Odell 90 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

very good
1,744 Ratings
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 sleazo
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger creamy head. The retention is good as it ends up as a nice cap dotted with some large bubbles.

S_The smell is remiscent of toffee with some roasted grain and a bit of spice. Some minor smoke notes as well.

T_The initial sip is a bit sweet with a caramel richness. This does not last long as it is followed up by a dry medicinal hop finish. This too seems to fade. Some roasted notes as well as a bit of smoke appear in the aftertaste. It is well balanced as it does not veer towards either side.

M_A little too light and carbonated for a Scottish ale. I would prefer a bit more stickiness and less carbonation.

D_A decent attempt no doubt but there is definitely something lacking. The flavours are good but they just do not linger in the mouth long enough for my taste. Still I am enjoying .

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

A-Pours a very clean clear burnt orange with a nice 2 finger head and laces down the glass as you drink.

S-Subtle malt hops and alcohol very small notes of spice

T&M-Bready and spicy are the only real things that come to mind, its got a good level of carbonation and a medium body easy to drink.

D-Very easy to have more than a couple of these goes down nice and easy overall another good beer by odell

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Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a plain shaker pint. This beer pours a hazy caramel amber with a creamy white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma is big on caramel. Vanilla and toffee also come through. The taste is also toffee caramel, vanilla and just a slight buttery taste. The mouthfeel is full but not over powering. A really great beer from Odell's.

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

P: Thanks to Heather and Dave for bringing me back an Odell Brewing Co. variety six-pack from Fort Collins!

Odell Brewing Co. has my current vote for best package design, with detailed hop leaf relief circumnaviagating the shoulders of the bottle, beautiful label and neckband illustrations, and tasty typography. This label depicts a shilling coin positioned above a Rocky Mountain paradise. According to the label, the name 90 Shilling comes from the Scottish method of taxing beer.

A: Pours a pale ruby color with a resilient, one-finger, tan-colored head.

S: Toasted malt and toffee. Brown sugar. Buttered biscuit. Subtle hints of floral hops and pine.

T: Initial sharp and unpleasant metallic taste that quickly subsides. Toasted malts upfront with notes of caramel and toffee. Moves on to buttered biscuit. Finishes slightly bitter with a twang of citrus hops.

M: Light-bodied with minimal carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

D: Refreshing and full of character, this lighter take on the traditional Scottish Ale is worth every shilling.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold to copper in color with a one inch head and nice lacing.

Smells of dough, citrus and a slight pine.

Tastes of honey, biscuit and lemon with a slight herbal piney finish. Very nice.

Pretty easy to drink with a lot of complexity and plenty of flavor.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dangle47 for this one!

Pours a dark copper with amber highlights and a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a skim coat and sticky ring. Decent lacing.

Smell is caramel malts, toffee, raisins, and a hint of peat moss.

Taste is dominated by sweet caramel and toffee flavors up front, with some doughy biscuit as well. Finishes semi-sweet with some raisins and figs, and the slightest bit of floral bitterness in the end.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated.

About as drinkable as a beer can be. If this were available in NH it would definitely be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a small head.

Smells of malts, oats and barley, hints of maple, and some hops.

Tastes of caramel malts, followed by bitter, but not overly bitter, hops. This is a perfect balance for me...much better than some of the scotch ales I have tried. There is also a touch of smokiness as it goes down.

Overall, this is simply a great beer. Good balance of malts and hops, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Too bad I just got back from Colorado and can't have this for a while.

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. before today i had not had the pleasure of hearing of Odell brewing. this is a good day. this beer pours a nice amba brown with medium head. very nice malt aroma. a nice hop twinge to the malts in the taste. good carbonation and decent lacing down the glass. this is a remarkably smooth beer with rich taste that is not overpowering.

very yummy.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber/copper color with an off-white head. Coarse head dissapated after the first few drinks. Thin lacing on the glass

Smell: Very pleasing aroma, with notes of honey, sweet bread, toasted grain, slight honey and some resiny sting in the nose.

Taste: Sweet slightly burned malt flavors and caramel. Herbal hoppiness turning slightly bitter. Great balance of complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating with a warmness that settled-in. Medium body complimenting the good balance.

Drinkable: I really liked this beer for its complexity, balance and easy drinking. A good choice for a Scottish Ale.

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

Growler from the brewery tap house acquired 6/20/08.

Poured into standard pint glass.

Appearance and smell are good, with a nice roasted peaty aroma. Deep color, with a good feel/aftertaste. This is one I could easily crack open often. A very drinkable version of a Scottish ale.

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

A: dark amber/copper with good, off-white head.

S: pleasant aroma, with notes of honey, sweet bread, toasted grain, and some resiny hops.

T: in step with aroma, sweet honey-like malt flavors, with a touch of toastiness and caramel. Alongside is a tasty oily, leafy hoppiness. Great balance of flavors and highly drinkable. The hops are well suited to the malts.

M: smooth, somewhat coating, not thin, not heavy.

D: very drinkable, enjoyed this beer a lot.

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

Pours a golden/red/copper color with a small light brown head that relatively quickly dissipates. Light carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is sweet and rather dusty.

Taste is of hops and malts. Fairly evenly balanced. As the beer warms, some light citrus tartness, chocolate and sweetness comes through. All rather light and in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and decently cleansing.

