Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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

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1,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 31
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

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Reviews by Bartrob6:
Photo of Bartrob6
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks decent. kind of dark for the style. good head and good lacing left on the glass.

smell is dominated by malt. breadiness. wish there was some more hops on the nose.

caramel and bready taste. just not as much hops as i want. decent beer but i might put this in the amber category. decent hop bitterness.

good carbonation. and very sessionable beer. i would drink this in the future but it would be when i was looking for an amber.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date cleary marked.

Appearance: A rich looking, bright chestnut coloured beer with a creamy, patchy and sticky off-white head.

Smell: Malty sweet and fruity in the nose with a complex hop aroma.

Taste: A very malty brew with a sweet profile and smooth overall feel on the palate. Grape and passion fruit flavours come to the front, followed by dextrin sweetness and light toasted/biscuit malt background flavours. Hops strike with an assertive citrus bite, crisp dryness and distinct coarse/raw herbal flavours and oils. Finishes a bit dry with a tea-like sweetness.

Notes: A classic example of (an American made) English Pale Ale. Very true to the style. Brooklyn's tribute to the world champion Brooklyn baseball team.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pale ales I have had,poured a real nice copper color with medium well retained head.Very hoppy aroma but great malty balance to this brew,hop was present but not overpowering.I like a good balanced pale ale alot more than one with too much bitterness,if I want that I will order a IPA.This brewery makes some real nice beers at least all the ones I have had.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Nice coppery amber color, clear, with a good 1/2" of off-white head that reduced to a creamy layer of bubbles before too long. Ok lacing.

The smell was a mostly light malts and something of a yeast smell with some hops sneaking in there to add a light citrus note.

A good long pull produced smooth and satisfying results - pale and caramel malts were formost, a bit fruity and a touch of sweetness. Hops were present but weak, seemingly there to balance the malt character a bit. The finish is pretty quick, starting with a malty edge, a slim bit of bitter-ish hop linger, and a water end. I have to say, this went down smooth and easy - very nice.

Overall this is a relatively tasty brew. It seemed to me to be a bit more flavorful and robust than some other APAs but I say that as a good thing. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

Photo of JMD71
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper, caramel color with average head when poured. Average carbonation. Penetrating light gives beer a nice "shine"....

Aroma: Deep malty aroma with some hop profile noted. Caramel, toasty, roasty aroma.

Taste: Rich, caramel, malty flavor. Slight tangy, sour side that was unexpecte. It is a fresh bottle (best before Oct 06) so don't think its off.

Mouthfeel: Crisp & clean. Whether intentional or not, the sourness mentioned above gives a sharp, crisp mouthfeel. Very nicely carbonated which also lends to the crispness.

Drinkability: Medium drinkability. Not too light or too heavy. Nice to have one or two, but become too cloying after a few.

Comments: I enjoyed this but am curious whether the sour taste was intentional or the result of improper storage at the distributor/retailer. As I drank the bottle, the sour taste became less evident.

Photo of newk340
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a translucent amber bubbles with a very thin head.

S: hints of hops and malts underwhelm the nose.

T: some initial bitterness of hops that fades to a sweet, albeit dry, finish.

MF/D: light on the tongue, with a smooth, crisp swallow. a decent brew for a hot day.

Photo of blitz134
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical pale ale orange with a nearly white head on top. Head didn't stick around for long, literally less than a minute which is why I bring the appearance score down a bit.

Smell is a nice balance that is malty sweet with hints of caramel and a good hop blend.

Taste is again fairly well balanced. Not much of the sweet malts found in the nose but there is some malt background balacing the bitterness of this brew. I pick up alot of english hop influence with the profile of this. Hops are mostly resin based. This isn't a pale ale I would introduce a newbie to since the flavor profile isn't flowery/fruity but more along the lines of slightly dirt/earth taste. Not saying it is a bad thing, but it has its place for me and isn't my favorite flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is acceptable but not overexciting. And drinkability comes down a bit as well since I don't find this one overly appetizing, but on the right day I could have a couple if I was craving this particular flavor.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle reads "Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale '55." I thought maybe I found something different, but no. Brooklyn brewing seems to do the same thing Rogue does, and bottle the same beer under different names. Pretty lame - not sure what the point is.

