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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is some taste here, it is clearly a British style pale, with some hops and well malted. Medium mouthfeel from nuttiness. Good carbonation. Tad of metallic aftertaste. Tad of bitterness. Decent attractive darker colour and head. Beer was Ok but not that drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.1%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.1%

acurtis, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin off white head that quickly faded away into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The taste is rather malty has a mild amount of sweetness along with notes of butter and caramel in the flavors. There's only a slight amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is sessionable.

metter98, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a one finger head that sticks well but provides little in the way of lace

Smell: Surprisingly malty, with a toasted grain aroma and a slight grassy profile

Taste: Opens with a grainy flavor that is joined by tea-leaf earthy hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the tea flavors persist and are not quite balanced out by the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just an average pale ale that is more in the English than American style; forgettable

brentk56, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronzed rustic orange with tangerine peel trim. In spite of the loud escape of gas on crown cracking, the head is on the small side. I kept elevating the bottle when I saw that very little was happening and eventually ended up with a slim two fingers of toasted tan that is creamy enough to persist and sticky enough to deposit lace in a chained links pattern.

The nose is too weak and isn't all that compelling. It's much closer to an English pale ale (Brooklyn's designation) than an American pale ale (BA designation). Buttery pale malt and herbal-fruity hops balance one another out to such an extent that the beer lacks personality. The malt bill sounds wonderful: Scottish Floor-Malted Maris Otter, Belgian Aromatic and British Crystal. Too bad it doesn't result in a better nose.

Pennant is okay beer, but that's about as far as it goes. Like the nose, there's really nothing here to grab onto, just a collection of flavors that don't jibe as well as they might. Toasted barley is uppermost with a hint of diacetyl (that isn't bothersome) and a flavor that reminds me of old iced tea. The beer is more bitter than it is sweet, although it's lacking in terms of good, solid hoppiness. The spiciness of the Hallertauer Perle comes through the loudest.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with more than a little harsh carbonation. Why all those bubbles didn't result in a bigger head is a mystery to me. I prefer soft and lush to firm and buzzy, so the mouthfeel will be accorded the same underwhelming score as the flavor.

While some Brooklyn beer is little better than average, most of what I've had lately has been very good. Unfortunately, Pennant Ale '55 falls into the former camp. This bottle is still a few months away from its 'best by' date so age can't be a factor. My suggestion, for what it's worth, is to start over and come up with a beer that is worthy of such a great name and a great label.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent stuff. Not writing home to tell mom about it, but drinkable and enjoyable. A typical golden / copper hue with waining retentiona nd lacing. A typical maltiness and citrus hops aroma and flavor. Moderately estery and fruity. Bready and yeasty. The body just doesn't really pull the flavors and textures together. Lightly undermalted doesn't allow the fullness or breadiness to bond the flavors and unify the beer. But quality and nice nevertheless. Safe and a bit banal.

BEERchitect, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent amber with a big fizzy head. Smell was more malt then hops, but still not at all bad, had a bit of a grassy tinge to it. The taste was about the same. Decent for a APA, but not really my cup of beer. Too much malts which through off the balance for me. But not a bad brew.

mikesgroove, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin off white head with little retention on a minimally hazy gold-amber body. some lacing.

S: mild burnt toast and smokey note initially with a lingering sweet caramel malt note.

T: Mostly malts with caramel and buttery notes. Mild grass and bitter notes I suspect are form the minimal hops.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. wet.

Overall: certainly drinkable. My understanding of the style is limited but this one seems to be relatively on par.

kylehay2004, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Pleasing aroma of sweet-smelling toasted malts, saltines, and gentle flowery hops.

Taste: Sweet, smooth bread dough flavor with a bit of toasted grains. Hops are fairly light and provide a bit of citrus as well as some floral notes. Ends with a softened finish that’s both lightly sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh! Oh, I say! This reminds me of the Acme Pale Ale I had earlier today.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear bubble yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell was of some light hops and some decent malt aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty well balanced between the hops and malts. The mouthfeel was light and airy, nothing too extreme at all here. Overall this beer is a good drinking brew for a social setting or as a quick thirst quencher. Not too bad.

Knapp85, Nov 18, 2011
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.

oberon, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

zeff80, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's pennant race season, so here goes...

This beer pours a medium golden amber hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which leaves a small ring of lace around the glass after it retreats. It smells of fruity malt - apples, mostly, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is more fruity, bready malt, a veritable apple orchard, and some dry floral hops. The carbonation is skewed a bit to the sedate, the body slightly south of medium weight, and it finishes pretty dry, the fruitiness and floral hops providing context.

A nice balanced pale ale, the fruitiness and floral nature paying clear homage to the old world. Definitely good for at least a few rounds.

biboergosum, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deeply tawny / reddish mahogany in color. The ivory colored head is a creamy, holds well, and leaves some minimal lace. The aroma offers a lightly fruity, caramel maltiness with some earthy & spicy hops. Very nice. The body is medium with a fine and restrained carbonation; giving a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is somewhat fruity with a distinctive caramel maltiness that's gently supported by hop bitterness. The maltiness has a certain richness to it, but I question how much of that comes from using Maris Otter and how much comes from mash temperature and dextrinous crystal malts. Some grassy, earthy, and lightly spicy hop flavors appear in the finish. An excellent English-style pale that would make a good session ale with a slightly lower alcohol content. I'd love to try this out of the brewery in Brooklyn - and a cask would surely be stellar - however, the bottled version offers some of the F.X. Matt house character that is sometimes described as "soapy". Still, I was pleasantly surprised by this offering.

NeroFiddled, Oct 05, 2002
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.

Jason, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus up front. There's a good hops bitterness that isn't overpowering. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 09, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Nose is a little nutty. A little sugary sweet. Flavor is slightly meaty. Medium body. Long staying power of hops in the mouth, though mild. Feel is thin with bubble. Very drinkable, yes. A stable pale ale, but nothing really that fantastic. Might work good as a session beer. But still, there are greater out there.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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