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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55

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1,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 1267
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%

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New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Zetcha7x


3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz single purchased from Wegman's in Collegeville, PA. BB date of June '14. Appropriately (or inappropriately) poured into an '09 NY Yankees World Series Champions pint glass.

A-crisp, clear golden/orangish color. ton of bubbles. solid finger of white foam, decent retention. looks refreshing and tasty. good amount of lacing left on the glass.

S-citrus. some bready notes. I don't detect a whole lot. no hop aroma.

T-toasted flavor. some caramel malts. lemony/sour finish

M-light bodied. little carbonation-which is strange given the continuous bubbles rising. very smooth, creamy texture.

O-easy to drink. low ABV. smooth and refreshing. These factors make this a very drinkable ale. however...there is nothing that makes it stand out. definitely wont satisfy those looking for the big hop flavor. not a favorite, but could see myself putting another back as I'm grilling after work.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:00:38 | More by Zetcha7x
Photo of rangerred


3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with really no head to speak of and absolutely no lacing at all. Pretty poor all-around.

Aroma is caramel and toffee along with a touch of dark fruit. Maybe a little grass from the hops.

The flavor closely follows the smell. Very malt heavy with toffee and a bit of roast. Dark fruits are prominent as well. Medium bitterness with some hay and grass. Sticky finish is a little more than I was expecting.

Overall, I'm not very impressed with this one. There are some ice flavors buried in there but it is a little muddy overall and a bit too sticky.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 00:59:48 | More by rangerred
Photo of Premo88


3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(best before date: December 2013; drinking it right now, Jan. 23, 2014)

L: I've tried this beer in pub glasses, but I wanted to give it the best chance for pushing up a head, so into the tulip it went -- clear brown/amber brew topped by a solid 1-inch head of offwhite that dissipates quickly but *does* stick just a bit. i had to pour it hard to get this head, and it still is a bit weak; the collar is there but not tight, instead loose with big huge bubbles. the right color but an average pour/head.

S: fruity, leaning toward peach; plenty of sweet bread malt notes, at times a bit yeast, typically more buttery; muted grain (i.e., sour piss -- could be a casualty of this beer's age, which is a month past the BB date)

T: fine facsimile of the fruity sweet English pale ale with just enough English hops to offer some bitter; more peach/sweet fruit and a bit watery compared to the stronger malt presence normally found in the English pale ale

F: good ... very good, very drinkable with enough carbonation hanging around after that sloshy hard pour I gave it; the "watery" is more in the taste than the feel

O: would LOVE to try a fresher one, but all in all this ain't a bad version of the English pale ale -- it hits enough of the right notes with the sweet/bitter mix of fruity and bready malts on top of the spicy/peppery English hops; too much peach in it for me, and it's buttery enough to feel more like an English brown ale.

bottom line: Brooklyn is 3 for 3 with me (Pennant, Brown, Summer) ... this brew is solid and it might be just enough different from Brooklyn's Summer Ale (also an English pale ale) to offer some legitimate variety. and as always, Brooklyn gets a little bonus bump from me for brewing up an authentic English style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:58:04 | More by Premo88
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent ale, very English, and tastes steam age more than 1955.
maybe it's steam punk. Best on draft.
All Brooklyn beers are better on tap than in the bottle, this one drinking really nicely at Carmines on 200 W 44 St.

Because it's slightly metallic, kind of old iron and wood bleacher seats.

A A rich amber yellow ale color with thick head that lasts and laces medium. Well carbonated the head returns with a swirl.

S Beery grain notes, grass, more malt than hops.

T Follows smell. Summery. Grain, grass, malt, finishing clean, but I find it slightly metallic.

F Not a lot going on, and an imperfect finish compared to more bitter, dry, interesting ales.

Not much here compared to great APAs like Troegs or Dales.

I'm a new yorker who's lived a decade in SF/Cupertino so I love the best of both coasts.

You gotta love the Brooklyn Giants that are now the SF Giants.

You gotta try the home field Pennant Ale that is a throwback to what ales in the 50s were all about. Kind of like the old BALLENTINE ALE I remember as a kid.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:25:44 | More by Act25
Photo of scaliasux


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber. Slightly hazy. Short white head, not persistent.

