Brooklyn Brewery

BROOKLYN BREWERY

“Brooklyn Brewery makes beer. Good beer. Not only does it taste good and make your meal better but we like to think that since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has brewed flavorful beers that enrich the life, tradition and culture of the communities it serves. Its award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. While striving to brew the best beer possible (and make time for our growing families), The Brewery promotes the proliferation of good beer and good food whenever it can.”

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Year-Round/Seasonals:

Big Bottle Series:

BLACK CHOCOLATE STOUT: 95 Points

Deep Chocolate Stout

Deep Chocolate Stout

This Imperial Stout is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “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.”

My Description: The name ‘Black Chocolate Stout’ says it all, this beer is as black as night with tasty chocolate notes that take center stage in the flavor profile. It pours a surprisingly large, dark beige colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate and hints of dark fruit; it is inviting and warming. This ale is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The first flavor I noticed was a deep dark chocolate note that lingers beautifully. Roasted malt and caramel also present themselves giving this beer some sweetness. Plus, there are notes of dark fruits like raisins as the beer warms a bit. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing good balance and an easy drinking experience. The alcohol is felt but otherwise beautifully hidden behind the smooth chocolate bliss. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, grilled steaks, or strong cheeses.

ABV: 10%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

BLAST!: 92 Points

Over 10 different hops!

Over 10 different hops!

This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.”

My Description: Surprisingly smooth and slightly complex with the many different hop flavors, this ale is lighter than most IIPA’s but still is enjoyable. It pours a good sized, white colored head with a decent retention level that leaves a thin film behind but hardly any lacing. The aroma is a hop lovers delight; there are notes of pine hops, earthy hops, citrus hops, and a touch of tropical notes and pale malts. Blast! is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. From the aroma it would seem fitting to think that this is going to be a very bitter beer, but that is not the case. There are flavor notes of pine and citrus hops but the bitterness is just not there. I have a feeling that this is by design because they are trying to create a mix between English IPA’s and West Coast IPA’s. The English versions are just not as bitter as their American counterparts, therefore I don’t see a problem with the bitterness level in this ale. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and there is a good malt backbone to hold up the different hop flavors along with a hint of honey. Overall, this is good Imperial IPA, especially for those who don’t want such an aggressive beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled Jerk chicken, Thai noodles, or spicy fish tacos.

ABV: 8.4%  Color: Gold/Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

BROOKLYN LAGER: 91 Points

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Pre-Prohibition Beauty

This Vienna/American Amber Lager has an IBU of 33 and is released year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.”

My Description: It’s easy to see how this is one of Brooklyn Brewery’s most popular beers; it is tasty, clean, and refreshing. Poured strongly, this beer provides only a decent, off-white colored head but surprisingly lasts the whole way and leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma is enticing and real nice with notes of floral and citrus hop with a touch of tropical hops. This is accompanied by a clean malt note that excites. This lager is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The cleanliness in the aroma continues in the taste. There are flavor notes of malt and bread balanced beautifully by floral and citrus hops that taste great. This beer is crisp and an easy choice for a session beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, farmhouse cheddar, or BBQ pork.

ABV: 5.2%  Color: Golden/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

BROWN ALE: 83 Points

Average everyday Brown Ale

Average everyday Brown Ale

This American Style Brown Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This is the award-winning original American brown ale, first brewed as a holiday specialty, and now one of our most popular beers year-round. Northern English brown ales tend to be strong and dry, while southern English brown ales are milder and sweeter. Brooklyn Brown Ale combines the best of those classic styles and then adds an American accent in the form of a firm hop character and roasty palate. A blend of six malts, some of them roasted, give this beer its deep russet-brown color and complex malt flavor, fruity, smooth and rich, with a caramel, chocolate and coffee background. Generous late hopping brings forward a nice hop aroma to complete the picture. Brooklyn Brown Ale is full-flavored but retains a smoothness and easy drinkability that has made it one of the most popular dark beers in the Northeast.”

