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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,748
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 121
Gots: 208 | FT: 4
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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 bminor7

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

25.4 oz from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY.

Brooklyn calls it a 'belgian-inspired strong golden ale'...accurate description. This beer is more like a harsher version of La Chouffe Houblon.

I wish I took a step outside when I took this cork off...I can't remember the last time I heard a pop like this. Serious carbonation with a liberal pour, which settles down nicely, leaving patches of lacing. Smells of spice, banana, orange. Once the beer settles down it clears up to a lightly murky yellow like a pilsner. Tastes like a tripel with a boost of hops. The 9% appears in the aftertaste along with a sort of Strega-like bitterness.

Plenty of carbonation, which is somewhat convenient considering how long these bottles typically take to finish. The last glass will still have a nice level of carbonation, and the taste actually improves with time and warming - the carbonation on the tongue doesn't take away from it anymore.

I recommend. Not my first BSPA but certainly demonstrates the diversity of this style.

09-04-2009 01:22:24 | More by bminor7
Photo of Lambstrong


2.98/5  rDev -28%

Appearance: Very pale, sandy color. Lots of carbonation bubble rising to the top. Thick white foamy head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma: Subtle spiciness. Banana esters, cloves are present.

Taste: Spices are very upfront. I detected cinnamon, cloves and menthol. Really, menthol. Slight liquorish aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly highly carbonated. Just too much. The beer does settle down after a while. I would recommend letting the beer sit for about 20 minutes before you pick it up.

09-03-2009 03:54:46 | More by Lambstrong
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer is light yellow and cloudy. Nice white head, thick at first but falls back, remains as a thin head that nearly covers the top of the glass. Carbonation is steady and small. Aroma is good, yeasty and sweet. A very attractive beer. Taste is a little bitter, surprisingly. It is sweet and a little dry as well. There is yeast character in the beer but it is very drinkable. Overall a good beer. highly recommend it.

09-03-2009 03:53:18 | More by drabmuh
Photo of BeanBone


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Wow, what a gusher! Despite a week of sitting still in the fridge, after carefully removing the cork from the bottle the beer starting flowing out of the bottle like champagne within seconds. In fact, a few minutes after pouring the first portion, a two inch tower of dense foam snaked out of the bottle and softly floated down to the table. It's alive! Once you finally corral the beer into a glass, a beautifully hazy apricot-orange body is revealed. Up top, a massive cap of off-white head fades slowly and leaves great lacing. Local 1 puts on quite the show, even before you've raised the glass to your nose.

Aroma: Clearly a Belgian-style beer, the nose is a mix of golden fruit, a bouquet of spices, bubblegum-like yeast, earthy hops, and some nice alcohol.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma: leafy and earthy hops, mild bubblegum, golden fruit, cloves, coriander, peppery phenols, and bready yeast all over a pale malt backbone. The alcohol is masked beautifully. Fruity and yeasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with great carbonation and a drying finish. Just a hint of burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is certainly a beer to be savored, but it's hardly a task to polish off a glass or two.

Verdict: To be perfectly frank, after sampling a few of Brooklyn's more mainstream beers, I was starting to wonder what all the fuss was about. But after a bottle of Local 1, I wonder no more. This is, without a doubt, one of the very best Belgian-style American beers I've tried yet.

08-31-2009 00:33:52 | More by BeanBone
Photo of stakem


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

As soon as I unwound the wire mesh, the bottle nearly popped the cork by itself.

Pours a partially clowdy straw yellow, slightly orange color. Straight out the bottle has a huge white head that dissolves back into a thin film across the top of the beverage. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Nose has a bit of yeast and slight citrus aroma, picking up some other spices on the backend as well. Taste has a pleasant malty sweetness and citrus followed by the yeast and minimal bitterness. Has a warming finish as expected with the 9 abv along with some slight hop bitterness. Very easy drinking and the high carbination makes this one have quite a lighter mouthfeel.

