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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001)
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Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems almost more an ESB to me... but it pours a medium amber color, moderate to slight head retention. Aroma is very light, I don't get much out of it. Taste is slightly sweet, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is okay, drinkablity is okay too, not outstanding, but not bad at all.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: No head, nice transparent brown color with no lacing.

S: Hops, with a slight malt background.

T: Hoppyness and malt work together nicely. They are both also in the aftertaste. The hoppy bitterness lingers.

M: Good carbonation and pretty full.

D: Nothing overpowers, very balanced with a good bitter aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer due to its good balance.

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

Pours with a tea-copper color with little carbonation. Has a thin lace of head with a little more clinging to the sides. Smells similar to a macro lager with a slight roasted and malty smell. Feels very smooth on the tongue with a little fizziness. It tastes malty and goes down smooth. It leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but the aftertaste it's is quite mild. This is a smooth beer the has an awesome smooth and malty feel to it. I'll most likely have this again.

Photo of JBStith
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 is a solid example of an APA.

A: Pours a nice golden color with a white creamy head. Retention is good with descent lacing.

S: Aroma is not strong, but there are notes of grapefruit rind and citrus/bitter hops. Not much in the way of malt.

T: Similar to smell. Citrus and spicy hops. A bit a sweet malt, but overall this is a clean an crisp example of an APA (a good lawn-mower beer). Finished with a slight mertallic taste. Would have gotten a higher score if it were not for the metallic finish.

M&D: Mouthfeel is on the light to medium side. Well carbonated and clean. Defintelty drinkable in my opinoin. I have enjoyed this beer before and will continue to, especialy in the summer months.

Photo of plaid75
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger pillowy head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell was subtly sweet and malty with a mild citrus aroma.

The taste was well balanced with a solid malty backbone and a lightly citrus hop. Biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average with a dry finish.

Overall an average APA. I would have prefered a bit more hop.

Photo of granger10
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rusted amber color with a medium foamy tan head that dissipates quickly. After a minute not too much remains of the head and the lacing is weak. The aroma is floral and bright with a grainy edge to it. Taste is a bit thick with tons of a biscuit flavor in there. A bit of diacetyl comes along with the huge biscuity taste. Finish is a bit sweet as well as a bit grassy and also a bit metallic. The body is super rich, which could be good for some beers but its way too much for this simplistic offering, esp with the lack of carbonation. It gets cloying fairly early. Not really too drinkable. Disappointing.

Photo of HimerMan
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottles; multiple times.

When I first found this I thought it was a one-time brew.

Great summer beer for me, though I am not a pale ale drinker typically - I found this to be incredibly smooth with a nice taste of hops; not the insane rush of hops found in some beers.

Overall taste was smooth, no alcohol present, no unpleasant aftertaste or strange finish.

Again, this is a summer beer that has excellent flavor: malt, english (mild) hops and easy to drink.


Photo of bonbright7
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I watched the bartender pour this off the tap at Lila's Santa Fe Kitchen in Huntington and the ale produced a generous head that danced with flowing bubbles underneath the top.

I liked the reddish brown color, which told me to some degree what I was going to taste. Going through the head to the body on the first sip, led me a healthy malty taste with a slight aftertaste of dry hops. The ale reminded me of a shade lighter Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen that would be great with a fat ham sandwich topped with Swiss cheese and spicy Boar's Head mustard.

Taste after taste, until 2 pints were consumed, the Pennant Ale merited a favorable impression to the end.

3/10/07 Update: had again on tap, very malty and sweet, remains very good

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" off white head. The beer is a clear, light brown in color.

smell: Good balance of toasted caramel and grainy malt flavors with a considerable English type hop aroma. Some lighter hints of dried fruits such as cherries and apricots.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a lighter medium, and the body medium or so.

taste: Dominant malt flavors...slightly toasted and grainy with a moderate sweetness. Just a little nutty. Dull, grassy (just a little citrus) hop flavor with a moderate bitterness.

drinkability: Pretty drinkable

Notched as best by April 2006

Photo of scooter231
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite a pretty rusty red, with a bit of head, and not much lacing. Quite clear. Smells hoppy and a bit fruity. A bit of citrus hits the nose pretty quickly. Tastes malty, very malty. There's some fruityness in there, banana perhaps, and I get some faint hints of lime. Some nice toastyness/breadyness/biscuityness near the end that really brings the flavors together. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Quite drinkable- light, crisp, good thirst-quencher.

