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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001)
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4/5  rDev +5%

NYR_Rob, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

OriolesFan1008, Apr 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

bmjivi221, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

standardcherry, Jun 19, 2012
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

BRYeleJR, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

djre4orm, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BrownAleMale, Jan 22, 2013
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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.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 21, 2004
Photo of neenerzig
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, amber brown color with some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light with a nice fluffy looking white head that was initially about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with a decent film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Pretty good lacing indeed too. Aromas of caramel malts and some roasty nuttiness along with hints of coffee and molasses. Has a good, sweet caramel malt flavor upfront followed by the roasted nuttiness and coffee hints followed by a bit of molasses and rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth, slightly creamy and sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Has a dry, nutty after taste. A pretty solid brown ale here indeed!

Eric

neenerzig, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

gleemonger, Jun 12, 2013
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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.

Jredner, Feb 26, 2006
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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!

vandemonian, Oct 28, 2010
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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.

Mosstrooper, Jan 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

fishguyac, Mar 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

PGVG, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

ZachKelly, Jan 28, 2013
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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.

dedrinker, Jul 01, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

BeastLU, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mikefuski17, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kmos27, May 12, 2014
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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.

Enola, Jan 10, 2007
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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.

auxiliary, May 03, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

davemathews68, Mar 15, 2013
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.