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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: 73 | 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 NEhophead


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Foamy 1" white head with good retention. Splotchy and condensed lacing. Crisp, dark copper/bronze with a chill haze.

Caramel, biscuit-malt aroma. Floral hops and light fruity esters.

Lemon and floral hop flavors. A very deep caramel malt character; yeasty and bread-like flavors. The flavors of this Pale sway a little to the malt end of the spectrum. Finishes with a hint of spice and rather dry.

Medium bodied; smooth, almost creamy on the palate.

A pretty good version of an English Pale in terms of flavor and overall presentation. Nothing too exciting but no complaints either.

05-13-2005 23:19:26 | More by NEhophead
Photo of blitz134


3.33/5  rDev -8%

Pours a typical pale ale orange with a nearly white head on top. Head didn't stick around for long, literally less than a minute which is why I bring the appearance score down a bit.

Smell is a nice balance that is malty sweet with hints of caramel and a good hop blend.

Taste is again fairly well balanced. Not much of the sweet malts found in the nose but there is some malt background balacing the bitterness of this brew. I pick up alot of english hop influence with the profile of this. Hops are mostly resin based. This isn't a pale ale I would introduce a newbie to since the flavor profile isn't flowery/fruity but more along the lines of slightly dirt/earth taste. Not saying it is a bad thing, but it has its place for me and isn't my favorite flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is acceptable but not overexciting. And drinkability comes down a bit as well since I don't find this one overly appetizing, but on the right day I could have a couple if I was craving this particular flavor.

05-02-2005 05:48:15 | More by blitz134
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a crystal clear light amber witha thin, quickly diappearing ivory head. It was frothy while it lasted and leaves without a lace. Smell is herbal hops. Reminds you of a British ale smell. Tea leaves.

Persistent herbal hops permeate the fruity malt. Light hints of caramel. Rinse, repeat. This beer is a one-trick pony but it has a good trick. Sweet in the mouth with a light crisp finish. Nothin fancy but a well-balanced and tasty session ale. Nice.

05-02-2005 01:47:39 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a deep amber color wiht a big sticky white head. Smells sweet and malty with a little bit of hop bitterness. Meduim mouthfeel with a little bit of carbonation. Taste like roasted malts, a littel bit of carmel and citrus hops. Dry hoppy finish. No doubt a classic pale ale!

05-01-2005 07:26:08 | More by Luigi
Photo of ski271


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: Medium amber with a small, slightly off-white, creamy head with good retention. Some sparse lacing.

Smell: A dominant caramel maltiness, light citrus, and hints of earth and butterscotch.

Taste: Milder than I was expecting. Rather thick malt flavor with smatterings of hops (interesting though). A little nutty too. The finish is probably the weakest part of this beer, being that it is short, mild and lightly sweet with no real hop giving it that bitter punctuation I expect from an APA.

Mouthfeel: Light body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, this is drinkable, but I just found it to be kind of lacking in character. Not a bad beer, but not good as far as Brooklyn beers go.

04-26-2005 20:15:45 | More by ski271
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4.38/5  rDev +21%

Brownish amber pour with a nice head. Great nutty/malty scent. The flavor is quite nice, very malty with some bread/biscuit flavors with adequate hopping and similar nutty/earthy flavors. Finish is extremely dry and toasty. Of all the beers I've had the past couple of weeks, this one might be my favorite. It's simple enough that you can drink a few, but the dry complexity is pretty interesting. Nice effort!

04-19-2005 03:03:11 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

woww. These guys are amazing. This beer pours a really nice dark amber with moderate head. The beer smells liek it is going to taste. Really distinctive but really really easy to down a whole 6er of these. Hard to describe but so damn pleasant. The hops are orgasmic. Like other brooklyn beers this one has an awesome mouthfeel, a little stickey. A tad pricey but worth it. One of my favorites and im not sure why. I guess it just aligns up with my tastebuds prefectly.

04-18-2005 22:03:03 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

A: 12 ouncer sampled, pours dark honey amber, clear with a tan head , and leaving moderate, not too exciting lacing. Freshness dating notched onto the label.
S: malty, earthy nose, touch of peat?
T: This is a British style ale, if you ask me, and the label bears me out -maris otter malt, fuggles and east kent goldings hops. Nice malt/hop balance and the combo adds up to a pleasantly smooth and drinkable ale of distinction and subtlety
M: Nice, full, smooth mouthfeel. Dry in the finish
D: high marks here, cuz, this is a fine, tasty brew, makes you want to drink a second

04-15-2005 03:09:06 | More by Billolick
Photo of rajendra82


3.73/5  rDev +3%

Brooklyn Pennant Ale came in a 12 oz. bottle adorned with a blue and silver label notched with a best by date for the end of baseball season (Sept 2005). When pored into a pint glass, the body looked clear pale orange amber with a one finger thick short lived head.

