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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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Ratings: 1,511 |  Reviews: 616
Photo of sleazo
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will try not to let the fact that this ale is named after a Yankees defeat.

A-Typical nice APA colour, medium copper brown with a three finger white head that fades down to about 1/2 a finger. Lacing is fairly tight.

S-Floral hops are the dominant characteristic here. The malt is secondary. There is also a tart underlying level. This smells fairly tasty and unique for an APA

T-Crisp floral hops linger with some more of that tartness. The malt is quite biscuity. there is something of an unpleasant sourness at the end which limitsw the score.

M-_Another light and crisp beer. Good carbonation though i would prefer a little heavier body.

D-This is a decent APA, nothing earthshaking.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a generous head. The smell is deliciously malty with a hint of lighter nut--like almond or peanut. The taste is refreshing and seems to encompass the whole palate. Darker malts are most apparent, and their taste lingers for minutes after the beer has been swallowed. A bit of a roastyness as well. Going down there is a terrific amount of carbonation--not too over bearing, but still keeping it lively. I am a big fan of this ale, and true to name it hearkens back to older, more traditional ales.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before Sept. 07, served in a pint glass.

A - clear amber color with a fast fading tan head that left no lacing.

S - malty aroma with a hop background.

T - sweet malty taste with a tender hop bite finish.

M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

D - it's just good enough to rate good, I think this one is meant to be drank right out of the bottle, which would kick the drinkability up a notch.

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Photo of Shadman
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear tawny orange colored ale. Rich tan head that receded quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

An almost musty, earthy aroma to this beer, something I’ve yet to smell since I’ve been trying different beers and ales. Some sweet caramel malt is also noticeable

Nice rich malt in front that tasted slightly nutty and caramel-like. Hop bitterness lurks underneath initially before making its self known more towards the finish. Some metallic taste was also apparent, but that only added to the ‘englishness’ of this ale. Finishes dry from the hop.

Smooth and medium bodied, this ale goes down easily. Could be a session brew for certain.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty copper color, nice clarity, but the tannish head dissipates rapidly. The aroma is very nice, with a solid maltiness and caramel balanced by a light citrusy hop. The flavor is good, but has some tea-like notes and there is some tannin mouth-puckeriness evident. Mostly the flavor seems to start with a solid maltiness that rapidly dries up and blends with hop flavor that reminds me of tea (again), lemon, and a little medicinal notes. Not bad but not great either.

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

Picked this-up as part of the party mix pack and glad I did for opening day, kids baseball.

It poured a nice clear copper (after the game of coarse). The head, not large, tan, left little lace.

The aroma was sweet malts and caramel.

The taste hits you with a malt blast alittle on the sweet side. Then some fruit esters are picked up. Summer fruits like grape, mango and passion. Alittle strange I thought for it took me awhile to ajust what I was dealing with. A nice hop drying of the mouth is next while a sweet-tea dryness is left at the finish.

Over-all, a very good beer, esp. cold!! It crisps up nicely

The neck collar says it all,its all in the malts.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

extremely drinkable but would i want to have more than a few? pours ruby amber, little to no head. smells like a cross between warm pabst and maybe sierra nevada. the first sip was hard, the soapy aftertaste kind of put me off. but after a few sips it kind of grows on you. not to the point where it becomes something i would seek out but alright. there's nothing remarkable about this, it's average across the board.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a dark amber with lots of highlights. The Slightly off white head didnt rise up much but maintained a thin layer on top. Plenty of beading inside and the lacing is very little.

Smell: The aroma is sweet caramel malts, light hop character and i'm even detecting a little fruitiness, almost orange. Simple in the nose , but very pleasing.

Taste: The flavors consist of more hops than I had imagined but nothing over the top. The malt seems to still have that caramel bite to it. Good overall, taste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was alot thinner than I expected almost watery.

Drinkability: The drinkability for me was very good. I would like to try this on a later date for sure. Other than the thin mouthfeel I would say this was a good go to beer.


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Photo of TheDragonTony
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber, with a little more than a one finger white head that sticks around and has nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and fruity with a nice hop profile as well. The smell was nice but not super.

Taste: Fruity and caramely with a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable it goes down easily. I really like this

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

Presentation: 11oz bottle with "Best By" ticking of 4/07 in a classic conical pint glass

Poured straight & true like a Newcombe heater, even some snap to boot. Slight citrus hops on the initial nose, hot summer pavement that just got a little rain, straw, semi-sweet caramel that grows in sweetness to even take on some apple (but not "Big Apple") qualities, that by the time it gets to room temp take on stronger malt tones. Head was a lively pinky's worth of agitated ivory foam that faded quicker than the 04' Yankees to a thin, broken sheen that in turn became a glass ring with no lacing. Color is a clean, crisp, sharp burnt copper sunset, a slow ticker tape parade of bubbles rise up in no hurry.

