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

Dark amber with one finger of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of yeast esters and grassy hops. Malt smell sweet.

Flavor is sweet and has grassy and fruit hints. Cannot quite explain it but it tastes odd. The hop flavor does not compliment the sweet malt. Bitterness is low.

A nice body and carbonation. Robust enough for a low ABV pale ale.

The flavor is just a little off for me but otherwise a good pale ale.

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Photo of bastardface
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was offered to me as my local water hole was trying to get rid of this beer to make room for a different beer. To my surprise this beer really wasn't that bad. It was a little dark in it's appearance. The taste a slightly little bitter but refreshing none the less. i have never seen this beer before, more less heard of it. It is not a bad recommendation.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before Feb 2011, so I'm drinking this between 1-2 months outside the maximum freshness window. But it still tastes fine, so I'll rate it.

Appearance - Medium sized creamy barely off-white head with low retention and good lacing. Foggy amber brown body.

Smell - Malty. Nutty. Brown sugar.

Taste - Definitely "biscuity" like the bottle suggests. Slightly sour or dry finish. Could be due to being out of the freshness window. Doesn't particularly affect the rating, and I'll always re-rate if there's a big disparity. It's the best I can do considering the fact that my city doesn't have good access to beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy and full bodied.

Overall - Pretty decent beer. I would like to try this within the best by date to see if it's any better.

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

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: pale amber, clear. 3 fingers of bubbly white head with good retention.

S: (i have a bit of a cold, so i can't smell all that well right now.) malt, biscuity grain.

T: carbonation fills the mouth at first, so it's hard to pick out the initial taste, little sweet in the middle, crisp finish, only a hint of bitterness. not picking out the hops, but that's likely due to my aforementioned cold.

M: quite carbonated, but it matches the style. low-medium body give this a balanced profile.

overall: maybe it's the logo on the front, but this beer leaves me pining for the bleachers at Fenway (just a week or two away). great early summer beer -- i wish they served this out there.

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

amber/brownish color with white head. light carbonation is apparent. very transparent. bready malts and fruity notes are lightly apparent. taste is sweet, with little to no hop presence. decent flavor, nicely refreshing. mouthfeel is a bit thin. Nice drinkability. This isn't a "wow" beer but a nice easy drinker nonetheless.

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Photo of wcintula
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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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light mahogany brown color with a thick off white head and little to no lacing. Smells of sweet malts, hops, and a little fruitiness and grain. Tastes of a little grain. Sweet malts, hops and a little citrus fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with a mild carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber brown. Thin head that dissipates to a nice lacing.

S - Malty with a light sweetness, like fruits. Some semblance of hops.

T - You can definitely taste a maltiness with hints of fruit and citrus.

M - Light to medium body. Crisp with a slight bite of hop.

D - A well-crafted beer with a good balance of flavors. I would probably order it again if I saw it was on tap.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pennant Ale '55 | 350 ml. | 5.2% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Rare Vos glass

Dirty amber, clear and stagnant. The frothy ring of foam stirred up by the pour vanishes moments later.

Malty and sticky sweet.

At first the malts--light and sticky as they are--dominate the mouth. A lemon-lime fruity tartness cuts through the grains and introduces oily hops.

Crisp and clean, though heavier and more viscous than expected.

I didn't like it at first, the reason being that the lemon-lime flavor tasted to me a lot like cat piss. That said, with a few more sips I started warming up to it. All things considered, I imagine it tastes quite a bit better than cat piss.

Would I get it again?:
I'd get it at a ball game. It's not an enormously complex pale ale, but it has a refreshing quality.

Bottled: ?
Served: March 5, 2011

Price = ?

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Photo of electricclouds
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous amber brown. A very slight haze. The head is a loose, 2 finger white cloud.

S - Not the most aromatic beer but delightful nonetheless. Smells malty and nutty. Biscuity. Hops are classically restrained English style citrus on the nose.

T- A malty/biscuity sweetness comes through that is rounded out by the hops. The bitterness taste with the hops comes from citrus, herb, and some tea.

M - Light to Medium mouthfeel. Above average finish.

D - The balance of this beer makes it very drinkable. Which might be it's greatest quality because it seems like when I head to the fridge I'm frequently reaching for this beer.

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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 david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that I see this is an English Pale Ale I understand better why it looked and tasted as it did. It was a little darker in color and definitely maltier in aroma and flavor than most pale ales. I enjoyed it but I do prefer a cleaner pale in general.

The color was almost a dark amber, maybe even bordering on brown. Head was small but carbonation did stick around.

Smell was quite malty, almost similar to an amber ale. Some hops but not really a lot.

Flavor was very English in nature: low in alcohol but high in flavor characteristics. Very malty and somewhat thick with, again, not too much in the way of hops or alcohol character.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are good if this is your sort of thing. Those who like English ales will love this.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that's best before 2.2011 into a Brooklyn tulip on 2.20.11, this pours a clear and carbonated looking bright medium amber color under a nicely sustained thin head. Aroma carries a moderate flowery hop nose that's also mildly metallic, sweet and possibly caramel noted. Opening has a big carbonated sour and tart citrus feel that quickly empties out into a refreshing malt scrub over the palate toward a pleasant toasted malt and earthy orange citrus finish. Not bad at all for a bottle on it's last good month.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge three finger head. Off white in color. Clear amber body. Smells of crystal malts, noble hops, some grassy notes. Tastes of crystal malts, noble hops, earthy, mineraly. Medium bodied medium carbing. This one is especially plesant for it's mouthfeel, very balanced and neutral. Nothing harsh or offensive. I could easily finsh a sixer of this. $1.75 a single.

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Photo of StetsonWeizen88
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Brooklyn pennant into a snifter from the bottle.

