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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber/copper color with an off-white head. Coarse head dissapated after the first few drinks. Thin lacing on the glass

Smell: Very pleasing aroma, with notes of honey, sweet bread, toasted grain, slight honey and some resiny sting in the nose.

Taste: Sweet slightly burned malt flavors and caramel. Herbal hoppiness turning slightly bitter. Great balance of complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating with a warmness that settled-in. Medium body complimenting the good balance.

Drinkable: I really liked this beer for its complexity, balance and easy drinking. A good choice for a Scottish Ale.

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

Growler from the brewery tap house acquired 6/20/08.

Poured into standard pint glass.

Appearance and smell are good, with a nice roasted peaty aroma. Deep color, with a good feel/aftertaste. This is one I could easily crack open often. A very drinkable version of a Scottish ale.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber/copper with good, off-white head.

S: pleasant aroma, with notes of honey, sweet bread, toasted grain, and some resiny hops.

T: in step with aroma, sweet honey-like malt flavors, with a touch of toastiness and caramel. Alongside is a tasty oily, leafy hoppiness. Great balance of flavors and highly drinkable. The hops are well suited to the malts.

M: smooth, somewhat coating, not thin, not heavy.

D: very drinkable, enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/red/copper color with a small light brown head that relatively quickly dissipates. Light carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is sweet and rather dusty.

Taste is of hops and malts. Fairly evenly balanced. As the beer warms, some light citrus tartness, chocolate and sweetness comes through. All rather light and in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and decently cleansing.

Overall, an easy drinking, refreshing and rather interesting beer. Certainly worth a try...or two.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Beautiful clear amber with a large foamy light tan head interspersed with large bubbles, very good retention.

S = Sweet maple syrup cut with floral overtones. A good smelling beer but a little too subdued to get a higher score.

T = Brown sugar is the primary taste but there is also a fair amount of bitterness that arrives mid-palate and follows it into a medium long finish giving it good balance.

M = Medium-light to Medium body, good mouthcoating, foamy carbonation when swished in mouth.

D = This beer has good drinkability. Too strong for true session drinking, but it would be a very pleasant beer to sit back and have 2 or 3 of at a sitting.

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Photo of rye726
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice tan head over a dark copper brown color. Aromas of soft dried fruits and some candy malts. Also a slight floral hop aroma. The flavors are powered by a fruity and caramel malt structure. The hops are piney and well balanced. Somewhat light for a scottish. The body has an average medium feel. Refreshing beer with some pub food. A good drinker.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a muddy brown/red color with a tan head about half an inch thick, pretty similar to iced-tea. Head reduced to a film, excellent lacing on the glass. Very clear.

S: A lot of roasted malts and sweet smells, a few hops come through at the end, very sweet smelling.

T: Very malty, lots of roasted malt flavors hit towards the front, not much hop bitterness, its there but very faint and light. Beer is rather light tasting, kinda watery in fact, but not bad. It is quite refreshing.

M: Pretty thin, not too carbonated, goes down very smoothly.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer, and a great session beer at that. I love going out with a sixer of this stuff. Really a great beer to drink, not the most flavorful, but just a great drinking beer.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the Brown Dog in Telluride, CO.

Poured a coppery/auburn color with a thick light tan head. Lacing down the glass and great head retention.

The smell was mostly malty and grassy.

Sweet taste with a mild hop finish. Primarily malty.

The brew gave a dry feeling in the mouth. Hops felt good on the back of my mouth and the malts were more present on my tongue.

Great session beer. If they sold this where I'm from in Michigan it would be my new go-to beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottler to a pint glass, the liquid is a medium dark amber, sort of light for a scotch ale with ok carbonation. The head is small off white and leaves little lace.

The small is good scotch like, lots of malt and a nice hopy scent.

The taste follows a nice scotch taste with good caramel malt and a nice hopy bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a bad brew, quite enjoyable and easy drinking.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium brown clear pour with a 1+ head that left quickly.
S- Toasty nut aroma with malts
T- very smooth and sweet malty flavor with a lasting mild hop undertone.
M-light and slightly bitter mouthfeel
D-very smooth and easy to drink beer. I've drank many 6 packs in my day, and I will continue to buy this classic Colorado beer.

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Photo of bigelo1016
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a medium brown with a orange hue, half inch tan head

S- malty and sweet with a hint of toasted malts and a twang of hops

T- Nice big dose of malt with a touch of sweetness and a lingering hop taste throughhout.

M- A little lighter than I expected, but that turned out great for this beer. Perfect carbonation

D- I had to open a third for this review, I keep sucking them down.

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Photo of Ave
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange color, sweet and mildly spicy nose, average sized light tan head that laces up well. Solid brown ale sweet and nutty flavor that finishes crisply in soft breadyness. A slight hoppy tang runs throughout as does a delicate fruityness... cherries? A very nice, well put together brown ale from a class act of a brewery. Always worth picking up and putting down.


