Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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472 Reviews
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

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.

Added by Todd on 01-27-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,734
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
481
For Trade:
5
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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to pint glass the beer pours a amber/dark orange color with a nice 2 finger head, good retention and lacing. An enjoyable aroma of malty sweetness, caramel, almost nutty character to it. Little hop presence in the nose. The flavor starts with the malt character and develops with caramel flavors, mild bitterness, and again a hint of nuts. Very tasty and well balanced. Finishes smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. Overall, this is an excellent beer I need to drink more of, highly recommended.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much to say, other than this was a very, very good beer. Starts with a dark brownish-amber appearance and a malty aroma with faint smell of hops. A nice sweet, rich, malty, smooth taste with a hint of hops in the finish. I noticed in the style description of Scotch Ales that the wort is boiled longer and more caramelized, which is probably the explains the rich and smooth flavors. This is definitely one of my favorite brews.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) - Very dark brown with a light brown-caramel colored head that hangs around a little bit.
S (4.25) - A nice malty smelling presence. Not much hoppiness, but very pleasant altogether.
T (4.25) - A very malty tasting beer. More of the rich-toasty malt rather than the roasted coffee tastes. Which is good for this style of beer.
F (4.5) - Low carbed and somewhat "creamy" to drink. Goes down smooth!
O (4.25) - I did not like my first bottle of this, but the next one was great. I am glad I tried it again, because my first assessment wouldn't have been as good.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother in law brough this beer over on New Years Eve, and we never got around to drinking our good beers because we were busy drinking copious amounts of cheap beer and playing video games. Soudns like a loser, I know, whatever. Anyway...

Appearance - Pours almost a burnt orange color, making it the perfect gift for the Longhorn fan in your family. Probably a one inch head on it which dissipated rather quickly, decent carbonation.

Smell - This brew has a wicked good smell. Nuts, caramel, and a whopping dose of malt. I love it, one of my favorite parts about the brew.

Taste - The taste pretty much matches right up with what you would expect when you smell this brew. The malt is the prime mover, although there are hints of maybe caramel or maybe even toffee and some roasted almonds.

Mouthfeel - Well balanced brew, medium carbonation, nice and smooth.

Overall - This is a great brew. I would certainly buy it again, recommend it to a friend, etc. Everything seems to be a cohesive whole with this beer. The taste matches the smell, which is kind of what you would expect out of the look and partly the style. ODell Brewing has done an excellent job with this beer. I suggest it to anyone. That and 98 cents will get you a burger off the dollar menu.

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Photo of CrossFitAlex
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer most recently at an Odell beer tasting event at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN. The beer was on tap and poured in a Weizen / Pilsner glass.

Tasting notes: creamy. Chocolate and toffee notes. Medium carbonation with pleasant mouthfeel. Sweet and full nose. Slight bitterness. An excellent combination; would have been better slightly warmer.

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Photo of Axe12001
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like 90 shilling. Im trying this from a bottle. Poured into my favorite Odell's IPA glass. A clear brown color with a good foam on top. The aroma is malty with a hint of nuttiness. There is a good hop aroma as well. The taste is great. Good malt backing with a great hop backing. More of an US Brown than anything. But great lingering sweetness. Tasty.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great for the style. Deep amber.

Smells a little funky, smells of bread, faintly molasses.

Tastes nearly perfect for the style. Has notes of molasses, ginger spice. Malty and hoppy, but not overpowering in anything. Somewhat boozy, and very faintly sweet, if you feel around for it.

Feels great. Foams up nice and goes down smooth.

Overall, a golden standard for Scottish ales everywhere.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Merciless Malty Goodness...

Appearance -
A solid browned amber with a pillowy head.

Smell -
Roasted/Toasted Malts with various different levels there is a bit of brown sugar and dried fruit bit.

