Brew Review-Brooklyn Local 1
Summer TV sucks. Seriously. I need prime time to start up again. These re-runs are killing me. So what did I decide to do on a Tuesday night after flipping through my 800-some channels? That’s right – open up a big bottle of Brooklyn Local 1, kick back on the couch and flip through my TiVo in desperation of finding something on that’s better than Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
The Brooklyn Local 1 is one of three non-seasonal big bottles Brooklyn Brewery makes, Local 2 and Hopfen-Weisse being the other two. This Belgium Strong Pale Ale lives up to its name at 9% ABV.
When you pour the beer into a glass, you are met with an abundance of foam. This is due to the fact that the beer has been bottle refermented. After a few painstakingly slow minutes, a yellowish and slightly cloudy beers appears. It has a yeasty aroma, with a slight hint of wheat. The beer starts with a strong citrus flavor that mellows over the palate and manages to mask the taste of the alcohol. Overall, the flavors are solid. But, Brooklyn sets the bar pretty high. I was expecting more, but it was still very good.
So, to sum up – lots of foam, yellowish/cloudy color, and citrus flavors. I would recommend it to someone if asking.