I haven’t posted for a while. I apologize. In my defense, I have been busy. I’ve moved from my idyllic residence on College Green in Iowa City to an apartment in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In honor of my new home, tonight I will be tasting a beer brewed by my local Brooklyn Brewery called Local 1. For extra credit I’ll be drinking it out of my Peace Tree glass.
I don’t know if it’s just cause I brought it home on the subway, but this beer is very active. It pours a hazy pale straw with plenty of head (maybe due to the carbonation). The nose is rich with herbs and fruit from the hops. The malt lends a mild sweet character. Unfortunately, that herbal note ends up seeming just a bit soapy.
The flavor is sweet. Rich herbal hops and a yeast spiciness add to the complexity, but ultimately, the pale malt flavor and sweetness pervade the flavor. This is a drinkable beer: refreshing, yet flavorful. But it is neither flavorful enough to drink very much of nor dry enough to drink very much of. Perhaps given the price tag that’s not much of a problem.
Brooklyn Local 1