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Brooklyn Local 1 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 114
Gots: 188 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours an almost clear, golden color. There was a fairly large white head on it that drops off quickly and didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma is light and sweet. Some notes of spices, yeast, and some lighter fruits. A bit of effervescence of the tongue. The taste is a bit peppery, yeasty, some very mild fruits. Interesting mix. Not the usual dark fruits found in strong Belgians. This one grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 22:17:55 | More by Boto
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought two bottles back in 07, so here is my review of the second bottle. Served on June 26, 2011 in Boone, NC.

Poured from the caged and corked bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a straw color with a large, white and pourous head. Loads of lacing with retention that lasts for days.

Yeasty, citric aroma. Really smells wonderful. The Belgian aspects seem to have mellowed a bit and everything seems more rounded and balanced with no pointed, glaring notices. Yeast, alcohol, bubblegum, lemon rinds.

Really well flavored. I certainly get that Belgian yeast flavor but there is a nice balance of hops and malt and every other flavor. Seems sweeter, which I dont like. The hops have certainly faded and everything is more rounded and muted, though every flavor has distinct characteristics and are all worthy of aplomb.

I cant say this beer deserves any higher rating based on age, but this beer has high points and low points based on age. I think I prefer the younger version with its pronounced hoppiness and crispness. The elder version is more mellow and is like my great grandma that used to sit in front of her wood-burning stove and stuff snuff into her mouth and have her little spit can by her side. She was a sweet old lady but was very set in her ways and was quite reluctant to adhere to change of any sort: I am sort of the same way. I like my beers fresh and potent. But, there is nothing wrong with sitting in front of your wood-burning stove for all eternity while your teeth and gums rot until your only form of communication is slobber, drool, and hand motions.

Pours from a 25.4oz, capped and corked bottle into a St Bernardus tulip glass. Emerges a bright golden color with a little bit of haze. A decent sized white head forms but disappears rather quickly leaving a nice film on top.

Aroma is yeasty and bready. Sweet candi sugar, fruity and mildly hoppy.

Flavor is fruity and sweet. Nice clove flavor and typical yeast flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are nice. Nearly full bodied and chewy with a nice clean, refreshing finish. My ears tingle from the warming effect, which is nice on this unseasonable cool day. Alcohol feel seems perfect for 9%.

Overall a nice beer from Brooklyn. I bought two, was going to age one but I think I will drink both fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 20:59:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy, white head that retains well leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Predominantly fruity, primarily bananas. There's also a bit of clove, pepper and grain.

Taste: Light fruity sweetness upfront that intensifies as banana flavors hit the palate. This is followed by a mildly peppery finish with a lingering mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high carbonation, creamy.

Drinkability: Though high in alcohol this comes off as very light and refreshing.

Overall: An excellent take on the style. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 04:02:02 | More by EPICAC
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured from a bomber into a nice big Dogfish Head snifter. Big, flufffy slightly off white head. Opaque golden color. They head settles down to a good finger thick layer. Very clingy. Awesome.

M = Big yeasty aroma. Lots of fruit, banana etc. Some clove. Some hot alcohol smell. Deep

T = Mellower than I had anticipated. Have to let this guy warm up a bit. Get a lot of banana up front. Warms up on the back end. Some metallic taste

M = Warm but not quite as filling as i anticipated

D = Drink it slow

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:12:05 | More by clegolfski
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of foamy, white head with good retention and some lace. The body is a crystal clear, golden orange.

S - Sweet, fruity/ malty aroma balanced by grassy hops and a bit of clove like phenols.

T - Spicy with notes of clove, vanilla, pepper, and lemon. Grassy, herbal hops come in towards the finish and are followed by a mild, lingering funk and some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body with high carbonation and an appropriate dryness.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Quite a bit of spice, but a bit less fruit than I would personally like; might benefit from some additional acidity.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 02:26:18 | More by nickfl
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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This year's Easter day beer...

A - A mammoth four plus fingers worth of air fluffy crisp off white head with a slight lemony colored tinge and comprised of oodles of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to full veil of mostly thick lacing... Stellar carbonation... Loaded with micro-bubbled moderated paced carbonation rising throughout... The color is a lively golden amber... Really a beautiful beer...

