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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 112 | 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 dstc
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey color with full off-white head. Good head retention and nice lace.

Nice roasted malt smell. Fairly clean.

Full flavored. Roasted flavors comes out first and is then followed by a bit of fruity flavor ending in a bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Pleasant beer. Nice full, smooth flavor but too much of a bitter linger aftertaste for me.

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-red color. Made with Maris Otter malts. Nice, thick head. Aroma is nice and malty and beckons within. Taste is somewhat thin at first but then explodes into a nice, malty finish, almost toasted. It's somewhat slightly smoky as well. Not too bad for a pale ale. It's more malty than hoppy. Sessionable. I believe it deserves a decent rating for that alone.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Pleasing aroma of sweet-smelling toasted malts, saltines, and gentle flowery hops.

Taste: Sweet, smooth bread dough flavor with a bit of toasted grains. Hops are fairly light and provide a bit of citrus as well as some floral notes. Ends with a softened finish that’s both lightly sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh! Oh, I say! This reminds me of the Acme Pale Ale I had earlier today.

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head forms, a pearl white outer trim being the only (slight) exception. Flat looking however a lovely fiery burnt umber colour, like the end of a hot branding iron or like hot blown glass coming out of the furnace. Lots of orange (and on the bottom, yellow) highlights when held to the light.

An appetizing aroma, showcasing both strong hop and malt presence. Very toasty with a strong biscuit malt at the forefront. It's like smelling freshly baked cookies. The English hops add a crispness to the wafer like biscuit scent. Very clean biscuit malt and good interplay between the hops and malts. You also get a lot of "green" from the hops if you keep swirling it.

The carbonation is on level for an English style ale, which is to say a little on the light side. The hops add a slight mineral bitterness, giving the beer some presence but maintaining a very high level of drinkability. Almost soapy chalkiness on the finish as it leaves the mouth dry (although still with some taste lingering).

The flavours offer enough to interest the palate. A combination of the hop resin and biscuit malts have imparted the beer an iced tea like taste. Especially on the aftertaste it reminds me of iced tea. A bit of a fruity taste at times. Crisp malty notes also ring out. I could use a little more assertiveness with the flavours, they seem to wear out quickly, and are a little soft in the first place.

I can't help but imagine this would be a real treat on cask. Once again I am impressed with Brooklyn Brewing. They make a very nice (quality!) product.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.Best by 10/07
Slight haze,light to medium coppery color with a 2" creamy white head that dissapated quickly leaving a creamy white coating, not a lot of carbination just a few bubbles constantly rising.

Clean aromas,slightly buttery,grassy,bisquity/grainy, dried straw with a slight metallic note.

Lightly sweet carmalized malt tastes with a slight burnt and nutty edge.Tart fruityness,good balance finishes with a clean and crisp bitterness with a grassy feel.

Light to medium body.some grainyness and a bit of cloyingness. Easy to drink,just not a beer i would want to drink all night.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium pumpkin orange color with a smaller head of white foam. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation and mild lacing in the glass.

S: Pale malts and dry hops. A mild husk and grass note. Not much going on, but not unappealing.

T: Pale buttery malt flavors with a touch of fruity hops. Mild caramel character faded quickly, with some grain notes popping in and out of the flavor spectrum.

M: Medium to medium light bodied. Slightly bubbly, but overall quite dull and uninspiring.

D: I've had better APA's but this one is do-able. I'd really like to see the carbonation kicked up a bit and a touch more diversity in the malt character. Fair

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has the typical golden yellow ale color, not much of a head. Aroma is pleasant and inviting with a strong fruity hint. Flavor is malty with a touch of fruit and just a whisper of hop bitterness. This ale is very smooth but just a little bit on the watery side. A good summer beer - little wonder its name is a celebration of baseball.

Photo of frazbri
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pennant Ale poured deep gold/copper in color topped by 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head. Good lacing remained on the glass. Aroma had notes of grapefruit and a touch of vienna malt. Fruity flavor with a touch of honey and malt syrup with a solid, bitter backbone. Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

This is a pale ale for octoberfest fans. The malt flavors had a real Munich connection for me, but the bitterness and grapefruit grounds this in the new world.

Photo of sleazo
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will try not to let the fact that this ale is named after a Yankees defeat.

A-Typical nice APA colour, medium copper brown with a three finger white head that fades down to about 1/2 a finger. Lacing is fairly tight.