My Description: The Brown Ale is a good choice for an everyday beer but does nothing special to excite. In fact, I was expecting more hop character because of the description but found very little. It begins with a pretty good sized, light beige colored that doesn’t last very long and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of roasted malt and deep aromatic notes. There is also a hint of chocolate but faint. This Brown Ale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. I feel the flavors are somewhat sharp and not clean enough. Roasted malt dominates the flavor profile along with some weak notes of chocolate and some nuttiness. I also taste a hint of sour in the finish, which isn’t unexpected because this style can be known for that. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with burgers, BBQ meats, or aged Cheddar.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Deep Garnet  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2/10

DRY IRISH STOUT: 82 Points

Perfect For St. Patty's

Perfect For St. Patty’s

This Irish Stout is released seasonally between January and March in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brooklyn Irish Stout is brewed the old-fashioned way, without the nitrogen addition. A large portion of the grain is roasted like coffee beans, developing the typical color and flavor of this beer. Aside from British pale malts, the beer includes caramel malts, black patent malt, unmalted black barley and a proportion of flaked raw barley, which helps the beer develop a beautiful, thick natural head. The famous East Kent Golding hop lends to the earthy aroma. The beer is neither filtered, nor fined and has a light, brisk carbonation. The blend of grains gives the beer an espresso-like bite, followed by coffee and chocolate flavors. At 4.7% ABV, this is among the lightest beers we make, and one of our favorites. Be sure to serve it with “two fingers” of foam, and enjoy the flavor of Brooklyn Irish Stout. Slainte!”

My Description: If looking for a stout that you can drink all day long on St. Patrick’s Day then I would recommend this one; it is smooth, low in alcohol, and the flavor profile is not too shabby. It pours a weak, beige colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant but slightly faint with notes of coffee, roasted malts, and baker’s chocolate. Dry Irish Stout is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. It has a slightly sharp mouth-feel but overall this beer is easy drinking. Roasted malts are apparent in the flavor profile as is coffee. Hints of earthiness and chocolate are also present but faint, probably due to the carbonation level which I found to be a little high. The aftertaste leaves nothing lingering and doesn’t necessary invite for another sip. Never-the-less this is a good choice for a session stout. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with corned beef, Shepard’s pie, or braised cabbage.

ABV: 4.7%  Color: Black/Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

EAST INDIA PALE ALE: 87 Points

Easy Drinking IPA

Easy Drinking IPA

This English style IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles

Brewer’s Description: “Brooklyn East India Pale Ale is inspired by the original East India Pale Ales brewed in England in the early 1800’s for the troops in India. Everyday English ales were spoiling during shipment from London, around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, to Calcutta. Using extra malt and hops, British brewer George Hodgson developed an ale with the bitterness and strength to endure the long sea voyage, giving rise to a great beer style. 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, lemongrass, pine and citrus fruit, and has a robust bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish. We think Hodgson would be rather pleased.”

My Description: This is a great choice for an IPA that is not overly bitter and filled with hop flavors and a clean malt backbone. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is clean and pleasant with notes of light malt, citrus hops, and some biscuit malt. This IPA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Grapefruit hops dominate the flavor profile and they are tasty. There are also notes of pale malt, herbal hops, and some fruit but these flavors pale in comparison to the strong grapefruit presence. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but not sharp and it does not linger long. This is more balanced than other IPA’s with the malt playing more of a role providing good balance and easy drinkability. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, crab cakes, or Cheddar cheese.

ABV: 6.9%  Color: Golden/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

OKTOBERFEST: 84 Points

Brooklyn's Marzen

Brooklyn’s Marzen

This Märzen Style Oktoberfest is released seasonally August through October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.”

My Description: This is a clean Märzen that is tasty and smooth but it loses its enjoyment after a while. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a great retention level that lasts the whole way and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is dominated by malt characters including biscuit malt and some bread notes. This beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors in this beer are also malt forward with some bread notes and a touch of caramel. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a slight lingering toffee note. Also, a welcoming hop spice flavor comes through from time to time. This is a good Oktoberfest beer but not one that you can start chugging. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, roasted chicken, or German sausages.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

PENNANT ALE: 85 Points

Not the Yankees pennant

Not the Yankees pennant

This English Style Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brooklyn Pennant Ale is a honey-colored pale ale with a brisk malt palate and finely balanced hop character. Pennant is a traditional English-style pale ale. The pale ale style developed in the early 19th century, and was called “pale” because it appeared so in comparison to the darker ale styles of the day (East India Pale Ale was a stronger, paler, more bitter version of the style). Brooklyn Pennant Ale is brewed from Scottish Maris Otter malt, which is justly prized for its toasty, biscuity flavor and the round smoothness it imparts to beer. Our house ale yeast brings out an appetizing fruitiness and ferments to a dry finish.”