Average, average, average. Man, there is just not much to say about this one. A pretty even-keel, straight-across-the-board american pale ale. I thought I tasted/smelled some wheat at first, but that disappeared after a few sips.

I guess if you want a beer that you can drink and ignore, this is your beer. Unintrusive, mild, forgettable. With so many pale ales in the world of beer, there are undoubtedly better ones you can pick up.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer beer. In a bottle, Best By July 2009. It had a dark amber color in my pint glass, with a medium-sized off-white head. Malty aroma with some sweetness. Bscuit/toast taste, still sweet, like fruit. Rather dry in the mouth. This was a great beer to drink after mowing the lawn.

Photo of shapudding
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at the brewery during a 3/19/05 pubhop. Clear and golden amber with a thick, creamy eggshell colored head. Bits of small bubbles in the center, and a lot of carbonation seen rising. Excellent head retention. Malty, carmamel, sweet and clean, not too much jumping out at you. Slightly frothy feel to it. Very crisp, nicely malty, bit of hops in there but not much. Slight darkened toast flavors left on your tongue, but very balanced.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Brilliantly clear copper.

Smell: Some hops, buttery, ripe plums, malty with a semi-sweet toastiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smoothness and crispness is nearly perfect, medium bodied. Slightly toasted malt, buttery throughout, balancing hoppiness, mildly fruity. Apples and plums, dried grass & woody hops. Dry finish.

Overall: Yeah, beer screams "English Pale Ale". Not the biggest fan of buttery ales but it works here and Brooklyn hits the mark for style.

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Ale pours a light chestnut, clear body with some active carbonation going on. Skimpy beige head is shortlived and leaves minimal lace. Nose is mostly caramel malt with an even balance of British smelling hops that add floral and herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light medium, with crisp carbonation. Taste is soft in that English Ale sort of way, with a delicately balanced hop and malt profile. Nothing overwhelms, but the caramel malt seems to fold perfectly into the floral and herbal hops. Very smooth and balanced. Slightly bitter finish with a clean aftertaste. Session ales don't get much better than this.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 ouncer sampled, pours dark honey amber, clear with a tan head , and leaving moderate, not too exciting lacing. Freshness dating notched onto the label.
S: malty, earthy nose, touch of peat?
T: This is a British style ale, if you ask me, and the label bears me out -maris otter malt, fuggles and east kent goldings hops. Nice malt/hop balance and the combo adds up to a pleasantly smooth and drinkable ale of distinction and subtlety
M: Nice, full, smooth mouthfeel. Dry in the finish
D: high marks here, cuz, this is a fine, tasty brew, makes you want to drink a second

Photo of Homebrew35
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge three finger head. Off white in color. Clear amber body. Smells of crystal malts, noble hops, some grassy notes. Tastes of crystal malts, noble hops, earthy, mineraly. Medium bodied medium carbing. This one is especially plesant for it's mouthfeel, very balanced and neutral. Nothing harsh or offensive. I could easily finsh a sixer of this. $1.75 a single.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and some spice

Taste: toasted malt, bread, and small hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: Another very sessionable biscuity beer. I could have three. A lot of the flavor here is reminiscent of the flavors I associate with Abita's beers. This is an above average, not great beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a small, white head. Smell is sweet malts with a little caramel. No bitterness in the smell. Taste is biscuit malt with a little bit of hops, but they are fairly well hidden. Mouthfeel is good and this is a very drinkable beer. I can see myself having several of these.

Photo of Byeast
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a clear copper to reddish amber color , with a small slightly offwhite head.

Smell: The aroma has a nice balance of sweet malts, a bit of a nuttyness, lightly flowery hops , and some rich estery/ fruity qualities ( grape ).

Taste: First the hops take a little bite on the back of the tongue with a floral / and raw bitterness, then the malt flavor provides some balance with slightltly toasty flavors and a bit of sweetness. The finish has a fair amount of citric hoppiness and just a bit of alcohol in the nostrils.