S-Floral hops are the dominant characteristic here. The malt is secondary. There is also a tart underlying level. This smells fairly tasty and unique for an APA

T-Crisp floral hops linger with some more of that tartness. The malt is quite biscuity. there is something of an unpleasant sourness at the end which limitsw the score.

M-_Another light and crisp beer. Good carbonation though i would prefer a little heavier body.

D-This is a decent APA, nothing earthshaking.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a generous head. The smell is deliciously malty with a hint of lighter nut--like almond or peanut. The taste is refreshing and seems to encompass the whole palate. Darker malts are most apparent, and their taste lingers for minutes after the beer has been swallowed. A bit of a roastyness as well. Going down there is a terrific amount of carbonation--not too over bearing, but still keeping it lively. I am a big fan of this ale, and true to name it hearkens back to older, more traditional ales.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before Sept. 07, served in a pint glass.

A - clear amber color with a fast fading tan head that left no lacing.

S - malty aroma with a hop background.

T - sweet malty taste with a tender hop bite finish.

M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

D - it's just good enough to rate good, I think this one is meant to be drank right out of the bottle, which would kick the drinkability up a notch.

Photo of Shadman
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear tawny orange colored ale. Rich tan head that receded quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

An almost musty, earthy aroma to this beer, something I’ve yet to smell since I’ve been trying different beers and ales. Some sweet caramel malt is also noticeable

Nice rich malt in front that tasted slightly nutty and caramel-like. Hop bitterness lurks underneath initially before making its self known more towards the finish. Some metallic taste was also apparent, but that only added to the ‘englishness’ of this ale. Finishes dry from the hop.

Smooth and medium bodied, this ale goes down easily. Could be a session brew for certain.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty copper color, nice clarity, but the tannish head dissipates rapidly. The aroma is very nice, with a solid maltiness and caramel balanced by a light citrusy hop. The flavor is good, but has some tea-like notes and there is some tannin mouth-puckeriness evident. Mostly the flavor seems to start with a solid maltiness that rapidly dries up and blends with hop flavor that reminds me of tea (again), lemon, and a little medicinal notes. Not bad but not great either.

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

Picked this-up as part of the party mix pack and glad I did for opening day, kids baseball.

It poured a nice clear copper (after the game of coarse). The head, not large, tan, left little lace.

The aroma was sweet malts and caramel.

The taste hits you with a malt blast alittle on the sweet side. Then some fruit esters are picked up. Summer fruits like grape, mango and passion. Alittle strange I thought for it took me awhile to ajust what I was dealing with. A nice hop drying of the mouth is next while a sweet-tea dryness is left at the finish.

Over-all, a very good beer, esp. cold!! It crisps up nicely

The neck collar says it all,its all in the malts.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

extremely drinkable but would i want to have more than a few? pours ruby amber, little to no head. smells like a cross between warm pabst and maybe sierra nevada. the first sip was hard, the soapy aftertaste kind of put me off. but after a few sips it kind of grows on you. not to the point where it becomes something i would seek out but alright. there's nothing remarkable about this, it's average across the board.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a dark amber with lots of highlights. The Slightly off white head didnt rise up much but maintained a thin layer on top. Plenty of beading inside and the lacing is very little.

Smell: The aroma is sweet caramel malts, light hop character and i'm even detecting a little fruitiness, almost orange. Simple in the nose , but very pleasing.

Taste: The flavors consist of more hops than I had imagined but nothing over the top. The malt seems to still have that caramel bite to it. Good overall, taste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was alot thinner than I expected almost watery.

Drinkability: The drinkability for me was very good. I would like to try this on a later date for sure. Other than the thin mouthfeel I would say this was a good go to beer.


Photo of TheDragonTony
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber, with a little more than a one finger white head that sticks around and has nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and fruity with a nice hop profile as well. The smell was nice but not super.

Taste: Fruity and caramely with a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable it goes down easily. I really like this

Photo of BuckSpin
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz bottle with "Best By" ticking of 4/07 in a classic conical pint glass

Poured straight & true like a Newcombe heater, even some snap to boot. Slight citrus hops on the initial nose, hot summer pavement that just got a little rain, straw, semi-sweet caramel that grows in sweetness to even take on some apple (but not "Big Apple") qualities, that by the time it gets to room temp take on stronger malt tones. Head was a lively pinky's worth of agitated ivory foam that faded quicker than the 04' Yankees to a thin, broken sheen that in turn became a glass ring with no lacing. Color is a clean, crisp, sharp burnt copper sunset, a slow ticker tape parade of bubbles rise up in no hurry.

