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

Bright pale golden color, pretty hazy. Lots of fine carbonation. Head looks very thick and spongy.

I get lots of tropical fruit aroma, along some Belgian spices and bready malts.

Crisp and refreshing, yet very complex in flavor. There's tropical fruits and spices up front, I get mixture of pineapples and banana with some cloves. Sweet bready malt in the middle, but very clean tasting. I notice there some yeasty and peppery notes in the taste. Finish off pretty dry, yet it's very smooth. Alchohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My friend recommended this one to me and I was not disappointed. We had been drinking some beer before it but this one stood out.

It poured like a light Belgian, like a saison almost, being golden but cloudy in color and with a large frothy white head.

It smelled spicy from the hops and had some sweetness from malts.

The taste was very refreshing. It was very light in flavor overall but the flavors that were there made for an excellent beer. The carbonation made it very bubbly and the Belgian-ish fruity sweetness (apricot?) was underlying throughout. The highlight of the beer, though, is the hop spice. Unlike most hoppy beers, Local 1 Ale did not have much bitter taste. Instead, it was spicy, almost like nutmeg. It tingled the tongue just enough to give the beer that extra goodness to make the beer stand out. This leaves a dry finish that goes well with the spicy hops flavor. It also has a strong but not overwhelming alcohol taste to it but that is to be expected because of the 9% ABV. If you want a light beer with some interesting flavors that has some (alcohol) kick then this is a bottle you should pick up.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers of foamy white head that just doesnt go away. Lacing is fantastic.

S - Clove, white grapes, very bready aroma that brings out the style very nicely.

T - Light malts are the base of the flavor, almost a pilsner-like taste with the clove, pepper, bubblegum type flavors you usually expect in a saison.

M - So much carbonation. First thing I felt in the taste was the massive amounts of bubbles in this beer. Light body with a great finish. Sweet and slightly drying with hints of clove staying for a while.

D - Very good drinkability. ABV not noticable. Seems like a great beer to have for a special occasion, very well balanced and such a wide aroma of flavors it should appeal to most crowds. This was described by most that were in this tasting as a mix of a saison and a hefe.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Bottle into pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a hazy dark yellow with an incredible five finger head of lovely cream lacing and acceptable thickness.

Sm: Incredibly light and clean scent of hops. Nice.

T: A wheaty open to a strangely built body. Far more bitter than it ought to be, especially on the finish. Notes of barley, bittering hops, and malt. It's certainly complex, but the bitterness holds back and masks the flavour. Some yeast.

Mf: Nice wetness at the finish, but far too dry through the body; this is the opposite of what a beer of this style ought to be. Too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV exceptionally well. Too dry to drink repeatedly.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice appearance. Foamy head hold strong and lacing the glass. Hazy and yellow in color. Nice looking. Smells wonderful. Similar to how I expect an Achouffe to smell. True Belgian Yeast flavors. This beer is highly drinkable considering the respectable ABV. I split the 22oz champagne bottle three ways comfortably. And would gladly drink again. really nothing local tasting about the beer, but quite delicious. Nicely done Brooklyn Brewery. cheers

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color w/ a 4 finger white puffy head (in spite of a careful pour). The smell is very fruity- pear, apple, spice come to the forefront. Very light airy smell. The taste seems out of balance to me. The fruit taste seems muted, and the alcohol taste is a lot more present. I am actually a little disappointed this beer doesn't taste like the smell. It lacks a little flavor for me. There's also a bitterness that comes through w/ the taste. Mouthfeel is average, as well as drinkability. Glad I finally got to try this one, but probably won't pick it up on a regular basis.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Color is a nice slightly hazy golden color with some nice straw yellow hints. The head is nice and big at about 3 inches with some nice dense bubbles. Head is quite sticky and with great retention.

S - Aroma starts off with some slight spicy peppery notes. There is some nice bready grain along with some phenols and some sweet clove. There are some slight grassy hops as well as some nice vinous notes in the nose as well. Yum.

T & M - Starts off with some nice light crisp grain notes. Mixed in with some great pepper and slight coriander notes. There is some good grainy character and some slight clove sweetness that mixes in with the slight boozy warmth at the finish. There is a slight hopy dryness and bitterness on the back end that mixes very well with the slight funk that the beer has. The vinous notes are also quite present especially in the middle of the beer. Body is light and refreshing with crisp notes and clean flavors that work well together.

