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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

I got this in a trade with yobdoog. Thanks Trevor!

This pours a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam. I have to say, Brooklyn beers all seem to not be lacking in the foam department and most have great does this one.

The smell is nice and sweet from caramel malt and I'm guessing, some fruitiness.

The taste is a little lighter than what I expected but there's good notes of caramel malt, bread, a little roastiness, and some bitterish hop flavour that does some balancing. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is medium, and it finishes slightly bready, slightly bitter, and at the end, a bit watery. Pretty good stuff and would be better if it hadn't lost all its flavour at the end. Still, I'd drink it aagin, no problem.

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

Pours a nice amber/copper color with a bit of head and a lot of carbonation. Has a nice hoppy scent, not overpowering, although with a bit of egg aroma. Nice taste, not strong and hoppy, more like an English pub ale as opposed to an APA, but quite good. Goes down fine, a nice beer to try.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper collor with a fizzy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace. The aroma is sweet fruity malt with hints of biscuit and caramel. The taste likethe aroma features much of the same mixture of malts, ripe fruits and caramel. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I poured this one I wasn't exactly sure what I was in for, since I had no idea of the style. I'm still not sure. Its thin and watery, not bad, just kind of insubstantial. Grainy and toasted malts and undetermined hop bitterness are about all there seems to be in the flavor department. Fairly well carbonated but lacking the backbone to maintain a cap of foam or lace. Almost like keg beer poured into a red Solo cup in a basement back in college. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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

pours a clear medium amber color with a three finger off white head with a easy pour good head retention and lots of sticky lace. aroma comes through fairly strong, fruity, herbal, and hop notes. taste is slightly sweet, toasty, biscuity ending slightly dry. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good. second beer from the variety 12 pack and both very good.

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Photo of TotalNovice
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label say best before March of 2008.

Appearance is what it is...ruby amber brown. Moderate head and lacing. Who am I to criticize?

The aroma of this beer is unique to me. I keep smelling it to try to place it; I can't find a frame of reference. Some sweetness in the nose. I like the character.

The taste, as well, is like nothing I've had before. I see that it is classified as an American pale ale, but doesn't have the citrusy, juicy hop bite that I associate with that category. Yes, it is nicely balanced, but a balance of what flavors? It is certainly not excessively sweet or bitter. I like it, but what is it? A very refreshing, mature drink. It is simple, straightforward, with no hint of any gimmick. Not too strong or weak. I might imagine that some tasters would be dissappointed with the moderation and subtlety, looking for more flash. But to me, this refreshing and unassuming beer seems too confident in its own integrety to seek attention through flamboyance.

Is some zesty hop in the aftertaste. I already just have one more sip left, and I'm hesitant to take it, for then it will be all gone. I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer. And if anyone can help orient me to the flavors here, I would appreciate it.

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

I drank this beer on the recommendation of a friend whose a big Brooklyn Brewery fan. I've had the Brooklyn Brown and Chocolate stout before, this was my first time with the Pennant '55 ale.

The first thing you notice about this brew is the smell. I can usually tell if I'm going to like a brew by the first smell and I liked the smell on this one. Mild hoppiness with some mixed malts, light smelling, almost sweet.

The overall taste is great with excellent mouth feel. The after taste had a strange hint of something that I can't describe. It wasn't bad, just different. I like this brew and would definitely drink it again. I think you could drink several of these brews in an afternoon and really enjoy them.

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

First I have to qualify my review by saying I had a few of these at a local bar, on tap, but only available in plastic pint cups! So judging color and lacing among other things is kind of tough but who knows when I will see this again on tap around here. Even in the cup this stuff exhibited a fair off-white head over what appeared to be a fairly clear medium copper color brew. The aroma was mild but gave off some malt, almost a brown bread scent. The flavor was instantly gratifying, a bit creamy with a peppery crisp carbonation and sweet biscuit malt. Surprisingly, I don't find much in the way of hops going on here but what there is would be on the herbal side, fairly dry. All in all a decent blend and a welcomed sight compared to all the other macros on tap at the bar that night. It certainly is drinkable but the dry quality probably wouldn't suit that purpose as much as others, by my tastes. Definitely deserves a try and should be much more than serviceable to all. Another Brooklyn success.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crisp golden, rich and sticky head... sticks well to the sides, but not as well as some. Decent looking, overall, though.

