Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 896
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 136
Gots: 253 | FT: 6
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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 Ig0r
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

During the pour, the head effervesces rapidly from large bubbles, lingers a bit, and then disappears nearly completely. The color is an opaque straw with a small flowery smell.

The taste starts out with a thin feel and a little flavor; there's some honey-like sweetness with some maltiness. After a bit of time the high alcohol content is apparent. There's a slight hoppy finish that doesn't leave anything behind.

It's a thin drink with almost no aftertaste; overall light and refreshing. Nothing about the flavor is overpowering; it has a good balance.

Photo of Patrick999
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta review these while they are still fresh in my mind. Had several glasses at the Brooklyn dinner in North Miami, 4/11.

Served in a goblet, the head was as billowing and enticing as any Belgian. Well-laced down the sides of the glass.

Aroma - I noted a very appealing cinnamon and nutmeg over a base Duvel-like nose.

Taste - Well-spiced and alcohol well-hidden, it's a more-than-credible Belgian. As good as any you might find from one of the masters.

Feel - Perfect. Right amount of priming sugar makes this effervescent but not overbearing.

Drinkability - I very nearly drank too much of this during the reception. Very easy to put back, a real winner.

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

Thanks pugman for this one.

Hazy golden with a voluminous white head, good retention and lacing.
Aroma is yeasty, bready, fruity and fresh, with prominent citric and bready notes, along with some spicy, almost salty nuances.
Medium bodied, with well hidden alcohol and a lively carbonation, it is very easy to drink and refres

Photo of chris19571978
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter. Great light golden color. Lots of head and some nice lacing. Nice smell of apples (red delicious) Grapefruit and some sourness as well as some sweetness. No doubt from the sugar cane. I've heard a lot about this beer so i was excited to try it. I did like it but found it lacking in the complexity department .Maybe it was all that hype. Over all it was a good beer. Nothing like the real thing though. Sorry. I would definitely buy it again though. It was also a tad watery for my taste.

Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown corked and caged bottle, purchased at Party Town, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light grapefruit rind yellow with some Belgian cloudiness. Not quite a finger worth of pearly white forms and falls fast to a skim. A few wisps of lacing.

S: Lots of yeasty esters, fruity, lightly spicy. A small touch of banana. Very fragrant.

T/M: Very spicy with some assertive bitterness. Hops control that and continue with some lemony notes. Yeast helps with the spices. Malts are light on the tongue and add light butter and nutty notes. A hop and yeast tag team pop in at the end with a spicy, juicy finish - dry. Body is light and crisp with loads of carbonation. Further warming and consumptions leads to a pleasantly warm belly.

D: Tasty and approachable. 9% is surprising until toward the end of the bottle. Normally wouldn't pair it with thick home made burgers but it fit the bill.

Photo of Avryle
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy gold in color with a billowy white head. very attractive.

S- Citrus, & herbs... kinda like a bathroom spray but not artificially intense. :)

T- Malt & citrus. Flavors very similar to the nose.

M- Crisp and clean. The alcohol is hidden well. Leaves a lingering bitterness in the throat.

D- Unique to the style. Unfortunately this style is not my thing.

Photo of david131
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy golden in color with a moderate white head that is very creamy looking. Very appealing.

S- Citrus, fruity, herbal, flowery... good, but pretty standard for the style. Doesn't blow me away but it is well done.

T- Crisp and smooth flavors the same as the aroma. The alcohol is well hidden. Very well done.

M- Creamy and clean with the alcohol being hidden pretty well.

D- A very good example for the style. I don't think I would have ever guessed this was made by an American brewer. This is not extraordinary, but it is very enjoyable.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight murky orange with a two finger fluffy white head. The smell is of sweet apples, pears with a slight funk and some peppery spice. The taste is the same as the smell. There are slightly sweet fruits with a funkyness spice at the finish. The carbonation blends well with the flavors which makes this a smooth yet somewhat dry beverage with amazing drinkability. The weather is getting warmer and the light belgian style beers fit in so well.

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

Lovely corked bottle here, prominently displaying the number 1. Tulip glass. Pours a wonderful amber haze, with a sustained off-white head, plenty of full lace down the side. Aroma is strong on the fruits: pear, apple, citrus, green grapes. Appetising, and slightly salty, with hints of caramel malting. Little alcohol detectable. Even better is the taste, which is opposite of how I normally experience these styles. Lovely burst of fruit, but never oversweet or sugary. Balance is the buzzword here: exceptional. Comes close to the complexity of some Belgians. Light but significant mouthfeel, just as it should be. Drinkability is almost flawless. This goes down beautifully. A fantastic beer from Brooklyn. Don't pass it up.

