Let me start by saying, I LOVE Brooklyn Brewery and the beers they produce. They are probably my favorite brewery in the northeast and maybe in the US as a whole. With that out-of-the-way, Brooklyn’s Local 1…I hated it.
I was absolutely surprised that I hated something from this brewery this much. From all the hype the website and reviews gave this beer I thought it was gonna be pretty good, but boy was I disappointed. On the pour it had a golden color to it, a lot lighter than I expected. The light color lead me to believe that the Local 1 would be just my kinda beer, non-hoppy. But hops had nothing to do with this belgium inspired strong golden ale, it was overwhelmingly sweet. I finished maybe half a glass and had to pour the rest out. Other than the sweetness it left a very nasty aftertaste in my mouth, still can’t pinpoint it. My parents tried it, thinking maybe I was an idiot, but they both had the same reaction. It pained me to pour the rest of the bottle out, maybe I should have poured it out in front of an alcoholic instead…
Even though the beer wasn’t what I was expecting at all I still think the bottle and label are cool (the design nerd side of me), so I am keeping the bottle and cork. This only cost me around $10 (with my discount) which is better than the $15 regular price, so I would say unless you are a Brooklyn fan and want to give the Local 1 a shot…save your self some money.
I just bought the Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse (a mouthful) and I am very hopeful about my second tasting of the “big bottles”…more on that later.