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RedLegg Ale - Barrel House Brewing Company

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RedLegg AleRedLegg Ale

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 12-03-2002)
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked the other stuff I've had from this brewery, so why not this one. Pour is nothing spectacular, of course the beer is red. And boy does it smell tasty. Mmm...toasted biscuits.

This is a style that I do not normally drink, but this is a good one. Toasted biscuit malts with a very light dose of hops, maybe could use a touch more of the hops for me, but this is still good. Mouthfeel is good, drinkable as a marathon beer.

Sephiroth, Dec 13, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a copper body that is radiant and shimmering. Small beige head retains well and leaves patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is buttery toffee and caramel with an aromatic spicy hop accent. Light medium body with good carbonation. Taste is nicely balanced with a tasty blend of caramel and toffee malt sweetness and spice-like hop bitterness. Quite simplistic, but tasty and very sessionable. Very enjoyable.

merlin48, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle, no freshness information being offered here. Pours slightly reddish amber, a LONG lasting creamy, tan head keeps it up, over alot of rising tiny bubbles. Sweet, malty nose, hints of cherries, wood, sweet malts...too sweet, too highly carbonated. I could see using this one as a sweet marinade, but not for much else. Pass this one by.

Billolick, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm auburn brown clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a creamy off-white head with big bubbles that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has an aroma of dark toasted malt with hints of light toasted malt and a soft caramel note in the background.

T- The taste of sweet toasted malt with a biscuit malt flavor has faint notes of dark toasted malt and chocolate malt. There is a finish of spicy hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a finish that is a fizzy at the finish and it boost the hops a bit. As it warms there is a bit of a watery texture even though it has medium-full body.

D- This beer has a good flavor that is not to complex but does have some nice layers making it pretty drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrel House- Redlegg

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- A clean filtered ruby red with a huge foamy head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Sweet molasses and caramel malt. Touch of licorice.
T- Nice dry caramel malt. Slight touch of vanilla, licorice, and spices.
M- Creamy malt slighty dry throughout. Finishes off clean.

Overall- A modest, yet totally sessionable Red. Sitting at 4.2% this could be an all day drinker!

NJpadreFan, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrelhouse's Red Legg pours just that, a reddish-amber - almost chestnut - ale. It's frothy yellowed-white head slowly drops to a fluffy lid, and eventually to a creamy cap. As it drops it leaves chunky, diamond-peaked "muontains" of lace about the glass.

The nose is malty with lots of sweet, medium caramel, a touch of cocoa, and a whiff of yeasty fruitiness. What grassy and leafy hops are there are, for the most part, completely obscured by the rich maltiness.

And, as suggested by the nose, it's superbly rich and malty in the mouth with a wide, incredibly caramelish character. It's sweetish, well, actually sweet... but it somehow ends up dry in the end. The bitterness is not much more than firm, but it somehow dries. Some leafy and mildy grassy hop flavors make an appearance, but it's really centered around the maltiness; and a dusting of cocoa lingers in the finish.

A rich, satiating amber ale!

NeroFiddled, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of wspscott
1.63/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22oz bomber in pint glass

Poured nice, looked nice. Had an odd smell. With the first taste my wife and I both looked at each other in surprise. There were hints of oranges and maybe spice. I waited a minute and had another sip. This beer is terrible, I actually poured it out and I never pour out beer. I would rather have budwater than this. Hopefully it was a bad bottle, or maybe I don't like the style, but I won't give it another try.

wspscott, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with ok carbonation. The head is small off white to tan and leaves little lace.

The the smell is good nutty malt with some fruit noted. Mild hops, seems to be nice.

The taste is good also, I like the strong nuttyness to the malt as well as caramel notes.

The mouthfeel is good, just less then medium body and nice carbonaion.

