Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale
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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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a semi-dark red color with a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within a minute. Not much lace. The smell had a nice semi-sweet smoky meatiness to it. The taste was basically the same-with a decent sweet aftertaste to it. On the palate, this sat right at a medium on the body. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt appropriate, somewhat smooth along my tongue. Overall, good Scotch ale I could have again.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of pale hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight grain. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, earthy malt, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of grain. Overall, a very smooth beer with a nice blend of flavors.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, amber coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, bubbly, off-white head. Nose of muted roasted caramel and nut, with earthy highlights. Flavors are roasted caramel sweet, with earthy tones, and hints of char. Smooth, slick bodied, with a roasted, sugary sweet aftertaste. Smooth, slightly cloying finish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.

Pours copper with a thin white head that stays.

The smell is of caramelish/grainy malt with some citrus and earthy notes.

The taste is malt-accented - caramel and grainy with leafy, earthy bitterness mixed in. A tad clashing, rather than balancing - though it maintains a nice flavor overall. It becomes a bit nutty and roasty as it progresses. Finishes bittersweet and dryish.

Ok carbonation - it hits medium-bodied.

Easy to drink. Not a classic example of the style - esp. "90 shilling", but who cares in this case.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin light tan head on top of a ruby red beer. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Caramel malts. Smells like copper, pretty standard for the style for me.

T- Malt malt malt, caramel. No hops detected, as per style guidelines. Nice, pleasant ABV.

M- Low carbonation. Mid to low mouthfeel thickness.

D/O- Easy drinking Scottish ale here. Nothing stands out to put it in the top tier of the style but no bad attributes either. Good for what it is.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is on the amber/copper side, under a huge head of foam. Aroma is on the dry side, soft, herbal, slightly floral, vegetal. Hops are minimal, malt is huge and thick. Taste is a little mellow for me, and a bit too sweet. Drinks well, slides easily down the tongue. Full, rich, malty mouthfeel, but a little too low on hops for my taste. A fine micro Scottish, but not for me.

10/19/03 tweaked the numbers some, after realizing that I let personal prefererence interfere witha judgement of a perfectly good expression of this style, yet not among my favorites at that time. I'm still growing, folks...

I totally forgot I reviewed this 6 1/2 years ago.
Here's my notes from last night just for fun:
Odell 90 Shilling

Clear, caramel-brown, nice, if small, beige head.

Sweetness in the nose, big malt, lush and lovely.

Tasting it:...sweet and smooth, fine and mellow...a light, easy-drinking scotch-style ale. Very drinkable. Toffee and caramel tones dominate, sweet and tasty reigns supreme.

I can see this being very popular. On the other hand, it doesn't quite hold enough interest for me. Ah, well.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium glass. At the time of this review, this is the #10 Scottish Ale on beeradvocate.com. Beer is brown and clear with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.

Aroma is caramel and mildly roasty.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet with a surprisingly dry finish, the overall beer is nice on the palate and I enjoy it a lot. Perhaps it is because I have had so little beer recently but the beer I drink I seem to really enjoy, I'd have this again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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