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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our most popular beer, Legend's is a full bodied version of a British Brown Ale. Expect a rich, malt-forward brew with a beautiful mahogany tone. Generous amounts of specialty malts bring flavors of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, coffee, and molasses, all perfectly balanced by a steady but cautious hop dryness. Fruity undertones provided by our house yeast strain bring the final flavor element to round out this world class ale.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.56/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear, medium brown pour with a small white head that fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Very little in the nose, toasted cereal grains, and not much else. Buttery off-flavors, caramel malt sweetness, grainy, phenolic fruitiness, and a tiny hop bitterness coming through. Thin body, not very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of brown ales to begin with, but this one was just flat-out poorly made.

Rifugium, May 25, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

DuffDaddy, Jul 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

ascags, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of odualum13
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

odualum13, Nov 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

CycleHops, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of pentathlete
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a dissapointment for me. Ordered it with a sandwich. In the low lighting it appeared a true brown color with no head or lacing on the pint glass. Smell was barely perceptible with some maltiness showing up. Taste starts out like a typical brown ale then the aftertaste ruins it for me. In an effort to be bitter it merely comes across annoying like a kid trying to get a attention by acting up rather than just saying "excuse me." I found the aftertaste distracting and it discounted any hope I had for this beer. Mouthfeel was about right, not quite full, but coating the palate up front. I left about a third of this in the glass.

pentathlete, Apr 09, 2005
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

PGVG, Feb 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

lupercmda, Jan 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

rderedin, May 05, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Chesnut brown color with a solid 1+ finger head
S: Toasted grain; not much else going on
T: Again some toasted grain and nuttiness.
M: A bit thin, light bodied but smooth.
O: Not bad but at the same time fairly meh.

ONUMello, Dec 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

avisong, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

bespin15, Jun 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Karibourgeois, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

sarahfrancesca, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

KevMo84, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

OriolesFan1008, Apr 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

SilentNature, Jun 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

cheapswiller, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

thejuno, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Filthyfloor, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) foamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was light of roasted cereal malts and a lightly sweet leathery yeast with hints of milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of molasses.

The taste was mildly sweet with just a hint of chocolate and a pinch of molasses from the onset and finished with a slightly bitter chocolate-coffee flavor that lasted an average amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and a bit watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting and well balanced Brown Ale that possessed an excellent drinkability.

KajII, Dec 01, 2011
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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.