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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 22
Gots: 54 | 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.

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Photo of Mauerhan


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my sister brought this back for me from her most recent excursion to manhattan. after watching torii hunter steal a home run away from miguel olivo i feel a need to have a baseball beer. and hell what is in my fridge?

cracks open with a loud hiss and pours into my pizza port pint glass. A nice clear amber color with a one finger white head that shows up and recedes quickly leaving a slim ring of bubbles around the edge of my glass.

smell is interesting. sweet malt presence but a slight spicy quality. almost a burnt toast feel. not really crazy about the smell. not terrible but it really catches me off guard.

taste is decent. malty. a slight floral hop snap near the end.

mouth is medium bodied. almost feels like drinking a soda as the carbonation attacks my palate. decent feel at the end.

overall a passable beer. nothing to go crazy over but nice to put back on a warm summer day. i would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:38:11 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of kels


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seemed appropriate to drink this while watching the Reds beat up on the Pirates today. Bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a light orangey copper and clear with a well-retained 1/2 finger of frothy white foam. Tons of carbonation runs throughout and the head washes the sides of the glass with loads of lacing.

Smell: Nice biscuity, floury malts and slight nuttiness are accompanied by the mildest hint of flowery hops. Not too strong either way.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malts are met by an even sweeter, almost saccharine fruitiness that reminds me of bitter grapefruit and crispy green apples. There is a distinct toasted presence and light yeastiness. The feel is moderate and wet, bordering on flat, with no detection of alcohol in the taste or aftertaste.

Drinkability: High, but taste isn't mindblowing enough to drink tons. The fruitiness is a little jaw-tweaking, but overall a solid ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:33:08 | More by kels
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pennant ale pours a handsome brown/amber color with a decent head that had nice retention. Malt is the highlight in the aroma. The sweet graininess does not completely overwhelm the hops lingering in the background.

A toasted malt sweetness in the flavor, biscuity through the smooth center. It exits with a rapid snap of bitter hops, providing a pleasant balance.

A pretty solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 19:27:57 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Slatetank


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA. poured from the 12oz chilled into a willybecker. unable to read the best before date.

A - Beautiful copper w/ excellent clarity and the proud crest of 2 fingers that is a lighnt tan shade, the head has great retention and has a smooth appearance. the bubbles are pin sized and streaming carbonation rises rapidly

S - Malty, fruity red apple and spiced hop aromas w/ slight woodiness and yeast breadiness.

M - Dry w/ a nice balance between hops and malt in the feel. Relatively highly carbonated and a caramel texture in the finish w/ mild fruit skin acidity

T - The taste is a blend of crisp fruity malt as in the nose from mariss otter and herbal flavors from hops w/ a nice spicy edge. A caramel type sweetness in places the tasty dry flavor from the yeast and dark fruit accent is nice as it finishes w/ a mild English yeast tanginess which contrasts biscuit flavor

D - I couldn't really find anything bad to say about this, I really enjoyed the drinkability and the way the ingredients have a nice cohesion for an above average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:27:05 | More by Slatetank
Photo of GonzoPizzaBurger


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle out of a Brooklyn Sampler pack. Really like the logo on this one the signature B over a baseball honoring the Dodgers of '55.

Nice ruby color with head that doesn't hang out very long and doesn't leave much behind. Mild carbonation. Looks delicious.

Taste reminds me of some authentic Belgian brews with its biscuit like flavors. Carbonation leaves a lingering taste on the tongue.

Could be a bit smoother. But overall not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:38:46 | More by GonzoPizzaBurger
Photo of TheNightbird


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light copper color with a nice head that coats the tops and the side of the glass.

S- Good aroma, sweet, bread and biscuity. With a nice fragrant hop aroma.

T- Mild carmel and fruitiness taste, with a sweetness to it. The hops bring a nice bitterness that matches up well with a malt. Sharp clean finish.

M- The Pennant Ale body is light/medium body. The carbonation is average, but is fits the beers body well.

D- This beer is easy drinking, the flavors are mild enough to drink a six pack in a whole sitting.

Overall this beer has a lot in common Brooklyn Lager, its style is said to be an APA. It seems to be a mild ale to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 01:07:53 | More by TheNightbird
Photo of emsroth

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Dark amber, light chestnut. 2 finger off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, bready british malts. Perhaps a touch of floral hops.

Taste: Toasty malts. Next is slight soda taste paired with alcohol. Ends with the occasional touch of bitterness that grows as I drink. Light flavor.

Very light in body, almost watery. Perfect level of carbonation, but it dulls the flavor.

