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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,701 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,701
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 114
Gots: 186 | FT: 3
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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.

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adamette

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from my 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby hills batch 3408 into my Brewery Ommegang Hennepin silver rimmed glass (in honor of Garrett Oliver classifying it as a strong Saison which I will review it as).

A Generous meringue like egg white head that lingers for several minutes over a minimally cloudy straw golden yellow body with carbonation rising from below. Lacing is present but not extreme. Very nice look.

S A pleasing Saison like spicy aspect with a nice sweetness (not from strong malt or sugar but almost a sweetness derived from the particular grains used in the beer. Very interesting and inviting smell.

T The nice light sweetness and grainy spicing carries right over into the taste. Very pleasing and the ABV is hidden very well IMO.

M Lighter than other saisons to the feel, wet like a thin beer but a tickle of spicing and some ABV feel comes through to beef up the feel. It overall has a light to moderate feel. I think that it lacks the classic smoothness of other saisons, a quality that I appreciate in a saison. For that reason I give it a 2.5 here.

D Good. I finished the entire bottle (about two of my Hennepin glasses) without trouble at all for this lightly sweet with spices beer. Watch out for this one whose ABV can sneek up on you without warning.

Notes: I can imagine having this alone or at the dinner table.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 05:03:14 | More by adamette
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml purchased at the local package store.

The appearance is a nice golden tone with a two finger head upon pouring into a tulip glass, the head disappeared not too long after. The smell is alcohol foremost, faint fruit too.
The taste is better, similar to other good strong pale ales, is reminiscent of some of the belgians producers of this style in general. The mouthfeel is fairly light, some sweetness, with a tang of the strongness of this style thrown into the mix. Drinkability is good...I like this beer quite a bit, and for $9, I am quite happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:57:36 | More by mltobin
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CpnYates

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it was the beautiful bottle, maybe it was the hype from this site, maybe it was because my NCAA brackets are falling apart. But I feel like I was let down by this offering from Brooklyn.

The pour was average, but the head 1 finger at best dissapated quickly. There was some impressive bubble dancing to the top after each poor though, and the golden wheat color was on par with others of this style. It was the smell and the taste that left something to be desired however. It seems as though there is little going on besides the alchol. The burn seems to linger inapropriately for a 9.00 abv beer and is way to present in the nose. None of the subtiltle fruit tones I get in a Duvel. I gave the drinkability a 2.5 due to the bordem induced after more than one poor and the lack of complexity. This beer was worth trying, but not something I'd seek again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:40:13 | More by CpnYates
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jwjon1

Delaware

2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Belgian strong ale indeed... the heat in this one totally threw me for a loop and was all in all very unpleasant. Even let this one sit overnight in the fridge, and despite extra air time and cooled state, all I could get was alcohol in the finish. Not my cup of tea, which is a bummer as I was really looking forward to this.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 23:15:21 | More by jwjon1
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in the 80's BIF from Jw347. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a golden, straw yellow. After a vigorous pour, produced a pillowy white head with wonderful lacing. Tons of carbonated bubbles shot up from the bottom of the glass. Quite a spectacle.

S- Subtle honey sweetness with coriander. Also had a distinct belgian yeast scent that carried as an undertone.

T- As the beer warmed, the subtleties really came out. Had a mellowed out honey taste with various spices. Also had a distinct yeast flavor that blended quite nicely with the rest of the beer. Finished with a nice, sweet tone.

M- Medium to light bodied with tons of carbonation. Leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable. The 9% abv cannot even be detected after couple of glasses.

Overall, a very nice brew. Another quality brew from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 21:16:17 | More by rhinos00
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.15/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Locate Juan? There he is! Pours a mostly cloudy amber color with a light brownish orange hue. A fizzy white head with some staying power. After some time did hide to the edge of the glass but was able to bring back with a swirl. Ok lacing through out the tasting.

The nose was a bit off. Some off malt notes up front but not very distinct. Some bready notes with a light nutty note that I associate with Victory malt. Some noticeable off notes. Some butyric and DMS. Some goaty and funk in there as well. I would call it more of an infection than anything else. Some yeasty aroma but nothing that really confirms being a Belgian beer.

The taste is a bit more distinct but still some off notes. To start there is a light bready note with more of a pale ale base. Some caramel/toffee notes but limited. A odd funk that I picked out from the nose. More of butyric aroma but has a definite metallic/coiny taste to it. Some yeast notes but again nothing particularly noticeable for a Belgian character. Some minor alcohol and esters but mostly clean. Some pineapples and cloves with some hints of figs. Some carbonic bite that off set the finish a bit. Very strange.

