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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is malty with a sweet apple juice undercurrent - not much but not what I was expecting from a pale. Best before Feb 2008, 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.67/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a red, white and blue labeled Pennant '55 bottle with a Brooklyn baseball logo in the middle.

appearance - Amber color, nice fluffy head too, and not much carbonation.

smell - Has a roasted malt smell to it, not burnt or smokey, but you know it is there. Maybe just a tint of hops.

taste - Has more of a malt taste then a hop taste to it. Nice balance though.

mouthfeel - medium body

drinkability - Enjoyed this beer, bought this is variety pack. Nice drinking beer.

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Photo of barknee
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pennant Ale pours a deep amber color with a thin mocha colored head leaving generous lacing around the glass. Very malty nose with some roasting evident, there is the essences of marshmallow and fresh yeast wafting from the glass. Welcoming taste of warm and moderately roasted malts; unctuous and sticky in the mouth, this brew is an enjoyable and rewarding libation. Crisp, somewhat lean and refreshingly effervescent may I say “Batter Up!”

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Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with half a finger of head. The scent is laced with hard biscuit and buttery malts with some interesting woody hops. The taste gives more of the same. I'm enjoying buttery scones- really not a bready taste, but a harder biscuit. And the hops are woody, slightly earthy and lightly bitter on the back of the tongue. The carbonation is perfect in this beer. It dances through my mouth and goes down cleanly, leaving a great aftertaste. All said I enjoyed it fully, though perhaps the hops were not as assertive as I've come to expect from an APA.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the Pennant Ale '55 in Brooklyn's Party Pack, but I've seen the Pennant Ale in stores all around New York. Poured out a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thin head and not too impressive on the smell. Already smells heavily of malts. Taste was a little powerful on malts. There were hints of some fruits, but lacking a hops balance to mellow out the malts. Great mouthfeel and drinkability though. I could down a couple of these, but the malty sweetness would eventually slow me down. Overall, I would say this brew is a bit out of place as an "American Pale Ale". The word unbalanced comes to mind.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in Ohio recently in the Brooklyn party pack. Served in a pint from brown bottle. Pours a nice amber, brown with a cream like finger thick head. Very nice malty, fruity smell with inviting hop arouma. Taste of sweet, biscuity malt then breaking down to a citrusy hop flavor. Good balance between the malt and hop. This a good beer that I wish was more available further west.

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

Appearance: poured a clear copper to reddish amber color , with a small slightly offwhite head.

Smell: The aroma has a nice balance of sweet malts, a bit of a nuttyness, lightly flowery hops , and some rich estery/ fruity qualities ( grape ).

Taste: First the hops take a little bite on the back of the tongue with a floral / and raw bitterness, then the malt flavor provides some balance with slightltly toasty flavors and a bit of sweetness. The finish has a fair amount of citric hoppiness and just a bit of alcohol in the nostrils.

Mouthfeel: fairly smooth feel, slight bite at the beggining of my sip.

Drinkability: Definatly a very drinkable APA with a very pleasant aroma and good flavor profile. Malts mix nicely with the hops to make a juicy session ale with complexity.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a nice copper amber, a half inch head down to a thin foam with scant lacing. The aroma is similarly scant, not much but a faint biscuit malt and some fruitiness, and a buttery diacetyl. The taste is much the same, but much more assertive, with a British character to it almost. And so, while the mouth is quite nice, good body and a fine carbonation, it almost screams for cask conditioning. Now that, would be a tasty beer. As it is, its pretty stock, but still tasty, and a decent session beer for watchin the game.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright pale ale. Nice copper colour, but a very dense and vigrous head. Tangy malt scent...nice hop nose. Very noticeably metallic scent to it.

A little bit weak in the flavour department. Prominent hop tang to it. Not as well developed as I would have expected.

Decent mouthfeel, not an overall bad experience...but I've had better.

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Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at Beff's in town. . . .

A: Clear, rusty-copper in color with a small, bubbly off-white head when it arrived. Left lots of rings of lacing on the way down.

S: Not too strong in the nose -- some fruity malt sweetness and an earthy spiciness from the hops -- but that may improve as it warms (I wouldn't really know b/c I drank this one pretty quickly).

