Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Fire Rock Grill.
A nice deep amber/red colour with a small head of foam but some decent sticky lacing.

It has a nice caramel malt sweet and lightly roasted malt nose. No bitterness that I can detect and that's fine with me.

Sipping was a nice experience. Plenty of caramel maltiness brings some sweet notes but it's balanced by a nice roasted malt character with a slight dash or maybe hint of some nuttiness. Very malt forward and a sheer delight.

Medium bodied with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? I had things to do or I would have had another or 2. Very darn drinkable and very darn tasty. Just a tad better than the bottled version, imho, but both are more than worthy.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle into my pint glass with striking redish brown color and excellent clarity. The head is thick and white but settles quickly leaving a little lacing behind.

Aroma is malty and nutty with a nice fruit background. Slightly roasty/smokey.

Flavor is smooth and well balanced between sweet and roasty malts. Slight bitterness is more likely a result of the toasted malts than any substantial hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation. This could easily be one of the best session beers. This one is almost gone and I would happily have several more if I had them. Such a nice balance and enough going on to keep my interest.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6/5/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 'CHEERS BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a good finger+ white foamy head. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of grainy malt and caramel. The taste is even better with bready malts with a mild hop finish that doesn't linger or isn't bitter. The caramel comes through perfectly. Very tasty and goes down very easy. Perfect carbonation also. A great brew for sure!

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are a myriad of ambers out there, but this one ranks among the best. To me this defines the style, but improves on it. A pronouced hop bitterness (for an amber) and flavor is perfectly balanced by a mellow but significant caramel malt profile. With an almost "chewy" maltiness and full body to complements the hop profile, 90 Shilling exhibits a rich balance. Lightly earthy hop flavor seems to be combination of Goldings and Willamette. It finishes with a slight toasty caramel sweetness on the back of the tongue. An excellent and highly drinkable amber. It's akin to an ESB minus the fruitiness.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really good amber ale. I didn't pour it since I'm a poor college student and I don't have pint glasses, but regardless it was quite tasty. Smooth, clean, and easy to drink, this beer is ideal for nearly any occasion. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown to amber color in the glass - really nice color. Finger of head, good retention, really nice lacing. Aroma is fresh and malty yet somewhat non-distinct. Flavor is malt strong with only a hint of hops. Refreshing up front and finishes with a bit of hop bite. Another very nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed reading about this style and the the history behind it relating to the taxation of how heavy the beer was. Looking forward to trying this.

Bottle best by 5/1/12. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice deep amber color with lots of frothy off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Bready. Lots of caramel malts. Very mild hop aroma.

T- Nicely balanced. The malt sweetness is not overpowering, balanced with some mild herbal hops. The bready flavor is enjoyable like freshly baked warm wheat bread.

M- Pleasant medium body, not overly carbonated. Slight dry finish.

O- A solid offering from Odell. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of TheMightyGUEST
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color was a good cherry/crimson with a thin head of a cream color. The lacing was decent on the latter half ot the drink and the head stuck around throughout the whole drink, keeping at least a couple centimeters.

Smell was smoky with a hint of the malts in the flavor.

Taste was likewise malty and smoky, and I was surprised by a hint of nuttiness in the flavor. It was moderately bitter, but not overpowering in that aspect.

Mouthfeel was both creamy and crisp with carbonation, medium feel. A decent amount of substance.

Overall, this is a highly recommended drink on my part. I found it easy to enjoy and it grew on me with each sip. I'd be eager to try out Odell's other brews.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Odell's Mountain Standard pint glass.

Appearance is a deep, clear, copper color.
1 1/2 finger off white rocky cap that maintains itself down to the last sip.

Smell is of light hop and light roast malt.

Taste is very balanced with English hop and light roast biscuit. No residual sweetness just a nice balance of malt and hops with neither too assertive. A great amber ale flavor. Probably the best I have had of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium with fine carbonation.

Overall a great session ale that is so balanced and smooth. A pleasure to bring this back from my visit to Colorado. Odell is my favorite brewery in the state with New Belgium a close second.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dangle47 for this one!

