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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 75 | 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 mralphabet


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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...

02-16-2009 04:09:28 | More by mralphabet
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

02-15-2009 00:52:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of cpn920

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-12-2009 04:26:19 | More by cpn920
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

02-11-2009 07:40:18 | More by therica
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

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

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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)

12-11-2008 04:53:11 | More by yesyouam
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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?

12-10-2008 03:20:30 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

Deep amber beer with a small off-white head. Crystal clear - can see lots of rising bubbles. Nearly non-existant lacing. Nose is spicy toffee malt; very mild. Flavor is light caramel malt, very light hop character that leans to the piney. Definitely a maltier APA rather than a hoppy brew. Carbonation is way to high, and masks the flavor. Overall, a very mediocre beer, fairly uninteresting.

12-09-2008 22:46:14 | More by soupyman10
Photo of corby112


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a clear dark golden amber color with a thin white foam head that quickly fades. Pilsner malt in the aroma with a subtle hop presence. Malty ale with a nice crisp hop balance. Slightly watered down with nice hop taste up front that is balanced by a sweet malty center and a dry, bitter hop finish.

12-07-2008 08:34:14 | More by corby112
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -26%

Original Rating Date:
June 1, 2008

Well rounded blend of malt and hops. Toasted chestnut flavor that tastes a little bit watery to me. I may have gotten a bad batch, I'll have to try this again down the road and re-review. As it stands... overall a decent beer, I actually enjoyed it better out of the bottle than the glass.

12-07-2008 00:19:46 | More by Vendetta
Photo of dashirey


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

A - Caramel color with one finger's worth of beige head.

S - Mix of some hops with some malts, neither which sticks out.

T - It is more of the same. Some hops, some malt, again not really too much to write home about. It is not a bad beer but nothing spectacular. I actually believe that Brooklyn Lager had more of a hops flavor than this pale ale. Just a little disappointing.

M/D - A little too highly carbonated. If it was toned down a little it would be a very smooth easy drinking beer. Despite the carbonation it is a very drinkable beer just not a whole lot of flavor to it.

12-05-2008 00:49:26 | More by dashirey
Photo of racer2k


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Amber almost red color that is very clean and transparent. 1/2 finger white head quickly fades to a thin ring and a small amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of biscuits, bread, sweet malt, grain with a touch of fruitiness

T: Sweet toasted malt with biscuits and a back end hint of hops. Citrus closes the out the taste on the back end as well.
Decent balance to this beer with a complex evolution of taste.

M: Smooth, thin body that is bubbly and chewy in the middle. The beer is well carbonated and finishes crisp and dry at the back end.

D: Well balanced with malt and hops that finishes like a dry beer. This is a thin beer that will work well as a session beer. I like the complex segments of taste.

Good beer.

12-02-2008 00:51:07 | More by racer2k
Photo of Offa


3.8/5  rDev +5%

This is pretty ernjoyable and very drinkable, but rather one-dimensional and ultimately not very satisfying to me.

Orange-amber, it has a medium, off-white head quickly shrinking to a thin, foamy ring.

The aroma is caramelly bread, dark raisins, citrus, leaf, hay.

The taste is sweet-sour fruit (fruit that has gone beyond being overripe), toasty bread, a hint of leaf, with sour fruit in the finish followed by toast aftertaste. It's ightly sweet with very light bitterness. It seems rather English, and particularly like Whitbread Pale Ale, but is a bit bland and one-dimensional with the yeasty, sweet-sour fruit quality really taking over after a few sips. It is not at all bad, though.

11-24-2008 19:03:45 | More by Offa
Photo of Donnie2112


4.83/5  rDev +33.4%

Amber yellow with tinges of red and brown in color, the carbonation clings to the side of the glass for dear life and a thin layer of head sits on top of this beer. The only thing I could downgrade this bad boy on is that I wish it had a little bigger head.

there is something just vaguely smokey about the malts, their is something light and sweet about the aroma, even slightly caramelly. It's floral in the sense that you would say that ginger is floral, but in a totally different direction.

the flavors are another head trip, there is a great deal of the slightly smokey caramelly sweetness that was on the nose however it is perfectly and I mean PEFECTLY balanced with a light hop presence that helps carries it through and make this beer refreshing. The hops are just barely citric in a sort of limey way there isn't anything really piney about them either, just the citrus and a bit of tannic bitterness that cleanses the palate.

medium body lots of carbonation a bit of astringence. VERY NICE and complimentary of the flavors of the beer.

This beer is amazingly drinkable, it's got just the right flavor, it looks good in the glass. You can think about it if you want to and you won't be dissapointed, you can also watch the sporting event of your choice and completely forget about analyzing this beer n' shit! Meaning that this beer is about perfect, despite what folks might think a Pale Ale is supposed to be.

11-11-2008 05:37:41 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of TrevorGW


2.75/5  rDev -24%

Amber color, decent head.

Not much aroma. Malt is on the nose. Muted and dusty.

Taste is overly malty. Soft caramel and a bit of hot metal. This reminds me of some of the average pale ales that I have had on tap in the UK. Not quite enough bitterness and the finish is muddled. I am left unsatisfied after each sip, but not totally disappointed.

Decent mouthfeel ... creamy with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is low for a Pale Ale. Some cloying flavors. I would only be able to drink one of these.

Overall this beer is a slight letdown.

11-04-2008 17:04:33 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of garymuchow


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Mixed hop and malt aroma with a crackling multi-grain bread, toast smellwith a malty sweetness and a mild hop that fades.
Smallish head that fades very fast. Dark amber color with very good clarity.
Malt flavors very similar to the aroma, but the flavor contains a tartness that borders on sourness which is just prior to a short drive finish. Not particularly astringent. It's a pretty complex beer with a lot going on with grains.
mouth feel shows a combination that is soft but a bit more than I like and yet somehow it has a heavy smoothness that leads to an overall moderate feel. The carbonation does leave me feeling a bit bloated and gassy.
Drinkability is pretty high. This beer seems quite versatile. More malt based beer and then hop based. But I'm a little unsure about the sourness.

10-31-2008 15:28:14 | More by garymuchow
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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