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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
We know what you’re thinking. You think we’ve lost our minds. “Main Engine Start”? That’s okay – no worries – but actually we haven’t lost anything at all. We just gained a new brewery here in Brooklyn. A few months ago, we busted through the brewhouse wall into another building and expanded our fermentation cellars. Now we’ve just finished installing a big shiny new set of German brewhouse equipment. Over the coming years, we’re going to brew you a lot of fun new beers on this baby.
First, though, it’s time to rev this whole thing up and get it humming. The first beer out of our new brewhouse is Brooklyn Main Engine Start, a burnished gold ale in the rare “Abbey Singel” style, reminiscent of the un-filtered beers that Trappist monks make for themselves. It’s dry and biscuity on the palate, with a lilt of spicy Belgian yeast character and a snappy hop bite. Judicious dry hopping with Slovenian Aurora hops lends an appetizing herbal note. It’s tasty enough to stick with for the whole evening, and at about 6% ABV, it won’t have you tripping over snow banks after just one.
We know it’s winter and you might have been expecting something heavy and dark, but right now we’re just not in a heavy and dark mood. In fact, we’re feeling pretty cheerful, and we want to celebrate with a bunch of our friends and a few pints of beer. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by during our tour hours and see the new brewery. If you’ve seen the brewery before, you’ll be amazed what we’ve done with the place. It’s cold outside – stay a while. We’re going for Main Engine Start.

Main Engine Start stats:
MALTS: British two–row, British Crystal Malt, Belgian Aromatic Malt, American “Honey” Malt.
HOPS: German Perle, British East Kent Golding, Slovenian Aurora
YEAST: Our special Belgian strain
ABV: 6.2%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
growler-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a rich light tan head and hazy gold color. Aroma is perfumy/spice, sweet medium malt. Taste is dry yeast, perfumy/spice hops, bready-light malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1994) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Sampled at Lansdale Brew Fest 2011. Mahogany pour, some head. The aroma was yeasty and sugary. Lots of fruity esters in this one, banana like flavore and lots of yeast abound. Not a bad beer. Worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Clear amber color/ lasting ivory head. Fruity banana, belgian yeast, vanilla, mild ground polycarbonate aromas. Medium bodied. Light berry fruit, phenolic flavors with pale malt, spicy yeast--a little off but not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Draft at Pour House (Tampa). Pours a clear light golden color with mild white head. Belgian yeast and clove aroma with hints of lemon zest. Slight sourness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Hazy gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma shows light spice, Biscuits And banana. Flavor follows suite meh city

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rougeau13 (2592) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Tap. Cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Aroma of yeast, bread and some fruit. Similar taste, but both are pretty weak. Lively carbonation and soapy feeling body. Decent, but probably not something I’d go for again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4663) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Mmm. That’s tasty. Clear, dark amber. White head that lasts a few minutes. Nice belgiam yeast aroma with some breast sweetness. The flavor is full but sessionable, which is the coolest thing about this beer. Its fuzzy on the palate but this subsides quickly with each taste. The flavor is so well balanced. Everything comes together outside the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2011
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, canned pineapple, biscuit, and florals. Flavor of soap, Belgian yeast, citrus, mineral, and earthiness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
(draught) clear golden, ring creamy bubbles. Nose of hairspray, Belgian yeast, candied citrus, ginger and coriander. Taste of candied citrus, bready, dry. Not very exciting. Dishrag citrus linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Appearance: clear coppers and blood oranges. Nice head fades into nothing. Slow steady stream of bubbles from first quaff to last.
Nose: yeasty, doughy, spicy, phenolic, and tropical. Green banana skins, papaya, and guava. Ginger and cumin for a solid kick of spice. Coconut husks. Raw dough.
Palate: clean, spicy, and yeasty. White pepper. Coconut husk, green banana skins, papaya, and guava. Lovely. Plantains in the back swallow, long and lingering. Ginger and cumin spice tickles back of throat. Tickle on top of tongue with bitterness of coconut husk, guava and papaya skins. Flavors melt together perfectly. Dryness is gentle and creates a welcome thirst for more.
Final Thoughts: another deliciously different and intriguing Brewmasters Reserve from the ever creative genius of Garrett Oliver and the Brooklyn Brewery.

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