Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,511
Reviews:
616
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
173
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Semi-hazed bright copper with about an inch of sticky white head. Lots of euro hop influence on the nose. Earthy and wooddy.

Semi sweet buttered biscuit upfront followed by an unwanted fruitiness. It's like it starts as a nice dry english pale ale and then jumps in a fruit bowl. Spicy hop finish. Ugh. Am not enjoying this. flavors that just dont belong together trying to get along in one well blended sip but can't help but be layered into a catastrophic one.

No thank you, this was a slow mover at my store for a reason.

As i drank through the rest of the glass the flavors seem to find eachother a bit more but still seem to battle for dominance. Not as bad as my initial reaction to the beer, but still doesnt seem right. These flavors just dont wanna blend.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drank on-tap at the local Flying Saucer. Appearance is a hazy, nondescript copper, with a white head that creates no lacework and has little retention. Nose is watery, with notes of corn. Tastes like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be when it grew up: an English ale? A pint of Yeungling? As other reviewers have noted, hop and malt characteristics are poorly matched, as if someone had blended a so-so lager with an ale. Although some of the characteristics might have been likeable in a more balanced beer, it's less than the sum of its parts. I did not enjoy it at all and would certainly not try it again.

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. single from Jungle Jim's poured into a pint glass. Freshness label isn't clear. Notched on Jan but nothing on 2006 or 2007... so I assume it's best by Jan08. I've bought many singles from Jungle Jim's(this is my 3rd or 4th from Brooklyn) and never had an issue before.

A: 1/2 finger fizzy white head that runs away. Zero lacing. Pours a tangerine with a rusty tint.

S: Smells strongly of 100% Concord grape juice but oily. Smells more like a cider.

T/M: Sour apples and Sweet'n'Low. Reminds me of drinking a juice box from when I was younger. Thin viscosity and lacking carbonation(maybe it is old?). Just not doing it for me.

D: Goes down very easily but the taste just isn't there. I can't see myself getting another one of these... I may not finish this one.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle stamped: Best Before Aug 2011 0311

Into a Duvel tulip with a clear copper body with very little, quickly dissipating head. Smell upfront is metallic, as the beer warms up, it becomes sweeter, with a floral hop quality. The taste isn't as sweet but has more of a bitter hop profile to it. It's got a slight dry biscuit-y taste to it. Prickly when it hits the tongue, but not I was hard pressed to pull a good experience from this.

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2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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