S - Bright citrus notes in the form of lemon zest and sweet oranges... Belgian yeast... Sweet golden raisins... A very light spiciness... Wonderful balance and complexity... Each whiff reveals a new and enticing dimension...

T - Lots of grassy notes to start... Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... Sweet golden raisins and white grapes... A light kiss of sweet citrus... A bright mix of lemon zest and Belgian yeast dominate the finish and linger for quite a while in a very appealing manner...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited prickly carbonation... Mostly dry throughout... Perhaps even a bit thin... Not bad by any means, but a bit of a let down when compared to the other facets of this fine brew...

D - An exceptional Belgian Strong Pale Ale... Other then a mouthfeel that only rises to the level of very good, everything else about this brew is excellent... One of the best American Interruptions of the style I've encountered... I can highly recommend and attest that I'll be indulging in this fine Brooklyn offering in the future...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 16:38:34 | More by philbe311
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Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into a tulip glass. Good initial head, and nice lacing on this. Beer is bright gold and crystal clear with a smooth steady carbonation.

S - love the strong yeasty aromas, lemony and bready, with hay and some farmhouse aspects, light toasty malts. Fresh bread, , apples, alround very balanced with some nuance.

T - initially a bit of malty sweetness, candy sugar sweetness. Pears!! with some bready toastiness, hay, full 'chewiness' of yeasty fruit, dry florals, some light banana, honey. alcohol gives some nuanced farmhouse and light spice aspects and is fairly understated actually - light pepper?, ending with a full dryness with a light yeasty and lemon profile. Enjoyable - and get the idea of going for an amped up saison style, works quite well, flavours are balanced and pair very nicely with each other.

M - very nice with a moderate body, smooth slightly aggressive carbonation, but hits the mark nicely. Very full and dry on finish and very drinkable for the strength to be sure.

Enjoyable to be sure, this is certainly a well crafted beer, but I didn't find it earthshattering - and maybe my expectations were a bit high going in. Very well balanced with a light farmhouse character and plenty of light pilsner malt, chewy toffee also on the finish. Great beer and well worth having, but wont be in my top ten for the style. I think I would prefer a more assertive flavour profile to match the abv, while this accomplishes a near graceful balance, to each their own I suppose, still very good! When I eventually got down towards the bottom, I added the sediment, which added some nice bite and spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:32:42 | More by mick303
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Big off-white head. Bit of haze to the deep golden body. Lacing adheres nicely to the glass.

Smell: Kind of reminds me of Stone 08.08.08. except with much lower bitterness. The aroma definitely gives it away as being a Belgian pale ale. Yeasty and wonderful.

Taste: Doughy yeast. A little bit of spicy hop bitterness. Herbal aftertaste. The German hops really go well with the Belgian yeast flavor.

Simply superb.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 14:00:15 | More by BierFan
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Knickerbocker in Altoona, PA

from notes:

A- 750 ml poured into two pints and split with a buddy. A lemon meringue gold type of color with a somewhat nice head. Very frothy like whipped cream.

S- a champagne tart type of smell. quite yeasty and a pepper and spice aroma.

T- Fruity and champagne. A nice complement. pepper spices and strong alcohol. some prominent malt flavors as well.

M- carbonated and alcohol.

D- With the abv it will knock you on your ass but it didnt go down as smoothly for me because i t had too much of a champagne type of taste. Not bad but a lil over the top.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:10:58 | More by Dodo2step
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip style glass. Good solid pop off the cork, came right out without much force needed.

Off the pour a very big but soap white head of large size. Body of the beers is a cloudy dark yellow lemon/orange appearance. Middle carbonation comes from the bottom like light chasing up a street lamp from the ground. Very impressive looking beer, love this dance of carbonation on the bottom. Not much lacing but always leaves a good sized ring and top.

Simple sweet yeast expected for this style, some faint floral notes. Small hints of lemon peel/zest but no musty or barnyard like notes though.

Taste is champagne crispy with fizzy qualities of sparkling wine. Front forward palate, "brut" style finish sense but just a hint of bread dough on tasting when swallowing. There's even a faint hint of ginger taste. This is truly a wine drinker and specifically a sparkling wine/champagne persons beer. Some small hints of aluminum like metals on the swallow.