Photo of dyingwrist
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter glass. About a centimeter of head from a gentle pour with little to no lacing while drinking. Pale orange color like those 25 cents plastic barrel artificial orange drink. Gentle nose of apples, pears, and spices. Cloves maybe? Light and easy body with a good amount of carbonation. Initially fruity and floral when it hits the palate. Even outs with some sweetness and ends with a nice bitter taste and feel. Pretty good drink, just doesn't make me go wow, this is good.

Photo of cbn
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, pale straw body, abundant effervesence, large white head makes an audible retreat, leaving a thin cap and minimal lacing.

Aromas of cedar wood ,dry cardamom, a light honey sweetness, sour yeastiness, and a faint butter-scotch end-note.

Sweet and sour, warm and dry, a light spicyness, alcohol end-note.

Medium mouthfeel, sweet and slick body counter-balanced by lightly scrubbing carbonation.

Drinkability ; " I drank two of these while writing this review and I feel fine".

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml caged cork bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow color, small carbonation bubbles rising inside. the head formed about 2 fingers thick with decent retention.

Aroma: Citrus hops, lemony, along with some pale malts in the bckground.

Taste: Whoa, there's a lot going on here. Some cloves up front along with some candied sugar. The hops are slightly bitter, but more lemon than anything, and take over in the middle. The finish is preceded by a punch of carbonation, once that clears it's a combination of grainy malts and some more citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, very smooth and crisp. You feel the alcohol more than taste it. For a 9% abv beer the alcohol is hidden quite well.

Overall: An excellent Belgian style beer. Highly recommended to everyone.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Local 1 pours a golden straw color with a slight haziness. The egg shell colored head tops off the brew and retains well.

Smells of hay, grass and lemon citrus. There's also a slight hint of clove and pepper.

Begins tasting with a slight mustiness and moves towards a light citrus flavor. Finishes with a splash of spice and alcohol. As it warms the Saison influence that Garrett Oliver speaks of becomes more noticeable and the horse blanket funk it very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is that of typical Belgian quality no doubt due to the cane sugar from Mauritius. Highly drinkable. I enjoyed the closer it was to room temperature. Straddles the Saison and Belgian Strong Pale Ale styles smartly.

Photo of mellocello2003
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I started drinking this and all I could think was "oooh! lemon!" There's not much more to this beer. It's simple, balanced, nice, refreshing.

A - pours a hazy yellowish orange with thick thoamy head and lacing.

S - just slight hints of yeast and lemon.

T - starts off with a refreshing whallop of lemon and hints of something creamy. Nice balanced finish that diminishes quickly.

M - creamy and delicious.

D - hits you without you realizing it. Well done.

Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy straw color with thin white head. It smelled like wild yeast and lemon hops. It had a bold, tart flavor of apricots with a hint of cinnamon. It was watery and carbonated with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall this was decent, similar to a Belgian tripel.

Photo of sjohansen
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The presentation of Local 1 is fantastic. Even pre-pour. The bottles are especially distinctive. Get a nice 2 finger fluffy white head from a slow pour. The brew has a color of golden straw, cloudy almost to the point of completely opaque. Shows good lacing throughout the session.

Nose contains some yeast, but is mostly sweet fruit and brown sugar. Peppery alcohol and a slight astringency as it warms.

Fruity; apple and apricot on the front. Carbonation clears the palate with a dry finish leaving you looking for the next sip. As it warms, the alcohol jumps out a little peppery, but overall the 9% blends nicely with the complex tastes and full mouthfeel of the brew.

This is one is a twist on Belgian that I'll definitely search out again.

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

I got bottles in trade with nutbrown & yobdoog. Thanks Alan & Trevor!

This pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle a slightly hazy gold with a 1 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

The smell is all spicy and fruity with some clove, pepper, yeast, and a touch of banana. Nice.

The taste is very smooth drinking for the alcohol but it's packed with flavour. First thing I notice is the spice from clove and pepper followed by a nice yeasty presence and some banana(very light) and a bit of candy sugar.
I like the finish here as it has a slight citric kick to it making for a very pleasing aftertaste and some nice balance. I really can't say that the abv is obvious at all and that makes for some great drinkability.