08-30-2009 01:55:52 | More by stakem
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer pours a great initial head and glorious lacing with a cloudy golden color.

The smell is ridiculously high in cloves. Some fruity esters come through with a little bit of hay, but golly the cloves are strong in this one.

The taste is very clovey, some minimal banana comes out as the beer warms. Some spiciness begins to emerge as well.

This beer is highly carbonated to make up for the dryness and alcohol bite.

I think that this beer is good for what the brewer intended, but the yeast strain used is much to clovey for my liking.

08-27-2009 18:36:39 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

After passing this on the shelf about 1000 times, finally picked one up last week...

Poured a surprisingly clear gold color, with 3F worth of soapy bubbles, and some visible carbonation.

Nose full of green apple, burly-strong yeast, and somne whole wheat bread as it warms.

Well rounded/smooth hoppy bitterness, atypical Belgian yeast and spices in the flavor, with a fair amount of grassy funk - taste is more reminiscent of a Saison than a BSPA, but it's a darn fine balance of flavors, nonetheless.

Terrific carbonation, yet smooth MF - much more so than expected.

Quite drinkable - whether you consider it a BSPA or Saison, it's just a really nice beer, that I would gladly drop some coin on a case of.

08-23-2009 18:14:26 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of hoplover82


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a white creamy medium head that has great retention and leaves pretty good lacing.

S-The aroma has a lot of fruity, clovy esthers. Very spicy. Very yeasty.

T-Lots of sweet spicy cloves up front, and some esthery fruity yeast in the finish.

M-This beer has a big body and finishes dry and leaves a nice bitter note that lasts forever.

D-I felt like drinking a whole bottle of this, but I knew that would not go well so I didn't.

08-20-2009 03:39:28 | More by hoplover82
Photo of bamadog


4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a solid straw color with some very strong peachy highlights; comes with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head with crazy retention that is a bit dry and sticky and leaves a very full and thick curtain of lacing down the sides of the glass; body is cloudy and shows strong carbonation bubbling up throughout in straight lines of very tiny bubbles that come non-stop.

Smell: Wonderful -- yeasty and sweet smooth fruity esters coming out (a bit of apple); just a little grainy and there is a slight presence of alcohol in the far back of the nose.

Taste: Taste is a little more subdued that I would have suspected and has a bit of a hoppy bitterness to it that I definitely wasn't thinking would be there; the yeast is very potent in the flavor and the bitterness from the hops slightly overpowers the tart fruitiness; alcohol is pretty well masked; as the drink warms there is a mild spicy aspect of corriander that makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation that is just about right - not sharp, but definitely potent; mouth is left tingly, slightly sticky and dry; mouth and belly are left warm from the presence of alcohol.

Drinkability: I'm really enjoying it, but I do wish the hops were a bit more subdued and the fruitiness had more of a presence. Beyond that, it's a very solid offering from Brooklyn and I'm glad I finally drank this one. I'm sure there will be more of this purchased in the future.

08-18-2009 01:41:08 | More by bamadog
Photo of apbarwood


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance- Hazy golden color with a voluminous white head.

Smell- Dry apple and pear with a trace of a citrus note.

Taste- A consistent malty flavor lurking in the background with a nice blend of fruity flavors (apple, pears, and maybe some orange peel) opening followed by a spiciness that opens up on the palate with cloves and maybe some nutmeg. Ends with a nice clipped hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light and bubbly, almost champagne-like, but not the most carbonated beer ever. Truly refreshing at any rate.

Drinkability- This is a beautiful beer, delicate and beautifully balanced that goes down with ease. I drank the first glass by itself and the second pour I had with a seasoned, roasted chicken. It was nice on its own but absolutely sensational with the chicken. Definitely one to have with a nice meal particularly lighter fare.

