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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,411 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 86 | 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 Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with a frothy lace. The aroma is of malts,fruits and grains. The taste is of sweet malts,fruits,and biscuit tones and hops. The overall feel was crispy,smooth yet a dry finish with grains in the aftertaste.

Notes: My opinion is that this is a solid beer. Staple for the summer time and surprisingly I liked it quite a lot. Good balance. Fine taste.

Lexluthor33, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard sort of amber color. Small white head that quickly receedes. Nice, crisp hop aroma to it. Good hop bite up front flavor wise. The bitterness stands out though not overwhelmingly so. A touch of malty sweetness-almost caramel like. Decent body-the malt profile seems to hold it all together. While I am not a huge plain ole pale ale fan I could do this on a regualr basis. Good beer all around.

lackenhauser, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- It poured a copper color with a thin white head that fell to a decent lace.

S- It started with a sweet caramel malt aroma and ended with a floral hop finish.

T- There was more sweet caramel in the flavor with the hops taking a bit of a back seat.

M- It had medium thickness and carbonation with a slight hop bite.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker and a good warm weather beer.

GRPunk, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 6-08

Poured a copper/amber color with a very small white head that all but disappeared half way through the pint.

smell was a sweet biscuity malt with a slight whiff of alcohol. Very mild and muted smells overall though.

Taste was that same sweet biscuity malt profile with a slight midpalate hit of hops, but not much. The finish is sweet, sticky, and heavy.

The mouthfeel was sticky and heavy for a pale ale. Way more english than american, more amber than pale, more sweet than hoppy, IMO.

I think more carbonation would help this one out alot and make it much easier to drink, although i had no problems downing this bottle quickly and could have easily drank more.

tayner, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second beer while at the Milky Way in JP. Wanted to grab a nice beer to accompany my bacon cheeseburger, and this was it. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Had a small white head, and sort of looked like a pilsner. Had the same yellow color, but looked a bit thicker and had much less carbonation. Nothing noticeable with the smell. Taste was good though. Not as hoppy as I would have expected, so it didn't quite fit my definition of a pale ale. Smooth drinking, this a beer that I would have like to have a few more of that night.

morebeergood, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light amber-orange with a two-finger creamy white head that recedes to solid quarter-inch cap that leaves small amounts of lace on the glass.

S: Weak floral hops and a sweet biscuity malt aroma. Rather sweet for an APA--not enough hops. The nose is a bit understated, as well.

T&M: Some butterscotch flavors melded into some other grainy malt flavors. Faint fruit flavors, as well. It has a tea-like character in the aftertaste. It has a buttery. slick mouthfeel with a lingering thin finish.

D: Pennant Ale is a well-balanced beer, but not sure that I would call it an APA. It's more in line with an English pale ale, but it's still not the best. Still, this beer is decently drinkable. More flavor would help things out a bit, though.

BamaBeerBuff, May 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip yields a clear deep copper body capped with two fingers of off-white head that retains at a ring and leaves broken sheets of fine-bubbled lacing.

Smells fruity and sweetly floral with a nice malt backbone.

Tastes richly sweet with biscuity malt, highlights of citrus (both blossoms and fruits), and a resinous quality with a sticky, earthy, minerally, slightly bitter finish. Complex, with nothing overpowering

Smooth, and lightly carbonated with an oily, sticky-lipped finish. Excellent drinkability.

cvstrickland, May 29, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Nose is muted floral and malt with a dry, slightly sweet mouthfeel. Flavor picks up the floral nose and adds a hint of grass, all a little on the malty side. My big dislike with this was the finish, which was dry to the point of being stale, with a lingering cottony after-taste.

Okay, but nothing to write home about.

kimcgolf, May 21, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very cool label with a "B" branded baseball and blue and white stripes as a tribute to the brooklyn dodgers. pours a shiny clear rusty copper amber with golden highs and a clingy porous off white head with decent retention & lace. a few bubbles rise here and there but that eventually ceases as the head falls to nothing but a swirl of white in the middle.

S- caramel with sweet and nutty undertones. slightly fruity with some light berry and fortified wine like a cream sherry. some spicy hops show themselves briefly as toasty grain aromas take over.

T- on the way to first, there's a very tiny bit of the fuel taste that i get from brooklyn beers (except the lager, which is excellent). thankfully, the off taste fades away as this one warms and crisp toasted grains come out along with a brightly noble bitterness and pine as it rounds second. caramel/diacetyl and toffee with some burnt orange peel fly by third base and sliding into home there's stone/concrete, earthy herbal british hops, and a nice toasty biscuit finish.

MF- medium bodied, dense but not syrupy, medium carbonation and a slight grainy feel. a little drying in the cheeks despite its caramel sweetness but that's ok with me.

