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Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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997 Ratings

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%

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 assurbanipaul


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thick, creamy head. Aroma is lightly caramel malt and lightly hopped.

Taste is deep roasted caramel malt with a fair amount of hops. A bit of sweetness (to be expected) countered with a moderate hoppy bitterness (not expected). Trace of lemon citrus in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and clean. Seems to skirt the line between a Scottish ale and a pale ale. I could session this.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 02:07:48 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of Fugazme


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

I liked how this beer looked. It was a deep, deep amber and kept a nice head. The nose was nice, but slightly average. I ordered this beer after two that weren't so good...one that I only got half-way through before stopping, so I hope that didn't skew my review. I like Odell, so probably not. The taste had a good amount of alcohol to it with lots of caramel. I'd definitly order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2005 06:41:59 | More by Fugazme
Photo of palliko


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

Appearance is nice clear red amber, with plenty of foam and some lacing. Aroma has grapefruit hops, pine, roasted malt and crackers. Initial taste is of a well proportioned ratio of sweet malt to minty hops that carries through to the finish that contains a toasty/citrus tang. Palate is clean and satisfied. Would be good for a session beer or with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 14:22:56 | More by palliko
Photo of far333


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

Light copper colored with an off-white fluffy head that sinks quickly. Aroma is malty, a little biscuity, slightly sweet, very inviting. Flavor is initially thickly malty, a little chewy, no hop profile. Hints of toffee and sweet fruit, but these are understated. Very smooth, very malty without being overpowering. Smooth and even mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Easy drinking, good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 02:02:09 | More by far333
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts as well as a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a wonderfully malty flavor that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts along with a mild hop taste and finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Scottish ale. It has good malt flavor and balance; a fine sessions beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2005 12:31:40 | More by WesWes
Photo of mentor


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

12 oz bottle obtained from Westminster Liquor (Colorado) in Jan 2005 and consumed that same evening. Review from notes. No sediment and a hard pour to get a 3 finger light tan/beige head. Just barely cloudy and light brown. Smells of toffee caramel, chocolate, and a hint of roasted grains. Tastes mild. Not much flavor to start and the ending flavors rise slowly. Late I get chocoalte and tofee with some raisin. Very late I get a hint of chalky from Vienna (or Munich) malt. It has a sourish finish that's kinda dry. not quite a cherry-like sour. Also some acid from the carbonation rising off my tastebuds in the flat of my tongue. Light body. This doesn't do it for me...if they could put a flavor up front when the beer first touches the tongue it would be much more intersting. Decent lacing on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 02:28:13 | More by mentor
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Mildly hazy orange-bronze with tangerine peel trim. The creamy, light toffee colored cap is sticky enough to deposit buckshot-riddled sheets of thick lace when it finally begins to fade. There's an even more impressive lace display when the glass is almost empty. A classic Scottish ale look.

The nose fails to impress due to an earthy, clay-like character. Underneath all the mud, citric fruity hops are struggling to be appreciated. The strange thing is, there's very little present that makes me think of a Scottish ale, such as caramel, brown sugar, peat, etc. To be fair, it does improve a little as the beer sits and even makes an attempt at smelling like the stated style.

The flavor is pretty good as long as I chuck all considerations of style out the window. Odell describes 90 Shilling as an amber ale that has the hoppiness of an English pale ale and the body of a Scottish ale. I'd like to invent a new style just for this beer: robust amber ale. It's a pretty damn good one of those.

The flavor profile is balanced overall, perhaps slightly favoring heavily toasted malt over hops. Improvement comes with warming as dark butterscotch and a mild chocolatiness make a minor splash on the palate. Thanks to a somewhat generous quantity of malt, I might be more impressed with the body/mouthfeel than I am with the flavor.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale is pretty good beer no matter what style one settles on. As noted above, it tastes like a robust amber ale right out of the chute. It then takes on some, although not all, of the characteristics of a quasi-Scottish ale by the bottom of the bottle. I continue to be impressed by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 16:31:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of alexgash


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

Pours a clear rusty copper with a beige-tan head. Lacing decorates the glass. Nose is malty. Of course, it should be. Sweetish with light fruit and toffee. Nice earthy/smoky edge to it too. Taste is similar--up front. Malts are lightly sweet, earthy and fruity. Minor hops come in and mostly just add dryness. Lightly bitter and interesting for the style. Medium-bodied with a lightly-creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, unique (for the style) beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2004 04:38:35 | More by alexgash
Photo of BigRedN


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Predominately brown, slightly reddish when held to the light. 1/4 inch tan head, did not last long, but left a foamy cover over the liquid with trace lacing to the finish.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, toasted malt apparent.

