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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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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skeeordye11

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful light brown in color with no head or lace.
S: biscuit maltiness with a touch of nuttiness as well. Very inviting
T: the malt hits you up front with a good touch of roasted grain as well. There is a bitterness at the end that may be from the roasted grain but could also be from hops. Complex.
M: fuller than expected based on the color.
D: good accompaniment to a meal. I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 20:07:41 | More by skeeordye11
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-medium brown with hint of red, a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-toasted malt, light nutty, hint of caramel

T-toasted malt, light caramel, nutty, hint of chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F- light time dim body with moderate carbonation, a little light for my taste

O-decent if not great brown ale, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:42:51 | More by MDDMD
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Jredner

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is very fruity with apple dominating and notes of a more sugary sweetness. Red/brown body holds a world champion fader of a head that leaves tiny white slick. Lots of caramel malt, fruity apple and pear along with peantu skins and meatier nut notes. The flavor is spot on for the most part, but the alcohol is a touch more noticeable than expected for the style. Still a decent Brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 18:20:36 | More by Jredner
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the locals, so I feel obliged to give it a try... I went with this one based on a Richmond native saying "He's a big fan" of the brewery, and the fact that I like a brown ale.

A: A nice pour... a deep cinnamon brown, and a great 2 finger head. Moderately sticky, leaves a little latticing lace. (tongue twister not intented!)

S: A nice, mild aroma... a little nutty and a caramel scent in there.

T/M/D: A big malt front here... nice, round body, maybe even a touch heavy for its class - I personally like the attribute, so don't see it as being a negative thing. Not noticing a caramel flavour like I found in the aroma. Rather, an earthy, somewhat buttery flavour of malts. They seem to diminish a touch in the finish, but don't know if making it 'bigger' would change that or ruin it all. All around, it's a nice and straight forward brown, and something that could show further potential with tweaking over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:07:42 | More by Proteus93
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat thick texture. There was quarter inch of foamy head and some good lacing.

S: There was a malty, nutty quality to the smell, along with some sugars.

T: Not as complex as I would've like, but not bad. Roasted malt, toffee and a nutty quality common to brown ales.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry, yet slightly thin finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a pretty good beer, though not my favorite among Legend's output. The taste was good enough, but bordered on mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 13:47:30 | More by avalon07
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JMB

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown and thick appearance, frothy head that gathers on the glass, good looking amber

T - somewhat malty with a mix of sweet and slightly bitter, ends nicely with a hidden hint of bitterness, subtle caramel

M - hearty and smooth, satisfying

O - enjoyable ale that does not overwhelm, taste is sweet yet subtle at the end

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:16:49 | More by JMB
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A one-finger frothy on top of a see-thru brown body. Subdued roasted malt smell mixed with some toasted and sweet malt smells as well. Nice smoothness with a subdued dry backbite. Has caramel sweetness and maybe some sugar cane with a little tartness from the hops. A low-key quality brown.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 17:31:56 | More by clayrock81
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has come through with an interesting beer for me to try. I tend to eschew beers not in CANs or other than AIPAs so he keeps me honest and in the game. Well done!

An aggro pour resulted in a brief finger of light-tan head with limited retention. Color was a mahogany brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose gave off notes of milk chocolate, nuts, caramel and toffee. Whee! Mouthfeel was unexpectedly effervescent with a very nutty flavor on the tongue. This was turning out much better than I had expected. Finish was semi-dry with the nuttiness being offset by a butterscotch-caramel-toffee flavor. For not being my cuppa tea, this was quite a nice beer. It just reinforces my need to diversify whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:47:03 | More by woodychandler
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the beer engine at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House.

Having had the St. George IPA on the cask, it was time to try the Legend offering. Per the (massive) beer menu, it's "dark golden in color and dry hopped to perfection."

