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Ten Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

Ten Penny AleTen Penny Ale

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.16%

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
“Ten Penny Ale,” our flagship brew is a smooth, amber-hued mellow version of a Scottish Ale. It’s a good “session ale” and was awarded “Hartford’s Best Microbrew” for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 by The Hartford Advocate’s Readers Poll. This beer is available year-round at your local bar or favorite beer store.

Why “Ten Penny?” My grandfather used to say “You can get a good beer for a nickel, but a really good beer will cost you ten pennies!” (Motto: Work hard, drink well… Ten Penny Ale!)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002)
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Photo of drdon

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had growlers of this here in RI that were spoiled (see review above), but this is as delicious as I remember it to be! When I have brought this to parties - and it is fresh/unspoiled - it has always been a favorite among a fairly sophisticated group of beer drinkers.

Light, slightly citrus, but not watery flavor with the yeastiness I expect fresh beer to have. Goes down easily.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2014 21:42:36 | More by drdon
Photo of scotorum


2.34/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Had been looking forward to this because it was reviewed well in "Beer Lovers New England," is this brewery's "flagship brew," and is supposed to have been inspired by an old time recipe.

No visible bottling or best by dates or codes. Purchased a couple of weeks ago.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass

a: Nearly clear copper with a ton of flakey floaties, inch tall white head with dense bubbles receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Overripe fruit. Later, vinegar.

t: Bitter spoiled fruit. Ugh. Something wrong here.

m: Moderate.

o: A brewing disaster. Dunno what fouled this but it is nasty. Drain pour city. "Taste a bit of history" it says on the bottle label. I love history, but I'll have to pass on this part of it. Nevertheless, will probably risk buying more at some point, since I like Scottish ales and this is supposed to be a good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:58:36 | More by scotorum
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Beer Universe, Saugerties, NY.

Fluffy taupe over tea-like orange amber.
Brack, peanut and maybe candied apple nose.
Red pear, red licorice, and raisins, then tea leaf and tobacco hops.
Chewy, light-medium, dry.

Clean, light, and drinkable. No hops to speak of. A speck of chocolate malt in there. Nothing groundbreaking, but simple and classy.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2013 02:07:23 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: light brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, peat, and earth

Taste: caramel, flowers, toasted malt, cocoa, and bittering earthiness

Mouthfeel: light bodied for the style, moderate carbonation, sweet with earthy bitterness

Overall: A nice and sessionable Scotch ale that hits all the right points but is never overbearing. I could have several pints of this. I like Scotch ales and have had several, so this is above average compared to all Scotch Ales, but is still a treat.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2012 15:26:14 | More by tigg924
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at teds Montana Grill outside Hartford CT. Served in a pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown with very little foam. Some light gets through, but not much. Cola/caramel smell. Very faint. Taste is a nutty/caramel blend with medium carbonation. Some hop pokes through at the end. Some vanilla too. Very drinkable, solid flavorful brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 01:12:08 | More by KTCamm
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paired with a Woody's (of Hartford, CT) Deputy Hot Dog.
Pours a muddled tan/amber color with a medium-sized, fast-fading beige head.
Smells of brown bread, earthy peat, molasses and dark tea mingle together.
The tastes follow the aromas very closely. A buttery flavor emerges as it warms, and carries into the mouthfeel, giving a slick, nearly oily body that persists even through a slightly fizzy effervescence. Odd, but fine with me.
This is a brew better served cool, not cold.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 23:06:27 | More by BeerResearcher
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2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall: Ten Penny has a rustic, unpolished character that may not be for all palates. A little balance in the harsh sour and bitter flavors would go a long way.

Appearance: Amber brown color with a two-finger, cream soda head and less than moderate lacing.

Smell: Medicinal; floor wax; copper piping; soil; walnuts.

Taste: Sour notes of lemonade clash with the bittness of grounded black pepper. Sometimes you can't have the best of both worlds.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Sampled from a pint glass.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 14:10:39 | More by sailorastro
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3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My flight out of the Hartford airport was delayed, so I stopped in to the concourse bar for a libation; this was the only craft offering, and luckily enough I'd never reviewed it. On-tap into in a Ten Penny pint glass.

A: Tough to tell from the frosted glass (frosted in its manufacture, not from being chilled), but I'm guessing it's a slightly cloudy orange-brown body; the ecru head is thin but persistent. Ok.

S: Toasted malt, slight caramel, faint herbal hops, and that's about it. Simple and a little boring, but nothing off.

T: Follows the nose: toasty, slightly sweet malt dominates, with some light herbal hops providing balance on the bittersweet finish. Pretty clean, but very boring.

M: Hugely lively medium body. Very prickly. Ok.

O: This one is drinkable, but thoroughly uninteresting. Kind of the definition of an average beer.


Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 14:17:09 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Stigs


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled a couple weeks ago, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a nice, healthy looking inch of dense, rich and frothy offwhite colored foam. The beer is pretty much crystal clear, deep amber/copper in color. good looking.

S - hmmm...interesting scents of light buttery diacetyl, light caramel, some metallic (water chem?) as well.

T - Sweet, caramel malts with some hints of smoke here and there, and a very light grassy, earthy hop tinge. subtle yeasty fruitiness rounds this out through the end. pretty good.

M - medium bodied, rich and creamy aided by low-medium carbonation. finishes somewhat crisp, with lingering milky malt sweetness.

O - very solid, easy on the eyes, highly drinkable Scottish ale. good start as my first beer from this brewery.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2011 02:30:59 | More by Stigs
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden brown color with a big dense off-white head. Left a wall of lacing on the glass as the head disipated.

The aroma was overall metallic. Some rust notes to go along with a steely caramel malt base. Some tea like scents as well.

The taste is of a lightly bready malt with some caramel flavor. Big metal flavor along with hard water and minerals. Seemed to nail the "burton-on-trent" pale ale flavor. Solid but not exciting.

Light bodied with active carbonation. Its balanced and finishes slightly dry.

Wasn't sure of the style when I tried. I thought it was a solid english amber ale. Worth a try if nothing better around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 23:16:45 | More by Gmann
Photo of cbutova


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper amber into a pint glass. Small white head has low retention. Small ring leaves no lace.

S- Grainy, buttery, corn and nutty malt. Not big strength overall.

T- Malty all the way. Flavor comprised of nutty malt, caramel, butter, raisin and some dark fruit. Slight roast. Has a somewhat grainy dusty aspect.

MF- Lighter end body with moderate carbonation. Some residual bitterness.

Decent ale and you can tell it is a Scottish Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 02:07:29 | More by cbutova
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a muddled amber-brown coloring, very cloudy to the point of being opaque. No head on the pour, but a slight ring of bubbling was present. The beer had a very sweet aroma, with some nut and coffee bitterness. I was preparing for a creamy feel, but surprisingly enough this beer is a bit effervescent and bubbly, while still being on the creamy side. The beer's flavors are toasty, with chocolate and coffee characteristics in the forefront. The beer is like Hershey kisses melted in a cup of coffee. The beer is light, and the aftertaste is chocolate sweet, with a slight lingering finish of burnt characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 02:49:02 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of philbe311


2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on a recent swing through CT...

A - A fairly active pour with cascading carbonation and foam which yields two fingers worth of airy light tan colored foam with a very rocky top... Excellent retention gives way to full rich lacing... The color is a very light caramel with some slight amber highlights within... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation rises sporadically throughout...

S - Toasted malts and sweet caramel dominate... Some light toffee notes... Perhaps a bit of peat... A slightly metallic tinge...

T - Sour dough bread... Toasted malts... Caramel... Toffee... Earthy... Some metallic notes...

M - Medium bodied... Exceedingly smooth... Sleek... Light and airy... Brisk carbonation... A bit of a bitterness (in a non-hoppy manner)...

D - An average at best Scottish Ale... I'm not quite sure what it is, but there something on the palette that is bit off about this one that I just can't get by... There aren't many Scottish Ales that I've head that I would recommend or reinvest in, but unfortunately this is one of them...

Serving type: growler

08-12-2011 22:50:44 | More by philbe311
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

Pours a cloudy copper with a robust head , good retention and excellent lacing. Full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth start to finish. No aftertaste. Excellent drinkability. Will have to look out for this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:39:30 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of drabmuh


3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is the #23 Scottish Ale, growler shared by Thorpe, served in a tiny snifter.

Beer is brown and hazy, like dishwater, that forms a wispy little head of small bubbles that leaves no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is papery and sweet with mild roast and some caramel.

Beer is thinner than it should be and has a papery / cardboard flavor to it. This might have been a bad fill of this growler. The toffee notes are present, they are a little harsh, the finish has an unpleasant aftertaste. Perhaps something went wrong with this.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2011 12:18:30 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Thorpe429


2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up this growler in Norwalk, Connecticut while there for bmanning's wedding. Consumed at our Christmas in July party last weekend. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a short light tan head and a spot or two of lacing on the way down. Thin color throughout. The nose brings some light oxiized sherry and cherry character with some caramel and grainy malt. Flavor brings light fruitiness with a lot of grain and light oxidation. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a big fan of really anything with this beer, unfortunately.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2011 01:25:12 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of DirtyPenny


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First two pours were into a Budweiser mug, for lack of anything better (not at home). Drank the rest straight from the growler, which is pretty much how it was meant to be drunk.

