Ten Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

“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!)
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Reviews by PicoPapa:
Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of BranfordBound
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

Photo of cutlaz
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Stigs
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of beerich
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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".

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Nice glowing warm strong pomagranate juice aroma, with an aged Gruyere twist. A touch of smoke. Pour of hazlenut ambered orange. Flavor is a rich warm sweet fruit, filled with oragnes, lemons, cranberries and light malt. Then a rounding dusky peat smoke and a dash of bright hops for a good rounding effect. Well Done!

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -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.

Photo of bum732
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange, great bubbly head, lots of lacing. Smells of caramel earthiness, some metal, hint of smoke. Tastes of semi-sweet caramely malt with a moderate bitterness. Ends slightly sweet with some smoky and roastiness. Creamy full mouthfull, moderate carbonation.

A very nice beer, i have it every time i'm at the Hartford airport. Wouldn't mind a little more flavor, but a great session scottish.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised to find a growler of this stuff in BBC country-but nonetheless I decided to give it a try. The bottle description was not very informative, only after I looked it up on BA did I find out what specific type ale it was. Reminds me a little of Belhaven, but fresher. Dirty cooper color, with hints of Raspberry, you can taste the alcohol. Overall a very plesant beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler. Poured a rich caramel with a decent initial head. Smell was mainly malt with a light molasses undertone. I was hoping for a touch of smokiness that I had noted in other Scotch Ales. Taste was a bit one diemensional, with mainly a malt sweetness with a slight bitterness on the finish. On the drinkability scale, it was a tad thick. Mouthfeel was medium in quality with a slightly oily quality.

Photo of philbe311
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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...

Photo of scottg
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a one finger plus white head that has good retention with no lacing. The aroma is dominated by sweet carmelized malt. Up front flavors of toasted malt and smoke lead to some lemony hops with chocolate and molasses. Light carbonation, medium body, leaves a very clean, crisp mouthfeel, a little thin for the style but it works. The malt is very well controlled and balanced by the hops, there are so many different flavors. Too often, the smoke takes over the taste of this style, not here. Amazing drinkability for the style, I had no problem finishing this growler on my own. My favorite CT beer to date.

Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour from the growler creates a negligible white head that quickly disappears. The beer is a very clear, light copper color. I am guessing this one falls into the "light" category of scottish styles.

smell: Light caramel malts, a gentle fruity character, and a delicate hoppiness characterize this beer. Maybe some apple and berry notes.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower end of the medium range, plenty of bubbles but smooth. The body is a mid-range thin.

taste: More of the same stuff as on the nose. The caramel is more subdued here than in the smell. A slight baked apple flavor is present. Just enough hop bitterness.

drinkability: Not bad tasting, very easy drinking.

Had my roommate pick this beer up for me while he was visiting home in Connecticutt for Thanksgiving break. Sat in my fridge for about a week and a half, with no noticeable degredation of flavor.

Photo of Amalak
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn out of a hand-pump cask. It's reddish, but more rust/copper with a good head and lacing. Opaque with lots of sediment.

It tastes like a popcorn ale and has a fruity taste of bitter citrus and then some malt sourness. Interesting flavor.

Photo of DrunkPagan
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tenpenny, oh Tenpenny, the Scottish Ale that got me into Scottish Ales. Hallowed be thy name.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/red color. The foam fades fast, but it's a growler, so that's expected.

Smell: Oaky notes mingle with hops and a sort of smoky maltiness, but not in an overpowering way. It's sweet with a touch of bitterness.

Taste: Yes. Just yes. While some Scottish Ales go a little crazy with the oaky flavor, Tenpenny keeps it simple and smooth. They create an exceptional beer.

Mouthfeel: It's light, crisp, but with a solid malt body.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day, and tried to once. I don't remember much, except it was the best Tuesday ever. I'm kidding, but seriously, this is so smooth, I literally could just pound it back all day, not a care in the world.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full blown grain aroma.

The taste was upfront caramel sweetness with a nutty undertone. Pure malt experience.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a drinkable Scottish Ale. Could have used a broader grain profile in my opinion.

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Ten Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
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