Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,778 Ratings
Odell 90 Shilling AleOdell 90 Shilling Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,778
Reviews:
485
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
501
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,778 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: hint of caramel sweet malt, spiced fruit and grains, some bite in finish, but smooth drinker. Spiced cider and malt nose. Amber, mostly clear, Big foamy head with defined ring lace around the glass. Medium body.

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

Photo of Skillz
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bartleby91
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of steveh
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had friends in Colorado who used to rave about this beer back in the early 2000s (yeah Fretless, I'm talkin' 'bout you), but I never got to try it because of a tight distribution radius. Now it's in the Chicago area, but it's (or was) priced at 3 Floyds levels -- just a bit out of my budget. However, it appears the local retailer may have mis-marked because I just saw it a little more reasonable at $11 a sixer.

Best by 5/11/17, well marked on a label with great graphic design (no, not counted into appearance, but...). Poured into my imperial pint nonic.

L -- Clear, deep copper with a creamy, fast-settling, off-white head.

S -- Some DMS up front followed by earthy malt character and some very light fruit esters. Pretty mellow, overall.

T -- Mellow malt flavor with biscuit character, a little caramel, and some light fruit characters. Herbal, earthy hop bitterness in the dry finish thru the aftertaste and more biscuit malt in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and slick up front to a dry finish with a medium robust body.

O -- This is certainly a well-made, highly quaffable beer; well-balanced between rich malts and bitter hops -- the sort of beer I cut my teeth on back before micro-brews became all the rage. I rated it to a "Scottish Export" by the BJCP guidelines, but anyone who enjoys a good ESB will find this a winner. It's great to see that it's lasted nearly 30 years.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tmilner
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent taste and feel. A session beer much better than almost all ive tasted

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Photo of bbtkd
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Odell 90 Shilling, 5.3% ABV, 27 IBU. Pours medium viscosity, copper color, with one finger of foamy white head on an aggressive pour, left slight foamy lacing. Note is malty and bready. Taste is real smooth, bread, with a slight bitter close. Like drinking toast! Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent. New style for me, Scottish Ale - and a new favorite.

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Photo of jsh420
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S-Taylor
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of CPAles
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,778 ratings.
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