Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 | Brooklyn Brewery

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

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a light to medium cloudy brownish amber with a large (2-3 finger) off white frothy head that was fully diminishing and left very little lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, a mild floral hop and a doughy yeast with notes of banana and caramel.

The taste was a malty bitter sweet with a note of caramel early on then had a nice mild bitter hoppy flavor with a touch of fruitiness at the end with the flavor only sticking around for a short while.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a slight metallic feel, watery yet a little dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice crisp and refreshing beer that had a nice mild hop finish, which just enhanced the drinkability of this brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, clear reddish-brown with a two-finger head. The head quickly dissipates into almost nothingness, leaving lacing as it glides down the glass.

Smell: Smells of dark roasted malts, caramels, perhaps a hint of coffee? A slight breadyness to it.

Taste: Pretty darn good. It tastes a lot like it smells, toasty caramel and dark sugars. and nice and malty. However, the taste is somewhat light, I was wishing for more.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a medium body, this sucker goes down pretty easy. I wouldn't necessarily call it crisp, but it's definitely a drinker.

Overall: A nice ale that can be enjoyed by even the very novice drinkers, light in taste and mouthfeel. An excellent beer.

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Photo of adam42381
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/30/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium caramel brown with gold highlights and a 1/2 finger foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pale malt with English hops.

Taste: Light touch of English hops up front followed by pale malt in the middle before ending with a mildly sweet finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Very light flavor overall. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Decent beer overall. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, I wouldn't avoid it either.

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

Pours a nice copper. Nice white head.

Not much of a nose. Subtle biscuity malt aroma is present, but you really have to search for it.

Typical english style pale. Maris otter malts come through strong. Cracker/biscuit taste is the backbone of this beer. Not much hops.

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Photo of fsvan
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of Feb. 2012. With my Cardinals winning the World Series for the 11th time yesterday, why not drink a Pennant Ale?

A- Clear, fairly dark gold with some copper mixed in. A finger of off white head.

S- Huge nose of toasted malts mixed nicely with pine hop bitterness. The massive aroma on this guy surprised me a little nit, to be honest.

T- Taste is a bit different from the smell. That huge assertive malt profile is much more subdued, but still in the forefront. A nice hop bitterness alongside it. Finishes slightly sweet.

M- Medium bodied

O- Big smell, big flavor, just not the best of either. A solid enough offering though.

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

A: Copper colored with an off-white head with good retention and mild lacing.
S: Bread, malt aromas are part of a muted nose
T: Malty, biscuity flavors
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
O: Enjoyable brew that even a Yankee fan like myself would drink again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hops, a touch of sweetness. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Red Hook Limited glass.

Nice copper color. I really have to stick my nose in there to smell anything at all. If I could describe the smell in one word it would be "toasty". As for taste, a good light malt flavor with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a good Fall beer and I see myself having it when I'm not in the mood for something too heavy.

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

Moderate one finger head of darker cream white with less than average retention, the lacing forms a thin sheet down the glass sides that slowly slides into oblivion. The liquid is a slightly murky, muddy orange hue, as close to brown as to red, some loose bubbles trying to form beads here and there. There’s some roast in the nose alongside the caramel, honeyed nuts and hard butterscotch candy scents, does have a greener, more herbal side as well with some mixed white citrus spritz, apricot and apple fruit, muscular and lasts for some time. Medium-bodied, the carbonation wants to make it fluffy but it is pretty damn dense, not a beer which just glides down the chute. On the sweet side, the caramel, scone, soda bread pairs well with the peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit. Some lemon peel but nothing sour nor biting. Again, presents a grassy undercurrent but by no means a focal point, brings some bitterness to the finish. Suggestive of complexity while remaining safely accessible, I can see this as an “adventuresome” beer to some. Otherwise, would drink it if handed one but unlikely to seek out for further purchase.

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

Pours amber in color, brilliantly clear with a slightly off-white head. Aroma is balanced between hops and malt, a bit heavier on the side of malt. A bit fruity. Maybe some caramel as well. Pleasant. Taste builds up on aroma. Initial low bitterness is followed by smoothness of malt. Medium to light body. Low carbonation. Very clean and drinkable. Overall (in general terms) a good beer, judged to style it's an excellent beer.

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Photo of Berrmecca13
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz btl into a nucleated tulip/snifter.
Copper color and light white head dying into a non-existent head.
Nose is malty with slight caramel notes.
Taste is balanced with malt and slight, very subtle hop notes.

--Overall good for what it is but not one to write home about. The nose is nice and would be sessionable.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a medium off white head. Pretty good.

Smell is of toasty malts with a very light grapefruit hop presence.

Taste is light, toasty and malty. Lots of English malt in the taste, the bottle says Maris Otter. Slight hop bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable malt forward pale ale. A good example of the style.

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Photo of fx20736
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into English Pub glass.

Hazy apricot jam with two fingers of beige head that leaves wisps of lacing.

Aroma: toasted malt, maybe a little caramel as beer warms, some Summer fruitiness.

mouthfeel; light and smooth

Taste: bready malt and some fruit: canteloupe, dates and honey.

Notes: Inoffensive, easy drinking but it lacks any kind of sharpness or bitterness. The beer is like an alcoholic iced tea.

