Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

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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Ratings: 421 | Reviews: 147
Photo of wac9
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow just wow my mother in law pick this up in virgina dam she can pick good beers out. just a great tasting beer a very sexy brown ale in a glass, brown , very little head smells boozy but its not and the taste is wonderful find this beer and bring it home just wonderful

Photo of nriech
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light brown. Medium head, some lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and malty. A little nutty.

Taste: A decent mixture of lightly sweet caramel with malt. A little citrus hop is balanced in well. Very easy to drink and not offensive to any foods I have eaten with it.

Its overall a pleasant beer thats always fresh as it has a short expiration date and cant be left unrefered. Its always a good solid standby in the Richmond area.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice a deep brown with white head which resolves rather quickly. Smells pleasantly of toasted malts, bready. Malt forward tastes, well balanced with taste of molasses, grains, and good clean finish. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Solid brown ale, very enjoyable and easily quaffable. Reliable and tasty.

Photo of byrd
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this brew once previously, but it came to my rescue in the days immediately following Hurricane Isabel when power was out all over the place and my fridge was nothing more then a closet. Oddly enough, one of the only gas stations in the region with power (for days after the storm) was a Texaco only 10 minutes from home. Not having a generator, I had no need to wait in the insane lines for gas, so just stopped in to get something cold to drink. On a whim, I passed by the beer cooler, and to my surprise right in the middle of all the 40s was a row or 22oz Legend Brown Ale bombers. This is the only Legend brew (or micro brew for that matter) that they carry, and I was surprised to see it at all. And after being out of power for a number of days meant no cool beer at home, I didn't ask any questions, and picked up a few bottles. Now on to the review...

Legend pours a nice clear copper color with carbonation cascading from the sides of the glass. A decent head forms on top that is slightly sticky and recedes to a fairly rocky top before falling to a bubbly lace that coats the surface for a rather lengthy period of time. The aroma is a well balance mix of both malt and hops. The malts have a noticeable caramel character while the hops are citric. The start is smooth with the caramel malt notes being evident first. The sweetness is very restrained, and compliments the hops well. Citric hop notes are also well stated and a bit lemony, but don’t overtake the malt flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. Well balance brew that is very easy to drink. Although I enjoy this brew, I’ve had better brown ales.

Addition 09/04
I've since had this brew on tap a number of times at the River's Inn Restaraunt in Gloucester, VA, and have grown to enjoy this brown ale quite a bit. I'll also have to add that I enjoy it more on tap than from a bottle. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller and smoother on tap. The malt charateristics are more dominate. The malt is a little on the sweet side, but doesn't take away from the brew. The hops while still present, tend to have a less citric quality then I had noticed in the bottle. With no other craft brews to choose from at the River's Inn, I'll continue to be a happy customer as long as they keep this one available. Good session brew.

Photo of eljefe21
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: See through, ruby red brown liquid. Single finger head quickly rises and then fades to nothing. Lacing washes off quickly without much of a signature.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee notes. Fairly tame nose like most browns but maybe a touch sweeter than usual.

T: Roasted malts with sweet hints of caramel, toffee and biscuits. Sweetness lingers in the center of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied beer that coats the tongue in sweetness. Decent carbonation lifts some of the flavors.

D: Glad to have found such a good brown that's brewed so close to home. Will definitely stock up the fridge with this since my wife is a fan too. I assume this is a good session beer; it certainly doesn't feel too big. Had this with some sweet biscuits and this was a great match.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 12/5/09.

Photo of Matt1516
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated ale results in a frothy ephemeral tan head on a dark chocolate body (little lacing). Smells of caramel and sweet malts.

Thin taste but refreshing. Not much by way of hops but lots of chocolate malt and some vanilla tannins. Sweet with a little sourness in the aftertaste but I wish more bitterness prevailed or for a drier finish. A bit cloying in the end.

Still, it's a better than average example of the style.

Photo of Justin23060
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown leaning toward amber. 1/2 finger head. Smells caramely chocolate with some sweet tobacco and dried fruit. Tastes sweet with a semi-sweet finish. Nice and malty with just enough hop to bitter. Adequate carbination and a creamy mouth feel. Pretty solid offering and quite drinkable. I'd recommend it without any reservations.

Photo of davidt
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice micro brew brown ale. Highly recommend if passing through Richmond. It has a flavorful malt bill along with some decent hop and yeast flavors. My pour had little head, but some lacing on the glass. Nothing sticks out with this beer--it is just a good beer with good flavor overall. Complex malt nutiness is present that makes it somewhat unique. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of hops4me
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer alot. I have enjoyed all their beers thus far. Smells of cherries and faint chocolate. Some floral hops in there as well. Taste is slightly sweet with a subtle bitterness balancing it nicely. There is a very faint bitterness on the tongue. Light to medium body. This is a very good brown ale. I will definitely buy again.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a nice dark reddish brown color, with a decent head that sticks around. Not a lot of aroma, a little bit of malt. Very thick, creamy. Roasted coffee fills the mouth with notes of chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy. Very drinkable, I am quite impressed with this one.

Photo of nofunyons
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my steady. I always have on hand. The best English style brown ale in the world.

From Legend Brewing Co.;

"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. 5.8% Alc. By Vol."

