Thursday, July 30, 2009

30. Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55

Pennant Ale ’55 comes from the Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY, and is named for the 1955 World Champion Dodgers. Pretty nice thanks for a team that bailed on your city thirty years before you became a brewery. I get the idea of team love and having a history with a team, but you can be damn certain I won’t be naming any beer after the Seattle Sonics in the near future, like Seattle ’79, or some fool nonsense, or trying to colloborate with Starbucks coffee after the Howard Schultz debacle in Seattle. Although there is my long-cherished desire to make a Downtown Freddie Brown...

Pennant Ale ’55 begins with a malty bready nose that also has some slight floral/fruity notes; it is a rich copper color and has medium to low carbonation. The flavor profile begins with a light sweetness, then moves into a toasty, biscuity, and bready body with some low levels of bitterness and a light floral hop flavor before finishing dry and slightly sweet. Pennant has a medium body and a chewy, well-carbonated mouthfeel—overall, it’s a very enjoyable and drinkable beer, one that would go down easily all evening. I’m particularly partial to the bready and biscuity malty profile found in English-style ales like Pennant Ale ’55; while Elli likes them, she’s less drawn to them than I am, preferring the slightly sweeter and less obtrusive malt profiles of American ales that can balance larger hop profiles. While I do like the hops, I also like the bready malts, so I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree, and I’ll keep writing these descriptions up that make her look like the evil villain to my much maligned and put upon tragic self.

From the Brooklyn website: “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 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). Brooklyn Pennant Ale is brewed from Scottish Maris Otter malt, which is justly prized for its toasty, biscuity flavor and the round smoothness it imparts to beer.”

ABV: 5.0%
Malts: Scottish floor-malted Maris Otter malt, Belgian Aromatic
malt, British Crystal malt from East Anglican
Hops: Hallertauer Perle, Williamette, American Fuggle, Cascade
OG: 12.5° P, 1.050


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