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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55

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1,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 1266
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%

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 GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a light, bright, copper-orange coloring with a thin, sparse film coating the surface and a fast, steady flow of carbonation bubbling. Aromas are light, with a roasted toffee balancing out a floral and effervescent hops profile. Flavors are light and a little sharp from the carbonation, with a roasty toasty toffee backbone and some floral and peppery hops lightly cleaning up the end of the palate. The aftertaste is a tangy sweet toffee flavor, with a clean, crisp, and someone astringent finish. Good flavors, but the body doesn't do the beer any favors.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:47:37 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dark copper color with a slight head that dissolves relatively quickly. Smell is sugary and malty – very nice. Not an overly sweet beer – more just malty and smooth – very easy to drink. Amount of carbonation is pretty perfect. A great session beer. This would be a great choice for more bars and restaurants to have on tap as an alternative to not only the Budweiser and Millter Lites, but also to the Sam Adams and Blue Moons.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 20:48:37 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of kylehay2004


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin off white head with little retention on a minimally hazy gold-amber body. some lacing.

S: mild burnt toast and smokey note initially with a lingering sweet caramel malt note.

T: Mostly malts with caramel and buttery notes. Mild grass and bitter notes I suspect are form the minimal hops.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. wet.

Overall: certainly drinkable. My understanding of the style is limited but this one seems to be relatively on par.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:14:14 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of mc68881rc

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely no head at all which i don't really mind.
Thought it would be like an IPA but it's not
It's got a nice amberish color.

Smell: You can smell a little fruit and I think someone said stale bread. I totally understand the stale bread comment but not in a bad way. It smells like beer not a wine cooler.

Taste: not sweet but mild. Maybe a little honey overtone to the taste to begin than just enough slight bitterness to take the edge off.

Overall: I like it. It goes down quick and is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 22:21:32 | More by mc68881rc
Photo of witster18


3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4


probably the best ballpark beer I've ever had. Enough taste to move it out of the massprolag catagory, but also easy drinkin with nice citrus notes and a solid hop background.

Love this beer.

First sip is sweet, but the aftertaste brings out the sourness of the fruit. The beer really morphs in your mouth. There's a little malt profile there to balance things out, but this beer is really dam^ tasty.

Could make this a lawnmower staple.


this really lives up to the name as it's light enough for summer, malty enough for fall, and hoppy enough for spring... would like to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 22:01:00 | More by witster18
Photo of FosterJM


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1153rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

No bottle date

Purchased from Whole Foods Tampa for $1.79

App- A IPA looking orange with some brown amber highlights. Khaki looking one finger head with some last lasting cling.

Smell- Really had the smell of stale bread, overly malted and had some hop oils and some veggies behind it.

Taste- Very english on the flavors. Was a small bit of hoppy with some stale cracker and some small earthy sweet.

Mouth- A good medium body with a medium carbonation. Hard to get past the sweet and tangy notes.

Drink- Just an Eh beer for me. Didnt leave me feeling overly joyed in comparison to some Brooklyn beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:06:58 | More by FosterJM
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a murky brownish color with a slight head. Hard to see through the beer. Head dissipates.

S-Sweet mostly. Plenty of aroma but not much variety.Very faint hops are overcome by the sweetness of the malt.

T-Still mostly sweet. Nutty, bread, and just plain sugary sweetness. Light happiness in the finish. Actually goes down fairly easily in the end.

M-Not the best. The feel is too heavy for the ABV. Not very session able. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-Not very impressed with this beer. I drank it quick enough but was never truly satisfied. Would not try this again. Too mediocre.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 02:26:05 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of mooseo


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Light copper brown with a small white head.

S - Earthy grainy malt. Rather subtle.

T - Biscuity malt up front, followed by subtle citrus and spicy notes. Leaves a lingering bready, grainy aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, dry finish. Average carbonation.

