Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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1,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 88
Gots: 180 | 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 BlackDrongo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of siege06nd
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a CBS snifter...

A: 90 Shilling pours a clear, relatively dark copper color. About a finger of white head lasts for a few minutes until it fades down to a quarter finger of loose bubbles. Decent lacing on the sides. Fairly light and clear for the style.

S: Sweet, bready malt and a lot of citrus notes. A hint of pine resin hops. Not much complexity, a bit one note.

T: Sweet caramel malt, some mild hops. Very sticky and cloying. Kind of a watery taste. Freshness may be an issue here.

M: Well balanced, medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This isn't anything impressive and doesn't really seem to be to style. It's somewhat thin and cloying, and certainly doesn't present anything interesting. A lot better options out there.

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a clear, bright copper color with a thin white head covering the top of the beer and clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice color to it as well as some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of tart, crisp fruits and malty, bready, caramel flavors to it. I get some notes of apple and grape to it along with some pale, grainy malts.

The taste shows more of the crisp fruits to it up front. In the finish I get more of the malty, bready, slight caramel flavors. Pretty smooth and balanced flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is a little below average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one. I found it was a pretty easy drinking, flavorful and balanced beer overall though.

Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TobyMcCann
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I have a soft spot for as it was the first Colorado beer I had when I moved to the state.
Pours a nice amber color with a thumb and a half width of a just off-white head. The head eventually drops but a thin layer remains on the surface, with the edges maintaining the thickest leftover. Decent lacing. Aroma offers a touch of smokiness, nutty, sweet bread and caramel, and a little spiciness and earthiness. Flavor follows suit. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, definitely a fan of this one. Easily my favorite beer of the style.

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Slimpo
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheFlern
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfect amber with white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smooth malts. Nothing surprising here. This is a "gateway" beer if I've ever had one.

Taste: Follows the nose. Mainly malt with very little detectable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and drinkable. Good carbonation.

Overall: Not something to go seeking out if you are a craft aficionado. However, if you get Odell in your area and are looking for something to convert a BMC drinker or if you're just looking for a sessionable beer check this one out.

Photo of Blargimus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TippySelenoid
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jignrig
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of pierceska
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of apollokilo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of TheCondor
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother in law brough this beer over on New Years Eve, and we never got around to drinking our good beers because we were busy drinking copious amounts of cheap beer and playing video games. Soudns like a loser, I know, whatever. Anyway...

Appearance - Pours almost a burnt orange color, making it the perfect gift for the Longhorn fan in your family. Probably a one inch head on it which dissipated rather quickly, decent carbonation.

Smell - This brew has a wicked good smell. Nuts, caramel, and a whopping dose of malt. I love it, one of my favorite parts about the brew.

Taste - The taste pretty much matches right up with what you would expect when you smell this brew. The malt is the prime mover, although there are hints of maybe caramel or maybe even toffee and some roasted almonds.

Mouthfeel - Well balanced brew, medium carbonation, nice and smooth.

Overall - This is a great brew. I would certainly buy it again, recommend it to a friend, etc. Everything seems to be a cohesive whole with this beer. The taste matches the smell, which is kind of what you would expect out of the look and partly the style. ODell Brewing has done an excellent job with this beer. I suggest it to anyone. That and 98 cents will get you a burger off the dollar menu.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.