D - Great BSPA. Brooklyn really did it here. Refreshing with good strong ABV but nothing too overwhelming.

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

750mL bottle. Pours a bright golden color with a huge frothy head. Guess I'm not in a hurry to drink this one. Lots of lacing. Aroma is sour with some yeast, banana, and grains. Taste is not nearly as sour as the aroma led me to believe. Flavors of yeast, banana, malt, and bread. Almost a banana bread taste to it. A bit of a warming alcohol quality. Pretty heavy brew and definitely a beer to take your time with. Worth checking out. Would be perfect for a nice sipper after a big meal.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just poured into a goblet:

A - Pale yellow color, big fluffy head, sticky lacing

S - clean spicey scents, light malt undertones

T - Subtle spicey hops, complex yeastiness, smooth, the stonger alcohol is barely noticable

M - Light bodied, well carbonated

D - Easy drinking, careful...the alcohol will sneak up on you!

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Golden colour, orange highlighting. Hazy. Compact white head. Nose has spicy yeast, citrusy orangey notes, some nice honeyish sweetness. In the mouth there is a nice citrus sweetness, some bready malts, caramel, spice. Finishes yeasty/spicy and ulitmately dry. Some bread and yeast aftertaste with some light alcohol. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel, light carbonation.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Local 1 | 750 ml. | % ABV | Q4 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Pale, straw-gold with a bountiful, snowy cap, great lacing.

Grainy malt, amorphous citrus scent, Belgian candi sugar.

Lemon peal, pale malt, slightly oily and bitter hops. Bitter and dry finish pushes light spicing and an herbal character to the back of the throat.

Buttery and prickly simultaneously, medium-bodied/

I find it too dry and weighted toward the bitter end of the spectrum. The flavor development is subtle, and there could have been more complexity. However, I suspect the relative lack of balance would be offset by some spicy food.

Would I get it again?:
No, since I prefer AleSmith's Horny Devil.

Bottled: #2020
Served: February 6, 2011

Price = $9.49 at Witherspoon Wine

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A mystical cloudy pale yellow. Great head with nice legs. I want to drink this.

S: Citrusy, nice Belgian yeast notes of some spices and even more citrus, typical farmhouse funk. Also has a nice grassy raw honey smell.

T: Tons of great yeast flavor that is again spicy and zesty. Nice earthy flavors gives way to a subtle sweet fruity surprise. This seems like Duvel's cousin; rather than an apple peel taste this ones got straight fruit. White pepper and cracker-like finish with pleasant alcohol warmth.

M: Great medium body with some nice refreshing carbonation. I really like how the alcohol lends a warmth throughout your entire palette without actually feelings like you are drinking alcohol.

D: This is a great beer to sip on before dinner, and goes just as well with so many different foods. Drinkability is the same as a champagne; if you can drink that all night you could do the same with this. There's enough complexity to urge you to take another sip, but its very smooth and subtle.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this tonight after a long day at the shooting range (not as fun as it should've been because there was about 8" of snow on the ground). I have to say that was probably the best $10 I've ever spent on a bottle of beer.

Appearance: cloudy, golden, about the same as any unfiltered Belgian Strong Pale.

Smell: Earthy, malty, with a little hint of spice. Maybe a little citrus?

Taste: Amazingly complex. This is another beer that evolves as it warms up and I recommend letting it warm slowly as you drink it, because various flavors are unlocked as it warms up. Some of the flavors I've noted are an earthy almost smokey taste, that evolves into almost like a spice cake, and then there's the faint vanilla and... clove? No... cinnamon... Nutmeg? It's very hard to pin it down but it's a spicy, almost somewhat sweet taste that just ties it all together.

Mouthfeel: Thick, juicy, full bodied.

Drinkability: I could drink this any and every day of the week without any complaint. The only thing stopping me from doing so is the fact that it's somewhat pricey at $10 a bottle.

Overall: I'm in love with this beer. Seriously. I only wish it was a little cheaper, so I could afford to drink it all the time. Also, for what it's worth, I tried adding a little twist of lemon (I know, heresy, but I had to try), and not only did it NOT improve the beer, it actually skunked that particular glass of it.