Oh, this is nice. Subtle, barely oily hops play a game of pepper over a smoothly dragged infield of caramelized malts. There is a pleasing balance to this, definitely no over-shifting here. Its very tongue friendly, easy to drink in its simplicity, yet not boring at the same time.

Slightly drier on the palate, it gets down n' dirty with some earthy malts in that I swear I can taste that freshly hosed infield sensation. Its sweeps clean the bases with a slight "hop" in its step as it rounds third, heads home, clean and bittersweet (just like dem Bums from Brooklyn) leaving a sweep of the mouth with a sticky, chewy (yet pleasing) aftertaste.

A very enjoyable beer that inspired, by far, my corniest review yet. That aside, this was an excellent mix/balance of caramelized malts and subtle hops - just right. Could easily see this being mistaken for an ESB. Would go great with a big, greasy, super thin pie slice , just cheese. Kudos to Brooklyn for a perfectly balanced beer. Very enjoyable & recommended

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Photo of Stimack
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours to a copper color with a fair sized light tan head that has some retention that left some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is a little odd (not in a bad way) as I am picking up some different fruit like flavors, a little too sweet malt scent and maybe a little to much butter? Let me say this, it is not a bad smelling brew just not real good IMO. The taste also while being good seems lackluster as the first thing I notice is a buttery flavor that seems to dominate and really seems to stick around. The finish that surprisingly seems to be very un-bitter is more metallic in nature. Overall I would classify this brew as a slight disappointment, for me. I think that it is a pretty easy drinking brew but I would grab others first for a session. One of the weaker beers in Brooklyn’s line up.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- orange yellow. white head fades quickly and barely leaves behind any lacing.

S- bread, hop, biscut.

T- kind of boring at first. carbonation, malt, and some alcohol. bitter hop aftertaste

M- medium body with pretty high carbonation

D- not bad-but not great. Not a beer you have to choke down.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle at JWS's. Brooklyn should still have a sports team.

A: Deep copper brown. Thick head, at least two fingers, that held the pint almost the whole time.
S: Lots of sweet malt in the nose. Faint citrus hops, but very little.
T: Matched the aroma pretty accurately. Bready/biscuity malt dominates. Some sweet caramel and tea-like flavoring. Not too hoppy, maybe a little bitter in the finish. Finishes dry. Overall, kind of boring. This tastes more English than American for a pale ale.
M: Medium body, mild carbonation.
D: OK, kind of got bored and tired of the tea flavors.

Decent EPA, I mean APA.

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

I gave this a hard pour as little head was developing as I began, but it amounted to nothing. Slightly hazy, copper brown color. Hardly anything in the nose, but hints of orange, maybe, and basic malt and hops. Nothing impressive here, but not disastrous either.
I would have to say the taste consists of "basic beer flavors" - no complexity or anything really interesting. Again, not bad, but nothing to cheer about. Kind of a blah lingering aftertaste. Quite watery in the mouth with very inoffensive carbonation (not enough, really). Easy to put down, but that's about it. I'm not yearning for more.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper in colour, very short head leading to an even thinner lace. Very limited glass cling. The carbonation is medium with active large bubbles.
Aroma is a little grainy.
The taste is also grainy, straw like and thin with a minor hop like character to rein in the sweetness. Some after taste.
The mouthfeel watery, one of these is my limit.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My personal favorite throughout the summer & fall, one bottle stumbles out from hiding in the shadows.

A flat pour, possibly due to the 1/07 BB date. Still that heavy, flushed, amber that I remember. Clean & crisp on my nose. Quite doughy & sweet initially, the backwash keeps me constantly gulping. Nice & mild(Quite mild actually), easy & satisfying. A staple in every sense. :)

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan. 07 (This month).

Pours amber with a thin head that doesn't hold on too well.

The smell is of a mild fruitiness with some leafiness. Almost tea-like.

The taste is of fruity hops with sweet, bready malt. Nicely balanced, but all too subdued. Finish doesn't last too long.

The feel has a watery thinness to it, but still not as smooth as it could be. There is a carbonated crispness.

It's a decent, basic English-style pale ale. Not really what I would expect from this brewery (I've had several others from it and have been impressed). It does have a nice balance and the flavor isn't bad, but nothing really makes this one stand out as anything special.

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

Poured a decent amber with a big fizzy head. Smell was more malt then hops, but still not at all bad, had a bit of a grassy tinge to it. The taste was about the same. Decent for a APA, but not really my cup of beer. Too much malts which through off the balance for me. But not a bad brew.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance--Served in a dark bar, so I couldn't get a real good look, seemed a deep golden straw color.

