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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16oz shaped Dogfish Head pint glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Brooklyn Pennant Ale pours a clear burnt orange. Head formation is minimal to say the least, leaving no opportunity for the pleasant affectations that come along with a foam crown, namely retention and lacing. The nose is fairly muted, but a little bit manages to make it's way out of the glass. Biscuity malts and a buttery note are what command attention, with some light herbal hoppiness present as well. The malt is more cracker than biscuit, and surprisingly crisp, with just a hint of diacetyl bleeding through into the back end of each sip. The same herbal hoppiness from the nose is back, this time with a little bit of a spicy pepper presence added into the mix. The body is nice and light, while still being solid enough to support the not insignificant malt base. The carbonation though could probably stand to be just a tad more active. Brooklyn Pennant Ale was an alright beer. I wasn't expecting an American IPA style palate shredder as far as hops go, but I do think the beer's a bit too restrained in that regard.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, finger of head which settles and maintains a film of soapy head, no real lacing.

S - The earthy hop notes are present alongside a subtle caramel and wooden aroma.

T - The flavour is a bit one dimensional, with the earthy hops coming through off the top and the toned down caramel malts on the finish. Some biscuit notes and a slight bitterness linger on the palette.

M - The carbonation is light and comes across a tad thin, though goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty English Pale Ale, but the flavours could be a bit more bold. Might be good for someone just trying to enter into the world of english pale ales and ESB's, but the flavours are a little too mild for my liking.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber color, with a tan foam and some carbonation. Laces the glass well.

S - Smells of english malt, wiht hints of molasses and fresh bread.

T - Has a solid blend of a malty feel to go with a refreshing flavor of grain. Not too overbearing and finishes with a sweetness that makes Pennant a good drinker.

M - Carbonation is mild, light bodied, and very smooth. Great beer to have with a meal on a summer day.

O - Solid beer that isn't too daring but is a pretty good staple.

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

I had this beer in my fridge for a while because, for some reason, I wasn't expecting to like it. Yesterday with the outside temperature of 104 degrees I decided to crack it open and it was very good. I had it with some grilled pork tenderloin and summer vegetables. It could have been the heat but this beer was very refreshing.

It must have been the baseball theme that made me think it wasn't going to be that great. Probably because the best beer you can usually get at a baseball game is Coors Lite.

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Photo of Eramen
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a mixed mustard and red, and a one finger head. Quite nice lacing on the glass.

S - I can only say that it is very subdued from what I expected from this beer. Malts, biscuit, particularly Scottish shortcake, caramel, toasted bread, candy, spiciness.

T- Brown sugar and caramel, biscuit malts, dark bread, rye, wheat-grain plants, and a little hops on the back.

MF - A bit too thin I think, which makes it come off on the watery side, but not that bad overall.

O - Not a ground-breaking beer by any stretch of the imagination but from my first sip I thought 'This would be a fine session beer', not too heavy on the senses, yet still retains a comfortable distinctiveness.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark orange color; one-finger head
S: A bit muted but very balanced- some pint from the hops along with a toasted/toffee malt character.
T: Very malt-forward, primarily toasted grain. The hops from the nose barely come through.
M: Pleasant.
O: I wish the hops came through a bit more on the taste, but this is still a very flavorful well-made beer.

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Photo of lsrose
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with some off white head, but it quickly dissipates.

S - Has a amber ale flavor with a lot of yeast.

T - Pretty light in flavor, light fruit flavor and a yeasty red ale flavor.

O - Prefer their brown ale to this. Not blown away by this one.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy brown amber with good carbonation and small white fizzy head that fades fast but leaves sea foam spotty lace.

The aroma is of cereal, crackers, toast, nuts with some earthy and grassy hops.

The taste is beautifully simple with Marris Otter shining, toast, crackers, and some nutty notes in the malt with a nice hop kick of grassy and earthy notes in the back. A touch of light fruit.

Slightly sweet, bready up front with a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish of hoppiness.

Very great summertime ale.

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Photo of plfahey
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Amber in color with a slight haze to it. Moderately low off-white head with fairly low retention.

Aroma-Very low caramel aroma with some slight toast, nuttiness, and a slight salty, soy sauce, umami aroma. Extremely low grassy hop aroma.

Flavor-Nutty flavor, bread and biscuit malt flavors. Slight grassy hop flavor with very low bitterness. Very low fruitiness. Finishes semi-sweet and with a mineral, nutty malt flavor and a touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately low carbonation. Smooth on the whole.

