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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 136
Gots: 246 | 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 foodie9791
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dbatch
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, a vigorous pour, with a creamy yellow/gold color with about two fingers of thick foam that dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves no lacing at all..

Aromas of bubble gum and banana are strong but not overwhelming, with a wheaty hop smell which is quite nice.

Taste is sweet and fruity, with a bubble gum flavor follow up. A little alcohol flavor is in there as well, but not too strong. But its well noted on the way down, it does warm the chest a little bit. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, the carbonation warms the tongue. I'll be finishing mine tonight, since its open and all.

Photo of Bugsey
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the first sip, I thought this was a tripel, not a strong pale ale. Honey colored with a light foam, and a yeasty banana spice scent.

Alcohol is pretty high, but there is no burn. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, reminding me of pear juice. Taste is wonderful, creamy, clean, tangy.

Overall this is a wonderful bear, but at 9% ABV, boy I wish it came in smaller bottles.

Photo of CoreyCramer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dtrain4
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GarrettBoots
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of matt20102
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from bottle into goblet glass at refrigerator. From the first pour it is obvious that this is world class beer. It pours with a huge, slowly-dissipating head which is about as thick as a beer can have. The aroma is faintly of the trademark 'raw sugar' with a subtle noble hop presence. For such a flavorful beer, the aroma is surprisingly subtle. The flavor is similarly subtle with malt and raw sugar presiding over noble hops. This would be an uneventful beer were it not for the fact that it is, well, about as perfect as you can expect to find. The closest competition is Duvel and they are evenly matched. This is highly recommended. The 5-star rating was long pondered; it is not given lightly. The truth is that, after finishing the whole bottle, I cannot find fault.

Photo of TranceTF
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Tibs
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of deldad
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of EliottJW
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good looking american belgian. drinks more like a white than a strong pale... so I feel like I may be reviewing it as one... but it's still a great beer.

pours light, HUGE stark white head into a bulbous tulip. cloudy and more than appealing.

smells like straight sugar more than anything else. estery to an extent... bananas and mild red apple... and a bit wet? I don't know where the wet comes in... but I wanna say "wet".

sweet and mild on the tongue. mild malts and a TOUCH hot, but the alcohol is very well masked.

mouth feel's nice. light but not TOO light. this is the one poit that's indicative of the "pale" title that's come with this beer. it's a light/medium body that's totally manageable.

this beer is beyond drinkable. While it's not my absolute favorite, I definitely enjoy it and could drink tons of the stuff... especially if it weren't 9% abv.

Photo of onewetpaw
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Molasses and rich burnt sugar. Minimal spice and vague clove.

A- Medium golden with a mild haze. Thick two to three finger head in the tulip glass that persists. Mild lacing along the glass as well.

F- There's lots of things going on here. I taste rich molasses and almost Trickle type flavors initially. After that I get some interesting esters reminding me of raisins. Minimal alcohol warming is there, but incredibly well hidden given the ABV.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Its almost puckering with the level of dryness.

O- A beautiful beer with rich flavors and lots going on. Less fruity than the local 2 and a really, really nice beer. The best thing I've tasted from Brooklyn, by far.

Photo of hubster712
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of grantino9
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bapplebaum
1.75/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of herrlybird
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Joe_Duvel
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TheBeerDog
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of PalmettoPyrat
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MrMaestoso
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of _--TAD--_
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of cdpike
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne bottle poured into over-sized wine glass.

Pours a nice pretty golden with just a touch of haze and tons of very tight, very fine foam. Nose is a nice piny, citrusy, spicy Belgian character--a generally Belgian aroma but definitely a bit of that dryish, bready German essence. Mouthfeel is very light for the 9% abv, and there's also a robust, scrubbing-bubbles type of carbonation. Taste is definitely something different--slight citrus spiciness with a distinct dry bite. Hard to put my finger on what else is in there, but I suspect it's the German and Belgian elements mingling. Very cool beer and a great substitute for a dry white wine with dinner. I really liked this one!

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.