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Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
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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Ratings: 365 | Reviews: 135 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TequilaTom
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TequilaTom, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Saxboy10
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Saxboy10, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of tkelley
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from my Beer of the Every Other Month Club poured into a pint glass.

A -- Pretty nice looking body. Its got some stuff flotsam and jetsam floating around in it--sediment, if you will. Nice color, not too dark. Eggshell colored foam with solid lacing and very good retention of a layer of foam.

N -- Kind of nutty. Mostly malt smells here... breads or crackers or biscuits or something.

T -- Straightforward brown ale. Nothing crazy going on. Malty with a nice hop dryness and a little nut or fruit backdrop.

M -- Very drinkable and smooth.

O -- I liked this, i would drink it again.

Cheers.

tkelley, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of abrodsky
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

abrodsky, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of GuyBabineau
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GuyBabineau, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Axnjxn, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of StaggerRollRoll
4/5  rDev +5.3%

StaggerRollRoll, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of searsclone
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Clear, deep molasses color with a cloudy tan head. Really pretty.

Smell is roasted malt and faint coffee. Not picking much up.

Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, smoke, brown sugar. Extremely well balanced and drinkable.

Mouth is very well carbonated, yet smooth. Light body with a wet finish.

Overall, one of the best brown ale's I have had.

searsclone, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of PaulD
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

PaulD, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dexterk1, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of constantine_272
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Lovely dark chestnut color. Medium carbonation. Sticky very viscous foam. Not sure if this is normal, but my bottle had a good amount of chunky sediment at the bottom. Maybe it was mistreated before I got it or just plain pushing the 'best by' date. I don't get many Virginian brews out here in Brewvana Oregon. Loses points for the sediment whether its Legend's fault it not.

S: Rich deep nuttiness of hazelnut. Sweetness of caramel and molasses. Slight applewood smokiness. Supple leather. A little mineral smell: carbon, steel, iron and copper.

T: Starts off nutty and rich and leathery like the smell. A little bit of cedar and oak builds in also. Sweetness builds a bit in the back of the tongue shortly after. Also there's a little cinnamon spice that starts to come through. Slight bit of tangy dry hops comes through at the end which mostly finishes clean. The hops finishes dry and slightly floral. Crisp and fairly clean. A little bit of grass and a fair amount of straw towards the end. Mild sweetness persist in a weak aftertaste.

M: Medium body, not too thin. Finishes crisp and bright; I really like that and could go for a touch more. Finishes clean; only mild sweetness lingers but not for long.

O: Quite nice brown ale. Very balanced; great rich flavors and the crisp finish really plays off the richness well.

constantine_272, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Karibourgeois, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of fishguyac
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

fishguyac, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Chucker17, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

vfgccp, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Will_Turner
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Will_Turner, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of sarahfrancesca
3/5  rDev -21.1%

sarahfrancesca, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Steamer
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues; a thick 2-inch, tan head with lots of staying power. The smell is surprisingly hoppy and brisk. The taste is an interesting blend of the hops and malts; citrus-grapefruit, nutty, a little bitter after taste more in line with a mild IPA but still a very good on the palate. Dry and high carbonation mouthfeel. Overall: Although the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel don't track with most brown ales, this brew is very good and enjoyable.

Steamer, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of PGVG
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

PGVG, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaymo18, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of BryanCarey
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

BryanCarey, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ShepardCommander, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of anzb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

anzb, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light caramel and maple syrup nose up front. Wheat bread crust character asserts as it warms. Light earthy and cedar like hop notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep shoe leather brown with ruby edging. Low one finger off-white head that retains well. Beer appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light caramel flavors up front with low honey notes. More wheat crust character with earthy hop bitterness to provide a counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry. Balance is nearly even but slightly leaning toward the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high, prickly carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: A solid American Brown Ale. It seemed to bitter to be an English Brown even though that's where it's slotted here. I'd try it again but in general, browns don't get me too excited.

mattcrill, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Amerikon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Amerikon, Jan 25, 2014
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.