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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

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Reviews: 617 | Ratings: 1,512
Photo of Sammy
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is some taste here, it is clearly a British style pale, with some hops and well malted. Medium mouthfeel from nuttiness. Good carbonation. Tad of metallic aftertaste. Tad of bitterness. Decent attractive darker colour and head. Beer was Ok but not that drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin off white head with little retention on a minimally hazy gold-amber body. some lacing.

S: mild burnt toast and smokey note initially with a lingering sweet caramel malt note.

T: Mostly malts with caramel and buttery notes. Mild grass and bitter notes I suspect are form the minimal hops.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. wet.

Overall: certainly drinkable. My understanding of the style is limited but this one seems to be relatively on par.

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

decent brew, definitely an english style. it pours caramel in color, totally clear, with plentiful rising bubbles that form an inch of thick white head. the nose is bitter, i expected caramel malt sweetness, but its not really there. lots of malt though, bready and a little heavy, with only a gentle bittering hop profile on the back end. flavor is the same as the smell, a little dull, but a balanced brew. still hardly a hint of sweetness. smooth texture, mellow but ample carbonation, and a medium body thats right on. overall a decent beer, not one ill be reaching for with any serious intent from the mix pack, but one i definitely dont mind.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear bubble yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell was of some light hops and some decent malt aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty well balanced between the hops and malts. The mouthfeel was light and airy, nothing too extreme at all here. Overall this beer is a good drinking brew for a social setting or as a quick thirst quencher. Not too bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin off white head that quickly faded away into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The taste is rather malty has a mild amount of sweetness along with notes of butter and caramel in the flavors. There's only a slight amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very safe Pale Ale here from Brooklyn Brewery. An easy drinker with a little bit of hop flavor but nothing that makes you shout out that this is a great beer. It does nothing wrong, but isn't special either. I figured with the reputation this brewery has it would be a tad more flavorful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent stuff. Not writing home to tell mom about it, but drinkable and enjoyable. A typical golden / copper hue with waining retentiona nd lacing. A typical maltiness and citrus hops aroma and flavor. Moderately estery and fruity. Bready and yeasty. The body just doesn't really pull the flavors and textures together. Lightly undermalted doesn't allow the fullness or breadiness to bond the flavors and unify the beer. But quality and nice nevertheless. Safe and a bit banal.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's pennant race season, so here goes...

This beer pours a medium golden amber hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which leaves a small ring of lace around the glass after it retreats. It smells of fruity malt - apples, mostly, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is more fruity, bready malt, a veritable apple orchard, and some dry floral hops. The carbonation is skewed a bit to the sedate, the body slightly south of medium weight, and it finishes pretty dry, the fruitiness and floral hops providing context.

A nice balanced pale ale, the fruitiness and floral nature paying clear homage to the old world. Definitely good for at least a few rounds.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a one finger head that sticks well but provides little in the way of lace

Smell: Surprisingly malty, with a toasted grain aroma and a slight grassy profile

Taste: Opens with a grainy flavor that is joined by tea-leaf earthy hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the tea flavors persist and are not quite balanced out by the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just an average pale ale that is more in the English than American style; forgettable

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pours a moderate golden-copper color. The nose has plenty of biscuit malt plus a bit of Continental hops. Very light citrus. A bit of yeast comes through in the flavor. Mildly hoppy. Quite drinkable.

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

One of the better pale ales I have had,poured a real nice copper color with medium well retained head.Very hoppy aroma but great malty balance to this brew,hop was present but not overpowering.I like a good balanced pale ale alot more than one with too much bitterness,if I want that I will order a IPA.This brewery makes some real nice beers at least all the ones I have had.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, pine, floral, citrus, grass, and herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of carmael, toast, pine, floral, grass, brown bread, citrus peel, light nuttiness, and herbal hops. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, pine, floral, brown bread, citrus, grass, light nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor robustness and balance of malt/hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good English pale ale. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deeply tawny / reddish mahogany in color. The ivory colored head is a creamy, holds well, and leaves some minimal lace. The aroma offers a lightly fruity, caramel maltiness with some earthy & spicy hops. Very nice. The body is medium with a fine and restrained carbonation; giving a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is somewhat fruity with a distinctive caramel maltiness that's gently supported by hop bitterness. The maltiness has a certain richness to it, but I question how much of that comes from using Maris Otter and how much comes from mash temperature and dextrinous crystal malts. Some grassy, earthy, and lightly spicy hop flavors appear in the finish. An excellent English-style pale that would make a good session ale with a slightly lower alcohol content. I'd love to try this out of the brewery in Brooklyn - and a cask would surely be stellar - however, the bottled version offers some of the F.X. Matt house character that is sometimes described as "soapy". Still, I was pleasantly surprised by this offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a lightly hazy, amber-copper color with a smallish off-white head. The head has limited retention but leaves nice lacing. An exceptional amount of visible carbonation.

The scent [3.75] is a pleasant mix of malts with some earthy and spicy hops. Hints of baked bread, caramel and toffee carry over into the flavor. The taste [3.75] is very good, with a solid malt base that makes it lightly sweet until the hops kick in for a more balanced (sweet/bitter) and earthy aftertaste.

