90 Shilling
Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Scottish Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #16,966
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Jan 06, 2022
Jan 27, 2001
Very Good
90 Shilling90 Shilling
Notes: 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.
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4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz bottle, best enjoyed by 4/1/22; purchased single off shelf at Total Wine, Park Place, Tucson... poured into a 16 oz nonic)

L: polished-clear, tawn-amber liquid; finger-high, eggshell-colored foam, receding in minutes... big lace ring at the crest, random smatters below

S: toasted whole-grain bread with possible cinnamon-raisin infusion, nutty caramel... inviting intensity

T: toasted caramel start-to-finish with a brief fruity (ester) note up front, opening up with robust toasty crystal malt in the finish... semi-popped corn kernels and a maple syrup-like earthy sugar essence in the aftertaste... subsequent sips reiterate the toasted sugar dominance and dry, spicy, and pointed yet neutral hop bitterness

F: subtle residual viscosity in the finish, bit of warmth stoking in its wake... its slightly sticky texture gives some needed substance and interest, considering its dry, campfire afterglow

O: again, like the Kilt Lifter I first tried this week, this has all the hallmarks of a classic American amber ale, not so much the distinct hop and ester nuances of a Scottish pub beer... I do quite easily prefer its taste over Kilt Lifter, though I could see sessioning KL while this one I may do two... nice for what it is! one of the best amber ales I've had (1854)

Jan 06, 2022
3.83 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jan 01, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jadpsu from Georgia

LOOK: Pours a light, bright copper color with a beige head that recedes to a thin skin with a decent amount of side glass lace.
AROMA: Bread malts, sweet caramel, dark fruit.
TASTE: Caramel and malts come through. A little sweet on the tongue but then slightly bitter and dry aftertaste.
Creamy with a medium body

Dec 25, 2021
3.95 by fflopps from Iowa on Dec 25, 2021
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3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by emerge077 from Illinois

Dark burnished bronze, short lived head of foam, good clarity.

Aroma is malty, caramel, bread crusts, a little musty and wort-like. Sweet cooked grains.

Malt forward and bland, bread crusts and tea flavors. Light bodied and light carb level. Aftertaste has a light odd note from the yeast that is unique I guess, but not that interesting. Glad I got a single, not worth trying again.

Dec 15, 2021
3.87 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 12, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by andrewjraab from Michigan

Pours a caramel brown with yellow Back tints with two fingers of bone white head. Spotty lace after each sip. Malt forward on the nose and follows through to the palate. Grassy notes, caramel, some hops present. Clean and crisp a nice quaffable ale.

Enjoyed while on vacation in Estes Park.

Oct 02, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Very nice looking beer; clear dark honey color; lively carbonation; thick and frothy head, white and sticky. Big toasted grain aroma; almost smokey; earthy sweetness. Toasted grain, light caramel, and toffee flavor notes; nice, dull sweetness; little perceived hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; smooth viscosity; fine residual sugar feel.

This is fine, malt-forward beer. It has fantastic richness and depth of character.

Poured at 52 F; best by date of 10/26/21

Sep 04, 2021
4.05 by InternetDrunk from Colorado on Jul 24, 2021
3.71 by misteil from Ireland on Jul 15, 2021
3.9 by o29 from Texas on Jul 11, 2021
4.46 by Aoyoc from Nebraska on Jun 29, 2021
3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 24, 2021
4.23 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Jun 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

I was pleasantly surprised, I expected it to be good as this is one of their flagship beers. O'Dell makes excellent beer and this is definitely up there. Would by again especially for social events.

Mar 18, 2021
3.75 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 07, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by untitledeuphoria from New York

One of the first craft beers I was ever exposed to. First time in nearly 20 years having a pour. Definitely more mild than I remember it, but times has certainly changed.

A decent scottish ale, a flavorful substitute for any adjunct lager you can think of.

Dec 20, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by RevK from Texas

great session beer, nice copper color, low hop character, easy going.

Nov 26, 2020
3.76 by Myboymi from Kansas on Nov 07, 2020
4.34 by MikeDrew from Colorado on Oct 06, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by barneyrubble from Colorado

Poured from can into tulip glass a soft light tan head of fine bubbles forms. Nice lace tracks the head as it settles to a 1F layer. Color is a beautiful 90% translucent deep copper.

Nose is subtle roast caramel malt and faint hop.

