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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | 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:
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Photo of CHickman

New York

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a 1 inch creamy beige head that disappears quickly; smells of malt, bread or grains, faint hops and light fruit; the grainy odor is the most dominant with a metallic or slight musty odor to it.

Tastes of sweet malt, roasted grains, lemon, biscuit, and hops that give off mild spices; can't tell what kind of hops they are, but they do carry a citrus tone and then allow the brew to lead to the roasted grain finish which lingers for a while.

The carbonation is medium, and the beer has a light feel overall, and a mouthfeel that's crisp and on the thin side.

The grain and malt flavors overpower the hops and this is just an average beer, which goes down almost watery. High drinkability, but just not a taste that stands out - this is an average beer in every way and just OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 03:51:03 | More by CHickman
Photo of zoso1967


3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brownish copper with nice white head. Fine retention and lacing. The aroma hints of biscuity malt and is slightly fruity and herbal. Very subdued. The taste is similar to the smell with plenty of biscuity malt, some lemon, slight nuttiness and a sweet grassiness. All pleasant flavors, but all pretty boring. It carries a pretty fair amount of bitterness that leaves me feeling like this beer has an identity crisis. I find that this taste is not really bold enough nor clean enough for me to considerate it anything special. The body is on the lighter side of medium and wonderfully smooth with a nice balanced finish. It is probably this beers best attribute. Very drinkable, but I think I would much prefer a well made lager over this beer in almost any situation. Not bad, but not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 20:07:26 | More by zoso1967
Photo of Melchizedek


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with a solid if slightly small (for a fairly vigorous pour) beigish head.

Some sweet, biscuity, floral and tea-like aromas - basically, it smells like an English-style pale ale. Ever so slightly boozy. Medium-bodied and pleasant in the mouth, with an up-front tart hop bite that lingers into the aftertaste, giving a little ground through the middle to some nicely-blended bready and resiny flavors and a light lemon-rind finish.

Very pleasant and easy to drink, each sip leaves me ready for another. This would make a good go-to for the next time I'm jonesing for an English ale session.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 04:21:23 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of afausser


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Beer Run in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Appearance: A golden amber with mid-sized carbonation which makes for a long lasting and fluffy just barely off-white head.

Smell: Light flavors of cinnamon waft up off of this one as well as flowery and sweet hops, and biscuity sweet malt notes.

Taste: A good mix of hops and malts. Caramel and sweet biscuits on the malt side, and floral and slightly spicy ones on the hop side. Sweet, but not syrupy or cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and plenty of carbonation. It's decent, but not for being on cask--maybe this isn't the best vessel to deliver the intended mouthfeel, but this one is not stellar.

Drinkability: Good and very drinkable. Definitely a session beer.

Serving type: cask

03-10-2010 13:50:58 | More by afausser
Photo of Andreji


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

I don't know why i'd been avoiding the pennant ale for long now, but right at the brewery seemed like the right place to taste it.

Pale straw toned, carbonation is very discrete within, it's translucent and shiny. head is white although- and much like the rest on location- small (they pour them so).

Smell is grainy, metallic malt feel with a dry sense to it. hops in the background, although well blended, remains very discrete.

Taste is unlike most other pale ales, which i found to be an interesting alternative- it is clearly flavorful, but it isn't sweet. carries all the same characteristics of the others (the malts, the alcohol, the hops) but it simply isn't sweet. nonetheless the body is a bit thin, which ranks it lower for me.

Still, a decent, sessionable brew. perhaps for another season.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 17:04:54 | More by Andreji
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A clear copper with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere floating up to a fingers worth of head that fell to a 1/4 inch film leaving a little lace

S mild fruit with some bread and caramel

T not far from the smell only with a little more malt

M thicker then expected and good carbonation work quite well for it

D a decent beer but nothing amazing, still worth drinking though just don't pay to much for it

I've had better beers from this brewer without doubt, and in my part of the world it's a little pricey

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 07:25:09 | More by wordemupg
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright amber with decent head.

Aroma: Nothing special here. Some malts and fruits.

Taste: Malts, fruits and some dry biscuit taste. Not a bad English-style ale.

Mouthful: Smooth and malty with a bit of spice on the end.

I bought this when my folks came over b/c my father grew up in Brooklyn during the 1950's and was a Dodgers fan. Not one of the best beers that Brooklyn Brewery has produced, but it is easy to drink and refreshing, so it is worth a try. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:05:09 | More by dahlen22
Photo of Jesstyr


2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Pasta Nostra in South Norwalk. It was on the menu as a "brown ale", but clearly that was mistaken - and may have gotten my palate confused. Additionally, not a good beer to follow Rochefort 10, unfair comparison.

A: Pours a rich amber, which is a plus, but the head is barely there, and dissipates quickly.

