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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 23
Gots: 62 | 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 MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A quality session beer. The beer poured copper in color, but with a thicker and foamier head than I usually like. It was not so much the thickness as much as the foam like quality. The hops are quite pleasant (the type I like on a hot, summer day). They are more sweet, than bitter and biting. There are also fruit undertones that make their way into the flavor with the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2004 15:43:33 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of necoadam


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this stuff at Eli Cannon's

Poured out a nice amber/reddish color with almost no head to be seen. Smell consisted of malts mostly with some hops in the backround for good measure. Taste was huge malts upfront, it was quite rich and creamy, when some hop bitterness blended in towards the end, but the malts took over the entire way, even through the aftertaste. I would like to see the malts controlled a little bit and give the hops a little more of a fighting chance in this brew. Other than that it's O.K., I guess...

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 02:37:47 | More by necoadam
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out light brown, slightly cloudy, with a average light tan head. Great aroma, with plenty of orange and citrus scents. The taste is great too. Stays true to the scent, citrusy without being too overpoweringly fruity. Excellent balance of malt and hops. You can really feel it when it hits the back of your tongue. I am thoroughly pleased with this brew and will definitely purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 01:18:25 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of andyo


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought I would try this beer after being very impressed with Brooklyn's IPA. My first run-in with the Brooklyn Brewery actually came 4 years ago when I was in college....and drank miller lite. My buddies and I picked up a 6 of Brooklyn Lager...and hated it! We've all come a long way since then, so it was without hesitation that I picked up some Brooklyn Ale.

The freshness date was not clearly indicated. Upon pouring, I was struck by a nice firm head, and a deep chesnut/orange color that the beer produced.

First taste produced a distinct aftertastetaste of alcohol that continued throughout the beer. Very malty, crisp, and developed. Somewhat fruity.

I enjoyed this beer, and feel that it is a good representation of an english ale

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 18:56:49 | More by andyo
Photo of krberg


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper-red with a cream colored head.

Smells english...Fruity, sour. Reminds me of saranac pale ale's smell.

Fruity, sweet. Somewhat bitter and chocolately in the finish. The hops are soft. It actually tastes somewhat like saranac's pale ale as well. Could it be because I know this beer is brewed in Utica?

BPA has a smooth, full mouthfeel with a bite of a CO2 bite. Its light on the tongue but thicker at the roof of my mouth and as it goes down my throat.

I could put a bunch away, but only because it is very easy drinking.

This is perhaps my least favorite Brooklyn. I was really looking forward to trying it, but I honestly think is is repackaged Saranac. It just isn't challenging. This is not to say it is a bad beer. Hell, your friends would probably like it, but I'd rather drink a real english pale ale. I would give it shot on cask, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 19:07:51 | More by krberg
Photo of JackTheRipper


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at D's.

Appearance: pours a clear light brown color with a thin to scant head. No real lacing to be seen.

Smell: Malty, dark bread, a bit of caramel. Pretty nice in the nose.

Taste: Malty with a fruity hoppiness that doesn't quite rise to the level of "grapefruityness", Flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Sort of a sharp astringent feel to this beer. Good level of carbonation, alcohol is nicely done.

Drinkability: Another nice offering from this brewery. I picked up a sixer to have for tomorrow. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 04:39:35 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of crookedhalo


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber coppery colored with moderate carbonation, fluffy beige head. Hops and malty sweetness abound. Rather thin and sweet in the malt department, yet quaffable because if it's subdued floral hoppiness. Good sessioner. Nice fruitiness in the finish. Quality ale from the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 09:36:08 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of palma