Smell - Toasty pale malt. Bread and a little caramel.

Taste - Sweet malts most prominent. Bread or toast and light citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium and well carbonated.

Overall - Awfully drinkable, but not especially distinctive.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:52:37 | More by scaliasux
Photo of rjcohen

New York

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Was excited for this one - Brooklyn's flagship lager is one of my very favorite beers out there. Here we go.

Pairing: crackers spread with homemade spicy mustard - my favorite beer pairing is a good ale with some spicy food.

Appearance: Deep copper-ish, almost an apple juice-like color. Lots of carbonation, bubbles were moving around from the get-go. Thin head but faded very slowly and gradually, leaving nothing on the glass - it was mostly carbonation foam, like in a soda.

Smell: An unexpected but very pleasant aroma - quite malty, a little fruity and increasingly toasty as it traveled up the nose. Less hoppy than probably any ale I've tried.

Taste: The primary flavor is pretty toasty - hoppy in a way, although the level of bitterness in the beer is quite low overall. A definite sour taste just underneath it towards the back of the mouth fades quickly, but these two flavors hit different parts of the mouth and form a very pleasant combination. Still, flavor is not as complex as other pale ales. Aftertaste is minimal, so flavor is not given much of a chance to evolve.

Mouthfeel: The biggest thing that you feel upon drinking this beer is the high level of carbonation, as you would have expected after watching it be poured. I'm not a huge fan of this, but it will depend on your personal preferences. Goes down smooth, though. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall: This is not a very bitter ale, and is not for a big hops fan. But I did enjoy it. The flavor was not as complex as other pale ales, but what it had was quite enjoyable. An extremely sessionable ale, as it is refreshing, goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more - plus the relatively simple flavor means you won't miss too much if you get a little drunker. Not quite one of my favorites, but I would definitely drink this again if I was in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:41:08 | More by rjcohen
Photo of Flounder57


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As baseball season is headed to the playoffs, I crack this brew in honor of the Red Sox clinching a playoff spot and inching closer to wrapping up the division and A.L. pennant in the upcoming weeks. 12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, bready, and fruity notes.

Taste: Nice toasted and caramel malts, fruitiness, and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty average EPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:51:23 | More by Flounder57
Photo of stacket1


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finished an outdoor meal in baltimore harbor with this sessional

Appearance: nice straw colored, cloudier than expected

Smell: limited perception due to small ABV

taste: Light, grassy, sweet, hints of citrus

Mouthfeel: thin, after initial taste, went down quickly.

Overall: decent sessional, easy to drink more than one, but one won't leave much of an impression or leave you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 02:23:41 | More by stacket1
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: August 9, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: home alone--meeting the family in Point Pleasant tomorrow... APPEARANCE: swirling activity below a two-finger thick froth that paints (rather than laces) the glass the body is a burnt orange with steady effervescence--drop-dead gorgeous , and only a foot away!... AROMA: smooth, malty base with a bit of bready dough that mellows the secondary citric kick with a surprising apple scent--otherwise, reserved, as an ESB might behave... PALATE: understated, almost buttery smooth with little resistance from teeth to throat--a bit watery...TASTE: a basically thin malt profile pervades; typical doughy funk intertwines with buttery notes and a bit of toast--not feeling this one as impactful or winning a specific category... OVERALL: Plusses include its attractive pour and easy sipping nature; negatives (if there is such a thing for Brooklyn brew) is its paper-thin fortitude and rather doughy aftertaste...bearing the "pennant" moniker, this beer should be more of a success that its name suggests; as it is, this beer is merely serviceable, but a lesser player in the mix pack than I hoped. I was surprised at the more favorable rating afforded by other reviewers, but I will stick with my experience...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:31:50 | More by dacrza1
Photo of xnicknj


3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tattooed moms - served in pint

Bright, clear copper-auburn color with a one-finger cropping of beige head resting on top. Rings of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Doughy malts, caramel sweetness and a dash of citric hops in the nose.

Soft snap of hops with orange peel up front, ushering in a smooth, malty background. Toasted bread crust, doughy biscuits, caramel and nice sweetness level. Finishes clean with a dash of hop bitterness.

