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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,883 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 267 | 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:
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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Photo of LOCAL
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with big fluffy white head into my Duvel tulip.

Aroma: Sweet malts. Light, fruity esters, some faint spiciness.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. The sweet malt and yeast come through first followed by some sort of apple/plumb fruitiness. The spices in the nose are almost stronger there than they are in the taste. Perfect amount of spice for this saision.

Mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation and body, yet seems to stick to the tounge.

Overall: A solid brew. Light and refreshing. The beer is very balanced with no one flavor overpowering the other. For 9%abv the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of FreightTrain
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy light gold with a large but quickly dissipating head. A little bit of lacing.

S- Lemony citrus smell with a touch of nutty yeast.

T- Sugary, hot, some maltiness.

M- A bit thin, somewhat fizzy carbonation

There just wasn't a lot going on here, no complexity. Overall, I found this to be indistinct. The 9% ABV was also very apparent.

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours pale and cloudy with a two-finger frothy head.

s - Nice and yeasty with the slightest touch of alcohol beneath. Classic scent - no harm in keeping it straight and simple.

t - More classic belgian ale here. Slight sour finish with some alcohol. Only thing I could ask for is a slightly smoother aftertaste.

m - Thin body with a bit of syrupy coating. A little over-carbonated but you can probably move that range around depending on your pour style.

d - Solid drinkability. Just a smooth, classic Belgian. I'll be picking this one up again.

Update: Enjoyed my second bomber during the Superbowl and was glad I brought it. Ratings hold up.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say I really love the Local 1 bottle. It's extremely appealing and bears resemblance to a Westmalle bottle. Generally I don't care much for Brooklyn Brewery beers, but I found this one to be quite exceptional. In the glass it had a golden straw color with a small head. As others have mentioned, the scent is very fruit, it reminded me distinctly of apple cider. The carbonation is fairly high and the taste is quite malty and sweet. The finish is very mild, which makes this beer very drinkable even with its 9% alcohol content. A real crowd pleaser as well, my friends really enjoyed cracking open a bottle at our favorite bar and my husband and I picked up another bottle at Total Wine the next day.

Photo of MFS_71
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged bottle with no freshness date poured into a Duvel tulip.

2 fingers of really sticky, really white head sit atop a night faint, dim orange body. the head is really pretty sticky in the center, with a mound resisting breaking apart as a result of swirling. looks a little like dish water/bad cappuccino foam. pure white though. really nice beer.

smells of belgium at first, which given that its comprised of "yeast from Belgium" kind of explain the smell. but there is a noticeable hop-cleanliness that is also there. it's not so much an undertone of pine, just some smells of clarity and cleanliness, which are impossible to qualify. also some vanilla extract and some white chocolate which are fantastic.

a slight bit of pepper right off the bat which given the nose is a little off-putting. a little more pronounced, classic-hop taste is present as well, this time with a little bit of the pine/hop bitterness on the finish. but there is the sweetness there, don't get me wrong. some subtle orange peel characteristics are present along with some lime-sweet elements (think limeade- specifically, the ones from Dumars in Norfolk, VA if you have ever been there.)

it's a little carbonated in the mouthfeel. the midpalate has a little bit of uncomfortable carbonation and some residual hop bitterness. there is not a whole lot of body presence, it's a pretty smooth beer with a little bit of carbonation- it's a lot like a pilsner in that regard. there is not a whole lot of palate coating; it's a pretty thin body, but really smooth.

this beer is really good- for any alcohol percentage. this weighs in at 9% and you don't realize it when you're drinking it, at least in regards to the fact that there is not a lot about this beer that would lead you to believe it's as alcoholic as it is. but you eventually realize it's kind of boozy. which is perfect, since then you force yourself to slow down, and the beer warms a little bit, and it gets a little bit more complex.

this is a beer that's kind of interesting, given that's it's a lot dryer than a lot of saisons, and specifically, one saison. that garrett would make a beer like this is a little off-putting, until you remember that he loves hennepin (and uses it for a number of beer-cheese pairings) and hennepin is a sweet saison; so given his love of hennepin and the relative proximity of brooklyn and ommegang, it's easy to see how any saison he made would turn out like this; hennepin is a lot like other saisons only better, and garrett seems unable to make a bad beer. so we get local 1. i can't wait to drink this in the summer. something tells me this is a beer that will be an all-star come warmer weather. but even on nights that serve as a reminder of spring-yet-to-come its quality is not upon.

