The Odell Brewing 90 Shilling Amber Ale has been sitting in my fridge for over a month now. I grabbed it planning to get it into a duel but kept forgetting to grab an amber to pair with it in subsequent trips. So I’m glad to have finally paired it with the Hop Haus 1st & Ten.
Hop Haus is a local brewer based in Verona, WI. I haven’t had anything from them before and I always enjoy trying new brewers and new beer, so really looking forward to sampling their goods here. Let’s see how it goes.
|Better label||ODell Brewing 90 Shilling|
|Better aroma||Hop Haus 1st & Ten|
|Better taste||Hop Haus 1st & Ten|
|Better finish||Hop Haus 1st & Ten|
|Winner||Hop Haus 1st & Ten|
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I’m pleased to say that the Hop Haus 1st & Ten Amber Ale was a good beer. It foamed up nicely and presented a solid amount of body for an amber. The aroma wasn’t overly powerful, but still enough to top the competition. The mix of caramel and malts leads to a nice, smooth drinking amber taste. This probably won’t win any awards, but not every beer does and that’s not always a bad thing.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t worth the wait to try the Odell 90 Shilling. I found it to be mostly bland and flavorless. I’ve had a number of delicious beers from Odell in the past, so by no means will I give up on the brewer, but this was a disappointment.