Not a bad English Pale Ale, though there is a bit of salty umami character that throws me off a bit. On the whole though, the marris otter malt shines through in the nutty, biscuity character and gives it a nice flavor. Not too shabby, though not my first choice.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So happy to have had this on cask.

Poured a nice light amber, maybe even a deep golden. Slight haze. Thin white head. Aroma is simply pouring out of my glass. Nice citrusy and earthy notes all over, followed by a subtle sweet cereal graininess. This is a solid beer. I wish they made more casks of this. Well made and delicious. Ever so smooth and velvety, thanks to the cask. Excuse my Mickey D's reference, but I'm lovin' it.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mainly clear, a bit of haze on the top half, copper colored, 1/2 foam white head. Tad bit o' lace. Very nice buttery english caramel malt scent. Maybe a hint of dark fruit. Its all about the malts; generous amount of caramel malt, buttery diacetyl, some bittering hop but not much and well blended. Bready with some subtle fruit tones. Pretty soft and full mouth.

Thusly, i've had their IPA and PA and both were english-style and pretty good representations. I shall continue my research into their product line.

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Photo of jkrich
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date: poured a clear, brownish-gold, much like a glass of strong tea.

The malty and sweet aroma is balanced by some faint fruity odor.

The melange of hops is evident with the somewhat muddled hop bitterness. There is a faint flavor of mint and light fruit taste. The maris otter malt gives it a nice, full sweet balancing flavor. There is some light, biscuity flavor left on the lips.

While the strong carbonation gives the ale a refreshing quality, I believe it is a little too high. The body is about medium with a clean mouthfeel.

I have not had this ale in years. It seemed everytime I looked for it, the ale was beyond its freshness date. The mild but interesting flavors and low ABV make this one quite sessionable.

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Photo of TheBear11D
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange color with a small light head that did not last too long and left little behind to know it ever existed.

The nose is mostly malty with a slight citrus touch, however, it is rather weak and does not deliver any distinct aromas.

The flavor is also a little on the weak side, but I can pick up a few fruit notes along with a bit of malty sweetness. There is little aftertaste.

Has a medium body and a little sharp carbonation.

The beer is alright, but fell a little short.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best before September 2011. Bottle stamp says 0601, which I think means bottled March 1, 2011.

Pours a medium amber color, slight coppery hues, and very clear. One-finger off-white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells of bready, buttery, biscuity, mildly toasted malts, a lot like a french-style "petit beurre" butter cookie. It's a rather faint, warm fluffy smell, that's pleasant but doesn't have a whole lot to it. Touch of hops late, but bready malts are the main player.

Tastes rather bland. Malts are there, again pretty bready and buttery, and again pretty faint. I get a dose of bitterness in the middle that carries through the dry finish. In general, it's okay, not bad, but not really good either. Just not much to it.

Mouthfeel starts out tingly, lots of carbonation that burns up quickly, leaving a thin body that feels slightly sticky before it dries out. And does it ever dry out.

I drank this beer, and I took notes on it. But it's almost like I didn't drink it. There's that little to it. Nothing to latch onto, no notable subtlety or complexity to the smell or the flavor. Nothing specifically bad about it, but not much good about it either.

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Photo of gatornation
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle stamped BB 09/11

A- pours a light copper color with a fresh 1 finger head and a fresh collar and lacing looks good

S- was malts and caramel with some hops and bread..had a weak smell

T- was better it was mostly malts with roasted toffee and caramel..some citrus hops and some herbs and bread flavors

M- well carbonated .. a little thin and watered down bittering or floral hops

O- just average IMO in its style..mostly malts and bread..hops missing in this one

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking clear amber color.Thick viscous off white heading from the pour and all just about disappeared in seconds. No lacing at all.

Taste and Smell are heavily in favor of toasted malts,slightest of sourdough detected,along with some more earthier notes. A trace of hops are found.

Mouth is light bodied with decent carbonation but a little light on the balance side of thing's.Very watered down in the mouth.

A decent ale nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Spider889
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Winking Lizard on 4/8/11.

Smells weak at first, but eventually the hops grow into an herbal state. There's also some pine and faint hints of cinnamon somehow.

Reminds me of Boston Lager a bit - essentially a hoppy light beer.

