Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Local 1Brooklyn Local 1

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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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Photo of aeminter
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw to honey gold, slight haze, thick white foamy head
S - Light fruit esters, spicy, and a hint of bubble gum
T - Slightly citrusy, hints of pear and melon with some hop bitterness in the finish.
M - Effervescent and refreshing, but there is definitely a solid alcohol presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Wesley_Legg
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dciBA
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of hyland24
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice corked bomber.

A- Poured a hazy orange gold with a white foam 1 inch head.

S- Malty fruity apricot banana smell with slight floral hints mixed with alcohol.

T- Hoppy bite with sweet fruit hints similar to the taste. Fairly strong alcohol taste.

MF&D- Crisp and dry. Leaves the mouth immediately after the swallow, leaving behind only the alcohol warmth. Not a session beer due to the big 9% ABV but definitely worth going out and picking one up.

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beerking1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 1437. Pours cloudy pale gold, with a massive, pure white head that leaves big lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is sweet, floral and lightly spicy with some fruity notes. Flavor is fruity and peppery, with significant alcohol notes. Finish is spicy and slightly phenolic, with more peppery notes. Body is suitably light.

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Photo of auntfloyd
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled 750ml corked bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. The bottle itself is quite interesting, and unlike anything I've seen from Brooklyn before. I almost didn't realize at first who made this, since the main label lacks the stylized B logo, and it comes in a fancy, two-ringed glass bottle. Being a long-time Brooklyn fan (not to mention resident), I knew I had to try this one. I am sampling bottle 267.

Local 1 pours a bright, cloudy golden color, with a big fluffy white head, and is rather reminiscent of a Duvel in that regards. The head comes down quite a bit, but never disappears, and leaves a bit of lacing behind. A very nice looking ale.

The nose is yeasty and spicy, with hints of clove, orange, and coriander, followed by a fairly strong candy sugar smell.

The taste follows up and exceeds on the promises of the scent. A slightly yeasty opening, mellowing with the slight touch of German hops brings the bitterness up front, while the more delicate bready and malt character follows. The finish is definitely on the sweet side, but not nearly as cloying as some Belgian-style ales can be; I felt that the sugar elements were well-integrated in the flavor in a way that many American BSPAs strike out on. In addition, for an ale this strong, the alcohol flavor is largely absent. A very tasty Belgian-style ale in my opinion.

The mouthfeel has substance, but is smooth and in no way a hindrance to enjoyment.

Drinkability is very good. Luckily, there is enough in the bottle to split amongst friends :)

When did Williamsburg get moved to Belgium? And did anyone alert the (wannabe/ex-) hipsters? Seriously though, this has become my favorite American Belgian-style ale, and is easily one of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ales overall. This is an excellent ale, and any fan of the style owes it to themselves to give it a try.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WillieMoe
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly clouded, golden color, with just the slightest mix of orange. Has a fluffy white, lingering head.

S- There is a heavy fruit scent, with a nice spice in there as well. The yeast scent is also fairly strong.

T- The taste is similar to what you smell, although the yeasty alcoholness is a little more prominent on the palate than in the nose. Personally I did not care for the level of yeast in the tastemyself.

M-Somewhat thin,as it bites the top of the tongue a bit. Feels almost pulpy against the back of the mouth.

Not my favorite offering from Brooklyn, but definitely still top notch. I could see drinking a couple of these down the road if given the chance.

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Photo of scottyb88
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark yellow/gold color with great lacing and a really creamy head

S-lemon citrus and some sweet fruits of peach and tangerine; some yeasty breadiness; some alcohol esters

T-yeasty citrus with a subtle sweetness in the background; some grainy flavors; the alcohol was very well hidden but slightly noticeable

M-really creamy mouthfeel with a sharp bite from the carbonation; leaves a fairly dry finish in your mouth

D-it's a pretty good representation of the style; the creamy head remained for the whole beer and it was just an easy beer to drink

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge bottle of beer to sit down and review this evening. Local 1 is a Belgian Pale Ale with a 9% ABV. The cork exploded when I released the wiring around it.

