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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Reviews: 476 | Ratings: 1,744
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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Photo of hreb
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a can glass. Dated 3/9/16. Beer pours a pleasant reddish orange with ample white head. Malty and slightly phenol aroma. Flavor is a good blend of creamy, malty Scotch ale, but with most of the harsh and more extreme Scotch ale flavors toned down, leaving a pleasant amber ale, with a hoppy kick in the finish for balance. Pretty enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Randy!

This Scottish ale pours a bright ruby amber with a modest head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and very nice lacing. Nose of sweet brown sugars, mangoes, peaches, and fresh bread. Flavors exceed the nose with fruit forward notes of mangoes, peaches, and light brown sugar crusted bread on all sides that fade in the back of the taste with a very subtle herbal hop note. Surprising flavors from a Scottish. Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish with a light grain note. A treat within the boundaries of the style. Solid and approachable. An excellent brew.


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Photo of OneBadBadger
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice maltiness. Frothy head with lots of lacing as it goes down. Smell is not strong. Has a medium to heavy mouth feel to me. A slight bitterness. Definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of jw4free
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Weizen glass. L: dark Amber good head fades slowly good lacing. Nice looking beer. S: great malty backbone. Raisins and brown bread. Hint of herbal woodsy hops. T: more dry than the aroma suggests. Herbal and peppery; woody hops are more pronounced. F: smooth and velvety. Dryer than the aroma would indicate. Good carbonation. O: very well balanced not overly hopped offering. Allows the malts to shine through. Quite good.

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Photo of McStagger
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap Denver airport. Thanks to the bumbling folk at United I got a chance to try this.

A: Nice amber in color. Half finger off white head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Nice lacing. Fairly big carbonation rises to the surface.

S: amber malts. Not much fruitiness. Bit of slightly earthy happiness.

T: more pronounced than the nose. Lightly killed amber malts up front. Slightly herbal slightly earthy happiness picks up mid but never amounts to much. Much more malt dominant.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly crisp carbonation on the back end. Enough malt sugars to give it body.

O: Eh. Not my favorite style. Good example of it.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper Amber color. Has a light malty aroma. Flavor is roasted malts with a smooth finish. For the style this is one of the best Amber ales I've had.

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Photo of JetFeather22
1.12/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Guess i should have know this beer was going to suck sence it's from an American brewing company.. First thing i should say is this is NOT a Scottish ale, It is a way over hopped american amber ale.. I really hate the fact the americans think it's a good idea to dump a ton of hops into every beer they make even the styles of beer that arent suposed to have a ton of hops.. All these hops are doing i making me want to hop my way of of this country to get sore real beer

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Photo of colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12. oz bottle into a pint glass...

L: A light two-finger head; gorgeous effervescent copper color; beautiful sticky lacing

S: Not a lot of aroma, but perhaps a little biscuity malt, some caramel, and very slight floral notes

T: Dang, this is just a well-balanced, soothing beer; toasted nut, caramel, kiss of molasses, hint of pine and honey; not a big flavor but incredibly enjoyable

F: Medium mouthfeel, a little syrupy; perfect level of carbonation

Overall, a classic Colorado beer that can satisfy novice drinkers and craft-beer nuts alike. If you're not expecting a big, boozy scotch ale, there's little not to like about 90 Shilling.

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Photo of Pete_2112
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look of 90 Schilling is a dark amber, which I really like. The head is a light tan color, dissipating in a tulip glass rather quickly. The smell is slightly malty, but very fruity. I don't know if they use a fruity type of malt, or maybe a fruity yeast, or possibly both. Im not a huge fan of the fruity smell, but it is not bad. The taste is pretty good. Malty, caramelly, and just the slightest touch of light, light chocolate. Im curious if they use a tiny percentage of chocolate malt in the grain bill. There is slight fruitiness in the aftertaste. The feel is pretty nice. Medium body, carbonation is good. Overall, its a pretty good beer. I would have another.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasted, nutty, caramel, with a lightly fruity specialty malt character in aroma.

Flavor is more fruity and more focused on toasted, nutty malt. No noted peat.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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