Oh, this is nice. Subtle, barely oily hops play a game of pepper over a smoothly dragged infield of caramelized malts. There is a pleasing balance to this, definitely no over-shifting here. Its very tongue friendly, easy to drink in its simplicity, yet not boring at the same time.

Slightly drier on the palate, it gets down n' dirty with some earthy malts in that I swear I can taste that freshly hosed infield sensation. Its sweeps clean the bases with a slight "hop" in its step as it rounds third, heads home, clean and bittersweet (just like dem Bums from Brooklyn) leaving a sweep of the mouth with a sticky, chewy (yet pleasing) aftertaste.

A very enjoyable beer that inspired, by far, my corniest review yet. That aside, this was an excellent mix/balance of caramelized malts and subtle hops - just right. Could easily see this being mistaken for an ESB. Would go great with a big, greasy, super thin pie slice , just cheese. Kudos to Brooklyn for a perfectly balanced beer. Very enjoyable & recommended

Photo of Stimack
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours to a copper color with a fair sized light tan head that has some retention that left some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is a little odd (not in a bad way) as I am picking up some different fruit like flavors, a little too sweet malt scent and maybe a little to much butter? Let me say this, it is not a bad smelling brew just not real good IMO. The taste also while being good seems lackluster as the first thing I notice is a buttery flavor that seems to dominate and really seems to stick around. The finish that surprisingly seems to be very un-bitter is more metallic in nature. Overall I would classify this brew as a slight disappointment, for me. I think that it is a pretty easy drinking brew but I would grab others first for a session. One of the weaker beers in Brooklyn’s line up.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- orange yellow. white head fades quickly and barely leaves behind any lacing.

S- bread, hop, biscut.

T- kind of boring at first. carbonation, malt, and some alcohol. bitter hop aftertaste

M- medium body with pretty high carbonation

D- not bad-but not great. Not a beer you have to choke down.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle at JWS's. Brooklyn should still have a sports team.

A: Deep copper brown. Thick head, at least two fingers, that held the pint almost the whole time.
S: Lots of sweet malt in the nose. Faint citrus hops, but very little.
T: Matched the aroma pretty accurately. Bready/biscuity malt dominates. Some sweet caramel and tea-like flavoring. Not too hoppy, maybe a little bitter in the finish. Finishes dry. Overall, kind of boring. This tastes more English than American for a pale ale.
M: Medium body, mild carbonation.
D: OK, kind of got bored and tired of the tea flavors.

Decent EPA, I mean APA.

Photo of MDekker
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I gave this a hard pour as little head was developing as I began, but it amounted to nothing. Slightly hazy, copper brown color. Hardly anything in the nose, but hints of orange, maybe, and basic malt and hops. Nothing impressive here, but not disastrous either.
I would have to say the taste consists of "basic beer flavors" - no complexity or anything really interesting. Again, not bad, but nothing to cheer about. Kind of a blah lingering aftertaste. Quite watery in the mouth with very inoffensive carbonation (not enough, really). Easy to put down, but that's about it. I'm not yearning for more.

Photo of Shiloh
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper in colour, very short head leading to an even thinner lace. Very limited glass cling. The carbonation is medium with active large bubbles.
Aroma is a little grainy.
The taste is also grainy, straw like and thin with a minor hop like character to rein in the sweetness. Some after taste.
The mouthfeel watery, one of these is my limit.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My personal favorite throughout the summer & fall, one bottle stumbles out from hiding in the shadows.

A flat pour, possibly due to the 1/07 BB date. Still that heavy, flushed, amber that I remember. Clean & crisp on my nose. Quite doughy & sweet initially, the backwash keeps me constantly gulping. Nice & mild(Quite mild actually), easy & satisfying. A staple in every sense. :)

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan. 07 (This month).

Pours amber with a thin head that doesn't hold on too well.

The smell is of a mild fruitiness with some leafiness. Almost tea-like.

The taste is of fruity hops with sweet, bready malt. Nicely balanced, but all too subdued. Finish doesn't last too long.

The feel has a watery thinness to it, but still not as smooth as it could be. There is a carbonated crispness.

It's a decent, basic English-style pale ale. Not really what I would expect from this brewery (I've had several others from it and have been impressed). It does have a nice balance and the flavor isn't bad, but nothing really makes this one stand out as anything special.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,469 ratings.