Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Donnie2112
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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Photo of auxiliary
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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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
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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Photo of beerera4
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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Photo of daliandragon
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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Photo of Sixpoint
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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Photo of javier
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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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, so I liked this beer much more than some. Gorgeous rich brown/amber in the glass with a nice frothy head and lacing. Toasted malt with a hint of fruity hops in the nose. For me, the taste is as near "perfect" as a beer can be--a delicate balance of rich, caramel malt balanced with a subtle crispness from multiple hops varieties. I tend to judge beers first by how much I enjoy them. This one was fantastic, top to bottom. The last little bit in the glass (even warm) was as flavorful as the first. Truly a session-style beer if ever there was one.

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Photo of Bradvarg
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

I must say that I can see these scores easily changing if I didn't have this on cask... but since I did have it on cask, and it was amazing, i better rate it that way, right?

App: Amber body with large bubbles of carbonation making a fluffy/rocky near white head that just lasts and lasts.

Smell: Very fresh flowery and sweet hop aroma hit my nose first followed by background of sweet biscuit. Very nice.

Taste: Like the smell, the hop aroma hits first and is then complimented by sweet biscuit and a good dose of caramel. Very well balanced and quite sweet and depthful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation to balance it out. The hop bitterness is not as high as a lot of pale ales, but fits in perfectly.

Drinkability: I would go back to this again and again. I wish it was on cask in my neighborhood more often.

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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.

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

woww. These guys are amazing. This beer pours a really nice dark amber with moderate head. The beer smells liek it is going to taste. Really distinctive but really really easy to down a whole 6er of these. Hard to describe but so damn pleasant. The hops are orgasmic. Like other brooklyn beers this one has an awesome mouthfeel, a little stickey. A tad pricey but worth it. One of my favorites and im not sure why. I guess it just aligns up with my tastebuds prefectly.

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Photo of John
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer measures up quite well against it's English counterparts. Classic malt flavor with Fuggles and EK Goldings to round out the brew. And it's one of the Wed. specials at the local, Imperial pints, $2.25 and pitchers, $5.00. Giddyup!

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Photo of hossua34
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Medium-dark amber brown. Clear. Has a smallish, short lasting head and moderate lacing.

S - Crisp, fruity and dry. Cracker-like malts and a tart, passion fruit and floral note.

T - Dry and fruity. Nicely balanced, however, by toasty malt. Has a nice, tangy aftertaste.

M - The mouthfeel of this brew is really nice. Full feeling, well carbonated and very refreshing.

D - The most resounding characteristic of Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 is its dry fruity tartness. It is tart in a different way, however, than an IPA or some other hop-heavy beer is tart. It is also well balanced by a sweet malt presence. All around, very tasty and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of tapman
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head is tawny and very thin. Subsides to a small lace. Color is a gorgeous medium brown and appears lightly carbonated. The color is great and everything else, meh.

Very floral and fresh smelling. Hops are abundant and have a sweet quality to them. Sweet maltose and mellow hops make this a smell like a winner.

Soft and clean. Bitterness is moderate and the syrupy hops really pop in this one. The Marris Otter malt is round with maltose sweetness.

Very quaffable and good for an outdoor event, especially if grilled foods are involved.

I think that this brew is fantastic. I have tried a lot of Arcadia's english-style ales and this one blows them out of the park. So much flavor and so refreshing for the style. Two big thumbs up.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Packaged as the Penant '55. Best before not properly notched on the label. Citrusy aroma comes through very slightly in the flavor, which is mostly dominated by caramelly malts. Enjoyed several while in Brooklyn. Light, refreshing and very drinkable. Reminded me of a fresh Sam Adams. Worth having a few...

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: No head, nice transparent brown color with no lacing.

S: Hops, with a slight malt background.

T: Hoppyness and malt work together nicely. They are both also in the aftertaste. The hoppy bitterness lingers.

M: Good carbonation and pretty full.

D: Nothing overpowers, very balanced with a good bitter aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer due to its good balance.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish amber pour with a nice head. Great nutty/malty scent. The flavor is quite nice, very malty with some bread/biscuit flavors with adequate hopping and similar nutty/earthy flavors. Finish is extremely dry and toasty. Of all the beers I've had the past couple of weeks, this one might be my favorite. It's simple enough that you can drink a few, but the dry complexity is pretty interesting. Nice effort!

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tastey brew that celebrates all that is (was) good about baseball. Velvety creamy, sticky, fully covering and lasting head. Although the nose was faint, it was full of rich malts and complex hops. Rich, heavy malt taste and flowery, citrusy hop balance. Rich, smooth and complex.

Full flavor and very drinkable. Just great. Drink them over and over, you will dig it. Cheers!

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Photo of TCMike
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, fluffy, beige head. The color was like honey.
The smell was of biscuit, and light citrus.
The taste was of of biscuit, light malt, light citrus hops, and just a hint of bitter. It has a medium mouth-feel.
This is a very good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a clear, copper colored body with a generous, fluffy 3" head that slowly reduces to some chunky white foam and leaves some sticky lacing. Inviting!!

S- I would smell this brew from 2 feet away the second I cracked it open. Upon a closer smell, I get some fresh crisp citrus, pine, and yeast aromas sitting on a caramel malt background. Equally as inviting as the appearance.

T- The balance here is incredible. Upfront, I get that hoppy citrus bite followed by a perfectly balanced warming caramel malt flavor. Leaves a subtle bitterness on the tongue.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall this is in my opinion the definition of a highly-sessionable brew. Great balanced, easily drinkable, demanding of another sip. Worth many tries.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in a party pack with four different beers in the 12 pack of bottles. I cracked one open because it is summer and I was thinking baseball. I am very satisfied by this beer.

A: Thin head but decent lacing throughout. Minimal carbonation very tight tiny bubbles. The color is solid amber and looks warming. The appearance is the only real detractor.

S: Smells bready and of a light citrus hop. Very clean and pleasant.

T: Taste like a pale ale should. Nice citrusy hops, fruity malt, a good medium roasted barley taste, and a lingering hop aftertaste. They hit this style on the spot.

M: Medium bodied and balanced. Neither drying nor wet. It is not airy and goes down smooth.

D: Very tasty and balanced. This is a good pale ale!

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Photo of dudecandle
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Rather dark for a pale ale. Further into the brown territory than most. Good, sizable head, 1+ fingers; modest retention. Minimal lacing.

S/T: Very sweet-malty, like butter on a toasted biscuit. Mild hop astringency in the background provide a nice sidenote. Becomes a bit metallic toward the end. Very complex.

M: Decent. No complaints.

D: The maltiest pale ale I've ever had. I'd expected it to be a bit hoppier, being American, but was fully satisfied with how it turned out.
Perhaps classifying it elsewhere might make sense.

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