Taste -
Deep and multiple malt layers that is full and rounded, dark malt flavor. The lack of hops drives the beer towards a brown ale territory. It lacks the typical bitterness that I associate Scotch Ales

Mouthfeel - Oaty Smooth

Overall - I like this beer. Its one of the deeper Scotch Ale I have enjoyed. It is definitely work seeking out.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a plain shaker pint. This beer pours a hazy caramel amber with a creamy white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma is big on caramel. Vanilla and toffee also come through. The taste is also toffee caramel, vanilla and just a slight buttery taste. The mouthfeel is full but not over powering. A really great beer from Odell's.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly spicey malts, with some faint hop notes. Faint notes of figs and pear was well.
Taste is crisp malts with more spices and some mild dark fruit notes. Pear, fig, apple, and some cinnamon come in. Finish is malts spices, and a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a nice, quick bite from the carbonation near the front. Finish is still crisp and clean.
Excellent drinkability. Could drink it all night.

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Photo of beer2day
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel pour with orange notes. Large, fluffy 2-finger head. Thin retention and chunky lace.

Big caramel nose with a healthy dose of peat. Smells very chewy, like bread rising.

Caramel dominates the taste with another healthy dose of peat. Sweet, but relatively dry, finish. Light earthy hops compliment the earthy malt flavors. Getting nuttier as the glass warms.

Body is lighter than I would like, though.

Overall, very well done. Had this at the pub nearly 20 years ago and good to see that my taste and the taste of the beer has remained strong.

I'd get it again.

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Photo of Skidud313
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Its a little lighter than most scottish ales, and i think that if you go into this beer knowing that you expect different things.

A- Beautiful dark amber color, small to moderate off-white head that fades rather quickly, even lacing.

S- Roasted caramel malty with a hint of hops

T- Wonderful balance of malt with hop overtones. I agree with superspy that the caramelization really comes out the warmer it gets.

M- Lightly carbonated, very easy to drink. Great session beer, all around very refreshing.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap:

A- Dark amber brown color with a whitish brown head

S- Malty goodness. Scent is not super strong. Hops are mildly present in the scent

T- malty upfront with a nice hoppy finish. Hops aren't too intense, but biterness level is perfect. Aftertaste is refreshing.

M- Super smooth. Goes down with ease

O- My ideal session beer. The beer that made me fall in love with Odell's

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper amber body with a small khaki head. Good patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, oranges and red apples. Medium body and carbonation. Very tasty brew here. Malty toffee and fruity hops are exceptionally well balanced. Grapefruit,red apples, and oranges mingle with the toffee notes to make this exceedlingly quaffable. My favorite Odell brew, hands down.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love a good Scottish Ale, let's give this one a try. Dark amber color with ample creamy off-white head. Very enticing.

Heavy malty smell, just how I like with, with brown sugar, smoke, peat, and light floral notes.

Roasty peaty flavor to start, solid but not overpowering, with light floral and piney hops. Quite a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little creamy.

The medium body is an interesting change for the style that works quite well and makes this quite a drinkable Scottish Ale.

Tasted on 7/11/08.

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Photo of Sam-B
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Another Odell success. Can't go wrong with these guys.

A: Beautiful warm copper/amber with subdued fizz.

S: Malt goodness with fruity overtones, biscuit undertones and a hint of something I'd call more sage than mint. Deceptively light body for the ABV. Citric hops are present but don't defeat the toasty malted flavour at all. Quite an amazing balancing act between these two actually. Aftertaste is remarkably clean and refreshing, it doesn't linger too long on the palate and leaves you wanting more.

I could session this stuff for days, given the balance and drinkability it has in spades. If you want a tasty beer that goes down real easy... look no further.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 31 Oct 16
12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 1/12/17

Been many years between!

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, bready. The taste is malty, bready, some nice sweetness/bitterness. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. True to style. Nice to get it pretty fresh, as well.

Pours a nice clean clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter, with some nice caramel tones thrown in. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew from Odell.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy brownish brick-amber with a moderate sized cap. The off-white head lingers for quite a while and leaves nice patches of lacing.

The nose is nutty and toasty with some caramel and room for earthiness from the hops. caramel, and earthy hops. It's raw-sugar-grainy with a hint of milk chocolate and just a touch of cinnamon. There's a touch of fig there, too, and then a mild fresh breeze of woodsy hops that come through in the balance of flavors.

