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.

Added by Todd on 01-27-2001

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Photo of Baumer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear reddish-brown in color, pretty transparent. minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nice leftover film and some lacing.
S: pleasant smell overall, kindof fresh breadish and yeasty with an odor of corn. just like a very minor sweet smell. Nice fall smelling beer.
T: very toasted malty and nutty flavor, surprisingly hoppy for this style. Enjoyable. I double down that this would be a nice fall beer.
F: a little on the thick side of medium, but with a very quick finish. smooth for sure.
O: Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed drinking and would go for again. Very quality experience, but not really overly exciting to me personally. I can imagine other people really getting excited about this beer. It has a very coherent design and execution.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, lasting creamy head.
Bready, yeasty aroma.
Malty, toasted bread taste.
Slight hoppiness, but no real bitterness.
Thinner than expected.
Nice alternative to the hoppy beers I usually like.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear copper body with some sediment at the bottom, gray-tan head that leaves beautiful webs of lace. Nose offers caramel malts, grain, sweet biscuit. The taste adds a mild citric bite but mostly is rife with that odd malty sweetness. There's a mild, earthy bitterness throughout. The body is thin, kinda grainy and coarse.
What if a Scottish Ale was watered down? Erm, lightened up. Well, I certainly wouldn't call it *90* Shilling. And actually, that category has already been invented: American amber ale. So, this American amber ale was good, as far as the category goes. Abruptly, that's all I'm inspired to type here. If you like AAA's, here ya go.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The many ways American brewers interpret the British traditions is a discussion that cannot be completed in one beer... or probably a thousand. So, let's start with this one.

Looks more Amber than Scottish Ale. But, Odell's has got that British lacing.
Smells like a Scottie, too, this one. I get mostly malt in the nose.
Taste? We're talking American rendition, particularly with the hops (half a heap) used. But, 90 is still balanced; well-crafted.
Feel is medium, pleasant and, with the hops twang, more refreshing than a Scot.

All that said, I could go with this being categorized as an American Amber. But the Scottish Ale style is acceptable as 90 Shilling was inspired by the way 16th Century Scots taxed ale based on its strength. By the way, whatever happened to that tradition?

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light, clear golden brown. Extensive light brown lacing.
S: sweet malts, corn bread,
T: first I notice lemon, middle has some grass, licorice, minerality. finishes sweeter.
M: high carbonation. dry finish, with a lingering hop flavor
O: this was a unique take on a Scottish ale, and well worth trying.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed coppery amber with a finger of frothy off-white foam.

Nice toasty malts and a slight caramel sweetness up front, while earthy hops tempt the nostrils.

Sweet toasted and caramelly malt bill provides subtle joy, while earthy and slightly piney hops are layered throughout.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, a touch sweet for my taste.

Overall, a very good brew, though I definitely don't agree with their style classification for this beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: hint of caramel sweet malt, spiced fruit and grains, some bite in finish, but smooth drinker. Spiced cider and malt nose. Amber, mostly clear, Big foamy head with defined ring lace around the glass. Medium body.

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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 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 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 Shmallory0
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very easy to drink. One of the few darker colored beers that I can enjoy multiples of. Odell is a great brewery and this might be their best beer. I pick up 6 packs of this all the time.

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

Hazy amber with a high amount of suspended particles. Head was two fingers and lasts about ten minutes. A good amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell is brown bread with a bit of lightly smoked peat.
Taste is light sweet tasted malt with some herbal hop notes.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and bitter sweet.
Overall a well crafted beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft.

Murky whiskey color.

Bright white head; strong lacing.

Muted malty bread nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bread-y malt flavor; light hop bite. Slight pickle juice effect here; not bad but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of FBarber
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head with excellent retention. Mild aroma with some strong malty caramel notes, touch of peat. Taste follows the nose with caramel malts, peat, and a strong hoppy flavor on the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish. Tastes more like an amber ale than a scotch ale. Feel is light and crisp, decently carbonated providing a noticeable tingle on the tongue. Overall an average beer - more amber than scotch ale, but good none the less.

