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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 72 | 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 veggiemafia


3/5  rDev -17.1%

Big let down since the last thing I had by Brooklyn was their lager, which I thought was astounding for a lager.

Completely plain-Jane, boring APA.

Nothing really going on, balance is good though, but just didn't taste like much of anything, nor did it smell like much of anything. Mouthfeel was pleasant, that's about all it has going for it.

Not even as hoppy as their lager.

With Brooklyn's good rep, I thought this might be a fluke, but on my way to the Write a Review button, I browsed a couple others, and it turns out it's just an off-brew for them I guess.

10-12-2005 03:59:18 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3/5  rDev -17.1%

My bottle reads "Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale '55." I thought maybe I found something different, but no. Brooklyn brewing seems to do the same thing Rogue does, and bottle the same beer under different names. Pretty lame - not sure what the point is.

Average, average, average. Man, there is just not much to say about this one. A pretty even-keel, straight-across-the-board american pale ale. I thought I tasted/smelled some wheat at first, but that disappeared after a few sips.

I guess if you want a beer that you can drink and ignore, this is your beer. Unintrusive, mild, forgettable. With so many pale ales in the world of beer, there are undoubtedly better ones you can pick up.

10-06-2005 00:16:02 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of sacfly


4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz. $1.24/bottle (same as average local beers)
best before Jan 06

Pours a clear amber. Highly carbonated. Nice thick head of medium bubbles. Very light citrus in the aroma.

Well balanced malt and hop flavor. Sweet citrus. Very refreshing. Light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Easy drinking session beer. Kind of like a pale ale light.

10-04-2005 18:14:43 | More by sacfly
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

It's been a few days since I ordered this on draft but I could have swore this one did not seem like a Pale Ale. It's labeled under Pennet '55 Ale (which is a great name IMO). Nice head, lighter in color in comparsion, and not too hoppy. Great carbonation and easy enough to drink to be a session beer.

09-28-2005 03:19:17 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Suds


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

This brew is a dark, hazy copper color with a thick, soapy, white head. It’s certainly an inviting-looking beer. The aroma is muted malt and grain, along with a peppery, herbal hoppiness. Caramel and lightly roasted malt characteristics. It’s a smooth, malt-sided brew, with just enough hop to balance things out. I found it very highly carbonated…almost too carbonated (prickly, carbonic qualities are a bit distracting). Very nice brew…would make a fine session beer.

08-28-2005 22:24:31 | More by Suds
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a nice coppery orange color with a thin creamy tan head. Good carbonation float thought this crystal clear body.

S- Pale malt grain with some hints of biscuit and fresh grain are strong with a hint of green hops in the finish.

T- This beer has a very light soft flavor that tasted almost washed out or at least lagered. A light pale malt taste with a hint of citrus and a faint hop bitterness balance the malt.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with some watery taste. No fizz or astringency

D- This is a very clean beer and it might be a good beer to quaft at a 95 degree day in Dodger stadium but it lacks interest otherwise. The hops are almost absent and the malt is very soft. A light beer can have complexity or at least some characteristics, but I can't find them in here.

08-27-2005 00:14:31 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of JackStraw22


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

12 oz. bottle, notched best before Nov. '05

Appearance: Clear golden amber body, a little white head, not much retention.

Smell: A slight sweetness, herbal, grassy hops, doesn't smell like an APA.

Taste: Tastes a lot like a dark lager to me. Big malt backbone, herbal/floral hops and a light bitterness. It's good, just not what I would normally expect from an APA.

I'd have this again, just wish it was more true to the style.

08-20-2005 22:40:26 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

I love the new label but I do not judge a book by its cover. Fortunately I also love this beer.

Six-Pack 12 ouncers from Spirits Unlimited in Red bank.

i love this brew, It is so balanced and so easy to drink. It has become a staple of sorts around the house along with the Pilsner.

Pours a light copper/amber with a decent head that fades rather quickly. The smell is balanced floral hops and biscuit/dough malt.

Mouthfeel is crsip and light and it is ever so drinkable.

08-14-2005 15:41:41 | More by Citadel82
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Medium brown pour, unexpected color for a "pale". Thick 2 finger head of light beige. Big bubbles, no lace.

Aroma is surprisingly malty, nutty, and floral. Does not fit the bill for this beer style.

