Ten Penny Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

247 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Ten Penny AleTen Penny Ale

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

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 247 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of MikeRusso
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Vdub1803
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Buford_t_justice
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of drdon
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had growlers of this here in RI that were spoiled (see review above), but this is as delicious as I remember it to be! When I have brought this to parties - and it is fresh/unspoiled - it has always been a favorite among a fairly sophisticated group of beer drinkers.

Light, slightly citrus, but not watery flavor with the yeastiness I expect fresh beer to have. Goes down easily.

 388 characters

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bckayaalp
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of malcolmwarnock
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of tim6298
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dlindsay79
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AGust82
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of marshmeli
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Jersh67
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of scotorum
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

 892 characters

Photo of azathot
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JoeMans
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of digitalflood
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.