Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by rjcohen:
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
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1.9/5 rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Drank on-tap at the local Flying Saucer. Appearance is a hazy, nondescript copper, with a white head that creates no lacework and has little retention. Nose is watery, with notes of corn. Tastes like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be when it grew up: an English ale? A pint of Yeungling? As other reviewers have noted, hop and malt characteristics are poorly matched, as if someone had blended a so-so lager with an ale. Although some of the characteristics might have been likeable in a more balanced beer, it's less than the sum of its parts. I did not enjoy it at all and would certainly not try it again.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2014 20:24:39 | More by jps0869
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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