08-17-2009 21:09:52 | More by apbarwood
Photo of glid02


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a rocky two-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a medium-sized layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pears, dried apricots, Belgian candi sugar, and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A sweet malt backbone is enhanced with sugar-coated pears with hints of green apples. Midway through the sip a light spiciness pervades the flavor profile, with hints of clove and lighter hints of pepper. The ending is crisp and leaves light fruit flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quite easily and could have another.

Overall I was again very impressed with a Belgian offering from Brooklyn. I don't think this neatly falls into any category but it remains well worth a shot.

08-16-2009 21:36:17 | More by glid02
Photo of generallee

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1%

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 0719 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The pour produced an average sized (two finger thick) head with a creamy off white color. The head slowly fades down to small ring of slick lace. Underneath the head is a light golden honey colored liquid with a hazy appearance and streams of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

Smell: The aroma is full of fruity, estery yeast, sweet malts and some light, funky phenolic notes.

Taste/Mouth: Up front it has candy like sweetness with light tropical fruit notes, some pear, apple, and light malt as well as some funky phenolic notes. In the middle it starts to dry a little and we add some mild warming alcohol and mild spicy/leafy hops to its malty character. It finishes much dryer than it started but still with some residual sweetness mixed into mild hop notes. The palate is full and lively with plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall good appearance, flavor and a fun lively palate make this an enjoyable beverage.

08-07-2009 15:59:45 | More by generallee
Photo of theghost3


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Pours a hazy golden with a ridiculous frothy, 3-finger head, part of which stays throughout. Lots of lacing.

The smell is mainly sweet malts, vanilla and bubble gum, but all scents are subtle. Taste is strong on apple vinegar, lemon & faint malts. Mouthfeel is crisp.

This is an excellent beer that covers up the ABV until the tail end.

08-02-2009 04:14:07 | More by theghost3
Photo of juhl31


3.85/5  rDev -7%

here comes the cocktail napkin review in your face

-foggy apple, white head

-shitty apple (aka red apple)

-sweet Belgian, alcohol through the back end that sits in your throat for awhile

-taste (not sure?), alcohol melts on your tongue and sits. pretty decent carb feel

-not bad for a 9% as soon as it filters through your mouth, you want more

07-25-2009 04:55:44 | More by juhl31
Photo of EliottJW


4.1/5  rDev -1%

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.

07-25-2009 04:43:25 | More by EliottJW
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

07-21-2009 23:22:04 | More by david18
Photo of Cylinsier


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

From a 75 cl.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a thick white head that comes down slowly.

Smells of fresh grains and quality malts. A bit of a honey sweetness to it.

Tastes malty and a bit citrusy, like lemon. Also honey and the aforementioned fresh grains. A bit of alcohol taste rounds it out.

The mouthfeel is full and sudsy.

Fantastic! This is a really got beer in the Belgian strong pale ale variety. Trippel fans will also like it. Holds up very well against anything truly from Belgium and I will look for it again.

07-21-2009 22:28:36 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of KarlHungus


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is star anise, coriander, cloves, and a mild yeasty funk. It is fragrant, and rather complex. But there is something about it, probably the plethora of anise, that just doesn't click with me. The taste is more funky than the aroma, with the anise more subdued. The coriander and clove are strong. I like this beer's flavor a little more than the aroma, but it still seems odd for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It is not bad just odd. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, I can tell you if a beer is crafted with quality, and if I like. But, sometimes they aren't the same answer. This beer was most certainly crafted with quality, and I'm sure there are many people out there who would thoroughly enjoy it. However, I do not. That is not to say that I dislike it, I just dislike this interpretation of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

07-19-2009 23:22:53 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of NewGeneric


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Had this a while back but took notes. Poured a pal golden color with foamy white head that faded somewhat slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of malt, yeast, fruit, and spices. Tasted of fruit, spice, yeast, light hops, and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbed and left the tongue with a slightly bitter feeling. I definitely enjoyed the big bottle.

07-18-2009 20:50:37 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to sanatar for opening this one up and sharing it with friends.

