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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 26
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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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 Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why i'd been avoiding the pennant ale for long now, but right at the brewery seemed like the right place to taste it.

Pale straw toned, carbonation is very discrete within, it's translucent and shiny. head is white although- and much like the rest on location- small (they pour them so).

Smell is grainy, metallic malt feel with a dry sense to it. hops in the background, although well blended, remains very discrete.

Taste is unlike most other pale ales, which i found to be an interesting alternative- it is clearly flavorful, but it isn't sweet. carries all the same characteristics of the others (the malts, the alcohol, the hops) but it simply isn't sweet. nonetheless the body is a bit thin, which ranks it lower for me.

Still, a decent, sessionable brew. perhaps for another season.

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A clear copper with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a fingers worth of head that fell to a 1/4 inch film leaving a little lace

S mild fruit with some bread and caramel

T not far from the smell only with a little more malt

M thicker then expected and good carbonation work quite well for it

D a decent beer but nothing amazing, still worth drinking though just don't pay to much for it

I've had better beers from this brewer without doubt, and in my part of the world it's a little pricey

Photo of dahlen22
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright amber with decent head.

Aroma: Nothing special here. Some malts and fruits.

Taste: Malts, fruits and some dry biscuit taste. Not a bad English-style ale.

Mouthful: Smooth and malty with a bit of spice on the end.

I bought this when my folks came over b/c my father grew up in Brooklyn during the 1950's and was a Dodgers fan. Not one of the best beers that Brooklyn Brewery has produced, but it is easy to drink and refreshing, so it is worth a try. Cheers!!

Photo of Jesstyr
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Pasta Nostra in South Norwalk. It was on the menu as a "brown ale", but clearly that was mistaken - and may have gotten my palate confused. Additionally, not a good beer to follow Rochefort 10, unfair comparison.

A: Pours a rich amber, which is a plus, but the head is barely there, and dissipates quickly.

S: Heavy grain, hoppy.

T: The first thing I note is how thin this is, and very grainy. No particular flavor stands out. Just like a regular lawnmower beer - nothing really special.

M/D: The thinness is the biggest issue, alcohol is noticeable, and dry. Its easy to drink...but why bother?

Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It has an amber color to it, clear with a small white head. Great smell to it, caramel malts, sweet, inviting. The taste is more of the same, a little bit watery though... mirrors the smell for sure.

A little light on the mouthfeel, exceptionally drinkable. I could see kicking these back one after another watching some baseball for sure.

Photo of mjaskula
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date is Nov 2009, today is Jan 2010.

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear copper-brown, with a thin off-white head that thins to a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is smooth and nutty with toasted malts, but faint. Flavor is clean and malty as expected. Flavor is as expected, malty with a dry and grassy hop finish. Some buttery and sulfur notes exist in the background. Carbonation is high, but pleasant. Pretty easy drinking, but overall nothing too special making me want more.

Photo of beerera4
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6er yesterday at Central Market on sale for 6.99 and another today on sale for 6.99 so you know how I feel about this exceptional beer already...

A: Dark golden brown, nice head with little retention. Could just be cause I have not mastered the perfect pour.

S: Toasty malts, little hoppy citrus but the alts take over. Smells damn good.

T: Ok, I'm a hop head and never cared for the maltiness or malty beers. THIS BEER CHANGED MY MIND! Wow! This is a perfect flavor pounding beer. Has Excellent malt to hp ratio with it dying fast and leaving a pleasant refreshing BEER taste. Great for any season of the year in my opinion.

M: Perfect carbonation smooth but carbonation but I still get the hop oils at the end. Remarkable.

D: ALL DAY LONG! I can drink 12 of these things, Be BUZZED but love it. It's a perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and session type brew.

Overall, Brooklyn really changed my mind on malty beers. I will always keep this in the fridge especially when Central Market in the Dallas/Ft Worth, TX Metroplex has it for 6.99 a six pack. Great beer!!!

And: what a fantastic label! Love the baseball! Sorry I know that has nothing to do with the beer but very cool!

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a real sleeper. So check it out. Branch Rickey would like that.

A - A nice copper hue, two finger head. Golden-dark like Don Newcombe's skin.

