Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,511 |  Reviews: 616
Photo of aepb1
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Translucent orange brown body with an airy white head

S- Caramel malts, not much else

T- Caramel malts start it off and the body is malty, finishes hoppy, clean and crisp

M- Clean and crisp, light/medium bodied and a little more carbonation that I'd like but it does calm down with a little time

D- It's a decent, average EPA

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Photo of mikeg67
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as Brooklyn Pennant Ale 55. Pours copper with medium carbonation and nice but short lived white head. Aroma of pine hops with hints of malt. Body is medium and crisp. Flavor of pine hops and sweet fruity malt upfront with a short earthy hops finish. Not bad for the style.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Newbury Comics/Faneuil Hall Pin glass.

The color of this beer is a clear golden color with some orange highlights and a finger of foamy white head and some thin lacing.

The smell is a bit like e a larger at first. Some grainy flavor in the nose like a larger and it has a CO2 like flavor.

The taste is again, a bit grainy with some light fruity flavor. Some strawberry flavor mixed with some melon-like flavor and a touch of cherry. Some bitterness comes out toward the end and seems to heighten the melon flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium to light-medium with a really easy drinking feel. It goes down well and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass, presented with light amber color and light head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Smell is a mild hop and toasted malt with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is a bit of caramely, lightly roasted malt with subtle hop note.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced with good presentation on the tongue through finish.

A nicely drinkable beer, understated flavors go well.

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Photo of weller1js
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a healthly clear orange with a very slight red hue, light carbonation, foam disspates quickly leaving a slight ring of lacing.

smell: hops are bold yet well balanced with a barley/malt scent, slilghtly toasty.

taste: as the scent indicates, bold and balanced with just the right amount of hops, toasted malts, and clean taste.

drinkability: pleasant to drink, would definitely make for a good go-to beer.

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Photo of mithunc
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown, caramel orange color. Thin head that disperses quickly. Smells malty, with crisp, even floral smell of hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, little carbonation. Tastes malty, with caramel. Crisp and a little bitter on the back of the palate. Overall pretty smooth and very drinkable beer.

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

Got this in a Brooklyn Sampler Pack and was surprised to see that it hadn't been reviewed yet. Bottle has a best by February, 2011 date on it. Poured into a DFH snifter:

A-Amber-Brown with one finger of head that disappears with little or no lacing left behind

S-Label describes using "Scottish Maris Otter Malts" which do impart some biscuit and bread with a little bit of citrus

T-Decent, seems fairly consistent with the nose/smell

M-Good from start to finish, nothing outstanding nor anything unpleasant

D-Good, this is a nice tribute to the Dodgers, but it's not anything remarkable.

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Photo of Derranged
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Guiness Pint glass.

A- Nice brownish red color.

S- Not good, kind of strange, a little bit like soap.

T- Much better than the smell. Malt, bread and biscuit flavors dominate. There was a little bit of sweetness, hops, very mild bitterness.

M- Thin and carbonated.

D- Very easy to drink.

A pleasant beer.

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Photo of JWU
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: lighter side of amber, with just a tinge of cloudiness. Light tan head dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any lacing

s: caramel malts. Smells almost like an ESB

t: caramel malts are up front with some biscuity/bready flavors that almost taste a bit sour. A bit mineral-ish, and light hop presence closes it out with a bitter balancing kick.

m: heavier on the carbonation that most on the initial pour, but tames down a bit. the bitterness kinda coats the mouth one swallowed.

d: while not "top of the line" English Pale, I find this highly drinkable, and enjoy it quite a bit. I can see if you're turned off by the sourness in the flavor profile that you wouldn't care, but I kind of like it!

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Photo of claspada
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are malty with some toasted caramel, cereal and biscuits. The hops are semi-fruity and even lightly herbal.

The taste is moderately sweet with an odd note that I just can't put my finer on. The hops are muted as well as the malt character. The odd taste maybe Brooklyn's house yeast which I have never been a big fan of. The mouthfeel is medium-light with a thin texture. Average effervescence.

Overall this is drinkable, but I wouldn't purchase another. I'm a fan of the Brooklyn Brewery but the Pennant Ale isn't anything to get too excited over.

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Photo of Sobelani
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The go-to brew for ball games. Unobtrusive but with the pale ale zest you'd expect.

A red hint or amber to the color and a beautiful off-white head.

So smooth. Went through the first sixer rather quickly (this beer will make you keep fetching the cooler).

Is it the best Brooklyn? No. I liked Sorachi Ace and Monster Ale more (and maybe even the Lager) but with that said I'd rather have this one more often. It's a go-to brew. Will always hit the spot.

Suggestion: drink Pennant Ale while reading DeLillo's Underworld--a book following Bobby Thomson's home run ball from the hit to the early 90's. It (the beer and the book) has the rustic, ruggedness of the old times when baseball was really great.

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Photo of NODAK
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is of a bit of thin malt, citrus and some English hops.

Taste is a pretty tame and thin one. The body has a tiny bit of sweet caramel malt with some breadiness on it. However, compared to many beers in style, it isn't very flavor forward. The finish has a bit of a watery feel to it with a sour note, but does have a decent hop bitterness closing to it that allows it to finish cleanly. All in all though, it just seems lacking.

The final verdict is that it's very drinkable and not offensive in any way, but could use a bit more "oomph".

