Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by rjcohen:
3.44/5 rDev -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.
10-09-2013 04:41:08 | More by rjcohen
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
05-06-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-06-2003 16:00:43 | More by oberon
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
04-15-2008 23:08:11 | More by SIRIUS2
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
07-31-2006 20:25:08 | More by JMD71
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
09-06-2010 21:34:36 | More by newk340
3.33/5 rDev -8%
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.
05-02-2005 05:48:15 | More by blitz134
3/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
10-06-2005 00:16:02 | More by chOAKbarrell
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
06-06-2009 20:06:32 | More by lordofthewiens
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
03-21-2005 02:48:39 | More by shapudding
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-10-2011 04:21:16 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
02-11-2005 23:12:15 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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
04-15-2005 03:09:06 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev +16%
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.
02-19-2011 22:50:16 | More by Homebrew35
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-10-2009 15:51:40 | More by tigg924
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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