Monday, December 14, 2009

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

I feel weird drinking a baseball themed beer in December.

Web stuff:  Available all year round.  As Brooklynites, we revere the memory of the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, so we had to name a beer in their honor.  The Dodgers revered it so much that they moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Brooklyn Pennant Ale is a honey-colored pale ale with a brisk malt palate and finely balanced hop character.  Pennant is a traditional English-style pale ale.  The pale ale style developed in the early 19th century, and was calle "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).  Brooklyn Pennant Ale is brewed from Scottish Maris Otter Malt, which is justly prized for it's toasty, biscuity flavor and round smoothness it imparts to beer.

How does it taste?  The hops are not real strong, but they are flavorful.  The malt is neither toasty, nor biscuity.  The beer itself is somewhat thin for this time of the year.  I do like it though.  It would make for a nice session beer in the summer.

Cost: Mix and Match 6 pack
Grade: B

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