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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 95 | 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 sinistrsam
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this guy on tap at the Commercial Taphouse in Richmond.
Pretty light golden body and a plain small white head. Left little to no lacing on the glass.
Smelled of hops and mild roasted malt, somewhat sweet. The taste was the same; not as hoppy as I had hoped but had that hop bitterness which faded into a pleasant sweetness. Nothing overpowering and nothing incredible, but definitely balanced and refreshing. Mild carbonation. I use the word mild a fair amount in this review, and thats exactly what this beer is. Decent but not outstanding. It was quite drinkable because it is clean and refreshing with a relatively low alcohol content.

sinistrsam, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a few of these, for the first time at a party and I enjoyed it. The next time I had it, I took notes and here is what I deciphered.

It pours a light cooper color with minimal head and only a small amount of lacing. I smell grains and hops, that's about it. The taste is rather mild and un-engaging with somewhat balanced hop/malt profiles. A bit bread-like in the aftertaste, but not much more going on there. The drinkability is good because it's a mild beer and can be enjoyed repeatedly.

jaluria, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a two finger head and good lace. Smells of a good caramel malt with a slight citrus hop presence, not the amout of what I expect from a pale ale. A damn tasty beer but not enough hops for the style A nice caramel malt with a moderate hop presence, but not enough IMHO. Crisp and very easy drinking. Again, very tasty but scored low due to the lack of hop presence I think anAPA should have. The Brooklyn Lager has much more than it should and maybe the two should be reversed.

sabrills70, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of scottum
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in South Brooklyn.

A nice pale ale. I was hoping to drink some Brooklyn Ale in Brooklyn. Amber in color with a white headskie. Quite light with some toasty notes. Hoppy in balanced goodness. Goes down smoothly and is quite the drinkable. I'll have another please.

scottum, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pennant ale wrapper.

Pours light copper with a short slightly foamy head, a little retention, a little lacing. Good carbonation. Smells of light malts, hops, and sweet caramel and fruit notes. Reminds me of #9 without the apricot. Taste follows well, slight hops with a good mild sweetness, very nice. Crisp and clean, good balance. I'd definitely want to get more of this.

aquatonex, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Packaged as the Penant '55. Best before not properly notched on the label. Citrusy aroma comes through very slightly in the flavor, which is mostly dominated by caramelly malts. Enjoyed several while in Brooklyn. Light, refreshing and very drinkable. Reminded me of a fresh Sam Adams. Worth having a few...

Dithyramb, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a thin beige head that recedes quickly. Aroma is estery with some toasted bread and caramel malt notes, and some citrusy hops. Flavor is subtle but complex, some light citrus hop flavors, followed by some fruity ale esters, caramel and toasted bread. Light and refreshing, yet flavorful this is an impressive session beer. I've never had a bad beer from brooklyn, they might not all be spectacular but they are at least descent, this is not a particularly exciting APA but a drinkable and tasty session beer.

silver0rlead, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of veggiemafia
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big let down since the last thing I had by Brooklyn was their lager, which I thought was astounding for a lager.

Completely plain-Jane, boring APA.

Nothing really going on, balance is good though, but just didn't taste like much of anything, nor did it smell like much of anything. Mouthfeel was pleasant, that's about all it has going for it.

Not even as hoppy as their lager.

With Brooklyn's good rep, I thought this might be a fluke, but on my way to the Write a Review button, I browsed a couple others, and it turns out it's just an off-brew for them I guess.

veggiemafia, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle reads "Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale '55." I thought maybe I found something different, but no. Brooklyn brewing seems to do the same thing Rogue does, and bottle the same beer under different names. Pretty lame - not sure what the point is.

Average, average, average. Man, there is just not much to say about this one. A pretty even-keel, straight-across-the-board american pale ale. I thought I tasted/smelled some wheat at first, but that disappeared after a few sips.

I guess if you want a beer that you can drink and ignore, this is your beer. Unintrusive, mild, forgettable. With so many pale ales in the world of beer, there are undoubtedly better ones you can pick up.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. $1.24/bottle (same as average local beers)
best before Jan 06

Pours a clear amber. Highly carbonated. Nice thick head of medium bubbles. Very light citrus in the aroma.

Well balanced malt and hop flavor. Sweet citrus. Very refreshing. Light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Easy drinking session beer. Kind of like a pale ale light.

sacfly, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been a few days since I ordered this on draft but I could have swore this one did not seem like a Pale Ale. It's labeled under Pennet '55 Ale (which is a great name IMO). Nice head, lighter in color in comparsion, and not too hoppy. Great carbonation and easy enough to drink to be a session beer.

