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Pale Ale - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our American style Pale Ale is a hop lover's dream. We craft this copper colored ale to supply a moderate bitterness and an aggressive hop flavor and aroma. Willamette hops pitched early in the boil give a clean, soft bitterness. Late kettle hops include Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Chinook for plenty of pungent pine and citrus character. Judicious amounts of four specialty malts add counter and depth. Expect a medium bodied brew with an assertive, complex flavor and a dry finish.

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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic a clear rich copper with a large sticky white head that held like glue to the glass leaving a full ringe of lave as it settled into a frothy mass.Leafy hops and lightly toasted bread in the nose,not much sweetness.Very balanced on the palate with minty/leafy hops mixed with a slightly sweet and toasted bready malt base,a tinge of brown sugar wich was a bit odd came into play the finish as well.A pretty solid pale,not as hopped as many APA's but it has nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 19:36:17 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Still some VA goodness left in my stash. This proof pours a clear orange amber topped by about two fingers of creamy light ecru foam. The nose comprises mostly light and fluffy buttery biscuits, with only a slight whiff of light florals in the background. The taste is very similar, though some pumpkin skin (or some sort of gourd, anyway) ekes its way in, joining those weak florals in the back. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a nice little bit o' pale, though something seems missing. Maybe it's just me. Still pretty tasty and drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 21:31:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Rifugium


3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear, amber pour with a small fizzy white head that receded to a tight ringlet. Aroma of grassy and earthy hops, sweet malt backbone. Standard stuff, once again. Taste of light grassy/earthy/citrus hops, sweet caramel malts, a bit of apple skin in there, mildly bitter with a somewhat metallic aftertaste. Light-medium body. A fair beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 02:18:48 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from Virginia for me!

Pours a bright copper amber with a large white foamy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruity with some orange/tangerine.

The taste is of citrus - bitter grapefruit and orange with a lemony and slighlty herbal touch as it progresses. Some caramelish sweetness rounds it out. There's some saltiness in the bitterish finish.

It has a firm medium body.

A very drinkable APA (despite the slight destraction of a touch of salt) - a hoppy APA (could pass as a more balanced IPA, IMO).

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 03:05:35 | More by jwc215
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2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark copper color with golden orange hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grassy hops and straw balanced by sweet malt and subtle light fruit notes. Slightly toasty with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with some bitter earthy hops up front that linger over a sweet malt backbone into a lingering dry finish. There's a dry earthy/soil like hop presence with a resinous pine character. This is countered by the sweeter malt notes with hints of caramel and biscuit. I'm picking up some faint apricot sweetness toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 04:38:35 | More by corby112
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber from The Cheese Shop. My first experience with Legend.

A: The pale ale more gooey amber than bright orange, a full hue renders the ale nearly opaque. A white head, several fingers in size, left very little lace in isolated patches around the glass.

S: The nose is as full as the color, plenty of caramel malts that control that aromas. A mild citrus hoppiness, nearly imperceptible, adds needed zest. The caramel, though, is stronger.

T: Again caramel is the driving force flavor-wise. The rich maltiness is almost syrupy in its sweetness. The hoppiness is more apparent, its bitterness cutting into the base. The bitterness lingers, a leafy flavor that is stronger than the nose would ever let on. The bitterness and caramel flavors are a good send-off.

M: The mouthfeel, malt-dominated as it is, still manages to offer a dose of hops. The sweet syrupy flavor is not ascerbic.

D: A decent pale ale, darker and fuller than I'd normally expect, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:45:35 | More by akorsak
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-23-2014 05:12:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very foamy off white head, that forms like liquid soap at three fingers tall. Lots of retention, with a body of simple pale amber, fairly clear if a little hazy. Soapy lacing rings on the glass throughout while drinking.

Nose is a bit of dense biscuity like malts. Light herbal and hinting citrus hop angle with the malts prominent. Fairly solid, nothing too crazy or impressive.