D- not a bad pale ale, good amount of flavor and well rounded balance. there are better examples out there that are more readily available, but i would never turn one of these down.

hustlesworth, May 20, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear, burnt orange with some red notes. Head Is offwhite and grew to 2 fingers thick with moderate retention.

Smell: Clean introduction with hints of bready malt. A nice balancing fruitiness follows, making this a well rounded eer on the nose.

Taste: Introduction is bready malt with an ensuing sweetness. Light hops show up in the midpalate, then coming back down to a nice smooth malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Becomes somewhat flat and watery as it moves across the palate.

Notes: Pretty simple, and very sessionable. This is a great pale ale, and very different from the hoppy American style I'm used to. The malt sweetness gives the beer a richness that is somewhat lacking in many session ales, and this one really hits the spot.

BucBasil, May 20, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a label that is different than the one pictured here. Mine has silver and blue stripes, a baseball behind the traditional "B" and says "Brooklyn Penant Ale '55". Poured a rich copper color with a medium off white head that fell quickly. Some head retention and some lacing.

Very malty smell with a hint of citrus and some mild hop aromas.

A crispy bitter taste that I didn't expect from the smell. Get the malts at first but the bitter taste certainly takes the front seat.

Light mouthfeel, and the bitter taste coats the mouth, but fades quickly. The label proclaims a dry finish and I don't think I would've stated that if I hadn't read it first. Now I can't help but have the 'dry finish'.

Good tasting beer and I could have a couple per sitting.

toolbrew, May 18, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pennant pours a bright, clear, orangey-tea color which slides into gold near the bottom of my glass. A decent sized, fine, off-white lid accompanies.

Smells of lightly sweet of crystal malts with some biscuity ones. Lightly fruity of lemon and lightly grassy. Fairly light smelling overall.

The light-medium body has a nice oily smoothness to go along with a moderate amount of soft carbonation. A bit more strong in the flavor than the nose but not by much. Very lightly sweet and lemony with some toasted biscuits and spicy, grassy, hops.

Brooklyn's APA ain't bad, but it's far from outstanding. A decent sessionable beer with some flavors.

Slynger, May 17, 2008
Photo of david131
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A perfectly clear golden color with a thin white head that settles to a splotchy covering.

S- Kind of a sharp aroma with lots of strawberry and some biscuit hints. Not all that complex but good none-the-less.

T- Lots of biscuits and strawberry flavors. Very clean overall and enjoyable.

M- Very dry and clean with good carbonation.

D- Definitely one of the dryest beers that I have ever had. But, it is crisp and enjoyable and would make a great session beer.

david131, May 13, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: When I poured this from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a brownish-amber color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head, but it didn't last very long.

S: Fairly strong nutty aroma, along with malt and a little hops.

T: More than anything, the nuttiness stood out. Also some malt and hops, but not much else. A little on the thin side for my taste.

M: Could've used a bit more carbonation. It had a generally smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't a horrible beer, but it isn't a standout, either. I expect a bit more vibrancy from an APA.

avalon07, May 08, 2008
Photo of Fireal1222
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ill make this quick and easy

i tried this beer when i purchased a brooklyn variety pack about a week ago ( also in the variety was india east pale ale. lager. pennant ale. and the brown ale )

this beer was really really easy to drink. an almost perfect session beer.. not strong enough for my tastes. but i'd def. recommend you give it a try.

in my opinion the best drink the brooklyn brewery has to offer is the black chocolate stout.

Fireal1222, May 08, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god! where has this beer been hiding all my life. its great! its perfect! when i drank this beer, it poured up average looking dark amber, smelled like just a regular malty not too hoppy brew, tasted malty, and nutty, and just a little chewy with a medium-lighter body. Went down a little grainy and carbonated. But you know what i realized? this was the Average Joe beer i've been looking for all my life!

When you watch Homer Simpson pound down these frothy beers at Moe's Tavern with his drunkin buddy Barney, this is what i imagine him to be drinking. When i think in the back of my mind "Generic Beer" i think of this! Its great!

Keep in mind that i was completey high on the grass when i drank this and maybe thats why i got this epiphany. Definately not an award winning brew but definately the right session brew for me!

cheers!
stu

stumac, May 07, 2008
Photo of Umbra
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average color, retention and lacing. Diacetyl and mild hops nose. Butterscotch and tart lemon is mixed with some grapefruity hops on the end. Light to medium bodied.
Overall: This was this weekend's "beer to sip while getting crap done around the house brew." I like the subdued hops and the butterscotch flavors. Just malty and hoppy enough to be flavorful, yet stay mellow at the same time.

