Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55
I knew that the Dodgers win in the 1955 World Series was a big thing but I had no idea how it was celebrated in Brooklyn with a bigger parade than VE Day, due in large part to the dramatics of the catch. This bottling by the Brooklyn Brewery of their Pale Ale celebrates the 50th anniversary of that great event.
My first impression of the ale is of its sweetness. This is a fairly elemental ale, nothing an average working joe would not appreciate. The sweetness is slightly on the caramel side but well below tacky ot cloying. It is braced by some pale malt graininess underneath as well as edgy hops to the sides. It is soft to the mouth enriched by a creamy yeast. There is perhaps some smokiness within the sweet as well. The brewer says this:
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...Brooklyn Pennant Ale is brewed from Scottish Maris Otter malt, which is justly prized for its toasty, biscuity flavor and the smoothness it imparts to beer. Pennant is hopped with Willamette, Fuggle and Cascade, and top-fermented at warm temperatures for a rich, fruity flavor and aroma.Very pleasant summer beer. The advocates agree.