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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 27
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

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Photo of tapman
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head is tawny and very thin. Subsides to a small lace. Color is a gorgeous medium brown and appears lightly carbonated. The color is great and everything else, meh.

Very floral and fresh smelling. Hops are abundant and have a sweet quality to them. Sweet maltose and mellow hops make this a smell like a winner.

Soft and clean. Bitterness is moderate and the syrupy hops really pop in this one. The Marris Otter malt is round with maltose sweetness.

Very quaffable and good for an outdoor event, especially if grilled foods are involved.

I think that this brew is fantastic. I have tried a lot of Arcadia's english-style ales and this one blows them out of the park. So much flavor and so refreshing for the style. Two big thumbs up.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that I see this is an English Pale Ale I understand better why it looked and tasted as it did. It was a little darker in color and definitely maltier in aroma and flavor than most pale ales. I enjoyed it but I do prefer a cleaner pale in general.

The color was almost a dark amber, maybe even bordering on brown. Head was small but carbonation did stick around.

Smell was quite malty, almost similar to an amber ale. Some hops but not really a lot.

Flavor was very English in nature: low in alcohol but high in flavor characteristics. Very malty and somewhat thick with, again, not too much in the way of hops or alcohol character.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are good if this is your sort of thing. Those who like English ales will love this.

Photo of albertjr21
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that's best before 2.2011 into a Brooklyn tulip on 2.20.11, this pours a clear and carbonated looking bright medium amber color under a nicely sustained thin head. Aroma carries a moderate flowery hop nose that's also mildly metallic, sweet and possibly caramel noted. Opening has a big carbonated sour and tart citrus feel that quickly empties out into a refreshing malt scrub over the palate toward a pleasant toasted malt and earthy orange citrus finish. Not bad at all for a bottle on it's last good month.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of StetsonWeizen88
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Brooklyn pennant into a snifter from the bottle.

Appearance- when held to light the beer has an orange hue at the bottom and then gets more coppery and amber.

Smell- the aroma is very intriguing. I get freshly picked fruit, pears, peaches. I also get some perfume and citrus. Maybe a hint of biscuit.

Taste- taste is much of the same, with fruit/citrus at first and then some toast throughout the middle and then it finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is moderate and the drinkability is also moderate. It's an ok session but that tart flavor can get to ya.

Overall I really like this beer. I think Brooklyn is a great brewery and I'll be enjoying this one again.

Photo of seanyfo
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint sleeve, BBE Jan 2011

A- Copper body with excellent clarity, with a large creamy head reducing to 1 finger that has excellent retention, lacing to average to minimal.

S- What i would also call a distinctive biscuit malt sweetness that seems to present in the nose of most of Brooklyns ales

T- Juicy fruity note in the beginning with a touch of sweet malt, subtle. Finish is semi dry/tea like with no real hop bite, it just fades with a whimper. A light biscuity note lingers afterwards although im having to concentrate to get that.

M- Low carbonation, a bit thin, noticeable in the finish.

D- Easy drinking sessionable ale. Nice to look at at but lacks any real flavour profile to keep me interested. Lack of hop bite in the finish is disappointing but i cant call the beer imbalanced since any apparent malt note is very subdued. Overall, boring.

Photo of mjurney
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, clear. Some carbonation. Head looks fairly nice.

Fruity, malty, touch of earthy.

Sweet maltiness, caramel-toffee, buttery. Fresh fruitiness from the yeast, mixture of peaches and red apple. Slight hoppy bite at the end. Crisp clean body. Carbonation is very nice.

Very crisp finish, clean aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Really nice. Very sessionable.

Photo of sdsurfer217
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks orangish brown, with very little head that disappeared quickly. A low amount of carbonation flowing. Crystal clear

Aroma: Biscuity aroma, caramel tones. Toasty and fruity smells, raisens, prunes, with a little bit of citrus.