M: medium body; crisp, with lively carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A very drinkable and refreshing brew that seems true to its style, if a bit heavily carbonated and, perhaps, a bit sweeter than average. [3.9]

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus up front. There's a good hops bitterness that isn't overpowering. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Pleasing aroma of sweet-smelling toasted malts, saltines, and gentle flowery hops.

Taste: Sweet, smooth bread dough flavor with a bit of toasted grains. Hops are fairly light and provide a bit of citrus as well as some floral notes. Ends with a softened finish thatÂ’s both lightly sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh! Oh, I say! This reminds me of the Acme Pale Ale I had earlier today.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronzed rustic orange with tangerine peel trim. In spite of the loud escape of gas on crown cracking, the head is on the small side. I kept elevating the bottle when I saw that very little was happening and eventually ended up with a slim two fingers of toasted tan that is creamy enough to persist and sticky enough to deposit lace in a chained links pattern.

The nose is too weak and isn't all that compelling. It's much closer to an English pale ale (Brooklyn's designation) than an American pale ale (BA designation). Buttery pale malt and herbal-fruity hops balance one another out to such an extent that the beer lacks personality. The malt bill sounds wonderful: Scottish Floor-Malted Maris Otter, Belgian Aromatic and British Crystal. Too bad it doesn't result in a better nose.

Pennant is okay beer, but that's about as far as it goes. Like the nose, there's really nothing here to grab onto, just a collection of flavors that don't jibe as well as they might. Toasted barley is uppermost with a hint of diacetyl (that isn't bothersome) and a flavor that reminds me of old iced tea. The beer is more bitter than it is sweet, although it's lacking in terms of good, solid hoppiness. The spiciness of the Hallertauer Perle comes through the loudest.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with more than a little harsh carbonation. Why all those bubbles didn't result in a bigger head is a mystery to me. I prefer soft and lush to firm and buzzy, so the mouthfeel will be accorded the same underwhelming score as the flavor.

While some Brooklyn beer is little better than average, most of what I've had lately has been very good. Unfortunately, Pennant Ale '55 falls into the former camp. This bottle is still a few months away from its 'best by' date so age can't be a factor. My suggestion, for what it's worth, is to start over and come up with a beer that is worthy of such a great name and a great label.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy & flowery hops

T: Herbal bitterness, grainyness & some citric hops up front. Slight apricot fruittyness as this warms, along with leafy hops. Finishes a bit crisp with hints of golden delicious apples & lemons

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks alright, in style, but nothing special IMO

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

Poured a decent amber with a big fizzy head. Smell was more malt then hops, but still not at all bad, had a bit of a grassy tinge to it. The taste was about the same. Decent for a APA, but not really my cup of beer. Too much malts which through off the balance for me. But not a bad brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA. poured from the 12oz chilled into a willybecker. unable to read the best before date.

A - Beautiful copper w/ excellent clarity and the proud crest of 2 fingers that is a lighnt tan shade, the head has great retention and has a smooth appearance. the bubbles are pin sized and streaming carbonation rises rapidly

S - Malty, fruity red apple and spiced hop aromas w/ slight woodiness and yeast breadiness.

M - Dry w/ a nice balance between hops and malt in the feel. Relatively highly carbonated and a caramel texture in the finish w/ mild fruit skin acidity

T - The taste is a blend of crisp fruity malt as in the nose from mariss otter and herbal flavors from hops w/ a nice spicy edge. A caramel type sweetness in places the tasty dry flavor from the yeast and dark fruit accent is nice as it finishes w/ a mild English yeast tanginess which contrasts biscuit flavor

D - I couldn't really find anything bad to say about this, I really enjoyed the drinkability and the way the ingredients have a nice cohesion for an above average drinkability.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber and clear. Good lasting head that settles to a layer of fine bubbles. Mild lace.

Nice hop up front. There's also a touch of fresh bread to the smell.

Surprisingly malty given the hoppy aroma. Pretty good balance for a pale ale. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a good, but non-descript pale ale offering.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Brilliantly clear copper.

Smell: Some hops, buttery, ripe plums, malty with a semi-sweet toastiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smoothness and crispness is nearly perfect, medium bodied. Slightly toasted malt, buttery throughout, balancing hoppiness, mildly fruity. Apples and plums, dried grass & woody hops. Dry finish.

Overall: Yeah, beer screams "English Pale Ale". Not the biggest fan of buttery ales but it works here and Brooklyn hits the mark for style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, and bready malts. Not much going on.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not one of my favorites from Brooklyn; I just think there isn't much going on except some light bready malts. I would much rather just buy their lager.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Again bought a sampler without checking the best by date, so it was supposed be drank before June 2002. Appearance is a medium amber brown with a cream toned decent sized foam head. Minimal lacing going on but an overall decent appearance. Aroma well, even after being well past the best by date this beer stilll retains many adimrable qualities. A nice smooth floral hop aroma balanced by a nutty caramel malt tones. You can tell this beer is overly ripe, but I think the hops preserved enough to make it a pleasant session brew. The flavor has a sweet forefront of malt followed by a trickling of mild bittering hops with a nutty finish to it. Lighter in body with little or no complexities to make this beer that interesting to me. Drinkability as of now this is a mediocre session beer that I still will drink only to try it fresher.

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