Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,751 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,751
Reviews:
478
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
487
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 1,751 |  Reviews: 478
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-brown in color with a cream colored head that holds up fairly well and leaves some nice Belgian-lace. The aroma is really pleasing with a sweet, maltiness that contains caramel, toffee and a touch of fruitiness. Almost like a combination of Munich and Brown malts, but not quite. Rich, but not aggressive. The body and carbonation level are appropriate. The flavor starts malty and fruity, dries a bit at mid swallow, and then gives a spritz of hop flavor before leading into a lightly bitter dryness. Quite Scottish in nature up to a point, but I find the hop flavor unusual. The choice of hops seems a little odd. Still, a good beer.

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

Photo of Kegatron
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear ruby-hued copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rocky looking eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with rich thick swathes of lace. Just a great look to this. The aroma has notes of caramel and toast, which mingle at first, and then is pretty much taken over by, an earthy ripe fruitiness. There is maybe just a touch of a grassy feel that hangs on the edges of the nose.

The taste has a lot of sweetness but not only from the malts, as there is a good bit coming from some softer dark fruit character as well. This also has a surprisingly assertive earthy citric bite to this, while a light roastiness lingers in the finish along with a raw pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively prickle on the tongue at first that then gets much more smooth and creamy as this works its way across the palate.

While initially heavy on the malt and fruit, I found myself liking what the hops brought to this after a while, making this much more accessible to me than what I normally found in the style. This is a decidedly American take on a Scottish Ale and I overall mostly dug it!

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

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malts with light aromas of toasted malts.

T: Upfront the flavors of the beer are all malts - toasted and caramel with some light amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. Light amounts of earthy hops which contribute just a touch of bitterness to the finish of the beer which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: While being somewhat of a malt bomb, this beer is not overly sweet and is quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer though I sometimes find the style to be a little sweeter than I prefer, especially in the hot southern summer. Overall, very well balanced between the sweet and the bitter.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a clear, bright copper color with a thin white head covering the top of the beer and clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice color to it as well as some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of tart, crisp fruits and malty, bready, caramel flavors to it. I get some notes of apple and grape to it along with some pale, grainy malts.

The taste shows more of the crisp fruits to it up front. In the finish I get more of the malty, bready, slight caramel flavors. Pretty smooth and balanced flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is a little below average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one. I found it was a pretty easy drinking, flavorful and balanced beer overall though.

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Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the MT. Dragon in Snow Mass last weekend. yummy


Poured tofee/mahogany color wit great clarity. Off white hed kept a 1/4" tight head all the way down with very good lacing

Smell: Fruitiness with fruitcake/bready notes

Taste: Rich fruitiness with slight bitterness on the back of the tounge and throat. Sweet caramel, slight hint of smokiness/dryness and alcohol mix well in the finish

Chewy/yet silky smooty, awesome balance, super carbonation

If I could get this on tap, this would be a front runner amongst my session choices. Good in the bottle, but was almost like a different beer on tap. Tastes more like a scotch ale on draft, Highly reccomended

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy orange-bronze with tangerine peel trim. The creamy, light toffee colored cap is sticky enough to deposit buckshot-riddled sheets of thick lace when it finally begins to fade. There's an even more impressive lace display when the glass is almost empty. A classic Scottish ale look.

The nose fails to impress due to an earthy, clay-like character. Underneath all the mud, citric fruity hops are struggling to be appreciated. The strange thing is, there's very little present that makes me think of a Scottish ale, such as caramel, brown sugar, peat, etc. To be fair, it does improve a little as the beer sits and even makes an attempt at smelling like the stated style.

The flavor is pretty good as long as I chuck all considerations of style out the window. Odell describes 90 Shilling as an amber ale that has the hoppiness of an English pale ale and the body of a Scottish ale. I'd like to invent a new style just for this beer: robust amber ale. It's a pretty damn good one of those.