O - The malt flavor is the standout here, while the hops and other spices lend a nice complement. Easy drinking and very sessionable. Definitely a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:27:26 | More by mooseo
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A coppery-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small off-white head of foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with strong stewed hop overtones. Hints of aromatic citrus, yeast and brown sugar.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitterness and a dry, yeasty finish. Notes of caramel/toffee, stewed hops, grain, earthy yeast esters and faint citrus. The background hop flavour is overcooked and a bit harsh. Slightly sweet and quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied. The tingly carbonation is pleasant but excessive. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of caramel malt and stewed hops.

OK, but not amazing. Not sure why this is classified as a pale ale - it's more like a bitter/brown ale. Decent malt and yeast presence, but too much stewed hop character and not enough aroma. Drinkable enough but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:48:10 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of gaugebozo

New York

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light caramel with constant stream of bubbles, but little suds.
S - Malt, not much else.
T - Bread and grain at the forefront, very little hops. I think they used their in-house (American) yeast ale, and so it's a little bland for an English ale.
M - Gets docked for this. It's too carbonated for an English style ale.
O - Ok watching a game beer. Sort of a more flavorful Yuengling (I say this as a compliment). Nothing special though. Could use less carbonation and something to make it more unique. Gets a 3.5 because it's more than the sum of its parts, but doesn't fit the style and doesn't "wow."

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:50:36 | More by gaugebozo
Photo of rdilauro


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry, but I did not like this one. Guess my nostalgic baseball days and thinking about the Brooklyn Dodges and Ebbets field made me excited about this ale.

The color was a tannish amber like many other domestic ales. There wasnt any particular aroma that I could detect. No hops that stood out and for a second, I almost picked up a whiff of what I remember almost 45 years ago, my first Ballentine Ale.

There was nothing actually wrong with this Ale, its just that I could not find specifics about it which I really wanted to positively comment on.

Its still a very drinkable ale and considering so many of the larger company brews, this one is still better.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 16:16:32 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze color, a degree or two above yellow bmc. Not much to smell, definitely not hops. Just malt.

Lots of the maris otter taste, which is to say there isn't much going on, just a general beer blandness. Like a little bit of tea with it. I think this is just kind of like their bmc baseball crowd type of niche beer. There are no off flavors, its a very mild breadiness and smooth flavor profile. Its pretty soft all the way around aside from the carbonation, its up there to keep the mild bready current from weighing down on the aftertaste. Really, you could make a lot of those silly bmc slogans they put on their commercials off this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:45:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of cyclonece09


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of a high sweet malt, not that much hops, but is fine for the style. The malty tastes dominate, with a nice hop finish that balances the whole beer. The beer is extremely drinkable with proper carbonation, and one that can definitely be drank all night. Overall, a very fine English Pale Ale that will probably become a fallback for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 04:48:26 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of iBeer16

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A: pours an amber color with about a 2 finger head of a white color that leaves little lacing.

S: smell is of strong sweet malts with a very slight hoppy scent as well.

T: light in flavor, nutty, sweet almost caramel malts. Sight lemony taste.

M: very light body, decent carbonation. Leaves a fruity, very minimal bitter after taste.

Overall, good easily drinkable but semi bland flavor. Kind of lacking in the hops department for a pale ale. But decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:46:41 | More by iBeer16
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" cream coloured head that quickly dissipated over mahogany liquid with very good clarity.

S: Caramel malt dominates the smell profile.

T: Sweet toffee malt and vanilla flavours dominate the taste profile with a slight presence of floral hops.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Interesting ale that is a little on the sweet side; but reminds me of some of Fuller's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:19:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2" beige head of both fine velvet and soap suds. The body is burnt orange in mass tone but held to the light it's more of an apricot. There's a pretty nice smell of malt and mild hops. Taste, although in the spirit of mainstream BMC ballpark brews, also happens to be richer, creamier, and sweeter in the process. Body is a little on the weak side, and there's a soapy aftertaste, but overall this is a nicely put together beer easy to enjoy many of at the park or at home.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 09:31:33 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of mxmcmillan


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has always brought with it a certain pleasant and nostalgic feel, from the very sight of the wrapping on the bottle. A very refreshing beer for any occasion, with strong malt flavors and just enough hops to keep you interested, a great summer beer for sure.
I have had friends tell me they detect a vinegary taste to the beer, but I can't seem to replicate it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 16:19:48 | More by mxmcmillan
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a .5 finger head.

