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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 95 | 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 soju6
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color with a moderate head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Light fruity and herbal aroma.

T: Crisp with a mild malt & sweetness. A touch of bitterness with a fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body with carbonation, expected a bit more.

D: Good brew, not overwhelming.

soju6, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of inlimbo77
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass. Bottle states "Enjoy before 11/10".

A: Dark, amber color. Basically no head after the initial pour. Very little lacing.

S: I get yeast and malt. Not really any strong hop aroma.

T: Malt taste mostly, but that is what the bottle reads about this brew. Being a hop guy, the lack of much by that way is disappointing. Good but not great.

M: Very easy drinking beer. Smooth going down.

D: As mentioned, this is a very drinkable beer. I definitely could have had more than one for this review but really didn't want to. Good but not great. Brooklyn has made better (see Local #1 or #2).

inlimbo77, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice amber colour with a really short lived head.

s-yeasty, a little bit of citrus from the hops. I didn't get much malt out of it...but my sense of smell sucks.

t-little bite from the hops, some sweetness, a nice balance.

m-Nice for the ABV.

d-very drinkable...I had two doing this review...and it was less wordy than my normal reviews.

Mit, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Fnord
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear pale amber with a large offf-white head.

Smell - Hay, caramel, toffee, biscuit, a little alcohol, and some floral and grapefruit hops.

Taste - Sweet with some bitter bite at the back. There's a little bit of an acerbic finish, which I'm assuming isn't supposed to be there.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin body and medium-high carbonation.

Notes - It's a nicely balanced ale, and even that acidic finish doesn't ruin it. I'm not at all sure what style it is, I guess somewhere between an EPA and a blonde ale. Given the sporty theme, I'm guessing it's indended to be refreshing and tasty but not distractingly complex, and it succeeds at this goal.

Fnord, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours copper with a bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of foam.

S-caramel and toffee are prominent. Its got a nice balance between the malts and hops and it is floral in the English Pale ale tradition. Smells great.

T-Like the nose its very balanced. Caramel and toffee notes come through first and it finishes with a nice toasty note. Its very crisp and clean.

M-A little on the thin side.

D-Very drinkable, great taste and average abv. make it a true session beer.

Another great beer from Brooklyn Brewery that I hope to enjoy more of in the future.

thegodfather2701, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Poured from a bottle marked best before Nov 2010 into a pint glass. The beer is a clear copper liquid with a big off-white head made of small bubbles. Lots of additional small bubbles are rising within the glass. It has a grassy, fruit aroma. Are those green apples I smell? Some medium colored (not pale or dark) malt sweetness is noticeable. There is a lot of pale malt flavor. A little bit of fruit and some hops in the finish. A kiss of toffee is also in the finish. It has a medium body and strong carbonation. It leaves a slick film on my tongue. I find it to be pretty drinkable. I don't think I would purchase a six pack of this style, but any that came in a variety pack would be welcome.

ToasterChef, Aug 18, 2010
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. Best before date of 9/2010. Review from months upon months of a backlog of notes.

A: Pours with a large 3 finger off-white head, foamy and frothy. Excellent retention. The body is a clear amber color with red hints throughout.

S: Average malt intensity of toasted caramel, cereal and biscuits. The hops are semi-fruity and even lightly herbal.

T: Moderately sweet with an out of place iced tea flavor note. Short flavor duration.

M: Medium-light body with a thin texture. Average effervescence.

D: Drinkable, yes, but I wouldn't purchase another. I'm a fan of the Brooklyn Brewery but the Pennant Ale comes across as more of a placeholder in their portfolio than anything else.

FeDUBBELFIST, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a stange, this was a clear deep copper. nice dense creamy head and lacing.
S: muted. some caramel noted and maybe a hint of earthy hops.
T: lightly sweet bready caramel malts are well-balanced by a smooth, earthy, and lightly spicy hop bitterness.
M: well-carbonated. just over light-bodied. crisp and frothy.
D: very quaffable, enough going on to keep it interesting.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, medium brown-orange hue with two fingers of rapidly dissipating fizzy ivory head. Not too bad.

