Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,758 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:
1,758
Reviews:
480
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
494
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,758 |  Reviews: 480
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 Azpittil57
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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 WillT2011
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of monk2021
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Chris-1911
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Skillz
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bartleby91
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 BeerLover99
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DrKarl
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tmilner
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent taste and feel. A session beer much better than almost all ive tasted

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,758 ratings.
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