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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55

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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: 132 | 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 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.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of bigrzman
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -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.

Photo of simpliciter
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of Evocatus
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It had a somewhat dark amber color, mostly opaque. Head was about a half inch thick, beige and bubbly. Aroma was a mix sweet malts and floral hops. There were some additional earthy sweetness to the taste which was similar to the aroma. Great body, could be a little more carbonated, but not that noteworthy. Great anytime beer that you can find locally, assuming you live in the NYC area.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Best before NOV 2010. I like the bottle design, with blue & silver stripes and the Brooklyn 'B' over a baseball.

Pours a clear amber. Nice dense head leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is fresh and bready, with some raw sugar sweetness coming through. Some yeasty fruitiness, 'biscuity' as the label says, with nice caramel overtones. Clean and bitter overall, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Decent body. A good, crisp offering.

Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear light amber color with a nice finger width head.

S: Smells very malty, almost like brown sugar, with some fruity, floral hop. Not much more than that.

T: The flavor upfront is very sweet. The maltiness has that toasted sweetness like brown sugar. The finish is fruity and floral hop.

M: The carbonation is a little on the high side. The finish is nice and dry.

D: A nice pale ale. No noticeable alcohol in the beer. The drinkability is reduced due to the high carbonation.

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

'Best before October 2010' from a Brooklyn variety pack. Pours a dark golden color. 3/4" of head which dissipated quickly. Minor lacing, but it's there. Very low carbonation. Almost a sweet flavor and a bit of a toasty taste. A decent offering from Brooklyn, but not my favorite.

Photo of DerekP
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Looks dark amber brown. A fluffy, off-white or nougat head.

Smells toasted. Biscuity; sweet malts.

Tastes sour; lots of diacetyl, and in this case, for the worse. Also showing some phenols - the medicinal kind. The flavors calm down somewhat and the brew improves as it warms up a bit.

Feel is a little weak; could use a little more bite. Medium-heavy body.

I poured the last glass from the growler out. Pretty disappointed, but not a terrible brew.

Photo of Morey
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This session ale poured amber in color with a nice white head which contains mostly tiny compact bubbles. Lots of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass leading one to believe that the carbonation might be on the high side.

Smell is biscuity and bready with slight grassy notes from the hops.

Taste is more of the same. Malty and smooth with a subtle hop presence.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium. The carbonation is a little too high on this beer. I find that it's getting in the way of the overall flavor.

I could drink this as a session ale, although it probably wouldn't be my top choice.

Morey's Bottom Line: For me, the carbonation is what keeps this ale from ranking up there with some of my favorite pales. That being said, it is nice and crisp and if you prefer a bitey carbonation, this might be a could choice for summer BBQ's.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a Brooklyn sampler case. I get 4 of these so Ill give this a go first.

A- Spot on what I would call amber. A nice head rises and makes you wait and pour slowly. It holds on for a while but fades to a film.

S- Very floral, English hops and bready, biscuity malts. Very nice and delicate.

T- Soft fruitiness, flowers, honey, cracker like malts. Its very balanced but leans towards a clover honey like sweetness.

M- Low carbonation, pretty substantial body with a very dry feel and finish.

D- This beer is so dry, clean, tasty and delicate that it begs to be drank. Im really liking this stuff, such a great sessioner.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm surprised I hadn't reviewed this yet. Served in a nonic pint glass, it has a darker than I remember amber color with a fizzy white head. That head doesn't last very long and soon dissipates to nothing.

The aroma was authentically English. Fruity and malty, with a ton of diacetyl that leads to a buttery smell. The hops are almost undetectable.

The taste is sweet with a butterscotch candy note. In the middle is some toasted grain, which leads into a very distinct tea flavor in the finish. It tastes like I'm drinking iced tea...there is even a slight lemon note to go with it. The bitterness is solid, but I barely notice it because of the tea and diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is light but noticeably thick. I would prefer it to be a little less fizzy, especially for the style. I wonder about the freshness on this beer, because it's nothing like I remember having it out of the bottle last summer. I'll try it again but for this pint, I wasn't a fan.

Photo of chickenwingking
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark honey / amber colour. Attractive but fast diminishing white foamy head.

S - Strong toasted biscuity malt aroma. Cereal smell develops as it warms.

T - Mostly dry - just a hint of sweetness comes through a slight raisin or fig flavor. Mainly crusty bread and biscuit. Hint of metallic bite to it but not unpleasant.

M - Harsh carbonation, full bodied with a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. A heavy pour helps to eradicate some of that harsh carbonation. This beer gets better and better towards the end of the glass once it's warmed a little and the carbonation dies down a touch.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Should really stand out with food - maybe a steak and ale pie.

Photo of nelnutter
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours nice amber color with solid white head with decent retention. Leaves very little, barely any, lacing.

S: Sweet, buttery, and bready malt. Can't sense any hop aroma at all.

T: Definitely malt-forward, but there's definitely some sort of hops coming in to play because it's not nearly as sweet as the smell lead me to believe. Definitely bready and sweet malt all the way though.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Very very drinkable and sessionable. Good English pale. Personally, I was hoping for a tiny bit more of hoppy bitterness.

Photo of vazy
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a thin head which disappears quickly. Body is a clear amber brown.

S- malty and earthy, im picking up some kind of almond notes. Really full with nutty and buttery aromas.

T- Somewhat hoppy and fruity. Its kind of buttery and biscuity, its smooth and finishes dry.

M- somewhat thick in the mouth, but not too heavy.

O- Its drinkable, its balanced and intriguing with its earthy aromas. Definitely something I'd like to drink at the ballpark or the backyard!

Photo of rosmhuire
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into unchilled pint glass after a tough workout.

Appearance: Amber-colored, average head and lacing

Smell: Getting a lot of malty bready goodness. No hop profile at all.

Taste: This is pretty good. Definitely more on the malt side of the equation, but not sickingly sweet - decent balance. You can't really notice the hops, but they must be there to provide balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, as all English pales should be

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

Off the pour a 2 finger had quickly rises and fades into a small head. Just more than a crown but laces pretty well. Deep transparent brown with no visible carbonation or sediment. Smell is a strong roasty, nutty, fruity something. Not your typical smell. Almost reminds me of marinara sauce honestly. Taste is a strong earthy and slightly hoppy mix that goes well with the smell and mouthfeel. Very balanced and drinkable.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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