Malty, nutty, caramel, light fruits, buttery bread, and weird, floralish hops.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkable, but not my favorite from Brooklyn.

07-30-2005 18:10:15 | More by AlexJ
Photo of kaszeta

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Sampled at the '05 American Beer Fest.

Pours with a nice light brown body and a fairly frothy off-white head with lots of lace. The smell has more of a malt character than a hops character---I expect a bit more hops from a Pale, but the maltiness seems to work well here. Taste was very pleasantly smooth, and had the same maltiness as the aroma. Despite the heavy malt notes, this is still a nice crisp and light ale. Very pleasant, and very drinkable. A nice ale, along the lines of what I've come to expect from Brooklyn.

07-21-2005 14:10:13 | More by kaszeta
Photo of Naerhu


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Hazy amber body with a white head.
S - Caramel and sweet fresh cut wild flowers.
T - Light malt flavors, no bitterness. Not complex, but not bad.
M - Noticeable carbonation, light bodied. The weak point of the beer. Just too fizzy.
D - A great session beer. Light and delicious.

07-20-2005 22:42:34 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a mug the beer was a very light brown color with about one finger of fluffy white head. Big rings of lace clung to the glass the whole way down during the sample.

Smell was very malty and a little surprisingly fruitty and floral. There was a bit of an IPA smell to the beer, but the malt won over the ulfactory battle with this brew.

Taste was very smooth to the point of almost having a "creamy" consistancy. A hearty maltiness to each sip, not chewy, but very well defined and balanced nicely with a slight hop presence that delivered just an ever so slight bitterness. Some citrus (perhaps orange) undertones as well but eveything was balanced and combined for a highly enjoyable beer.

Moderate mouthfeel on the palate with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very enjoyable and easy to drink ale. Would make a great session beer and a six pack could easily and enjoyably be consumed during the course of a ball game. Very nicely done.

07-18-2005 03:29:13 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -28.2%

There is some taste here, it is clearly a British style pale, with some hops and well malted. Medium mouthfeel from nuttiness. Good carbonation. Tad of metallic aftertaste. Tad of bitterness. Decent attractive darker colour and head. Beer was Ok but not that drinkable.

07-17-2005 05:59:56 | More by Sammy
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

4.53/5  rDev +25.1%

Had this one on-tap at the Levee in BKLYN.

Wow! Probably my favorite Brewmaster's Reserve to date.

My sample poured with a 1.5" head that left a decent lacing down the glass. Pretty dark for an APA; maybe even a shade darker than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Not too aggressive of an aroma; but balanced. That was the key to this beer for me... balance throughout. A firm bitterness upfront, but only to be offset by a nice malty sweetness in the finish. Aroma and flavor hops were subdued but noticeable. Nice.

Damn, this beer is drinkable. Maybe that's why I had another.

07-07-2005 21:42:39 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%

Brooklyn Pennant Ale...

Appearance-dark gold and red color, minimal head fades quickly, active carbonation abounds though.

Smell-mild faint hop aroma, some alcohol and a touch of malt.

Taste-maltier than many APA's I've had, alcohol burn comes through more than expected, finishes slighly bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel-very malty, dry on the toungue, leaves a solid aftertaste.

Drinkability-for those who like malty beers this makes a good session APA although you do taste the alcohol more than in others.

Overall-although solid, I found this APA to be a dissapontment, too much alcohol to be called balanced, not enough in terms of head retention or aroma. I tend to prefer my beers hoppy rather than malty so I'm trying to be fair but still...I expect more from such a good brewery.

07-06-2005 08:32:19 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of kmo1030


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

amber with a tan head. the aroma is caramel and a little floral. there is a *slight* buttery character. a light tea aroma too. sweet caramel malts dominate up front and then an herbal hop bitterness dominates the back. there is a light citrusy fruitiness that makes an appearance towards the middle. medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation. good drinkability. a good beer to chill in the context of a warm day with, but appropriate anytime.

