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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 84 | 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 BeanBone
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: A crystal-clear brownish-copper body capped by two fingers of off-white head holds well, but leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Bright, brassy, and herbal hops over a paleish caramel malt base.

Taste: Just what the aroma promised: lightly citrusy and grassy hops over a caramel malt backbone. There's a little bit of soapiness at times, but it's not a major issue. The aftertaste is earthy and biscuity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: With the agreeable flavor profile and mild alcohol content, this makes a great session choice.

Verdict: In Pennant Ale '55, dem bums from Brooklyn have brewed up a tasty and highly-drinkable English style Pale Ale that's bang-on for the style. If you're looking for a solid English Pale to session, you won't go wrong here.

BeanBone, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. The aroma is slightly sweet, with a hint of hay and citrus. The sweetness of the malt is the dominant flavor. The finsish is crisp with a slight bitterness. The brew has medium body and avaerage carbonation. A solid EPA, but nothing to knock you socks off.

bonkers, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

About as regular as an EPA pour can get. Dark reddish brown topped with a thin collection of white bubbles that's more of a cap than a head.

Smells just perhaps a wee bit stale. Box says best before 08-09... are we just on the cutoff? Still, pretty good. Firm toffee malts, light spicy hops.

Tastes much as it smells. Well balanced, crisp and light. Malt starts bready with light fruit nodes, moves into a sweeter middle of mild caramel and toasted whitebread, ends with a combination of sweet malt and light, bitterdry hops.

mynie, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Brooklyn Pennatt Pale pours a golden hued, slightly amber. Lots of buttery, slightly toasted malt and modest hop aroma fill the nose. A really English style pale ale with a good amount of malt coming through in each taste.

Personally: Brooklyn Pennatt Pale Ale is my kind of beer, malty and refreshing.

WCBCFrank, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

This beer is a light amber color, with a very airy head that fades to almost nothing quite quickly. The aroma is reasonably nice, with a softly toasty malt smell with some modest hops. The malt is the strongest component of the taste as well, offering toastiness together with a faint touch of caramel. A moderate bitterness helps balance the sweetness, and dry the finish.

Not a bad beer, but very ordinary.

allengarvin, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

8/11 live tasting: 12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint
Honey colored, crisp and translucent with a strong chimney of nucleation, but only a slight cream colored head to top this off.
Sweet and medicinal in the nose - a mellow and warm herbal earth aroma amasses, folding into some characteristic crisp noble hops, backed by gentle but bright sugar grains. Good, clean example of the style.
At first, the mouth lacks some of the biting hoppiness that I'd expect to see, but instead provides a generous amount of soft, floral hop presence that is interesting. This is harmonized by a full and grainy sweetness. The effect is slightly medicinal, certainly interesting but still refreshing and easy. Later, the beer warms and the bite appears in my throat - very pleasing. It is slightly oaky now, dry grains, and canned corn in the back of the throat. Going veggie on me now... losing points as I finish up... This beer is better enjoyed cool if not cold.
The light mouthfeel is complimented greatly by the superior carbonation. Overall a refreshing beer, relaxing...

Philabeerphia, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -8%

I'm not that much of a baseball nerd that I can rattle off all that happened in 1955, but I do know that in 2009 the Cubs are tied for first and the Nationals have won five in a row. Seems a good enough reason to crack open Brooklyn's Pennant Ale '55.

Looks good enough, with a finger-thick head, creamy and long-lasting, sitting on top of a bronze liquid that features thousands of bubbles rushing to the top.

Nose features that distinctive Marris Otter smell -- toasty, bready. A distinctive smell that often reminds me of bread pudding.

A fruit element comes in, and it's actually leaning on the sour side. More so than I'd like and more than expected. Bready maltiness abounds, which is good, as it keeps the sourness of the fruit element at bay. This has two months to go before it's expired, and I doubt Brooklyn lacks that kind of quality control that afflicts poorly-made and unintentionally-soured beers. Maybe it's just not what my palate wanted right now.

Too crisp, too light, and a bit fluffy. Not really my kind of mouthfeel, even considering the style. But certainly not atrocious. It is what it is.

A good, drinkable, serviceable beer. One I would gladly sip at a baseball game, but probably wouldn't reach for otherwise.

Metalmonk, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottle marked best by December 2009.

A: Deep amber coloring with nice full head, lacing and carbonation apparent as well. Good looking brew.

S: Malty, spicy, almost fruity tones from the nose. Definitely smells like EPA rather than APA.

