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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm reddish-brown body with a thick rocky off-white head and a light carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of soft toasted malt comes through with a light dryness.

T- The flavor of dry biscuit malt flavor with coffee roasted malt has a slight earthy note and a finish of bitterness that is soft with a hop hint. There is a slight tartness to the hop bitterness that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish fills out the mouthfeel.

D- This beer has nice roasted flavor but it is very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of irish53b
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tried on-tap in a pint glass. Not much of a head, but a film of foam remained throughout. A tarnished penny color that gets darker at the core.

Smell and taste, biscuit aromas and flavors with an alcohol sting to finish. The beer reminded me a lot of amber ale, almost like New Belgium Fat Tire. Finishes on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was just right, light enough to be refreshing with enough heft not to be wimpy. The mouthfeel was actualy the best attribute of the beer.

Drinkability, the alcohol sting and the dry finish doesn't make me a fan of this beer and I don't think I could down more than a couple of these in one session.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper/caramel color with a one finger head that shrinks to a small film.

Smell - very light aromas, delicate sense of floral hops

Taste - well balanced

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium body, tingly carbonation but not distracting

Drinkability - very nice going down, I can drink this one all day long

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored, good head with nice retention and lacing. Very clear. The nose is slightly sweet biscuity malt, a little pine, and some light fruit. Hops are present in a citric capacity.

Taste is toasted malt, bready yeast, and light hop springiness. Good balance, maybe a little light and thin. Lightly sweet caramel malts steal the show.

More like an American amber ale to me, as the hops are distinct. Better than the Levity, possible replacement? Overall, an okay beer from Odell.

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Photo of mbutter1997
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, reddish-caramel color w/ 1" light frothy head.
S: Good aroma, smells of a rich, malty Scottish Ale
T: Nice tastes, nothing jumps out, definitely a "lightened Scottish Ale" as the bottle label suggests. Hop flavors come out with the aftertaste. The tastes could be better, but it was still good.
M: Rich & frothy, little carbonation, good aftertaste.
D: A good beer, not great. Easy to drink and enjoy. It was probably a touch too warm, so my next will be straight from the fridge.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky deep amber with a rocky white head leaving plenty of lace

S - Mellow smoke and toffee notes with caramel sweetness in the scent.

M - Round, full, deep malt complexity. creamy smooth layers with adequate bitterness in the follow through.

T - First sips give off waves of roasty slightly toasty, smokey smooth malts with woody spiciness. The flavors marry into a gentle relaxing ale with a elegant finish.

D - a great malty, medium bodied sweet beer with nice hop balance. Minimal carbonation and nuance in the grain bill make for a tasty brew with a hint of smoke.


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Photo of goochpunch
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly hazed, dark copper with a thin froth on top that clings onto the glass. Smells of toasted malts, chocolate, light raisin characteristics, and bread. Taste is of dried fruit, chocolate, toast, and herbal hops. Has a mild tart presence to the flavor. Carbonation is firm with a slightly sticky body. Solid drinker.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt copper with a small short-lived head of off white bubbles. The head was gone in no time and didn't really leave any lace.

Aroma: Some sweet malt with a clean but defined floral hop thing going on. The hops remind me of an Old Ale or some Christmas Ales. Otherwise, the beer is pretty clean and I don't have that much more to say about it.

Taste: The flavor is more hoppy that I thought it was going to be from the aroma. I would expect the beer to be more malt driven to be a historic 90 Schilling Ale. I don't get any peat or any kettle carmelization, so it falls a bit short in those points. It is a clean and very drinkeable beer, but it is lacking a bit for the style. I don't get any alcohol, and the mouthfeel is a tad heavy from light carbonation.

Opinion: This is a tasty beer. That said, I wouldn't expect much of a Scottish Ale by definition. I would drink this beer again, but I believe that it is a bit of a blurr between a Scottish Export 80 and a British Pale Ale. Take that as you may.

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

Found this as a single at my local store. I was quite surprised when I saw it so I had to grab it. Still quite fresh. $1.50 as it didn't ring in when scanned and there was no price. Excellent grab, imo.

A: Pours an amber color with red hues. Thin cream colored head on top. Retention is limited.
S: mmmm...malty. Sweet caramel malt notes coupled with a hefty dose of toasted grain. Leafy hop presence.
T/M: Nice and smooth from the get go. Deceivingly thick on the palate with a very soft carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sweet caramel malt and toasted grains coupled with a leafy hop presence. Bitterness is subtle but shows up mostly in the finish. Excellent balance to this brew with both the hop and malt profiles getting some pt.
D: I'm very happy I saw this in the cooler and snagged it. Excellent session brew. Another gem from Odell's.

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

Poured a deep amber with a light tan head that didnt stay.

Aroma and taste were all malt. Some sweet caramel, some woody tones.
It went down well, not too watery, could have had a bit more body.
Drinkability was high, as the flavor was a bit muted (yet good). This could definately be a good session beer.
(Thanks Wasach)

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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