The body was moderate. Some warming from the alcohol. The carbonation was high even for style. Overall some really strange off notes and limited malt and Belgian character really leaves me wanting more. Not exactly a drain pour but close.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 23:04:01 | More by Oxymoron
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle served in my New Belgium Globe Glass. Batch 3028 indicated on the back label. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a torrent of tiny bubbles effervescing from the nucleation point in the well of the bowl. Three inch bright white head sizzled and popped as it slowly dissipated leaving behind cloud-like formations of lacing in its wake. Nose suggests coriander, belgian yeast, candi sugar and perhaps a hint of anise, some light fruity esters and a kiss of booze at the back. Taste follows nose on this one - great complexity. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied; tingly carbonation with no burn, a little bit of tartness at the finish. By far one of my favorite belgian strong pale ales - easy drinking, accessible and reasonable priced. Another top notch brew from Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:20:20 | More by Jwale73
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. back label has possible batch number of "3318". poured into tulip.

clear golden straw with honey amber tones. large 3- or 4-finger head slowly fades to thin layer. good lacing. hazy with yeast on later pours.

fruity and spicy aroma, with apple, pear, and hint of citrus, then pepper, hint of clove, and parsley. bready malts underneath. grassy, herbal hop note. faint alcohol and moderate phenols.

palate is a decent balance of toasted bready malt, ripe pears and champagne, quickly met by spicy phenols and herbal, grassy hops with a moderate, crisp bitterness. phenols get a little bold towards the finish, but never distract.

smooth, with faint resins in the finish. moderate yet slightly prickly carbonation is fluffy. later pours with yeast haze are actually creamy.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 09:14:20 | More by tai4ji2x
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droomyster

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even laying its awesome bottle aside, this is an beautiful looking beer. I poured it as gently as possible into a white wine glass and had barely filled it one third of the way up with liquid before the foam shot up and filled and the other two thirds. It is a very clear gold with several jets of fine carbonation bubbles jetting up to join the foam. Smell is remiscent of a Saison. Strong notes of sour apple, freshy fruity ethers, and a bit of yeast. The warm alcohol vapors were strong enough on the palate to make my ears pop. What I said about the aromas applies doubly to the taste except that its sweeter than the nose suggested and is also slightly spicy. This is a good beer but not better than its main Belgian predecessors.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 04:05:11 | More by droomyster
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden colored with a slight haze. I imagine the haze will increase as I get down into the bottle more. A large 1 - 1 1/2 inch head forms with some decent retention. A thick cap remains. Some lace.

S - Huge hit of fruit on the nose. Bananas, apples, and perhaps a hint of something tropical (lychee or pineapple maybe?) are immediately noticable. There's also waves of honey, biscuits, and light phenols with notes of cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. One of the best descriptors I can put on the aroma is a cross between a hefeweizen and a saison.

T - Well, Local 1 is one of those beers that simply blows me away with it's amazing taste. Pretty much in line with the nose, although this has some time to develop on the palate and is much less fleeting than other Belgian brews. Sweet stone fruits roll over the tongue early on. Banana, apple, and tropical notes from the nose are noted a long with a few other flavors, namely peaches and nectarines. The sweetness subsides a little and delves into biscuit and honey mid palate. Unobtrusive pale malt leads into the phenolic properties of Local 1 with big notes of clove. Secondary similar flavors appear indistinctly somewhere between sweet spice and peppercorns. Late palate reveals a quick medicinal bitterness though a lingering sweetness remains. Fleeting and barely noticable alcohol presence. Overall the finish is quite clean.

M - Solid medium body with high carbonation. Although the taste was magnificient, I feel that a small reduction in carbonation would be an improvement as with most Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

D - Local 1 is practically chuggable. The alcohol is completely hidden amongst a myriad of flavors. I'm usually not a fan of the big bottles when it comes to styles like this but every sip of this has been a delight. Certainly the best I've had of the style and easily in the ranks with my top 10 favorite beers. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 06:58:07 | More by PatrickJR
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a massive billowy white head with ample lacing over a hazy golden yellow.

S- Nice apple, peach, hay, grassiness, fantastic yeast notes, bits of banana and glove, a tiny hint of alcohol.

T- Nice yeastiness, great banana/clove, green apple skins, soem grassiness, touch of earth (minerals), barnyard. Finishes with a bit of apple, clove and the tiniest hint of cherry on the super long finish.

M- Low carb, great finish.

D- Amazingly drinkable, especially given the ABV of 9%.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:51:18 | More by Greggy
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HeyItsChili

China

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a caged/corked bottle into an oversized wine glass. Just normally oversized, not comically so. Nothing zany. Pours cloudy golden with a foamy white head with some staying power.

S - Fruity, wheat, yeast, faint spices.

