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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 McStagger
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap Denver airport. Thanks to the bumbling folk at United I got a chance to try this.

A: Nice amber in color. Half finger off white head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Nice lacing. Fairly big carbonation rises to the surface.

S: amber malts. Not much fruitiness. Bit of slightly earthy happiness.

T: more pronounced than the nose. Lightly killed amber malts up front. Slightly herbal slightly earthy happiness picks up mid but never amounts to much. Much more malt dominant.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly crisp carbonation on the back end. Enough malt sugars to give it body.

O: Eh. Not my favorite style. Good example of it.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper Amber color. Has a light malty aroma. Flavor is roasted malts with a smooth finish. For the style this is one of the best Amber ales I've had.

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Photo of JetFeather22
1.12/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Guess i should have know this beer was going to suck sence it's from an American brewing company.. First thing i should say is this is NOT a Scottish ale, It is a way over hopped american amber ale.. I really hate the fact the americans think it's a good idea to dump a ton of hops into every beer they make even the styles of beer that arent suposed to have a ton of hops.. All these hops are doing i making me want to hop my way of of this country to get sore real beer

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Photo of colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12. oz bottle into a pint glass...

L: A light two-finger head; gorgeous effervescent copper color; beautiful sticky lacing

S: Not a lot of aroma, but perhaps a little biscuity malt, some caramel, and very slight floral notes

T: Dang, this is just a well-balanced, soothing beer; toasted nut, caramel, kiss of molasses, hint of pine and honey; not a big flavor but incredibly enjoyable

F: Medium mouthfeel, a little syrupy; perfect level of carbonation

Overall, a classic Colorado beer that can satisfy novice drinkers and craft-beer nuts alike. If you're not expecting a big, boozy scotch ale, there's little not to like about 90 Shilling.

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Photo of Pete_2112
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look of 90 Schilling is a dark amber, which I really like. The head is a light tan color, dissipating in a tulip glass rather quickly. The smell is slightly malty, but very fruity. I don't know if they use a fruity type of malt, or maybe a fruity yeast, or possibly both. Im not a huge fan of the fruity smell, but it is not bad. The taste is pretty good. Malty, caramelly, and just the slightest touch of light, light chocolate. Im curious if they use a tiny percentage of chocolate malt in the grain bill. There is slight fruitiness in the aftertaste. The feel is pretty nice. Medium body, carbonation is good. Overall, its a pretty good beer. I would have another.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasted, nutty, caramel, with a lightly fruity specialty malt character in aroma.

Flavor is more fruity and more focused on toasted, nutty malt. No noted peat.

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Photo of L0ne
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Usually end up getting this on tap when the other options are BMC. Decent beer, light, but flavorful for the abv, and very drinkable. A big step up from BMC, but never especially impressive.

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Photo of BigGold
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle into tulip. Lightening up a Scottish Ale seems an indirect method of brewing an American Amber, but the end product is flavourful and sessionable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 09/11/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma slightly melony and some malt
Head small (one cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to zero to three mm partial ring, island of large bubbles
Lacing fair – partial curtains of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, chill haze
Flavor malty with some hop bitterness and some melon; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of pat61
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odell has captured the Scottish Ale character. the beer pours brilliant ruby under a cream colored 2" foam collar that rises up over the rim of the glass. Clean and smooth with big malt flavors, some kettle sugars and a hint of fruity esters.

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Photo of Myotus
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mikasa ale glass. LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of foam that faded into a line within 15 seconds. Bubbles are extremely scarce (I can literally count them as they rise). Dark amber/copper in color with a plethora of small particles floating througout the beer.
SMELL: Has mild smokey and floral hop aromas along with a hint of caramlized malts.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong floral hop flavors and very subtle caramel malt flavors. Mild smokey and very subtle chocolate flavors enter the palate about two seconds later as floral hop flavors persist, but caramelized malt flavors grow stronger from subtle to mild. A hint of sweet ginger and lemon peel sneaks in towards the end.
FEEL: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation (don't know how since there were barely any bubbles), with a pretty dry finish. For being such a physically unattractive beer, this tastes really well.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass. Two fingers sandy, light brown, sparse foam. Poor retention and leaves a thin, scattered film. Burnt orange color and clear. Smells of caramel malt, moderately potent. Some spices in background. Tastes like aroma suggests, with heavy emphasis on malty characteristics and hints of cloves on aftertaste. Feels watery and light/medium bodied. Moderate carbonation levels. I'm glad this scotch ale isn't overly sugary. Always a great choice to keep around in the fridge. I've had this fresh from the brewery on tap, and though that tastes much better, it seems to store fairly well. Will happily buy again.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a white and lace producing head. The aroma is of grain, fresh earth, and wet hops. Medium in body. Semi sweet. This is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of aRauf
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This brew quickly became my favorite beer. Easily becoming the weekend go-to. This is a rich, full bodied beer without the weight.