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

I found this to be a particularly interesting beer. It poured somewhat orange and smelled strong of yeast with some fruit notes there too. Taste was began spice with some malt notes following. The alcohol began becoming apparant after a few swigs but it wasn't overwhelming. It was a very smooth beer given the alcohol. I found it to be very drinkable. In some ways it reminded me of Saison Dupont's flavors.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: This pours a clouded, bright orange color with two fingers of slightly off-white head that has wonderful retention and leaves thick walls of lace on the glass.

S: Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple), citrus notes, yeasty spice, grass, and mild honey.

T: There's so much going on here; orange, lemon, and papaya up front combine with complex, earthy yeasty spice in the middle and light berries, candi sugar, and graham cracker in the end to make it quite an experience.

M: It has a medium-thick body with heavy carbonation and strong, palate-sticking flavors.

D: This is one of the better brews of its style and certainly the best American-made one.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive (emphasis on massive) white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The nose is typical of most Belgian beers, there is a yeast scent that hits right off the bat. This is followed by some citrus notes and a hint of spices.

T: The taste is what you would expect from the scent. There is a yeasty flavor up front with the slight citrus hints quickly overshadowed by the spices that rounds up the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: This beer is easily drinkable for 9% ABV, it is a smooth drinking BSPA, but this isn't my favorite style. It's good but I wouldn't buy it again, there are other Belgian beers out there that are far superior to this.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip

Pours an orange-tinted golden yellow, like a Halls mentho-lyptus cough drop. It's somewhat hazy but not so much that you can't see the jets of carbonation stream up to the foam. That foam? Immense. I poured this beer very gently, and yet a 2.5 finger obelisk of suds formed. Thick, and creamy like a baked good. The head took on the consistency of a parfait, or a pudding. The lacing clumps in viscous, cumulonimbus like masses. A gorgeous looking beer.

This smells like an Imperial Saison in a lot of ways, mixed with some Duvel. There's lots of straw. Lots of band-aid phenolic smells. Soft lemon peel and gentle, soapy hops. There's a musky note coming from the yeast as well, but sweet. Like a dusty glass of rum or something. Pretty delicate aroma, but smooth.

The taste is almost all BSPA. Grassy hops, light cracker malt flavors. Some phenolic astringency. Soft lemon peel flavor, again. A bit of yellow apple. The yeast is throwing off some heavy white pepper here, and I'm getting a good dose of clove on the back end. You can clearly taste the alcohol, but it isn't harsh. The aftertaste is all clove and soap and plain cracker. Not exceptional, but it hits all the flavor points that you want out of a BSPA.

The mouthfeel is a mixed bag. Well, I appreciate most everything about it. The beer is smooth, the carbonation is lively enough without being abrasive. But there is too much residual sweetness here; I wish the beer were dryer. The drinkability likewise has one thing holding it back: the alcohol flavor. It's remarkably smooth, but the solvent alcohol taste gets to be a little much.

Really solid effort from Brooklyn here. Apart from the appearance, this is not going to blow your mind or anything. But it does everything right. If you like BSPAs then definitely seek this beer out.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/19

A: Beer came as a hazy yellow/orange with a white foamy head. Lots of little bubbles of carbonation.

S: Very fruit forward aroma with banana, some pineapple, and a hint of apricot. There was also a goof bit of belgian yeast and grain.