T - Apricot, pear and sugary-citrus fruity, wheaty, yeast present, hops and a warm alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 14:26:49 | More by HeyItsChili
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KraegerB

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 1 Pint 9.4 Fluid Oz. brown bottle with cork.

Appearance - cloud golden/redish brown with off white, thick frothy head that slowly dissipates and leave decent lacing.

Smell - nice mixture of spice aromas and a delicate hint of hops

Taste - Complex blend of spices and hops, I personally think that Delirium Tremens has a nicer balance but this is still nice and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - nice medium body with a nice amount of carbonation

Drinkability - It was a nice complex beer that I felt fit the style nicely I would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 00:49:27 | More by KraegerB
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Keith238

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW

Honey colored and slightly hazy poured into a wine glass. Head dissipates quickly into tight lacing. Hints of honey and apricots in both the smell and taste. Slightly biscuity and yet enough astringency from the alcohol to clean and not strip the palate. Very well balanced and well described by the brewer as a strong saison.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:40:35 | More by Keith238
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cleeze

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful golden hue. Little haze to it. Nice frothy white head that disappeared to show some decent lacing.

Smells very fruity. Deffinatly appricots. Smells light, crisp with a little yeast.

The smell was a great pre view of what this brew is all about. Again appricot fruitiness meshing well with the yeast back bone. Might be a little to complex for my sick palate. I'm so glad I'm still sitting on one for a rainy day.

mouthfeel was crisp and the drinkability is no suprise that it's high. This brew is damn tasty. I might have to go stock up on a few more

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 17:10:42 | More by cleeze
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GeeL

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750 ml bottle into pilsner glasses. Served chilled, let come to room temp over time.

Appearance: pale yellow with hint of orange. Mostly clear, slight cloudiness. Light foamy head that laced nicely over time and helped retain the nose/smell. Looked effervescent, not as many bubbles as sparkling wine, but plenty of bubbles. Typical for a Belgian style.

Smell: made my mouth water. Been drinking heavier beers lately, this smelled light, fruity with a hint of citrus, some yeastiness like bread dough but not as pungent as brewer's yeast can be, some hops rounded it out.

Taste: very light but lots of flavor. Tasted very much like it smelled. Initial flavor was fruity, but not too much so. Was mellowed out by the yeast flavor. Hops on the back end kept it from being too sweet and rounded it out nicely. I really like this beer. I could easiliy have drank too much of it. I think I had a hint of pepper in there somewhere as well. The alcohol was 'hot', but not too much so. Just enough to remind you it's there.

Mouthfeel: Was smoother than expected. An initial 'sting' from the carbonation, but quickly dissipated.

Drinkability: very, very drinkable. This would go very well chilled on a hot day or slightly warmer in the winter. As it warmed up, some characteristics started coming out: spices and such, but not over the top. Also, the alcohol became more apparent.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:24:22 | More by GeeL
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ATPete

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged

Pours a transparent golden yellow/orange color with a medium sized white head that dies down to a sturdy 1/4 in net across the top of the brew. Sweet nose, apricot, peach, biscuit-like yeast and quality pale malt. Fruity more than anything, i remember this beer being much more like a Belgian style Golden Ale or Tripel, more like a Corsendonk Abbey Pale, this definitely reminds me more of a Belgian style pale ale, sweeter, fruity and definitely more "American" in nature. Great drinkability all the same, would go excellent with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 23:12:25 | More by ATPete
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Frosthazard

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a copita.

A - slightly hazy champagne color,carbonation rises beautifully from the bottom of the glass, seems very carbonated
nice head with dense bubbles that slowly decrease leaving no lacing.

S - "floral" citrusy melon, a little yeast, complex pepper and biscuits

T - a little bitter, not as sweet as I thought it would be, a little hops, a hint of warm alcohol. Apricot with almost a hint of lemon/citrus. Very delicious and well balanced.

M - not as carbonated as it looked after first pouring it but still a little tingly feel. aftertaste is very pleasant

D - Upon first trying this beer- I thought to myself "this is a well made beer" I echo that thought here.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 22:25:41 | More by Frosthazard
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale, cloudy yellow gold. Pours bubbly, like champagne, with a lot of white head. It becomes creamy, latte like as it settles. Good retention and nice lacing.

Orange, some light pepper and yeast to the nose from the bottle, before the pour. Dough and sparkling citrus drink. Dark wheat and multi-fruit tang. A sharp whiff tucked away within the aroma at the end, a very slight bit of capsaicin spice.

Light biscuit malt start - with the yeast quality, white bread as the taste develops. Fruity - orange and more. White bread, dusty yeast. A slight dash of white pepper. As it warms you detect more and more spice - all of them complimentary, none of them overwhelming. I was also happy to notice a nice hop presence. Finishes clean, if maybe a slight bit dry due to alcohol.

