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1,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 31
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
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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 crwrunner
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very nice hazy bronze color with lots of little bubbles floating to the top. Poured a decent head that what an off white color. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell- Roasty malts and caramel.

Taste- Kind of a sweet. It has a very mild hop flavor that balances out the sweetness. I get a taste of caramel or slight honey. I guess it has a slight roast or biscuit flavor.

Overall- I think this is a pretty good beer and I would buy a six pack of it to keep in the fridge or I would get it on tap.

Photo of nukem5
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great amber color with nice foam cap that rapidly dissipates.

S: Aroma is of sweet malts caramel and hops all in great balance.

T: Taste is of sweet malts balanced with awesome hop character, smooth and creamy with its caramel / toffee taste.

M: Medium bodied with a thick chewy hop taste at the back end.

O: Have had this many times and is always welcome at my table and bar, Thanks Garrett and all at Brooklyn.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a nice clear copper with a 1/4 inch of head. Lacing is good.

S - Most noted is the toasted malt and citrus hops. Smells rather sweet.

T - Quite refreshing actually like the lager only with English malts. Toasted malts, citrus hops, and a rather sweet finish with a fruity finish.

M - Light to medium. Rather good beer.

Not a bad beer. A decent offering from Brooklyn.

Photo of notjaredlouche
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Sam Adams pint glass. Just out of the fridge, a bit colder then I usually review from.

A: Dark golden brown color, bit of carbonation, one-finger head. Some nice lacing on the glass. Persistent 2mm head halfway through.

S: The hardest thing for me to judge. I suppose I'm getting some floral hops? Not much else going on here.

T: A bit hoppy up front, with a light finish. I typically drink this a bit warmer, and in that case, there are some mild fruit flavors as well.

M: Carbonation has a nice bite to it, a bit heavy in the mouth. Very smooth.

O: If it's been in the fridge, try drinking this beer after it's been warmed for a half-hour to an hour - the mild fruitiness is interesting. Pretty solid offering from Brooklyn Brewery - I like to alternate between this one and the Lager.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams signature glass. The pour is very clear, light amber in color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is very faint. There is a slight hint of nuts and spices.

The beer is fairly light-bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and mild taste. I get some biscuit, butter, and honey flavors in the front of the palate as well as a slightly tart lemony flavor. The lemon notes intensify a bit towards the back of the palate and lead to a slightly dry finish.

I'm not sure if this beer really is a good interpretation of the style. It is nice and mild, but it just doesn't hold my interest very well. Moreover, the malt is balanced more by tartness than bitterness. Still, it's tasty and refreshing.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: transparent amber not too many bubble with a steady off white head risIng to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: light hops, not much else.

Taste: it will remind you of a Vienna lager a bit with rich but lighter hops. Nothing complex with the Taste but very satisfying.

Mouth: medium to heavy, sharp texture. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: it's a good beer an honestly for the price it doesn't disapoint. Right now having at my cousin's BBQ, to follow with a great cigar, Salud!

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - moderate amber with a soft cap of loose, bubbly, off white head that has little retention

S - very faint; just a hint of citrus/floral hops

T - faintly bready, faint citrus, faintly floral, mild bitterness in the finish

M - crisp, medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a solid, balanced beer but it's not incredibly flavorful. It's refreshing and drinks well on a hot day.

Photo of noisepollution6
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - You wouldn't expect a red, white, and blue colored bottle with a baseball called pennant ale to be an English style beer but that's exactly what this one is. Pours a brilliant gold copper color with about a quarter inch of off white foam. Fades at a normal pace.

S - I smell English hops right away and the malt to back it up. The hops definitely stand out though and I can almost taste this one before taking my first sip. Definitely smells like an English style pale ale and a good one at that. Delightful smell.

T - English hop bitterness right up front. Very bready/biscuity malt flavor blends nicely with the bitterness. Hints of caramel.

M - Medium bodied. high/medium carbonation. Slight warming.

O - Fantastic English pale ale. Fits the style to a tee and does not disappoint in any category. Highly recommended as well as a great example of a style that's starting to become neglected by the craft breweries.

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

2nd of 3 $2 pints at Brixx in Chapel Hill.

I can feel the English malt here, but its definitely more caramelly than Im used to. I didnt know the style, but I thought it was a Marzen. I wasnt sold on the taste, it was a bit too caramelly, too sweet, and had an off flavor I couldnt pin down. Malt forward with no hop flavors at all. Smooth to the point of being dry.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of mc68881rc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of witster18
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of gaugebozo
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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."

Photo of rdilauro
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  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.

Photo of iBeer16
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.77/5  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.

Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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