T & M: Very nicely balanced with a slight tilt toward the malt. Mouthfeel is quite coating with a crisp finish on the tongue. Just a little on the thin side but not overwhelmingly so. The fruity tones from the nose come out in the taste in a subtle manner.

D: Quite drinkable, DFW seems to get getting more and more Brooklyn brews and this is right up there with the Brooklyn Lager in my opinion.

elniko, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

On draft at Bobby Qs restaurant in Westport. Poured into a shaker pint glass. Copper brownish red with a dollop of white foam.

Smell was not as pronounced as the bottle offering, but some bready malt came through.

I found the draft version to be extremely tasty - the grape/fruitiness wasn't as apparent as it was for the bottled version. Instead the malt pushed through more for me. The hop lingered in the background and made itself known without controlling the flavor.

Great Brooklyn offering and very drinkable in the tap version. Highly recommend.

KTCamm, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of wspscott
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Dark, copper color with a thin off-white head that leaves a small bit of lace, crystal clear. Would have liked a better head.
S: Sweet malts, a little bit of toast, some caramel, a little muted.
T: The malts are in the forefront with some hoppiness balancing things out. The hops are on the grassy and earthy side with some floral bits. The grain never gets covered up by the hops. A little bit of caramel sweetness, maybe a little yeast character.
M: Crisp with a medium body (on the rich side), medium level of carbonation.
D: A very nice pale ale in the english tradition, very nicely balanced between hops and malt. Easy to drink and a reasonable level of alcohol makes this a good session beer. Worth trying.

wspscott, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

This one is a sort of coppery mahogany color with orange-reddish highlights. The head wasn't especially strong but a foam stuck around and left a few spotty patches of thin lacing.
A nice balance of malt and hops with a citrus undertone is the aroma. There's some wheat and yeast detectable here as well.
The balance of malt and hops comes through well in the taste. There's a yeasty / wheat backbone the whole way and tangy citrus zest is pretty strong. There's a dry herbal note in the finish.
Bdy is moderate. A nip from the active carbonation adds a crispness to a brew that's otherwise mostly smooth.
A worthy offering from Brooklyn.

Brenden, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours copper with a thick, fluffy white head.

Floral notes in the nose.

Can't put my tongue on any flavors, but it's got a slight hoppy bitter and some sweetness to balance. Decent lacing.

Has a crispness in the mouth...just enough bitter to cleanse the palate but enough sweetness that the bitter is short lasting.

I would enjoy drinking this often.

RickS95, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Brown in color, slightly bubbly, clear with a limited head.

S- Slight malt scent to it.

T- I like the malt in this beer, not too strong. Just a mild maltiness with a touch of fruitiness.

This is a very solid beer that doesn't do anything really special other than being well balanced. But it works.

Amalak, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Presentation 12oz poured into a pint

Appearance: medium amber in color, small head that dissipates quickly into a thin soapy lacing.

Smell: Malt characteristics are like dark fruit, tiny floral aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit and some what "bready" malt. A very very small amount of chocolate and Carmel. Slightly alcoholic in taste. Not immensely complex, but very balanced. But let it warm up a little, when its cold you can't taste anything.

Mouthfeel: smooth and balanced goes down easy. Achieves the perfect amount of carbonation. A medium body.

Drinkability: a darker beer that's smooth and easy to drink. A nice rival to beers that are lighter in color and grainer in taste. Not complex enough to be a sipping beer, but tasty and easy enough to drink to be a good session.

MaxBrews, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours copper colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy & flowery hops

T: Herbal bitterness, grainyness & some citric hops up front. Slight apricot fruittyness as this warms, along with leafy hops. Finishes a bit crisp with hints of golden delicious apples & lemons

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, in style, but nothing special IMO

russpowell, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured a dark orange color with a small white head.Nose was nice with subtle hops, citrus and malts. Taste is malty, hops with citrus notes, bready and chewy. Medium bodied and tasty. Could be a good session beer. Low ABV was nice and it was well done overall.

barleywinefiend, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of beerphan
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz bottle -> american pint
best before July 2009 is stamped on the bottle

Pours a dark amber with a billowy off white head, that deposits some sweet droopy rings of lace. Carbonation appears robust and appropiate.

Nose: LIght malt, not much happening for me...

Malty from the start, with sweet caramel, some breads and candied sugar. No real hop presence until the slight bitter sweet finish. Nice fully bodied ale, that finishes semi-dry and bitter. I love the mouthfeel for an APA, this beer is no wuss.