It has a light mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is medium. I like sipping on this BSPA and I'm very glad I have another bottle. Well worth the effort to get some so please, do so. ;^)

Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brilliant gold resides below a bellowing cloud. good lacing

the aroma is floral and full of lemon zest. some sweetness of the pilsner variety.

ooh...flavorful. the malt, hop and yeast all offer their own punch. hops: mostly bitter, but some spice
malt: lagermalt sweetness
yeast: it's pretty yeasty. spicy, and way yeasty

there's some tartness in there

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled march 17/08.

pours deep golden yellow with just a touch of haze. a small white head forms, dropping quickly to a ring of dense bubbles around the glass.

aroma is great. smells like somewhere between a belgian pale and a saison. slightly perfumey floral hops. orange peel. corriander. maybe a touch of clove. white bread and crackers. bit of alcohol. very fresh. this really makes me think of summer and biegaman's annual summer saison tasting. fresh and vibrant.

taste is great too. medium-low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. corriander and a touch of clove again. orange peel. fresh floral hops. bread and cracker malts. touch of grain.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. nice balance. restrained but pleasant spicing. great light malt profile. very fresh and vibrant. really liked this one and will definitely pick up another bottle (or two) the next time i see it.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed pale straw /peach color, almost two fingers of rocky white head atop. They fall back readily, speckling the glass with dots of lace.

Aroma - I didn't get much. Light yeast, a vague fruitiness that could be mango.

Taste - light and delicate grain, almost unassuming at first. A little pounce of alcohol upon the palate and then the fun begins. Spicy clove, light fruitiness, some phenolics hit at mid-palate to swallow and are fairly intense. A good little hop bite at the end gives the balance the beer practically doesn't need, it's just that tasty. The finish is warm, slightly dry but still reminiscent of the fruit and yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel - very crisp and champagne like.

Drinkability - delicious. Despite the abv, this is an easy one to just keep going on.

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

Poured a nice golden orange color with a thick rocky head.

Smells of rich fruit with a touch of flowers in the background. But overall earthy and malty sweet.

This is a fairly well balanced beer. Clearly more belgian as the malt is the main attraction. The touch of hops remind you that it is american made. But it is rich fruity up front, like over ripe pears and honey.

Good beer. I drank the bottle and would've had more. For a rich beer it had great drinkability.

Would buy again

Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a murky pale golden orange color with a lot of tiny bubbles ascending to the top to support a creamy white head that possesses awesome retention and lacing qualities. The aroma features fruity malts, spices and floral hops. The taste is malt and fruity esters up front with some earthy hops and yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall, this is a solid attempt at a Belgian style brew from Brooklyn that is highly recommended. I have been disappointed with most of the Brooklyn lineup, but this is definitely my favorite beer from the Brooklyn Brewery lineup.

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

This bottle was numbered "1377", purchased about 4-5 months ago. I'm not an advocate of aging pale ales of any variety, but this was "gently" aged in my basement and now I'm finally trying it in Delirium Tremens glasses.

The appearance is crystal clear, golden straw colored, lots of wet white foam on top. The aroma is really good, sweet and malty, sort of similar to some actual Belgian pale ales like Barbar or Petrus Blonde. The taste is also good, sweet malts and a hint of hops bitterness, some yeasty spiciness but also a little phenol flavor. Overall very good, very drinkable for the ABV.

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

I poured a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a large mug. I received this bottle in a great trade with bonezx86 (my virgin trade!).

A: It poured a perfect golden colored body that generated a steady stream of baby bubbles and a massive three finger bone white head. The head receded to a light cover and ring around the collar and a dense clingy lacing.

S: It had a pleasant aroma of bananas, cloves and yeasty white bread. Well balanced smells that were pleasant and refreshing.

T: This is a masterfull hits on all the important points. Its got a creamy, sweet white fruit profile complemented by white spices (cloves and white pepper), as well as a hints of citrusy flavors.

M: It was a creamy, medium body with sweet and refreshing start, a zesty carbonation and hop presence and a clean finish.

D: Very enjoyable. Almost a cross bread BSPA, BPA and heffeweizen. Refreshing and easy to drink. This stands up well with the top BSPAs.

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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