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 Shmallory0
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very easy to drink. One of the few darker colored beers that I can enjoy multiples of. Odell is a great brewery and this might be their best beer. I pick up 6 packs of this all the time.

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

Hazy amber with a high amount of suspended particles. Head was two fingers and lasts about ten minutes. A good amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell is brown bread with a bit of lightly smoked peat.
Taste is light sweet tasted malt with some herbal hop notes.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and bitter sweet.
Overall a well crafted beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft.

Murky whiskey color.

Bright white head; strong lacing.

Muted malty bread nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bread-y malt flavor; light hop bite. Slight pickle juice effect here; not bad but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of FBarber
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head with excellent retention. Mild aroma with some strong malty caramel notes, touch of peat. Taste follows the nose with caramel malts, peat, and a strong hoppy flavor on the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish. Tastes more like an amber ale than a scotch ale. Feel is light and crisp, decently carbonated providing a noticeable tingle on the tongue. Overall an average beer - more amber than scotch ale, but good none the less.

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Photo of bwood06
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at a local restaurant that my buddy and I hit up while in Denver. This beer features a frothy, albeit slightly creamy off white head that dissipates rather slowly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is clear with high carbonation readily visible. The color is a dark amber that seems to glow around the edges. 4.25/5 The aroma is fairly simple with caramel malt, earthy yeast, peat moss, and earthy hops coming out. Raisins and dates make a slightly dark fruity appearance that adds to the sweetness of the aroma. Overall the aroma is fairly sweet and earthy without there being much in the way of hoppy. 3.75/5 The flavor gets things started with a sweet caramel maltiness that is backed up by buttered wheat bread. Earthy hops, light hay, and peat moss come out rather strongly in the back end of the flavor profile. Raisins and dates come out more in the middle as the beer warms providing a nice fruity sweetness. The flavor feels closer to an oktoberfest than a scottish ale, although the peat moss moves in the direction of the scottish ale style. There is a light bitterness but no lingering after swallowing. 4/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is wet and coating. There is a light carbonation tickle up front with a light drying throughout but no lingering drying after swallowing. 4.25/5 Very interesting scottish ale with notes of malt, fruit, earth, and hops. Really a full-circle beer. Enjoyable but not a sessionable beer in my view, although the abv would suggest otherwise. Flavorful and a truly enjoyable drinking experience. 4/5

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

Appearance: Clear, reddish-amber in color, with a large, finely-beaded off-white head. Thick, unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls. Small, fast-rising carbonation renews the head.

Aroma: Smoke, earth, biscuit and burnt caramel dominate the aroma. A little dark fruit and earthy hops are present as well.

Taste: Begins with burnt caramel and toffee notes, soon followed by biscuit malt. As the taste progresses, a little earth and smoke present, and some slight notes of bitter apple and plum. Later in the taste, some earthy, and herbal hops appear. Finishes with a lingering note of smoke, earth, and toffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, without a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather odd, somewhat like a tart brown ale. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this sample.

pResentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce Euro-style brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of TH28
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is deep amber/brown with slight white head. All malt on the nose. Taste is a very deep caramel and bready malt. A slight toasty/nutty taste on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium/high and feels creamy on the tongue. Finishes with a little hop bite to balance the strong malt taste. Well balanced

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great for the style. Deep amber.

Smells a little funky, smells of bread, faintly molasses.

Tastes nearly perfect for the style. Has notes of molasses, ginger spice. Malty and hoppy, but not overpowering in anything. Somewhat boozy, and very faintly sweet, if you feel around for it.

Feels great. Foams up nice and goes down smooth.

Overall, a golden standard for Scottish ales everywhere.

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Photo of 60sFolks
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Scottish ales are one of my favorite styles. Odell's 90 Shilling is a great one.
The look is dark for an ale. Not much smell except hops. These are sweet hops and they come through in the taste. Light in my mouth, far from full bodied.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper and read appearance, off white almost tan head on the top just over .5". Aroma didn't have much to reveal itself.

Taste wasn't quite malt bomb territory, but it definitely was that foot forward. Smooth. Easier drinking scottish ale. Less alcohol. Has some earthy wooden, tones.

I dunno, I guess if you have a friend who doesn't like hops or bitter beer, but also doesn't like overly carbonated AALs, perhaps they might be into something like this.