My Description: I like this English Ale, I just think that the flavors could be cleaner and more apparent. It begins with a very large, off-white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of biscuit malt, light fruits, and a touch of citrus hops. Pennant Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is satisfying enough but feels rather faint, almost hidden behind the carbonation. There are notes of biscuit malt, herbal hops, light citrus hops, and a touch of sour in the finish but they are just too light and turn this beer into a “whatever” kind of beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted chicken, falafel sandwiches, or crab cakes.

ABV: 5%  Color: Bronze/Copper  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2/10

PILSNER: 88 Points

Brooklyn/German Pilsner

Brooklyn/German Pilsner

This German Style Pilsner Lager is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brooklyn Pilsner is traditionally brewed from the finest German two-row barley malts. Germangrown Perle and Hallertauer hops provide a crisp, snappy bitterness and fresh, floral aroma. The flavor of the malt comes through in the finish. We ferment Brooklyn Pilsner at cool temperatures, and then give it a long, gentle maturation (lagering), which results in a beer of superior complexity and smoothness. We believe that you will find there to be none finer.”

My Description: Unlike Pilsners from Europe that use Saaz hops, Brooklyn chose other hop options to create a beer that is still crisp, slightly bitter, and satisfying; albeit without the spiciness of the Saaz hop. It has a good sized, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and inviting with notes of floral hops and pale malt. Pilsner is roughly medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile starts with a clean malt backbone with noticeable bitterness that lingers slightly in the aftertaste. There are also notes of floral hops and some hints of lemon zest. Overall, this beer would make a nice choice to keep in the fridge when craving a tasty cold Pilsner.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Light Gold/Straw  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

POST ROAD: 86 Points

Not overpowering

Not overpowering

This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s 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.”

My Description: It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is gentle and warming with notes of nutmeg, pumpkin, biscuit malt, and a touch of cinnamon. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is nicely balanced and not one ingredient overpowers another. The beer matches the aroma beautifully and is mainly malt oriented with minor notes of pumpkins, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Plus, there is a nice mellow hop character to bring overall balance. This ale is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted ham, Thanksgiving cuisine, or root vegetables.

ABV: 5%  Color: Orange/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

SUMMER ALE: 81 Points

A chugging beer

A chugging beer

This Pale Ale is released seasonally between March and July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the “Light Dinner Ales” brewed in England throughout the 1800’s right up until the 1940’s. They were also called “luncheon ales” or even “family ales”, because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light, crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.”

My Description: If your looking for a Summer beer that is inexpensive and easy drinking, this is a fine choice. However, if your looking for flavor, this ale lacks depth and there is not enough bitterness to bring balance. It has a good sized, bright white colored head with a retention that holds for a while and leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of bread and herbal hops with a touch of floral hops. Summer Ale is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is on the sweeter side with an almost biscuit like presence. There are also notes of pale malts, bread, and a touch of lemon. Some floral hop notes can be detected but they are very faint. Overall, this beer is okay but just not satisfying enough. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, burgers, or pizza.

ABV: 5%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WINTER ALE: 84 Points

Decent Winter Brew

Decent Scottish Brew

This Scottish Style Ale is releases seasonally in the winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When the days grow short and the beach recedes into our dreams, we need a very nice beer to get us through the long winter. Based on the satisfying malty ales of blustery Scotland, Brooklyn Winter Ale will have you looking on the bright side of things. Rich Scottish malts bring deep bready flavors to a beer with a full copper color, a round, smooth palate, and brisk hopping that pulls the sweet malts into balance. See – things are looking up already!”

My Description: Many winter beers are designed to warm you up and this beer will do a good job of that. However, it slightly lacks in flavor and enjoyment. It has a good sized, light beige colored head but it doesn’t retain very well and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of caramel malt, toasted bread, some toffee, and hints of dark fruit. Winter Ale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are flavor notes of malt and bread along with some caramel and earthiness. The aftertaste is minimally bitter bringing some balance to the beer. Overall, the flavors are satisfying but they could be cleaner and more refined. Also, the dark fruit in the aroma made very little, if any, appearance in the taste which is disappointing. This ale is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, grilled pork chops, or Gruyere cheese.

