Review: 90 Shilling, Odell Brewing

90 Shilling
Odell Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Style:  Amber Ale
  • Bitterness:  27 IBUs   
  • ABV:  5.3%
  • Malts:  Not provided   
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

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. 

Random thoughts:   I picked this up as part of a mixed-six pack from Total Wine & More when I was visiting Arizona.

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?

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