Go Pens! Go Phish!

beerphan, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Rather dark for a pale ale. Further into the brown territory than most. Good, sizable head, 1+ fingers; modest retention. Minimal lacing.

S/T: Very sweet-malty, like butter on a toasted biscuit. Mild hop astringency in the background provide a nice sidenote. Becomes a bit metallic toward the end. Very complex.

M: Decent. No complaints.

D: The maltiest pale ale I've ever had. I'd expected it to be a bit hoppier, being American, but was fully satisfied with how it turned out.
Perhaps classifying it elsewhere might make sense.

dudecandle, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of coalcracker
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance: Even gold color with mild head and active carbonation.

Smell: Nicely balanced aroma with a nod to the hops here- hops bring out a grapefruit/piney aroma. Malt aroma is biscuity.

Taste: Quick hoppy snap builds into a deeper malty taste. Hops are citrusy indeed. As with smell, malts are biscuit-like but also have a sweet caramel attribute. Finishes on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth after the hop bite.

Drinkability: Good drinkability and representative of the APA style.

coalcracker, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A nice summer beer. In a bottle, Best By July 2009. It had a dark amber color in my pint glass, with a medium-sized off-white head. Malty aroma with some sweetness. Bscuit/toast taste, still sweet, like fruit. Rather dry in the mouth. This was a great beer to drink after mowing the lawn.

lordofthewiens, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

a- bottle poured into a pint, great amber coppery color, half finger of bubbly head that didn't stay too long, lots of lacing, ring around the glass, also nice bottle for a baseball fan.

s- malty, little bit of yeasty bread, snappy smell, little bit of floral notes, sweetness, pretty complex, nice.

t- malty, toasty, good sweetness, not overly alcoholic taste for being 5.20%, smack of hops at the end, very enjoyable.

m- nice thick mouthfeel, goes down very easy.

d- very drinkable beer, pleasantly suprised with this one, great for a session. thanks sarah!

thecarster1, May 28, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

A- Bright copper color with thick off white head. Head has legs and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Malty but delicate, little notes of caramel and hops.

T- Malty and a little bready, chewy as well. Some toasted notes make their presence know before being dominated by a crisp hop finish that has a slight bitterness to it.

M- Light in the mouth maybe a little thin, decent carbonation.

D- Good session beer, easy drinking no hint of the 5.2% ABV.

Decent session beer, but not one to go out of one's way for.

ToddT, May 16, 2009
Photo of Bartrob6
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

looks decent. kind of dark for the style. good head and good lacing left on the glass.

smell is dominated by malt. breadiness. wish there was some more hops on the nose.

caramel and bready taste. just not as much hops as i want. decent beer but i might put this in the amber category. decent hop bitterness.

good carbonation. and very sessionable beer. i would drink this in the future but it would be when i was looking for an amber.

Bartrob6, May 12, 2009
Photo of smerkinb
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

This review from notes on 4/3/09.

Pours coppery orange with a loose khaki head over 2 fingers. Minimal spotty lacing.

Smells slightly floral with caramel like malts. Sweet with some hints of citrus.

Taste hits the bottle description on the nose--toasty, biscuity malts. Surprising given my impression on the nose. Malts grab the attention first, then the hops jump in with floral, clean and barely there astringency which is the taste that lingers.

Smooth mouthfeel and the dry finish makes it go down fast and easy. Medium to strong carbonation. Finishes dry and light.

Delicious and with the dry finish easy to quaff. The hops were well balanced by the malts. Refreshing and satisfying on a hot day. I'll be having this again.

smerkinb, May 11, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

my sister brought this back for me from her most recent excursion to manhattan. after watching torii hunter steal a home run away from miguel olivo i feel a need to have a baseball beer. and hell what is in my fridge?

cracks open with a loud hiss and pours into my pizza port pint glass. A nice clear amber color with a one finger white head that shows up and recedes quickly leaving a slim ring of bubbles around the edge of my glass.

smell is interesting. sweet malt presence but a slight spicy quality. almost a burnt toast feel. not really crazy about the smell. not terrible but it really catches me off guard.

taste is decent. malty. a slight floral hop snap near the end.

mouth is medium bodied. almost feels like drinking a soda as the carbonation attacks my palate. decent feel at the end.

overall a passable beer. nothing to go crazy over but nice to put back on a warm summer day. i would drink it again.

Mauerhan, May 10, 2009
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.