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. 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 shilling."—Odell Brewing Co.
The tasting: Deep golden orange / copper in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly. It's a great looking beer. Aroma of bread-like and caramel malts with some faint grassy hops. Flavor of caramel malts, yeast, nuttiness, and some alcohol. Since this is a 5.3% ABV brew, I'm surprised that the taste of alcohol came through. It;s medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. It finishes with sweet caramel malt. Given the caramelized malts and low hopping, I can definitely see how this beer was influenced by the Scottish ale style.
Rating: 3 star.Good. I would drink this again if someone gave it to me. This beer isn't available in Oregon and I'm glad I tried it. I'll be visiting Arizona again in a few weeks and may pick up another Odell beer or two.
Have you tried 90 Shilling or any other Odell beers?