S: Almost a little nutty, with a mild woody smell and some malts.

T: Smoky, toasted grains. A sweet dash of malts... a little lacking, overall, unfortunately.

M + D: A bit watery, overall. Not bad, but lacking a bit in body. Certainly not a bad ale, but not really calling out for more.

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Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Pennant Ale pours a crystal clear copper with a nice foamy head. The aroma is sweet pale and crystal malt with hints of fruity esters and hops. The flavor is mostly sweet pale malt with a nice light toastiness. The finish is crisp with a light bitterness and just a bit of earthy hop flavor. This is definitely a nice session beer, very drinkable and a nice addition the the mix twelve pack.

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

Poured a hazy amber with one finger of off-white head. Mildly hoppy aroma, tea-like, not powerful enough for this brew to get my personal style designation AAPA (Annoying American Pale Ale)-- fot that it would need to boast a ton more grapefruity hops, and be more cloudy. Also, there is some toasty malt in the nose.

Taste is thin, watery, then there is a tea-like bite of hops, then a slow fade. Not really my thing.

Brooklyn Brewery makes some of my favorite beers, but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with slight amber tones, nice frothy head and great tracing. Aroma is quite fruity, almost like Juicy Juice, with some lightly toasted notes, good herbal hop presence and a nice freshly baked bread feel. Flavor is solid overall, a malt leaning APA. The finish is a little harsh with a dry thinness it leaves. A good everday drinker, a little heavy for an APA, but pretty good overall. Would definitely drink again.

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

Pours out a slightly hazed nutty amber hue, topped by a large creamy head with great retention, and eventually settles to a very thick cap.

Sharp sweet toffee malt on the nose, with earthy nut shell husks and some herbal hops. Fairly dry overall.

It takes a while for the flavour to really build any momentum and make itself fully known. Dry toasted malt initially swells up from the depths, small pockets of sweet toffee burst here and there within. Nutty, twig-like middle, still dry. The finish is of musty herbal hops, not extremely potent as the toasted malt still carries through it to the end and into the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel is clean, starts out smooth and finishes with a good dose of carbonation which helps it from becoming flaccid.

Overall a very earthy malty pale ale, and is easily on the fence from becoming a dry brown ale. A decent package overall, the quality is there, but personally it doesn't really blow my skirt up.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Nose is a little nutty. A little sugary sweet. Flavor is slightly meaty. Medium body. Long staying power of hops in the mouth, though mild. Feel is thin with bubble. Very drinkable, yes. A stable pale ale, but nothing really that fantastic. Might work good as a session beer. But still, there are greater out there.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge pillowy head rises above my sampler glass.
Fades rather slowly.
Medium golden in color...very clean and clear.
Smells of spicey hops...fruity with spiced apples comming to mind.
Malts mixed with bitterness of hops..a bit on the cidery side.
Maybe this one is old, not impressed.

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Photo of mj71
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured (a little too) vigorously into a pint glass as the head quickly tried to escape the top of the glass. Large off-white head hangs around for a while, then subsides to a thin layer with some lace stickiness. Strawberry blond body color.

S- Initially sweet and fruity. Sipping reveals a grape nose with a nice hop aroma.

T- Malty-sweet, grapes again, hops attempt to make an entrance but are quickly quashed by more sweet malts.

M- Very smooth, malty character. Hop's are nowhere to be found.

D- Low ABV makes it very drinkable. Because of the sweet nature, I prefer to mix in other brews in-between.

This was the first Brooklyn offering that I had. It's started a relationship that has raised Brooklyn to one of my favorites. Lots of great options.

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Photo of praufs01
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear copper with creamy off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

Aroma – Light malt and bread smell.

Palate – Moderate carbonation.

