69 Blade Chainsaw
Brooklyn Lager is an American Vienna style Amber Lager brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. It is brewed with Two-Row American Malts, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard and Caascade Hops for an alcohol content percent of 5.2 ABV, an original gravity of 13.2 Plato; 1053, and I’m guessing an IBU of about 25 from savoring. Its fragrance is further enhanced with a little dry hopping.
The Brooklyn Brewery got started in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter in Upstate New York, then they moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1996 with then Mayor Giuliani cutting the ribbon.
I first had Brooklyn Lager a few years back during the after party of an Art & Writing Awards celebration at the official residence of the Mayor of New York – Gracie Mansion. Bloomberg was the Mayor then, and since he did not live there, he used the Mansion for events such as this.
There was an open beer bar and a friendly gentleman wearing white gloves and a tuxedo served me the magic elixir in an elegant stem glass. I paid little attention to the brew as I socialized, but then the flavor jumped at me in roaring exclamation, “this is good beer!”
I revisit this masterpiece for the hopes of a fantastic buzz.
Onto The Method
9.0/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – Pours a nice, deep copper with ambitious carbonation forming an attractive tan head. Head lingers and creates a web designed lace on the glass. A very good looking beer.
1.0 – Aroma – Subtle earthy malt fragrances with light floral and hop characteristics, smells a tiny bit dirty on the back end of a swig, can’t really point it out though.
2.0 – Taste – Full, deep and rich flavors with a smooth malt character disposition and a mild but evident hop bite. Earth tones and honey flavors round the edge of my tongue; nice flavors throughout.
2.0 – Palate – Nice full and substantial body without being heavy or overbearing. A good solid base that can take a beating.
2.0 – Overall – Excellent lacing, highly attractive, great flavor, full body and easy to drink. Great beer.
5.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – With an alcohol content of 5.2% abv, the hammer is moderate and respectable, but couldn’t find its grip around its respective body.
5.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – The knife had major difficulties cutting through its heavy ingredients. The alcohol was light in comparison to its weight, and the body’s digestive capabilities were challenged by this prohibitive combination.
6.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –The spiders were slow to arrive, but desperately wanted to participate. The first two brews had a nice soft buildup, but by the end of the third, I was anxious to get the night rolling. It took the entire six pack for a nice euphoric lift to come on, but it was late in the game, and this brew ultimately suffered abandonment issues.
7.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Without the influence of alcohol, any motor is easy to run.
30.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Brooklyn Lager is a fantastic beer, no question about that. It is deeply rich, robust and flavorful. And my initial experience with this beer was an exciting event in my life. Unfortunately, the buzz comes on slow and half way through the six pack, you feel ripped off from your dealer for selling you a low potency product. But it scores pretty well on the chainsaw because when the buzz finally arrives, it’s a pretty sweet lift. I needed to continue the evenings ignition with a couple of imperial stouts for good measure, but the flavors did not live up to Brooklyn Lager and skewed my enjoyment for the remainder of the night. So this may provide a good buzz, but it will take more than a six pack to continue to chainsaw the night.