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Peace Street Market, Raleighwood

appearance: pours a clear copper-amber, light beige head, no retention/lacing

smell: sweet malt, cherry, apple, metallic hops, grain, aromas more similar to american amber

taste: sweet and malty, hop presence is minimal and slightly herbal/metallic, red apple...very drinkable, a good session, but really that tasty, and certainly not a typical apa

mouthfeel: medium body, average carbonation

drinkability: quite

Photo of AltBock
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with a different label than the one pictured to the right. Mine has a blue label with silver streaks and the Brooklyn "B" in the middle of a baseball. The neck label had information about why the beer is named Pennant Ale '55. Named after the 50th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series championship win. There is a best before date on the side of the bottle where it should be notched.

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a hazy orange/copper color with a less than one inch head of fizzy white head of foam. It dissipated away quite fast leaving a few rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: Like what everyone else said, the aroma is really subtle. From what I picked up in the aroma was some sweet malt, little hops, and with a slight smell of citrus fruits in the background.

Taste: I really couldn't pick much stuff in this beer. What I could pick up was light in flavor. I picked up in the beginning was the sweet malts, then little fruit taste, and then it finished with a mild hop bitterness. Pretty much an average taste all over.

Mouthfeel: Just what I expected from this beer. It was light, not too watery, carbonated, and with a slight aftertaste of malts or hops. I really couldn't tell what the aftertaste really was.

Drinkability: A nice affordable decent beer that could make for a nice session beer. It's not the best beer made by Brooklyn, but it was ok.

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

Poured a dark orange/amber color with a half inch white head.

Flowery aroma, but not overly hopped up as other APAs.

Good tasting beer. Fairly mild flavors. Slightly bitter, some malt, but nothing that stood out either good or bad. Just a "regular" tasting beer.

Overall, a beer that is easy to drink and would be good on a hot summer day. I liked it, but really don't have a lot to say about it. I'd recommend it if you are looking for just a pleasant beer to drink. This would probably be a good one to introduce to your BMC friends.

Photo of Naes
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very deep amber with a small white head. There is little to no lacing and the retention is minimal.
The aroma is somewhat malty with trace amounts of hop presence.
The flavor is a bit watered down, but begins with some caramel malt and finishes with a moderate amount of floral hops. There is something about the aftertaste that just does not agree with me. It is similar to a metallic flavor, but is something else.
Mouth feel is light bodied and is actively carbonated.

Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Pinstriped label with a baseball behind the normal Brooklyn B. Best by date clearly notched.

Appearance: Pours an orange color with just a hint of haze. Thin head, and very little lacing.

Smell: A bit of malt sweetness, and some floral hops. Aroma is rather subdued.

Taste: Malt sweetness in the beginning, then the subtle hops come in to dry out the finish a bit. Nicely balanced.

Overall impression: Well balanced and very drinkable. Nice example of an APA that hasn't been over-hopped.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into a standard pint glass. It had a clear orange-y hue, a rather lumpy and sticky off-white head and left decent lace behind.
Floral would be a good starting description here. Citrus flowers and a dusting of toasted malts in the nose. Tastes malty-sweet up front, not fruity. Hops are present but not to excess and have a mild citric tang in the finish. Feel was medium-light in body and reasonably crisp. Finishes dry.
Okay, no a bad APA offered up by the folks at Brooklyn. Well balanced and easily quaffed at just over 5.2%. Worth a shot.

Photo of chakadrum
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head and little lacing. Nice orange/amber color. Very little nose but I get a very faint malty sense if I really breathe it in deep.

Just a very subtle hoppiness. Has a very grainy/malty taste that goes down quite well and feels nice on the mouth mainly do to the carbonation. The carbonation on this is probably my favorite aspect.

I could easily picture myself sitting at a ball game with one of these. It is very easy to drink and quite refreshing especially with the nice carbonation. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again, but I'd happily drink it if someone else was paying.

