14 July 2008

Beer Review, Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

Appearance: Pours a middle-grade orange color with a thick white foamy head, lots of effervescence from the bottom of the glass, significant lacing. Very nice presentation. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong bitter hop presence at the start, with a kind of sweetness underneath. Hints of citrus. A slightly "stale" aroma, like a mediocre IPA, but otherwise nice and inviting. 3.5/5

Taste: A bracing citrus up-front with a smooth middle and a somewhat dry finish. Some notes of hops, some sweetness, not too complex. A good hot weather beer taste. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate, sticks around on the palate for a bit, even thick for an APA. 4.0/5

Drinkability: Like pretty much all of Brooklyn's beers, this is a brew that takes a very simple style and simply does it to perfection. I don't like it quite as much as their lager, but for a nice not-too-complex APA you could do a lot worse. 4.0/5

Overall: 4.0/5

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