Brooklyn Local 1 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Local 1Brooklyn Local 1

Brewed by:
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.

Added by akorsak on 02-18-2007

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a huge head that builds slowly to a thick cloud of bubbles that never really go away. Leaves nice puffy clouds of lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Subdued yeasty aromas with a bit of spice and citrus. Not very strong on the nose.

T/M: The taste is spicy, yeasty, hints of spice that liven up the front end. The alcohol is well disguised. The carbonation gives it a nice bubbly champagne-like feel.

O: This is a solid Belgian-style pale, not always my favorite style but this is definitely a good example. I prefer the Local 2, but this is enjoyable, too.

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Thanks for sharing this one, Nathan!

Clear, golden yellow with a moderately-sized white foaming head that lasts and lasts that eventually leaves ribbons and dots of lacing down the glass.

Belgian, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a good amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. Appropriate and pleasant for the style.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the Belgian yeast and mild citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty--just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A flawless American version of the style and probably my favorite beer so far from Brooklyn.

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Bottle from Jason

Deep orange, massive white rocky head, good retention and lacing. Yeasty with notes of spice, lots of tropical fruit, sweet candy notes, nice hop bill adding some citrus fruit, faint alcohol scents. Taste is of spicy yeast, lots of fruit, apple, mild banana, more of the tropical fruits from the nose, light sweetness that ends in a drying finish. High prickly carbonation, full body with good weight, Incredibly solid stuff, very drinkable and quite flavourful, better than most Belgian pales from Belgium.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
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