Backer2004, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a dark, hazy copper color with a thick, soapy, white head. It’s certainly an inviting-looking beer. The aroma is muted malt and grain, along with a peppery, herbal hoppiness. Caramel and lightly roasted malt characteristics. It’s a smooth, malt-sided brew, with just enough hop to balance things out. I found it very highly carbonated…almost too carbonated (prickly, carbonic qualities are a bit distracting). Very nice brew…would make a fine session beer.

Suds, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a nice coppery orange color with a thin creamy tan head. Good carbonation float thought this crystal clear body.

S- Pale malt grain with some hints of biscuit and fresh grain are strong with a hint of green hops in the finish.

T- This beer has a very light soft flavor that tasted almost washed out or at least lagered. A light pale malt taste with a hint of citrus and a faint hop bitterness balance the malt.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with some watery taste. No fizz or astringency

D- This is a very clean beer and it might be a good beer to quaft at a 95 degree day in Dodger stadium but it lacks interest otherwise. The hops are almost absent and the malt is very soft. A light beer can have complexity or at least some characteristics, but I can't find them in here.

rhoadsrage, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, notched best before Nov. '05

Appearance: Clear golden amber body, a little white head, not much retention.

Smell: A slight sweetness, herbal, grassy hops, doesn't smell like an APA.

Taste: Tastes a lot like a dark lager to me. Big malt backbone, herbal/floral hops and a light bitterness. It's good, just not what I would normally expect from an APA.

I'd have this again, just wish it was more true to the style.

JackStraw22, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the new label but I do not judge a book by its cover. Fortunately I also love this beer.

Six-Pack 12 ouncers from Spirits Unlimited in Red bank.

i love this brew, It is so balanced and so easy to drink. It has become a staple of sorts around the house along with the Pilsner.

Pours a light copper/amber with a decent head that fades rather quickly. The smell is balanced floral hops and biscuit/dough malt.

Mouthfeel is crsip and light and it is ever so drinkable.

Citadel82, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown pour, unexpected color for a "pale". Thick 2 finger head of light beige. Big bubbles, no lace.

Aroma is surprisingly malty, nutty, and floral. Does not fit the bill for this beer style.

Malty, nutty, caramel, light fruits, buttery bread, and weird, floralish hops.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkable, but not my favorite from Brooklyn.

AlexJ, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of kaszeta
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the '05 American Beer Fest.

Pours with a nice light brown body and a fairly frothy off-white head with lots of lace. The smell has more of a malt character than a hops character---I expect a bit more hops from a Pale, but the maltiness seems to work well here. Taste was very pleasantly smooth, and had the same maltiness as the aroma. Despite the heavy malt notes, this is still a nice crisp and light ale. Very pleasant, and very drinkable. A nice ale, along the lines of what I've come to expect from Brooklyn.

kaszeta, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber body with a white head.
S - Caramel and sweet fresh cut wild flowers.
T - Light malt flavors, no bitterness. Not complex, but not bad.
M - Noticeable carbonation, light bodied. The weak point of the beer. Just too fizzy.
D - A great session beer. Light and delicious.

Naerhu, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a mug the beer was a very light brown color with about one finger of fluffy white head. Big rings of lace clung to the glass the whole way down during the sample.

Smell was very malty and a little surprisingly fruitty and floral. There was a bit of an IPA smell to the beer, but the malt won over the ulfactory battle with this brew.

Taste was very smooth to the point of almost having a "creamy" consistancy. A hearty maltiness to each sip, not chewy, but very well defined and balanced nicely with a slight hop presence that delivered just an ever so slight bitterness. Some citrus (perhaps orange) undertones as well but eveything was balanced and combined for a highly enjoyable beer.

Moderate mouthfeel on the palate with a decent amount of carbonation.

A very enjoyable and easy to drink ale. Would make a great session beer and a six pack could easily and enjoyably be consumed during the course of a ball game. Very nicely done.

Sycodrummer, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is some taste here, it is clearly a British style pale, with some hops and well malted. Medium mouthfeel from nuttiness. Good carbonation. Tad of metallic aftertaste. Tad of bitterness. Decent attractive darker colour and head. Beer was Ok but not that drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Sixpoint, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheDeuce, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

kmo1030, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of PSUDREW
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

PSUDREW, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tgbljb, Jun 21, 2005
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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