Sunday, February 21, 2010

Episode 6 - Odell Brewing's 90 Shilling Ale

So! Odell's 90 Shilling Ale. I've been mulling over this drink while the video compresses for upload, and actually this is a very appealing drink. The ABV is 5.3%, so it's still within range to be a good session beer. The coloring, which I've found you can't really see in the video, is a kind of cherry crimson color with a pleasant creamy off-white head. The lacing sticks around pretty well, too. The drink's head has been persistent as I've been drinking it, constantly keeping a couple centimeters of creamy goodness on the top there.

The smell was smoky and malty, a few different scents mingling together beyond what I could pick up (I've got a bit of a cold today). Overall, it had a good nose to it, really. Taste was, as I said, very malty but there is actually a good dark smoke flavor to it and – to my surprise – a nuttiness to it like you'd find in Britain's brown ales.

The mouth-feel was creamy and crisp all at once, moderately carbonated. This was not a thick drink, but it was definitely not thin by any means either.

Honestly, this is a very good drink, and I'd be eager to try what else Odell has to offer. I think I'll have to take a trip up to Fort Collins the next time I go out there to see family!

1 comment:

  1. Good review, but there is some kind of high pitched ringing in the video. Not overly distracting, but kind of annoying.

    I could tell by your face you just wanted to turn the vid off and drink the beer. lol.