1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ten Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Ten Penny AleTen Penny Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

210 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 99 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerResearcher:
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

05-16-2012 23:06:27 | More by BeerResearcher
More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-28-2013 22:49:31 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of SuomiHobbit


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-22-2014 22:41:14 | More by SuomiHobbit
Photo of tim6298


3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-23-2013 14:41:27 | More by tim6298
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


2/5  rDev -45.2%

10-25-2013 04:04:18 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-16-2014 16:56:57 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

From a growler, poured nutty almond in color, with a noticable chill haze, white head and left some lace. Hops in the nose, malty flavor profile, nuts, and apricots, some grainy hoppyness coming in late, nice finish. Decent scottish ale, could use some more malt, and smoothness to get a higher rating from me, decent stuff, classy small brewery, worth checking out there brews, if youre in the Hartford, Ct. area

04-30-2004 02:13:07 | More by Billolick
Photo of codysjb


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-03-2012 20:31:35 | More by codysjb
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

11-27-2012 15:26:14 | More by tigg924
Photo of Janeinma


3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-30-2013 23:47:18 | More by Janeinma
Photo of bpfrush


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2011 03:28:50 | More by bpfrush
Photo of Thrasher


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Store-bought growler. Amber with full head that dwindles. Exceptionally grassy aroma that suggests intense hops. This Pacific coast flavor is present in the beer and it is surprisingly hoppy for a Scottish ale but maintains its balance. Not too bitter, hints of peat and smoke in malts, but no caramel goodness that's in most malty beers. Venom did a good job of describing this brew. It really is too tangy with grass and grapefruit flavors, but a good aftertaste. It is unique, and commendable for that. I like it just fine and you gotta love a CT brew.

10-08-2002 15:27:56 | More by Thrasher
Photo of far333


4.05/5  rDev +11%

Dark amber color, with a dark tan head full of big frothy bubbles. The head lingers long and laces nicely down the glass. There is a strong hop aroma with nuances of esthers and yeast. The carbonation is low, and the flavor imparts a strong hop bitterness. Not too malty, but sort of a dough flavor with hints of apricot and pine. Light for a Scottish ale, but a very nice offering from a new young brewer.

05-05-2003 03:50:59 | More by far333
Photo of jefftuck47


4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-23-2013 04:29:31 | More by jefftuck47
Photo of StevenBilodeau


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer is an unknown at my work. Obviously it can be a little ominous or intimidating to some, but of course I have no fear in trying new beers!!! I took this bad boy home and quickly opened to it to my surprise. A very good beer was inside. hey I'm kinda rhyming, weird. Anyway, this beer has a good head, good lacing. Tastes very good, don't go drinking it in all at once now, ya here!

01-07-2010 09:10:57 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of BranfordBound


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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?

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


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 14:35:05 | More by DrewBest
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

A bright amber beer, soft frothy and lacy head, looks healthy.

Sweet, buttery malt with some cloves and ginger, maybe some candy corn's.

The malt is the star of the show for this one, very English-like malty flavor, bready but sweet with decent hop bite with pepper and some herbal heat and a nice bitter finish. good balance here.

Medium bodied, smooth and crispy!

nice on-tap!

10-29-2009 23:00:49 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Griffith


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-27-2014 02:13:43 | More by Griffith
Photo of Stigs


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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


4.78/5  rDev +31%

I've tried all the other local microbrews and keep coming back to Olde Burnsides Ten Penny Ale.
If they don't have it at your local Pub or restaurant, then it's time for a change.. go to one that has it.
This exceptional brew stands out amongst the crowd, smokey sweet flavor, frothy head, and a satisfying smooth finish.
My recommendation is this - Drink Ten Penny Ale because the rest of them are just beer.

05-29-2008 06:22:06 | More by beerich
Photo of 31donzi

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

05-16-2012 15:23:59 | More by 31donzi
Photo of socon67

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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".

10-25-2010 02:13:35 | More by socon67
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap at The Garden Grille in Newport.

Amber-orange with a white head, good lacing. Smells sweet and faintly of roasted caramel. Taste is sweet and smooth with subtle roasted and caramel falvors. No big flavors here, but a very nice beer nevertheless. Easy drinking and tasty, a good NE craft brew for the uninitiated.

03-15-2006 16:18:53 | More by tempest
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ten Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.