Taste starts with a nicely sweet deep caramel with a touch of carbonic tang and then a light taste of subtle hops. This hints as an easy drinker and is a refreshing departure from the extremes at the hop or malt ends of the spectrum. Non astringent and non bitter and none of the strong almost stout like roasted notes of some amber or brown ales. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a slick soft feel punctuated by the medium carbonation of fine bubbles. Finish is very lightly dry and no overt sweetness lingers. Some slight thickness to finish but not too cloying. Really middle of the road presentation, and highly enjoyable.

Overall I am very impressed with this beer. I have been tasting amber types recently and all of them offer differing departures from the big IPA bitters of the high ranked pop stars. I would put this right up with Bell's Amber Ale as a fave of this type for me. Repeat purchases for sure.

Sep 29, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dcotom from Iowa

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a short-stemmed goblet. Appearance-wise, it doesn't get much better: a light copper-colored body, topped by a couple of fingers of eggshell-hued foam that left some spotty lacing as it settled to a thin cap. Lots of depth to the aroma and flavor profiles. Toffee and caramel up front, with tart apple, wet straw, and an herbal note. Mildly sweet, with moderate bitterness and a bit of astringency on the finish. This is delicious and relatively low in ABV, making it seriously sessionable. I could see it as a great table beer as well. (YMMV, of course.)

Sep 27, 2020
3.79 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Sep 25, 2020
3.93 by Krusader from Wisconsin on Sep 20, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HipCzech from Texas

On tap at the St. Julien, served in a shaker pint. Clear, bright copper with a short but dense head of frothy white foam and sticky lace. Aromas of toasty malt, dark bread and earthy, spicy hops. Taste follows with caramel, biscuit and cocoa malt flavors, leading into just enough spicy hop bitterness. Medium to full body with moderate and crisp carbonation. A perfect balance of full flavor satisfaction and session drinkability.

Aug 30, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sjdevel from Utah

LOOK - a nice copper/reddish/brown hazy color - 1-2 finger head from the 12oz. can - decent head retention
SMELL - caramel, malt, tobacco, some dark fruit and slight citrus - not super aromatic but hints of all
TASTE - rich caramel - slight hops - some bitterness - some funky red/amber notes - some woodsy charred notes on the backend
FEEL - medium bodied - lower on carbonation - nice mouthfeel
OVERALL - a very flavorful beer - this is a favorite of many, but not my favorite scottish ale - enjoyable and rich

Aug 30, 2020
4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Aug 28, 2020
3.08 by Try-em-all from Missouri on Aug 22, 2020
3.36 by wmnaylor from New York on Jul 10, 2020
4.01 by RyanPollie from California on Jul 03, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Tap. Dark amber with thin head. Deep caramel on the nose with a little banana and a just detectable floral hop presence. The banana is moderate in the taste, but doesnt overwhelm a solid, round malt flavor, with toast, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Sweet but with enough bitterness to balance. Full mouthfeel.

Jun 21, 2020
3.75 by Eamartin88 from Texas on May 21, 2020
3.83 by OK_Denise from Oklahoma on Apr 17, 2020
3.31 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
4.1 by Jeff_Lebowski_69 from Colorado on Apr 06, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

one of my first "true loves" in the world of beer. this brew transcends the brew styles assigned to it - amber; scottish; doesnt matter...this is just a flatout, hands down, beautiful beer. it has a hop presence - enough to please hopheads and sensitive newcomers to Hopville alike. it's not too sweet, but has a great malt profile. the mouthfeel is perfectly balanced. and lord have mercy if you can get this puppy straight from the tap, do it. I'd give it 5/5, but to be fair I'll stick to 4.25

Feb 21, 2020
3.93 by jstern from California on Feb 03, 2020
3.67 by smbslt from Illinois on Jan 31, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jwp777 from Oklahoma

Poured from a can dated 11/14/19 tasted 1/29/20:

Pours a rich amber color with thin light tan head. Impressive head retention and more lacing than I was expecting.

Aroma is malty, floral, bready, and maybe a bit of caramel.

Taste is the best part about this beer. Incredible balance between malt, hops, notes of pine, and a bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of smoky flavor that seals the deal for me.

Feel: medium body and a healthy dose of carbonation, yet it is still light enough to be sessionable. Very smooth.

Overall: a very good beer. Its description says it is a “lightened up Scotch ale” and it is just that. I hope I get the chance to try it on draught someday especially if it is this good out of a can.

Jan 29, 2020
90 Shilling from Odell Brewing Company
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