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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 892
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 128
Gots: 228 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation; OG=18.5; AE=1.7. Classified as a "strong saison" by Garrett Oliver.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007)
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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a big fluffy white head. Retention is good, with a nice cap staying until the end.
Smells like spice, yeast and clove.
Tastes a bit earthy and grassy. Some lemon zest and clove. Bitterness from the high ABV comes through a bit too much, but overall its pretty decent. Just a touch of sweetness there too.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little prickly from the carbonation.
It wasn't hard at all to finish, but not stellar.

Hoagie1973, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge, foamy white head. Beer is hazy golden-amber.

S: Honey, grain, some clove, faint alcohol.

T: Again, honey, grain, clove. Also, banana and alcohol.

M: Smooth, yet crisp and prickly.

D: This one will knock you on your rear if you let it. Go easy.

Overall, not bad, but not worth the $8 I paid for it.

Admiraldinty, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent if slightly boring Belgian from Brooklyn. Local 1 is a very good beer and I have few complaints about it. However, it was made in a Belgian style and must be reviewed against its style, which happens to include some of the best beers in the world. The flavor and aroma have a nice but fairly generic spice character of black pepper and clove. The yeast is earthy but not spectacularly so. There are some sweet fruits in the mix. The feel is smooth with fine, relatively gentle bubbles. The alcohol is well-hidden. I have heard (maybe from marketing materials) this beer compared to a saison, and I'm going to disagree with that characterization. It's just a generic BSPA that has neither big flaws nor big character.

popery, May 27, 2009
Photo of degerbah
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with some sediment visible in the glass. Lots and lots of head, forcing me to wait untill it dies down before I can take a taste. As I wait, the head dies down, there is tremendous thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very fruity, almost smelling like cinnamon applesauce. The taste is very boozy with a slightly bitter yeasty taste. Too strong to be anything but a sipper, not really an exceptional beer, and I probably won't get it again.

degerbah, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes of a Recent Beer Tasting Party.

Someone brought teh Local 1 and Local 2 to teh beer tasting party that we have about once a quarter. The color was a golden cloudy with a lot of carbonation which led to good white head. There was not much smell other than hints of grain. The taste was quite nice fortified by clove and spice. The flavors are all well balanced even with the higher abv. The mouthfeel is hurt somewhat by the high abv. Overall a decent beer.

WoodBrew, May 29, 2011
Photo of JasonA
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Just the smell of this beer makes me giggly with anticipation. I like saison's a lot. If I see them out, I love to try them. I find them always well balanced and medium bodied. Very nice change of pace from my normal stout and barley wine love.

Pours a unfiltered wheaty puke yellow. Little light head, plenty oif lacing.

Smells unbelievable. Yeasty, lemon, citrus. Floral and I do get ABV in there. Needless to say Im excited.

Kinda bitter up front. Not hoppy, but bitter. It doesnt feel as balanced and full as it smells. The middle is boring, and the finish is somewhat alcohol biting. I wonder if this beer needs to sit, this is a fresh purchase. My guess is the Belgium ingedients make for this taste, definately not what Im used to.

Very nicely carbonated. Sits very well, nothing harsh here.

Overall disappointed. With the smell and pour I was ready for fireworks. It tastes more like a wheat than a typical saison. I know this one was brewed and bottled differently than most as with a Belgium twist, but overall for the style the taste didnt do it for me. I hope time will make this one better, or maybe this could be reclassified closer to a belgium pale (reminds me of Orval).

JasonA, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They advertise this beer being like a duvel, belgian strong pale ale but it's really not as good. However, when not compared to the sacred duvel, this is a pretty good beer that should perhaps be in other size bottles beside the 750 ml size. Would recommend with caution.

david18, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, 408 reviews as of thsi writing. I've seen this bottle aroudn for quite some time, but never got around to trying this until now. It looked good, tasted decent, but fell short for me. Definite belgian character, yeast notes, honey, candi sugars. Taste was too light for my preferences. I was hoping for something a bit more.

on a side note, hell of a bottle. the cork has multiple printings and the glass is done up with the breweries name in the mold.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of WhiteOak
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Hazy yellow, persistent foam.

S- Citrus, yeasty bread dough.

T- Light maltiness. Notes of orange. There is a notable and regretable shortfall of structure and body here.

