Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by 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
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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
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
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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