S - Very high malt volume, good amount of toastedness, grain malt.

T - Moderate amount of hops, a good amount of malt, caramel, almost a bit like cola. Dark fruits and sugar.

M - Decent amount of carbonation, yet fairly smooth.

Overall - It's actually a nice, basic ale in my opinion. It's got that vibe of a lounge, playing pool. This beer in it's flavors seem to bring me some nostalgia. And I like it. As far as the beer goes, it's basic, but refreshing and crisp. Big malt flavors with a decent amount of hoppyness.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:51:45 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice clear light amber golden color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of head that dissipates rapidly, leaves no lacing
S: toffee, malty notes, overall warm and nice, it feels good just to smell this brew
T: begins nice and smooth, malts and woody notes, toffee kicks in in the middle, leaves the mouth with a taste of toffee and something else i just cant place (EDIT: i figured out the taste was fresh cut grass or maybe even spinach, not sure which but nice either way), nice though
M: medium carbonation, silky smooth on the palate, leaves the mouth silky and gently dry
O: a pretty solid beer, what ive come to expect from the good people down at Brooklyn, just quality and solid all around

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:11:21 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: amber 1 finger white head.

S: super malty. No hop/fruit vibe.

T: Malty bready pretzel biscut.

M: thin and carbed.

O: Good not great. I was underwhelmed with how little hop flavor was in this. Given it's english in origin ekg or fuggles are at play here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 02:17:04 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of ckollias


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light clear copper hue with a thick, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Slightly sweet aroma with a malty background.

T: Smooth sweet beer with a good malt backbone. Some hints of fruits and decent hop profile.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was just and ok pale ale for me. It was easily drinkable but pretty forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 01:34:55 | More by ckollias
Photo of jb413


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber in color with a small white head that shrinks quickly to a thin ring. Lacing is minimal.

S - Light toasted maltiness with suggestions of fruits and possibly caramel.

T - Follows the nose with a nice mix of toasty and caramel malt flavor and a light hoppy balance. Clean, pleasant finish. Reminiscent of a light Octoberfest. All about the malt.

MF - Smooth, slightly rich, medium-bodied. Good finish and carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - Really nice beer. Good nose and flavor. May have benefitted from a bit of a bigger ABV and body, but nonetheless, a great session choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:30:23 | More by jb413
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear bubble yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell was of some light hops and some decent malt aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty well balanced between the hops and malts. The mouthfeel was light and airy, nothing too extreme at all here. Overall this beer is a good drinking brew for a social setting or as a quick thirst quencher. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:41:17 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: thin head; peachy copper color, slightly cloudy; lots of carbonation
S: after an initial whiff of stale malts and rubber, it opens up into a light but pleasant aroma of (normal) malt
T: moderately hopped pale ale; tones of caramel, cola, roasted grains; semisweet; not bitter at all; light but flavorful

An ok lager, ideal for when you don't want to think much about your beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:14:05 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a light to medium cloudy brownish amber with a large (2-3 finger) off white frothy head that was fully diminishing and left very little lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, a mild floral hop and a doughy yeast with notes of banana and caramel.

The taste was a malty bitter sweet with a note of caramel early on then had a nice mild bitter hoppy flavor with a touch of fruitiness at the end with the flavor only sticking around for a short while.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a slight metallic feel, watery yet a little dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice crisp and refreshing beer that had a nice mild hop finish, which just enhanced the drinkability of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 16:06:46 | More by KajII
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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