Body comes with a light but nearly wet feel. Light hop and dry pine angle a bit, but with a fleeting finish. Herbality and mint seems to come on the aftertaste but the malt backbone on this is hardly supportive. A bit grainy also.

Overall it's not terrible but it's not too impressive either unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:20:34 | More by smakawhat
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-03-2012 10:01:41 | More by dmorgan310
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-02-2012 03:51:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a huge, foamy/rocky, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Lots of malt in the smell, with a traces of hops as well.

T: Tasted of caramel malt, hops, and a tinge of citrus. Not as hoppy as some APAs, but a solid flavor.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 12:17:08 | More by avalon07
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

03-01-2014 01:22:21 | More by vfgccp
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-06-2013 22:32:48 | More by ROGUE16
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-18-2013 23:57:05 | More by Boone757
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of all the Legend brews I've tried this one seems to really resonate with me. Pours a seethru brownish gold with a good head. I can pick up earty, citric hops as well as a nice chunk of caramelized malt. Taste is more the same as this medium-bodied, slightly chewey brew has a good balance of hops and sweet malt to keep everything in harmony. Passes easily and has a semi-dry backbite. Just really spot on from my vantage point.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 17:13:13 | More by clayrock81
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed amber gold, cap of white froth with some sticky lacing. Scent is mild and is of fresh dried grain and grassy hops - earthy, grainy and fresh. Taste brings mild components of scent and makes them into a refreshing beer - touch of nuttyness comes in with the fresh grains and hops. Lighter side of medium, carbonation in control, dry and grainy on palate. Decent IPA whose fresh qualities make up for lack of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 18:32:52 | More by rfgetz
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-18-2014 05:20:50 | More by mhaugo
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rotating Legend bier, the Pale has a medium golden color, a fine, thin, lasting head, and good Belgian lace in the glass. A pleasant floral, hoppy aroma filled the air. Medium bodied, it passed nicely over the tongue. There was a minimum of malt present; hops are the main character here. Lots of smooth, citrusy/grapefruit notes, with a smidgen of bitterness in the finish. A tasty bier, seemed less like a pale than an IPA, and tastier than their Golden IPA.

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2002 16:18:43 | More by Bierman9
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-03-2014 02:54:28 | More by IPAchris
Photo of argock


3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Legend Brewery (Richmond, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden with light amber tinge with short sticky cap of off-white head that leaves pretty respectable lacing.

S: Citrus and floral aromas are strongest, some mild grassiness with a sly caramelly and bready maltiness laying behind

T: Good APA flavor but nothing out of the ordinary. The floral citrus nature of the hoppy aroma is not conveyed all the way through to the flavor while more of the grassiness is, leaving the hops component a little muted. The malt background is caramel and pale malt, but there is a hint of some off-flavor twang reminiscent of young beer flavor, as it warms. It's not unpleasant and doesn't really spoil the beer, but it doesn't really help it either.

M: The feel is good with medium body and a relatively low carbonation profile.

O: Not a bad beer but it's just a bit above average and I'd venture to say not their best brew. My wife's porter was quite a lot better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 02:56:49 | More by argock
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-03-2012 23:07:04 | More by Hanzo
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4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice copper amber body with a a big fluffy off-white head. Nice retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells are citrusy and grassy, nice hops.

Taste is overall very mild, but rahter good. Citrusy and piney notes, mostly hops but also a very slight malt backbone. Good, well-balanced APA. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Very drinkable, even outside on a hot day like when I tried it. Legend makes some good brews!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 18:31:41 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-13-2012 15:37:10 | More by ncaudle
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my shaker glass. this pale ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about an inch of quickly fading bone white foam. The nose and flavor consist of grassy hops, slightly resinous pine, light citrus such as grapefruit and lemon, caramel malt, and lightly toasted grain. Very nice body and carbonation levels here. Drinks good as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 04:13:17 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

06-01-2014 17:38:34 | More by KevMo84
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Pale Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.