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Ten Penny Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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249 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
oldeburnsidebrewing.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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!)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,544
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
249
pDev:
15.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

Photo of sharkheadlasers
1.55/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer poured a clean brown with a thin head. I was quite impressed. The aroma smelled of cigarettes, butter, coffee along with something that was rather funky, possibly an infection. There was an earthy, still funky, cigarettes, butter and infection flavor. I couldn't get past the funky and infected flavor enough to get further in the taste evaluation. There is a medium to full body, but again, I couldn't get past the flavor. The growler may not have been clean. I found it too funky to be enjoyable. Maybe I can review it again and be more positive.

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1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

Photo of aahynick
1.86/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

40F in a pint glass on tap

A- pale copper, lots of bubbles but no head

S- nearly no aroma

T- soapy and mildly peaty

M - thin and watery

D- at first I said forget about this. But after talking with other folks later, I think the poor performance was all the fault of the serving method. Got it at Red Robin and the tender put it in a frosted glass. I'm betting that the glass was poorly rinsed and gained a lot of condensation when pulled out of the cooler. I wanted to do a retest before leaving New England but it just wasn't meant to be. So take my review with a grain of salt.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark hazed ruby copper with a creamy off-white head that soon thins.

The smell is musty. Some caramel and fruitiness, but something reminiscent of an amateur home-brew whose yeast is out-of-control.

The taste is chalky. A bland yeast strain comes through. Watery with tea-leaf bitterness. Some vague fruitiness. As it progresses, it does get better, but not enough to catch-up. Caramel with too much hop presence for the style comes through the chalkiness. Astringently dry.

The feel is watery, though some flavor does try to hang on.

This one almost has potential, and I would like to try again, as I think this might be a bad batch. I remember having it at a beer festival in New York City and liking it more (though I do remember it being a bit out of style). This one was brought to me by friends who bought it cold, put it in a cooler, then a fridge and given to me only a couple days later. The chalky character was relentless.

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy golden amber color with a decent sized long lasting off white head. Rich caramel notes with plenty of apple-y berry fruitiness. Sweet, kind of thin, a bit bubbly, not horrible, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

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2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was OK. I saw the Scotsman on the tap handle and thought "Oh, a Scottish ale, I like those," but it was a different variation on the style, or at least not what I was used to.

Hops dominated this beer even though they weren't that strong. There was hardy any flavor upfront and then a hop flavor on the way down followed by a hop aftertaste.

What's going on with this beer? Practically nothing. Booor-ing. I did not order another.

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2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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Ten Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 249 ratings
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