Pours a dark copper with amber highlights and a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a skim coat and sticky ring. Decent lacing.

Smell is caramel malts, toffee, raisins, and a hint of peat moss.

Taste is dominated by sweet caramel and toffee flavors up front, with some doughy biscuit as well. Finishes semi-sweet with some raisins and figs, and the slightest bit of floral bitterness in the end.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated.

About as drinkable as a beer can be. If this were available in NH it would definitely be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.

Better to pour in a glass than drink out of the bottle.

Dark color with medium head, disappearing after a bit.
Smells like malt, a bit fruity and nutty.

Taste has malts, but with a spicey/sweet undertone. At first I thought it would be too malty for me, but it cleared up and ended as a Pale. great drinkability and mouthfeel. A darn good beer.

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Photo of bigelo1016
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a medium brown with a orange hue, half inch tan head

S- malty and sweet with a hint of toasted malts and a twang of hops

T- Nice big dose of malt with a touch of sweetness and a lingering hop taste throughhout.

M- A little lighter than I expected, but that turned out great for this beer. Perfect carbonation

D- I had to open a third for this review, I keep sucking them down.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with best by of 6/12/2012 into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours beautiful dark amber with about two to three fingers of off white head that disipates rather quickly, but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell: Roasted malt's dominate thoughout, lots of caramel, and toffee notes interacting quite well with the breadiness. A slight smoky/peaty smell lingers in the background.

Taste: Nice peaty, smoky breadiness right up front, that turns to a sweet caramel and toffee taste in the middle of the mouth, and ends with a slight herbal spicyness from the hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp light and drinkable.

Overall: Very very good brew. I feel this is one of the better balanced "Scotch Ales" I've had from an American brewer. Very solid all around, and a real crowd pleaser even with my BMC drinking friends.

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Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label has a blurb about the beer.

Appearance: Tawny and tarnish copper hue with a well formed and healthy looking head that does not falter even when down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Subdued fruitiness, noticeable citric hop with hints of mint or evergreen in the aroma … sweet toasted biscuit nose also.

Taste: Moderate body with a very smooth mouth feel from a milder carbonation. Right away the hops and malt push each other back and forth for domination though neither gains any more ground that it already has which shows for a balanced beer. Hop bitterness is at a spot on level with a citric and vague minty flavour to boot. The malt profile is just enough to carry the beer all the way through, going from sweet caramel twang to the drying toasted grain character in the end. Hints of citrus rind and toasted husks make up the finish.

Notes: A proud beer that was crafted for maximum drinkability and a superb balance. This is what American Amber ales are all about.

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Photo of Brewno8it
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours with a creamy head; dense, more like a stout, but in a good way. The head takes on almost a milky appearance, very soft. Color is burnt orangish red, with steady effervescence flowing up throughout the pint style glass.

Smell - The malt comes through immediately, but is not overwhelming: sweet, caramel, toasty.

Taste - This is where the action really begins. The body is medium and the malt and hops are interesting in their balance (complex). The malt has a wonderful taste, yet not too sweet as the hops nicely balance the brew. As the beer warms, the hop flavor comes through more, yet the balance remains.

Overall - Incredibly drinkable, wonderful, a must try for this style. I'm ready for another!

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Photo of steveh
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had friends in Colorado who used to rave about this beer back in the early 2000s (yeah Fretless, I'm talkin' 'bout you), but I never got to try it because of a tight distribution radius. Now it's in the Chicago area, but it's (or was) priced at 3 Floyds levels -- just a bit out of my budget. However, it appears the local retailer may have mis-marked because I just saw it a little more reasonable at $11 a sixer.

Best by 5/11/17, well marked on a label with great graphic design (no, not counted into appearance, but...). Poured into my imperial pint nonic.

L -- Clear, deep copper with a creamy, fast-settling, off-white head.

S -- Some DMS up front followed by earthy malt character and some very light fruit esters. Pretty mellow, overall.

T -- Mellow malt flavor with biscuit character, a little caramel, and some light fruit characters. Herbal, earthy hop bitterness in the dry finish thru the aftertaste and more biscuit malt in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and slick up front to a dry finish with a medium robust body.

