cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this from a bottle. It has a nice light amber color. The taste is balanced but seems a bit light. The hops seem almost nonexistent. I do prefer APAs over EPAs however. Good solid beer without a lot of noticeable qualities.
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Bottle, BB Aug 06 (and still called Pennant Ale ’55).
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, orange), trace yeast (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Easy going quaffer, nothing special.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, clear, reddish brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. It has a nice malty aroma typical of English pale ales. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is nicely malty with hints of caramel with a mild hoppiness appearing in the finish. Very smooth and tasty. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. Good ale.
MaBeer1972 (1344) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 This bottle still says "Pennant Pale Ale". Apparently, it’s got a drink by date of April 2002. Pulled this orphan out of the walk-in cooler. Surprisingly it tastes very good for a beer that is supposed to be more than a year outdated. Looks almost like a Brownie. Aroma is very malty. Taste is somewhat caramel-chocolate. The hops are subtle, which is fine by me. I like this one! Re-rate: Good, but not like I remembered.
DYCSoccer17 (3329) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pretty dark copper color with a 1 inch off-white head with nice lacing and good staying power. Aroma is that of an English Ale/IPA--nothing outstanding. Taste is a burnt caramel which smooths out big time in the finish. Palate is great, without too much carbonation. Kind of mild for an English Pale Ale, but enjoyable nonetheless.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful reddish brown color with a medium head of large bubbles. Great malt aroma with hint of hops (bananna). Rich malt flavor with a good hop bite for balance. Bananna aftertaste which is strange but welcome. Lots of carbonation on the palate.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a boring beer. There's no other way to describe it quite as well. Medium amber body. Fuggles hops are prominent, but the mild malts balance them out. A dry ale. Smells like ashes and mellow hops.
notalush (4914) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish gold in color, bready aroma with hints of alcohol - caramel in the flavor, some yeastiness, very subtle hops, biscuits - decent English Style - not bad.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice medium sized head and dark amber in color. Carbonation is in the form of really big bubbles. Caramel, earthy notes, not too many hops. Strikes a nice balance and I enjoy the English version--sometimes I need a break from all the American hop-age going on around here.
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty, crystal clear copper hue. Mid-sized, off-white, frothy head. No lacing.
The aroma is of dark port and caramel.
Interesting flavor. Very nicely balanced. Roasted cashews, buttery and beefy up front. Astringent, tongue numbing hop presence on the backside. Not bitter. If anything, the hops are tart and acetic.
Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bone dry, astringent finish. I dig this beer. Looks like I'm one of the few.