It arrived in a 20oz. English Imperial Pint glass with an amazingly thick and creamy white head that really reminded me of a nitr-tap brew. Distinct and impressive rings of lace on the glass as this one was drained. Color was indeed dark golden. Aromas were very different from what I'd expected. I was thinking I'd be able to pick up something resembling a hoppy note but all I got was a very pronounced "applesauce" aroma. I'd be curious to see what hops they used in dry-hopping this. Flavor, too, was not very influenced by the hops, IMHO. Pretty mild, and toned down by the conditioning in the cask. Quite malty-caramel sweet up front, tempered nicely by the hops. Finishes with a sweet, tangy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice...creamy smoothness coates the palate. I really like cask-conditioned beers and this one was easy to drink. One that I would certainly order again.

Serving type: cask

05-20-2004 23:46:48 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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mckenziac


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly down to a small cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of caramel, nuts, and earthy hops.

Taste: Mildly hoppy with caramel malts, nuts, and a strong coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp.

Overall: A fairly average brown ale. A bit of a sentimental favorite because it's semi-local and definitely something I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:59:54 | More by mckenziac
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pnkRed

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mahogany brown and crystal clear with a short head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell was nutty and malty, and although the aroma was there, it was light and humble. The taste was spot on average for a brown ale. Nutty and malty. Nothing to be too impressed with, but definitely better than a Newky Brown. Light on the body, and easy to sip, this one you can definitely drink a bottle or two and not have to worry about not making the evening news at 10.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 20:59:27 | More by pnkRed
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber body with lots of carbonation bubbles. Big off-white head that disappates quickly. No lacing.

Smells very tasty. Roasted malts, a hint of sourness, and some floral hops.

Sweet malts up front give way to sourness and a slight bittness. Finishes with roasted malt character. Medium bodied.

A fairly drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:13:56 | More by Hojaminbag
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mattbk

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, mostly clear, maybe slightly cloudy. Small head.

Smell: Faintly sweet, not a lot of aroma from this beer.

Taste: At first chocolate, then sweet caramel, and then slightly roasty. At the same time, not overwhelmingly flavorful, but it is fairly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fairly good for the style, medium-full, just enough carbonation to give it a bit of zip.

Overall: A drinkable, very decent brown ale, won't knowck you socks off but definitely not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 22:35:34 | More by mattbk
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a nice opacity in spite of its shade. I think the head is quite beautiful, a one finger light khaki shade that retains itself in a consistent manner. Lacing is good, as well.

S: Surprisingly peppery - the black pepper component is pretty strong here. Beneath that lies some pleasant nuttiness (I'd say something along the lines of pecan and almond) and even a touch of lemongrass. A bit strange in its construction, but not offputting.

T: The nut flavor is what dominates, first and foremost. Afterwards, the nuttiness will roll into a slight tartness. The finish has a balanced bitterness, keeping the sweetness in check without becoming harsh. A vague cream flavor is on the aftertaste - creating the suggestion that this seems well layered, if not complex. Very, very good, and much better than what the aroma suggested.

M: Creamy smooth at first, before finishing clean and dry. Carbonation could be toned down ever so faintly. Otherwise, the general feel of the palate is quite pleasant, avoiding the excess chalkiness prevalent in some browns.

O: I admit, this one caught me off guard a bit. Aromatically, it's not much cop, but the flavor and texture helps compensate. Very good in general.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:34:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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sdsimkins

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-01-2013 13:50:53 | More by sdsimkins
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-01-2012 03:44:02 | More by amstokesdb9
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Samichez

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-30-2012 13:36:00 | More by Samichez
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VCUgrad

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-08-2014 18:00:01 | More by VCUgrad
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-23-2012 02:40:33 | More by whatname
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-26-2014 01:35:18 | More by Saxboy10
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-28-2013 00:48:31 | More by buzzy
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Hazy

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-19-2013 00:40:39 | More by Hazy
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sammy806

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-27-2014 15:33:01 | More by sammy806
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JWing

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-03-2012 19:15:17 | More by JWing
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GNH3

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-03-2013 19:07:55 | More by GNH3
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.