The smell is subtle which builds up to the first sip. True to it's roots, this Scottish ale is easily drinkable; and with such an easily likable flavor, it can be enjoyed one after another as its still light enough to.

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Photo of babaracas
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red-orange with one finger of cream colored head, thin ring retained splotchy lacing. Smell: caramel, bread-y, lightly herbal/earthy. Taste: same here. Like a boring Biere de Garde, maybe that’s what a lighted-up Scottish ale would be like?

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

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nice toasted malt aroma with some fruity esters.

Taste: Toasted malt, medium bodied, nicely lightened-up by the carbonation and some fruity/peach juice notes. Finishes pretty fast with some linger nutty malt.

The Rest: A really good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of yeatsvisitslinco
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers to sit back and relax with. It has a great amount of flavor while still being light and refreshing. It's hard to find a beer that's not a session IPA or lager/pils/etc that has this much going for it while still being 5.3% abv.

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Photo of DCP
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good beer that is original. Nothing really dominates it for me, caramel is obviously present though. It tastes like a mix of a Scottish Ale and an American Amber for me, it works.
Not the hottest in the bar, but wife material.

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Photo of Caj1
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with late August expiration date. Poured into a 15 oz. glass stein.

Appearance is pretty good and color is as expected, a deep, clear amber with a very creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention; I count about five minutes until it goes from head to lacing on the surface of the beer. Foam sticks to the side of the glass quite well.

Smell is bready on the nose with very slight hop earthiness. Some nice chocolate and butterscotch notes hit and I also detect some fruity ester aroma.

The taste is a little underwhelming. The flavor prefers to creep up on you and takes a moment to truly make itself obvious. This is nicely balanced and doesn't smack of too much hops or malt. Just a slight bitterness underneath the warmer butterscotch and bready malt flavors, with some caramel flavor as well. As the beer warms, the esters come through. A tiny bit of banana and sweet flowery tastes are apparent. Some earthy toast flavors also hit the tongue, but nothing really breaks through. The sweetness on the tongue is pleasing, though.

Mouthfeel is clean with a little bit of carbonated bite and leaves the lips slightly sticky.

Overall, this brew looks nice but doesn't quite follow through. It tastes good but not great, but as a beer that you can share with the uninitiated or as something you can sip after a hard day's work, it isn't bad. You could do much, much worse. Personally, I like it but don't love it, but might try it again at s later time when I want something neutral but tasty. It is a great introduction to this style.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Mahogany with copper hues, not quite ruby. Mostly clear with sparse, coarse haze or fine flecks. Off-white, pillowy, but weak head. Smells of grains, almost pilsner-like. Perhaps sweeter — caramel I guess. Definitely caramel, seemed to come out more after the head dissipated. Malty perfection, a touch toasty, but not much else there on the palate. A mild bitter bite at the end. As with aromas, reminds me more of a Pilsner (a Märzen would have made more sense) than it does a Scotch, which is a little strange, but makes for an interesting beer. My guess is that the grain bill contained slightly less dark malts, but that they were still slightly darker than you'd typically find in this style. Light-to medium bodied, lightly gum-warming, with pleasant, foaming carbonation, all making for a surprisingly smooth and crisp quaff. A good beer, but I hate to say it, a vastly overrated beer. I honestly am stunned by how highly it's been rated here. I mean to each his own, but come on!

Note: after finishing my review I decided to check out this brew at Odell's own website. According to them it is essentially an amber ale, even though their intention was to brew a "lighter Scottish Ale." And now, looking at the description here on this site, it is also referred to as an "Amber." It all makes sense now (except the ratings). Compared to your average Amber Ale, though, it seems lighter in body and IBUs, with less caramel character in the malt.

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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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Photo of maedhros09
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Brilliant hazy amber with huge sticky white head that leaves lots of lacing and bubbles. Some sediment was apparent at the bottom of the bottle. Seriously appetizing
Smell: Lightly fruity maltiness, herbal hops
Taste: Following the nose, lightly fruity maltiness with some mineral/metallic flavors. I swear I tasted something like oak (thinking bourbon here). Mild herbal hops finish. A nice palette of flavors for a flagship brew
Feel: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall: I knew this wasn't an American Pale Ale but I guess I still expected something similar. In reality it is a malt showcase with some balancing herbal hops. The malt has some nice layers to it and kept me interested the whole time. I have to say I prefer this one to the 5 Barrel Pale Ale

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Summer time classic for me, great flavor, very balanced and Odell did a wonderful job presenting this beer which ive been enjoying for years now. Wish I could get this here in Oregon, but as always it just makes me look forward to my next visit. 4/5

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

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a big frothy head. The smell is pretty malty with hints of fruit and citrus. The taste is predominately sweet caramel malt with a fair share of hops to make this quite an interesting beer. Overall a pretty good, well balanced beer.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really good amber ale. I didn't pour it since I'm a poor college student and I don't have pint glasses, but regardless it was quite tasty. Smooth, clean, and easy to drink, this beer is ideal for nearly any occasion. I highly recommend it.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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