New York

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/chestnut color body with a smooth looking and long lasting tan head.
Smell is very malty sweet. Smelled somewhat like melted caramel.
Great malt taste. Nicely hopped - a character I have come to expect from Brooklyn beers. Subtle nutty flavor comes through. A full bodied beer. Very satisfying. Above average in the mouthfeel category. Medium/low carbonation. Nice thickness for an ale. Easy drinking. Some warming alcohol in the end. On the whole, I think this is a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 07:55:01 | More by palma
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is malty with a fruity yeast finish. It also has a decent amount of aroma hops that compliment the scent. The taste is good. It is smooth with a malty taste. Again, the yeast and crystal malts add a sweet and fruity taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation; an excellent drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 01:33:52 | More by WesWes
Photo of BeerFan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a clear chestnut amber color with a foamy tan head into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Head dissapears quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Sweet caramal maltiness with a biscuity flavor. Minimal hop bitterness. Dry finish. The famous Maris Otter Pale malt is used for this English style pale ale. Medium-body and a great session ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 00:37:05 | More by BeerFan
Photo of Jarod


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

This beer poured into the glass a crystal clear amber color that when held to the light it had an orange hue on the edges. The head that was created was an off white/light tan color. The consistency was thick, creamy, and very full, it lasted a decent amount of time after the pour. Lightly carbonated. There was some lace left behind. The aromas that came from the glass were of fresh grass, flowers, with wisps of fruit (citrus) and caramels. The tastes were crisp, clean and smooth on the pallet. Flavors of sweet malts and fresh grass and floral hops seemed to balance each other all through the sip. Some citrus and biscuit flavors were also noticeable. The finish is on the dry side, but had a sweet feel to it as well. The body is light to medium. Decent beer, refreshing and well balanced in the nose and in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 16:02:25 | More by Jarod
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So what happened to "Pennant Pale"? Did the Brooklyn brewers decide that a beer honoring the Dodgers was a turnoff for Yankee and Mets fans?

Burnt orange body, topped by a frothy but tightly packed bone-china colored head. Very good lacing. Aroma of fresh bread mixed with some herbal, earthy hops. Delightfully malty taste, with a wonderously deep base, with a balance of English hops which cancels the sweetness without overpowering the malt taste. This is a very English pale ale. Mouthfeel could be a bit "Fuller", but that is the only fault here. Often overlooked,highly recommended.

Would love to sample a Brooklyn brewed draft someday.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 19:49:31 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of bmills1608


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Slight haze, copper color, more in line with your English pale ales then American, a little darker then most APA's.
Nose: Toasty malts, nicely ripened fruits and heaps of fresh herbs.
Taste: Wicked smooth malts, medium caramel sweetness, melons and other fruits, soft body that thins just a bit towards the end. Moderately hopped in the English tradition, beautiful balance between malt and hop. Dangerously poundable balance.
Finish: Herbs, balanced with a little more malt sweetness, very round with some residual fruit flavors.

Overall - a Fantastic beer from Brooklyn. Beautifully crafted and exceptionally balanced. A real drinking beer. The mark of a truly great brewery is not how well they brew imperial stouts and hop monster IPA's, for me, getting a smaller beer to be this pleasing to the senses speaks volumes about the brewers skill. This ale reminded me a lot of Sam Adams stock ale. Similar characteristics. Both excellent, often overlooked beers.

I like this beer. A lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 19:56:36 | More by bmills1608
Photo of silks636

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched on label.

Beautiful clear and rich amber color with a healthy white head. Very good retention with spotty lacing. Malty buttery caramel nose with hints of fruity hops. Begins with a subtle caramel malt flavor that reveals presence of grain and bread. Hops give just enough sting to maintain a wonderful harmony. Finishes up dry with slightly bitter fruit (grape?) aftertaste. Great balance throughout and very easy to drink.

What a great ale... Garrett Oliver never disappoints!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 00:37:42 | More by silks636
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle, capped. Best By Month and Year notched on label.