This is a great food pairing beer, and has lots of applications for that. Even on its own to drink it's very refreshing. However, this isn't an anytime beer for me of this style but is still a real well done product.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 17:09:18 | More by smakawhat
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours gold with a hint of orange, somewhat opaque/not clear; good head with lacing although head dissipates

S: Caramel, fruit (grape, apple), alcohol, spices

T: an alcoholic flavor in the beginning, dissipates into fruity apple-like flavors, some caramel sweetness, finishes with a clovy spicy taste. not much hop character of note, although sweetness is well-balanced.

M: light in body for this abv, carbonation about average but low for a belgian style, although this probably allows the flavors to come out more.

D: a very flavorful beer with good balance and feel, although alcohol character makes this a light drinker. Enjoy this like you would a tripel or golden strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 23:44:02 | More by joeysmokedporter
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New Jersey

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

Poured from bottle into Maudite snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger and a half of foam that is retained nicely and results in some interesting lacing.

Smell: Spices, clove, banana,slight sugar and yeast.

Taste: Candied fruit, banana, spices and a slight yeast taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and rather refreshing for a 9% Strong Ale. Very nice brew.

Drinkability: A beer that I often pass up, but for $7-8 at the local Whole Foods, this will be in regular rotation in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 00:54:35 | More by Axic10
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a creamy 1-2 finger head (got a 1 finger head on the first pour, a 2 finger on the second.) Good lacing all the way down.

Smells was of sweet light colored fruits, peaches and pairs mainly. A little bit of alcohol and a littler bit of citrus.

Taste was excellent, very well rounded beer that had a nice peach taste to it (but not like a lambic, just a nice smooth peach on the top) that finished very cleanly. No taste of alcohol whatsoever. The citrus that showed up in the nose did not make it to the mouth.

Mouthfeel was smooth do to the fairly high carbonation associated with the style. It was not high enough to effect drinkability at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 12:46:55 | More by mullenite
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear perfect gold color with a sticky bright white head that leaves lacing and a collar. Very intriguing aroma of interesting sweet aromatics (left over from the sugar, I assume) along with some earthy hop notes and a slightly oxidized (after some time warming up in the glass) pearish smell. On the palate, huge carbonation and a touch of that Mauritian sugar, followed by substantial hop bitterness and raw alcohol. Some spiciness comes out at the finish (tastes like a yeast byproduct, not added spices), which is quite dry and long. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation, with some hoppy acidity but also some residual sugar making for a medium body. The mouthfeel is what places this somewhere between a dry saison and a thicker, sweeter Belgian golden ale. Overall, this is quite an interesting brew, sitting as it does between two famous and important styles. It will be interesting to see how this brew ages, but for right now it combines some of the better characteristics of each style without sacrificing much in the way of flavor or mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 03:51:27 | More by geexploitation
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the very attractive Brooklyn 750 into a Brooklyn tulip. Lots of foamy white head sits atop a cloudy golden yellow beer. Lacing is thin but present.

Smell is quite fruity. Lots of banana with some coriander spice. A second sip reveals some pale malt. Some lemon as well is making me think saison based on smell alone. On to the flavor....

Taste follows smell, but with some of the classic belgian yeast flavor coming through as well. Plenty of fruit, with a nice light bready maltiness as well. Overall flavor is a little weak compared to smell, but still very good. The lemon in the nose comes through on the tongue as well confirming this as more saison than any other style. Alcohol is present and treads the edge of being overpowering perfectly.

This beer is highly carbonated leading to a very effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is dry but some residual sweetness is left on the palate making for a nice sipping beer on a warm summer day. Overall a beer that walks the line of being a strong pale or a saison quite well. I'll have to agree with Mr. oliver though, strong saison is a perfect descriptor.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 23:32:50 | More by dciBA
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades slowly, with sporadic white lacing. Aroma is strong pale malts coupled with lots of sparkly spices. Taste follows the nose, with the sweetness coming back in the end, fading into hearty alcohol character. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability a bit limited by the alcohol, maybe could blend in a bit better. Overall a very nicely constructed brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 01:05:04 | More by ppoitras
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: slightly cloudy, light orange/peach color. thick, fluffy head with great retention.
s: honey, nutmeg, spring flowers, banana
t: a bit too much alcohol. honey, spices, malty backbone. slight bitterness
m: thinner than expected. nice carbonation. smooth finish.
d: pretty tough to drink not as crisp as I was expecting. the beer is good, but not something I can drink a lot of

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:07:27 | More by tosshin
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

Huge fluffy white head takes over the glass. What appears after the head takeover is a light golden brew. Head remains dense and leaves lacing on the glass.