The smell was a balanced mix of grainy malt, floral hops, and a touch of yeast. Taste was dry and salty with caramel and toasted malts, herbal hops, and buttery diacetyl coming in moderate doses. Medium mouthfeel was just right for the summer refresher this aims to be. Aftertaste was delicate, but long drawn out floral hops. Dry and refreshing, I can see me having several sessions with this while the Red Sox on play on TV.

04-13-2005 04:04:16 | More by rajendra82
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A clean dark copper colored beer. Has a nice small bubbled beige head. There is a heady malt aroma with strong overtones of caramel. The taste is at first a light malt sweetness followed by a hint of hop bitterness just before the clean dry finish. A tastey session beer definitely.

04-05-2005 22:21:21 | More by ybnorml
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

Appearance- a light copper brown with a thick white head.
Smell- malty and sweet.
Taste- malty and caramely with some sweet fruitiness.
Mouthfeel- smooth, a little watery, but goes down too easy.

Overall- a nice light ale that is a perfect beer to give to your bud/coors friends. It just might open their eyes.

04-01-2005 21:10:44 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of mschofield


3.8/5  rDev +5%

Pours a medium amber with a mahogany fringe, topped with a big two finger foamy tan head, leaves wide webs of lacing.
Toast, butter, caramel, floral notes with a general fruitiness.
Chewy malty taste, orange in the back, fruity overall.
Well balanced with a nice level of bitterness.
Medium bodied.

03-24-2005 13:14:16 | More by mschofield
Photo of shapudding


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

On draft at the brewery during a 3/19/05 pubhop. Clear and golden amber with a thick, creamy eggshell colored head. Bits of small bubbles in the center, and a lot of carbonation seen rising. Excellent head retention. Malty, carmamel, sweet and clean, not too much jumping out at you. Slightly frothy feel to it. Very crisp, nicely malty, bit of hops in there but not much. Slight darkened toast flavors left on your tongue, but very balanced.

03-21-2005 02:48:39 | More by shapudding
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.73/5  rDev +3%

16 oz serving in a glass mug, from the best bar in the world.. my living room! log of this on kegerator from terry at mountview.

pours a rich brown-amber with solid foamy head that fades slowly over time. light carbonation in the body.. a beautiful beer to behold.

the aroma of this beer is light yet complex, showcasing roasted malts and a slight hazelnut odor. notes of gingerbread are here too.

this beer, while not the truest pale ale, is one delicious brown. nutty flavor takes over in the first light sip, and malt and an ever-so-slight hop coating comes through in the finish. all this, and yet very drinkable and easy-going. leaves your lips all sticky and barebones lacing on my mug.

i will have no problem polishing this log off. friends have been coming over to try, and not an unsatisfied one yet.

03-16-2005 00:04:39 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

I am only assuming that this is the same beer: Mine is labeled simply "Brooklyn Ale" with a small '55 in a circle but a pale ale this is not. Even the label describes "the prized Maris Otter malt of Scotland."

Pours a bright and clear amber with a medium thick head. Aroma is a syrupy caramel malt with some mild spicy hops.

Taste is similar to the aroma with rich caramel malt. Traces of butter toffee, wood and whiskey tannins but with a mildly hoppy, bitter finish. Slightly more of a hoppy bite than most Scottish ales, and with just a touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, smooth and slick. But pale ale? Uh-uh. This is not near hoppy enough for the style. This makes a very fine Scottish ale -- I might even grudgingly call it an English pale ale -- but it is a very poor example of an APA. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing.

03-10-2005 03:12:01 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of jvajda


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poored much darker than what I expected from a generic "ale." For a second I thought I bought their famous brown instead, until I got a wiff of the hops. This brew has a good mix of grassy hops and crisp carbonation, but what makes it stand out is it's hardiness compared to others of its ilk. Very well done craft brew.

03-05-2005 01:14:08 | More by jvajda
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Reversed the curse with this one on 2/20/2005. 16-oz. shaker pour at the Cambridge Common.

Cream filled 1/8 inch of head with some Picasso-like lacing throughout. Amber hue with 100% clarity but no action in the least. Buttery aspect to nose and a hit of smokiness pulls through as the ale warms. Butterscotch sweetness on mouth and a roasted character that pervades the offering; a tiny hop hit during the closing remarks. A pleasant ale that could be used on a session encounter.