Three fingers of gorgeous white, frothy head. A hazy, light golden hue is really inviting. Wonderful retention and some fluffy lacing on the tulip. Aromas are heavy in an amalgamation of ripe fruits. Flavors are wheat and spice, and incredibly fruity. A medium body and crisp mouthfeel add to the wonders of this refreshing beer. I really look forward to drinking a bottle of this one again.

07-18-2009 04:16:41 | More by washburnkid
Photo of cdpike


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

07-18-2009 01:13:08 | More by cdpike
Photo of clvand0


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a tall head that hangs around for a while and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me of a witbier - banana, clove, spice, and citrus. The flavor is very nice. Has a very nice spice character to go along with the citrus and clove flavors. Yeasty flavors are nice. The body is medium and it is quite refreshing at 9%. Nice brew.

07-13-2009 02:48:10 | More by clvand0
Photo of rapidsequence


3.45/5  rDev -16.7%

Nice corked and caged 750. I was so excited to find this at my grocery store.

Appearance: Light yellow-orange with a little haze. What a head! Thick poofy white thing that sticks around for a few minutes.

Smell: Can something smell dry? This does. You can tell from the smell its a belgian-style though. Yeastiness and spice. Tart fruit smell. Like apples or grapes. Like a bready smelling champagne.

Taste: Yeah. Dry. Really dry. Much less bread in the taste than the smell. Nice spiciness and tart fruit. Alcohol. More alcohol. I can't get the idea of champagne out of my head, but I wish I could. It finishes nice and sweet though. The finish is actually way better than the way it tastes up front.

Mouthfeel: Its nice, really. Highly carbonated so that its all tingly. Very smooth and creamy, but finishes nice and dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: Man. I really wanted to like this more. Its fine, I guess. Interesting, and I'm glad I had it. I hate to pan something from a brewery that I really like when they branch out to do something new but its just nowhere near as good as many other BSPAs. Its also not cheap. At all. Nine bucks for my 750. You can buy a 4 pack of Pranqster from North Coast for that which is better in my opinion. Overall, a solid attempt from the guys at Brooklyn which is good, but falls a little short. I hope to try the Local 2 soon (I guess I already tried it at a beer festival, but I don't "remember" it for some reason).

07-13-2009 01:42:26 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of malcontent


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

Hazy, honey-hued brew with a perfect two fingers of ultra-stable head. Lacing is thick and even, perfectly coating the glass' walls.

Grassy, hay-like malt, peppery spice and some powdery esters...honeysuckle finish. Smells awfully close to perfection.

Soft clove and bubblegum like a hefe but with and unmistakable Belgian malt body framed by candied orange peel, honey and apricots. There's even a noble hop kick right before the semisweet, clean finish. Yeah, I'm a big fan of this one.

Effervescent yet controlled with a perfect body. The alcohol is only slightly detectable and it's dastardly drinkable for a Belgian strong. Worth the wait.

07-11-2009 03:16:55 | More by malcontent
Photo of myost88


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a straw golden color with a fluffy white head. Head sticks around for a while. Leaves patchy white lacing.

Smell: Smell is very complex. The first thing I think of is banana. Followed by lemons and some spices. Prominent clove smell, and maybe cinnamon. Whatever hops are in this beer are masked in the smell

Taste: Lemon and spices are first. Hops are much more prominent in the taste than in the smell. Nice biscuity malt to go with the hops. Grainy flavor at the back of the tongue. I will say that the cloves and peppery spices are very very strong in this beer. Lot's of different flavors coming together here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit on the heavy side for a Pale. Carbonation is very high. Dry, almost like white wine.

Drinkability: I think this is a spring beer if I ever saw one. A bit heavy for the summer, but too light for the fall. Not really a session beer, but you can kill the 750 with no problem.

Overall: I think this beer would be an excellent beer to serve to all your wine drinking friends. In fact I think it's very similar to a dry white wine. A good beer to serve with salad or a nice cheese plate.

07-08-2009 03:22:17 | More by myost88
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