The drinkability is ok, a an ok brew, might be worth a try. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from a 22 oz. bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red/amber color with a very small white head. It smells like caramel and toasted malt, I can't pick up much else in the aroma. It tastes the same way, but I can also taste some grassy hops and bread/biscuits too. Mouthfeel is light/medium and a bit on the watery side. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. Overall, it's a decent beer. Not a bad choice to get on tap if you're ever at a Cincinnati Reds home game, it's good as an occasional session beer.

bluejacket74, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow i dont know to say... this is my 3rd beer form this brewery and they all taste identical!!

all smell and tasted like spiced apples with high carbonation

all which i like but - you can not throw out the same flavor and call it a different style

if all of their beer taste the same i dont even want to try the rest - whats the point

if you had one youve had them all

jsh420, May 17, 2009
Photo of redjameskidd
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty surprised by some of the reviews for this beer that describe any taste of hoppiness, because I certainly wasn't detecting any.

Of note: I have had bottles of this on two separate occasions and both were way overcarbonated, taking 5 minutes or so to pour and wait for foam heads to go down.

What I tasted: Sweetness. Sugariest-tasting beer I think I've ever drank. And in a very weird way. For a while I convinced myself that it tasted like a caramel apple, but I grew to think it was more of a chocolate taste, like hershey's syrup. I would expect a lot of people not to like that, but I did.

Whenever I want a really sugary, sweet brew that tastes like candy...this is what I'd turn to.

redjameskidd, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish brown with a small head, this quickly faded to just about nothing. Left a tiny bit of lace but not much at all. Smell was light, very grain and bread driven, not alot of hops in this one at all, but none to be expected. Taste was smooth, nice carbonation with a very musty, grassy and earth, bread type taste to it. A very typical red ale, not bad at all. Nice long lingering finish had me come back for more. Overall nothing special and a decent session beer, good call for a change. Would probley be very nice on tap.

mikesgroove, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a firkin comes this copper colored beer with a white fluffy head. Some lace was present on the glass. Smells of some roasted malt, and not much else. The taste was a good backbone of a roasted malt, typical for this style. The beer finished with a light hoppy bitterness, and a somewhat dry finish. The cask conditioning gave a nice creamy mouthfeel, and of course easy on the carbonation. Although there wasn't anything that was dominant, this was a good beer. I would certainly be able to have many of these in a seeting. Good session beer, glad to try this on cask.

Bierguy5, May 28, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of an odd malt flavor for an amber, with some almost-but-not quite chocolate notes and a bit of toffee/cookie, then following with a blunt hops bitterness that lingered a bit too long at the back without much of a clean-up. Overall, not bad, but really not a lot that holds one's interest.

Brent, May 21, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown in color with a nice two inches of head on the pour. Smell is slightly hoppy. There is a lot of roasted caramel malt in the flavor. Also accompanied by a good amount of piney hops. This turned out to be more hoppy than I was expecting. And it works. Another decent beer from Barrel House. They're not setting the world on fire, but starting to put out consistently drinkable beer.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of mntlover
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a lightly hazy red color with a tan head that falls quickly to a ring, not much lace on this one.

Aroma is malty munich malts that smell buttery and lightly fruity almost a strong maranz like aroma with some earthy note. Aroma is little strang not your typical red here.

Taste is wow this is different biscuity malty with hints of Flanders red here not quite sour like a Flanders but heading that way. Some earthy hops in the finish but light at best. Over all not a normal red or what I was expecting as I love a good amber ale.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium not much body clean finish light carbonation or medium but mouthfeel makes carbonation seem more mellow then it is.

Drinkability is strange not a normal amber here more like half amber half Flanders red, not bad per say not pouring it down the drain, but would want another one either. Any how want to thank merlin48 for yet another brew I wouldn't normally get to sample.

mntlover, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This beer poured a cloudy, dark amber with a thin head of beige foam that quickly faded away. No lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of caramel, iced tea, and some mild citrus hops. The flavor consisted of toasted caramel, orange, and light pine. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. Just another middle of the road amber.

mdm46410, May 25, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Pub in Cincy, this brew was a deep amber red color with a decent cream colored head and no lacing. Smells very sweet, caramel mostly. Taste was pure malt, no real hop presence. Chocolate and caramel dominate with a touch of nuttyness as well. Fills the mouth nicely. I was suprised and happy with this Cincinnati brew.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first sampled this at Great American Ballpark with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as I rushed to get a brew before the inning ended. Right after I paid my money the batter struck out and I got the last brew of the game, at least from that vendor. I was enthused and have good memories of it on tap. I picked up this 22 oz at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton to see if the bottle can match it.

