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Hedonism Ale - Legacy Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Northern California Inspired Red Ale

(Beer added by: cracker on 03-13-2005)
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Reviews by Chadbrew:
Photo of Chadbrew
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks nice... Really red with medium carbonation and a quickly diminishing head. The nose is nice but mostly its just hops to me; it is a very compelling aroma however. The taste is drastically unbalanced. This isn't to say I don't like it but it is very, very bitter. The mouthfeel is big and creamy.
I like this but I don't see this as much of what I'd consider to be a session beer.

Chadbrew, Mar 10, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a full rich amber/bronze color with a big blooming white head that left pond scum-like lace as it settled slowly,big raw hop aroma very leafy and piney mixed with some roasted caramel sweet malt.Flavors start out very nicely herbal,leafy hop with a lightly sweet malt base but an odd mineral-like flavor comes thru and crashes the party a little for me because it seems to linger and not go away.This beer has some nice attributes but doesnt seem to finish off well,its pretty good just the same.

oberon, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

A Northern California-inspired Red Ale? Sounds like something big and hoppy. We're ready.

Pours a hazy red with a tawny center. Nice head. Foamy, rocky, pure white with stick and a good half-inch of stay. Malty nose with a hint of caramel, fruity esters and grain. Smooth and full-bodied, going coarse with a tight and prickly carbonation that creates a creamy palate. Malty in the taste too, with a bit of candy, fruity esters, overripe pineapple, toffee, brown bread nuttiness, and roastiness. Hops aggressively pull through with some astringency, coarse lemony bitterness and leafy edges. Peppery spice too. More sweetness opens up your mouth as the beer warms with some sugar and a quick dollop of caramel. The beer dries up and lingers for ages with hop tannins and burnt resins that have embedded themselves into your palate while you weren't paying attention.

The name is fitting. Chaos in a bottle, but oh so good--this is not for the timid. One needs to open their mind and palate to fully appreciate the offering before them. Let go, enjoy.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with a terrific, 3/4 inch, frothy, off-white head that lingers around for the long haul. Great lacing left behind on the glassware. Aroma is of sweet malts, brown sugar, and citrusy, floral hops. Taste is full flavored with heavy sweet malts, brown sugar, balanced with a heavy dose of citrusy, grassy hop goodness. Bitter aspirin-like bitterness lingers around on the palette with a death-grip. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable. This is my first Legacy brew and I am pleasantly surprised.

Doomcifer, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry copper in color...a full finger of thick head. Lacing is fantastic...coating every inch of glass and the head takes forever to recede.
Nothing special in the nose...caramel malt and minimal fruity hops...was expecting to be bombarded with this puppy coming in at 110 IBU's.
The taste is where the hop bitterness takes over...this one has plenty of malt to back it up, but the hops win out from start to finish. Quite dry up front and leaves a lingering caramel taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and the carbonation is high.
Only 7% and not detecting any alcohol...not a session beer for me. A fairly decent offering, IMO, from the folks at Legacy.

warriorsoul, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this again because it's slightly different in the bottle.

This is from the new bottled version, made and bottled by ABC. Case box is awesome! Can't believe it's not banned or something.

Pours a crystal clear (the keg version is cloudy) dark red, brown with a 1/2 finger head of beige colored foam. The head fairly quickly falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Carbonation appears gentle.

Aroma is wonderful piney/grassy hops, clean and fruity, with a nice dark caramel taste. Fruits are like dried pears or apples. Smells great!

First flavor is dark and sweet caramel malt, followed quickly by a strong hit of bittering hops. Piney/grassy hop flavor brings up the rear; this is really tasty stuff. Aftertaste is long, bitter, piney, and grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. The back of my throat is under attack from bitter hops. Fantastic burps. Really! Finish is bitter.

IMO, this beer is slightly different than the keg version. I swear I remember citrusy notes, but this doesn't have that. Nevertheless, this is a delicious beer, and one I heartily recommend. Alcohol is well hidden, hop character is outstanding, and the malt is right there.

jakester, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 12 long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap. Bottled in Mar. notched on side of bottle no year though.Brewed by Appalachain for Legacy on bottom of bottle.

Mirky.reddish color with a dirty orange hue.Offf-white creamy head falls quick to a coating with a thick ring around the inside of the glass.A few very tiny bubbles rising,massive amounts of particles suspended in the beer.

Earthy,grassy somewhat of a mineral smell,carmelly with a burnt edge. Not a real hoppy aroma for being dry hopped.

Tart,bitter tasting with citrus rind/grapefruit,grassy,astringent,malt tastes were on the light side carmelly with a burnt edge.. Finishes very dry with lots of citrus rind/grapefruit.

Medium body,grainy.acidic, on the rough side. Not very enjoyable,had a hard time finishing this one.

jcdiflorio, May 17, 2007
Photo of kpantz
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: My first taste of Legacy's products, and it has left me wanting more. High creativity in this one. Unbalanced? Yes, but definitely tipped towards my hop-headed liking.

Appearance: Bright, slightly hazy reddish-amber, with an insignificant head that quickly dissipates to a film, leaving some decent lacing.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops. Sure don't smell like an amber! Will I be pleasantly surprised (see my favorite style)?