T: First impression is "fruity' -- there's definite sweetness from the malt underneath the more noticeable hops. Along with a bit of spice, the hops at times seem earth, woodsy, grassy or even piney, but there is be a lingering metallic bitterness at the end of the sip. The flavor profile seems to be a hybrid between the English and American versions of a Pale Ale.

M: On the lighter side of medium in heft, but the carbonation was, in my opinion, too much on the palate. I have a feeling this would be better -- i.e., creamier -- on the cask.

D: Despite some shortcomings, this was still a pretty drinkable brew. A tad bit less carbonation and it would go down even easier.

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Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a one finger head. A thin cap of foam lasts for the first few sips, but soon dissipates leaving nothing behind at all.

Aroma is dominated by a fruity yeast strain, and backed by a bit of sweet malt. Smells to be more of an english style pale ale, with the intense light fruit aromas.

Flavor much the same... light fruit esters, a bit of raw grain, and a touch of fruity sweetness. Finish is well balanced, but where are the hops? Nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is smooth, if not heavily carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a fairly disappointing beer from a great brewery. A shame to call this one a pale ale. We all know that Brooklyn can produce some phenomenal beers.... it's just a shame that most of their standard line up is this bland and boring. I guess you have to appease the masses (not just the beer geeks here) to pay the bills...

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Photo of pwoods
2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. single from Jungle Jim's poured into a pint glass. Freshness label isn't clear. Notched on Jan but nothing on 2006 or 2007... so I assume it's best by Jan08. I've bought many singles from Jungle Jim's(this is my 3rd or 4th from Brooklyn) and never had an issue before.

A: 1/2 finger fizzy white head that runs away. Zero lacing. Pours a tangerine with a rusty tint.

S: Smells strongly of 100% Concord grape juice but oily. Smells more like a cider.

T/M: Sour apples and Sweet'n'Low. Reminds me of drinking a juice box from when I was younger. Thin viscosity and lacking carbonation(maybe it is old?). Just not doing it for me.

D: Goes down very easily but the taste just isn't there. I can't see myself getting another one of these... I may not finish this one.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Deep orange-brown with medium frothy head but minimal lacing

S: Malt and yeast aromas dominate. Faint hops presence.

T: Fruity sweetness with toasted malt and crisp hops finish. A great tasting, interesting brew.

M: Very smooth with a nice sweet-tea aftertaste.

D: The sweetness and crispness make this a nice option. I'm going for another right now.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a red, white and blue labeled Pennant '55 bottle with a Brooklyn baseball logo in the middle.

A: Pours a very nice dark copper color that turns burnt orange when held up to the light. The light also reveals no distinct carbonation though, which turn me a bit. Very nice two-finger fluffy white head, which makes up for the apparent lack of carbonation.

S: Carries a dark, slightly musty herb smell. Smells of roasted malts, and no real hops present. A little buttery, even.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, roasted malt and buttery notes. This is more like an English Pale Ale than an American, which usually tends to be more hoppy. This is pretty well-balanced, but different for the style than expected.

M: A little bitter, but finishes clean. There's a strange dynamic going on here, but it's certainly not unpleasant.

D: I would probably only drink a lot of this during a baseball game, if only for the homage factor. Otherwise, I'd probably opt for a brew that could decide on the style it wanted to be.

Not a bad pale ale, and not a bad beer overall. However, it doesn't fit my image of the style, which I usually like to be a bit more hop-filled than this presented itself to be.

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

Poured from a bottle a clear golden-brown with a very light beige head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma is on the light side with a bit of sweet malt and fresh-baked bread.

Taste was also on the light and thin side. Some malts, some hops, but not much of them.

Mouthfeel is very light and thin. Carbonation was also very light.

A bit of a disappointment after having some of their other great beers. Better than some but not up near the top.

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

Poured a clear amber-orange into a glass. Aroma was somewhat fruity and cereal-like. Slight trace of bitterness.

This is a fairly well-balanced APA, that doesn't try to be too hop happy or complex. It's just an easy drinker, a nice balance between the bread-like malts and floral, somewhat herbal hops. Finish is not too dry, either. This is a consummate session beer, and great for a warm summer evening.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark, ruby color with minimal carb and no head but nice lace. Looks interesting. Smelled fruity and complex and did a double take to see that this style was not a Bock which the smell fortells. Fruit, malt, blended with just some hoppy aroma, this is going to be alive. Mouth was a bit on the sour side, but not unwelcome, chewy, creamy with a stong aftertaste of all malt and more malt to go. Not bad.