Appearance- when held to light the beer has an orange hue at the bottom and then gets more coppery and amber.

Smell- the aroma is very intriguing. I get freshly picked fruit, pears, peaches. I also get some perfume and citrus. Maybe a hint of biscuit.

Taste- taste is much of the same, with fruit/citrus at first and then some toast throughout the middle and then it finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- carbonation is moderate and the drinkability is also moderate. It's an ok session but that tart flavor can get to ya.

Overall I really like this beer. I think Brooklyn is a great brewery and I'll be enjoying this one again.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint sleeve, BBE Jan 2011

A- Copper body with excellent clarity, with a large creamy head reducing to 1 finger that has excellent retention, lacing to average to minimal.

S- What i would also call a distinctive biscuit malt sweetness that seems to present in the nose of most of Brooklyns ales

T- Juicy fruity note in the beginning with a touch of sweet malt, subtle. Finish is semi dry/tea like with no real hop bite, it just fades with a whimper. A light biscuity note lingers afterwards although im having to concentrate to get that.

M- Low carbonation, a bit thin, noticeable in the finish.

D- Easy drinking sessionable ale. Nice to look at at but lacks any real flavour profile to keep me interested. Lack of hop bite in the finish is disappointing but i cant call the beer imbalanced since any apparent malt note is very subdued. Overall, boring.

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Photo of mjurney
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, clear. Some carbonation. Head looks fairly nice.

Fruity, malty, touch of earthy.

Sweet maltiness, caramel-toffee, buttery. Fresh fruitiness from the yeast, mixture of peaches and red apple. Slight hoppy bite at the end. Crisp clean body. Carbonation is very nice.

Very crisp finish, clean aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Really nice. Very sessionable.

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Photo of sdsurfer217
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks orangish brown, with very little head that disappeared quickly. A low amount of carbonation flowing. Crystal clear

Aroma: Biscuity aroma, caramel tones. Toasty and fruity smells, raisens, prunes, with a little bit of citrus.

Taste: Bready, buttery flavor. Good malt flavor, with a balanced amount of sweetness. Taste the raisens and citrus. Just enough bitterness to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth well, more carbonation that I expected from looking at it. Almost a creamy texture.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and I would enjoy it all year. Enough malts to invite me during the winter and a good clean dry finish that makes it not too heavy. Definitely sessionable

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an impressive looking clear orangeish/amber with a large fluffy light beige head that leaves a nice slick on top of my beer for the duration. Aroma was malt dominant with amber malts, honey on brown toast and some grassy hops. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation and just a touch of bitterness on the end. Flavor isn't quite as pronounced as the aroma but was basically some cereal grains, toast, caramel and a slight touch of sourness. Very sessionable but average beer.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice 2 finger head on top of a dark caramel brown beer. Head is frothy and tan, soapy. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Subtle malty overtones, some wheatiness, floral hops.

T: Sweet clean up front, biscuity malts come through in the middle and then a dry hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is very clean, a decently dry finish. A little thin.

D: Very easy to drink pale ale, even if it is lacking a little something in the flavor.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear dark amber colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, pears, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with caramel and a pear juice fruitiness. There are also notes of lemon and it reminds me a little bit of a iced tea. It finishes with a malty slightly bitter after taste.

Drink - This kind of reminded me of a Fullers ESB, or along the same lines anyways. It was much better than I thought it would be, and I'd be happy to drink it again anytime. It's highly sessionable.

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

A - This beer pours a clear amber color. It has a big 3-finger slightly off-white head. The head left some good lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - The smell is toasty and malty. There is some hop presence as well.

T - the taste is of light toasted malts and caramel sweetness. There is some english hop presence that balanced it out pretty well. Also I am getting some fruitiness and some breadiness.

M - It has a light body with good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a bit of a creamy quality to it.

D - This has decent drinkability. It goes down pretty easy and is decently refreshing. It is a pretty good beer, but ultimately forgettable. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't buy it.

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

A - Nice 2 finger head sits atop the mostly clear orange amber body.

S - Malt forward, toasty, musty, sweet.

T - Sweet, somewhat fruity balanced flavor. Nothing really sticking out to me and there is a bit of a metallic flavor to it. Kinda of like unfermented wort.

M/D - Moderate carbonation and body, easy to drink, but forgetable.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I may have been spoiled with this one. Got to have it on cask, which gave me a wonderful Real Ale experience.

Presentation: Served into a beer goblet on cask at The Russell House

Appearance: Beer pours a pretty golden, light amber color with the smallest amount of haze and a nice smallish white head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Floral and earthy English hops, slight yeastiness and a little bit of grainy sweetness

Flavor: Mmm, nice English hops, biscuity cereal grains, and a bit of yeastiness with a slight residual sweetness. Very much like the aroma, but better!

Mouthfeel: Pleasant, light carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability/overall: Wonderful, drinkable ale that is a total treat to have on cask. Balanced and flavorful, yet simple and perfect. I have no idea how to get my homebrew on cask, but I'm going to have to look into it. I know that some people have done it.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Mostly clear amber/copper color with burnt orange highlights around the bottom. A slightly off white colored head that was not very prominent nor did it have much lacing or retention.

Smell - Bread and biscuit notes. Some sweet smelling caramel malts. Some earthy, yeasty aromas. A bit of pine also.

Taste - Dry biscuit type flavor. Caramel. Slight bit of a toasty flavor along with a small hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Smooth and mostly dry. Could have coated the palate better I thought, but it wasn't bad. Seems to be nicely refreshing also.

Drinkability - This beer is alright. Nothing fancy, nothing special and nothing really bad. Could be an excellent Spring or Summer brew. Went down pretty easy.

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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,511 ratings
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