Saturday, June 2, 2012

Odell 90 Shilling

Type: Scotch ale
Origin: Fort Collins, CO
Price: $9.49/6-pack
ABV: 5.3%
NSP: 11.91
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Oops, forgot to take the picture until I'd finished 75% of it.  Oh well.  Anyway, there are those who believe that Odell is the frontrunner in the race for the best brewery in Colorado.  Now, opinions vary, including mine (I'm an Avery guy), but I'll warrant that it's a legit contender.  There's no doubt in my mind that they're the best brewery in Fort Collins.

Ah, 90 Shilling.  This one brings me back.  I recall sitting at a Red Robin back in college and having the bartender swear that his favorite drink was a shot of Rumple Minze chased with a 90 Schilling.  That might indeed be the greatest drink on Earth, but there's no way I was going to find out due to a rough confrontation with a 375 of Rumple Minze the second time I ever drank (it involved falling down on a pretty flat driveway, puking next to the dog, and sleeping on the stairs).  I didn't know shit about beer back then, what a scotch ale was, nor why I liked it.  However, I now know more about beer, and what a scotch ale is, and why I now don't really like them.  They're weakly hopped malt bombs- pretty much and English IPA with less hops.  I probably should've brought back Odell's WBC silver-medal winning IPA (generally recognized as the best IPA in Colorado) instead, but oh well.

It definitely looks as malty as a scotch ale usually is.  And it sure smells malty, with a fair amount of that whole stale malt thing that's so common to this style.  There's a little bit of hops peeking through, but not much.  It tastes pretty similar to the smell- really malty, a bit bland- but the hops are just a little bit stronger.  Yup, this is no longer something that I enjoy a whole lot.  But at least it's not sweet, so not all is lost.

It's interesting- this is and has always been Odell's flagship beer.  But at this point, it's outclassed by miles by some of their other stuff.  I'm not really a big fan of 90 Shilling anymore, and that makes me a little bit sad.  But it does bring back some good memories (other than the Rumple Minze one), and that's worth something on its own.

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