A: Pours ended in enormous soap sud heads. Beer's color is somewhere between maple syrup and honey. Faint orange highlights.

S: Pungent and bready. Sort of a sourdough scent.

T: As nose. Roasty malt dominates with a hint of sourness and a sweet finish. Flavor is a little cloying when cold, but mellows out as it warms.

M: Medium bodies with a modest amount of carbonation.

O: Goes tremendously well with smoky food right from the grill. This has been my go-to BBQ beer for years now. Looking forward to the bottle of TPA Reserve I bought with this today.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 02:21:29 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Wormtown Brewery pint glass from a prepackaged growler.

Light copper color with a white head slowly turning into a film. Looks very carbonated. Not a bad looking beer at all.

Sweet brown sugar and burnt caramel, toffee and bready malt. Smells real nice.

Very interesting taste -- much like the aroma. Caramelized burnt sugar, toffee, bread, molasses; not much bitterness, if any. I like the taste a lot.

Crisp, light to medium body, dry feeling on the tongue. It starts to get a little heavy in the belly.

Not bad at all. One of the best tasting prepackaged growlers I have had. Sealed very well, unlike some I have purchased. Definitely, worth a shot if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 04:10:27 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of PicoPapa


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark semi translucent dark mahogany color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is boozey, pepppery, bready, and malty. Flavor is malt, boozey with a slight bit of pepper. Some breadiness as well as some caramel. A bit of an overall sourness to this one. This is a solid choice for a drinkable beer which is helpful because I usually only see growlers of it. Overall, its a good local beer. Worth having again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 21:45:31 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of cutlaz


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer on a whim when I saw it at the local liquor store. Very impressed. This beer doesn't look like much, but has a very unique and very nice, powerful taste. The smell is almost off-putting, as it smells very pungent, almost flowery. The taste however, is amazing, strong and smooth. Absolutely worth trying.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2011 01:45:03 | More by cutlaz
Photo of orsulacp


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a bar in Waterbury, it poured a very nice ruby brown with a decent off white head that disappeared quickly. The smell is nice, real caramel malts, a hint of pepper, and a bit of yeasty bready in the background. The taste is more of the same, the caramel malt really stands out, and that is a good thing, there is enough hop in there to just hold the malts in check. The body is nice and creamy with low carbonation, very smooth. Overall a malty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 00:14:45 | More by orsulacp
Photo of smcolw


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good initial head that settles well and slowly leaving some streaky foam lines on the glass. The color is a neutral amber--lighter than other Scotch ales I've had. There's a small amount of haze.

Semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. There's enough hop to give it balance to the nose. Blindfolded, I would guess that this is a American amber or British mild.

Far more hoppy than a typical Scotch Ale; still, this is a mostly malt brew. There's a yeast bite similar to a well-made homebrew. The swallow has a touch of pepper from the hop. The rich body is cut by the high level of carbonation. I note some earthiness to the finish.

This is not true to style, but is a very good beer.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2011 21:55:32 | More by smcolw
Photo of BranfordBound


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the True Blue Tavern at the Nathan Hale Inn across from the UConn South Dorms.

Pours a muddy amber color with a nice head and some lacing. Fairly cloudy so carbonation is hard to see.

Smells of malts with a touch of smokiness to them.

Very malt forward beer. Lots of malty goodness with touches of dark fruit and some smokiness. A bit of earthiness in the background, but other than that, not too much hops.

Mouthfeel is a little wet, this is fairly medium bodied.

Good drinkability if you're in the mood for a rich malty beer.

Note: I detect some resemblance to Penny Weiz Ale, perhaps they use the same yeast?

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 03:12:28 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of Jayli


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Adams Mill in Manchester, CT on 11/2
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger of pristine white, creamy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves nice splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel malts, earthy hops, and a hint of smoke.

T: Taste starts with a burst of earthy, piney hops. The middle fills with a sweet caramel and toffee flavoring with just a touch of nuttiness as well and a hint of smokiness that really carries through in to the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, clean and crisp bodied with a bit of an oily finish.

D: Nice kick, nice representation of style, not too filling, this is a nice beer to have a few pints for an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 22:56:08 | More by Jayli
Photo of socon67

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap during lunch;

A - Pours a copper hue. Settles very quickly. Not particularly clear.

S - Smells earthy. Not much else to make of this.

T - Has the traditional scottish ale taste; the bitterness comes out very pronounced. A little sourness in the finish. Very noticeable hoppy flavor.

M - Relatively light, not much carbonation.

D - It is drinkable, but the style gets kinda tired after one. What is kinda cool is that there are no preservatives in this guy, so if you try one it pretty much has to be fresh. Worth trying but not a "must find".

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 02:13:35 | More by socon67
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Ten Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.