90 Shilling
Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Scottish Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #16,598
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Mar 02, 2023
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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Rated: 4.55 by Kevin_5280 from Colorado

Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz can poured into Tulip glass.
LOOK is medium amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Retention is average leaving a very thin collar.
SMELL is medium-low in strength. The smell is mostly sweet malt. There's also a faint fruit smell but I can't parse it.
TASTE is medium in strength. The taste is primarily sweet malt and biscuit. The long medium bitter finish at first accentuates the biscuit taste. There's a light dry caramel taste in the finish.
FEEL is medium in thickness. It's fairly wet with close to a medium level of carbonation which is a little high for the style. Astringency is low.
OVERALL, it's good but I register it as an Amber. I greatly prefer Austin Amber by Independance.
Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 3.7 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 22, 2022
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Mwt from New Hampshire

Sep 08, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by tjb27 from Minnesota

Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Xyvos00 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by ikapaMK from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Can removed from refrigerator and allowed to warm for 2-3 minutes before opening and pouring into a curved-bottom mug/stein.

Light tea color with 1 inch loose, beige head

Light hints of malt and light caramelization. Some sweet/appley/fruity notes at the back end of the nose.

Brief, sharp bitterness on the front end that mellows as the beer continues to warm, with a wafer/cracker-like maltiness. Sweet notes at the front, accompanying the malt, reminiscent of apple or pear, with a sweet, honey-like aftertaste

Thin body, effervescent, with a fine residue coating the tongue. Goes down easy

Not a particularly complex beer, but one that is easy on the palate. Not quite sure it meets the expectation of an amber or scotch ale, though. To crib the late Mr Pratchett, I'd call it a not-as-toasty-as-amber-ale-but-toastier-as-pale-ale ale.

Overall, an easy drinker for any variety of settings. Would drink again, especially if there were no other ambers or scotch ales available
Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Shelbs90 from Montana

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
has a great smell almost like easy street beer. it’s a good beer for sure. i was pleasantly surprised when i tasted it. it has a lot of flavors a very complex beer. a toasted nut flavor is pretty heavy with a hint of light citrus. also a very smooth beer. overall a great beer to try.
Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by mkh012 from Colorado

Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
On tap at BWW got a pint

On the pour it came with a 1 finger head that leaves some lacing. Head shrinks down to a thin cap pretty quickly. Color is a redish muddy brown with no haze.

The aroma is surprisingly bright with hints of lemon coming from the hops. The malts are a bit subdued on the aroma, but a slight roastiness does come through.

Taste is more hop forward than a traditional scotch ale, but the malts do come through and are rich and sweet with just enough roasted character to carry it. The hops are also present here as a bright bitterness that fades into a malty sweetness. Classic malty beer flavor once the hops pass, not a stout substitute though.

Feel is surprisingly average. Big carbonation bite then the head makes you think it'll be crazy feeling but it never quite gets there. Not watery by any means it just doesn't seem sure weather to have a bite or be smooth going down and it almost has both but neither feeling quite land.

Overall the flavor is quite nice and caters to those who like big malts but don't want to miss out completely on hops. Not hop forward, but they are there. Quite a sweet beer, but seems like it would be good year round.
Apr 06, 2022
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Rated by MattDecker from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not bad, pretty simple, well made. Just a simple bready, smooth ale.
Mar 23, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by illtexzona from Illinois

Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Pours a dirty copper penny, small, quickly fading eggshell colored head and some spotty lacing.
S: Fresh bread, smoky grain. Rye?
T: Caramel, toffee, roasted grain.
F: Smooth, clean.
O: Probably a one and done.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 3.57 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(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
Rated: 3.83 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.95 by fflopps from Iowa

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.87 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 12, 2021
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Reviewed by andrewjraab from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.05 by InternetDrunk from Colorado

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by misteil from Ireland

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by o29 from Texas

Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by Aoyoc from Nebraska

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.75 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by RevK from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
great session beer, nice copper color, low hop character, easy going.
Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 3.76 by Myboymi from Kansas

Nov 07, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by MikeDrew from Colorado

Oct 06, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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