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

Quite delicious. Jewel tone brown with a head that stays and stays. Not too sweet, but slight caramel, earthy, toasty, medium bodied, easy drinking.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color. The head was moderate, and dissipated fairly quickly. The nose is minimal. Just a slight hop smell to it. The taste has a slight hop to it. Some sweetness. Some earthiness.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fittingly amber in color, clear with low carbonation. Initial pour is three fingers head that settles to a white cap with judicious lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, sweet and bready. Taste is sweet toffee, caramel, dark bread enough bitterness to balance out the sweet. Creamy feel, but not thick.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really vibrant red-orange-brown color, with quick-rising bubbles and some sediment turbidity as well. Not much in the way of a bouquet—a bit of heat, dry sweet, odor of sticky pale-brown—and somewhat shallow, despite the label's claims of a "deeply pleasant aroma". Otherwise, this ale is very pleasant: in terms of texture, more of an amber with bite than a Scotch ale—but considering the stated goal of 90 Shilling was to create a lighter, brighter, more buoyant Scotch ale, I'd say this definitely succeeds. Not too sweet—a common failing of forays into this style—with good dry malt depth, excellent crispness, and a lot of barn-floor hay and turbinado-tinged malt-husk; also get notes of allspice and cumin, providing additional complexity. Not a home-run, but a stand-up double.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- deep amber color, great light tan head.
Smell- medium malt smell, Slightly bready. Caramel and toffee notes, maybe coffee?
Taste- smooth malt flavor, dark biscuit notes, Carmel and tasting a dark malt flavor at the end.
Feel- smooth feeling, light carbonation, not too thick, not watery.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) - Very dark brown with a light brown-caramel colored head that hangs around a little bit.
S (4.25) - A nice malty smelling presence. Not much hoppiness, but very pleasant altogether.
T (4.25) - A very malty tasting beer. More of the rich-toasty malt rather than the roasted coffee tastes. Which is good for this style of beer.
F (4.5) - Low carbed and somewhat "creamy" to drink. Goes down smooth!
O (4.25) - I did not like my first bottle of this, but the next one was great. I am glad I tried it again, because my first assessment wouldn't have been as good.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean amber, with an average head of off-white suds. Very little lace, though.

Aroma: Malty and grainy, with notes of toffee and caramel. Robust and appealing.

Taste: Malty but not at all sweet or off-putting. The caramel tones are tempered by some slightly citrusy hops. This is about as balanced of an amber ale as I’ve ever had. Simply superb!

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Photo of jmd1978
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice Amber color with minimal head. Nose of toasty malt, with floral and caramel notes. Taste is bready with caramel/toffee sweetness. Some fruity notes come in midway through. Lingering finish. Surprisingly enjoyable beer. Nothing overpowering just nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish orange amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a firm layer an leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Toasted malt, floral and earthy tones, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, nutty, kinda biscuity malt, a touch of smoke, earthy, floral, hints of citrus zest, some fruity notes, and toffee sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not necessarily my favorite style, but it is a well executed easy sipping brew that puts the malt center stage.

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Photo of Eric_Booga_Boyles
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my second real craft beer to date. I thought it had an excellent taste and aroma. I feel like even though I do not know a ton about craft beer yet, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dull amber with a medium well sustained head. The aroma offers up brown bread, butter, butterscotch, milky tea, and toffee. The flavor starts with a smooth toffee and light toast flavor, followed by some herbal notes that remind me strongly of milky English tea, ending on a note of sweet butterscotch candy. The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Overall this is an excellent beer, very flavorful with a gorgeous texture. I could sip this all day.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange-brown, with a finger of thick head. Smells very dank, sweet. Taste is disappointingly thin and weak. feel is thin and foamy. Not a keeper.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bandera's AZ. Great beer and simple to drink w/ a nice hint of caramel flavors. No real smell to it but has a nice bitter aftertaste that is actually quite nice. Nice Ale right here. Odell seems to never disappoint.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: dark honey brown, with minimal head and minimal lacing

S: Dark bread, caramel, honey

T: Caramel, honey, syrup. It's like a rich dark pale ale, or an Amber with more character. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear brown with a foamy white head that disappears into a grand amount of lacing. Notes of mango, bread, and malts in the aroma. The taste is a smooth combination of malts, with hints of mango, citrus sweets, and bread. Mouth feel is great. Feels mouth coating and smooth. Very easy to drink. Overall, a great beer. Easy to find around here, and a pleasure to drink makes this an easy go-to beer for me.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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