90 Shilling
Odell Brewing Company

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Style:
Scottish Ale
Ranked #6
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,790
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
522
Ratings:
1,926
From:
Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  151
Gots
  566
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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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KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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untitledeuphoria from New York

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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barneyrubble from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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dcotom from Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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HipCzech from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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sjdevel from Utah

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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stevoj from Idaho

3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with thin beige head. Very good sticky lacing. Aroma is peat, malt. Taste is also malt and whiskey barrel. Very smooth and drinkable, light lingering on the palate. Tasty!

Nov 29, 2019
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scarfacecrowe from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep honey color with off white head and a slight bready and malty aroma. The beer has a really nice flavor of baking chocolate, malt and maybe a hint of brownie. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry. I really like this beer.

Nov 17, 2019
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Highaltituderun

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

90 Shillings by Odell Brewery out of Fort Collins, Colorado is my go to beer. It is malty with enough hops to satisfy any true beer drinker. The malt flavor on this one is beyond superb. It is easy on the body at 5.3 % ABV and allows a solid drinking experience to ensue. Good head retention and lacing to match. Can be a session but a little heavier than an ideal session. Taste is exceptional and balanced with both malt and hops. Smells of candy and brown sugar. Excellent mouthfeel and a must try for anyone who enjoys malts. Odell, come party.

Oct 29, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber that you can almost see through. A little caramel, light fruits and tea in the aroma. A good dose of toasted malt, caramel and honey with a touch of pine and light fruits through the finish. More light-bodied than medium and just plain easy drinkin'.

Oct 20, 2019
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into English pint glass. 5/30/19 date. Getting close!
Light copper, ice tea look or light beautiful copper hue.
Roasted malt, a bit of floral, nothing jumping out in the smell.
A slight scotch malt taste to start but quickly disappears to an amber ale taste. A bit of hop and caramel which I find delicious. But not a scotch ale.
A very drinkable feel. Lighter carbonation for easy quaffing.
A good beer that will have a place in my rotation but definitely not a scotch ale. In fairness to Odell, it simply says “ale” on can body. Whatever you call it it’s a good go to ale.

May 27, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color that is medium opacity with a mild, milky head. SRM of 15 (4.00)

Aroma: Some floral, but mostly toasty bread, earthy caramel and barley aromas. Then some caramel, peanut butter, and toffee malts.. Some toast, but doesn't quite reach the level of roasted. Some woodsy oak and pine underneath. (3.75)

Taste: Some light floral and tropical citrus hop flavors that are quickly overshadowed by the malt profile. Malt flavors of smokey, burnt toast with peanut butter. Toast that is just slightly overdone. Caramel, toffee, rye, roasted barley underneath, yet none of them are sweet nor bitter. Just lightly smoked. A very subtle smoked peat flavor is apparent similar to a Scottish whiskey. Finishes very dry and clean. Dry like a lager. Light on the flavor. (4.00)

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Mild to medium carbonation. Finishes very dry on the palate. (4.00)

Compared to New Belgium's Fat Tire 2/26/21: Pours a slightly darker color. More brown bread, earthy caramel, and toasty malts. Similar sweetness and body.

Compared to KC Beir Company's Dunkel 3/8/21: Pours a lighter color. Stronger and maltier aromas. More caramel, toffee, and pine bitterness on the end. Less dry toast and toasted barley/grass. A heavier body and sweeter

Overall: A decent bodied and flavored beer that finishes quite dry and clean on the palate. A nice balance of hop and Scottish malt flavors. Drinks like a less hopped, and drier amber ale. Similar to a German lager, but darker malts, slightly more hops. I get a lot of brown bread, earthy caramel, and toasted malts. Maybe a parallel beer in style to a Steam Beer. Darker flavored, but more dry and with a subtle Scottish peat flavor. A really delicious and sessionable Scottish ale that I am glad to have tried. (Final Rating: 3.89)

May 13, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Date on bottom of can is May 2019. Pours to a two finger buff head with that falls to a thin ring and sporadic lacing. Color is a reddish, brownish amber. Clarity is mostly clear with fine floaties.

Aroma:
Subdued toasty carmelized malts and virtually no hop aroma save a slight earthy floral note. No strong esters or fermentation characteristics evident. Slight hint of honeydew or cantaloupe.