Photo of daliandragon
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, this is an old favorite and local icon so I'm not going to pretend I pulled it off the shelf blindfolded and am trying it for the first time. My buddy brought over a sixer the other night for the Met game and there was a single survivor the next day (we waxed most of a sixer of Salvator as well). I was shocked I hadn't reviewed this before based on how much pleasure I've derived from this brew over the years.
Appearance isn't overly special. Attractive copper color and slightly cloudy body but not even a wisp of head. Nose is broad, tasty hops all the way, but mellow, not bitter or astringent.
Taste is the key here. Full round flavor with minimal carbonation and a crisp finish. Hopheads will be on board but again, actual bitterness is pretty low, 120 minute IPA this isn't. Hoppy but mellow aftertaste and crisp finish. Awesome on tap too.
I can't think of a easier drinking beer off the top of my head. Low abv but high in satisfaction, methinks

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crisp and clear copper with no head, and small fugative strands of carbonation rising to the surface.

Sweet malt smell with a complex bite of hops.

A malty and sweet brew with hints of grape and passion fruit. Finished with a slight hoppy bite that balances the brew nicely

A pretty great mouthfeel, with a decent ammount of carbonation. Very active in the mouth from start to finish. ]

A really drinkable beer, and given it's fairly low ABV you could easly enjoy these bad boys all day long

Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with red hues. Slight half finger fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles hug the side of the glass.

S: Aromas of butterscotch with a nice sweet malt background. Slight fruity and piney hops hit the nose also.

T: Tastes of malt come first with a dark fruit background. Not many hop characteristics. Nice sweet malt finish thats not overpowering--not much bitterness.

M & D: Mouthfeel is odd. Slick and oily makes it go down smooth leaving a slight sweet malt flavor in your mouth. Not a very simple ale--complex malt/hop notes leave you scratching your head. Drinkability is rather high as its not a heavy ale. I would have another one. One of the better ones I've had from Brooklyn.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear copper colored beer with a pretty low level of carbonation. The lacing along the edges is minimal. The aroma is a sweet malt backbone with a hint of piney hops. There is also a fair amount of diacetyl in the nose. The diacetyl carries over pretty strong into the taste. Looking past it I can detect a pretty well balanced albeit somewhat weak Pale Ale. The hops are definitely not over done.
I think this beers biggest attraction is that it is quite easy to drink, even with the "buttery" attributes.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Translucent bright copper, lacking in carbonation in both appearance and mouthfeel. Aroma is sweet and malty, like fresh, doughy baked bread. Flavor is earthy and metallic and has a chewy rye bread notes. I could ask for more just a bit more carbonation on the palate...and so I will: Can I have a bit more carbonation on the palate? This may be brewed in America, but the flavor is downright English. A nice, flavorful beer that would be a delight on an English pub (though the amount of carbonation here is reminiscent of cask ale). Certainly one for a session.

Photo of geexploitation
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a strange pale ale; not lots of hops. Pennant Ale is a yellowish amber with a touch of caramel brown. The nose is redolent of cereal grains and just a touch of hops. There's a touch more grapefruity/citrusy hops in the palate, which is quite reserved for a pale ale. Perhaps due to the relatively low-key flavor profile, this beer glides around the mouth easily. The carbonation is enough, but unobtrusive. Highly drinkable, if you're into this kind of taste.

Overall, I'd say that this beer is miscategorized; I'd call this an English-style Pale Ale, not an American. For what it is, it accomplishes its goals decently enough.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn's Pennent Ale is an American Pale but reminds me of an English.
When I poured it, it poured a clear light amber color, with almost no head. The carbonation is mild, but you can still see several bubbles rising to the top as you drink.
Smell: it smells like a ale, with a slight hint of sweet floral or fruitiness, but by no means sweet in taste.
Taste: very well balanced: the hopps hit on the tip of the tounge, you feel the malt in the body(and this is where I feel the floral smell presents itself in the taste as well) and it finishes with a nice slightly hopped after taste.
Very smooth all the way down.
This is a very drinkable beer. I think it is a good transition for people trying to get away from macro brews.

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

Appearance: Clear amber with visible carbonation. Thick fluffy, creamy beige head tops the beer, it recedes to a thin layer in two or three minutesleaving sporadic lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma contains sweet bready malt notes, and light hop florals.

Taste: Sweet malts in the front of the palate. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness. The finish is clean with a crisp hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: This is really easy to drink. The sweetness of the malts is balanced nicely against the bitterness of the hops.

Overall: This isn't a spectacular brew, it's a good example of the style, but one of its strengths is its simplicity. It's a nice refreshing beer.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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