Presents in a dense malt brown color with lots of carbonation and a sliver of subpar head. Nose is light chocolate malt but mostly unremarkable.

Taste reveals decent balance and a dry bitter finish with caramel and bready notes throughout. Mouthfeel is thin but has some complexity.

Not real attractive but sustaining and drinkable. Definitely bettter on tap.

daliandragon, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Ahhdball
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red with a small head that had good life till the end. Smelled some citrus and a little caramel. Nothing fancy. Good light taste. Very light malts followed by a fair portion of the hops. Smooth and creamy from start to finish and no aftertaste. A decent offering but thye have better brews.

Ahhdball, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky caramel/rust color with ample two-finger head drops to a thin even layer.

Smells a bit musty but still good. Earthy resinous hops intermingle with caramel sweetness and a bit of nutmeg.

Tastes sweet like molasses and a bit of pumpkin with earthy & lightly floral hop flavors.

Medium bodied or a bit over, but pretty smooth.

A pretty good and drinkable beer, definitely worth a try.

Tasted on 8/6/08.

tmitch75, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice red/amber/brown, slightly hazy at first but clears at is warms. tight foamy active 2in of tan foam sounds like rice krispies. lots of tiny rising bubbles. minimal lacing.

S- yeasty buttery sourdough bread, sweet cream, red wine cask, aromatic wood, cedar, nuts, bark, butterscotch, nutty chocolatey candybar, warm

T- buttery dark red dried fruit, mineral water, creamy maltiness then after you swallow there's a cocoa mocha-chino flavor that hits you. toasty like prunes dates and figs sauteed in butter & brown sugar. some earthy herbal hops & honey but definitely on the malt side of the scale.

*in appearance, smell, and taste, this beer is very similar to chimay red label but without its depth and complex character.

MF- silky smooth and syrupy, the light carbonation complements its creaminess and ups the drinkability.

D- the problem for me is that this beer is so similar to chimay premier, but so inferior in comparison. don't get me wrong, its a great (though unusual) red ale, but its almost like i'm drinking a clone and i can't dig it. it's easy to drink with low ABV but i want a beer that has its own taste, not someone else's.

hustlesworth, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice crystal clear burnt orange color, big white head, fades pretty. The remains are creamy and off-white.

Smell: Funky grain, slightly sour and lactic. Diacetyl, maybe?

Taste: Deep roasted malt, a little chocolatey. Hops are fairly mild, more of a malty red ale. Still, balanced and much better than the smell alludes to.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and non-offensive. I do think there are better local beers that I would get for the $$$.

TastyTaste, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Great American Ballpark on 6/19, Reds vs. Cubs day game.

Poured with minimal head, but I got to it in time to catch those initial vapors. Almost a cola brown, but more translucent. Aroma is sweet malts all the way, some vague spiciness but hard to pick up in this environment.

The taste is malty and smooth. It comes across on the sweeter side, but is checked by a hop showing at the aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry with some malt residue. The balance isn't really there, but the taste doesn't suffer for it, not for this style anyway. A little lower carbonation than I would have liked.

Very alluring mouthfeel makes this disappear very quickly... or was it those nachos and jalapenos?! Nicely smooth

I dig the malty brews and find most of them extremely drinkable, this one is no exception.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the 4 Barrel House bombers that are currently distributed to Central KY, this is the one that shows the most improvement from what I remember from the taps. A true Red that doesn't try to compete with IPA's, or Brown Ales, or any other kind of beer. It's just a Red, and solid at that. A rich, caramelized malt flavor that delivers very sweet sugars, but tempered with a light toasty character. This along with a bready and twangy yeast, delivers the complexity needed to substantiate the beer. Hop additions offer a balance to the bold sweetness while offereing a mild earthy, grassy flavor without dominating the brew. This beer shows a lot of patience and discipline at the brew kettle. The body is a medium sweet feel that cleans up late and finishes with a light caramel, bread, and grassy note.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2007
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RedLegg Ale from Barrel House Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.