Brooklyn Ale (Pennant Ale)

Brooklyn Ale (Pennant Ale)

Rated 3.273 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Style:  English Pale Ale

5.1% Alcohol by Volume

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A tribute to Brooklyn’s 1955 World Champion baseball team, Brooklyn Pennant Ale is a chestnut-colored pale ale with a hearty, toffeeish malt palate and a finely balanced hop finish. Pennant is a traditional English-style pale ale. The pale ale style developed in the early 19th century, and was called “pale” because it appeared so in comparison to the darker ale styles of the day (East India Pale Ale was a stronger, paler, more bitter version of the style).

ID: 13937 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank13284
Overall Percentile75.2
Style Rank60 of 450
Style Percentile86.7
Lowest Score2.1
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.297
Weighted Score3.273
Standard Deviation0.430

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  • OLENAMIRONYCHEV 77 reviews
    rated 3.6 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This mixture of Old World meets New World pale ale pours a nice copper color with a thin white bubbly head. There is a lot of citrus in the aroma, along with bready malts and yeast. Mouthfeel is average. Taste is well balanced between the sweet bready malt notes and the bitter citrusy hop notes. Will certainly try again.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Not bad. Love the label but the beer ain't anything to get excited about.. Golden yellow, earthy spicy hops and light biscuit and caramel. Not too exciting but well made. Probably a one timer for me.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 2.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Alias "Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55." 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.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    They are calling this an English Pale Ale, though I had a tough time distinguishing between English and American Pale Ale. Maybe somewhere in between? Some of the other English Pale Ales seemed a little more yeasty, or different kind of hops. This was leaning more towards the sweet side, some citrus to it...why I was thinking APA when I sampled. Only grabbed a single to try. Not sure was good enough to buy a 6-pack, but will probably sample again somewhere down the road.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 3.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Mostly clear amber/copper color with burnt orange highlights around the bottom. A slightly off white colored head that was not very prominent nor did it have much lacing or retention. Bread and biscuit notes. Some sweet smelling caramel malts. Some eathy, yeasty aromas. A bit of a pine hint. Dry, biscuit type flavor. Caramel. Slight bit of a toasty flavor along with a small hop bite. Medium/thin mouthfeel. Smooth and mostly dry. Could have coated the palate better I thought, but not bad. Seems to be nicely refreshing also. This beer is alright. Nothing fancy, nothing special and nothing really bad either. Could be an excellent Spring or Summer brew. Went down pretty easy.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours an almost clear light amber with a decent head and some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with some toffee and caramel and a bit of biscuit. Taste is slightly sweet with the toffee sweet malts shining throughout - easy on the palette. A nice session ale for sure.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    pours a tab gold . . light head pool . . don't know nuthin yet-frank . . sweet maple, bark, weird sweet malt aromas . . decent mouth i guess, more for the BMC crowd . . ughh, so average..boring . . 4:30pm Aug 6th 2009 Coop Residence .. roach spray ..

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A nutty, malty aroma, a golden brown body, not much carbonation, the head was light brown and disappeared quickly. Flavor of sweet nutty malts, with hints of toffee, and some hops as well. Overall it was worth trying, but at $13.00 a sixer it too expensive for what it is.

  • HANTRAN 547 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Generally it seems to me that Pale Ales are underrated here, perhaps the style is just not very popular; milder than APA's or IPA's. the nose on this is a mix of big malts and cirtusy hops, fairly standard for the style. A nice clear light copper body with a good frothy off white head, moderate retention and lace. Good mouth, a light medium body slick, nice fiz. Carmel malt flavor provides a decent backbone with a stronger hops bite then might be expected, this tastes more like a light IPA than a Pale Ale. Finish is dry and clean, alcohol not present (and I miss it.) This is a very acceptable session brew but there are better American Pales out there, I like Geary's alot more. Nothing wrong here, just a bit unbalanced, not enough malt but very drinkable. Rerate: 12/12/08 What was I thinking/drinking? Lovely malt backbone, great hops balance at the end, really nice brew!!!!!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    The baseball theme was an attraction. But I am fast becoming a big fan of the Brooklyn brewery as more of their beers follow us transplanted snowbirds to South Florida. Nice lemony-grass nose. The hops are definitely there but brillantly does not over power the sweet malt

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