90 Shilling
Odell Brewing Company

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #14,186
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really vibrant red-orange-brown color, with quick-rising bubbles and some sediment turbidity as well. Not much in the way of a bouquet—a bit of heat, dry sweet, odor of sticky pale-brown—and somewhat shallow, despite the label's claims of a "deeply pleasant aroma". Otherwise, this ale is very pleasant: in terms of texture, more of an amber with bite than a Scotch ale—but considering the stated goal of 90 Shilling was to create a lighter, brighter, more buoyant Scotch ale, I'd say this definitely succeeds. Not too sweet—a common failing of forays into this style—with good dry malt depth, excellent crispness, and a lot of barn-floor hay and turbinado-tinged malt-husk; also get notes of allspice and cumin, providing additional complexity. Not a home-run, but a stand-up double.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Randy!

This Scottish ale pours a bright ruby amber with a modest head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and very nice lacing. Nose of sweet brown sugars, mangoes, peaches, and fresh bread. Flavors exceed the nose with fruit forward notes of mangoes, peaches, and light brown sugar crusted bread on all sides that fade in the back of the taste with a very subtle herbal hop note. Surprising flavors from a Scottish. Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish with a light grain note. A treat within the boundaries of the style. Solid and approachable. An excellent brew.


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Photo of Kazmodaeus
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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 bbtkd
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Odell 90 Shilling, 5.3% ABV, 27 IBU. Pours medium viscosity, copper color, with one finger of foamy white head on an aggressive pour, left slight foamy lacing. Note is malty and bready. Taste is real smooth, bread, with a slight bitter close. Like drinking toast! Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent. New style for me, Scottish Ale - and a new favorite.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.15/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Odell 90 Schilling Scottish Ale

A: Pours a light mohagany with ruby highlights. 1/4" of soda-like head...Nice colour, but the head is very odd.

S: Floral, bright scent--hops, and heather?. Some light to medium caramel malt. Sweetness lingers.

T: Odd floral hops and hop bitterness combines with a floral flavour to produce something not all that enjoyable. Crunchy malts lie in the background, but are swallowed by the other aspects. Artificial sweetness makes for an undesireable aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth semi-dry.

D: Not enjoyable as a Scotish 90- ale, or as a beer defying categorization. Not a fan.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.11/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degress F.

Appearance: Pours into the glass a hazy amber, towards the reddish-orange side of the amber hue spectrum. Forms a very thin head of almost light orange bubbles, which rapidly become a cap and ring. Held to light, one can very faintly make out a few streams of tiny bubbles heading skyward from the bottom of the glass. I admit some degree of trepidation, as I have found that I tend not to see orange in a beer unless it has a noticeable hop presence.

Smell: No, I showered today. Ba dum bump. The aroma opens with light, sweet caramel malt, wreathed through with some subtle suggestions of fruit - pear, raisin, and something citrusy. A soft grassy tone is off in the distance, like a fuzzy horizon.

Taste: Caramel malt with some vague toffee hints spills onto the tongue first, and then the 90-ton citric-herbal-earthy hoproller cruises in to crush it into nonexistence - leaving just perfume on my palate. Definitely not what I look for in a Scotch ale.

Mouthfeel: Difficult to tell around the full frontal assault on my tastebuds, if I'm being honest. I suppose it feels like a Scotch ale.

Overall: Once again, my sensitivity to hop flavors has me arching an eyebrow at anyone who has reviewed this beer as "malty" and mentioned nothing of any hop presence at all. They are literally all I get out of this beer, aside from a brief flash of caramel malt at the outset. Will not repeat.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O'Dell brewing has been moving up the ranks as one of my favorite craft brew makers. I know I've had 90 Shilling in the past, but I've never sat down and analyzed exactly why I like it. The Scottish Ale has gained some momentum in recent years; 90 Shilling is a variation on that.

12 ounce bottle. I'm pouring this into my imperial pint glass. A rigorous pour reveals a beer that is ruby red to light amber in appearance. It's got a smallish tan head, creamy in appearance, with some decent lacing readily apparant. Judging on appearance alone, this is one good looking beer.

You have to do some work to get the aroma of the beer (typically I struggle a little bit in this area, my sinuses just don't always cooperate). What is there smells of toffee and caramel malt. Some biscuit characteristics as well. Not a lot of what I would normally call hop character. This beer, at least at first smell, appears to be all about the malt profile.