02-23-2005 04:03:08 | More by Truh
Photo of merlin48


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Brooklyn Ale pours a light chestnut, clear body with some active carbonation going on. Skimpy beige head is shortlived and leaves minimal lace. Nose is mostly caramel malt with an even balance of British smelling hops that add floral and herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light medium, with crisp carbonation. Taste is soft in that English Ale sort of way, with a delicately balanced hop and malt profile. Nothing overwhelms, but the caramel malt seems to fold perfectly into the floral and herbal hops. Very smooth and balanced. Slightly bitter finish with a clean aftertaste. Session ales don't get much better than this.

02-11-2005 23:12:15 | More by merlin48
Photo of Hibernator


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Recently picked up a six pack of the Brooklyn Pennant Ale while in NYC. When is the general vacinity of the Brooklyn Brewery I will usually grab a six pack of Brooklyn for its quality. This appears to be a fresh beer with a best before date of May 2005.

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle into a 20 oz glass. Pours a thick copper color. Dark shades of brown in appearance. Light brown colored head. Nice sticky lacings with good sustain.

Smooth and malt heavy mouthfeel. Caramel and toasted biscuit flavors. Another perfect implementation by Brooklyn Brewery with the East Kent Golding hops on the finish.

One of the better domestic, North Eastern session beers out there. Very well balanced with a great drinkability level.

02-05-2005 02:58:27 | More by Hibernator
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Thick, creamy, khaki colored head leaves some thick lace. Hazy dark copper colored beer. Aroma of biscuit malt, caramel, and some floral hops underneath. Caramel and biscuit malt in the flavor as well, with a hop tea undertone. Body is light and airy, almost floating across your tongue without leaving much flavor. Just ok. Decided to check the label and it's about 2 months past the best before date. Looks like I'm going to have to get back to this one.

01-21-2005 02:51:44 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of marburg


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

Tarnished, reddened copper tones with a decent-sized head that slowly fades back to a nice layer of pock-marked fizz. Lots of malty aroma -- pale malt, nutty bread dough, and a bit of an herbal hop quality. Very solid flavor. Almost altbier like in its smoothness. Slick caramel flavors and a nice light to medium body with a grassy hop balance. Very classic English-style pale ale and extremely quaffable.

01-01-2005 17:10:48 | More by marburg
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

I hadn't had this offering from Brooklyn Brewery in awhile, and actually found myself drinking it after a waiter brought it to me accidentally after ordering a Brooklyn Brown. For some reason, rather than asking him to correct it, I thought I'd give it a try again, and I'm glad I did.

Strange as it sounds, there's something in the taste that reminds me of a good NYC pretzel or bagel... maybe it's that combination of malt and good old New York City tap water. That's the malty side of the beer. Then there's the hops... crisp, clean and flowery. Rather than simply adding bitterness, the hops taste like the smell of good hops. It's actually a rather refreshingly simple ale... oh, there's some complexities in the flavor, but it's all about tasting those two main ingredients, malt and hops, in perfect harmony.

One of those beers that isn't over the top, but in this case that's a good thing. Just a very enjoyable flawless ale that I could drink all night long.

12-20-2004 18:27:31 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of nvsblman


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to css for sending this my way!

Appearance: Dark copper color, slight head that lasted about a minute maybe. Light lacing.

Smell: Malty, English hop aroma. Maybe a little caramel in the background. And just a touch of citrus.

Taste: Strong malt flavor with a crips hop flavor. A little bit of a honey-like note along with a biscuit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, light to medum bodied.

Drinkability: Could drink this all night long!

Overall a really nice beer, wish we could get this out in the West!

12-07-2004 02:23:35 | More by nvsblman
Photo of twilight


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Man walks into a bar and asks for a "Brooklyn." He is almost always given the Lager. So on that, I decided to try the Brooklyn '55 Ale, which I remembered having been called '55 Pennant Ale not four years ago.

The pour is a light, clear crystal brown. A dark gold with overtones of darkness in it. The smell is nice, clean hops and a nice malty backbone. The first and subsequent sips are nice. The hops come to the forefront, but not so agressively. The only problem with the taste is the aftertaste. There's this biscuity taste that is just- I don't know. It's like an overwhelming malt that is just too light and too metallic. In a way I think they try to copy the water of Bass or Sam Smith for this one, and almost hit the mark, but nope. No cigar. Carbonation is good, normal, not too overwhelming, but the aftertaste here affects the drinkability. It's not a pleasant thing to have in your mouth for an evening. Call me crazy, but I don't like this one, and am so glad this bottle is the last one in the sixer.

09-30-2004 23:17:10 | More by twilight
Photo of biernuss


4/5  rDev +10.5%

This is the first beer of four in Brooklyn Brewery's variety case that I am trying. The beer poured a nice copper color with a 1" head with thin lacing. The smell was fruity and pleasant. First taste and I was hooked. Nice maltiness with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel was pleasant as well. I can see this ale as a nice session beer.

09-13-2004 00:25:21 | More by biernuss
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