Review - Brooklyn Brewery's Local 1
"In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into our latest beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the full golden color you'll find an alluring aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors. Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of our special yeast. To create this beer, we use the old technique of 100% bottle re-fermentation, a practice now rare even in Europe. It gives this beer a palate of unusual depth. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes. It is particularly nice with spicy seafood and with fine cheeses." -- Brooklyn Brewery
Local 1 pours an overly excited pale yellow color with a large, off-white frothy to chunky head with great retention. Thin lacing left behind as the body settles a slightly darker shade of yellow, like straw. The heavy carbonation is holding up the four finger head with ease. The nose is sweet and fruity with hints of straw and hay, and a pleasant soft spice and dominant banana presence. Initial taste is acidic, but it is masked by the aggressive carbonation, and finishes with a sweet dry finish like a champagne with a long duration. Very dry mouthfeel, watery texture, very crisp, it is surprisingly malty and well balanced.
Reviewed on January 6th, 2008.