Taste: Bready, buttery flavor. Good malt flavor, with a balanced amount of sweetness. Taste the raisens and citrus. Just enough bitterness to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth well, more carbonation that I expected from looking at it. Almost a creamy texture.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and I would enjoy it all year. Enough malts to invite me during the winter and a good clean dry finish that makes it not too heavy. Definitely sessionable

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an impressive looking clear orangeish/amber with a large fluffy light beige head that leaves a nice slick on top of my beer for the duration. Aroma was malt dominant with amber malts, honey on brown toast and some grassy hops. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation and just a touch of bitterness on the end. Flavor isn't quite as pronounced as the aroma but was basically some cereal grains, toast, caramel and a slight touch of sourness. Very sessionable but average beer.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice 2 finger head on top of a dark caramel brown beer. Head is frothy and tan, soapy. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Subtle malty overtones, some wheatiness, floral hops.

T: Sweet clean up front, biscuity malts come through in the middle and then a dry hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is very clean, a decently dry finish. A little thin.

D: Very easy to drink pale ale, even if it is lacking a little something in the flavor.

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear dark amber colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with caramel and a pear juice fruitiness. There are also notes of lemon and it reminds me a little bit of a iced tea. It finishes with a malty slightly bitter after taste.

Drink - This kind of reminded me of a Fullers ESB, or along the same lines anyways. It was much better than I thought it would be, and I'd be happy to drink it again anytime. It's highly sessionable.

Photo of JizackFH
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear amber color. It has a big 3-finger slightly off-white head. The head left some good lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - The smell is toasty and malty. There is some hop presence as well.

T - the taste is of light toasted malts and caramel sweetness. There is some english hop presence that balanced it out pretty well. Also I am getting some fruitiness and some breadiness.

M - It has a light body with good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a bit of a creamy quality to it.

D - This has decent drinkability. It goes down pretty easy and is decently refreshing. It is a pretty good beer, but ultimately forgettable. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it.

Photo of magnj
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice 2 finger head sits atop the mostly clear orange amber body.

S - Malt forward, toasty, musty, sweet.

T - Sweet, somewhat fruity balanced flavor. Nothing really sticking out to me and there is a bit of a metallic flavor to it. Kinda of like unfermented wort.

M/D - Moderate carbonation and body, easy to drink, but forgetable.

Photo of cuttsjp
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I may have been spoiled with this one. Got to have it on cask, which gave me a wonderful Real Ale experience.

Presentation: Served into a beer goblet on cask at The Russell House

Appearance: Beer pours a pretty golden, light amber color with the smallest amount of haze and a nice smallish white head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Floral and earthy English hops, slight yeastiness and a little bit of grainy sweetness

Flavor: Mmm, nice English hops, biscuity cereal grains, and a bit of yeastiness with a slight residual sweetness. Very much like the aroma, but better!

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, light carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability/overall: Wonderful, drinkable ale that is a total treat to have on cask. Balanced and flavorful, yet simple and perfect. I have no idea how to get my homebrew on cask, but I'm going to have to look into it. I know that some people have done it.

Photo of Shrews629
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Mostly clear amber/copper color with burnt orange highlights around the bottom. A slightly off white colored head that was not very prominent nor did it have much lacing or retention.

Smell - Bread and biscuit notes. Some sweet smelling caramel malts. Some earthy, yeasty aromas. A bit of pine also.

Taste - Dry biscuit type flavor. Caramel. Slight bit of a toasty flavor along with a small hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Smooth and mostly dry. Could have coated the palate better I thought, but it wasn't bad. Seems to be nicely refreshing also.

Drinkability - This beer is alright. Nothing fancy, nothing special and nothing really bad. Could be an excellent Spring or Summer brew. Went down pretty easy.