Mouthfeel: fairly smooth feel, slight bite at the beggining of my sip.

Drinkability: Definatly a very drinkable APA with a very pleasant aroma and good flavor profile. Malts mix nicely with the hops to make a juicy session ale with complexity.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by September 2011.

Appearance: Clear amber with thin off-white head and very light lacing.

Smell: Very bready and toasty. Light tea-like earthiness, lemon and English hops.

Taste: Quite a bit of bread and toast in the taste as well, but also much fruitier. Tea, lemon and spicy English hops all play a role as well. There is some light sweetness from the fruit, but this is generally a very dry beer. Subtle yet quite complex.

Feel: Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Wonderfully dry finish.

Overall: This is one very impressive EPA. I wish more brewers could nail this style so well, as I often get bored by them. Great everyday beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.Best by 10/07
Slight haze,light to medium coppery color with a 2" creamy white head that dissapated quickly leaving a creamy white coating, not a lot of carbination just a few bubbles constantly rising.

Clean aromas,slightly buttery,grassy,bisquity/grainy, dried straw with a slight metallic note.

Lightly sweet carmalized malt tastes with a slight burnt and nutty edge.Tart fruityness,good balance finishes with a clean and crisp bitterness with a grassy feel.

Light to medium body.some grainyness and a bit of cloyingness. Easy to drink,just not a beer i would want to drink all night.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

caramel and malt aroma, crystal clear amber, 2 finger foam, nice ale, excellent balance with the malt and hops, excellent ale, caramel malt flavors balance the hops.

Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a decent white head that quickly fades into a white layer. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Toasted, bready malts followed by a strong scent of citrus hops. Also a hint of nuts and grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet biscuity malts followed by citrus hops and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A pretty decent version of an English Pale Ale.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A coppery-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with strong stewed hop overtones. Hints of aromatic citrus, yeast and brown sugar.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitterness and a dry, yeasty finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, stewed hops, grain, earthy yeast esters and faint citrus. The background hop flavour is overcooked and a bit harsh. Slightly sweet and quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied. The tingly carbonation is pleasant but excessive. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of caramel malt and stewed hops.

OK, but not amazing. Not sure why this is classified as a pale ale - it's more like a bitter/brown ale. Decent malt and yeast presence, but too much stewed hop character and not enough aroma. Drinkable enough but nothing special.

Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an enjoyable beer. Golden amber color with a light beige, foamy head that sticks around and laces the glass. The aroma is of malt and bitter hops, with some citrus thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and just feels really good overall. The flavor is round and smooth, and well balanced. A bit yeasty, very pleasing malt, a bit tannic, and hop bitterness that tingles the throat. Also some citrus, pine, and a bit of fruit. Very drinkable. Especially if you're fortunate to have it very fresh at the brewery.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze color, a degree or two above yellow bmc. Not much to smell, definitely not hops. Just malt.

Lots of the maris otter taste, which is to say there isn't much going on, just a general beer blandness. Like a little bit of tea with it. I think this is just kind of like their bmc baseball crowd type of niche beer. There are no off flavors, its a very mild breadiness and smooth flavor profile. Its pretty soft all the way around aside from the carbonation, its up there to keep the mild bready current from weighing down on the aftertaste. Really, you could make a lot of those silly bmc slogans they put on their commercials off this beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Again bought a sampler without checking the best by date, so it was supposed be drank before June 2002. Appearance is a medium amber brown with a cream toned decent sized foam head. Minimal lacing going on but an overall decent appearance. Aroma well, even after being well past the best by date this beer stilll retains many adimrable qualities. A nice smooth floral hop aroma balanced by a nutty caramel malt tones. You can tell this beer is overly ripe, but I think the hops preserved enough to make it a pleasant session brew. The flavor has a sweet forefront of malt followed by a trickling of mild bittering hops with a nutty finish to it. Lighter in body with little or no complexities to make this beer that interesting to me. Drinkability as of now this is a mediocre session beer that I still will drink only to try it fresher.

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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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