Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
458 Reviews
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 458 | Ratings: 1,673
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.

 331 characters

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.

 390 characters

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.


 377 characters

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.

 402 characters

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.

 616 characters

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.

 290 characters

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.

 680 characters

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.

 706 characters

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.

 433 characters

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.

 250 characters

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.

 401 characters

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.

 495 characters

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.

 254 characters

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.

 301 characters

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.

 983 characters

Photo of auxiliary
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber with a nice fluffy head that didn't stick around that long.

smell - Strong sweet, citrusy.

taste - Sweet taste like malt, and alcohol taste is present.

mouthfeel - Full body and carbonated.

drinkability - Real nice sipping beer. I would try this again, since i didn't buy this. I can't say buy lol.

 329 characters

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

This one accompanied my chicken fajitas at Rio Grande in the Old Town section of Fort Collins.

A - Copper amber brew with a big fluffy two finger tan head. The pillowy head shows decent retention and deposits tons of lace on the glass.

S - Gritty malts and lots of grassy hops. This one is firm, taught, and earthy with a nice caramel malt base. Nice medium hop profile.

T - Caramel malt, light zesty and grassy hops. Not as hoppy as the nose, but really nicely malted. Not especially complex or unique, but nice enough.

M - Meium bodied and firm. Moderate carbonation and an off dry hoppy finish.

D - This is not especially complex or unique, but it has session written all over it. I'm not sure if it's due to the popularity of Fat Tire or the crisp mountain climate, but it seems like Colorado microbrewers tend to focus on amber/red ales as their flagship beers. This is a slightly above average basic tasty ale that is a nice brew to have with dinner.

 961 characters

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

Dark, dirty copper color with a nice white head that laces the glass well.

Smells of heavy caramel sweet malts, raisin or prune fruitiness, maybe some chocolate as well with some hops peeking out.

Tastes like roasty caramel malts, sweet but not cloying. Actually comes out a little dry despite all the maltiness up front; more hop flavor than smell.

Has a nice soft mouthfeel, but like the beer overall, a little weak- especially for the style. It is a very nice well balanced beer, but not what I was expecting. Easy to drink yet flavorful beer.

 549 characters

Photo of cafemondegar
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very impressive as it pours into the glass. About 2" high head that just refused to die out. May be aided by the very cold glass I poured the beer into. It had a reddish brown color, kind of like iced tea.
Smells faintly of sorghum (call me crazy) but other than that nothing distinctive. Tastes of yeast and malt and the carbonation is evident. With 5.3 ABV, it isn't exactly a knock out beer but sure gives you bang for the buck. Above average mouthfeel to this beer, a decent beer to order in a bar instead of a bud

 524 characters

Photo of malcontent
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a less than clear reddish brown. Head only lasts a fleeting moment with no lacing to speak of.

Smells of grain hulls, peat, soft hops (Kent Goldings?) and only fleeting malt sweetness.

Decidedly maltier than the aroma betrays; warm, earthy flavors (mineral, herbs, smoke) lead into a controlled finishing bitterness. Hard to believe this is American because this has all the markings of an authentic British beer.

Possesses a creaminess I wouldn't have expected. Slightly higher in alcohol than an English mild but doesn't taste sweet enough to be Scottish. Nevertheless, a wonderful UK hybrid if you will. I'm glad more American brewers are taking stabs at traditional, simple styles instead of concentrating solely on "extreme" beer. An excellent session brew.

 771 characters

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

Yet another find while on an out-of-town vacation...

Appearance: Beautiful ruby-brown color, with a nice sustaining head. It just looks inviting as heck.
Smell: Multi-faceted malts working here in the nose which makes for a heavenly aroma. It smells like an Italian and French bread maker got together and decided to try their hand at brewing.
Taste: Overwhelmingly a malty-tasting beer (a good thing!). There is a good complexity: bready, toasty, and a faint peat character too! No real hop flavor to speak of, but then again, considering the style, it wasn't expected.
Mouthfeel: Although you get a good dose the wonderful malt character up front and over the palatte, it seems just a wee bit weak (slightly watery) in the finish. I would hope for a beefier finish in a beer called "90 Schilling".
Drinkability: I like this beer. It has good characteristics of most 90 Schilling types I've tried in the past (but let's be honest, there aren't a ton of them out there), but I'd wished it be a little more "punchy" in terms of the alcohol kick. The label is honest, in any event, by letting us know that it's a 5.3% abv beer. Although I'd probably rate it higher if it was in the 7% range, I really enjoyed the complexity of the smell and taste of this beer, and am glad I purchased it.

 1,289 characters

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much to say, other than this was a very, very good beer. Starts with a dark brownish-amber appearance and a malty aroma with faint smell of hops. A nice sweet, rich, malty, smooth taste with a hint of hops in the finish. I noticed in the style description of Scotch Ales that the wort is boiled longer and more caramelized, which is probably the explains the rich and smooth flavors. This is definitely one of my favorite brews.

 432 characters

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

A: The 90 Shilling has a nice deep amber body with a frothy slightly off-white head. The head falls unevenly and leaves some lacing on the edges.

S: It has a strong malty aroma with a noticeable hop bitterness.

T: The flavor is very balanced with a good strong maltiness backed with equal if not slightly greater hop bitterness. The sweetness outlasts the bitterness however.

M: The body isn't very heavy at all and is very pleasing.

D: Overall, I'm impressed with this beer. It is much more satisfying than I expected even though it was based on nothing in particular.

 582 characters

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

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear amber color with barely half an inch of thin off-white foam. The head fades quickly leaving no lace. Smells of lightly toasted grain along with a pronounced nuttiness as well as some apple and pear notes. Tastes of sweet malt, bread, roasty grain and bitter hops. Medium in body with mild to medium carbonation. Not a bad beer but IMO, more like an amber than a scotch ale. Worth a try though.

 468 characters

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Label embossed with date of: 053107. The body was a clear dark leather color. The oatmeal colored head was minimal and fell to a thin cap/film quickly. No lacing.

Smell was spicy, fruity, and mildly grainy. Date-nut bread. Rich.

Taste was sweet grains. Caramel malts. The light hoppiness balances, but does not disrupt the style.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. This is not my favorite style but it was nice.

 475 characters

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.