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Photo of bwood06
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at a local restaurant that my buddy and I hit up while in Denver. This beer features a frothy, albeit slightly creamy off white head that dissipates rather slowly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is clear with high carbonation readily visible. The color is a dark amber that seems to glow around the edges. 4.25/5 The aroma is fairly simple with caramel malt, earthy yeast, peat moss, and earthy hops coming out. Raisins and dates make a slightly dark fruity appearance that adds to the sweetness of the aroma. Overall the aroma is fairly sweet and earthy without there being much in the way of hoppy. 3.75/5 The flavor gets things started with a sweet caramel maltiness that is backed up by buttered wheat bread. Earthy hops, light hay, and peat moss come out rather strongly in the back end of the flavor profile. Raisins and dates come out more in the middle as the beer warms providing a nice fruity sweetness. The flavor feels closer to an oktoberfest than a scottish ale, although the peat moss moves in the direction of the scottish ale style. There is a light bitterness but no lingering after swallowing. 4/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is wet and coating. There is a light carbonation tickle up front with a light drying throughout but no lingering drying after swallowing. 4.25/5 Very interesting scottish ale with notes of malt, fruit, earth, and hops. Really a full-circle beer. Enjoyable but not a sessionable beer in my view, although the abv would suggest otherwise. Flavorful and a truly enjoyable drinking experience. 4/5

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, reddish-amber in color, with a large, finely-beaded off-white head. Thick, unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls. Small, fast-rising carbonation renews the head.

Aroma: Smoke, earth, biscuit and burnt caramel dominate the aroma. A little dark fruit and earthy hops are present as well.

Taste: Begins with burnt caramel and toffee notes, soon followed by biscuit malt. As the taste progresses, a little earth and smoke present, and some slight notes of bitter apple and plum. Later in the taste, some earthy, and herbal hops appear. Finishes with a lingering note of smoke, earth, and toffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, without a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather odd, somewhat like a tart brown ale. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this sample.

pResentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce Euro-style brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of TH28
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep amber/brown with slight white head. All malt on the nose. Taste is a very deep caramel and bready malt. A slight toasty/nutty taste on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium/high and feels creamy on the tongue. Finishes with a little hop bite to balance the strong malt taste. Well balanced

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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 60sFolks
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Scottish ales are one of my favorite styles. Odell's 90 Shilling is a great one.
The look is dark for an ale. Not much smell except hops. These are sweet hops and they come through in the taste. Light in my mouth, far from full bodied.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper and read appearance, off white almost tan head on the top just over .5". Aroma didn't have much to reveal itself.

Taste wasn't quite malt bomb territory, but it definitely was that foot forward. Smooth. Easier drinking scottish ale. Less alcohol. Has some earthy wooden, tones.

I dunno, I guess if you have a friend who doesn't like hops or bitter beer, but also doesn't like overly carbonated AALs, perhaps they might be into something like this.

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

Quite delicious. Jewel tone brown with a head that stays and stays. Not too sweet, but slight caramel, earthy, toasty, medium bodied, easy drinking.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color. The head was moderate, and dissipated fairly quickly. The nose is minimal. Just a slight hop smell to it. The taste has a slight hop to it. Some sweetness. Some earthiness.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fittingly amber in color, clear with low carbonation. Initial pour is three fingers head that settles to a white cap with judicious lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, sweet and bready. Taste is sweet toffee, caramel, dark bread enough bitterness to balance out the sweet. Creamy feel, but not thick.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Mitchmoore12
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- deep amber color, great light tan head.
Smell- medium malt smell, Slightly bready. Caramel and toffee notes, maybe coffee?
Taste- smooth malt flavor, dark biscuit notes, Carmel and tasting a dark malt flavor at the end.
Feel- smooth feeling, light carbonation, not too thick, not watery.

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