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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001)
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Photo of WebGuyMike


3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-15-2013 01:45:09 | More by WebGuyMike
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Legend- Brown Ale

A- Deep hazy red/ brown with a thick foamy head. Good head retention and lacing.
S- Woodsy oak chips with sweet molasses malt and varnish.
T- Sweet oak molasses malt, smokey. Slight brown sugar and licorice.
M- Smokey, smooth, and malty. Big wood/ leather finish.

Overall- The wood/ leather taste and feel limit this to the 1 bomber.

01-04-2009 20:03:51 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of BryanCarey


3.2/5  rDev -16%

Medium brown in color, Legend Brown Ale emits an aroma of sweet, lightly roasted, nutty malts. The body of the beer is a little hazy and there is a small amount of lacing.

This beer serves up flavors like caramel malt, toffee, nuts, a touch of dough, and bread. The overall flavor is more on the sweet side, but there is some balancing from the hops. The beer is medium in body and is generally drinkable and likeable.

Legend Brewing Brown Ale is a decent beer, but I don’t rank it among my favorite examples of the style. The reason is because the flavors don’t necessarily mesh together the way they should. The individual tastes are okay, but they don’t have much synergy, leaving the consumer with a less then pleasant experience.

A decent beer overall, but far from the best brown ale I have ever tried.

02-02-2014 06:01:57 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of davidt


3.2/5  rDev -16%

Pours a reddish-brown color with off-white short lived head. The aroma is caramel with a bit of brown sugar. Caramel malt flavor, not too sweet. Some citrus hops come through at the end giving the beer a bit of a zing. A decent but not outstanding english brown ale.

01-02-2008 02:24:00 | More by davidt
Photo of crwrunner


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-02-2013 01:42:50 | More by crwrunner
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-09-2013 12:01:03 | More by Mattyb79
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-03-2012 22:14:37 | More by MidloRapid
Photo of davet100


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-19-2013 20:56:09 | More by davet100
Photo of John_Beeryman


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-21-2014 13:36:37 | More by John_Beeryman
Photo of fishguyac


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-06-2014 00:57:14 | More by fishguyac
Photo of mrterdferguson

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-17-2012 03:04:15 | More by mrterdferguson
Photo of blbarnett3


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-08-2014 00:11:17 | More by blbarnett3
Photo of Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-28-2013 20:58:30 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-18-2013 23:59:33 | More by bmjivi221
Photo of BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-05-2013 21:27:59 | More by BigTrubble
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-15-2013 19:50:18 | More by davemathews68
Photo of nwatson


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-26-2013 04:34:36 | More by nwatson
Photo of jgasparine


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

A- Poured from the tap with a thin off-white head, which quickly evaporated with just a hint of a collar in the wake. The body was an optically clear garnet-tinged medium brown... little traces of visible carbonation.

S- Overall a very mild nose. I am straining to pick up any aroma... I'm in a smoke-free bar, with no food on the table... and while this was served a little on the cool side, I still should get SOMETHING off the nose... but I nothing...

T- A fairly nice balance of some vienna malts and some earthy hop flavor. This balance persists through the midpalate, until some mild hop bitterness kicks-in and lingers a bit in the finish. Overall, I feel that the flavor is good, but still somewhat weak... like someone took a nice Brown Ale and diluted it with some water.

M- A very thin body with a- I don't want to say a coarse carbonation, but perhaps a 'spritzy' carbonation... Low level of astringency. No real texture.

D- Overall drinkable... while it fails to break the mediocre barrier in all other categories, it's refreshing enough to drink in quantity on a hot day.

08-23-2010 23:37:50 | More by jgasparine
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South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

I had this beer in a 22oz draft at the Quaker Steak in Newport News VA. It was a good beer, nothing super special to remark about, but in a town where bud, bud light and yeungling are the readily available beers on draft. Would drink it again if I were looking for a good brew that wouldn't over power my wings, yet maintained a good body and mouth feel.

05-30-2010 02:29:52 | More by vtsaltydogg03
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Nutty with a dry toastiness. Grainy malts and quite clean. Not a whole lot of flavor, but what is there is quite nice.

3.0 T: Taste is like the nose. Nutty, toasty, and dry. Grainy. Again it's not very intense, but it's well made and tasty.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Extraordinarily creamy for what the body is and super smooth.

3.5 D: Decent beer with a great mouthfeel, but could use more intensity in the taste.

08-06-2012 00:22:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of DrJay


3.41/5  rDev -10.5%

Clear, deep brown with a reddish hue topped by a thin beige cap. Good head retention, some lacing. Not much other than grapefruit citrus in the aroma, perhaps a bit of malt and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness, citrus dominates the flavour, fainter notes of dark malts, nuts, and brown sugar. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit dry. Decent overall, particularly if you like a lot of citrus in your brown ales.

01-03-2014 13:29:17 | More by DrJay
Photo of Florida9


3.43/5  rDev -10%

A: Clear chestnut brown in color. Forms a very large light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick, very creamy surface coating. Some good lacing.

S: Aroma of leather, brown sugar, and caramel malts. A little toast. Then there is a slight sour grape quality as well that seems out of place.

T: Taste is strong on the caramel malts with a little chocolate malt as well. Peanut, brown sugar, and some faint molasses. Mild sweetness. Just not much going on here.

M: Medium bodied, but much lighter than one would expect for the style. Mild sweetness. Nearly non-existent bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: Light flavor and body makes this a rather drinkable ale, but the aroma is slightly off and in the end this one is just not very interesting.

01-02-2012 00:40:57 | More by Florida9
Photo of nickd717


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

12oz bottle via trade thanks to billab914.

Pours clear amber-brown in color with a one-finger white head that leaves some foam on the beer.

The aroma is very chocolatey with caramel and some plum and fig notes. Pretty nice.

Fairly sweet flavor with lots of caramel malt and a little chocolate. The fruits come out on the flavor as well, with a slight hint of molasses.

Medium body with average carbonation and a pretty standard mouthfeel.

A good brown ale overall. Not amazing, but good enough.

08-24-2010 03:28:58 | More by nickd717
Photo of gopens44


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

A - Dark almond color and mostly clear with a thin foamy head.

S - The most slight presence of bitterness in the nose was nearly exhausted by the malty sweetness that climbed aboard the nose relatively quick.

T - Very similar to the nose. Slightly bitter at first that gives way to a very clean and sweet molasses-y malt flavor. Refreshing yet decent depth.

M - Well carbonated and fairly thin with a rather heavy bitter and a touch sour aftertaste.

O - For being a local beer, this one stands up with most any Brown that I've had.

06-06-2011 16:15:48 | More by gopens44
Photo of Kuromaru


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent tawny with a slightly-darker-than-eggshell head that dissipates quickly.

Smell--Grainy, with maybe a faint hint of rye. Brown sugar. Malty in general with a whiff of chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel--Moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, medium/ light body. Clean and somewhat velvety on the palate at once.

Taste--Nutty, wheat-y, some chocolate, and faint sugary fruit.

Overall--Very drinkable, creamy and lightly sweet. Not especially flavorful, but hard not to get along with.

12-31-2011 00:30:33 | More by Kuromaru
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.