Seems much more like an EPA, but a great, full flavor session beer. Not for me though; one is enough for this session. But who knows how I'll feel in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:18:56 | More by emsroth
Photo of BigMike


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby chestnut with orange highlights. 1/4 inch of head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Nose is Spicey/pepper with some light floral notes.
Pretty light on flavor. Light and crisp and reminds me of watered down iced tea. A little overcarbonated.
This a good summer afternoon drinker if icecold however it isn't one that i would search out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:02:30 | More by BigMike
Photo of Pmazz19

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Nice amber color with about 1 finger head. Decent head retention and lacing. Consistent bubbles rising to the top.

S - Malty sweetness, with some fruity hints. Very little in the way of hops.

T - Taste of sweet malt almost no hop bitterness.

M - Decent carbonation, refreshing. Slightly creamy

D - This is overall a nice beer to have with lunch or enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. There is nothing here that will knock your socks off but a very solid pale ale that is smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 20:27:47 | More by Pmazz19
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper-bronze color. The head is large, dense, and frothy, with a light tan/off-white tint. Retention is pretty decent, with very nice lacing.

S: Some toasty caramel malt up front. Some fairly robust citric and herbal hop aromas as well. A bit fruity.

T: Sweet, toasty, caramel malt. Fruity and engaging. Faintly citric and more substantial herbal hop flavors, although bitterness is low.

M: Medium-full body, with above average carbonation. A bit creamy.

D: A very nice APA - quite drinkable. Could use a bit more hop bitterness to balance out a pretty one-sided, sweet malt profile. Still, a nice offering from Brooklyn. This would be a highly versatile beer for a lot of different scenarios.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 01:06:56 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this easy drinking beer. i wish it was avaliable in more places, but I love the Brooklyn Brewery, and their master Brewer!

poured crisp, and golden with some amber

smells crisp
the taste is crisp and easy

mouthfeel is light drinkability is good

if you can find it it goes great after a hot summer event

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 23:16:55 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, clear amber, with little head, (white) that dissipated quickly. Smell malty and hoppy, fairly floral and some sweet caramel notes as well. Taste is of medium body, fairly malty taste and medium carbonation, fading to the floral and hoppy notes at the end. Well balanced hoppy finish. Not teribly complex, good ale to have around, good BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:59:00 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of pandashaver

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured yellow orange with a hint of red in the body, and a very small thin white head. Left some decent lacing, surprisingly.
Smell was almost undetectable until it warmed up, with just a wee bit of malts on the nose.
Taste was somewhat sweet and caramel from the malt, with just a slight bitter aftertaste that was not at all overwhelming.
Thin bodied and watery, with some med-high carbonation.
Drinkable, because it was light and did taste somewhat better as it warmed (might have been served overly cold). I'll have to try this in a bottle some time to truly make up my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 04:26:17 | More by pandashaver
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Oct 2008-1431. I fugured I would sample this on baseball opening day - April 6, 2009.

A - The pour is a hazy amber or copper with a short-lived beige head and some light lacing.

S - The aroma is a mixture of sweet malts and something zesty like citrsu or orange peel.

M/T - The mouthfeel is pretty good; I would call it medium body. The flavor is also sweet and malty, a little bready and has a light hop finish. This was a nice little brew to begin the 2009 Major League baseball season.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:11:16 | More by puboflyons
Photo of adamette


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with Best by date of June 2009 into my clean, clear Murphy's pint glass.

A Nice medium lasting 2.0 cm head over a bit of a boring looking light brown, translucent body. Head lasted 3 to 4 minutes.

S Some hops but some nice sweetness, like a caramel sweetness that really makes this inviting.

T Equal tastes of hops and malt but gone is any of the sweetness that I thought that I perceived in the smell. That is a bit dissapointing. There is, however, a pleasant biscuity taste that maintains my interest.

M Moderate as it should be. Increased by the balanced malt and hops.

D Really quite good.

Notes: I am impressed by this beer and it is far superior to the East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 02:53:31 | More by adamette
Photo of smibroncos

New York

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a cloudy amber, with a finger and a half of reddish brown head, in a standard pint glass. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Carmel, oats, malted barley.

T. Slightly sour, medium after bitterness from the hops. The label said toasty biscuit flavor. I couldn't find the flavors.

M. Medium bodied, slightly gritty on the toungue. Small bubbles could have been carbonated alittle more.

D. A decent APA, not the greatest definately not the worst. Could have used some more hops and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:57:12 | More by smibroncos
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what this was when I picked this up but apparently it's an APA which is very fitting with its wholesome American theme.

Pours a mellow, tea-like amber with a very large spongy off white foam.

