable as a Scotish 90- ale, or as a beer defying categorization. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 09:13:54 | More by darklordlager
Photo of Bighuge


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

Deep copper tone. Bubbly and fluffy beige head. Lace is more than sufficient. Nice aroma of caramel malts and warm biscuity tones. Medium to medium-full body. Smooth flavor and mouthfeel. Caramel and bread maltiness provides the substance to this beer. Hops merely provide a little balance. Could serve well as a session beer in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:29:33 | More by Bighuge
Photo of EPICAC


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

90 Shilling pours a clear red, and is topped by a foamy, beige head that retains well, and is fed by a steady stream of bubbles. It looks very appealing. The aroma has rich, caramel and malty notes. Along with hints of mild fruitiness, and grassy, hay-like hops.

This beer is on the malty side, but comes out very balance. The malts upfront are toasty and bready. Sweeter notes of caramel appear in the center, and there's a moderate, grassy bitterness in the finish. This beer is medium -bodied with high carbonation, and a slight roughness.

I thought that this beer was very tasty. It had nice malty flavors and enough hops to back them up without overpowering them. It tasted great after a day of skiing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 02:50:55 | More by EPICAC
Photo of bsp77


3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-amber with nice light tan head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, dark fruit, spicy and metallic hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel, cherry, and fruity & toasty malts - definitely the highlight here. There is a light touch of spicy hops toward the end, but this is really a malty beer. Also, a very light smokiness as well.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable hybrid of an Amber Ale and a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 21:33:23 | More by bsp77
Photo of gatornation


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

pours a chestnut color with a small head and a tan ring with some decent lacing..the smell is malty and toasty with some grass caramel and citrus in the background..the taste is malt and toffee with some sweet caramel and some hops in there .. the mouth feel is medium ..this brew reminds more of a light brown or very light wee heavy than an amber..i give props for alot of flavor @ 5.5 abv..its an interesting red/amber..one i will visit again

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 21:00:45 | More by gatornation
Photo of Mdog


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, ok head.

Smell: Not too much, a little breadiness.

Taste: Crisp hops-grassy and floral, some caramel sweetness to balance it out.

Drinkability: If I was looking for an amber with a little more hop profile, this would be a good choice.

Beer #1 from Odell, 90 shilling is a decent amber. I don't usually search out ambers as they are not too exciting, but this one does have a nice grassy hop profile to go along with the usual caramel/breadiness of an amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:21:34 | More by Mdog
Photo of CrossFitAlex


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer most recently at an Odell beer tasting event at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN. The beer was on tap and poured in a Weizen / Pilsner glass.

Tasting notes: creamy. Chocolate and toffee notes. Medium carbonation with pleasant mouthfeel. Sweet and full nose. Slight bitterness. An excellent combination; would have been better slightly warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 23:34:08 | More by CrossFitAlex
Photo of jjanega08


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= the pour leaves a decent light tan colored head on it that falls to a thick skin on top. The color is a mahogany deep amber sort of color. Pretty nice lacing on the glass.

S= nice biscuit smell to it. Caramel malts and light hops. Not too much.

T= the taste is great. Nice smooth biscuit malt. Caramel flavor. A little grainy and a light very light hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad. Nothing really pops out and puts it over the top but its pretty decent.

M= smooth with lower carbonation. Really smooth.

D= the beer goes down easy and is clean as hell. Something I would seek again but nothing that makes me super excited. A decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 22:58:49 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly spicey malts, with some faint hop notes. Faint notes of figs and pear was well.
Taste is crisp malts with more spices and some mild dark fruit notes. Pear, fig, apple, and some cinnamon come in. Finish is malts spices, and a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a nice, quick bite from the carbonation near the front. Finish is still crisp and clean.
Excellent drinkability. Could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 22:42:35 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of Buebie


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This just in....As in, this (brewery) just came to MN yesterday.
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. best buy date of 8/19/10 on the label.
About an inch of head, settles fairly quick. Leaving a thin cap across the top. Great color, a darker amber with redish hues and copper glowing where the glass narrows.

Aroma for me is almost all malt. A little bit of ashy aroma too and a little bit of charred grain.
Didnt pick up on the many things that others seemed to find in the aroma. This was served at about 40 degree. I allowed it to warm to practically room temp.

Fairly malty in taste, caramel and a little bit of sweetness, a little more of the ashy flavors, mint as somone else mentioned along with a hop leaf earthy flavor. A very good 90 schilling. Easy to drink on, no pallete fatigue. A very nice beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:22:49 | More by Buebie
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