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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: 124 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

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

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.

Photo of beerphan
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of dudecandle
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of thecarster1
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

Photo of Bartrob6
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smerkinb
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

Seemed appropriate to drink this while watching the Reds beat up on the Pirates today. Bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a light orangey copper and clear with a well-retained 1/2 finger of frothy white foam. Tons of carbonation runs throughout and the head washes the sides of the glass with loads of lacing.

Smell: Nice biscuity, floury malts and slight nuttiness are accompanied by the mildest hint of flowery hops. Not too strong either way.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malts are met by an even sweeter, almost saccharine fruitiness that reminds me of bitter grapefruit and crispy green apples. There is a distinct toasted presence and light yeastiness. The feel is moderate and wet, bordering on flat, with no detection of alcohol in the taste or aftertaste.

Drinkability: High, but taste isn't mindblowing enough to drink tons. The fruitiness is a little jaw-tweaking, but overall a solid ale.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pennant ale pours a handsome brown/amber color with a decent head that had nice retention. Malt is the highlight in the aroma. The sweet graininess does not completely overwhelm the hops lingering in the background.

A toasted malt sweetness in the flavor, biscuity through the smooth center. It exits with a rapid snap of bitter hops, providing a pleasant balance.

A pretty solid brew.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA. poured from the 12oz chilled into a willybecker. unable to read the best before date.

A - Beautiful copper w/ excellent clarity and the proud crest of 2 fingers that is a lighnt tan shade, the head has great retention and has a smooth appearance. the bubbles are pin sized and streaming carbonation rises rapidly

S - Malty, fruity red apple and spiced hop aromas w/ slight woodiness and yeast breadiness.

M - Dry w/ a nice balance between hops and malt in the feel. Relatively highly carbonated and a caramel texture in the finish w/ mild fruit skin acidity

T - The taste is a blend of crisp fruity malt as in the nose from mariss otter and herbal flavors from hops w/ a nice spicy edge. A caramel type sweetness in places the tasty dry flavor from the yeast and dark fruit accent is nice as it finishes w/ a mild English yeast tanginess which contrasts biscuit flavor

D - I couldn't really find anything bad to say about this, I really enjoyed the drinkability and the way the ingredients have a nice cohesion for an above average drinkability.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle out of a Brooklyn Sampler pack. Really like the logo on this one the signature B over a baseball honoring the Dodgers of '55.

Nice ruby color with head that doesn't hang out very long and doesn't leave much behind. Mild carbonation. Looks delicious.

Taste reminds me of some authentic Belgian brews with its biscuit like flavors. Carbonation leaves a lingering taste on the tongue.

Could be a bit smoother. But overall not a bad brew.

Photo of TheNightbird
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light copper color with a nice head that coats the tops and the side of the glass.

S- Good aroma, sweet, bread and biscuity. With a nice fragrant hop aroma.

T- Mild carmel and fruitiness taste, with a sweetness to it. The hops bring a nice bitterness that matches up well with a malt. Sharp clean finish.

M- The Pennant Ale body is light/medium body. The carbonation is average, but is fits the beers body well.

D- This beer is easy drinking, the flavors are mild enough to drink a six pack in a whole sitting.

Overall this beer has a lot in common Brooklyn Lager, its style is said to be an APA. It seems to be a mild ale to me.

Photo of emsroth
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Dark amber, light chestnut. 2 finger off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, bready british malts. Perhaps a touch of floral hops.

Taste: Toasty malts. Next is slight soda taste paired with alcohol. Ends with the occasional touch of bitterness that grows as I drink. Light flavor.

Very light in body, almost watery. Perfect level of carbonation, but it dulls the flavor.

Seems much more like an EPA, but a great, full flavor session beer. Not for me though; one is enough for this session. But who knows how I'll feel in the future.

Photo of BigMike
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby chestnut with orange highlights. 1/4 inch of head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Nose is Spicey/pepper with some light floral notes.
Pretty light on flavor. Light and crisp and reminds me of watered down iced tea. A little overcarbonated.
This a good summer afternoon drinker if icecold however it isn't one that i would search out again.

Photo of Pmazz19
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Nice amber color with about 1 finger head. Decent head retention and lacing. Consistent bubbles rising to the top.

S - Malty sweetness, with some fruity hints. Very little in the way of hops.

T - Taste of sweet malt almost no hop bitterness.

M - Decent carbonation, refreshing. Slightly creamy

D - This is overall a nice beer to have with lunch or enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. There is nothing here that will knock your socks off but a very solid pale ale that is smooth and refreshing.

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

A: Pours a clear copper-bronze color. The head is large, dense, and frothy, with a light tan/off-white tint. Retention is pretty decent, with very nice lacing.

S: Some toasty caramel malt up front. Some fairly robust citric and herbal hop aromas as well. A bit fruity.

T: Sweet, toasty, caramel malt. Fruity and engaging. Faintly citric and more substantial herbal hop flavors, although bitterness is low.

M: Medium-full body, with above average carbonation. A bit creamy.

D: A very nice APA - quite drinkable. Could use a bit more hop bitterness to balance out a pretty one-sided, sweet malt profile. Still, a nice offering from Brooklyn. This would be a highly versatile beer for a lot of different scenarios.

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

I like this easy drinking beer. i wish it was avaliable in more places, but I love the Brooklyn Brewery, and their master Brewer!

poured crisp, and golden with some amber

smells crisp
the taste is crisp and easy

mouthfeel is light drinkability is good

if you can find it it goes great after a hot summer event

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, clear amber, with little head, (white) that dissipated quickly. Smell malty and hoppy, fairly floral and some sweet caramel notes as well. Taste is of medium body, fairly malty taste and medium carbonation, fading to the floral and hoppy notes at the end. Well balanced hoppy finish. Not teribly complex, good ale to have around, good BBQ beer.

Photo of pandashaver
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  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.

Photo of adamette
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of smibroncos
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.