Smell--nice smooth, balanced aroma. Malty smell definitely present.

Taste--Notable malts balanced with adequate hops. All around well balanced brew, nothing outstanding though.

Drinkability--nice and agreeable, I'd certainly drink this in the future.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this pint at Malones in Lexington Va. It poured a deep brown. There was about two fingers of head that was very fluffy. There was a lot of lace that was also very fluffy. The retention was also solid. The smell was very malty with not much else to it. The taste had a coffee flavor. This all combined for a smooth mouthfeel and a good brew.

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice, amber color with a small head that dissipates rather quickly. A ring is maintianed, but otherwise the frostoness of the beer is gone after the first minute. A mlaty smell with a nutty, malty taste; no hops really present at all. A nice, smooth mouthfeel. A pretty drinkable beer; definitely saving a few for my friends.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew is a brilliantly clear golden color with a finger of ivory head over top. The head falls to a solid coating over top, and a decent carbonation is seen in the brew. The brew looks like it is glowing at the bottom of the glass. Inhaling over the glass, I find lots of toasted and bready malt, with a mild caramel underneath. The hops come across as more earthy in nature; they blend nicely with the toasted character of the malt. A sip brings me a good toastyness, with a raisin fruityness, as well as some bready sweetness. It is a nice combination. A mild earthy hop hits more on the finish, along with a very, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, with a very mild carbonation. It could use a touch more carbonation in there to balance it out. I think this one is pretty drinkable. Even though it is not traditional for a Pale Ale of any flavor that I know, I think they work well together. It's like a pale ale with some special b or aromatic in there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronzed rustic orange with tangerine peel trim. In spite of the loud escape of gas on crown cracking, the head is on the small side. I kept elevating the bottle when I saw that very little was happening and eventually ended up with a slim two fingers of toasted tan that is creamy enough to persist and sticky enough to deposit lace in a chained links pattern.

The nose is too weak and isn't all that compelling. It's much closer to an English pale ale (Brooklyn's designation) than an American pale ale (BA designation). Buttery pale malt and herbal-fruity hops balance one another out to such an extent that the beer lacks personality. The malt bill sounds wonderful: Scottish Floor-Malted Maris Otter, Belgian Aromatic and British Crystal. Too bad it doesn't result in a better nose.

Pennant is okay beer, but that's about as far as it goes. Like the nose, there's really nothing here to grab onto, just a collection of flavors that don't jibe as well as they might. Toasted barley is uppermost with a hint of diacetyl (that isn't bothersome) and a flavor that reminds me of old iced tea. The beer is more bitter than it is sweet, although it's lacking in terms of good, solid hoppiness. The spiciness of the Hallertauer Perle comes through the loudest.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with more than a little harsh carbonation. Why all those bubbles didn't result in a bigger head is a mystery to me. I prefer soft and lush to firm and buzzy, so the mouthfeel will be accorded the same underwhelming score as the flavor.

While some Brooklyn beer is little better than average, most of what I've had lately has been very good. Unfortunately, Pennant Ale '55 falls into the former camp. This bottle is still a few months away from its 'best by' date so age can't be a factor. My suggestion, for what it's worth, is to start over and come up with a beer that is worthy of such a great name and a great label.

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Photo of malcontent
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, gold/orange hue with a tremendous looking head; thick, foamy & quite resilient. Head clings tenaciously to the glass' sides as it descends.

Fruity hop nose with an odd, earthy mustiness to it. Some sweet malt hints can be detected as well.

Huh? Not what I was expecting given the smell. More malt-driven than I would have guessed although there is certainly a hop presence. Actually reminds me of a number of Capital brews i.e. Germanic in nature. Still, a very pleasing drink nonetheless.

Has a crisp beginning with a rich, creamy finish. A really nice-feeling beer. Utterly drinkable although on taste alone I wouldn’t consider it a home run (no pun intended but now that I’ve written it I might as admit my Gene Shallet-esque faux pas).

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste!

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dallas Cowboys mug (didn't help them, though...stupid Vanderjagt) at 50 degrees.

A - An amber color with a 2-inch foamy head...good retention, too.

S - Biscuits and slight fruit dictate the aroma. There's a slight detection of hops, but the fruit masks it well.

T - Flavor starts with grassy malts, but finishes with a caramel/biscuity taste. Little hop action, but grapefruits do come back on the finish.

M - Despite the biscuit flavors, the body is relatively light. Finishes smooth with little carbonation.

D - A good APA..less hoppy than I expected. Good use of malt. Very drinkable - I'll pick up another when I get the opportunity.

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