Upfront bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toffee, walnuts and a touch of oak. In the middle there's a caramelized chocolate brûlée smoothness--it feels like it's going to go too creamy thin, but then late in the gulp, the dark fruits usher in boggy hops with just a touch of resin that lengthens the experience. The taste is its leading characteristic, and that's the way beer should be!

In the mouth, it's medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Light and creamy early, but then some hop oils seep in and it ends nicely dry. If there could have been more bulk earlier in each sip, too, I'd have rejoiced, but it feels pretty good.

This is a nicely balanced and complex take on the style. There's more going on than you'll find most of the time with respect to flavors and phases of sipping experience. I look forward to finding the brew again.

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Photo of joedon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice effort.
Beautiful copper color with a tannish head. Good lacing.

Smells of grain, dark fruit and toffee.

Big flavor: lots of malt, caramel, and some residual sugars.

Smooth and lots of body. Nice aftertaste of the malt. Low bitterness and no hop flavor; as to style.

Very drinkable. Would go well with food, too.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper Amber color with a small white head with about half a inch, with some light lacing around the glass.

S: Mint, toasted bread, some floral hop and a slight nuttiness.

T: A nice floral fruit hop, some mint and then a nutty breadiness. Very nice drinking beer.

F: Medium body and medium carbonation, finishes more dry than switch.

O: This beer is a nice easy drinking beer, more of an Amber than a scotch ale. Quite similar to Fat Tire but with a little stronger flavor profile. This is one of my go to beers of there are not a lot of choice.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coppery colored clear brew, slightly orange, short head. Poured into an oversized whiskey rocks glass.

Pleasant but weak aroma.

Flavor is complex. A mix of bready malt, a decent amount of hops, a tiny bit of citrus and spices, slight bit of evergreen, maybe even some copper (like the smell of penny)

Nice balanced mouthfeel. Supremely drinkable.

One thing is that this beer was better on first sip than last sip. Normally full-flavored beers improve as they slightly warm but I think this one was best right out of the fridge.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Semi-hazy light amber color. One finger of frothy head that falls fairly fast.

4.0 S: Mainly grainy, but a slight breadiness as well. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Again, simple, but well made. Graininess like a good Oktoberfest beer. Very clean flavor.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth throughout. No problems here.

5.0 D: Really nice brew. One of the easiest to drink I've ever had.

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Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz bottle of this from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4. Poured from the bottle into a Pint Glass and has a best by date of 8/5/11a.

Aroma- Has a scotch and oak aroma from the start that are dominant and then a low hop smell.

Appearance- Pours the deepest amber color you can get but clear. Also has 2 fingers of thick, off white head and a lacing that sticks like crazy.

Flavor- Malty, sweet, but watery... A mild amount of fruit esters is present and is well balanced. The malt does block out all the hop and theres no grain in any part of the drink. Mild bitterness at the end but goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low amount of Carbonation, and ends watery... Great taste though!

Overall Impression- While enjoying this both on-tap and in bottle over a dozen times, this is awesome to have been able to get my hands on another one of these! Odell does great brewing and with this Malt heavy Scottish Ale, it is easily enjoyed. Don't even have to think twice about this one. Will be having again very soon!

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Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a small head.

Smells of malts, oats and barley, hints of maple, and some hops.

Tastes of caramel malts, followed by bitter, but not overly bitter, hops. This is a perfect balance for me...much better than some of the scotch ales I have tried. There is also a touch of smokiness as it goes down.

Overall, this is simply a great beer. Good balance of malts and hops, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Too bad I just got back from Colorado and can't have this for a while.

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Photo of JimKal
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this while visiting family in Texas as it isn't available in NC. I'm surprised to see it listed as a Scoth Ale as the bottle calls it an Amber as does their website (although derived from a Scotch Ale). Ambers don't get a lot of love around here but this is one tasty Amber, perhaps my favorite.
Look: Lovely dark amber color with significant lacing and a nice head.
Aroma: Nice malt
Taste and mouthfeel: it begins with a malt forward taste and ends with a hint of bitter and has a medium bodied mouthfeel.
Overall: I just loved this one as a nice contrast to my ongoing love of IPAs. I'm going to have to revisit some of the more highly rated Ambers available in NC to if I can find one that compares.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,734 ratings.
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