Not bad, very drinkable, nay, sessionable even. But something I'd be hard pressed to bother paying for again amidst a sea of better, more compelling beers.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Amber/copper in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint earty hop note
Taste-Sweet, toasted malt, soft, earthy hop note.
A bit on the sweet side as the malt comes on a bit strong and the earthy hops are not quite up to the task of having a balancing effect on the sweetness. Not a bad beer by any means, but the baseball motif has me wanting an easily drinkable tasty brew that would be refreshing on a hot day at the ballpark with a hot dog or two. The sweetness of this beer doesn't do it for me.
Hey! It's Brooklyn! Who wants an "English" pale ale at the ballpark? Youse nose wadda I'm sayin'?

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

A friend had been cellaring this one, and it slipped a little past the Best Before date of Sep 2010.

A - Poured a cloudy, copper color with 1/2" of creamy, off-white head that faded rather quickly.

S - Biscuit malts dominate this English Pale ale, some dried fruits and floral hops as well.

T - Sweet, biscuit malts followed by floral hops and light bitterness.

M - Medium to high carbonation, but it is a little thin, most likely due to being past it's prime.

D - I'd like to try a fresh one. I'm sure it would have more body and the hops would most likely be a little more present. Still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by September 2011.

Appearance: Clear amber with thin off-white head and very light lacing.

Smell: Very bready and toasty. Light tea-like earthiness, lemon and English hops.

Taste: Quite a bit of bread and toast in the taste as well, but also much fruitier. Tea, lemon and spicy English hops all play a role as well. There is some light sweetness from the fruit, but this is generally a very dry beer. Subtle yet quite complex.

Feel: Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Wonderfully dry finish.

Overall: This is one very impressive EPA. I wish more brewers could nail this style so well, as I often get bored by them. Great everyday beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a decent white head that quickly fades into a white layer. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Toasted, bready malts followed by a strong scent of citrus hops. Also a hint of nuts and grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet biscuity malts followed by citrus hops and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A pretty decent version of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of ZAP
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color...very interesting aroma...kind of a toasted toffee smell....taste is similar...toffee it is....hops are them earthy and totally secondary....body is light and a bit watery...

I really like the initial malt impression of this beer but it fades very quick. Too watery for my liking. Maybe if the ABV was dialed down a little more I'd write it off as a hell of a mild...I like this but it could be improved with a bit more body.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Dinosaur BBQ in Troy

A-Cloudy orange, not much lacing left behind by a one finger head.

S-Citrus hops with wheaty malt tones working there way in as well

T-Starts with some citrus sweetness. Bread flavors as well. Ends with some bitterness.

M-Light and not carbonated.

O-Not the most flavorful Pale Ale out there, however it is one of the most sessionable. A great "lawn mowing beer" to crack open after a day of work. Light but at the same time has enough bitterness to discern itself from witbiers, hefe's and similar styles.

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Photo of Dubbledown
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 500 ML, large tumbler. Large 2-inch, nearly white head that falls in about two minutes. Rich amber-gold color. Nice yeasty smell, followed by crystal-smelling hoppiness. First taste: very yeasty, sourdough bread flavor followed by an even more sour, almost pickle-like finish. Very drinkable but a little watery. Further tasting reveals a nutty hoppiness that is pleasant. The beer has only been in the refrigerator for two hours so the serving temperature is 58 degrees. This is one time where it probably should have been served at 35-40 degrees, unlike some of the maltier, darker beers I've enjoyed. I'll try one again tomorrow.

Wednesday, 4-27-11

Serving temperature 43 degrees. At this temperature, all the sour-bready flavors remain. Still a little watery but crisp. But now this beer tastes like a wheat beer. It really feels like you're drinking a loaf of bread. Very interesting.

Grade B-Purchased at Stoney's -- $9.99 per 6-pack

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Photo of dmbsteve
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Log House in Wytheville, VA

Poured light orange with amber hues. One finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Light lacing.

First whiff smells like adjuncty like corn sugar. Some light hop aroma at the end. Overall not good. Doesn't have any other distinctive smells that I could detect.

Tastes better than it smells. Has a nice hop bitterness, which fits the style well. But also tastes a little adjuncty. Could just be because I had drank a heavier porter prior and this one just seemed thin in comparison. Overall though, taste is OK.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Smooth drinking beer. I could drink several of these while watching a game.

A little dissapointing from a brewery that I really like. But it is very drinkable and would definitely drink this over any BMC offering.

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