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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | 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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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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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-22-2013 04:32:43 | More by BrownAleMale
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ONUMello

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 05:13:28 | More by ONUMello
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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-16-2014 22:55:13 | More by KeyWestGator
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-12-2013 20:45:29 | More by JMUbrewz
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Legend Brown Ale looks great in the glass. It has a red-brown colour and an excellent 1cm head that is maintaned by high carbonation. This beer has a big malty smell. The flavour is similarly malty with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable too. This beer feels great in the mouth: very thick and carbonated.

Malterrific!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:03:14 | More by vandemonian
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-09-2014 18:30:51 | More by dexterk1
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Mosstrooper

California

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) brownish/amber color with a huge tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind both large and small spots of lace.

Smell: White grapes and caramel malt with a slight biscuity character and just a touch of grassiness.

Taste:Begins with caramel flavor that stays throughout with a sweet and sour grape-like taste in the background toward the end. Also has hints of biscuit and a touch of citrus in the finish. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer for its style and an excellent session brew. I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:33:19 | More by Mosstrooper
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-09-2014 19:24:23 | More by HoppySeb
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-06-2014 00:57:14 | More by fishguyac
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ZachKelly

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

01-28-2013 17:27:37 | More by ZachKelly
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh brown man. Your crystal maltiness, your faint sweet roastiness. Your hazelnut appearance and sometimes light diacetyl aroma and finish. Your low hop profile and lush mouthfeel. How I miss you at times, but when you are fresh in my mouth on a good November evening, I am happy. I recomend you to others. Those that like classic brown ales, but yearn for a colonial twist in the plot.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 06:02:06 | More by dedrinker
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PGVG

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-22-2014 23:12:23 | More by PGVG
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Enola

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a bonus in a trade with nriech.

This beer is a nice clear brown with a fair head that leaves little lacing. The smell is of brown sugar and cappachino. The taste is caramel and molasses. The mouthfeel is smooth and this is a very drinkable beer. If I visited this brewpub, this would be a beer I would order each visit for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 02:23:51 | More by Enola
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BeastLU

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-13-2013 16:38:52 | More by BeastLU
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice mahogany color and a beige head and lots of lace on this. Real nice looking beer.

smell - Malt, caramel, and some nuts here.

mouthfeel - medium body.

taste - Lots going on here, nut flavor with a bitterness from the hops and some nut taste here too, finished out with a bit of a burnt aftertaste.

drinkability - Always a good brew. Enjoyed this one. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 17:49:28 | More by auxiliary
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber poured into a clear Pilsner glass.

A: Great-looking brown with huge 3 fingers off-white head, very little lacing, but a little bit of head always lingers.

S: Caramel and malts with a little more hops than expected.

T: Caramel, toasted malts with a flash of chocolate melded with a earthy hops finish... There is a little bitterness in the aftertast... not at all harsh.

M: Pretty thick and full-bodied with a little syrupy feel. Low carbonation fits the style.

D: Very nice English brown ale with a superb balance of toasted and caramel malts combined with a edgy but smooth hoppiness. Very good brew from Legend's.... Right up there with Chocolate Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:51:11 | More by mralphabet
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Shilt

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-26-2011 03:39:31 | More by Shilt
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-15-2013 19:50:18 | More by davemathews68
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Rau71

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-01-2013 03:10:49 | More by Rau71
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a nice light brown colour with a small white head.

The smell was nice and malty with a bit of nuttiness. Not very strong though.

The taste was nice and malty, roasted malts, nut and a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little bit thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice brown ale would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:13:15 | More by Dave1999
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yep, looks like a classic brown ale. They nailed that. Brown, but allows light to pass through, but not really clear. A nice egg white colored head, not very thick but has excellent retention.

Hmm, not used to getting hops right off the bat from a brown ale. Obviously, this is an American brown ale. A little pine, a little grapefruit and the malts are pretty much missing in the nose. Well, not entirely. Cleared my palate and took another whiff and there's a nice balance here. The aforementioned hops, but also a bit of toast.

A nicely balanced beer. Just enough bite from the hops to balance out the bready sweetness of the malt. Neither really take center stage, but the hops do get the final scene. Not exceptionally complex, but nice nonetheless. It's like a really good two-man show of malts and hops.

This has very little aftertaste and is real easy to drink. The hops have a presence but don't add bitterness to the point that you can only handle one or two. Well, if you're a hophead this is a bad thing, but it makes for nicely balanced beer.

Nothing exceptionally or noteworthy about this beer, it's just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:13:15 | More by Naugros
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kemoarps

Washington

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the beers my little brother brought me when he came to visit a little while back (he's the best).

The pour is considerably lighter and more opaque than I expected. Looks almost more like and amber, with it's light toffee/mahogany shading. Decent sized suds on top, an off-white almond colour. Effervescent.

The smell is quite enticing. Nutty and sweet with a bready background, it's not something I look for in all of my beers, but for a brown, it seems to be about what I want.

I have to admit it's a little bit of a let down as it goes down the hatch. Primary notes of are crisp and refreshing, a light caramel, which is backed up by a caramel creaminess. A bit of deeez nuts, before tapering into a bitter finish. There's a doughy character somewhere in there that is kind of disappointing, tastes like raw gingerbread dough: brown sugar and yeast that feel unfinished, like they were supposed to get together and make something, but just decided to sit by themselves on the sideline instead.
There's a lot of really enjoyable components here, and the makings of a very good brown, but it just didn't all come together as I had hoped. Glad I tried it, much love to my brother for bringing it through, but ultimately not one I'll probably ever have again.

edit: As I have a bomber and a tiny glass, it has taken several refills, and each refill has caused it to try to overflow with head, while the beer part stays in the bottom inch or so of the glass. This coupled with some other things that came out as I drink make me wonder if there's something up with this bottle (I admittedly don't know much about what can affect a beer/what effect it can have). Is this a possibility?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:53:52 | More by kemoarps
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to funkybottoms for sending this one my way!

pours a rich dark roasted chestnut brown... very dark with a off-white two-finger foamy meringue-like head that fades relatively quickly and leaves good bits of lace.

aroma is great. roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses and turbinado sugar.

taste is roasty with a strong, intense, almost boozy malt backbone. then a rush of fresh, potent herbal and grassy hops, followed by a clean, sweet caramel nutty malt finish.

mouth is good, although slightly high on the carbonation for the style. moderate body, and after the carbonation bubbles away, it becomes pretty decent with a pleasant lingering clean bitterness.

all in all, I'm definitely impressed. I'm not a big brown fan, but this one has enough malt carachter and a touch of hops that it really works while keeping things interesting. I'd drink this by the growler if it were local!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 20:44:53 | More by djeucalyptus
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-12-2014 11:25:21 | More by kmos27
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.