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Photo of whisperjet
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Pours a light amber. Had absolutely no head and very little lace. A high amount of visible carbonation

s: Very biscuity and malty. Like buttered bread. Strong smells of cereal grains and a light citrus. No real hop presence.

t: Very bready and buttery. Not well blended at all. I don't know how to describe it better than it tastes like buttered scallops. Not a fan. Freshness dated for December 2010

m: Medium bodied with biting carbonation

d: The taste is off putting and makes this a difficult beer to put back

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, nutty brown color. Has a thin, white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet and caramel malts. Smells like a decent English Pale Ale.

Taste: Has a nice bitterness up front that is backed by a sweet malty character as it progresses. Pretty nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little bit watery but not too bad.

Drinkability: A decent interpretation of an English Pale Ale. Very sessionable and easy-drinking. Certainly wouldn't mind having one (or a few) of these again.

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Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: A nice deep red with one centimeter of head that goes down pretty fast, leaving wisps remaining.

Smell: Very appealing roasted malts. Smells great.

Taste: This is a pretty solid pale ale. The hops that were missing from the smell come through in the taste, tempered by some fruits and sweet caramel. It's a good pale ale for sure.

Mouthfeel: It's a little under-carbonated for the style, but still feels pretty good going down.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink.

This is an above average pale ale. Nothing outstanding, but the fruit and caramel presence make it worth a try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper in color with a small foamy head fading to just a ring around the edge. Little to no carbo's.
Nothing to write home as far as aroma: malts and hops with the hops having a slight lemony taste.
Nothing special tatse wise, maybe a bit of biscuit. Dry
Average beer.
Last night I had a Samual Smith Old Brewery Pale Ale. That was a very good beer in my opinion.
The reviewed beer doen't match up very well.
Drink well my friends

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

Had on tap at the Portside in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: amber with an off white, cream colored head. Left behind good lacing in the glass.

Smell: I get roasted malt and sweetness in the smell. No hops are noticeable by me.

Taste: follows the nose. Very sweet with some roasted malt flavors. Lots of caramel and toffee in the taste with a slight hop presence.

Feel: medium bodied and very smooth without any bitterness. Its very lightly carbonated so its not that crisp.

Drink: good drinkability wise. This would be good for a few rounds.

Overall, fairly enjoyable beer but nothing incredibly exceptional. I would definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a "Brooklyn Party Pack" from Central Market in Plano, TX. Enjoying it here tonight back in Oklahoma.

On to the review...

I was expecting an insipid light ale of some kind. Instead i found a superb English-style Pale ale.

Pretty amber brew with a big off-white head. Clear as a bell. Looks almost like iced tea.

Dry yet malty aroma. Flavor is extremely balanced and crisp. Just the right amount of malt and hops. Dry up front with a sweet finish. The label says they use Scottish malt and I believe it. Nice heavy mouthfeel.

This beer would be very sessionable, thanks to the balance. Would be good with food too.

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Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice deep golden color that lacked any meaningful head.

S - roasted malt was pretty much the only dominating smell. completely absent of any hint of hops at this point.

T - this is where I can detect some hop presence along with a caramel taste wrapped around the malt happenings. Tastes much better than the smell implied. A touch tart at finish.

M - nothing too far off the reservartion here. Medium carbonation that is pretty light on the tongue. Some sort of faint tinny presence in the aftertaste. Nothing too troubling, but it's there nonetheless

Not too bad as far as drinkability goes if it's one of a limited number of decent craft selections and you aren't in the mood for something too hoppy.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 popery
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ho hum beer. It pours mildly hazy and medium to light amber. The head is off-white and looks pretty good. The aroma is mild, floral-ish hops and generic biscuity malt. It's English enough, I guess, and might be a nice beer fresh served from a cask at the brewery, but from a bottle that's not too far from the "best by" date, it's nothing special or even notable. The taste is a bit sweet with a gently bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine - normal carbonation, a bit slick.

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Photo of moester13
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden yellow color, nice and clear. Pretty lively carbonation, but didn't produce much head.

S: Light, flowery hop aroma with mild citrus hints.

T: The same flowery hop character up front, with a mild lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light and smooth with nice carb action.

D: Decent enough, would make a good conversion beer imo. I may have been more impressed if the bottle said wheat beer.

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Photo of newk340
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a translucent amber bubbles with a very thin head.

S: hints of hops and malts underwhelm the nose.

T: some initial bitterness of hops that fades to a sweet, albeit dry, finish.

MF/D: light on the tongue, with a smooth, crisp swallow. a decent brew for a hot day.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color with a moderate head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Light fruity and herbal aroma.

T: Crisp with a mild malt & sweetness. A touch of bitterness with a fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body with carbonation, expected a bit more.

D: Good brew, not overwhelming.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass. Bottle states "Enjoy before 11/10".

A: Dark, amber color. Basically no head after the initial pour. Very little lacing.

S: I get yeast and malt. Not really any strong hop aroma.

T: Malt taste mostly, but that is what the bottle reads about this brew. Being a hop guy, the lack of much by that way is disappointing. Good but not great.

M: Very easy drinking beer. Smooth going down.

D: As mentioned, this is a very drinkable beer. I definitely could have had more than one for this review but really didn't want to. Good but not great. Brooklyn has made better (see Local #1 or #2).

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Beer rating: 46.1% out of 100 with 1,511 ratings
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