06-27-2005 23:18:05 | More by kmo1030
Photo of PSUDREW


3.33/5  rDev -8%

Pours a nice deep amber
slight head, little lacing
nose is malty with hints of citrus
tase is light, malty and raher drinkable. solid malt base accentuated wiht citrus and hoppy goodness. Not an overly amazing brew, but, solid, drinkable, and enjoyable. Could end up being a nice lawn mower brew

06-25-2005 04:24:42 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of tgbljb


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

enjoyed on tap last night at a Bob Dylan concert. Presented as a moderate amber color with moderate white head. Smell is lightly of hops with a malt background. Taste is very mild with a light hop texture and slightly dry mouth feel. Easy drinking. Went well with Bob.

06-21-2005 00:36:43 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Franchise


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

This beer pours a golden, color caramel in nature. It leaves a white laced head that disappates quickly as you drink. The beer is clear and bright, looks inviting. As you smell it malt, grass, and grapefruit come to mind. The taste is lemon, honey, caramel....this is great session beer one that would go well with blue cheese burger or fish and chips. A dish that has a salty finish.

06-20-2005 00:47:27 | More by Franchise
Photo of alexwag

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Pours a light amber with one finger head. Looks pure and refreshing. Bubbles!

Smell: Crisp and a little hoppy. Subtle fruit and floral notes. A touch of yeast.

Taste: Carbonation hits me first, then some hops at the back of my mouth. Seems like the carbonation dominates on my tongue. After it passes, a pleasant light hop taste lingers. Still crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation plays too central a role, to the detriment of other elements, unfortunately. Otherwise it's quite potable.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but lacks defining character.

As a lover of Brooklyn beers, I can safely say that other offerings from Garrett Oliver are more impressive. Still, this brew is refreshing on a hot day.

06-18-2005 23:37:31 | More by alexwag
Photo of smcolw


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Reddish amber and clear. Good lasting head that settles to a layer of fine bubbles. Mild lace.

Nice hop up front. There's also a touch of fresh bread to the smell.

Surprisingly malty given the hoppy aroma. Pretty good balance for a pale ale. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a good, but non-descript pale ale offering.

06-11-2005 19:50:07 | More by smcolw
Photo of Schwarzbart


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Just like the bottle said, a chestnut colored ale. Poured a decent head, some lacing and plenty of carbonation can be seen through the clarity of the beer.
Smell: Hoppy, sweet and biscuity.
Taste: Malty at first with a short burst of alcohol flavor right before the hops get your taste buds. I'm not quite sure how to describe the hops because they're not grassy or piney like many, but a little earthy and not floral in any way. Maybe dank is the correct term or maybe just complex, but not really offensive just different than any other I've had.
Mouthfeel: Smooth in the mouth, but a little sticky at the end.
Drinkability: I'm not sure if I'm really into this hop flavor and I'm usually a hop flavored kind of guy, but definitely drinkable. I've got more in the fridge from a sample case, so I guess I'll find out.

06-10-2005 22:59:21 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Clear copper in color with a thick 2" off-white head. Nice carbonation levels, and some light lacing develops. Malt and bread are easily detected by the nose. The flavor consists of bread, malt, caramel, and a whisper of nuttiness and apples in the background.

Mouthfeel is lightly crisp and smooth on the tongue. The finish is short with caramel and bread tones lasting briefly after swallowing. Very nice drinkability and a good session beer. Simple but enjoyable.

06-09-2005 12:40:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of taez555


3/5  rDev -17.1%

This beer poured a clear orange body with a small white head.

The nose was a mix of malt, biscuit, garbage and faint earthy hops. Basically smelled like every “micro brew” circa the mid 90’s.

Taste was light and very smooth. A very malty beer with a slight biscuit or bread malt quality on top. A very tame hop taste and bitterness. The malt really takes the forefront here. . There’s a slight citrus touch on the hop side. Ends clean and crisp.

A decent session beer, but honestly it just tasted like every other middle of the road “microbrew”. A good thirst quencher but nothing to write home about.

06-06-2005 08:20:56 | More by taez555
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

This is the beer that all macro swill should aspire to be.
Looks decent, smells "beery".
Tastes well balanced, slightly malty, slightly bitter in a hops kind of way.
The flavor grows on you as you consume more.
And you find yourself consuming more.
The balance makes this way, way consumable.
I first sampled this at a beer festival from the tap and THAT was purely delicious; hopefully I get to have a whole such beer to try again.

05-23-2005 07:24:09 | More by ommegangpbr
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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