ABV: 6.1%  Color: Deep Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

BLACK OPS (2013): 97 Points

This vanishes quickly

This vanishes quickly

This Imperial Stout is slightly different every year and is released in the Winter months in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles. Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly, “Black Ops” was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. They say it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.”

My Description: Black Ops is a great Imperial Stout that delivers in flavor and in warmth. I would age this beauty and bring it out on a cold winter night where there is time for sipping and enjoying. It pours a large, dark beige colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma smells like I just poured a glass of bourbon, real nice. There are also notes of oak and chocolate. Black ops is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is creamy and smooth making this a very dangerous drink because it goes down easy. I love how well the bourbon is presented in this beer, not overpowering and not faint but just right. Light coffee notes, oak, chocolate, and hints of vanilla round out the flavor profile. Dark fruit notes begin to make an appearance as the beer warms and the aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing good balance. The alcohol is warming and only slightly apparent. This ale is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, grilled steak, or pork chops.

ABV: 11.5%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

LOCAL 1: 95 Points

Local Belgian

Local Belgian

This Belgian Strong Golden Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “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.”

My Description: What is interesting about this particular Belgian Strong is that it has many features of a Belgian Saison, so I would almost consider this a hybrid beer. Never-the-less, it has a very large, white colored head with great retention levels and it leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet with yeast notes dominating including pears, lemons, and light spice notes. This ale is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There is good balance to the flavors in this beer and the alcohol is nicely hidden behind the smooth taste. Upfront, there are flavor notes of wheat malt, light fruits, some grassiness, and a touch of hops. A light spice undertone, hints of tart, and some earthiness add welcoming complexity and enjoyment. The aftertaste has just enough bitterness to counter the sweetness beautifully without lingering. This beer is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with seafood pasta, Thai noodles, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: 9%  Color: Hazy Dark Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2/10

LOCAL 2: 98 Points

The Dark Local

The Dark Local

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Here in Brooklyn we’ve combined European malt and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm to create Brooklyn Local 2. Our special Belgian yeast adds hints of spice to the dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate flavors. After 100% bottle re-fermentation, the beer reveals a marvelous dry complexity, enjoyable by itself or at the dinner table.”

My Description: If this beer was in a blind taste test I would be convinced that it was created by Belgian Trappist Monks. The high quality, remarkable smoothness, and deep flavor profile match the Belgians quite nicely. It has a large, beige colored head with an excellent retention level and it leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting and complex with notes of caramel malts, light spice notes and other yeast flavors, dark fruits like raisins, and a touch of alcohol. This ale is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a very dry finish. The complexity continues into the taste, which is delicious and addicting. A deep malt profile dominates with just the right amount of yeast spice. There are notes of raisins, plums, and other dark fruits along with a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is felt but beautifully hidden. This beer is highly drinkable and gets better as it warms. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, roasted duck, or sautéed mushrooms.

ABV: 9%  Color: Dark Mahogany  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

SORACHI ACE: 96 Points

A load of sunshine!

A load of sunshine!

This Saison uses only Sorachi hops first grown in Japan. It is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The unique flavor of Sorachi Ace was bypassed by the big brewers, but we thought it was pretty cool. So we made a special beer with it, and added the beer to our Brewmaster’s Reserve special draft beer program last year. Most Brewmaster’s Reserve beers are only available for a short time, and then they’re gone. But we liked this one so much, we decided to bring it back and give it the star treatment. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but made entirely with now-rare Sorachi Ace hops grown by a single farm in Washington. We ferment it with our special Belgian ale strain, and then add more Sorachi Ace hops post-fermentation. After the dry-hopping, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemongrass / lemon zest aroma backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor.”

My Description: Considering this beer was created to showcase the rare Sorachi Ace hops, Brooklyn did not just take the usual route by creating an IPA. They showed how wonderfully this hop can used as a bittering and flavoring agent in a beer that would welcome the sunshine, a Saison. It begins with a very large, white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh and reminds me of summer with notes of lemons and citrus accompanied by hints of hay and light spice notes. Sorachi Ace is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The taste is clean and refreshing, this beer is easy to drink. The flavor profile is finely constructed and delicate with lemon/citrus notes prevalent along with hints of pepper, pears, and other light fruits. This beer also has earthy undertones and the aftertaste is slightly bitter. This a great choice for those warm nights. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with fish tacos, sushi, or fresh goat cheese.

ABV: 7.6%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10