Taste: Fer cryin' out loud - this ain't no amber or red! This tastes like they started with a red ale recipe and then said "to hell with it, let's make an IPA - bring out the six tons of hops!" Decent amberish start, but the hop flavor quickly sets in, and then - jeebus - the bitterness sweeps over you much like a big rig sweeps over a squirrel. Fantastic West Coast hop flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel: Good for the (amber) style, but looking back at the high IBUs on this puppy, I'm surprised it isn't stickier. Then again, that would have necessitated a heftier grain bill, and nobody said this was a balanced brew!

Drinkability: Oh yes, I'll have another. And another. Just a great one with which I can kick back and relax. Also a good one to spring on your friends - the reactions are priceless, especially if they're not used to highly-hopped beers.

kpantz, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Soonami
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No way this is 110IBU as listed on this page...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beer was a beautiful claret red with a wisp of tan foam that though not substantial clung pretty well

S- Not much in the nose, just a little yeasty bread and floral hops

T- Very caramelly and sweet with juicy herbal hops

M- Full and smooth

D- Flavorful and deceptive 7% abv. complex but not overwhelming

Soonami, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to try this brew and Euphoria a few months back at a brewfest, glad to see it made it's way into the Burgh in bottles. Also for the record I have seen Midnight Wit on draft at Fathead's so maybe this one will soon follow in that serving style. Appears a ruby copper hue with tan caramel head has moderate retention with fine even lacing spread around my pint. Aroma, well let's make things clear this sample was bottled in March hop profile seems a bit tame compared to my memory of the brew from the fest, but with 110 IBUs this one is still completely drinkable gotta love those natural preservatives big piney and earthy hop combo coming my way with some evidence of caramel malt tones seems like it's edging on a DIPA I guess that's what Imperial Amber ales are though. Flavor is not overwhelmingly bitter with the age that's been put on it compared to the draft offering that was a brutally bitter beast. After the first few sips hop burps develop more of that grassy, herbal, pine, and funky earth hoppage coming upon the palate balanced with malty caramel notes and a touch of fruitiness but overall no question there's blatant bitterness on this risque' labeled brew (label only offends the unbelievably stiff human) other than that ii's abstract art just enjoy Hugh would be proud. Mouthfeel, not as big as I was expecting medium bodied somewhat oily but not completely raw, I would dare to say it's refined a bit with chronological pressure applied to this bottle and carbonation is even no complaints in that department. Drinkability...this offering was enjoyable even though they were trying to bludgeon my palate not a lot of harmony among the flavors but yes it's extreme and I plan to sample again in the future with a bit of a fresher batch.

WVbeergeek, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Legacy- Hedonism

Appearance- Bright clear Amber with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing down half the glass.
Smell- Strong caramel malt with a grapefruit hop punch.
Taste- Big sweet vanilla/ cream malt up front with a bitter grapefruit hop body. Some smokey hop flavors detected. Slight metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Sweet, almost candylike up front but becoming bitter in the end. Flavorful throughout.

Overall- A little better in bottle than on tap. Still, there's a slight metallic twang to this beer?! Pretty good otherwise.

NJpadreFan, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brentk56 for the extras, this being one of them.

Bottled in May. 110 IBUs in a 7% beer?! I'm guessing it won't be a very balanced.

Served cold in a pint glass. It has a very hazy redish amber color with thin white head atop. A little lacing is left behind as it settles.

Aroma is very hoppy but not in a fresh hop way... more like a barley wine style where the hops have clearly mellowed out with age.

Flavor is exactly what aroma predicted: basically a barley wine light, if you will. Big on hops and caramel malts, some fruit and nut. Not super strong and the alcohol seems very mild considering the flavor. In fact, it's easily hidden behind all that bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unusually thin but then again my nose and tongue say big barley wine but then it comes across much lighter in body. Smooth but very bitter with nice mild carbonation.

This is definately an unusual beer and one that I wouldn't have expected to exist. It's not great but it's certainly interesting.

GilGarp, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 110 IBUs. Pretty cool label and name for the brew; I hope it lives up to it.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper and orange color to the body, with a fairly, initially, billowing white head, with not a lot of room for bubbles in between it, while also leaving nice rings around the glass.

Smell: I'm not sure this seems like 110 IBUs to me, at least for the aroma, but the flowers and citrus from the hops is certainly coming out, backed by some husk and earthy note, grapefruit rind, and some sourness.

Taste: Hops all over the place, all citrus, bitterness, and rind flavors and the fullness of the whole flowers come through pretty well. Finishes fairly dry, with a bit of fruit from the malt coming through, but overall the hops are pretty assaulting, in a complex and balanced way. The finish also lends itself to some interesting bitter chocolate flavors as it warms, and is around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, letting the bitterness from the finish come through without anything getting in the way.

Drinkability: A pretty good brew overall, definitely more of a hoppy red closer to an IPA, but lots of things going on, and a great sipper.

asabreed, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately peachy colour, with a white coivering that leaves lace. Medium mouthfeel, smooth with malted over 114 IBU. Fresh from Buy Rite just brewed. Bitterness like an IPA, malted like a red. Good balance.Grapefruit-like acidicty, appropriately above-average carbonation.