Photo of McDiddyPop
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 25.4 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass. It was a bright orange color with minimal haze and a nice, foamy white head that stayed throughout. No lacing on the glass, but the creamy appearance of the head was nice. It was a bit sweet to taste, with a lot of carbonation and very little in the aftertaste. It finished clean and left me wanting another sip. All in all, a very nice light brew good for sipping with a meal or on its own.

Photo of brushtachio
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden color with a thick creamy white head that held for a resonable time

S - Fruity nose with apple and citrus smells standing out. Faint floral fragrance. I find the smell very appealing although familar.

T- All the tastes hinted at in the nose are present with the apple flavors pushing forward to dominate the others. The finish brings some hops but it is slightly overpowered by the alcohol burn. As I got to the second half of the bottle, earthy, yeast hints crept in.

M - Dancing with carbonation, perhaps a little too much.

D - The 9% ABV is prominent, I'd probably look to pair this with food and stick to a single bottle.

Photo of noel2977
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Crazyale
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Chimay glass.

A: After the satisfying sound of popping the cork on the bottle, the bottle fills with bubbles. The pour yields a thick two finger head that looks like a solid layer of frosting atop the beer after a couple minutes. No bubbles are visible when viewed from above, and this now half-finger head appears to be going nowhere. The beer itself is an opaque golden orange with lots of bubbles. I almost hate to drink this beer, the appearance is so amazing.

S: Pleasant aroma of yeast, pleasant alcohol, spice and light fruitiness perfectly replicates a Belgian aroma.

T: A bit milder than expected based on the appearance and smell, but highly complex. Lightly spiced wheat with sugars that come out more and more as it warms, along with some light floral notes. Alcohol is not detectable at all except in the throat, and there is very little bitterness.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, but not quite to the level of a Saison. Mouthfeel is medium. The high carbonation gives the sweetness of the beer a little more of a dry finish than it might otherwise have.

I was really blown away by this one. I'd put it right up there with the greats such as Duvel.

Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm almost ready to say this is the best beer I've ever had. Seriously. A month ago I split a 750 ml bottle with two friends and REALLY liked it. So I splurged for an $80 case and I raced through it all by my lonesome in a little less then two weeks. I think about how good this beer is at work and can't wait to come home and drink it.

It looks great. Solid, almost hefe looking, but slightly more clear and lighter. It looks beautiful.

There is a solid smell of hops when drinking, but there is not too much hoppy taste. Being that I'm not a hop-head this is a very good thing. If Chouffe's Houblon is half way to hoppy, then Local 1 is 1/4 hoppy or maybe 1/3 hoppy. Zero complaints about taste or smell other then the first sip is not as good as subsequent sips which just keep getting better and better.

Local 1 is unbelievably drinkable, I don't want to stop! I seek out good food to temper and enhance drinking it!

For those of you out there complaining that Local 1 does not fit into a specific beer genre perfectly - STOP COMPLAINING and just love it for what it is. What is wrong with breaking out of the mold? Nothing, otherwise we would not be reading and writing about good beer and drinking fizzy yellow stuff.

Photo of sean05luvb
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Stizz19
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DPJ3322
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Sinatra716
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rel
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Hatshep18
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of GarrettBoots
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of csmit942
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of dpmacd
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MojoIRL
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Halcyon
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Bottle to Pint!

A: Wit beer cloudiness and color - yellow/orange. 1 inch head.

S: Smells like a Belgian wit beer, all oranges and bread.

T: Belgian wit - oranges, little pine, lemongrass.

F: Bubbles, but smooth finish

D: Interesting, but tasted a lot like Tripel Ale's I've had before. I was hoping for an Allagash Tripel Reserve like taste, but was left feeling like I had an average Belgian wit - nothing wrong with that just saying it wasn't what I expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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