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

I don't know why it took so long for me to review this. Pours a deep amber, very little head. Scent is sweet, hoppy, almost rum-like a bit. Taste is a bit malty, caramel flavors come through, nice even finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat neutral, crisp and a touch sweet. Really enjoyed this beer. Overall, a repeat purchase and a drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at BierKraft. It was reasonably tasty but nothing over-special. Copper color, clear with a thin foam. Bready aroma, more malty than hoppy, English smelling. I think the cask presentation suits it well, probably this is the only way I'd really like this beer. Easy drinking but kind of bland.

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Photo of herman77
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber orange (a tiny bit of haze to it) with a big light khaki head, really light and fluffy looking. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Pretty weak nose. Very malty for a pale ale. Toasted malt, some nuttiness. Light grassy hops are there, but they are hiding in the background.

T: Like the nose, lots of malt. Just didn't really expect it to be this malty really. Its almost like a lighter colored brown ale. Grainy, light toasted malt with lots of nutty like flavors. There are some grassy hops as well in the background, but they kind of get hidden by all the malt. Some fruity-ness as well near the end, apples, maybe plums? Finishes a bit dry.

M: Lighter body, smooth and soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Not bad. Easy drinking for sure. Its well made, just wasn't feeling it that much. Still good though.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle dated best before December 2011.

A crystal clear gorgeous red and orange amber body, with mix of tiny slow rising carbonation. Head is a little soapy, but forms nicely and is large. After about a minute it sinks to an average puck size. There is no lacing while drinking.

Bouquet is sweet toasty malt. Even a little marmalade fruity. Some mild tea and cinamon hetbal character too. Quite pleasant.

Taste brings, a very light bodied but also simple sweet brown bread and whole wheat like tastes. Still a little wet though for texture, but packs in some solid flavor in the palate.

Overall not too bad. I would have this again depending on what else is available.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Color: Brilliantly clear copper.

Smell: Some hops, buttery, ripe plums, malty with a semi-sweet toastiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smoothness and crispness is nearly perfect, medium bodied. Slightly toasted malt, buttery throughout, balancing hoppiness, mildly fruity. Apples and plums, dried grass & woody hops. Dry finish.

Overall: Yeah, beer screams "English Pale Ale". Not the biggest fan of buttery ales but it works here and Brooklyn hits the mark for style.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split bottle....reddish-brown pour with very standard head. Orchard-y smell, not terribly strong, not a lot of hop character either. A tasty beer, picking up a little bit of bakery and a lot of apple. However, not a lot of hop bite, less than I expected. struck me as dry and perhaps under-carbonated a bit, but still quite drinkable.

Pretty good beer, not great. recommended, worth drinking, but not a beer you go out of your way for.

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

Disclaimer: hate NY sports teams, particularly the Yankees, and love Brooklyn Brewery, so I guess that's kind of a wash.

Chestnut brown in color with pretty average head width that dissipates to nothing but a floating ring in no time. Nothing worth writing about here.

Roasted malts on the nose, a lot of toasted bread with some light fruit accents. Hops are there as well, but not very prevalent.

Taste is almost pure malt: toasted biscuit and caramel dominate, with a little bit of apple/pear also detectable. Minimal hop bitterness with a inviting aftertaste. Pleasant enough.

Light bodied with a dry finish. Carbonation is lacking a bit, but other than that, its a pretty easy drinking ale. Would be a bit more appropriate to drink in October, but I guess that's why they named in Pennant Ale, for the playoffs.

Not bad, but not great either. For a session beer, it would compliment the late summer and fall months of baseball watching well.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle into pint

A - pale honeyed amber with reddish highlights; finger and a half of just off-white head; fades rather quickly; little lacing

S - biscuit, weak toffee, leafy hop; nice malt presence and subtle hops - floral and a little pine

T - biscuit and caramel inflected malt; gentle hop; little bitterness;

M - initially firm, with CO2 reinforcing; opening to a momentary lush/creaminess and then tightening back up on the finish

O - the sum is greater than its parts; really quite a good beer; understated and winning for it...

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Photo of TCMike
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, it produced a 2 finger, fluffy, beige head. The color was like honey.
The smell was of biscuit, and light citrus.
The taste was of of biscuit, light malt, light citrus hops, and just a hint of bitter. It has a medium mouth-feel.
This is a very good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass at Little Town in NYC

A- rich copper color almost no activity, thick frothy head never fully recede, laced all the way

S- sweet fruits and malt, dry corn and barley, caramel and honey

T- wonderful ought crispness from the hops cuts the sweet Phenols well, fairly dry finish

M- nice and clean, a bit thin but not in a bad way, highly sessionable

O- my fav beer frOm Brooklyn, a great traditiOnL style done well, definitely having again

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle dated April 2011 – tasted on April 11, 2011

Brooklyn Pennant Ale 55 poured a clear light amber color with an off-white 1-finger head. The aroma is of caramel malts and some flora hops. The taste is a little toasty and biscuit - a little sweet with a light fruit, and dry light bitter finish. Mouth feel is light-medium with mild carbonation.

Brooklyn Pennant Ale makes a nice session English Pale Ale.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a little bit of lacing from its creamy head.

It smells very malty with a very light hop aroma to it. Mostly english malt scents: biscuit, caramel, toast, etc. Has a very malty flavor to it, a good deal of caramel, biscuit malts, and a bit toasty / cracker-y. Had some nice carbonation but had a thin mouthfeel.

It was a nice beer overall, with some great flavors to it, but I probably wouldn't search it out next time around.

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Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,511 ratings.
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