S: Heavy grain, hoppy.

T: The first thing I note is how thin this is, and very grainy. No particular flavor stands out. Just like a regular lawnmower beer - nothing really special.

M/D: The thinness is the biggest issue, alcohol is noticeable, and dry. Its easy to drink...but why bother?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:04:17 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of theboozecruise


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It has an amber color to it, clear with a small white head. Great smell to it, caramel malts, sweet, inviting. The taste is more of the same, a little bit watery though... mirrors the smell for sure.

A little light on the mouthfeel, exceptionally drinkable. I could see kicking these back one after another watching some baseball for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:39:44 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date is Nov 2009, today is Jan 2010.

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear copper-brown, with a thin off-white head that thins to a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is smooth and nutty with toasted malts, but faint. Flavor is clean and malty as expected. Flavor is as expected, malty with a dry and grassy hop finish. Some buttery and sulfur notes exist in the background. Carbonation is high, but pleasant. Pretty easy drinking, but overall nothing too special making me want more.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:18:01 | More by mjaskula
Photo of beerera4


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6er yesterday at Central Market on sale for 6.99 and another today on sale for 6.99 so you know how I feel about this exceptional beer already...

A: Dark golden brown, nice head with little retention. Could just be cause I have not mastered the perfect pour.

S: Toasty malts, little hoppy citrus but the alts take over. Smells damn good.

T: Ok, I'm a hop head and never cared for the maltiness or malty beers. THIS BEER CHANGED MY MIND! Wow! This is a perfect flavor pounding beer. Has Excellent malt to hp ratio with it dying fast and leaving a pleasant refreshing BEER taste. Great for any season of the year in my opinion.

M: Perfect carbonation smooth but carbonation but I still get the hop oils at the end. Remarkable.

D: ALL DAY LONG! I can drink 12 of these things, Be BUZZED but love it. It's a perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and session type brew.

Overall, Brooklyn really changed my mind on malty beers. I will always keep this in the fridge especially when Central Market in the Dallas/Ft Worth, TX Metroplex has it for 6.99 a six pack. Great beer!!!

And: what a fantastic label! Love the baseball! Sorry I know that has nothing to do with the beer but very cool!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:23:23 | More by beerera4
Photo of ktrillionaire


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

This beer is a real sleeper. So check it out. Branch Rickey would like that.

A - A nice copper hue, two finger head. Golden-dark like Don Newcombe's skin.

S - There is a pleasant, familiar aroma that I can't quite place. Oh yeah, it's fresh orange blossom honey. Now that I've placed it, I can smell it strongly. It is the smell of real raw honey, the kind with the honeycomb still in it, and not honey 'flavor'. Bittersweet like the non-HOF career of Gil Hodges.

T - It has great flavor. Biscuity and surprisingly dry, given the honey nose. Refreshing, but not light. A substantial as Duke Snider in the batter's box.

M - It is silky with a little sparkle, but a bit undercarbonated. Not as shimmering as the defensive prowess of Pee Wee Reese.

D - Oh yeah. Worthy of seving at Ebbets' Field. Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo and Sandy Amoros would've crushed a round.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 22:12:33 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of TexIndy


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a clear copper color with carb streams from the etching only. It had a very small fizzy head that almost didn't cover the surface. It quickly evaporated into a good collar. Later, a foam center formed from the streams. No lacing.

The aroma was toasted malts, burnt caramel and metallic. Not very good. The taste followed suit and again there wasn't much there to enjoy. Mouthfeel was watery with a metallic aftertaste.

Overall, really didn't enjoy this one that much. Aroma and taste were off to me and the metallic aftertaste finished it. The first Brooklyn that I didn't really like and wouldn't have again. Don't recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX but one is enough for me. Just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:10:35 | More by TexIndy
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zach brought this back from Rochester, NY. Thanks bud!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and deep amber, producing a large, fluffy head of off-white foam. Great retention and lots of lacing. Light carbonation can be seen within.

Smell: Toasted biscuits, flowery hops, caramel? (it's something sweet), and a very familiar herb that I can't put my finger on... Call me weird, but I just caught a whiff of BBQ potato chips. This is an interesting smell, that's for sure. Have fun with it!

Taste: Very malt forward. Toasted grains own the palate in the beginning, and malt bitterness and honey pull through in the finish. The hops taste flowery and don't exhibit a whole lot of bitterness (or don't appear to).

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lightly carbonated, and malty. The aftertaste isn't great, but it doesn't last too long either. A touch chewy.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the smell, but otherwise I didn't think this beer was anything special. I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:56:47 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of jneiswender


4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-off white head and a copper body, slightly cloudy

S-very nutty and sweet nose

T-great roasted malt, cereal like flavor. Enough hops to keep it from being too much


D-really a great all around beer. Maybe the "fat tire" of the the east as my wife would say

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 02:59:23 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Bradvarg


4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice browm color with a nice soft head.