Medium body, nice carbonation, chewy and brisk on the tongue. Drinkable EPA with a nice balance and tempered sweetness level. Definitely would drink this again, especially at $3 a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 15:10:26 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Mavigo


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a short off white head with minimal lacing.

S: Light aroma, wheat, woody, grains, grass, herbs, malts, yeast, barley

T: Mellow flavor, wheat, grains, spices, herbs, malts, kind of grassy

M: Medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation, a bit unbalanced, adds crispness but masks flavor

O: Overall, this was a good ale, though it does not really stand out, kind of run of the mill. I could drink it in bulk and I'd probably have it again though I don't know if I would seek it out myself again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:16:47 | More by Mavigo
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BB” date printed on the neck is “SEP 2013.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale copper and a finger of dense, buttery, off-white head dissipated slowly and a little unevenly.

Smell: Wow. A chewy and enticing blend of bready, grassy malts (reminiscent of Czech pilsner) and caramel. As the beer warms, scents of toffee, molasses, and peat emerge.

Taste: Though the smells is more pilsner-like, the taste is much like a Scotch ale. Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, peat (which may just end up being a handful of smoked malt — or the Scottish Maris Otter malt mentioned on the beer’s webpage), a little molasses, and licorice.

Drinkability: This beer is solid. It offers great flavor and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 05:13:57 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of IPAdams


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear amber with a half inch head that recedes quickly, no lacing on glass.

Smell- Smell of Pilsner malt with a little bit of spice, similar smell to Anchor Steam.

Taste- Almost exactly like Anchor Steam but a little more spice character to it. Somewhat subdued flavor, almost no hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Extremely similar to Anchor Steam, if you like that then you should try it. Personally, not a big fan of it. Not very flavorful but does have some spice to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 15:34:16 | More by IPAdams
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper color with mild carbonation and decent head. Fruit and vegetable notes with a bit of sweetness in the aroma. Tastes similar to how it smells with a bit more complexity, spiciness and a hint of malt. Unfortunately this beer has a bit too many vegetable notes for us.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:01:03 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of puckinright


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle marked Sept 2013 enjoy by into standard tulip glass. Deep, but very alive, amber pour with a 2 finger creamy head. Aroma of biscuits, nuts, and maybe licorice(?). Very nice malt up front, but well balanced with a crisp & bright hop finish. The malt leaves a lingering stickiness. Fresh bread, biscuit with a crisp finish that tends to linger. Exceptionally well balanced. Highly sessionable. A great rendition of an English pale ale.

Cheers mate.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:54:02 | More by puckinright
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.61/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2013.

Aroma of flowery malt and bread. Pours deep orange/amber body with a finger of white foamy head. Head does not last long but dissipates into a thin white film on top of beer. Taste is bready, slightly datelike followed by a crisp bite. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 22:27:49 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of Jeffreysan


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark golden copper with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissipated into a thin coating of wispy foam that covered the beer.

Aroma: Lots of malt! Very bready, with some floral notes like heather and clover; possibly hay. Caramel and melted butter. Very nice.

Taste: Lots of malt up front and more freshly baked bread, followed by some sweet caramel and floral notes which is then nicely balanced by some nice hops at the back end, with a long finish. Very crisp, very clean, very damn good! Excellent in fact!

Mouthfeel: slightly on the thin side, with some nice carbonation to cleanse the palate and tickle and awaken the taste buds.

Overall: This is a great American pale ale. Crisp, clean, full of flavor, with a long finish, and nicely balanced between the malt and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 19:42:36 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange amber with good clarity and a head of off white foam that fell fast & left just a little lace behind. Bubbles up bombing from the bottom. Nose is classic and very understated. Strong and steady malt base, biscuit, caramel and toast. Hops are subtle citrus, pine & floral. With the smallest hint of yeast on the nose the balance is fantastic and appetizing.Taste is delicious. Smooth, buttery, mellow. Toast and biscuit, the malt opens up deeply sweet and round. The hops are not the star here. Not much bitterness just the slightest oily touch in the finish and no aftertaste. Very mild with apple and grass as it opens up. This is a very simple and quiet English Pale Ale that is true to the style, graceful and full.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:28:35 | More by utopiajane
Photo of KFBR392


3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight roasted brown color to this EPA. Average carbonation. Light head on the pour that was present on the edges of the glass while drinking.

