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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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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 77
Gots: 120 | 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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a decent creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, mostly clear ruby amber orange red color.

Nose brings semi sweet toasty reddish malts, little syrupy, caramel, light fruity, slight earthy and some herbal hops, a light sweet mild hop as well.

Taste starts with a rich malty flavor, dark malts, reddish toasty malts, a bit of a rich creamy roasty porter, caramel, chewy malts, then a light herbal slight earthy hops and some bitterness but not much. A hint of a juicy fruity yeast addition I think. Finishes a bit syrupy, touch sweet, little bitterness, bit coppery, lingering malts and light juicy flavors.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice dark malts, bit of hoppy bitterness, herbal hops are not quite my thing but fit the style.

jlindros, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

On tap at The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. The only smell I get from this beer is malt. Taste is of toasty malt/biscuit flavors. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell and taste is pretty one dimensional. I think I would like to try this one again from a bottle to see how it compares.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of leagr
4.72/5  rDev +22%

This is absolutely one of my favorite beers - not only because of the actual beer but also because of its packaging. The bottle and label give this brew some standout character. The good packaging doesn't always lead to good beer, but in this case, it is a true guide.

A - hazy copper color with minimal head

S - citrus and hops

T - some bitterness from the hops nicely balanced that lovely sweet caramel malty taste

M - medium body, subtle bitterness lingers, smooth - even creamy

D/O - easy to drink, incredibly enjoyable

leagr, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.18/5  rDev +8%

Pour: Slighty hazy, medium-dark red-orange in color. Two fingers of off-white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malt-forward aroma with tones of caramel and toasted grain. Light hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet malts hit you like a ton of bricks up-front. Rich taste consisting of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Nutty middle with some yeasty flavors going on, and light hops in the back. Slight smokiness ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low-to-medium carbonation. Has a certain creaminess in there too. Unbelievably smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: A nice sipper with lots of good flavors going on. Rich malty characteristics and easy drinking.

Final Notes: This is a beer that malt-heads will want to check out. Deliciously sweet, not overly bitter, and very interesting palate. Makes a great dessert beer.

bagpiper2005, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: The smell is very malty and has some notes of caramel and toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also very malty and has some notes of toffee along with a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the maltiness, the beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

metter98, Jun 06, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

a-pretty brown with a two inch white head. Laces really well,

s-malt, with some hops hanging back. Grains, and hops mingle well with the malted grain aroma winning out.

t-well balanced, and refreshing malt and hop presence. Does great for what Odell is looking for in this beer, a nice drinking amber ale.

m-little thin, but it works with this beer,

o-great job with a session beer that easy to drink, but makes you think some during the pint.

, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Japerrault
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Hazy copper with a light, quickly dissipating head.

S: Mostly malt. toasted grains, and caramel. A very slight grapefruit aroma finally showed through.

T: Toasted malts, and slight smokey malt flavors in the forefront. Caramel and toffee at the end, finishing with a very light hop bitterness. All the malt flavors present, but not too sweet.

M: Nice medium body, with decent carbonation. A malty, smooth feeling ale, but still surprisingly dry.

O: A very nice, easy drinking ale. Not for hop-heads. Full of malt character without being overly heavy.

Japerrault, May 30, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a nice ruby reddish brown color with a small white head. Some lacing but not much.

Smells like lighter colored caramel candy, toffee, a touch of earthyness and a bit of a adjunct grains in there.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Sweeter malts with caramel and toffee like flavors, and a bit of earthyness from the hops. Not too complex but right on for the style.

Mouthfeel is thin-medium with light carbonation. Works for me.

Overall, this beer is a good Scotch ale and easy to drink. I think on tap and fresh it would be a lot better due to the carbonation level and the possible age of this bottle.

auroracrisis, May 19, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A: murky brown with offwhite head..

S: grainy, toffee malts.. light herbal hops.. mild nuttiness..

T: toasty malts with a bit of grain..slight toffee/caramel with some earthy/herbal hops.. finish is on the nutty side with more toasty malts.. slight lingering hops..

Mf: great light-medium body with easy going carbonation..

O: decent brew! Went perfect with my pizza & wings!

aval89, May 16, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap at Old Chi's Wheatridge. FINALLY getting around to reviewing this one. Poured a nice dark brown with a small head that quickly disapated. Aroma of malt, some brown sugar, and a touch of smoke (?). Taste was malt, brown sugar, caramel, and just the right amount of hop bitterness. This used to be a go-to beer for me. Still mighty tasty, especially on tap.

Schmittymack, May 13, 2011
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.

harrymel, Apr 23, 2011
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.


JohnGalt1, Apr 03, 2011
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.

rawfish, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
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.

Wattsox, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Charlotte09
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.

Charlotte09, Mar 17, 2011
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.

russwbeck, Mar 14, 2011
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.

ocelot2500, Mar 12, 2011
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.

garymuchow, Feb 25, 2011
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.

StaveHooks, Feb 22, 2011
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

Urbancaver, Feb 18, 2011
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

cyrock1, Feb 10, 2011
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 09, 2011
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 08, 2011
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.

iSip, Feb 02, 2011
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.

SassyBootblack, Jan 31, 2011
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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