This ale poured a clear (hint of haze), chestnut (red-brown) color with light tan foam that settled relatively quickly. The smell was sweetly malty with a hint of caramel and some floral notes. The taste was malty with floral hop flavors, but not much hop bitterness. The flavor was rather subdued. The mouthfeel was smooth and very dry. The body was medium with a lingering tangy and mildly floral aftertaste. This ale was easy to drink. This bottle had been in my refridgerator a long time (best by Nov '02), but the only effect on the flavor seems to have been a mellowing of the hop bitterness; otherwise, it tasted fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 04:30:51 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Brooklyn’s great session beer, not the lager. Reddish-amber body with seemingly restrained carbonation topped by a crown of creamy white mousse. Once sip reveals that they were shooting for a British-style pale which they nailed with ease. This oozes Maris Otter with a little floral hopping to balance. Long caramel, toast, 'n tea finish. The bitterness and carbonation are clean, creamy, and cleansing prepping the mouth for another nutty sip. Not a showy West-Coast-PA, but a refined traditional example.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 15:23:34 | More by yen157
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great amber hue, thick tan head, retains well, great lacing. Tasty malty body up front, smooth, pleasant sourness going on throughout this journey. Fuggle hops can be detected, bitter palate, malty throughout, borderline chewy on the malt side. Leans heavy towards the English side, the balance is near perfection via the hops, malts, and bitterness. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 02:56:05 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of PhantomVodoo


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

Brownish golden in color with an off-white head.
Floral, grassy hops and toffee malt aroma.

Taste shows the malts play predominantly in the flavor. Toasty, toffee pale malt flavor. Floral and grassy hops balance the beer nicely.

Adequate mouthfeel.
Good drinkability, although it's not something I'm looking forward to having another of.

Overall, a decent pale ale, but the flavor is a little odd and just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 13:27:15 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle.

Poured a dark copper color with a good sized head. This ale provided nice lacing throughout the sampling.

Aromas of malt, light fruit, caramel and then a spicy hop.

Tastes first of sweet caramel malt, with a slight hint at fruit in the middle, then a bitter hop finish that gives good balance. Very crisp and clean with a medium body and a slight bite. Very drinkable. Another great Brooklyn beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 18:21:50 | More by Loki
Photo of jeffboo


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

A deep orange color with a creamy, thick foam. Hops lead the aroma profile, earthy and floral. Malt profile starts with butterscotch, very ESB-like. The body is refreshingly light with a lingering grainy malt in the dry finish. The malt is balanced with an earthy hop flavor, overall an ok pint but no outstanding feature.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 12:47:51 | More by jeffboo
Photo of bditty187


2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-bronze hue, translucent, small off-white head that quickly fades to a soapy residue, no lace of note. Very faint and hollow nose, some earthiness… weak biscuit, spice hints. Not very inviting really. Rather malty, earthy palate, some hints of hops… faint bitterness, spiciness. I find the palate to be odd and not very pleasing. The mouthfeel is thin and watery… funky aftertaste. I didn’t really care for this one… maybe a bad bottle? Maybe I’ll give it another shot? Maybe not.

Best by June/2003

Thanks Stegmakk for the sample...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 14:26:20 | More by bditty187
Photo of Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name may have changed from Pennant Pale Ale to just plain Brooklyn Ale but the product remains the same. Bottle was freshness dated and the product poured a dark copper color with a creamy head. No overpowering aroma. Nice blend of malt and hops with the hop presence being less pronounced than in many Pale Ales. No unpleasant aftertaste. To me, it's a nice solid Pale Ale with no unusual atttributes - very drinkable throughout an evening or if you're having only one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 22:09:21 | More by Greenlabel
Photo of far333


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

What an enjoyable beer. Golden amber color with a light beige, foamy head that sticks around and laces the glass. The aroma is of malt and bitter hops, with some citrus thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and just feels really good overall. The flavor is round and smooth, and well balanced. A bit yeasty, very pleasing malt, a bit tannic, and hop bitterness that tingles the throat. Also some citrus, pine, and a bit of fruit. Very drinkable. Especially if you're fortunate to have it very fresh at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 04:11:06 | More by far333
Photo of dwarbi

New York

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

This beer pours a very choppy head. It settles to a thin layer that lasts throughout the length of the beer. The beer is a light reddish amber. Aroma is primarily of oak. Tastes creamy and thick. This is a very good brew. It's complex and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 18:58:21 | More by dwarbi
Photo of Brent


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful coppery chestnut, but failed to live up to the promise of the appearance. Sour-ish aroma hinting of grape. Not quite there with the mouthfeel - a little thin. Malt is not nearly hefty enough, and comes across as timid, rather sour and astringent. Hopping is mild and nondescript. Not up to par with the other brews I've been fortunate to sample from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 20:24:17 | More by Brent
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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