Umbra, May 05, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, copper-tan color with a thin white head.

Aroma: Grass, highish-alpha hops, rain, brown sugar, white pepper.

Taste: Hoppy, slightly acidic, very mild chocolate note, sour apple, herbs.

Palate: Tart and snappy.

Overall: A great summer ale -- classic, no gimmicks, well-rounded. Avoid food that's *too* spicy, but this is great with summer fare, as well as a good concoction of red beans & rice.

drperm, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of PorterLambic
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish-brown with a smallish white head.
Smell is malt, hops, citrus, maple, sour note as well.
Taste is a bit divergent from the smell with hops prevalent, cedar/juniper/resin and yeast.
Med effervescence, light to medium body with a hoppy aftertaste and a slightly crisp finish. Overall, good stuff but would really have liked this if it weren't quite so hoppy and more of the notes that I smelled had actually gotten to the tongue.

PorterLambic, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Nice coppery amber color, clear, with a good 1/2" of off-white head that reduced to a creamy layer of bubbles before too long. Ok lacing.

The smell was a mostly light malts and something of a yeast smell with some hops sneaking in there to add a light citrus note.

A good long pull produced smooth and satisfying results - pale and caramel malts were formost, a bit fruity and a touch of sweetness. Hops were present but weak, seemingly there to balance the malt character a bit. The finish is pretty quick, starting with a malty edge, a slim bit of bitter-ish hop linger, and a water end. I have to say, this went down smooth and easy - very nice.

Overall this is a relatively tasty brew. It seemed to me to be a bit more flavorful and robust than some other APAs but I say that as a good thing. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

SIRIUS2, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done in a Horizontal tasting with Hazed and Infused(Boulder Beer), BBC Pale Ale, and Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale(North Coast).

Eye: Worst looking of the four brews, very little head-might I add it has holes in it as well as no lacing.

Nose: Total malt bomb here. Diacetyl, lots of caramel, some warm tones. Hops are very subdued...smells quite a lot like Bass. This does not have in common with the others anything.

Tongue: Again quite different than the previous three. I'm going to say that this beer doesn't quite fit in with the "theme" of the horizontal tasting(at the time it is listed as an APA on the site-I don't agree with that). This beer is malt focused, lots of caramel. Also lots of diacetyl, well not lots, but enough there to determine that the brewer intentionally fermented it in a way that would allow diacetyl to linger. Much more malt sweetness in this beer than the previous three. Toffee notes, toasty/warm notes abound.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer feels like I imagine(I've never had one)a cask ale would feel. Moderate to low in carbonation with a light medium body. Leaves a somewhat slick feeling on the tongue. This is a beer, that again I don't think I'll be revisiting anytime soon. Sure its okay, but I have to be in the mood for this type of beer, this isn't one that I can sit back and drink all night...too much sweetness, not enough to balance it out. Not bad though, I think I'd like to do this one over Bass.

becktone, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty copper color with a head that settles to about 3mm

S: Nice malty smell with hoppy hints. Not a very strong smelling beer.

T: A little odd, but not at all bad. More complex than the average American pale ale.

MF: Decent body. As much to be expected.

D: Not bad. I would drink more if I had them, though I might not be in a hurry to buy more. A solid beer, but not very exciting. Don't get me wrong, many people are not out for excitement. This hits the middle of the road nicely. A respectable beer.

MerkinMan, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly hazy golden color with a decent head fluffy head after a hard pour; left a sheet of lacing on the glass. The smell is of biscuity/bready malt, dry grapes, leafy hops and a buttery grainy aroma. The taste is bready malt, with a metallic twang, has a slight sweet fruitiness followed by a bittering/drying hop presence. The feel is thin and not very crisp, finishes slighly bitter. A decent brew that I wouldn't turn down but don't see myself seeking out again.

Gmann, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of edskirk3
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounces, brown glass bottle, fresh until June and apparently brewed and bottled in Utica.

Pours a clear, bright amber and has a patchy off-white head.

Fruity and malty scent with several hop notes.

The hoppiness is real crisp and tart and reminiscent of pomegranate. Light malty sweetness and toasted grain flavors. Somewhat light (but not Lite) in body. Tart lemony aftertaste.

Not a run-of-the-mill pale ale by any means but I'm finding it a little thin. Though I wouldn't refuse another one, I probably wouldn't actively seek it out either.

edskirk3, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 pours a light copper color with an ivory colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is fairly mild, mostly malt comes through. The flavor is kind of a mess, some metallic hops, some caramel malt and some diacetyl stand out. Is it bad, no, but I don't care much for it. It's more of an English Pale Ale than American, a bit better than average.

Drew966, Mar 13, 2008
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.