Sammy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant nose full of pungent hops greets you in Legacy's Hedonism Ale.

The robe is a slightly hazy deep copper that borders on deepening into chestnut; and the long lasting head is a creamy tan that leaves behind rings of streaky and craggy lace.

It's medium bodied and smooth across the palate with a very-fine bubbled carbonation that suggests it's bottle-conditioned.

Pungent, earthy and spicy hops dominate the flavor, melded within a dark caramel maltiness and a very bold bitterness. Some malty sweetness does appear midway across the palate and into the finish, but then it's quickly scrubbed away by the rising bitterness - there's a lot of IBU's in here!

Overall, I really enjoy this beer, but it is a bit much for more than one or two. I usually reserve it for a night when I'm only going to have one beer; or save it until I've enjoyed a few lighter ales (the old palate just can't keep up after the hop throwdown that this one gives!).

NeroFiddled, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +6.1%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of trafordboy
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Urban Cellars in Baltimore, MD. I like to let Hedonism get a little bit warm so the hops are more pronounced on the palate.

The color is a reddish brown, and my beer was thick and sort of cloudy with a smallish but nice layer of foam. Left good lace. Carbonation was medium. The scent is pine hops. Taste is mega grapefruit and grassy hops that I love! It has a malty beginning, but a dry, very hoppy finish. Its nicely balanced.

It does seem like another boring amber ale until you realize with delight that its very hoppy, but go easy with the amount of pints because the 7% alcohol content sneaks up on you.

trafordboy, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a slight haze. Nice head with goog retention and lacing on the way down. Smell was hops with a slight earthy sent. Taste was a tuch of caremel with a huge hop flavor and nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel mediem carbonation and body. Drinkability was good I had a few.

BeerTaster, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy light brown suggesting a big Marzen. The head is good 2+ off white fingers of fluff that leaves lots of lace.

The smell is hoppy with caramel malt.

The taste is ok very bitter but lacks complexity.

The mouthfeel is good nice medium body and goog carbonation.

The Drinkability is ok if you just want big bitter taste.

I would rather a bit more. Not bad by any stretch, this is a fine brew and worth a try if strong APA is your bag, Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice reddish/orange color with thin tan head that was sticky.

S: soft hop flower notes, some sweet caramel and citrus.

T: For flavor there was a dominant sweet caramel front and foremost with light fresh citrus tones backing it up. There was a berry fruitiness from the yeast as well. The drink finished with the big dry floral boutique hopping.

M: medium-full with some viscosity from the huge caramel backing but lightly carbonated and a touch slick on the tongue.

D: A nice balance between malt and hops allowing both to be highlighted makes this a enjoyable drink with fair ease.

beerthulhu, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at ABC's Abbey bar.

A: The ale has a nice red-brown hybrid color to it with brighter red highlights throughout. The head comes close to 1 finger in size but does not retain for very long.

S: The aroma coming off the ale is a sturdy caramel malt base with some piquant hops. The alcohol does not hide itself well.

T: The ale has a pleasing kick from the first sip. The biscuity, caramel malts reveal themselves up front and quickly give way to a big hoppy body. The hops are citrusy and bold enough to really stand out against the malts. The flavors continue to increase with each sip, becoming rounder and fuller.

M: The mouthfeel is bigger than most, providing a strong balance of hops and malts; the alcohol is not well hidden though.

D: I remember the flap when the beer was released, including some distributors wrapping the cases in brown butchers paper. All that publicity made me want to try it and I must say that I like what I taste. This is a good sippin' ale.

akorsak, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of malthead
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent appearance, but the first thing you notice is the smell of hops. For a Strong Ale, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting... Nice though - huge smell of grapefruit, which comes through in the taste along with a nice malt background. Overall I'm still surprised, but pleasantly. I'm not a huge fan of hops, so it's not terribly drinkable to me, but well worth a try.

malthead, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Copper-amber hue with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Spicy hops dominate the aroma, with maybe a little bit of toasty grain in the background.

Sharp hops with a little bit of caramel from the grain. A little bit of citrus is in there. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a while after each sip.

Middle of the road Red Ale here. This one is of the well-hopped variety.

BeerSox, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Underdog Bar and Grill

A- Pours a slightly thick deep dark amber color with a lightly tanned/siena head. Leaves behind a nice little foam lace on my glass.

S- it smells like rum aged in an oak barrel. Maltose and not too hoppy. It has some hints of grapefruit/or other citrus aroma. i also can smell some pine and other spices. It has an aromatic spice smell.

T- hops and barley fill my mouth. Grapefruit is more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. I cant get the taste of the pine or other spices as much. Some other spices seem to be along the floral path than spicy.

M- dry and smooth. Full bodied ale and very tangy. Goes down smooth though. You dont have to struggle to swallow.

D- This is a beer you might have at a bar to try and relax with. If you like red ales then you would be able to put this down as a sixer. This is a beer for the winter months. Very tasty and refreshing but only one would do for me.

Dodo2step, Apr 15, 2008
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Hedonism Ale from Legacy Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.