Ten Penny Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
247
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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3
Gots:
26
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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.

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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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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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.

Cheers!

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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.

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Ten Penny Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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