90 Shilling | Odell Brewing Company

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90 Shilling90 Shilling

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Reviews: 505 | Ratings: 1,878
Photo of defunksta
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color that is medium opacity with a mild, milky head.
Aroma: Some floral, but mostly caramel and toffee malt aromas. Some roasted barley, but not as much as a dark ale.
Taste: Some light floral and tropical citrus hop flavors that are quickly overshadowed by the malt profile. Malt flavors of smokey caramel, toffee, rye, roasted barley, 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. Similar sweetness to a pale lager.
Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Mild to medium carbonation. Finishes very dry on the palate.

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 heavier, less hopped, and drier amber ale. Similar to a euro pale lager, but darker malts, slightly more hops. Maybe a parallel beer in style to a German dunkel. 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..

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of Robert_G
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BorisNorris
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Rickeyboy
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 note, 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!

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Photo of CudahyGuy
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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

Pours a deep amber and has a 1/2 " brown head. Malty sweet aroma. Malty body, nice level of malty sweetness. Some spice, Carmel. Medium carbonation, creamy, soft.

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Photo of win007
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this about a dozen times over the past 2 years, and i would definitely reach for it over most beers. For some reason, I tend to have it by a beach, which probably improves the overall score. Just a little too bitter sometimes.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep amber/pale brown with a steady but low level effervescence streaming up from the bottom. The pour produces a solid 3 fingers of foamy, khaki, somewhat lasting head that leaves rings & streaks of lacing. Aroma is biscuit, dark malt & roasted nuts, earthy with hints of caramel & thin but bitter chocolate.Taste is dark malt, biscuit, roasted nuts, caramel & earthy floral hops with hints of smoke, cocoa & dark fruit. Dark bready malt, caramel, smoke & a little spice dominate the finish. Low bitterness throughout even in the burnt, unsweetened chocolate & caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little thin but not overly so, slightly creamy with a light prickliness.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a dark copper color and a slow fading, off-white head. There is a subtle sweet aroma which matches this brews simi-sweet flavor. What I like the most are its spiced, reminds me of cloves, and smooth cream notes. There is a touch of sourness that coates the tongue. Overall, a fine brew with medium carbination and body. Not sure how it stacks up agains other Scottish ales, but really a tasty beer.

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Photo of matcris
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Clear amber/caramel, loads of carbonation rising, and a big foamy head that lasts and leaves a nice lacing.
AROMA: Herbal, or (honey) floral, with biscuit caramel malt, and sunflower seeds.
TASTE: Not overly sweet; nice balance. Bready malt, a touch of caramel, sun seeds.
FEEL: Average carbonation, medium-ish body, not overly dry or slick.
OVERALL: Just a nice, pleasant, brew, here.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour, a nose of bread and caramel, and a slightly sweet open sweeps quickly to a tea-like bite in the close. Surprisingly fresh and clean, it never gets sticky, and is delicious.

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Photo of beervionics
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up front the taste is well-balanced. Some nice hoppy bitterness followed by a little bit of the malt grain and again followed by the hops. The initial smell is a very good prelude to the flavor of this beer which makes it very sessionable. O'Dell brews never disappoint and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber body with big floofy white head and good lacing.

Flavors are mild and restrained; hops and malts arrive simultaneously, with some light sweetness followed immediately by light bitterness. Honey and rind, biscuits and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium light; lets the flavors shine through.

It's good.... but I expect more flavor for the abv.

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Photo of Kazmodaeus
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Preface - I drink amber ales as my beers of choice. Other than Aventinus.

l: Perfect amber color Great head that lasts a long time even when drinking and eating salty chips.

S: A bit more hoppy than I like, but balanced well on the nose.

T: nicce, full body, lits of malt, a bit more hops than I think the style requires.

F: Nice, moderate, clean with just a bit of lingering malt. Clings to the hops strainer on my upper lip.

O: just about as nice as a John Courage amber, deserves a solid 4.5, I gave it a bit more just because

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Photo of Holderness
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Remarkably sweet smelling beer, with predominant aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, and barley malts. Flavors also err towards the sweeter side, although the roasted malts and earthy hops prevent it from being syrupy like some American scotch ales (i.e. Old Chub). Medium mouthfeel and medium carb. Best served at cellar temp.


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Photo of puck1225
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice brown color with a great head and lacing. Slightly sweet earthy smell. Nice, mild earthy taste with a good malty backbone. Nice beer!

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Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 2/20/17.

Pours a lighter amber color, mostly clear, with a one inch, quickly dissipating head and some spotty lacing. Pretty good aroma- caramel, light malt, some pine and raisins, a little cola. The taste is malt- indeed lighter than typical, caramel, light vanilla, cream soda, some bitterness up front through the middle. Smooth, fairly creamy, light bodied, well- carbonated.

Easy drinker, good aroma. The reduced malt and light body probably isn't going to lead to future purchases. Not a bad beer, just not what I like for the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a semi-dark red color with a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within a minute. Not much lace. The smell had a nice semi-sweet smoky meatiness to it. The taste was basically the same-with a decent sweet aftertaste to it. On the palate, this sat right at a medium on the body. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt appropriate, somewhat smooth along my tongue. Overall, good Scotch ale I could have again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can at Phelps Lake, WY.
Cleat copper boxy with a large beige head. Very good retention.
Nice malt forward, rich flavor. Good, bitter sweet balance: lightly bitter. Hearty.
Smooth medium full feel with soft carbonation.

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90 Shilling from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,878 ratings