The mouthfeel of the beer is almost creamy, with moderate carbonation lending a very pleasant mouthfeel. With this style it's easy for a beer to get syrupy or viscous; that's not the case in 90 Shilling. The first taste is pleasant, with biscuit and caramel yielding to pine in the middle followed by sweet gingerbread and a warming finish. Reminds me of autumn, really an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Though those of you who prefer more of an earthy peat flavor in your Scotch Ale may be a bit disappointed. I'm not among them. This is just a nice, easy drinking beer, regardles of style. It's obvious, at least to me, why O'Dell picked this as their flagship ale. It's got all the great markings of a good beer, well balanced and very flavorful.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of plfahey
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Awesome reddish-amber color with great clarity. Creamy pale khaki head sits on top with good retention and some nice lacing. Looks tremendously appealing.

Aroma-Nice blend of malt character-grain, bread, light toast, rich caramel, and just a hint of cinnamon toffee. Hops are almost entirely absent in the aroma, but present a light floral/citrus note. There's just the faintest suggestion of fruit as well, but it's pretty damn clean.

Flavor-Bread, biscuit, toast, and caramel take the cake here. The toasted malt flavors are more pronounced then they were in the aroma. There's also just a hint of green, earthy hop flavor here, along with relatively low hop bitterness. Finishes malty but not too sweet, with a sort of bitter toasty grain flavor in the aftertaste that I find slightly disagreeable.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. Carbonation is moderately high, but very soft on the tongue.

On the whole, a good beer, though I'm not blown away by the flavor. I think the flavor lacks the complexity of a really good scottish ale, and I'm not a huge fan of the aftertaste. It's really more of an American Amber than a Scottish Ale, and if it were characterized as such, I might rate it a tad higher. Good, but not great.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of karst
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you find beer like this it almost rates itself!

Pours a whisky brown with a foamy 2-3 finger dense head. Lace curtains the walls of the Grindstone pint glass. Malt Hop and Yeast combined perfection! Aroma hints of its mellow roasted malts and Goldings earthy hops. As great as it smells it tastes even better. Caramel malt that is so chewy and luscious full body that mingles with Willamette hop bitterness and sweet malt flavor. Well worth the 90 Shillings.

The more I analyze this beauty then more I edit my 4.5 ratings to 5s
Never buy less that 6 of these unless you are sharing with friends.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This Scottish Ale has a burnt orange copper color with a full beige froth that sticks around until the beer is gone, leaving lace the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toasted grain creates the malt aroma, some citric hoppiness, and a bit of peat.

Taste: The smooth malt imparts a caramel sweetness with some peat notes as well. A thin cut of mint is next on the palate, with a citric hoppiness that pushes back just enough to keep this in the realm of balanced.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation looks to be full and creamy but does not have that impact on the palate. Soft and gentle carbonation gives this almost a cask feel to it. Lightly sticky and slightly tingly as the spruce kicks in.

Overall: This grows on me as the glass progresses. I can tell this is a well made beer, but there is not any one feature that really sticks out.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12. oz longneck into a 33 cl tulip.

Look- Clear amber-brown with three fingers of off-white head that falls extremely quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell- Mild, toffee, light stone fruit, toasted potato bread. Nothing flashy, but nice.

Taste- Maple-laced biscuit dominates, with just a hint of clean, lightly resinous bittering to balance it out. Overall impression is lightly sweet, but finishes clean.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium carbonation, soft feel. Feels substantial, but not sticky or particularly heavy. Even so, I'm good with the 12 oz.

Overall- A solid, no-nonsense, well-rounded brew. Certainly above average, and something I'd revisit, but not going to make my short list.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Vancer
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I’ll be – maybe I’m catching on to the different styles. I made a note that this one seemed to be a cross between Scottish ale and American Pale ale – then I read the label and they say it is! But with a British PA – close enough!

Damn solid brew – clear burgundy pour, topped with a weak ivory head, which did produce some sticky laces. Aroma of semi-sharp pine, herbals and florals, then a quaff of the same qualities, along with a backbone of malt.

Medium bodied, sharp and dry. In my book, the 5.3 % abv makes this one a qualifier for the session book. At least a six-pack afternoon with football

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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a 1.5 inch off-white head. The tight bubbled head sinks and forms a high collar.

S - Toasted grain, biscuty malt, acidic berries, toffee.

T - Toffe malt, roasted grain, berry sweetness, mint, herbal/citrus hops. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

M - Soft and creamy, moderate carbonation.

A solid scottish ale. Nice acidity, good malt, and a good finish from the hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

90 Shilling from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1905 ratings