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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 78 | 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 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
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
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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