Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,752 Ratings
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by Todd on 01-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,752
Reviews:
478
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
487
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Burgett
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a nice white head. Smells of fruit, caramel, grains, and biscuit. Tastes of lots of caramel, biscuit, and a little citrus. Medium creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall a very good scottish ale and insanely drinkable.

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Photo of Eman17
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OliveHatesBeer
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It looks nice. Very dark, almost like the amber that preserves artifacts such as cool insects or spiders.

Aroma: The smell is sweet, hoppy probably. It also kind of makes me want to gag if I take too big of a wiff, so I suggest not doing that.


Taste: The taste is quite surprising. Quite a nice texture. Very smooth. It doesn't make me want to vomit immediately after swallowing, which is sweet. The aftertaste is something to respect, like a principal from a small town highschool.

All in all, this isn't the worst beer I've had.

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Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Baumer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear reddish-brown in color, pretty transparent. minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nice leftover film and some lacing.
S: pleasant smell overall, kindof fresh breadish and yeasty with an odor of corn. just like a very minor sweet smell. Nice fall smelling beer.
T: very toasted malty and nutty flavor, surprisingly hoppy for this style. Enjoyable. I double down that this would be a nice fall beer.
F: a little on the thick side of medium, but with a very quick finish. smooth for sure.
O: Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed drinking and would go for again. Very quality experience, but not really overly exciting to me personally. I can imagine other people really getting excited about this beer. It has a very coherent design and execution.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dankabier1
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf_sierra
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, lasting creamy head.
Bready, yeasty aroma.
Malty, toasted bread taste.
Slight hoppiness, but no real bitterness.
Thinner than expected.
Nice alternative to the hoppy beers I usually like.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear copper body with some sediment at the bottom, gray-tan head that leaves beautiful webs of lace. Nose offers caramel malts, grain, sweet biscuit. The taste adds a mild citric bite but mostly is rife with that odd malty sweetness. There's a mild, earthy bitterness throughout. The body is thin, kinda grainy and coarse.
What if a Scottish Ale was watered down? Erm, lightened up. Well, I certainly wouldn't call it *90* Shilling. And actually, that category has already been invented: American amber ale. So, this American amber ale was good, as far as the category goes. Abruptly, that's all I'm inspired to type here. If you like AAA's, here ya go.

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Photo of stucat
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The many ways American brewers interpret the British traditions is a discussion that cannot be completed in one beer... or probably a thousand. So, let's start with this one.

Looks more Amber than Scottish Ale. But, Odell's has got that British lacing.
Smells like a Scottie, too, this one. I get mostly malt in the nose.
Taste? We're talking American rendition, particularly with the hops (half a heap) used. But, 90 is still balanced; well-crafted.
Feel is medium, pleasant and, with the hops twang, more refreshing than a Scot.

All that said, I could go with this being categorized as an American Amber. But the Scottish Ale style is acceptable as 90 Shilling was inspired by the way 16th Century Scots taxed ale based on its strength. By the way, whatever happened to that tradition?

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Photo of WillT2011
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of monk2021
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light, clear golden brown. Extensive light brown lacing.
S: sweet malts, corn bread,
T: first I notice lemon, middle has some grass, licorice, minerality. finishes sweeter.
M: high carbonation. dry finish, with a lingering hop flavor
O: this was a unique take on a Scottish ale, and well worth trying.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed coppery amber with a finger of frothy off-white foam.

Nice toasty malts and a slight caramel sweetness up front, while earthy hops tempt the nostrils.

Sweet toasted and caramelly malt bill provides subtle joy, while earthy and slightly piney hops are layered throughout.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, a touch sweet for my taste.

Overall, a very good brew, though I definitely don't agree with their style classification for this beer.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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