T: A really nice banana flavor, some spices and a little bit of grassy hops. Definitely has a yeast flavor as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but on the lighter side of medium. Nice carbonation. Had a slightly dry finish. Overall a really easy drinking beer, especially ay 9%. Wish it was a little cheaper to buy in my area though.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL custom bottle with batch code. Brewed to 18.5 Plato with Bamberg (Weyermann?) pilsner malt, raw sugar, Perle and Styrian Goldings hops. Fermented with Belgian yeast and bottle-conditioned. Pours a chill-hazed orange, with loads of carbonation and an inch of frothy white head that reduces to a fine cap. Hugely fruity aroma contributes orange, mango, papaya and pineapple, spicy/floral hops and earthy yeast. Complex, fruity, delicious. The palate adds to (or perhaps detracts from) this notes of chalky yeast, a few phenols, an almost harsh hop flavor and a lingering sweetness. Light and crisp at the start, but as the carbonation mellows, the body fills out. This brew has a very flavorful yeast and it is very easy to drink despite the ABV. It tastes quite authentic, and despite my nitpicking on the flavor, this is definitely worthy of a revisit.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery - Local 1 from '07 was next. This was a rare treat especially since we don't get Brooklyn beers up here in Wisconsin. My friend, Jon, mentioned that the shape of the bottle was unique to the first run of Local 1 before New Belgium stepped up and cried copyright infringement (I haven't looked up the details). My notes start getting a little bit hard to read around this beer but I remember thinking it was an awesome. A big sweetness and an almost coffee-like roast to it made me feel that if I has tasted this blindfolded I would have describes a more dark-bodied beer. I wished there was more of this in that bottle.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is a pale golden color; extra-fizzy with a couple inches of head. Smells very "Belgian" with candy-sugar, lemon, and grass. Taste is a sweet lemon upfront with some hoppiness, peppery spices, and more lemon at the back end. Alcohol is blended in very well, making this dangerously drinkable for 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is extremely fluffy and well-carbonated. All-around, this is very good.

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Photo of CASK1
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750. Complex aroma featuring light fruit (pear and apple), sweet malt and low alcohol aroma. Low spiciness, more from yeast than hops. The beer is a medium gold, with fairly high cloudiness - much more than expected for this style. Features a thick, fluffy, long-lasting white head. Very complex flavor: the grainy pils malt sweetness, medium hop bitterness, complex yeast spiciness, and alcohol all fight to dominate but none of them overpowers the others. Yeast character features almonds, citrus, pear. This beer is a bit sweet up front, but dry in the finish. High carbonation helps dry it out, even with a medium body. Drinkability would be better if the alcohol was a bit smoother and subtler. I really enjoy this beer, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed From Notes

Poured into a wine glass

A: dark golden color, cloudy body with 1 inch head receded to 1/2 inch

N: fruity, citrus notes of pineapple, Belgian yeast notes give it a saison like nose

T: notes of lemon backed by spices and a touch of caramel maltiness, very in your face flavor backed by a subtle hop finish leaving a dry finish

M: full & inviting, plays across tongue

D: great for pre-dinner and with a meal, I prefer this to Local Two by a smidge

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

750ml bottle - thanks are duly in order to, um, Santa! Demerara sugar - my 'Santa' has a certain predilection for that too - who knew that would be applicable to my particular beer appreciation?

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with a rather effusive amount of puffy, and finely foamy off-white head, which settles oh-so slowly, eventually leaving a rarely broken wall of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale grainy malt, edgy Belgian yeast, exotic orchard fruit - with a more than ample dose of its domestic equivalent - warm black pepper and other indistinct savoury spices, a touch of dry honey, and subtle grassy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet barley and toasted wheat malt, biscuity crackers, candi sugar, mildly fruity dry yeast, more aerosol black pepper, a rather slight boozy edge, and mildly bitter grassy, spicy, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a generally big-ass frothy 'bite', the body a trolling medium weight, aided by its simple sugar solution nature, and plainly smooth by the same sword. It finishes with a pretty simple semi-sweet malty, herbal, boozy flourish.

An American combination of various central European ale brewing tropes, and yet rendered without a heavy stateside hand - so kudos on that. Good stuff, and enjoyable, with no overwrought hop or booze wallop, which helps turn attention to a more (and intended, I'm sure) Belgian strong ale association, worthy of all the sturm und drang (there is a German component here) wafting about right now.

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Photo of tburus
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Very pale gold transparent liquid. Steady stream of carbonation. Frothy multi-finger, off-white head. Dissipated down to a thick lace once I began drinking.

Smell: Faint apple and grapefruit aromas. Nice but not overpowering.

Taste: Strong apple/cider taste when it first hit the tongue, followed by a thick yeast taste on the palate. Flashes of apple reappear on the sides of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Yeast and slight hoppy bitterness. There is also a little tingle in the throat from the carbonation and a hint of booziness. Enjoyable. Refreshing. Conducive to drinking more!

Drinkability: Very smooth, flavorful brew. It definitely has more of a kick than something like Duvel which is quite enjoyable, particularly on a cold winter evening (about halfway in a felt a nice warming sensation in my stomach). For what it is the price is incredible and I would definitely be tempted to purchase this drink again. Great special offering by the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,076 ratings.
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