Taste? Raisins, burnt malt, complex winey note, but something fell short. Almost the finish is more of a bock, but lacks the punch of one and as a APA, totally misses on the fruity flavor that hops could provide.

Confusing beer, but maybe the sour twinge on the after taste throws the whole thing off. I don't think it's going south and may have been intentional, but didn't sit well with me. One and done.

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

Pours a dark honey color with full off-white head. Good head retention and nice lace.

Nice roasted malt smell. Fairly clean.

Full flavored. Roasted flavors comes out first and is then followed by a bit of fruity flavor ending in a bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Pleasant beer. Nice full, smooth flavor but too much of a bitter linger aftertaste for me.

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-red color. Made with Maris Otter malts. Nice, thick head. Aroma is nice and malty and beckons within. Taste is somewhat thin at first but then explodes into a nice, malty finish, almost toasted. It's somewhat slightly smoky as well. Not too bad for a pale ale. It's more malty than hoppy. Sessionable. I believe it deserves a decent rating for that alone.

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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 that’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 biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head forms, a pearl white outer trim being the only (slight) exception. Flat looking however a lovely fiery burnt umber colour, like the end of a hot branding iron or like hot blown glass coming out of the furnace. Lots of orange (and on the bottom, yellow) highlights when held to the light.

An appetizing aroma, showcasing both strong hop and malt presence. Very toasty with a strong biscuit malt at the forefront. It's like smelling freshly baked cookies. The English hops add a crispness to the wafer like biscuit scent. Very clean biscuit malt and good interplay between the hops and malts. You also get a lot of "green" from the hops if you keep swirling it.

The carbonation is on level for an English style ale, which is to say a little on the light side. The hops add a slight mineral bitterness, giving the beer some presence but maintaining a very high level of drinkability. Almost soapy chalkiness on the finish as it leaves the mouth dry (although still with some taste lingering).

The flavours offer enough to interest the palate. A combination of the hop resin and biscuit malts have imparted the beer an iced tea like taste. Especially on the aftertaste it reminds me of iced tea. A bit of a fruity taste at times. Crisp malty notes also ring out. I could use a little more assertiveness with the flavours, they seem to wear out quickly, and are a little soft in the first place.

I can't help but imagine this would be a real treat on cask. Once again I am impressed with Brooklyn Brewing. They make a very nice (quality!) product.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.Best by 10/07
Slight haze,light to medium coppery color with a 2" creamy white head that dissapated quickly leaving a creamy white coating, not a lot of carbination just a few bubbles constantly rising.

Clean aromas,slightly buttery,grassy,bisquity/grainy, dried straw with a slight metallic note.

Lightly sweet carmalized malt tastes with a slight burnt and nutty edge.Tart fruityness,good balance finishes with a clean and crisp bitterness with a grassy feel.

Light to medium body.some grainyness and a bit of cloyingness. Easy to drink,just not a beer i would want to drink all night.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium pumpkin orange color with a smaller head of white foam. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation and mild lacing in the glass.

S: Pale malts and dry hops. A mild husk and grass note. Not much going on, but not unappealing.

T: Pale buttery malt flavors with a touch of fruity hops. Mild caramel character faded quickly, with some grain notes popping in and out of the flavor spectrum.

M: Medium to medium light bodied. Slightly bubbly, but overall quite dull and uninspiring.

D: I've had better APA's but this one is do-able. I'd really like to see the carbonation kicked up a bit and a touch more diversity in the malt character. Fair

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has the typical golden yellow ale color, not much of a head. Aroma is pleasant and inviting with a strong fruity hint. Flavor is malty with a touch of fruit and just a whisper of hop bitterness. This ale is very smooth but just a little bit on the watery side. A good summer beer - little wonder its name is a celebration of baseball.

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Photo of frazbri
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Pennant Ale poured deep gold/copper in color topped by 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head. Good lacing remained on the glass. Aroma had notes of grapefruit and a touch of vienna malt. Fruity flavor with a touch of honey and malt syrup with a solid, bitter backbone. Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

This is a pale ale for octoberfest fans. The malt flavors had a real Munich connection for me, but the bitterness and grapefruit grounds this in the new world.

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Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,511 ratings
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