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Ten Penny Ale - The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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Ten Penny AleTen Penny Ale

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 newenglandontap
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  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.

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 Nascartailgatefa
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

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 orsulacp
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Ten Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.