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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A phenomenal beer and the best Brooklyn makes. And that is saying something because Brooklyn
Makes great beers!

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4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber yellow with tinges of red and brown in color, the carbonation clings to the side of the glass for dear life and a thin layer of head sits on top of this beer. The only thing I could downgrade this bad boy on is that I wish it had a little bigger head.

there is something just vaguely smokey about the malts, their is something light and sweet about the aroma, even slightly caramelly. It's floral in the sense that you would say that ginger is floral, but in a totally different direction.

the flavors are another head trip, there is a great deal of the slightly smokey caramelly sweetness that was on the nose however it is perfectly and I mean PEFECTLY balanced with a light hop presence that helps carries it through and make this beer refreshing. The hops are just barely citric in a sort of limey way there isn't anything really piney about them either, just the citrus and a bit of tannic bitterness that cleanses the palate.

medium body lots of carbonation a bit of astringence. VERY NICE and complimentary of the flavors of the beer.

This beer is amazingly drinkable, it's got just the right flavor, it looks good in the glass. You can think about it if you want to and you won't be dissapointed, you can also watch the sporting event of your choice and completely forget about analyzing this beer n' shit! Meaning that this beer is about perfect, despite what folks might think a Pale Ale is supposed to be.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.73/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is by far my favorite from Brooklyn to this point. Like drinking a biscuit. Malted marvelously.

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4.67/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a red, white and blue labeled Pennant '55 bottle with a Brooklyn baseball logo in the middle.

appearance - Amber color, nice fluffy head too, and not much carbonation.

smell - Has a roasted malt smell to it, not burnt or smokey, but you know it is there. Maybe just a tint of hops.

taste - Has more of a malt taste then a hop taste to it. Nice balance though.

mouthfeel - medium body

drinkability - Enjoyed this beer, bought this is variety pack. Nice drinking beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best beer that Brooklyn makes

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4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for September 2013.

Aroma of flowery malt and bread. Pours deep orange/amber body with a finger of white foamy head. Head does not last long but dissipates into a thin white film on top of beer. Taste is bready, slightly datelike followed by a crisp bite. Very enjoyable!

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4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
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!

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4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, this is an old favorite and local icon so I'm not going to pretend I pulled it off the shelf blindfolded and am trying it for the first time. My buddy brought over a sixer the other night for the Met game and there was a single survivor the next day (we waxed most of a sixer of Salvator as well). I was shocked I hadn't reviewed this before based on how much pleasure I've derived from this brew over the years.
Appearance isn't overly special. Attractive copper color and slightly cloudy body but not even a wisp of head. Nose is broad, tasty hops all the way, but mellow, not bitter or astringent.
Taste is the key here. Full round flavor with minimal carbonation and a crisp finish. Hopheads will be on board but again, actual bitterness is pretty low, 120 minute IPA this isn't. Hoppy but mellow aftertaste and crisp finish. Awesome on tap too.
I can't think of a easier drinking beer off the top of my head. Low abv but high in satisfaction, methinks

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4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one on-tap at the Levee in BKLYN.

Wow! Probably my favorite Brewmaster's Reserve to date.

My sample poured with a 1.5" head that left a decent lacing down the glass. Pretty dark for an APA; maybe even a shade darker than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Not too aggressive of an aroma; but balanced. That was the key to this beer for me... balance throughout. A firm bitterness upfront, but only to be offset by a nice malty sweetness in the finish. Aroma and flavor hops were subdued but noticeable. Nice.

Damn, this beer is drinkable. Maybe that's why I had another.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very nice brew from a great brewery. more mild than their IPA due to a lesser hop character and with the malt flavor more pronounced. as the name suggests, good beer for watching baseball.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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