Flavor:
Dry pale malts and a toasted malt note reminiscent of roasted pecans and a crisp, earthy hop bitterness to balance what little sweetness there is. No Alcohol spiciness or burn. Slight melon/cucumber note in finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light- medium mouthfeel medium -low carbonation, noticeable astringency, Not what I would call a smooth brew. It roughs up the tongue a bit. Parching in the throat as the session goes on.

Overall:
An easy drinking, non assertive malt-forward British style ale with a slightly rough edge. The tannins are evident in the mouthfeel and it does give an impression of extreme dryness, although this beer is not especially dry. There is too much of some grain that is contributing to this parching, astringent effect. Otherwise a decent tasting ale.

Feb 24, 2019
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Robert_G from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful dark amber; Smell: Lively and interesting; Taste: Excellent balanced flavor, malty and hops; Feel: Not too thick but viscous enough to be interesting: Overall: This is a very "quaffable" ale. It tastes really good and goes down clean. It's refreshing without being weak or watery. I like this one very much and have it on hand at all times.

Jan 25, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

Look - A cloudy amber body with a tall pillowy white head. Could look better with more clarity.

Smell - Strong buttery sweetness, kinda like popcorn, with a bit of ripe melon fruitiness and some herbal hops. An interesting smell with a decent amount going on.

Taste - Roasted nuts with a buttery tang and hints of vanilla sweetness. Some bitterness on the back end keeps it reigned in.

Feel - Medium body with an indescribably creamy mouthfeel. This might be one of the smoothest beers I've ever had.

Overall - I quite like this beer, and I wish I had more of it. A good call drinker, but I could see it working for any season. Sweet but not too sweet, beautiful smelling, and perfect in the mouth. It's a good one.

Oct 24, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a small tan head that left a little bit of lace.
Muted aroma of bread and caramel.
Ditto for the taste. Caramel and bread. Not very pronounced.
Medium-bodied.

Oct 22, 2018
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JohnDon from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Look is clear with the color between a copper to light brown. Not much on the smell. Taste is malt forward with a bready and caramel mix and finishes with a mild alcohol taste. Feel is dry and lightly carbonated. Overall a very solid beer.

Oct 05, 2018
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BorisNorris from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish amber with a creamy, slightly rocky off-white head. Toasty, rich malt aroma; bread crust, esters. Grainy, rich malt flavor balanced with earthy/floral hop flavor. Slightly sweet up front, but dries up quickly. Medium bodied with medium to medium-high carbonation; finishes dry and slightly bitter. Overall it's great. Perfect Fall beer. I wish it had a touch less carbonation, and just a little more of a caramel or toffee note to it, but again, great beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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Rickeyboy from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to brew. I love trying new and different craft beers, but I return to 90 Shilling again and again. I always have a sixer in the fridge. Solid body and flavor. Very well balanced.

Sep 29, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess this is proof advertising works, because I would see adds for this beer for years but it was not available in my area. Now that it is I hesitated for months, seeing the scores. But when it when on sale how could I say no? It certainly is a brightened up ale, with some toffee and raisin notes, but then a weird of wheaty yeast. You can tell this beer is well made, balance is good, body is spot on, but the resulting flavors are just ok. So moral of the story, advertising and sales work!

Sep 12, 2018
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CudahyGuy from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am always looking for a good beer to go with supper. Odell just entered the market here in Milwaukee; I had fond memories of it from a trip to Colorado I took 5 years ago. So I ordered a QB for my kegerator. The beer is a beautiful amber, light on the tongue, sweet malt, and a bit of bitterness. Big IPAs mess with the flavors of food. 90 Shilling is great as my first beer home from work. I pour a glass from the tap, fire up the grill, make the mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and slap down a filet. The beer works with the flavors of the food, it doesn’t obliterate them.

Jul 21, 2018
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Finally got around to trying this one. Its a nice deep amber color with a good size white head, some lacing has been left behind. Smell is quite light, just some sweet malts. Taste is more sweet malt and a hint of some spices. Nothing is really standing out. Feel is a bit too light, pushing watery but not quite there. Overall not too bad

Jul 11, 2018
90 Shilling from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1926 ratings