1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brown Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Brown AleBrown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

363 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 363 | Reviews: 135 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

gopens44, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Kuromaru
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Kuromaru, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 dino213aa
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

dino213aa, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mantooth, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ChadA83, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Doppelbockulus, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Lugenbeast
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Lugenbeast, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mikefuski17, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent this one my way as an extra in a past trade (can’t remember who, but will look it up soon)! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a five to six finger cream colored head that subsided to three finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtly roasted malt, nutty, earth, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, tart, caramel, nutty, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was concerned that this one was going to be infected based on the amount of head that formed upon being poured gently into my glass. Upon smelling the brew it didn’t seem like there was any infection evident. But on the flavor there was the slight tart note that one would not expect. It was not sharp or strong, but it was definitely present. Still a fairly easy drinking brown ale that I wouldn’t mind having again sometime.

thagr81us, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

dexterk1, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of arjun
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

arjun, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of george42
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

george42, May 25, 2013
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Jman_01
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jman_01, Thursday at 10:01 PM
Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

robebo44, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JasonTaverner, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

HattedClassic, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of jimpyle48
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jimpyle48, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of abrodsky
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

abrodsky, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

KeyWestGator, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Capitals82
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Capitals82, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of BH712
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

BH712, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Cariadmum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Cariadmum, Jan 05, 2012
Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.