The fully carbonated beer had a huge head on it that slowly disapated leaving a slight amount of lace along the side and foam on the top.

The beer has a fruity smell with a little bit of malt showing through. The straw yellow color is a good canvas for a steady amount of carbonation bubbles.

While the description of the beer is pretty high, the taste seems to be lacking a bit. The beer while good is slightly missing a solid Belgian flavor. Not saying that it doesn't taste good, just not a great reflection of a Belgain.

The beer is of a light body and the carbonation really flows through as the beer is consumed.

Overall- not bad, but I have had better Belgians.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt. 9 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: Brilliant orangy-gold color with a massive 3-finger white fluffy head after a careful pour.

S: Yeasty aroma up front with some light fruit. No sign of the 9% ABV. Typical BSPA style and very accurate aroma.

T: Wow. Crisp, clear, more yeast and light fruits. A solid quality ale to be sure. Right up there with Duvel, unbelievably, but quite a bit sweeter overall.

M: Highly carbonated, more so than Duvel. Crisp, dry, clean. High quality stuff.

O: Among the BSPAs I've tried, this ranks right up there behind Duvel at the top. It's got everything you want in a high-quality strong ale. It's just a shame that it's not available in 4- or 6-packs, just the large wine bottle size. Good for sharing, though. Highly recommended. A solid A/A+ in my book.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and caged. Had to go and get this following the Local #2. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange with a bit of a gold tint. 2 1/2 fingers of white head with adequate lacing.

S- Citrus and fruit. Orange peel initially with a note of lemon. Perhaps a bit of honey.

T- Very smooth with full fruit flavor. A little bit of tangy mixed with citrus which blended well. Hides the 9% very well with minimal hops afterbite.

M- A good blend of carbonation and body. A hint of creamy fruit which sounds like it would be bad, but surprisingly it's smooth.

O- Disclaimer: I'm not a big Pale Ale fan, but have to hand it to Brooklyn on this effort. Found it very hard to set down. Smooth and flavorful with just enough carbonation and citrus to hide the 9%. Creamy and full, I will be having another one of these shortly-

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zerofear13
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to be able to find this limited brew at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, Queens. 750ml corked bottle (interestingly enough, the bottle is labeled as a 1 pint, which I don't quite understand), very prestigious in appearance, possibly one of the fanciest bottles I’ve ever seen. Poured out a darker gold color into a regular pint glass. Wonderfully light and airy head, which retained for many minutes. Smells strongly of alcohol and hops. Tastes of strong bitter alcohol, malt, and spice. Goes down smooth, but is a bit harsh, in my opinion, as this brew does little to try to conceal its alcohol content. Quite smooth for 9.0% ABV, and in such a large bottle, could be a poor combination. Overall, very harsh but enjoyable beer and I would love uncorking it for a good gathering of friends over dinner.

EDIT: After a re-tasting several months later, this brew is quite overwhelming on the coriander and spices now. It tastes like a pungent version of Hoegaarden for whatever reason. I'm not a huge fan of the coriander flavor, so I must degrade a bit. Not sure if it was just based on a bad bottle or what, but if I ever try again, I'll re-re-review.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temperature from a corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep golden beer with a large rocky head which eventually settles into half an inch of dense foam. The head is quite white. Heavy lacing follows the beer down the glass. Small, tight bubbles rise rapidly, evincing heavy carbonation.

S: Pear and apple skins on the nose, with a hint of bready yeast.

T: Green apple, pear and some tropical fruit form the first impression on the tongue. The beer yields to a tartness and spiciness I tend to associate with "devil beers." Some hops in the finish, but not very pronounced.

M: Light and prickly mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable; I could drink it all day, but for the substantial alcohol content.

Overall: It seems to me that the "strong pale ale" subcategory of Belgian-style ale could be further subdivided into a sub-sub-category of "devil beer." This falls squarely within that sub-sub-category, and is at least as good as the Belgian examplars of that style I have sampled. In fact, it lacks some of the cattiness I often detect in, say, Duvel when I buy it locally, but seems to have captured all of that beer's positive categories and then some. This is simply an outstanding brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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