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

Pours a nice clean clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter, with some nice caramel tones thrown in. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew from Odell.

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

Pours dark amber color, a bit hazy, and with a slight head.

First off... nice looking bottle, and a classy simple label on these Odell brews.

Smells bread like, sweet, malty, and a touch pepper like.

Flavor is mostly all malt based. A malty and sweet sun tea like character to this one. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the beer finishes crisp and with just a small amount of hop bitterness. Flavors are easy on the palette. This is a bit light.

Drinkability is good on this one. Just a nice all around pleasant beer. Very session worthy with low abv and muted flavors.

Thanks for the bottle Wasatch.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A rich amber color with a thin tan head.

Smell: I sensed the smell of floral hops and malt.

Taste: A mellow malty sweetness with a somewhat sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with a small amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice take on a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of roblowther
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-copper with a thin but dense tan head. Smells sweet and....murky somehow. If that's possible. It has a sharply sour finish to the smell. Taste is much better, though. Starts with a bit of fruit up front, like sour cherries. It gets dry from there. Very dry. Slight hops on the finish, which is a nice balance to the malt. The malt isn't very sweet. At first I would have said it lacked the peat of a scottish ale but as the beer has warmed, i revise that statement. Definite peat and very delicate. A nice feat and it makes for a flavor that addresses the gripe I frequently have of Scottish ales, that they just demand too much of you. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, not so much as to prevent it from being a refreshing drink Nice carbonation. Drinkability? Hard to drink a lot of them with that bone-dry finish. A very good beer and an interesting cross of styles but not something that will move into my regular rotation.

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Photo of rpheld
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand delivered from Colorado to North Dakota.
Poured in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark copper-red with a slight thin head.
Smell: Yeast and Malt nuttiness.
Taste: Sour malt front, light bitter hop bite at back.
Mouthfeel: Mouthcoating and slightly dry
Drinkability: Alright, has a sour malt aftertaste

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

Light brown/ dark amber in appearance with a slight white head. Smells of malt and barley with a hint of hops. Sweet in taste with the a slight bitterness. This ale has a strong character and am grateful for my friend leaving the 12 pack in my fridge. It's been a great beer for the cold weather we've had in FC in the past two weeks. A second taste reveals the thick yet light flavor of the malt. A great beer that is fulfilling and yet quite drinkable.

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Photo of Romulus141
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with plenty of cream-white fluffy head. The head will dissipate, but a substansial amount of foam remains on the surface. If served at a slightly higher temperature, I imagine the head would remain for a good deal of time. I like the color a lot. It's inviting and rich. There is also lacing.

Smell: Strong, yet pleasant. This has more of a "flowery" aroma, suggesting a sweet taste. I also detect a hint of citrus. One of the more tangy-smelling beers, and it's a welcome change.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, this beer has a sweet character to it. The alcohol is present in this one, but it's balanced out by the sweet taste. The taste makes a strong impression, has a crisp finish, and an aftertaste that is unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel: More full-bodied than some other ales I've had. There is a definite weight to it. The carbonation is well-balanced.

Drinkability: These go down quite well, although they may be too rich to work in a late night session. If you stick to 3 or 4, you should be quite fine.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. I'd definitely pick this up again, and other brews from this company.

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Photo of Skidud313
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Its a little lighter than most scottish ales, and i think that if you go into this beer knowing that you expect different things.

A- Beautiful dark amber color, small to moderate off-white head that fades rather quickly, even lacing.

S- Roasted caramel malty with a hint of hops

T- Wonderful balance of malt with hop overtones. I agree with superspy that the caramelization really comes out the warmer it gets.

M- Lightly carbonated, very easy to drink. Great session beer, all around very refreshing.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle with a distinct etching near the base of the neck. 5.3% ABV on the label. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Fairly clear, dark copper beer with a 1 inch off white head. Some very nice lacing.

S - Medium maltiness and some light floral hops.

T - A good medium malty sweetness just like the aroma suggests. Light caramalization and also some hop bitterness but the balance is just on the malt side of the line.

M - The mouthfeel is a little light, with little carbonation.

D - This is an excellent session beer. As it warms the carmalization really starts to become apparant. Another fine beer from Odell.

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

A - 1/2" beige head. Deep amber-brown beer. Head retains as a solid cap. Thick lace.

S - Sweet, perfumey malt. Nutty. Caramel. Lightest hops. Clean aroma.

T - Mellow and malty. Toasted, gritty grain. Nutty. Light but noticable tangy bitterness.

M - Creamy, medium bodied. Decent carbonation levels.

D - Good drinkability. Mellow, flavorful session style ale.

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Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large off-white head which reduced to a skim layer. Lace grips the glass well. Color is dark caramel, fairly clear.

Aroma is malty, light biscuits mainly with a touch of dark caramel. Pretty clean smelling with some earthy hops. Kinda light overall though.

Taste is defined by the malts again, earthy and peat like but with some biscuits again. Hops compliment this and give it a touch of bitterness. good flavor but light again and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel seems okay, a bit thin though. Low carbonation levels. Good session drinkability. Light flavor and light body make this go down easily. I'd like to see it kicked up a notch or two overall.

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

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
Crystal clear dark orange/amber with a wonderfully full off white or tan colored 2 finger head that melts slowly to a craggy top and sticky lacing.
Smells like sweet citrus hops.
Taste is lightly toasted amber malt and a crisp, citus bite at the end. Not necessarily green or leafy...not even very citrusy...but crisp and biting just the same.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and thick for the style. Very smooth on the tongue...very smooth going down.
I like the depth and complexity of this beer...the toasted malt definately adds smoothness and complexity without giving a bitter or forced taste. Very balanced.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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