Brooklyn Local 1

Belgian Strong Pale Ale Brooklyn Brewery


Brooklyn Local 1, a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale by Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Local 1 is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a bottle.


The ale pours a hazy golden yellow color and topped by a thick pad of dense white foam that leaves behind some lacing. Effervescence is visible in the glass.


Yeast offers a scent of banana and lemon, spiced with clove, and mixed with bready wheat.


Spices of pepper and coriander lead the palate and is followed by a light, yeasty funk. Fruity esters and citrus shift to a bite of floral hops.


The ale has a lively feel with a medium body and high carbonation. Finishes dryly.


The Brooklyn Local 1 has a pleasing palate that’s light and flavorful and easily quaffed in spite of a high ABV. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Recommended Pairings

Brooklyn Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Brooklyn Local 1: pasta, salmon, shrimp, ham, Thai food, and triple crème cheeses.

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About the Belgian Strong Pale Ale

The Belgian Strong Pale Ale was originally crafted by the Moortgat brewery after World War I as an alternative to the popular European Pilsner beers. Its color is a yellow gold with good clarity and visibly effervescent. Its aroma consists of fruity esters, some spice, and low to moderate amounts of hops and booze. The palate follows the nose with fruity flavors of pear, orange, and apple. Bitterness and spice are low to moderate. Its feel is light to medium, highly carbonated with a dry finish. High alcohol lends warmth. The Belgian Strong Pale Ale is similar to the Belgian Tripel but is lighter in color and feel, drier and crisper, with added hopping and fruity esters.