S - There is a pleasant, familiar aroma that I can't quite place. Oh yeah, it's fresh orange blossom honey. Now that I've placed it, I can smell it strongly. It is the smell of real raw honey, the kind with the honeycomb still in it, and not honey 'flavor'. Bittersweet like the non-HOF career of Gil Hodges.

T - It has great flavor. Biscuity and surprisingly dry, given the honey nose. Refreshing, but not light. A substantial as Duke Snider in the batter's box.

M - It is silky with a little sparkle, but a bit undercarbonated. Not as shimmering as the defensive prowess of Pee Wee Reese.

D - Oh yeah. Worthy of seving at Ebbets' Field. Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo and Sandy Amoros would've crushed a round.

Photo of TexIndy
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a clear copper color with carb streams from the etching only. It had a very small fizzy head that almost didn't cover the surface. It quickly evaporated into a good collar. Later, a foam center formed from the streams. No lacing.

The aroma was toasted malts, burnt caramel and metallic. Not very good. The taste followed suit and again there wasn't much there to enjoy. Mouthfeel was watery with a metallic aftertaste.

Overall, really didn't enjoy this one that much. Aroma and taste were off to me and the metallic aftertaste finished it. The first Brooklyn that I didn't really like and wouldn't have again. Don't recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX but one is enough for me. Just not my style.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zach brought this back from Rochester, NY. Thanks bud!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and deep amber, producing a large, fluffy head of off-white foam. Great retention and lots of lacing. Light carbonation can be seen within.

Smell: Toasted biscuits, flowery hops, caramel? (it's something sweet), and a very familiar herb that I can't put my finger on... Call me weird, but I just caught a whiff of BBQ potato chips. This is an interesting smell, that's for sure. Have fun with it!

Taste: Very malt forward. Toasted grains own the palate in the beginning, and malt bitterness and honey pull through in the finish. The hops taste flowery and don't exhibit a whole lot of bitterness (or don't appear to).

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lightly carbonated, and malty. The aftertaste isn't great, but it doesn't last too long either. A touch chewy.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the smell, but otherwise I didn't think this beer was anything special. I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-off white head and a copper body, slightly cloudy

S-very nutty and sweet nose

T-great roasted malt, cereal like flavor. Enough hops to keep it from being too much


D-really a great all around beer. Maybe the "fat tire" of the the east as my wife would say

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

A: Nice browm color with a nice soft head.

S: malty with a slight nuttiness to it. Balanced.

T: toasty maltiness backed up with just the right amount of hops.

M: just right. not one particular aspect of this beer over whelms any one part of the palette.

D: definite session beer. easy going beer.

I will definitely seek this one out again.

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

Appears as an amber hazy color with a nice initial finger of white head that soon thinned to a light film with some accumulation at the edges.

The scent is full of yeast, taking on a bread-like smell to it, some carmel and some light citrus.

The taste showcases the graipfruit-citrus right up front, the bready and toasty malts taking a back seat to the hops.

Another point for Brooklyn, these guys continue to impress me.

Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of thecarster1.

Pours a deep, hazy amber that shows brighter orange when held up to the light. THe head is big and fluffy but retreats quickly to a small cap.

The aroma is mainly bready malts and lightly toasted grains, with a bit of caramel in there as well. The hops are very subdued with only a little bit of earthy character.

The taste is a bit bolder with some bigger flavors than the aroma would suggest. There is a more noticeable grassy and citrus hop presence up front, followed by a very English-style biscuity malt backbone. The finish is dry with a combination of toasted breads and light citrus bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy with a soft but ample carbonation.

I tasted this one side by side with Brooklyn's East India and I think I prefer this one actually. I think it's a better example of the style than the IPA is with more complexity. Tasty.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle needs to be updated here. It actually says Pennant '55 on it now. Pours to a medium amber color with a decent head. Aroma is of caramel malts and flavor is much the same. The beer is rather dry with a slight bitterness but overall it is rather pleasant. I would not say no to this one if offered it.

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

A coppery light brown with a nice head and good lacing all along the glass as I drink. Not much carbonation activity but it is there.

Smell is very malty. Good fruitiness and light floral hoppiness. A nice yeasty bread component seems wrapped around a caramel center.