Taste: Hop bite at the start, finished sweet, with toasted malt (caramel, hint of toffee) dominating the finish. Let the taste linger on my tonge a bit, I definitely enjoyed this one. It has starts off noce and hoppy, but finished nice and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Went down smooth. I am not well experienced in the style, so I can not judge whether or not this is true to the style, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 05:05:02 | More by BigRedN
Photo of gbontrag


2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What the... Simply not Scottish in my opinion. Reviewing it as such is probably a disservice, but they named it and claimed it. Too much hop for a Scottish. I had it on draft last night, and the malt was more prevalent. From the bottle: I smell a pine forest in my pint, and the excessive carbonation makes it explode over the palate. There's malt around the corner, but kept at bay by the bittering, dry hop finish. There's a little caramel in there and some dried fruit hanging from the large hop whine. It makes for a decent amber. If my buddy served it to me and said he made it, I'd give him kudos. It's a nice homebrew. It's not Scottish, and it's not exciting no matter what you call it.

It's a simple beer. Come on, there is so much great beer out there this is a waste of time. It's a decent amber for frat boys trying to grow out of their Coors diapers. The hopping is boorish, and masks what is good about the beer, a nice malting. They call it a cross between an English pale ale and a Scottish ale. Uh, okay. That combination is dumb. Naming this beer "90 Shilling" is dumb. It's a drinkable American ("Colorado ale" as they call it) amber; a bad Scottish ale because of too much boring American hopping; a bad English pale ale because it's too sweet. This is an average micro-beer 10 years beyond deserving recognition. Now it's just a quaint player in a market full of dynamic offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 05:04:24 | More by gbontrag
Photo of meathookjones


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a brownish bronze with a bout a half-inch head of off white foam. As the head dies off rather quickly the glass was left decorated with sparse patches of lace. Caramel sweetness rose from the glass in a pleasant but fairly mild aroma, that also had some fruit notes to it. Flavor had a strong caramel presence with a bit of an earthy hop kick to keep the sweetness in check. There were also notes of fruits and it was a bit doughy at times. The mouthfeel was good but feel a little short of a medium body. This stuff is pretty darn tasty and goes down very easy. I would definitely pick more up if it were available in the area. Thanks to bditty187 for this tasty bonus beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 14:28:06 | More by meathookjones
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One pint, served on tap at Texas Roadhouse in Ft. Collins, CO, August 31, 2004.

Appearance: Small, dense head, with good retention and adequate lacing, atop a dark, somewhat muddy looking brown ale.

Smell. Toasted malt with banana estersnicely complimented the hop bitterness, with a background note of spice, almost mint.

Taste: Biscuity warmth of roasted malt, medium hops bitterness with grassy notes, followed by a long bitter finish. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Not as round or chewy as I had anticipated.

Drinkability: Only had one, but it went down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2004 01:46:17 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of TastyTaste


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky medium brown color, huge white head, leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the side of the glass going down. Taste has a good amount of carmel malts, which accentuate the strong hop presence. The body could stand to be a little thicker, but overall this was a solid beer, goo for a fallback in times of BMC only land.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 19:12:40 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of babydoc


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

Pours dark red-brown with a foamy light tan head that dissipates to a thin but persistant wisp.rather quickly, leaving a scant ring around the glass. Struggles to leave any lacing. Mild but pleasant malt aroma. Drinks easily, with a clean but not full mouth feel. Toasty to slightly sweet malt flavors, leaving touch of hops on the palate. Nice finish.

I'd have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 03:57:09 | More by babydoc
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Odell 90 is a clear auburn hue, with a frothy, light tan head of about 1/2". Topping shrinks a bit to about 1/8", but leaves good lacing. Mild aroma of some toasty malt and light sweetness is evident. Body strives to be medium, yet doesn't quite get there. It does have a fairly smooth feel on the tongue, though. Toasty malt presents itself here, with a touch of caramel also. Some sweetness lingers, and blends in with a nice bit of floral hoppiness. Decent brew, though could have more maltiness and "oomph", for me anyhow... Thnx bditty187!


overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 14:30:30 | More by Bierman9
Photo of elmocoso


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a nice head that recedes leaving a droupy clinging lace on the glass. The head fades to a thin sheet, thicker around the edge of the glass.

The smell is predominatly an open malt; very refreshing. Hints of subtle hops appear with closer examination.

This baby is an easy drinker, very smooth after a rough pour and very malty. Nothing extreme, not even that impressive, just a solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 22:54:04 | More by elmocoso
Photo of BittRnessabounds


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

Unknowingly this was my first experience with scottish ales, and i rather enjoyed it. 90 shilling poured a nice deep reddish-orange-brown, almost a cherry wood color. The head was less than bountiful but remained rather well throughout. The smell was nice, a sweet but slightly roasted malt touched with a bit of hops. The taste was much the same a nice balance of malt that was both sweet, and toasted with a bit of hops to keep things on even ground. The mouthfeel is very pleasant with nice carbination with medium body and the light bitterness. Overall this was a very nice beer that introduced me to scottish ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 03:50:49 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Realale


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

Clear medium brown, with a touch of mahogany. Fine slightly off-white 1" head settles slowly leaving nice lacing.

