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Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 74 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of sixerofelixir


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

12 oz bottle. Best before NOV 2010. I like the bottle design, with blue & silver stripes and the Brooklyn 'B' over a baseball.

Pours a clear amber. Nice dense head leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is fresh and bready, with some raw sugar sweetness coming through. Some yeasty fruitiness, 'biscuity' as the label says, with nice caramel overtones. Clean and bitter overall, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Decent body. A good, crisp offering.

05-29-2010 02:37:24 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of Kromes


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A: A clear light amber color with a nice finger width head.

S: Smells very malty, almost like brown sugar, with some fruity, floral hop. Not much more than that.

T: The flavor upfront is very sweet. The maltiness has that toasted sweetness like brown sugar. The finish is fruity and floral hop.

M: The carbonation is a little on the high side. The finish is nice and dry.

D: A nice pale ale. No noticeable alcohol in the beer. The drinkability is reduced due to the high carbonation.

05-21-2010 20:43:52 | More by Kromes
Photo of mstyne

New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

'Best before October 2010' from a Brooklyn variety pack. Pours a dark golden color. 3/4" of head which dissipated quickly. Minor lacing, but it's there. Very low carbonation. Almost a sweet flavor and a bit of a toasty taste. A decent offering from Brooklyn, but not my favorite.

05-09-2010 18:54:35 | More by mstyne
Photo of DerekP


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Looks dark amber brown. A fluffy, off-white or nougat head.

Smells toasted. Biscuity; sweet malts.

Tastes sour; lots of diacetyl, and in this case, for the worse. Also showing some phenols - the medicinal kind. The flavors calm down somewhat and the brew improves as it warms up a bit.

Feel is a little weak; could use a little more bite. Medium-heavy body.

I poured the last glass from the growler out. Pretty disappointed, but not a terrible brew.

05-02-2010 23:25:50 | More by DerekP
Photo of Morey


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

This session ale poured amber in color with a nice white head which contains mostly tiny compact bubbles. Lots of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass leading one to believe that the carbonation might be on the high side.

Smell is biscuity and bready with slight grassy notes from the hops.

Taste is more of the same. Malty and smooth with a subtle hop presence.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium. The carbonation is a little too high on this beer. I find that it's getting in the way of the overall flavor.

I could drink this as a session ale, although it probably wouldn't be my top choice.

Morey's Bottom Line: For me, the carbonation is what keeps this ale from ranking up there with some of my favorite pales. That being said, it is nice and crisp and if you prefer a bitey carbonation, this might be a could choice for summer BBQ's.

05-02-2010 22:20:51 | More by Morey
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

I picked up a Brooklyn sampler case. I get 4 of these so Ill give this a go first.

A- Spot on what I would call amber. A nice head rises and makes you wait and pour slowly. It holds on for a while but fades to a film.

S- Very floral, English hops and bready, biscuity malts. Very nice and delicate.

T- Soft fruitiness, flowers, honey, cracker like malts. Its very balanced but leans towards a clover honey like sweetness.

M- Low carbonation, pretty substantial body with a very dry feel and finish.

D- This beer is so dry, clean, tasty and delicate that it begs to be drank. Im really liking this stuff, such a great sessioner.

05-02-2010 16:48:11 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of jeffthecheff


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

I'm surprised I hadn't reviewed this yet. Served in a nonic pint glass, it has a darker than I remember amber color with a fizzy white head. That head doesn't last very long and soon dissipates to nothing.

The aroma was authentically English. Fruity and malty, with a ton of diacetyl that leads to a buttery smell. The hops are almost undetectable.

The taste is sweet with a butterscotch candy note. In the middle is some toasted grain, which leads into a very distinct tea flavor in the finish. It tastes like I'm drinking iced tea...there is even a slight lemon note to go with it. The bitterness is solid, but I barely notice it because of the tea and diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is light but noticeably thick. I would prefer it to be a little less fizzy, especially for the style. I wonder about the freshness on this beer, because it's nothing like I remember having it out of the bottle last summer. I'll try it again but for this pint, I wasn't a fan.

04-29-2010 17:25:57 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of chickenwingking


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

A - Dark honey / amber colour. Attractive but fast diminishing white foamy head.

S - Strong toasted biscuity malt aroma. Cereal smell develops as it warms.

T - Mostly dry - just a hint of sweetness comes through a slight raisin or fig flavor. Mainly crusty bread and biscuit. Hint of metallic bite to it but not unpleasant.

M - Harsh carbonation, full bodied with a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. A heavy pour helps to eradicate some of that harsh carbonation. This beer gets better and better towards the end of the glass once it's warmed a little and the carbonation dies down a touch.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Should really stand out with food - maybe a steak and ale pie.

04-29-2010 00:24:35 | More by chickenwingking
Photo of nelnutter


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured 12 oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours nice amber color with solid white head with decent retention. Leaves very little, barely any, lacing.

S: Sweet, buttery, and bready malt. Can't sense any hop aroma at all.

T: Definitely malt-forward, but there's definitely some sort of hops coming in to play because it's not nearly as sweet as the smell lead me to believe. Definitely bready and sweet malt all the way though.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Very very drinkable and sessionable. Good English pale. Personally, I was hoping for a tiny bit more of hoppy bitterness.

04-24-2010 02:30:27 | More by nelnutter
Photo of vazy

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

A- Pours a thin head which disappears quickly. Body is a clear amber brown.

S- malty and earthy, im picking up some kind of almond notes. Really full with nutty and buttery aromas.

T- Somewhat hoppy and fruity. Its kind of buttery and biscuity, its smooth and finishes dry.

M- somewhat thick in the mouth, but not too heavy.

O- Its drinkable, its balanced and intriguing with its earthy aromas. Definitely something I'd like to drink at the ballpark or the backyard!

04-19-2010 02:08:07 | More by vazy
Photo of rosmhuire

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from bottle into unchilled pint glass after a tough workout.

Appearance: Amber-colored, average head and lacing

Smell: Getting a lot of malty bready goodness. No hop profile at all.

Taste: This is pretty good. Definitely more on the malt side of the equation, but not sickingly sweet - decent balance. You can't really notice the hops, but they must be there to provide balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, as all English pales should be

04-06-2010 21:53:18 | More by rosmhuire
Photo of MikeBrandman


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Off the pour a 2 finger had quickly rises and fades into a small head. Just more than a crown but laces pretty well. Deep transparent brown with no visible carbonation or sediment. Smell is a strong roasty, nutty, fruity something. Not your typical smell. Almost reminds me of marinara sauce honestly. Taste is a strong earthy and slightly hoppy mix that goes well with the smell and mouthfeel. Very balanced and drinkable.

03-23-2010 02:54:35 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of Minkybut


3.8/5  rDev +5%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a amber color. The beer poured a big tan fluffy head but it went away really fast. The lacing though was good. The beer had a hoppy smell but was not too much hopped. There was a nice malty finish to the beer. I liked the beer and will buy it again.

03-21-2010 23:01:04 | More by Minkybut
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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!!

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


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

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?

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


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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


4.55/5  rDev +25.7%

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!

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


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

01-25-2010 22:12:33 | More by ktrillionaire
Brooklyn Ale / Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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