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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 27
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

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Photo of wcudwight
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock NC.
Darker than most pale ale's with an ample head and good retention and lace.
Doesn't smell anything like a pale ale, but still smells good. Very malty sweet and mildly nutty.
The malt dominated with the hops in the back ground. Much more malt dominated than other pale ale's I've had, but not a bad beer.
Feels good in the mouth but doesn't really stand out in any way.
Very drinkable. Nice little session ale.
Over all it doesn't really taste like a pale ale, but is a good session ale none the less.

Photo of Newsman
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack of Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 at Sparrow Wine & Liquor Co. in Hoboken (a very, very beer-friendly place with good prices). Came home, cracked open a bottle, poured into an old-style mug that showed off a nice coppery color. Head was light and thin, but the carbonation reminded me of a lager or pilsner...I wondered if this was a lagered ale or some such. Smells great, a lot of malt and earth to go with the hops. First mouthful reminded me of a Scotch ale, with some good malty flavors. The hops balance it out nicely, especially after the beer settles down a bit. Good overall mouthfeel...you definitely know something's hitting all your tastebuds. Not a very heavy beer, however, which makes it quite drinkable. I'd be very selective pairing this one with food, because I have a feeling that it would be great with simple fare, but could clash with more complex dishes. I don't know if Pennant Ale '55 is a home run per se (because it would've been a five across the board), but it's very much a two-RBI double.

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

A mid/dark gold with the big head this beer takes a second to warm up get its balance. I first tasted more malt than hops but after a bit the hops came to the fore. Very sessionable with a real full mouthfeel , I would bring this beer to a BBQ where i wanted a food friendly beer that I could drink a few.

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

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a tumbler. The ale is cool.

A: The beer has an amber-orange color with no head and no haze.

S: I smell ringwood yeast. The ale has a fruity aroma that I recognize as the result of that little bugger.

T: The yeast again dominates the flavor, giving it a slightly fruity finish. The hops and malts don't stand a chance against the yeast.

M: The ale tastes fine, with the fruity notes adding a slight change of pace.

D: This is a good beer for sittin and sippin a few.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the bar clear copper with a white, frothy, and tall head which laced the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was lightly fruity with a floral character. The malt presence was all caramel and the hop aroma had a light woodsy nature.

The flavor was fruity with a fairly strong caramel presence and and earthy and woodsy hop character. Also present was a fruity estery light cherry.

The finish was dry with a lasting mineral characteristic with malt into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a creamy mouthfeel. This seemed to be more an an ESB than an APA, but was quite enjoyable.

Pint at Barley's in Greenville, SC.

Photo of ellisdee97
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent orange-brown, strong cylinder of carb bubbles, and a light head which doesn't stay long yet leaves nice lacing.

S: Light malt and hop nose. Nothing really distinct.

T: Peach comes through first, very minimal hop and malt taste but nicely balanced. Lingering dry hop aftertaste.

M: Very light bodied almost lagerish, quite dry aftertaste.

D: It is refreshing and highly drinkable but is lacking for a Pale Ale in my opinion. Before logging on to the site and seeing the description I really had no idea what this beer was trying to be. A decent brew over all but didn't do much for me.

Photo of EStreet20
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Looks nice. About one stop between a copper penny and traffic light amber with a fairly fizzy one finger off white head. Not much retention on the head at first but a capper remains.

S - Clean aroma. Not a whole lot jumping out at you but a faint hop aroma.

T - Some tangy fruits with some grapefruity hops. A clean sessionable pale but not much in the way of bigger flavors.

M - Thin, light body. Not bad for the style.

D - Good as a session pale but I want more flavor out of an APA.

I like Brooklyn beers a lot so I was a little disappointed. With great APAs out there (SNPA, Anchor, Smutty 3F) in the same price range I don't think I'll go back tot his one but it's not a bad session beer but not on par with Brooklyn's lager or bigger beers.

Photo of JMD71
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper, caramel color with average head when poured. Average carbonation. Penetrating light gives beer a nice "shine"....

Aroma: Deep malty aroma with some hop profile noted. Caramel, toasty, roasty aroma.

Taste: Rich, caramel, malty flavor. Slight tangy, sour side that was unexpecte. It is a fresh bottle (best before Oct 06) so don't think its off.

Mouthfeel: Crisp & clean. Whether intentional or not, the sourness mentioned above gives a sharp, crisp mouthfeel. Very nicely carbonated which also lends to the crispness.

Drinkability: Medium drinkability. Not too light or too heavy. Nice to have one or two, but become too cloying after a few.

Comments: I enjoyed this but am curious whether the sour taste was intentional or the result of improper storage at the distributor/retailer. As I drank the bottle, the sour taste became less evident.

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
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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