Smell: On the front is a roasted malt aroma. Lots of peanuts, cashews, and caramel. Some very well rounded smells of fresh rye bread. This is a very well done aroma, everything mixes well and has deep mature tones.

Taste: Comes off with some nice scottish ale accents. Deep roasted malt tones. Mixed nuts, tobacco, and licorice. The flavors are present but could be more active. The beer warms up at the end and some of the flavors pop out.

Mouthfeel: Some sticky malt lingers on the palette. Easy drinker, but has a good amount of heaviness to make you remember it.

Overall: There are a few different things going on with this brew that come together pretty well. The complex malty accents are pleasant and Brooklyn seems to be on to something with their use of many different malts in their beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:36:07 | More by KFBR392
Photo of thecheapies


3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Head fizzled out quickly. Left a copper brew with a nearly flat top. No foam withstood the gas purge.

A chlorinated aroma with those Marris Otter malts trying to breach through. A little floral hop tries to cut through a mild grain sweetness. Toastiness is there, but a little muted.

Attenuated flavors with malt dominance. Tart apple and rotted apple combine with earthiness, sparge water, herbal hops, spicy bitterness, toast, and toffee. That bitterness really swells in the finish. Not sure how I feel about this mild tartness.

Carbonation is very low. The bitterness almost fakes it. Body is wet and weak. I'd use the term 'watery' here.

A lot missing here. Carb, body, esters, hop flavor... just an imbalanced English Pale. Doesn't remind me of a baseball beer neither.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 13:30:21 | More by thecheapies
Photo of fields336


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear reddish brownish, copper. fluffy, foamy off white head

S: biscuity, bready, toffee, caramel. burnt sugar

T: fresh biscuits and light fruit jam, toffee, burnt caramel, grassy hops, fresh cracked walnut

M: Medium bodied, with a dry finish, medium carbonation, not quite cask level but low enough to pass as an EPA

O: a nice english pale ale, I would definitely drink this again

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:13:53 | More by fields336
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium amber colored body with great transparency. Thin off-white head that settles into a very thin layer of bubbles on top. Resembles the look of a flat cask ale.

S- Sweet caramel malt, biscuity toasted malt, slightest hint of sweet apricot.

T- Toasty and malt up front with caramel malt and what tastes like pilsner malt coming through. Towards the middle a metallic flavor takes over and leaves a bitter metallic aftertaste. Almost like the gross layer of beer stuck under the bottle cap. If you can get past that flavor, it tastes like an English bitter and pale ale mixed together.

M- Medium carbonation, medium-light in body. Very easy drinking and smooth.

O- Not a bad beer, but that metallic taste was hard for me to get past.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 19:22:17 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery glass.

A: This beer pours a light-golden color with a tint of amber to it. Has a thin, soapy head that leaves little lacing.

S: I get a little grapefruit citrus blended with some caramel that is finished by some light hops.

T: Initial citrus tang starts out the flavor that is accompanied by some hop character and yeast. I also get some apple through the body and ending with a caramel sweetness, but not bready or dry.

M: The mouth is ok, lots of carbonation in the glass. This beer has more of an ESB texture and taste to it, but its not overpowering in anything.

O: I thought this brew was pretty good, I got it from a mix a six so it will probably be a one off for me. Never the less, I have never had anything bad to say out Brooklyns beers, but this particularly is not much my style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 02:36:34 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, pine, floral, citrus, grass, and herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of carmael, toast, pine, floral, grass, brown bread, citrus peel, light nuttiness, and herbal hops. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, pine, floral, brown bread, citrus, grass, light nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor robustness and balance of malt/hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good English pale ale. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:02:03 | More by superspak
Photo of Thorpe429


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pours a moderate golden-copper color. The nose has plenty of biscuit malt plus a bit of Continental hops. Very light citrus. A bit of yeast comes through in the flavor. Mildly hoppy. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:17:23 | More by Thorpe429
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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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