Overall, an easy drinking, refreshing and rather interesting beer. Certainly worth a try...or two.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Beautiful clear amber with a large foamy light tan head interspersed with large bubbles, very good retention.

S = Sweet maple syrup cut with floral overtones. A good smelling beer but a little too subdued to get a higher score.

T = Brown sugar is the primary taste but there is also a fair amount of bitterness that arrives mid-palate and follows it into a medium long finish giving it good balance.

M = Medium-light to Medium body, good mouthcoating, foamy carbonation when swished in mouth.

D = This beer has good drinkability. Too strong for true session drinking, but it would be a very pleasant beer to sit back and have 2 or 3 of at a sitting.

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Photo of rye726
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice tan head over a dark copper brown color. Aromas of soft dried fruits and some candy malts. Also a slight floral hop aroma. The flavors are powered by a fruity and caramel malt structure. The hops are piney and well balanced. Somewhat light for a scottish. The body has an average medium feel. Refreshing beer with some pub food. A good drinker.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a muddy brown/red color with a tan head about half an inch thick, pretty similar to iced-tea. Head reduced to a film, excellent lacing on the glass. Very clear.

S: A lot of roasted malts and sweet smells, a few hops come through at the end, very sweet smelling.

T: Very malty, lots of roasted malt flavors hit towards the front, not much hop bitterness, its there but very faint and light. Beer is rather light tasting, kinda watery in fact, but not bad. It is quite refreshing.

M: Pretty thin, not too carbonated, goes down very smoothly.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer, and a great session beer at that. I love going out with a sixer of this stuff. Really a great beer to drink, not the most flavorful, but just a great drinking beer.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the Brown Dog in Telluride, CO.

Poured a coppery/auburn color with a thick light tan head. Lacing down the glass and great head retention.

The smell was mostly malty and grassy.

Sweet taste with a mild hop finish. Primarily malty.

The brew gave a dry feeling in the mouth. Hops felt good on the back of my mouth and the malts were more present on my tongue.

Great session beer. If they sold this where I'm from in Michigan it would be my new go-to beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.

Pours copper with a thin white head that stays.

The smell is of caramelish/grainy malt with some citrus and earthy notes.

The taste is malt-accented - caramel and grainy with leafy, earthy bitterness mixed in. A tad clashing, rather than balancing - though it maintains a nice flavor overall. It becomes a bit nutty and roasty as it progresses. Finishes bittersweet and dryish.

Ok carbonation - it hits medium-bodied.

Easy to drink. Not a classic example of the style - esp. "90 shilling", but who cares in this case.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottler to a pint glass, the liquid is a medium dark amber, sort of light for a scotch ale with ok carbonation. The head is small off white and leaves little lace.

The small is good scotch like, lots of malt and a nice hopy scent.

The taste follows a nice scotch taste with good caramel malt and a nice hopy bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a bad brew, quite enjoyable and easy drinking.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium brown clear pour with a 1+ head that left quickly.
S- Toasty nut aroma with malts
T- very smooth and sweet malty flavor with a lasting mild hop undertone.
M-light and slightly bitter mouthfeel
D-very smooth and easy to drink beer. I've drank many 6 packs in my day, and I will continue to buy this classic Colorado beer.

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Photo of bigelo1016
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a medium brown with a orange hue, half inch tan head

S- malty and sweet with a hint of toasted malts and a twang of hops

T- Nice big dose of malt with a touch of sweetness and a lingering hop taste throughhout.

M- A little lighter than I expected, but that turned out great for this beer. Perfect carbonation

D- I had to open a third for this review, I keep sucking them down.

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Photo of Ave
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber orange color, sweet and mildly spicy nose, average sized light tan head that laces up well. Solid brown ale sweet and nutty flavor that finishes crisply in soft breadyness. A slight hoppy tang runs throughout as does a delicate fruityness... cherries? A very nice, well put together brown ale from a class act of a brewery. Always worth picking up and putting down.


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a 1/4" thick head.

S: Some rich malt, a slight caramel sweetness, and some hoopy fruitiness.

T: Lots of rich malt with a nutty flavor. A touch of caramel sweetness. It's all balanced nicely with a good dose of hops.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, a very good amber ale.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly darker than caramel but a great color with a strong head two finger width light tan head.

S: Roasted malts right off the top with light nutmeg and caramel in the background.

T: Smoke flavor, sweet maple syrup, and floral hops with a smooth smokey finish. I would like to have tasted some bread flavors in here just because I like bread flavors in Scottish ales but it really doesn't matter because this is a great taste.

M/D: Can't complain about the feel or the drinkability, I could drink this as a session beer or take it to a party. Great all around beer. I buy this one often and for good reason.

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

90 shilling is somewhat surprising. When you smell it, it smells malty, like you would expect from the style. When you drink it however, there is a distinct hop character, not aroma, character. It has a copper color, with a nice tan head. It is very drinkable and I really enjoyed the hops.

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

On draught served in a mug, the 90 Shilling is dark bronze with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is soft sweet caramel malt, which goes from very faint to modest as it warms up.

Taste is very smooth, semi-sweet malt with a slight bitterness, and is overall super clean. I could use a bit more umpph, but this is otherwise very well made.

MF is smooth, with a crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability is very good, my large mug went down in a hurry. I thought it was stronger as a 90 shilling, and is probably more like a 70 shilling. In general, I like Scotch ales stronger and a little smokey. This one is still pretty good all around for a lighter scotch ale.

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Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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