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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 147
Gots: 289 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: akorsak on 02-18-2007

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.
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Ratings: 1,911 | Reviews: 909
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly straightforward Belgian style by a US brewer. With some sugar. Yeast, quite secondary spice, a bit lemoney, cinammony and pineappley. Strong carbonation. Middle mouthfeel and some honey consistency. Drinkable although nothing extraordinary. Lacey. Aroma of yeast and grassy hop.
Same rating 6 weeks later.
Two and a third years later yeasty and tasty drinkable stuff, much better mouthfeel.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a three finger high head that has very good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of candi sugar, fruit esters, herbal hops, spices and yeast fill the nose, along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the nose and relatively complex, consisting of flavors of black pepper, candi sugar, cloves, pale malts and yeast. The finish has a moderate amount of lingering bitterness
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. Dryness is also present in the finish.
D: The amount of bitterness, dryness and spices makes this a beer that can only be slowly sipped.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a prodigious head that literally sheets the chalice with lacing

Smell: Spicy, with herbal coriander and clove aromatics dominating; white pepper and green apple underneath

Taste: Starts out with a peppery, yeasty flavor that builds in the spicy aromatic dimension of coriander and clove by mid-palate; candi sugar, banana and green apple tones also forge their way into the mix; after the swallow, there is a balsa wood element that dominates but does not overwhelm the other flavors; grassy and bitter Germanic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I respect it but I don't love it; for a Belgian, it is just a bit too grassy and spicy for me

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn pushes, and pushes, and pushes into the culture of Belgium brewing with the "Local" series that is done in unique authenticity or not at all. This in one of the two that they have done masterfully well.

Upon the pour, the beer erupts with a cloudy haze of what's froth and what's beer. But after its canary yellow liquid situates just below the billowing ivory white foam, the beer settles in with a light yeasty appearance of gold and straw. And with authentic aesthetics, the foam proves long-lasting and the lace is intricate and persistent.

Very peppery and fruit at the onset, the strong pilsner malt influence delivers an earth-sweet scent that's candy-ish, bready and pleasantly grainy. Vibrant fruit, earthy hops and high peppery spice plays on the nose, edging ever so close to saison-status.

Its focus on flavor resides with the malts first and foremost. Bread, grain, and confectioner's sugar settles onto the palate just before the honey-like floral taste comes in with bee pollen, hop piney spice, and yeasty phenols- pepper, coriander, and clove all do part in the beer's balance against its sweetness for a strong finish of wine, cork-like wood, and damp hay. Light tropical fruit further seduces the palate with hints of mango and apricot.

Medium in body, the beer's sheer enormity might make you think heavier. But despite its large, biscuity hop bill, the dry taste leads to dry texture and the sweetness is short lived- all leaving the finish somewhat postponed and rewarding with even-keel alcohol warmth, honey sweetness, and spicy prickle.

The beer's sweet/warm interplay makes is best suited for the same interplay in food. I simply can't wait to pair this beer with Pad Thai or other sweet and spicy cuisine.

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2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candy with some pears and apricot and some sweet malt is somewhat reminiscent of some of the Trappists. Taste is surprisingly not that well balance with a mix between the candy like sweetness and some dry fruits with sweetness just getting to be gross at the end. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I really wanted to like this and I am glad I had the opportunity to try this but I thought the flavour really clash and were not properly balanced.

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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a hazy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and yeasty, has a bit of citrus in there too. The taste of the beer is floral and hoppy. There is an aftertaste of bread in there. The mouthfeel is light even for the strength of the brew, it leave a dry feel in the mouth after each sip. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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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.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is unreal, and a steal for under 9 bucks. the pour is a little hazy, sunny yellow, with over an inch of thick white head that lasts the whole glass and leaves a fine lacing. the nose is a little saisony, lots of belgian yeast, and not as sweet as i would have thought with the sugar listed. theres something grassy and outdoorsy about this, lovely. the flavor reminds me a lot of the sorachi ace, but with some different hops. its got the same champaigney yeast vibe and belgian essence. balanced as anything, not too sugary, not too hoppy, just a near perfect golden ale with a little summer thrown in. this brings me somewhere far away from my upstate new york kitchen in december. effervescent carbonation and a light but not watery body. creamy feel in the mouth, invisible alcohol. this blew my mind, and is up there with sorachi ace as some of brooklyns best work. i cant wait to get this again, the culinary matchings are endless as well. what a quality brew!