Smell: clean, sweetish malt aroma. A slight hint of grain and a floral character which could be hops or could be esters from fermentation. I must say I rather like it.

Taste: clean and a bit drier than the aroma. Finish is smooth and bitter, though with a bit of an astringency that I could maybe do without. Well-balanced and relatively tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good well-integrated carbonation. I really like the feel of this one.

Drinkability: refreshing and quite drinkable. I would definitely sit down with a couple of these down the pub.

flagmantho, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Ezone024
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark amber color.. thin quick disappearing head, smells of earthy fruit and pale malt..

taste is bready, fruity and the hops just bite a little on the spicy side...

has great balance, very traditional english pale.
the taste on the tongue is a flat pale, with a clean hop finish.
great beer to throw back during a long summer.
Especially if you're a met fan

Ezone024, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of rpardon7
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle and had a 1inch tight white head that faded down into lacing that stayed with the beer. The beer was well carbonated and had a wonderful copper brown color. The smell is a very heavy malt/biscuit with slight floral hop smell. Tast very malty at the front with hints of fruit and biscuit, slight floral hop taste but this beer is all malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth not overly carbonated but has a nice crisp finish. Drinkablitity this is a beer that you could definately have more than just one. Great with pizza and is a very sessionable beer.

rpardon7, Aug 04, 2010
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 damndirtyape
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle (best by Sept. 2010) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear tarnished copper (orange-brown) color. Persistent 1/8" light tan foam across the top with plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. The small amount of lacing keeps wanting to slide back down the glass.

Smell: Very malty upon first pouring, but is replaced with a oddly hoppy and grainy odor later. It's okay - just not as appealing as the initial malt smell.

Taste: The more this warms up, the more it tastes like a English pale ale - it's remarkably close to the cask ales I had in the UK just a few weeks ago. Some biscuit-like malts at first, but these are washed away by a grass-like bitter finish, but the bitterness is never strong. It's almost a crisp finish, but not quite. When it was cold - the first sip was smooth malt and a hint of fruits (cherry). This went away quickly though.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation that cleanses the palate. Just a bit thick, but nothing special.

Drinkability: The carbonation keeps throwing me - I'm expecting a flatter English ale, and instead I get the higher carbonation one would get with a US beer. It's not bad, but the grassy hop flavor isn't quite doing it for me. It's satisfying, but I think it was better when first poured and cold.

damndirtyape, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber/copper into a pint glass, with two fingers of slightly offwhite head, good retention, and good lacing. Great hints of toffee, walnut, caramel, apple, pear, and herbal hops in the nose. The taste was simply a very good balance of fruit/nut/toffee/malt that progressed to a dry modestly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was medium- to full-bodied, with modest carbonation. Highly sessionable ale that I would love to try a cask-fermented version of.

donniecuffs, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in a party pack with four different beers in the 12 pack of bottles. I cracked one open because it is summer and I was thinking baseball. I am very satisfied by this beer.

A: Thin head but decent lacing throughout. Minimal carbonation very tight tiny bubbles. The color is solid amber and looks warming. The appearance is the only real detractor.

S: Smells bready and of a light citrus hop. Very clean and pleasant.

T: Taste like a pale ale should. Nice citrusy hops, fruity malt, a good medium roasted barley taste, and a lingering hop aftertaste. They hit this style on the spot.

M: Medium bodied and balanced. Neither drying nor wet. It is not airy and goes down smooth.

D: Very tasty and balanced. This is a good pale ale!

bigrzman, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish amber with a one finger white head, retention settles to edges, sticky lacing

S - Malty and bready, very clean aromas

T&M - Bready and a little grainy, slight buttery notes. Hints of fruity sweetness. Light bitter notes and somewhat bitter and dry in the finish. Medium bodied.