I'm not sure what the hop is in the aroma but I recognize it and it's hard to describe. Piny, actually it smells like a witbier, which is maybe what's confusing me. A definite smell of coriander or grains of paradise, although I don't think they use it in the recipe. Interesting. Can't say this is what I think of when I think of an APA but I'm intrigued.

After checking out the Brooklyn website, this is NOT an APA but a British Pale Ale, which makes a lot more sense. Made with Maris Otter, fuggles and cascade. This all makes sense now. Some Scottish influence too as well. Reminds me of one of Magic Hat's Odd Notions from back in the day. Taste of Maris Otter, crystal malt, and some Belgian aromatic is very apparent. Very heavy mouthfeel and a very slight lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little soapy and I think if it was just a little cleaner I could enjoy the taste a little more. Still very good nonetheless.

I don't watch baseball but if I did, I can imagine I'd want to drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:17:17 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of Rainne


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Brooklyn I ever tried. As always I have my trusty notes.

A- Nice clear brown color. Head and lacing are both quite good.

S- Malt of course with a hops presence. As such you get some citrus and floral notes in there.

T- Like the smell almost exactly. Fruits are a little stronger in the taste and there's a biscuit thing going on too. Earthiness in the back and some herbal flavors.

M- Dry, crisp and smooth with light maybe medium body and light carbonation.

D- I've put back a few of these at a time on several occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 22:10:08 | More by Rainne
Photo of confer


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the fourth sample from the sampler pack.
A- A carmely gold. Head was less than a finger and went quickly, with no trace remnaining.

S- I can't get the aroma, seems like malt and orange.

T- Very mellow, hops flavor is almost nonexistant. Also some malty flavor.

M-Sort of flat, could be because of best by date of less than a month from consumed date.

D- Easy and enjoyable to drink. I would like to try a fresh bottle.

Best of all it celebrates the Dem Bums finally breaking through and beating them Yanks.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 19:45:46 | More by confer
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with a small white head. Light lacing; not much in the way of retention.

Smells like caramel malt with a soft fruitiness and a touch of floral hops. There's a faint underlying metallic scent as well.

Tastes malty and fruity like the nose. Sweeter than I had anticipated from this brewery. Hops show up in the finish to lend a nice balance and mild bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Light to medium bodied. Not filling, but not wimpy at all.

Reminds me more of an English style Pale Ale. Easy drinking and flavorful. The name is fitting; this would be a great summertime brew to enjoy at a game with a couple of hot dogs. Damn, I'm ready for baseball season.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:06:44 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear dark golden color with a large-bubbled off-white head that fades to near nothingness pretty quick.

Smells not completely unlike the Brooklyn Lager. Bright grassy hops and toasty malts are the main attraction here. Has a neat spicy-zesty nose that is reminiscent of a good kolsch.

It tastes zesty as well. Wow, the flavor is great. Alot of earthy hoppy bitterness. Crisp, with little to no sweetness to it. Reminds me a bit of an English bitter in the flavor. Tasty and refreshing with a nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 07:55:49 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of mralphabet


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Orange and amber in color... Less than a fingers of head... No retention at all.

S: Mild floral hops with some sweet malt and a steely aroma.

T: Sweetness upfront with a floral hoppiness very nicely balance with some late bitterness. There is a metallic like crispness thought that grows on you.

M: Mild to medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty high and have a nice crispness to it.

D: I've said in the past I'm not a bid IPA or Pale Ale guy so... This is not the most exciting and not the most boring brew I've every had.... A pretty average session brew. One of the better Pale Ales I've had...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 04:09:28 | More by mralphabet
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 00:52:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a pale color as expected. Smelled biscuity with moderate hop aroma.. Mildy piney and grassy. Taste was odd to me very sour. Medium to light in body with very little carbonation as I would expect on cask. Bitter and sour on the finish. I'd try again on tap or in a bottle but not on cask. Average beer.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2009 04:26:19 | More by cpn920
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a sampler-pack in January 2009. Great find.

A= nice copper-amber with a modest tan-white head which doesn't linger long but laces rather nicely.

S= lovely light-hops florals that really shine if you're careful to note them, and toasted malts and bready whiffs.

T= reasonable hops bite without being overdone, a very nice balance with the toasty malty flavor and occasional depths of bready treats. Nice full flavored body.

M= clean, crisp, a slight hops bitterness remaining; a mild astringent feel as one approaches the bottom of the stein. Toasted caramel notes.

D= very drinkable, would go nicely with meals, casual consumption or session. This would be a great on-tap keg for a party.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 07:40:18 | More by therica
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.