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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | 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 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
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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
Photo of cpn920

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
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brooklyn Jazz Club in Newark Airport.

Pours a golden-amber with a fluffy white head.

Nose has a dry, pale malt quality, as well as a bit of citrus, and spicy, piny hops coming through.

Taste matches suit - pale, biscuity, dry malt note, and a spicy, resiny hop quality, with a dry finish that pairs a biscuity exhale with a lingering light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, very fizzy, with a medium-light body. Tone down the fizz and you have a nicely drinkable, quite tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 23:00:38 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darker gold with a pretty small head that goes away as quick as it's poured. No lacing. Smells really good. This is the high point of this beer. I smell sweet malt, bread, and honey. It makes me want to drink this now!

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, which I like. I'm not sure where the flavor went on this one. The taste and aftertaste is like I just ate some beef stew. Ick. I love me some stew, but I don't want to drink it. The honey that I smelled is absent as there isn't an ounce of sweetness that I can find. Just a weird bitter meaty flavor. This is weird. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 21:02:17 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Aenema


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

Appearance - Pours a clear amber with a minimal head (the best by date was Feb '09, so that may have impacted it).
Smell - Caramel and maltiness stood out, though overall rather weak.
Taste - Biscuity malts transition to a brief burst of hops and a moderately crisp finish.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated with a brisk finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable and definitely a sessionable beer.
Overall - A decent beer with some nice notes, but nothing memorable to make me want to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:56:07 | More by Aenema
Photo of CrellMoset


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale, on tap at Mellow Mushroom, Charlottesville, VA, on 01/11/09. Served in a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Comes a transparent, pure copper-colored beer with the remnants of a slightly off-white head - all that's left is a thin collar of lace and a few dry streaks and blobs of foam. A decent looking ale.

Aroma: Caramelly, roasted malts dominate, dry and biscuity, rather English really, though there's also a decent helping of leafy and lightly citrusy hops.

Taste: Well-balanced, with the mildly to moderately roasted malt backbone providing the foundation for a handful of tart, citrusy, and herbal hop notes, backed up by a mild bitterness. Lemon notes are relatively strong, and there are plenty of grassy, hay-like undertones. Relatively quenching, given the dryness of the malts and the tartness of the hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bubbled but even carbonation in a relatively thin body makes for a dry, crisp, very British-feeling mouth.

Drinkability: Seems like more of an English pale ale to me, given both the hop and the malt profile. That being said, it's good for what it is - a dry, quenching, balanced but straightforward brew. If you're in the mood for that, this one will likely hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 03:29:15 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Jimbo87


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber, nice head. Left no lacing.

Smell is pretty faint. The malt and hops are balanced though, and it smells good, just not strong enough for me.

Taste is also not strong. Similar to nose. Not very hoppy. Decent beer but I wanted it to be more flavorful.

Mouthfeel is very nice. When you drink the head it's creamy. The beer is smooth and nicely carbonated.

High drinkability because of weak flavor. But I could have sworn I liked this beer a lot more the other times I've had it. Maybe a bad batch or it had been sitting on the shelf too long. I'll re-review it sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 21:46:59 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of WalrusJockey

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- transparent golden, with a medium-to-thin sized white head.

Smell- sweet scent of hops and malt. Slight notes of citrus and nuts.

Taste- sweet, fruity malt. Swallow is cleansing hops, with nearly no aftertaste. Not much yeast at all. Well balanced, a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel- juicy and light.

Drinkability- good. The beer is sweet and light and flavorful and juicy.

Notes- above average. Enjoyable. Drinkable. Great label design. Not a stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:22:22 | More by WalrusJockey
Photo of bataround


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark amber color, with a small but consistent head. No apparent lacing, and the beer had a somewhat flat appearance. The smell was impressive, with subtle fruity elements mixed with a strong malty odor. The hops become a little more noticeable in the taste, but the maltiness remains dominant. A bread-like taste was also present. The medium body was appropriate, but I would have liked a bit more fizz on the tongue. Maybe a little flat, but not terribly so. Overall, this Brooklyn product was a pretty good ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 20:50:23 | More by bataround
Photo of hopdog


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with the Pennant Ale '55 label.

Poured a medium and clear orange color with an average sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruity, and lightly nutty. Tastes of caramel, fruity and a little toasty. Thin body.

Notes from: 11/25/06.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 18:43:08 | More by hopdog
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours an orangish amber with an off white head that fades slowly to spotty lacing. the aroma presents a bit of malt, and an even lesser amount of floral hops. the taste brings the malt to the forefront with a nice sweet bready taste with a not much of hop bitterness to speak of. the mouthfeel is a bit late, but it is a pale ale and with the effervescence steaming through the glass I'll forgive it. a beer worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:30:27 | More by almychristopher
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ice tea-bronze color with only a very slight white head that quickly settled.

S: some caramel, and fruitiness along with a moderate herbal hopping.

T: The initial flavor had a light toasted grain sweetness along with a nice light flowery hopping of citrus hints. There was a fresh woodiness before finishing with a good floral hop fade.

M: The mouthful was light, a tad thin but had a decent herbal bitterness.

D: Drinks light and crisp, making for a decent summer time pale with a modest hopping.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:16:00 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale '55 is a dense amber ale with a small, dense, frothy off-white head that fades to a thin film with oily bubbles. It has nice dense lacing. (I just used the word "dense" three times in describing this beer's appearance) It has a smooth malty aroma with some spicy hops in it. The body is medium-light, foamy and pretty smooth. The flavor is well balanced, crisp and resiny. The bitterness is ample with a soft spice. The aftertaste is resiny with a touch of wood and leather. It's a nice, well rounded session ale.
(rated May 3, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 04:53:11 | More by yesyouam
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English. Conservative hop bill teeters on spicy malt base. Roast malt, light and crisp, hop bitterness on a long finish. Biscuit on the foundation, reminiscent of an ESB. Great session ale, though I crave more hops. It rides a fine center line; California Steam?

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 03:20:30 | More by SeanRedd
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