D - I like this beer; a nice version of the English style, easy to drink

ZeroSignal, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a fair lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with citric aromas and slight grassiness. Some grain notes as well.

Taste: Begins with caramel sweetness, finishing with more caramel notes backed up with citrus and spice. Hints of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a bit of dryness on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer isn't necessarily special, but still pretty good. Highly sessionable, I could have many of these in one sitting. A pleasant brew, but not necessarily the first one I'd go for.

Mosstrooper, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, and bready malts. Not much going on.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not one of my favorites from Brooklyn; I just think there isn't much going on except some light bready malts. I would much rather just buy their lager.

mdfb79, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber red to copper with good clarity. off-white thin head that left no cap to speak of. A swirl of the glass kicks up the lazy carbonation. Sweet caramel aromas with very light floral undertones. Flavor is a lot of the same, sweet malty taste with faint hop character. Very easy to drink, but relatively uneventful ale.

IronLover, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice clear copper color, the light tan head is fluffy and strong. Lacing is fair as the head slowly fades.

Great biscuity malt aroma, with some light flowery yeast esters. Flavor is mildly roasty, caramel sweetness. Hops not evident until slight bitter finish.

Nice body to this ale, yet easy to drink even on a hot day. I would not identify it as an English pale ale, but that's just me.

ZimZamZoom, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copperish color with a half finger head. The aroma is of sweet malts caramel and sugar with hints of floral hops at the back end. The taste has a sweet backbone, caramel malt and some breadiness come through. There is a very small fruitiness in the middle with the end having a slight floral hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation. Overall it is a good drinkable beer, it isn't the best english pale ale but every solid. Nothing to make you dislike it, but not enough to make you crave more and more like some others for the style.

goblue3509, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean and crystal clear amber with a frothy off white head.

S: Malty, fruity, and hops all at the same time. Very complex.

T: Malty and sweet with fruit undertones and a slight hop bite that provides a dry and slightly bitter finish. Disappointed in the taste after the very complex smell.

M: Thin and smooth.

O: Decent brew, but it wouldn't be my first choice of ales.

bundy462, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times before and, noting the style, it's alright. There's just some things that bug me about this beer.

The head is fascinating. Pours maybe a finger width. When it just about settles down, a rumbling (+.5 pts) like a rolling boil or the random flashes of a storm cloud as seen from above ignites on the surface of the head until the head dies out, and then it's just dead. I can't help but look at the color and think that the amber hue, with highlights of carnation pink, reminds me of (insert brand name) peach-flavored iced tea...

The aroma is blandly fruity - like peach or melon. No hop presence. Some faint hints of butter cookie as well. And I could swear there's some cumin in there, too.

Once again, more of that fruitiness, but this time I'm surely tasting honeydew melon tea. I've had the tea several times and it's an unmistakable flavor (it comes in a tube). Looking for grain or hop or biscuit or anything - of that, I maybe taste some biscuit. Whatever that "biscuity" flavor is, it comes out more as the beer warms, while the fruitiness fades out. Hardly any bitter, if any, in the traditional sense.

Feels like much carbonation lingers with a weakly astringent or biting feeling. Finishes somewhat dry. Melony tang coasts the mouth.

This is hardly undrinkable, however. I feel super-hydrated, but not bloated. A refreshing hot weather drink or mixer.

Bouleboubier, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from a variety pack. This is decent session ale, but compared to most Brooklyn beers (which I love), this beer just isn't that complex or flavorful. There's a little bit of citrus hops and there's a couple caramel and toffee notes, but I want more. This certainly isn't a bad beer, but it can't stand up to Brooklyn's other fine offerings.

tempest, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of simpliciter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a lovely copper with an offwhite head that pours thick and enduring.
S - Sweet sour fruits. Concord grapes?
T - Piney bitterness up front with balanced sweetness
M - Big and tongue coating. Bitterness lingers a bit too long.
D - very drinkable and crisp

simpliciter, Jun 05, 2010
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.