Medium bodied, creamy. The CO2 - of which there is a bevy - is not very prickly at all. Also a hint of bread to the feel.

A very nice spin on a strong Belgian pale, with a few saison characteristics, as Mr. Oliver noted. I must say, having previously met Oliver at a festival that featured this beer, it is better in larger than sample quantities and warmer than an iced bottle. I was not a huge fan of it when I had it at that festival, but felt an urge to review it ahead of the release of Local #2.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:03:45 | More by TheMistler
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UDbeernut

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into snifter

A: nice golden color, nice foamy head with good retention

S: sweet biscuity malt, belgian yeast

T: nice buiscut malt flavor. Alcohol is noticable as it warms, also warming

M&d: chewy syruoy mouth, slightly drying. Over all very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:43:58 | More by UDbeernut
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jmw141

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Armored Car of a bottle here. You could drop this thing from a ten-story building and not have it shatter. I read once that this bottle is a work of art and I agree. Poured into a smallish snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with a huge frothy white head that doesn't go anywhere. Bubbles rushing every which way. Excellent lacing. There aren't just lace rings, this thing is leaving CHUNKS of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Sour/sweet candy aroma right as you pop the cork, citrus, red grapes, malt, banana esters linger. It is begging me to drink it, but I don't want my lips to ruin this perfect head of foam just yet. One more whiff...So complex.

T: Sweet malt flavor up front, yeasty, fruity (tangerine), and a tad sour. Delicate finish reminds me of Hennepin, but not as bitter.

M: Medium bodied. For 9% it really doesn't show up. Just a slight tingle of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for 9% abv. I do not think the 750ml is going to be enough! I should have gotten more when I had the chance. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:32:03 | More by jmw141
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, grapefruit color, with a deep and dense off-white head that slowly fades and leaves a thin lace all around. The aroma is a bit more subdued than expected, but some light fruits (pomegranate and pineapple), yeast, a bit of brettanomyces, and some slight phenols exist. The taste is a bit more bold and complex, with some more light fruits (including sour apples), yeast, spice, sugar and butterscotch. It goes down fairly silky and a bit dry, with a medium to heavy mouth-feel. The alcohol is well hidden, and it's quite drinkable despite it's 11.0%.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 23:18:09 | More by stephens101
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grahambo

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass the beer is bright gold with a think white head that sticks around until the very end.

S: The beer has a definite yeast character in the scent, Belgian for sure but also with some element of a Hefe yeast. Notes of bananas, cloves, citrus fruit, a faint malt smell and a note of alcohol.

T: This beer is much more balanced than I would have expected from the smell. There is a nice malt (pilsner) flavor that offsets the yeast and the citrusy hops. Starts a little harsh with the yeast but finishes very smooth like a pils.

M: Thick for the style with a very high level of carbonation that contributes to the clean finish.

D: At 9% ABV this is a beer to be shared for sure. Mostly because a person could certainly drink the whole bottle on their own. I've had this beer a few times now and it pairs incredibly well with roast chicken and curry dishes. Truly a great beer and I can't wait for Local 2.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 19:44:21 | More by grahambo
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Hokies

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Their is a huge massive white head with a tremendous lace on the glass. The color is orange and gold and deeply hazy.

The aroma is filled with the Belgian yeast, sugar, fruit, esters and spices. Very nice just not that much in the way of hops.

Very spicy with strong sugar notes and some light fruit flavors of banana and some cloves too. Their is a strong alcohol presence as the beer warms. The taste gets better as the beer warms as the sugars make more of a presence and the hops lend a dryness at the end.

Not my favorite style but this is a good example of bspa.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:04:35 | More by Hokies
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml corked & caged bottle (2628) into a pilsener glass. Brooklyn sure makes some classy-looking bottles--this thing could stand alone as a piece of art!

Pours a vibrant golden hue, crystal clear with torrents of carbonation streaming upward to supply a well-retained pillow of white head. Excellent retention and above-average lacing. The aroma is subtle, yet intricate, with spicy yeast esters, some floral hops, and a clean malt profile. Hints of green apple and mango fruits linger in the background.

Brooklyn Brewery rarely disappoints with respect to flavor, and Local 1 is no exception. Crisp, never-astringent hop bitterness dances across the palate, balancing perfectly with a sweet crystal malt and white sugar note. Could stand to have a bit more complexity in the yeast department, but still a fantastic-tasting brew. The body is well-carbonated and lively on the tongue, while the hops kick in to add a nice bitter bite to the finish. Somewhat slick, smooth body with a medium consistency. Looking forward to the rest of my bottle, but at $8.99 for 500 ml, I might opt for a cheaper Belgian Pale if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 04:48:25 | More by wagenvolks
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,701 ratings.