The flavor profile is balanced overall, perhaps slightly favoring heavily toasted malt over hops. Improvement comes with warming as dark butterscotch and a mild chocolatiness make a minor splash on the palate. Thanks to a somewhat generous quantity of malt, I might be more impressed with the body/mouthfeel than I am with the flavor.

Odell 90 Shilling Ale is pretty good beer no matter what style one settles on. As noted above, it tastes like a robust amber ale right out of the chute. It then takes on some, although not all, of the characteristics of a quasi-Scottish ale by the bottom of the bottle. I continue to be impressed by this brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruby amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well as a nice bit of overt grassy notes in the finish.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky deep amber with a rocky white head leaving plenty of lace

S - Mellow smoke and toffee notes with caramel sweetness in the scent.

M - Round, full, deep malt complexity. creamy smooth layers with adequate bitterness in the follow through.

T - First sips give off waves of roasty slightly toasty, smokey smooth malts with woody spiciness. The flavors marry into a gentle relaxing ale with a elegant finish.

D - a great malty, medium bodied sweet beer with nice hop balance. Minimal carbonation and nuance in the grain bill make for a tasty brew with a hint of smoke.

D

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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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am continuing to up my bottle numbers to a nice, round 400 so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM).

From the label: "One day, we wondered what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale. The result? An irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. We're a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."

My slow pour into a glass did not allow for the development of much head. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, leaving no doubt as to its style of origin. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant, yet not overwhelming sweetness on the tongue. I have long copped to not being a sweet beer kind of drinker, preferring palate-ripping AmeriCAN IPAs, but when I am off-reservation, this is the kind of taste that I CAN get behind. The finish was sweet, but not cloyingly so, which is my usual complaint about the style. I could drink a couple of bottles of this at a time.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a caramel amber color tan head forms decently thick tight knit lacing around my chalice. Aroma full of toasted malts hints of nut with pine scented hops. Flavor is well balanced nice light roasty character touch of caramel and touch of whiskey character to it uniform flavor is formed nicely. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied even lower carbonation though not flat glides along the palate. Drinkability well I could definitely love this stuff on cask but it's still a great tasting session ale regardless of serving style.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The 90 Schilling from Odell is quite nice. The beer pours a brownish clear amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent a nice malt....that isnt sweet or over powering. The taste is very good....a nice scotch type ale with that earthy malt. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected in body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and would definitely try this one again!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with some head, but not a huge amount. On the taste it has a sweeter edge. It's full bodied and has a nice froth on the mouth. It might be a bit heavy for some people for a session beer, but for people who enjoy quality, it's a good brew.

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Photo of rab53
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a medium sized snifter glass.

An absolutely shimmering and crystal clear but dark brown ruby red color. You can just perfectly see though it, even in it's great dark appearance. Head is creamy light tan, hints of white, with a big soapy triangled collar. Cream and soapy, thick out of the bottle. Toast notes are just booming off the pour already. She's a looker indeed.

Big impressive brown bread aromas. Huge amounts of bread crust. Mellow clean finish, no hop presence at all. Malt depth is airy, powdery and very clean.

Palate just brings the goods. Mellow and easy drinking toasted bread in a glass. Crackling toast I say there Grommit, hints of brown bread crust, almost rye but none of the overt spicy quality. Chewy malt with a moderate very subtle caramel that takes a backseat but shows up slightly on the aftertaste. Light bodied and borderline feeling sessionable, but with more depth by far.

Odell just can do me no wrong. A fun easy drinking Scottish ale that has fantastic bready character, without getting overly sweet, sugary, bitter, watery or anything. Odell delivers the goods.

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

12 ounce bottle, best before dating(?) etched onto label. Pours clear, dark honey amber. Head is large and lucious, darker khaki, long lasting and leaves plenty of well developed and thick sheeting/lace. The old sniffer picks up maple malt, fruit and some hops in the background. Pleasing scottish ale, more maple and caramel sensed along with some astringent hops notes in the finish. I like my scotts more on the sweet and malty side, but this one is smooth on the tongue and tasty from start to finish. Another worthy offering from Odells

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,751 ratings.
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