M, D- A disappointing lack of substance, this brew comes across as thin and light. It is not thoroughly unpleasant, but it is not inspiring, and I don't consider it to be successful enough to drink again given the many other fine options available.

WhiteOak, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Litterbean
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong Saison, eh?

I'll admit, upon my first sip of this beer, I didn't think much of it. At first, it was too subtle for me, and only with great mental effort did I break out of this extreme, hoppy, High Gravity (110 Tribe, what!), souped-up beer mode in order to enjoy the subtle flavors of this brew.

Now granted, I'm not saying I had an epiphany and think this is the second coming. It's a good beer, I'll give it that. The smell has a slight sour-apple, boozy, grainy, yeast thing going on. It's a light smell, not overpower. A bit vinegary too.

The taste is a wee bit sweet at first, then the tartness sets in. The hops are herbal and grassy, with some graininess in the taste. Sugary sweetness dominates throughout. Alcohol heat comes through on the backend.

Mouthfeel is a little oily. Carbonation is light. All around it's a good beer, not greatly impressive to me, and I don't think I'm missing the point of the style. It just doesn't suit me incredibly well.

Litterbean, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling lemony gold with a generous amount of carbonation that settles down in short order. There are no visible yeast on the first pour, but they should make an appearance on the second or third. The high quality crown resembles whipped marshmallow, both in terms of color and texture. The bottle and the label look great, as does the beer itself.

I've seen Local 1 described as a BSPA (above), as a strong saison (by Garrett Oliver) and as a Belgian-inspired strong golden ale (on the Brooklyn website). Yeah, any one of those works according to the nose. Positives include golden orchard fruit and musky-herbal hops. Negatives include a lack of power, a lack of Belgian yeastiness and a little too much alcohol.

Local 1 tastes like a BSPA. I'm now into the middle of the bottle and am still waiting for the yeast to appear in the glass and on my tongue. A beer of this style without an appreciable bready yeastiness can only be so good. As in the nose, alcohol is slightly too prominent.

There are some excellent Belgian-style strong pale ales brewed by Americans. Too bad this isn't one of them. It's as if all of the requisite pieces are present, but they're only tasted as outlines, not filled in with something of substance and color. That's another way of saying that depth and complexity are lacking.

A Golden Delicious apple fruitiness combines with snappy pears, ground clove, zesty white pepper and alcohol. The sweetness is balanced by at least as much bitterness... and the whole thing is imbued with, again, a solvent-like alcoholicity that demands to be noticed each time beer hits buds. While it's tolerable, great beer never asks for concessions.

By this point, it isn't surprising that the mouthfeel is less than spectacular. It isn't bad, but it isn't even close to Belgianesque. More suppleness is needed, as is more creaminess and more volume. Oh well, bottle-conditioning is a crap shoot anyway.

Brooklyn Local 1 really isn't bad beer, it just isn't in the same area code as the world's best. Considering the price, I'd just as soon buy the Belgian BSPAs that make it to these shores. And the better American-brewed Belgian-style BSPAs. Thanks Sudsdog.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Aab1983
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%

Aab1983, Monday at 09:58 PM
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

tbryan5, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow crystal clear body with a huge swirl of micro bubbles coming off the etching in the glass. There is a thick creamy white head that last and last turning moussey after a bit.

S- The smell of perfumed yeast with a hint of bubble gum and some slight white sugar note in the background. There is a strong smell of club soda with a soft fresh mushroom quality but it is very light. The finish is a soft green hop hint.

T- There is a soft cotton candy taste to the pale malt with hints of bubble gum and yeast. The finish has a light noble hop flavor with a light woody pine note and a hint of lemon zest. There is very soft bitterness that hangs on for a second and when the beer warms a bit there is a peppery spice to the hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz finish.

D- This beer is light and crisp but a bit boring. The yeast characteristics were nice but it would be nice to have more depth is such a subtle beer. There was no notice of the alcohol which made this a very drinkable beer.

rhoadsrage, May 21, 2007
Photo of GRE680
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

GRE680, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of DerekCarruth
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

DerekCarruth, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

MarkJBurch, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of tabhill
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

tabhill, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

sansho, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of llamakinoodle
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

llamakinoodle, Aug 12, 2013
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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