Nose is slightly crackery over bready malt. Some earthy notes, touch caramel, and a touch of chalkiness.

Medium weight in the mouth. Virtually all malt. Crackery is most apparent, but a solid base of breadiness is there.

Low carbonation level gives a very soft mouthfeel and good drinkability. However, I'd expect more palate impact and interest from a 90/-. This drank more like a 60/-.

Bottled on date of 11/6/03.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 18:37:14 | More by Realale
Photo of Beaver13


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

90 Shilling is a dark reddish amber color with a nice medium head. Its aroma has subtle hints of citrus and caramel. Very nice tasting with hints of fig and a good hoppy finish. It doesn't taste like a normal Scottish Ale. Overall, a very drinkable beer - one of my old reliables.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 05:00:46 | More by Beaver13
Photo of maxpower


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

Dark hazy reddish brown in color with a decent off white head that sticks to my glass. Bready and caramel aromas, starts sweet and creamy with a hint of caramel, medium bodied, nice creamy and round mouthfeel, finishes smooth and clean, another good one from this brewery, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 13:33:42 | More by maxpower
Photo of ZAP


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

This is sliding down very quick so I better rate it while I still have a third of a glass left...

pours a orangish/brown...small lace....nose is earthy and herbal...also malty...body is medium...flavor profile leans heavily to the malt....biscuity base....and surprisingly some chocolate notes as well...a touch of spicy hops on the finish..

Very tasty and easy drinking...I don't see it as a Scottish Ale though...tastes more like an amber ale and a very good one at that...I would buy this again....

Thanks to bditty for another dandy...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 04:14:58 | More by ZAP
Photo of Dogbrick


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

Thanks to prAna for sending me this. I like getting my hands on 90 Shilling beers, as I am a fan of the style. I didn't think this one was quite as good as Hoster's version but it was decent. Pours a dark amber color with a medium beige head and thin lacing. Earthy malt aroma. Body is fairly rich, with flavors of malt, caramel and a little fruit. Finish is lightly bitter. Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 13:08:15 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Quaffer


2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer was a lovely, deep copper color. It had a very light tan head that was dense and persisted the entire drink. It left a lot of lace on the glass.

Smell: This beer smelled great at first. It had a big, maltly smell that just made my mouth water. There was some hops aromas as well, though not as much as I would have expected from a beer classified as a pale. Not the typical pale ale smell. After I had a few drinks, however, a certain sour "twang" developed in the aroma that seemed like it just didn't belong. Kind of like an old kitchen dish rag. The more I drank, the stronger it seemed to be. Initially, I had the "smell" rated at a 4.5, but as I drank, I had to lower it.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and medium bodied. A great pale ale mouthfeel.

Taste: There was an overwhelming odd flavor to this beer that accompanied the sour smell I detected in the aroma. There was a little bit of maltiness to this brew, but not much. I could detect only a little bit of hops bitterness. And this is supposed to be a pale ale?

Overall, this was a disappointing beer. I have liked all the other Odell offerings that I have had. Maybe I got a bad bottle? I will have to give this beer another try.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 20:53:10 | More by Quaffer
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is on the amber/copper side, under a huge head of foam. Aroma is on the dry side, soft, herbal, slightly floral, vegetal. Hops are minimal, malt is huge and thick. Taste is a little mellow for me, and a bit too sweet. Drinks well, slides easily down the tongue. Full, rich, malty mouthfeel, but a little too low on hops for my taste. A fine micro Scottish, but not for me.

10/19/03 tweaked the numbers some, after realizing that I let personal prefererence interfere witha judgement of a perfectly good expression of this style, yet not among my favorites at that time. I'm still growing, folks...

I totally forgot I reviewed this 6 1/2 years ago.
Here's my notes from last night just for fun:
Odell 90 Shilling

Clear, caramel-brown, nice, if small, beige head.

Sweetness in the nose, big malt, lush and lovely.

Tasting it:...sweet and smooth, fine and mellow...a light, easy-drinking scotch-style ale. Very drinkable. Toffee and caramel tones dominate, sweet and tasty reigns supreme.

I can see this being very popular. On the other hand, it doesn't quite hold enough interest for me. Ah, well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 11:56:13 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of bditty187


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell 90 Shilling is a great example of a top-notch American Amber Ale. The beer pours a really healthy looking brownish-rusty-amber. A whitish head of a finger tops off the brew. It doesn’t lace that much but the head never really disappears either. The nose never really develops much depth but subtle toasted malt, floral/pine hops, and a citrus note is detectable. The beer’s flavors are not lacking in the slightest. The malt & hops are balanced which yields a toasty-bittersweet, pine, and citrus zest taste. All of the flavors are laidback, which really works great. The carbonation is mild which enables this beer do go down smooth!

Drink-up folks!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 18:59:04 | More by bditty187
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