Photo of MadTown1000
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2nd Street Bistro in Williamsburg - an hour from the brewery, so maybe that helps. At any rate, the bartender described it as "kind of like Newcastle, but with a little more bite less syrupy", and that's a pretty good description. Foam leaves lots of lace as it recedes, and the ale is a very dark golden amber with enough translucency to differentiate it from a heavier style. Has a good deal of carbonation, and some hop bitterness, leading to the aforementioned bite. It also has some of the caramelized sweetness you'd expect, though, and lots of malt, although not as heavy as some browns I've tasted. I just had a pint, but easily could have had more. All in all a very solid beer.

Photo of paulginva
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Had this at Flemming's Steak House in Richmond, VA. This was the only craft beer on the menu (the wine menu, by comparison, was some five pages long). Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass (don't blame me -- not my choice), this beer had a 1/2" fizzy, off-white head that dissipated quickly with fair head lacing. The clear brown body showed little carbonation.

AROMA: Aroma reflected slightly toasted malt, with hints of caramel and toffee, together with a light hops inflection of grapefruit and pine.

TASTE: Taste consisted of a nutty roasted malt with some caramel and toffee and a light hop flavor of grapefruit and pine. The hop taste was slightly surprising but not unpleasant.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium-bodied brew's texture was a bit thin with light carbonation. There was virtually no body lacing. The initial taste was sweet, morphing into a lightly bitter dryness with a very slight bitter aftertaste at the short finish.

DRINKABILITY: This was a tasty, well-balanced, brown ale but certainly was not best of breed. It was easy to drink, could be consumed all night long, and was a reasonable value, even at the restaurant's sizable markup. I'd order it again and wouldn't hesitate to serve it to friends.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three plus fingers of creamy head, dense bubbles slowly settling, leaving 1/4" of head over the mahogany-amber body. For all the froth, lacing is minimal.

Watermelon, yeast, bubble gum on the nose. Fruity, malty, refreshing and light, but complex.

Fruity, candied malts up front, while light citrus hops provide a dry finish, and round out the malts.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a brown. Wet at first and dry on the finish.

Easy drinker, sits well. Perfect with some hot dogs watching the afternoon ballgame.

Photo of soupermirl
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Preety freakin' good. Had it at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA and it was very nice. At first sight, it is a brown ale, nice color. The scent left a little to be desired. Not what I expected. Kind of like old beer, but when I tasted it, yummy, very nice. The taste of malt filled my mouth, followed by an ever so slight hops. Very nice finish. And each time a drank it, I think I enjoyed it more. Nice.

Photo of tommy78
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color with medium head, poured out of a bomber.

S: Quite malty in aroma. Picked up some caramel smell as well.

T: My favorite...quite sweet, with the malty aroma translating well into the taste.

M: Low carbonation. Pretty consistent with brown ales.

O: I enjoyed this beer. I tried it with a margarita pizza and the beer complemented the basil and olive oil tastes. I would have this beer again when in VA.

Photo of biteme398
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of root beer. Good head that settles slowly. Plenty of malt in the nose. Good sweetness too, perhaps caramel. Taste up front is strong, perhaps a little coffee and chocolate. The ending is sweeter but finishes just right. There is a small taste of hops for balance. Mouthfeel is a little light, but fits with the style. This is quite a surprise from an in-state brewery. Never tried any of their stuff before but this is one of the better brown ales I’ve tried.

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a small one-finger, cream head that dissipated quickly. Dark brown with a hint of red when held up to the light. A nice looking ale. 3.5

S - Roasted malt smell with a hint of cocoa, fig, and plum. Slightly fruity and roasty...an interesting combination that works out really well. 4.0

T - Slightly sweet malt flavor with a twang of bitterness right from the start. Follows up with a burst of fruity flavor, chocolate, espresso, and more roasted malt. Bitter hop flavor at the end is subtle but inviting. 4.0

M - Very smooth with little carbonation. Medium bodied and yields a slight tingle on the sides of the tongue. 3.5

O - I have to say I've always had a soft spot for Legend Brewing Co. As a Richmond local and a lover of brown ales, this beer has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Make sure to try the Porter if you have the chance! 4.0

Photo of Kuromaru
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mckenziac
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of iannutter
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this beer for some time now and I have to say, I have never once been disappointed with the product.

Poured this beer into one of my favorite German mugs and the head quickly faded into almost nothing, but the lacing it leaves around the glass is beautiful. The colour is a deep amber, exactly as a brown ale ought to be.

The smell is reminiscent of roasted nuts and a faint smell of hops and true to the smell, the flavour follows suit.

The mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as could be hoped, but is still far about average.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the better brown ales I've ever had, certainly beating Newcastle, and although Samuel Smith's Nut Brown is still better, I would only say marginally so.

Enjoy!

Photo of dino213aa
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat transparent with a deep amber hue. No haze. Lightbodied head which recedes quickly and leaves minimal, uneven lacing.

S: Very faint notes of walnut, butter, a whisper of cappuccino.

T&M: Elements of peat with a strong sour finish that leaves a resilient bitter aftertaste. Not terribly complex. There is an overall smoothness that helps this slide down and increases overall drinkability.

D: Although not very interesting, it would be easy to make this a session brew. Not offensive and certainly an improvement over most macros.

Photo of pnkRed
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.

Photo of skeeordye11
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.