Fruit esters hit the nose first. Orange, pineapple, lemon, mingle with various spices. Yeast and caramel are also present.

This is very well balanced. Spicy yeast and fruit start off and remain until the middle. Then, plenty of caramel and malt come in to balance this off. Alcohol is well masked for 9%, but provides some warmth.

Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

This is one of my favorite Belgian style US beers. The balance and carbonation are done extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 18:39:43 | More by fatmcb1
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden yellow with a big 4 finger white bubbly head. Leaves some big soapy lacing.

Smell-Big time Coriander aroma along with some black pepper, tropical fruits, and citrus. Possibly some apple in there too. Extremely inviting.

Taste-I get some sweet apple in the forefront that gets a little bit lost in the high carbonation. On the backend alot of spice and citrus and some yeast. A little funky taste in there too, can't wrap my head around it. Very refreshing though.

EDIT:I'm very close to giving this beer a 4.5 for taste. It's REALLY good.

Mouthfeel-The high carbonation cleanses the palate but interferes slightly with the taste. Full bodied with some slight booziness.

Overall-I would say this is a great beer to drink in between two BIG beers to cleanse the palate but this is a pretty damn BIG beer. I'm halfway through and can feel it. Overall a great and nicely balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:15:46 | More by SWMeyer4141
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a prodigious head that literally sheets the chalice with lacing

Smell: Spicy, with herbal coriander and clove aromatics dominating; white pepper and green apple underneath

Taste: Starts out with a peppery, yeasty flavor that builds in the spicy aromatic dimension of coriander and clove by mid-palate; candi sugar, banana and green apple tones also forge their way into the mix; after the swallow, there is a balsa wood element that dominates but does not overwhelm the other flavors; grassy and bitter Germanic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I respect it but I don't love it; for a Belgian, it is just a bit too grassy and spicy for me

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 00:35:04 | More by brentk56
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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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South Carolina

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

I brought this over to my dads house to celebrate the birth of his new puppies. It poured creamy and left a real nice foamy head that really didnt go away. It had a dark rich golden color. Very complex taste with a soft smooth mouthfeel. Left a great after taste just begging you to drink more. Pretty easy to drink and an all around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 09:41:36 | More by Garzan72
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of two souvenirs brought back from a recent trip to New York. I bought it from Good Beer NYC.

Pours bright gold with thick, foamy white head three fingers thick that lasted quite a while. The aroma consists of the familiar Belgian yeastiness, along with fruit and a hint of sweetness. Upon tasting I was surprised to find it light and crisp - more so than most Belgians I'm used to, but fitting the appearance and aroma. I found it to also have a lightly sweet character with no real hop character. The beer had a light body matching the aroma and taste. Finishes dry but not too dry with noticeable alcohol.

Overall this is a very refreshing Belgian that is surprisingly strong. Not overly complex, but very solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:01:01 | More by vmdominguez
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour at the Flying Saucer Tri-Beer tasting served in a tulip glass a crisp straw yellow with a decent head that diminished to a thin layer. Aroma is slight sweet fruits with citrus and spice. The taste is sweet fruits and citrus malts with loads of spice in the finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 02:34:38 | More by atsprings
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very thankful to get this One. Had it ordered in and many thanks to the Andersons of Lima for they worked very hard, just for one case. They called and worked thru e-mail with Brooklyn directly.

It pours very nice! Golden, good carbonation, a nice maintaining white head and a good lace trace to follow.

The aroma just flowers around the glass. tropical fruit, citric of grapefruit and orange peel.

The taste is complex. Tropical fruit like sweet pineapple, citric orange and grapefruit. Grains hold this medium bodied brew at bay. Some hop and a surprise of mild but warming alcohol at the finish.

The mouth feels soft, rather yeasty, alittle dry.

Drinkability, yes, complex in taste but very smooth and a real taste of quality.
Brooklyn, knowing where and who this beer comes from, a sence of trust or knowing this is the way this beer should be. A standard has now been set.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 16:15:55 | More by chilidog
Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.