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90 Shilling Ale by Odell Brewing Company
Scottish Ale
5.30 % ABV

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. The name 90 Shilling comes from the Scottish method of taxing beer. Only the highest quality beers were taxed 90 Shillings. A shilling was a British coin used from 1549 to 1982. We think you’ll find this original ale brilliantly refreshing, and worth every  

Review by tavernjef on 10/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 2010
Nice medium mahgony brown hue with a small tuft of light tan foam keeping steadyness to keep its presense at a good skim. Lacing is minimal in a few spots and torn straggly strings.

Aroma is a tad light but what's there stands with a nice craft to some light toasty biscuity malt, nutty sweetness, toffee, and a poof to some English style dryish hops.

Taste is made up of mostly malt with a nice tender smooth sweetness that has a medium nuttyness swirling about with a twist to some toasted grains and a very slight hint to an English hop biterness thats dryish, buttery, burntish with an edgy push into some late toffee and mild cocoa underneath. Firm, subtle, and smooth.

Body is smooth, firm, and toned in a malten medium body that has unescapeable drinkability. Wow! It's simple with a nice subtleness across its flavor profile. It takes on a very drinkable smooth body that's clean, round, and malted with a nice touch to English hoppyness and toastyness. This one grows on you quickly and drinks down way too easy...solid and definately Odell.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces four-fingers of amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet crystal malt, with a touch of toasted grain character, but also has a touch of berry and herbal hop character to it. The finish smells of freshly crushed, nicely browned whole grain bread crust, some hay like grain notes and even a touch of sweet tea character. The nose is definitely malt focused, but it has a bit too much crystal malt character. A greater malt richness from kettle caramelization might help, but I do like the light, but noticeable hop influence that is here in the nose.

Dry toasted malt, and caramelized bread crust notes are noticeable as this beer first hits my tongue. As it rolls across the palate the beer picks up a caramelized sweetness and a fruity berry character that sticks to the palate beyond what a beer of this strength would suggest. The viscous heft is kept from being cloying by a solid, biting bitterness and a sharp herbal hop character that adds some nice spiciness to the finish. The fruitiness is fairly noticeable here and I think comes from all three of the malt, hop and fermentation derived sources; it is mostly berry like with perhaps just a hint of citrus character.

The hop character plays a much bigger role here than one would expect in a more stock version of the style, but I definitely like the addition as it is needed to keep this from being cloying and from allowing the crystal malt character to run rough-shod over the profile of this beer. Not bad, and in fact even enjoyable. I could wish for a bit more richness in the malt character, but I am happily consuming my bottle of this beer right now.

Served In: Tulip

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