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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 76 | 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 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
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Best before Nov 04 on the freshness date made this one fresh and very tasty.Pours an orange colored amber and very clear. There is a thin off white head that leaves a trace of lace.

The aroma is at first hoppy like an IPA. It has a mild malty flavor that is kind of sweet and caramel tasting. The taste is also quite hoppy for a pale ale and I think, is very good. Overall, this is a damn fine ale. Chalk another one up for Brooklyn.

09-12-2004 00:03:02 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Brooklyn Ale does strike me as a pale ale made in the English style. It is superbly balanced with just the right amounts of malty flavors, fruitiness and hoppiness. While not overly exciting this is a smooth drinking beer making this session brew material all the way.

Brooklyn Ale pours a nice copper/amber color with a 2 finger foam that lasts for a little over a minute. Scents of caramel malt, tea, fruitiness, and English-style hoppiness could be detected in the nose. Nice citric/light pine qualities from the hops. The fruitiness and hoppiness just strike me as being very Enlgish having encountered similar notes in many English pale ales before. The mouthfeel has a moderate level of carbonatation and is quite smooth drinking. Good for this style of brew. As mentioned, the flavors in this ale are nicely balanced. The beer starts off with the backbone of caramel malt and builds up from there with the Englsh ale-like fruitiness, some sweet tea presence and a hint of molasses. The hops are not overbearing but really balance the brew nicely with the citric, floral and fruity notes and a light pine note. Some dryness in finish, but not too much. The low-moderate dryness continues in aftertaste with some lingering fruitiness and the beer ends with no alcoholic warmth.

In some ways, this brew reminded me of a cross between Bass Ale and Sam Adams Boston Ale. This is a nice, flavorful brew and those who enjoy "pale ales" in the English vein will probably like this one.

09-07-2004 18:37:53 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5%

App: dark brownish amber, little head fades to lacing quickly.

Smell: Malt and hops blend well with neither overpowering the other. Very well balanced.

Taste: Crisp hops mix with a deep malt flavor. Sweetness on the tip of the tongue. The beer finishes with a quick sour snap which fades into a light malt and bitter aftertaste. A little heavy on the malt/weak on the hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, but not overly so like a "light" beer.

Drinkability: Would make an excellent session beer.

07-05-2004 23:00:38 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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...

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

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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

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


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

New York

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

10-22-2003 19:56:36 | More by bmills1608
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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