Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 | Brooklyn Brewery

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1,512 Ratings
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:
1,512
Reviews:
617
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
172
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Budinetz
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timtac
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was really surprised when I realized that I had not previously reviewed this beer. It seems to strengthen my case for the reduction & eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, like my intending to review all of these beers when I brought them home.

From the bottle: "Pennant Ale is brewed from Scottish Maris Otter malt, which is justly prized for its toasty, biscuity flavor and the round smoothness it imparts. Out house ale yeast brings out an appetizing fruitiness and ferments to a dry finish."

I Pop!ped the cap and gently set it aside. Next up was a gentle pour as I did not want to rouse any lees that may have flocculated out while the bottle awaited its turn. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with deep amber highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy, biscuity quality, just what I would expect in the style. Mouthfeel was medium to full, big for the style. The taste was more earthy than toasty/biscuity, but not so far from the mark that I would dun them for false advertising. It was definitely malt-driven as I could not discern any hops. Finish was dry, pleasant, easy-drinking. I get why some reviewers were getting down on this - it is a tad on the non-descript side if you are looking for something with Ooomph!, say an American-style beer, but this was nothing more & nothing less than it was supposed to be.

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Photo of Stephan16
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 54V4G3
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Bluecrow
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLK7299
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AD17
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaranacinTexas
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcjones
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronze copper brass appearance, mildly pale malt aroma.

This just showcases some pale malts, perfect bland beer for crossover status. Smooth, wishes it was cask ale. Give this to the old guy who talks about how it used to be.

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Photo of KingQuinn
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josholson666
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nrod
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #142

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkane101
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

caramel and malt aroma, crystal clear amber, 2 finger foam, nice ale, excellent balance with the malt and hops, excellent ale, caramel malt flavors balance the hops.

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Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, just not much going on. Kind of a "meh, I could take it or leave it" beer.

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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
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