Photo of aepb1
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Translucent orange brown body with an airy white head

S- Caramel malts, not much else

T- Caramel malts start it off and the body is malty, finishes hoppy, clean and crisp

M- Clean and crisp, light/medium bodied and a little more carbonation that I'd like but it does calm down with a little time

D- It's a decent, average EPA

Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as Brooklyn Pennant Ale 55. Pours copper with medium carbonation and nice but short lived white head. Aroma of pine hops with hints of malt. Body is medium and crisp. Flavor of pine hops and sweet fruity malt upfront with a short earthy hops finish. Not bad for the style.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Newbury Comics/Faneuil Hall Pin glass.

The color of this beer is a clear golden color with some orange highlights and a finger of foamy white head and some thin lacing.

The smell is a bit like e a larger at first. Some grainy flavor in the nose like a larger and it has a CO2 like flavor.

The taste is again, a bit grainy with some light fruity flavor. Some strawberry flavor mixed with some melon-like flavor and a touch of cherry. Some bitterness comes out toward the end and seems to heighten the melon flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium to light-medium with a really easy drinking feel. It goes down well and is highly drinkable.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass, presented with light amber color and light head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smell is a mild hop and toasted malt with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is a bit of caramely, lightly roasted malt with subtle hop note.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced with good presentation on the tongue through finish.

A nicely drinkable beer, understated flavors go well.

Photo of weller1js
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a healthly clear orange with a very slight red hue, light carbonation, foam disspates quickly leaving a slight ring of lacing.

smell: hops are bold yet well balanced with a barley/malt scent, slilghtly toasty.

taste: as the scent indicates, bold and balanced with just the right amount of hops, toasted malts, and clean taste.

drinkability: pleasant to drink, would definitely make for a good go-to beer.

Photo of mithunc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown, caramel orange color. Thin head that disperses quickly. Smells malty, with crisp, even floral smell of hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, little carbonation. Tastes malty, with caramel. Crisp and a little bitter on the back of the palate. Overall pretty smooth and very drinkable beer.

Photo of aranheaney
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Brooklyn Sampler Pack and was surprised to see that it hadn't been reviewed yet. Bottle has a best by February, 2011 date on it. Poured into a DFH snifter:

A-Amber-Brown with one finger of head that disappears with little or no lacing left behind

S-Label describes using "Scottish Maris Otter Malts" which do impart some biscuit and bread with a little bit of citrus

T-Decent, seems fairly consistent with the nose/smell

M-Good from start to finish, nothing outstanding nor anything unpleasant

D-Good, this is a nice tribute to the Dodgers, but it's not anything remarkable.

Photo of Derranged
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Guiness Pint glass.

A- Nice brownish red color.

S- Not good, kind of strange, a little bit like soap.

T- Much better than the smell. Malt, bread and biscuit flavors dominate. There was a little bit of sweetness, hops, very mild bitterness.

M- Thin and carbonated.

D- Very easy to drink.

A pleasant beer.

Photo of JWU
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lighter side of amber, with just a tinge of cloudiness. Light tan head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any lacing

s: caramel malts. Smells almost like an ESB

t: caramel malts are up front with some biscuity/bready flavors that almost taste a bit sour. A bit mineral-ish, and light hop presence closes it out with a bitter balancing kick.

m: heavier on the carbonation that most on the initial pour, but tames down a bit. the bitterness kinda coats the mouth one swallowed.

d: while not "top of the line" English Pale, I find this highly drinkable, and enjoy it quite a bit. I can see if you're turned off by the sourness in the flavor profile that you wouldn't care, but I kind of like it!

Photo of claspada
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are malty with some toasted caramel, cereal and biscuits. The hops are semi-fruity and even lightly herbal.

The taste is moderately sweet with an odd note that I just can't put my finer on. The hops are muted as well as the malt character. The odd taste maybe Brooklyn's house yeast which I have never been a big fan of. The mouthfeel is medium-light with a thin texture. Average effervescence.

Overall this is drinkable, but I wouldn't purchase another. I'm a fan of the Brooklyn Brewery but the Pennant Ale isn't anything to get too excited over.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.