Flavor – Sweet malty and molasses taste with a very light hop and metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts – It’s an OK beer. One is about it for me.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with Scottish Maris Otter malts; 12 oz. bottle with 7/07 notched - sampled on 8/1/07. The beer is lightly-hazed, dark amber with low carbonation, and has a finger of yellowed head that leaves moderate lacing. Rich, dark and vinous in the nose, with a backing of earthy/floral hops - good, but not very strong. On the palate it is vinous and bready, with toasted malts, chocolate, some fruitiness, and a touch of alcohol. On the hop side of the equation, there are green/floral and piney/earthy flavors and a mild bitterness that brings the beer together. The body is medium and well-carbonated, smooth, drying and a bit numbing, and both the malts and hops contribute to the medium finish. Overall, it's tasty, not too complex, and comes across as a light US strong ale. A nice, easy-drinking beer that goes great with food.

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Photo of ajbogs
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am here to save this beer rating. Any negative rating you read for the Pennant Ale is probably coming from somebody who doesn't enjoy British style beer, and may not be familiar with Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver's style.

This beer is brewed in the British Isle tradition, with Scottish Maris Otter malts bringing the classic biscuit flavors associated with this style. The malt is married with Brooklyn's house ale yeast, which brings considerable depth and hints of fruit.

In a word, this is beer is complex; which may seem odd considering the style from which this beer owes its character.

In my opinion a must try for British ale lovers, Brooklyn Brew fans, and even Belgian lovers who crave complexity.

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Photo of buzzworthy
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 is disappointing on the pour and doesn't improve much throughout consumption. The brew is a bronze color with little head, at most one finger, despite an aggressive pour. There is a sweet maltiness in the nose. This continues to the taste, which exhibits a toasted fruity flavor with only a hint of hops. There is an unfortunate sourness at the finish that further detracts from the taste. This is not a beer that I want to drink again.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint glass. Color was a burnt orange with a thin 1 finger head. The head didn't last long at all, and left only a very thin ring around the glass. The aroma was mostly wheat bread with a hint of alcohol. Taste was malty and very slightly sweet. Felt good in the mouth, no extreme flavors or feelings, coated nicely. Very good going down.

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Photo of marcpal
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into pint glass - Court Jester, Freehold NJ

A: Bronze colored ale similar to what you would expect as if drinking a seasonal. Very slight head and not much lacing.

S: Biscuity malts with a little bit of hops in the back of the nose. Roasted nuts but not much else in the background that I was able to pick up.

T: Some hops there, not much. The bittering came through later on and the recognition may have been dulled by the previous hop devil and Stone AB. The malt was nice and the biscuity flavors were pleasant. The caramel really came through and was its best attribute.

M: Not much here, lack of hop depth.

D: Very drinkable, almost to the point of a watered down hoppy beer. Flavors were there but the type of beer that would be more appropriate for a grilled burger on a summer day. Not a favorite though.

Honestly not fan of Brooklyn brews so went in not expecting to like all that much and not blown away. Asked bartender what this one was all about and described as hoppy- just didnt see it.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear auburn color with just over a finger of head.

S: A very robust malt and strong grain aroma, like that of a pilsener with the hop profile, almost.

T: Toasted malt flavor up front, well-rounded and tasty. Transitions nicely into a middle that has a slight hop presence, providing excellent balance. Finish washes out smoothly, leaving behind a bit of malt and hop on the palate, while still remaining refreshing.

M: Carbonation seems to be at an optimal level, making for a well-balanced feel here also.

D: The greatest thing that stands out is this beer's ability to balance malt and hop, while keeping both sides from being too overpowering. A quality American Pale Ale I'd say, and very drinkable, but doesn't overly impress me, either. Still, an easy sipper that I'd take over a lot of others.

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

On tap at Court Jester in Freehold.

I'm not that experienced with Pale Ales, so I was surprised to smell and taste tropical fruit on the first sip. It doesn't last long and quickly turns to malt, but it was an interesting twist on, well, beer in general. The novelty of fruity (estery?) beer kept me sipping away. Appearance was also good, opaque tan with a persistent creamy head. Good drinking.

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

Sampled as Pennant Ale. The beer is a bright orange-amber color with a medium thick fizzy head that burns off pretty quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is bready malt with some hops thrown in. Medium-bodied with a sweet malt character at first, followed quickly by a moderate bitterness. Some sweet toffee is present as well, but overall this beer is pretty vanilla. The finish is piney hops with a shortlived sweetness on the back end. Average.

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