S: malty with a slight nuttiness to it. Balanced.

T: toasty maltiness backed up with just the right amount of hops.

M: just right. not one particular aspect of this beer over whelms any one part of the palette.

D: definite session beer. easy going beer.

I will definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 13:34:00 | More by Bradvarg
Photo of donteatpoop


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as an amber hazy color with a nice initial finger of white head that soon thinned to a light film with some accumulation at the edges.

The scent is full of yeast, taking on a bread-like smell to it, some carmel and some light citrus.

The taste showcases the graipfruit-citrus right up front, the bready and toasty malts taking a back seat to the hops.

Another point for Brooklyn, these guys continue to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 06:10:25 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of gford217


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of thecarster1.

Pours a deep, hazy amber that shows brighter orange when held up to the light. THe head is big and fluffy but retreats quickly to a small cap.

The aroma is mainly bready malts and lightly toasted grains, with a bit of caramel in there as well. The hops are very subdued with only a little bit of earthy character.

The taste is a bit bolder with some bigger flavors than the aroma would suggest. There is a more noticeable grassy and citrus hop presence up front, followed by a very English-style biscuity malt backbone. The finish is dry with a combination of toasted breads and light citrus bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy with a soft but ample carbonation.

I tasted this one side by side with Brooklyn's East India and I think I prefer this one actually. I think it's a better example of the style than the IPA is with more complexity. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:41:46 | More by gford217
Photo of whtguitarguy


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle needs to be updated here. It actually says Pennant '55 on it now. Pours to a medium amber color with a decent head. Aroma is of caramel malts and flavor is much the same. The beer is rather dry with a slight bitterness but overall it is rather pleasant. I would not say no to this one if offered it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 00:44:21 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A coppery light brown with a nice head and good lacing all along the glass as I drink. Not much carbonation activity but it is there.

Smell is very malty. Good fruitiness and light floral hoppiness. A nice yeasty bread component seems wrapped around a caramel center.

Taste is smooth and malty with a rich earthiness. A big bready backbone flows with a light caramel type sweetness. Crisp hop bitterness makes for a clean a dry finish with yeasty biscuit lightly lingering with more earthy hops. Feel is nicely carbonated, mildly effervescent with a light creaminess. A medium weight that seems to sit just a little heavier in your belly than you might think making it somewhat filling but still light enough to quaff.

Very drinkable. An excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 20:45:17 | More by scootny
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adam's glass. Nice rich amber color with a big bubbly head. OK lacing. To me I really like this American version of an English pale ale. This is a great session brew to me. Goes down nice an easy. And love the baseball connection too.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 15:54:02 | More by bob3701
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and some spice

Taste: toasted malt, bread, and small hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: Another very sessionable biscuity beer. I could have three. A lot of the flavor here is reminiscent of the flavors I associate with Abita's beers. This is an above average, not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 15:51:40 | More by tigg924
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried on tap at the brewery 12/09.

Pours a deep golden amber colour, with a decent head of white foam that leaves some good lacing. Lots of tiny carbonation. Looks a bit thin in the body. Overall, it's not bad; a bit generic, but done well.

Grainy sweetness on the nose. A little pencil-shaving hoppiness, and some yeasty funk that reminds me far to much of Pride of Ringworm, our most spurned and hated Australian hop. Not a fan.

Taste is similar. Some bready yeast character, wit a little grain sweetness. A little phenolic, almost chemical note on the back. Quite rank with bitterness on the back. Not a fan, really. Mouthfeel is spritzy and sparkling. Nice enough.

I'm not a big fan. It tastes very generic and bland, with its only characters being generall unpleasant. It's not undrinkable, but it's not particularly likeable. Brooklyn brews some far better beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 04:35:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Pours medium copper with a fairly decent foamy off white head. Some good lacing.

Tough to get much aroma out of this one. Some light sweetness and maltiness.

Thin flavored light caramel sweetness, some light toasted malt, with some hop bitterness peeking through. Muted flavors. Balanced, meaning nothing outshines another aspect of this beer -- all equally subdued.

Decent carbonation, medium to medium-light bodied.

Overall, not bad, but really lacks depth. Easy drinking but not one you will hunt down. Could be good for drinking around the grill while you wait to eat, but that's it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 02:34:33 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Brooklyn's Pennant Ale pours a light copper in color.

S. A not so strong aroma of bready malts.

T. Pale malt flavors dominate, with a leafy, earthy hop in the mix to balance.

M. Mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation and is light bodied

D. Drinkable through and through. Drinks like a pilsner actually with light malts and a good hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 17:58:35 | More by Stinkypuss
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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