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Photo of willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a 1/4" thick head.

S: Some rich malt, a slight caramel sweetness, and some hoopy fruitiness.

T: Lots of rich malt with a nutty flavor. A touch of caramel sweetness. It's all balanced nicely with a good dose of hops.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, a very good amber ale.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly darker than caramel but a great color with a strong head two finger width light tan head.

S: Roasted malts right off the top with light nutmeg and caramel in the background.

T: Smoke flavor, sweet maple syrup, and floral hops with a smooth smokey finish. I would like to have tasted some bread flavors in here just because I like bread flavors in Scottish ales but it really doesn't matter because this is a great taste.

M/D: Can't complain about the feel or the drinkability, I could drink this as a session beer or take it to a party. Great all around beer. I buy this one often and for good reason.

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

90 shilling is somewhat surprising. When you smell it, it smells malty, like you would expect from the style. When you drink it however, there is a distinct hop character, not aroma, character. It has a copper color, with a nice tan head. It is very drinkable and I really enjoyed the hops.

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

On draught served in a mug, the 90 Shilling is dark bronze with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is soft sweet caramel malt, which goes from very faint to modest as it warms up.

Taste is very smooth, semi-sweet malt with a slight bitterness, and is overall super clean. I could use a bit more umpph, but this is otherwise very well made.

MF is smooth, with a crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability is very good, my large mug went down in a hurry. I thought it was stronger as a 90 shilling, and is probably more like a 70 shilling. In general, I like Scotch ales stronger and a little smokey. This one is still pretty good all around for a lighter scotch ale.

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Photo of bort11
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tight finger width head that gradually recedes to a solid film on the surface. The lacing paint the inside of the glass with each sip. Color is a bright copper with brilliantly dancing carbonation.

Smell is a rich toasted biscuit with mild herbal hops in the back. Taste is the definition of balanced. The toasty malts swirl around the herbal and slightly citric malts. Not one over shadows the other but both compliment each other perfectly. Slight hints of honeysuckle and mint edge things out.

Mouthfeel is mild and crisp. A bit of tartness and finishes clean. It's been a while since I've visited this beer, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off...this is not the greatest beer on Earth nor does it deserve a 5! To each is own I suppose. Poured a light copper colored with an off-white fluffy head .Nose is malty, a little biscuity, slightly sweet, very inviting. Flavor is initially thickly malty, a little chewy, no hop profile. Hints of toffee and sweet fruit, but these are understated. Very smooth, very malty without being overpowering. Smooth and even mouthfeel.

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

Brown with ruby highlights and a very malty smell. I don't really know how to judge thse "scottish" ales since I haven't sampled many (Alesmith Wee Heavy was good). This was not thick or strong but it was tasty and the low ABV makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper amber body with a small khaki head. Good patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, oranges and red apples. Medium body and carbonation. Very tasty brew here. Malty toffee and fruity hops are exceptionally well balanced. Grapefruit,red apples, and oranges mingle with the toffee notes to make this exceedlingly quaffable. My favorite Odell brew, hands down.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12-21-07 printed on label, I wonder if that's a best by or a born on?

a: Hazy amber with a white head and average retention.

s: Toasted malt, biscuity notes, and a touch of hops.

t: Sweet caramel and toasted malt are perfectly balanced by citrus hops. Biscuits in the flavor too.

m: Medium body, smooth feel.

d: Very easy drinking thanks to a balanced taste and great mouthfeel. Not your typical scottish ale, but a great session beer. Good introduction to Odell and craft beer in general.

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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 davidt
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking copper-amber color, thin head, lots of lacing. Citrus and malt aroma. Very well balanced with some sweet malts, a bit of caramel and enough hops to add just a hint of bitterness. I enjoyed this on draught in Denver and brought a sixer back home with me. Another winner from Odell.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...many thanks to my friend Tim who brought me some Odell's back w/ him from Fort Collins.

Pours a transparent, rusty copper body with ruby hues creeping in around the edges. A sizable bone-white head forms up top, retains well and leaves some good lacing. The bottle is awesome, too. An earthy, peaty malt aroma dominates with a spicy, resinous hop note in the background. It's different, to say the least (aroma reminds me of a more straighforward version of Magic Hat's Jynx).

The taste is a bit reserved, with a slightly malty & spiced hop notes. Some cinnamon is detected as well. Nothing too noteworthy, but still agreeable. Mouthfeel detects a medium body that's a touch on the over-carbonated side. A decent, yet somewhat filmy bitter hop finish rounds out the aftertaste. 90 Schilling goes down smoothly and finishes well, but there's just not enough complexity to really put it over the top. I am looking forward to my Odell's IPA, however.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,720 ratings.
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