O -- This is certainly a well-made, highly quaffable beer; well-balanced between rich malts and bitter hops -- the sort of beer I cut my teeth on back before micro-brews became all the rage. I rated it to a "Scottish Export" by the BJCP guidelines, but anyone who enjoys a good ESB will find this a winner. It's great to see that it's lasted nearly 30 years.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper with a light, quickly dissipating head.

S: Mostly malt. toasted grains, and caramel. A very slight grapefruit aroma finally showed through.

T: Toasted malts, and slight smokey malt flavors in the forefront. Caramel and toffee at the end, finishing with a very light hop bitterness. All the malt flavors present, but not too sweet.

M: Nice medium body, with decent carbonation. A malty, smooth feeling ale, but still surprisingly dry.

O: A very nice, easy drinking ale. Not for hop-heads. Full of malt character without being overly heavy.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
Crystal clear dark orange/amber with a wonderfully full off white or tan colored 2 finger head that melts slowly to a craggy top and sticky lacing.
Smells like sweet citrus hops.
Taste is lightly toasted amber malt and a crisp, citus bite at the end. Not necessarily green or leafy...not even very citrusy...but crisp and biting just the same.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and thick for the style. Very smooth on the tongue...very smooth going down.
I like the depth and complexity of this beer...the toasted malt definately adds smoothness and complexity without giving a bitter or forced taste. Very balanced.

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Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this proud flagship is a mainstay in my fridge as long as i live in an area where it is readily available....

A - poured a nice slightly hazy brown/copper, a finger of head faded to a constant film, left nice lace all the way down

smell was first tangy citrus, balanced perfectly by biscuity malt and caramel, leafy and slightly floral aroma, maybe even cherry

T - fantastic. roasted biscuity flavor throughout, the right amount of sweetness. half way through the hops starts to shine through with grassy/citrus notes. well balanced throughout, smooth with a mellow finish

m - slight carbonation was about perfect, medium bodied, crisp and smooth

i'd take mom's lasagna out the fridge to make room for more of these. fantastic beer thatll always be near the top for me

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Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red-amber with lots of carbonation. Dense and sticky off-white head with good retention. Plenty of caramel in the aroma and a bit of earthiness. Good amount of carbonation in the beginning. The middle brings out the caramel sweetness followed with a quick stab of hop bitterness. Very nice balance through the finish, which adds a bit of spiciness. Medium heavy body.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as beautiful dark amber with 2 finger off white super sturdy head that sticks around even after more than a few sips.

Aroma is full of caramel malt with earthy grassy hops.

Taste is very well balanced, great sweetness with just the right amount of bitterness for balance. Very clean malt flavor with a nice dry finish

Actually this has been a favorite of mine for years but just now reviewing it. I never realized what style it was but basically it is a classic amber ale with kick of more malt and more hops.

Very tasty and drinkable, maybe a step up for those getting bored with fat tire.

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Photo of johntp
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an English pint glass. Dark golden to amber and hazy. Cant see any carbonation. 1 finger bright white, creamy head.

S: Carmel malts, huge nutty notes, some bread-y yeast characters, hints of roasted malts, spices, and tiny bit of hops. Quite complex and inviting, I would love to have a candle that smells like this.

T: Mirrors the aroma, nutty carmel malts, hint of roasted malt. Faint hop bite.

M: Barely any carbonation, thin body.

D: mouthfeel and taste combine to create an excellent drink-ability, would have no problem downing a 6'er of these.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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 DCP
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer that is original. Nothing really dominates it for me, caramel is obviously present though. It tastes like a mix of a Scottish Ale and an American Amber for me, it works.
Not the hottest in the bar, but wife material.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Odell Brewery (2004) on tap poured into pint glass: Beer is a clear medium-dark plum-brown color with a small, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pretty small. It's malty with light notes of slightly husky roasted grain, caramel, cookie, trace of cocoa; Light miscellaneous notes of steak sauce and gingerbread. Trace of herbal hop. The flavor is more vivid. It's moderately bittersweet, moderately acidic with a long, lightly bittersweet, lightly acidic/dry finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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