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509. Brooklyn Brewery Local 1

Brooklyn Local 1This one was a big surprise to me. I had this bottle in the beer fridge for quite some time and continued to pass it by for what I thought would be better beers. Finally opened it and ended up sharing with my wife as she really enjoyed it as well.

Appearance is a nice light orange with a thick white head. The aroma is very sweet with some Belgian yeast and lemon. Taste is where this one scores well as it has a lot of champagne/wine line grape character and a very soft spice, with a complex mix of yeast, pepper and coriander. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This was a really enjoyable beer and again one that surprised me as I was expecting a good beer but not an exceptional beer. 
Pros: 
Complex and very flavorful 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers 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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295. Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

This is an interesting beer and it gets its name from the type of hop used to brew the beer (see description from brewer below).  I am not sure if any of the previous 294 beers I have reviewed use the Sorachi Ace hop variety but it certainly has a unique flavor  profile.

Appearance is a nice gold with slight white head, nothing spectacular but a nice looking beer. Smells like a saison should with a slightly earthy, spicy and you also get some of the lemon from the hops. Very pleasant and quite aromatic. Taste has quite a bit going on with a sweet lemon taste to start, some saison funk and a solid malt background. Overall well balanced and very unique. Finish is clean and quite refreshing.

Overall this is a unique and very good beer from Brooklyn Brewery, give it a try. 
Pros:
Unique and flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 34
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Most Brooklyn beers are made with a blend of hop varietals. As a chef does with spices, we look to get the best qualities of each hop and create a harmony of flavors and aromas. However, a few years ago, our brewmaster ran into a hop unique enough to deserve its own moment in the sun. A large Japanese brewery first developed the hop variety “Sorachi Ace” in 1988. A cross between the British “Brewer’s Gold” and the Czech “Saaz” varieties, it exhibited a quality that was unexpected – it smelled really lemony.

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175. Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

This beer has been hanging out in my fridge since Thanksgiving which is hard to believe as I have reviewed 75 beers since then. Decided it was time to open this one for dessert. The beer pours a great black color with thick tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass, just what a stout should look and act like. Aroma is of chocolate, toffee and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate roasted malts to start followed up by some coffee and licorice with just a hint of a hop finish. Not nearly as sweet as I had expected from a chocolate stout and does not have the strong alcohol taste that you often get from a 10% ABV beer. Serve this beer at a slightly warmer temp; 45-50 degrees and you will enjoy it.
Pros: Color, not too sweet
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
 10.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Available from October through March. This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.

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118. Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale

Another IPA…The color is about what you would expect from an IPA, a nice light orange, copper color with minimal head. Aroma is complex with a lot of things going on; some citrus with a bit of pine. Taste  is well balanced and easy to drink with a fair amount of bite from the hops but it does not linger too long. Overall this is a good IPA but nothing that makes it stand out among the many others.
Pros: Aroma
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): Rating: ★★½☆☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Our East India Pale Ale is a deep golden beer brewed from British malt and a blend of hops featuring the choice East Kent Golding variety. It is traditionally dry-hopped for a bright aroma of hops and citrus fruit, and has a robust snappy bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish.

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60. Post Road Pumpkin Ale

This will almost certainly be my last pumpkin/fall beer of the season as the Winter brews are starting to be released. This one tastes very similar to Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead ale which I enjoy. Maybe slightly less spice than Pumpkinhead but has similar  aroma and finish. Pours with a nice head and leaves lacing on the glass. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and finished smooth. I find it hard to drink more than one pumpkin beer in a sitting but might have been able to do more of this one if I had not purchased just a single.
Pros: Taste, color, aroma
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Early American Colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.
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