Taste is smooth and malty with a rich earthiness. A big bready backbone flows with a light caramel type sweetness. Crisp hop bitterness makes for a clean a dry finish with yeasty biscuit lightly lingering with more earthy hops. Feel is nicely carbonated, mildly effervescent with a light creaminess. A medium weight that seems to sit just a little heavier in your belly than you might think making it somewhat filling but still light enough to quaff.

Very drinkable. An excellent session beer.

Photo of bob3701
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adam's glass. Nice rich amber color with a big bubbly head. OK lacing. To me I really like this American version of an English pale ale. This is a great session brew to me. Goes down nice an easy. And love the baseball connection too.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and some spice

Taste: toasted malt, bread, and small hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: Another very sessionable biscuity beer. I could have three. A lot of the flavor here is reminiscent of the flavors I associate with Abita's beers. This is an above average, not great beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried on tap at the brewery 12/09.

Pours a deep golden amber colour, with a decent head of white foam that leaves some good lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation. Looks a bit thin in the body. Overall, it's not bad; a bit generic, but done well.

Grainy sweetness on the nose. A little pencil-shaving hoppiness, and some yeasty funk that reminds me far to much of Pride of Ringworm, our most spurned and hated Australian hop. Not a fan.

Taste is similar. Some bready yeast character, wit a little grain sweetness. A little phenolic, almost chemical note on the back. Quite rank with bitterness on the back. Not a fan, really. Mouthfeel is spritzy and sparkling. Nice enough.

I'm not a big fan. It tastes very generic and bland, with its only characters being generall unpleasant. It's not undrinkable, but it's not particularly likeable. Brooklyn brews some far better beers.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium copper with a fairly decent foamy off white head. Some good lacing.

Tough to get much aroma out of this one. Some light sweetness and maltiness.

Thin flavored light caramel sweetness, some light toasted malt, with some hop bitterness peeking through. Muted flavors. Balanced, meaning nothing outshines another aspect of this beer -- all equally subdued.

Decent carbonation, medium to medium-light bodied.

Overall, not bad, but really lacks depth. Easy drinking but not one you will hunt down. Could be good for drinking around the grill while you wait to eat, but that's it.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Brooklyn's Pennant Ale pours a light copper in color.

S. A not so strong aroma of bready malts.

T. Pale malt flavors dominate, with a leafy, earthy hop in the mix to balance.

M. Mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation and is light bodied

D. Drinkable through and through. Drinks like a pilsner actually with light malts and a good hop character.

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-deep amber...fluffy two finger head...nice collar and lacing...good level of bubbles

s-sweet malt and thats about it....a little bread

t-malty sweetness up front..some bread and a little caramel..finishes dry and leathery

m-medium bodied...fizzy from the carb...decent coating on the mouth and tongue..

d-cold drink several of these as a lawn mower beer...not a bad drink

received as a gift and enjoyed it..not over the top but solid in its style

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB DEC 2009 1739

Nose is malty and hoppy with slight sourness. Toasty bread malt. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear honey with yellow highlights & moderate head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows nose with good solid hop flavor, mostly floral, with a good bit of bitterness, sourness, and tartness. Toasty bready malt background, mild ale fruitiness. Lots of carbonation, medium body. Fairly dry. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Decent drinkability.

Not very exciting, but not bad. Classic English maltiness that improves with warmth. Near-blistering tartness on the edge of the tongue. Well carbonated.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a tall pint glass.

Hazy light brown with off-white head about half an inch high. Little retention, low lacing.

Smells like mild caramel-esque malt with strong, but not overdone, hops that aren't sterile. Nothing exceptional, but not very strong.

Taste is a little like cereals with strong bitterness. The hops are a touch too strong for me - it masks the grain flavors at the beginning too quickly. But, I like the hop flavor.

Generic mouthfeel, but not bad. Bubbles are very small, which is always nice in a beer like this.

Easy to drink, and easy to enjoy. A good beer for a session, or even to pair with food. Pork with applesauce or pizza would be a good pair.

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

Pours deep amber (is that a mosquito in there...?) with a finger height white head. Appears to be a rather carbonated head. Leaves some decent lacing down the glass, more like chalk marks than lace though. Smells sweet with an emphasis on caramel. Slight tang in the nose from some type of hop. Taste follows the nose, but there is a bit of a strange aftertaste, must be from the malt used. I can't place the exact "offness" of it. This has a nice weighted mouthfeel to it, not too heavy and certainly not too light.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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