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I finally decided to pick up a bottle of Local 1. Now it was not like I was boycotting or anything, far from it. It was just that I had only seen in up in Ashville for like 12-15 a bottle which I thought was a tad bit much for it. Come to see now that it has come down to 10.00, but that is neither here nor there, as we have finally arrived and it is on the shelves pretty much everywhere in South Carolina, or at least the upstate for 7-9 bucks, that I will take. So in my travels today I had gone and stocked up on numerous items at Greens, and this being one of them. The bottle gave me the impression of a firehouse or a firefighter theme, don't know if it was intentional, but very classy and well done for sure. Big freakin bottle by the way. I have my fridge sheleves set for a 750, and this wouldnt fit, just by about a half inch. Anyway, onto the beer.

Poured a pale golden yellow, very clear and lighter then what I would have thought and that suprised me a bit. I figured that the big black bottle would hold something a little darker, but it was cool. Lots of carbonation, bubbles rippling up from the bottom of the tulip glass formed a nice two inch white frothy, sudsy like head. This quickly faded and left behind a a quarter inch layer of fizzy lace that lasted all the way until the end of the glass. No real lace on the sides though, as I would not expect it from this. Had a very light quality about it. Overall it looked pretty decent, not very thick, but pretty decent looking.

So for the smell, first impression was very fruity. Lots of notes of bananas mixed in with a bit of peach or pear. Nice strong aroma, you did not have to go searching around for this one like you do on soem others. A good bit of spice was also playing around in there, maybe some clove or nutmeg, correander. Very yeasty on the nose as well, bread aromas were easily evident from the beginning. Overall great smel. Very lively and easy to enjoy. Very light feeling, seemed like a summerish or at least warm weather type of blend of aromas, nothing that would be soo heavy as to not really be able to enjoy. No real pickup of alcohol on the aroma, which again is nice, seems to be blended out very well.

So now for the taste, first impression was rtemarkably smooth. Great carbonation gave it that silky, lighter then air, just gliding over the tongue type of feel. The fizz could still be felt on your tongue for a good few minutes after word. Not heavy at all. A slight warming from the alcohol, but hardly noticeable, and very well blended out. Lots of flavors here. Peaches, pears, banana, plum or verry well blended. Good use of lots of different flavors to give this a different feel then some others I have tried. A light fruity yeast flavor was dominant, not a earthy heavy flavor at all. This was very nice. Long lingering taste, this stayed with me for a good long while after I had taken my last sip. Overall great flavor profile and I really enjoyed what they have done. A very light tasting belgian. If I didnt know better I would say t was in the class with a complex tasting single ale. Very well done as for flavors and feel. Easily drinkable all night, and not even put into the class of having to be a sipper, very well crafter, flavor profile shows.

Overall I would have to say this was very well done. Definatly worth a try and you can tell much time was spent on the production of it. Not too heavy and the alcohol really is well hidden. A more then decent offering and a good one to grab a bottle of for sure.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to haningj2 for sending me this bottle in a trade recently.

For those that haven't this one before: watch out when you open it. Luckily I had it pointed away from me, but I loosened the cage and removed it. About one second after doing so, the cork flew out of the bottle and smashed into the wall.

A: A cloudy pale golden color with a very fluffy white head.

S: Banana, clove, yeast, mild hops.

T: A honey like sweetness, ester fruitiness, cloves, a nice hoppy finish that is mildly bitter. The yeast flavor is not as present as is typical for Belgian yeast strains.

M: Nice dry mouthfeel, quite solid in terms of body.

D: A very different beer, good flavors and mouthfeel. Glad to have tried this one.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a rich deep golden color with fluffy one finger head that slowly dissipates into a creamy mass leaving streaks of lace behind.Belgian yeast imparting some phenolic aromas as well as some herbal and floral hop notes with an underlying mineral quality to it,wow what a nice creamy mouthfeel full but it glides down with ease.A real central European hop profile in my mind on the palate quite herbal with some grassiness and hints of citrus the Belgian yeast shows itself with gentle phenolic and tropical fruit tones.I liked it much more than I thought I would its very well made and way to easy to drink,well done.

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3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a slightly hazed, golden-orange body with a tall, foaming, white head.

Smell: Pils malt wrapped in perfumy floral notes and wafting trails of sinus-clearing alcohol mixed with humble hints of banana, spice, and canned pears.

Taste: Confectioners' sugar on the tip of the tongue for a forwardly sweet start, with a smooth taste of pils malt. An upfront bite of alcohol surpasses subtler fruity elements of banana, lemon, and pear. Light hop notes, relatively low bitterness. Pops of coriander and peppercorn here and there. Sweetish, warm, raw finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I had tried this years ago when it was first release. I didn't like it. I thought I'd give'er another shot in 2012. I didn't like it.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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