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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 Sobelani
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The go-to brew for ball games. Unobtrusive but with the pale ale zest you'd expect.

A red hint or amber to the color and a beautiful off-white head.

So smooth. Went through the first sixer rather quickly (this beer will make you keep fetching the cooler).

Is it the best Brooklyn? No. I liked Sorachi Ace and Monster Ale more (and maybe even the Lager) but with that said I'd rather have this one more often. It's a go-to brew. Will always hit the spot.

Suggestion: drink Pennant Ale while reading DeLillo's Underworld--a book following Bobby Thomson's home run ball from the hit to the early 90's. It (the beer and the book) has the rustic, ruggedness of the old times when baseball was really great.

Photo of NODAK
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is of a bit of thin malt, citrus and some English hops.

Taste is a pretty tame and thin one. The body has a tiny bit of sweet caramel malt with some breadiness on it. However, compared to many beers in style, it isn't very flavor forward. The finish has a bit of a watery feel to it with a sour note, but does have a decent hop bitterness closing to it that allows it to finish cleanly. All in all though, it just seems lacking.

The final verdict is that it's very drinkable and not offensive in any way, but could use a bit more "oomph".

Photo of whisperjet
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Pours a light amber. Had absolutely no head and very little lace. A high amount of visible carbonation

s: Very biscuity and malty. Like buttered bread. Strong smells of cereal grains and a light citrus. No real hop presence.

t: Very bready and buttery. Not well blended at all. I don't know how to describe it better than it tastes like buttered scallops. Not a fan. Freshness dated for December 2010

m: Medium bodied with biting carbonation

d: The taste is off putting and makes this a difficult beer to put back

Photo of wahhmaster
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, nutty brown color. Has a thin, white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet and caramel malts. Smells like a decent English Pale Ale.

Taste: Has a nice bitterness up front that is backed by a sweet malty character as it progresses. Pretty nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little bit watery but not too bad.

Drinkability: A decent interpretation of an English Pale Ale. Very sessionable and easy-drinking. Certainly wouldn't mind having one (or a few) of these again.

Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: A nice deep red with one centimeter of head that goes down pretty fast, leaving wisps remaining.

Smell: Very appealing roasted malts. Smells great.

Taste: This is a pretty solid pale ale. The hops that were missing from the smell come through in the taste, tempered by some fruits and sweet caramel. It's a good pale ale for sure.

Mouthfeel: It's a little under-carbonated for the style, but still feels pretty good going down.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink.

This is an above average pale ale. Nothing outstanding, but the fruit and caramel presence make it worth a try.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper in color with a small foamy head fading to just a ring around the edge. Little to no carbo's.
Nothing to write home as far as aroma: malts and hops with the hops having a slight lemony taste.
Nothing special tatse wise, maybe a bit of biscuit. Dry
Average beer.
Last night I had a Samual Smith Old Brewery Pale Ale. That was a very good beer in my opinion.
The reviewed beer doen't match up very well.
Drink well my friends

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

Had on tap at the Portside in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: amber with an off white, cream colored head. Left behind good lacing in the glass.

Smell: I get roasted malt and sweetness in the smell. No hops are noticeable by me.

Taste: follows the nose. Very sweet with some roasted malt flavors. Lots of caramel and toffee in the taste with a slight hop presence.

Feel: medium bodied and very smooth without any bitterness. Its very lightly carbonated so its not that crisp.

Drink: good drinkability wise. This would be good for a few rounds.

Overall, fairly enjoyable beer but nothing incredibly exceptional. I would definitely give it a shot.

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

Purchased as part of a "Brooklyn Party Pack" from Central Market in Plano, TX. Enjoying it here tonight back in Oklahoma.

On to the review...

I was expecting an insipid light ale of some kind. Instead i found a superb English-style Pale ale.

Pretty amber brew with a big off-white head. Clear as a bell. Looks almost like iced tea.

Dry yet malty aroma. Flavor is extremely balanced and crisp. Just the right amount of malt and hops. Dry up front with a sweet finish. The label says they use Scottish malt and I believe it. Nice heavy mouthfeel.

This beer would be very sessionable, thanks to the balance. Would be good with food too.

Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice deep golden color that lacked any meaningful head.

S - roasted malt was pretty much the only dominating smell. completely absent of any hint of hops at this point.

T - this is where I can detect some hop presence along with a caramel taste wrapped around the malt happenings. Tastes much better than the smell implied. A touch tart at finish.

M - nothing too far off the reservartion here. Medium carbonation that is pretty light on the tongue. Some sort of faint tinny presence in the aftertaste. Nothing too troubling, but it's there nonetheless

Not too bad as far as drinkability goes if it's one of a limited number of decent craft selections and you aren't in the mood for something too hoppy.

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.

Photo of popery
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ho hum beer. It pours mildly hazy and medium to light amber. The head is off-white and looks pretty good. The aroma is mild, floral-ish hops and generic biscuity malt. It's English enough, I guess, and might be a nice beer fresh served from a cask at the brewery, but from a bottle that's not too far from the "best by" date, it's nothing special or even notable. The taste is a bit sweet with a gently bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine - normal carbonation, a bit slick.

Photo of moester13
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden yellow color, nice and clear. Pretty lively carbonation, but didn't produce much head.

S: Light, flowery hop aroma with mild citrus hints.

T: The same flowery hop character up front, with a mild lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light and smooth with nice carb action.

D: Decent enough, would make a good conversion beer imo. I may have been more impressed if the bottle said wheat beer.

Photo of newk340
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a translucent amber bubbles with a very thin head.

S: hints of hops and malts underwhelm the nose.

T: some initial bitterness of hops that fades to a sweet, albeit dry, finish.

MF/D: light on the tongue, with a smooth, crisp swallow. a decent brew for a hot day.

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.

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).

Photo of Mit
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Fnord
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of rpardon7
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

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.

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