RedLegg Ale | Barrel House Brewing Company

RedLegg AleRedLegg Ale
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RedLegg AleRedLegg Ale

Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dogbrick on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Sephiroth
4.39/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked the other stuff I've had from this brewery, so why not this one. Pour is nothing spectacular, of course the beer is red. And boy does it smell tasty. Mmm...toasted biscuits.

This is a style that I do not normally drink, but this is a good one. Toasted biscuit malts with a very light dose of hops, maybe could use a touch more of the hops for me, but this is still good. Mouthfeel is good, drinkable as a marathon beer.

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Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an up-date for my first time on-tap. Much better in my opinion. I rarely come back to a beer review just for the delivery method.

Fresh, clean, crisp, smooth and drinkable. I was on vacation and this dark red-leg with a slight tan head was the first craft offering for miles in the sea of macro's. It was like, welcome home for the taste buds!

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my pint glass to produce a perfect 1" loose light tan head. The head dissapeared to a thin cap for the duration of the drink. The foam left clumpy lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank.

The aroma was VERY INTERESTING... buttery biscuits and a nice clean malt.

The Taste: also... very interesting. The malt is a nice CLEAN taste. I can even taste butter! HEY, I LIKE THIS STUFF! Finishes with a slight spicy flavor.

Mouthfeel: nice carbonation level and in my opinion, nicely balanced. This beer leaves a nice mouth coating and a nice aftertaste.... smooth!

Drinkability: Quite good.... perfect for a Cincinnati Reds baseball game... with a couple of hot dogs.

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Photo of atsprings
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a .5 liter Stone Ruination mug. The beer pours a nice crisp light copper with a decent frothy head that slowly diminishes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. Aroma is dominated by deep caramel with just a hint of earthy hops. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet caramel and earthy hops with just a hint of toffee and molasses. The beer is light bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is certainly an interesting beer, one that would make for a great session with that much taste at such a low ABV.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz selection pours a cloudy, brown amber with orange highlights. This slow off white head recedes quickly but holds a bit shorter than expected. Not much lace to speak of.

The aroma is malty and sweet with a significant amount of dark fruit, spice, and tart apple.

Initially, heavily malty with an appetizing hint of apple cinnamon, plenty of spice, a hint of citrus, raisin and fig, and tones of raw honey in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium but still smooth through a nice frothy cap. Fairly average but some interesting flavors. More to it than first glance.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Pub in Cincy, this brew was a deep amber red color with a decent cream colored head and no lacing. Smells very sweet, caramel mostly. Taste was pure malt, no real hop presence. Chocolate and caramel dominate with a touch of nuttyness as well. Fills the mouth nicely. I was suprised and happy with this Cincinnati brew.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky caramel/rust color with ample two-finger head drops to a thin even layer.

Smells a bit musty but still good. Earthy resinous hops intermingle with caramel sweetness and a bit of nutmeg.

Tastes sweet like molasses and a bit of pumpkin with earthy & lightly floral hop flavors.

Medium bodied or a bit over, but pretty smooth.

A pretty good and drinkable beer, definitely worth a try.

Tasted on 8/6/08.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a copper body that is radiant and shimmering. Small beige head retains well and leaves patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is buttery toffee and caramel with an aromatic spicy hop accent. Light medium body with good carbonation. Taste is nicely balanced with a tasty blend of caramel and toffee malt sweetness and spice-like hop bitterness. Quite simplistic, but tasty and very sessionable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the 4 Barrel House bombers that are currently distributed to Central KY, this is the one that shows the most improvement from what I remember from the taps. A true Red that doesn't try to compete with IPA's, or Brown Ales, or any other kind of beer. It's just a Red, and solid at that. A rich, caramelized malt flavor that delivers very sweet sugars, but tempered with a light toasty character. This along with a bready and twangy yeast, delivers the complexity needed to substantiate the beer. Hop additions offer a balance to the bold sweetness while offereing a mild earthy, grassy flavor without dominating the brew. This beer shows a lot of patience and discipline at the brew kettle. The body is a medium sweet feel that cleans up late and finishes with a light caramel, bread, and grassy note.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrelhouse's Red Legg pours just that, a reddish-amber - almost chestnut - ale. It's frothy yellowed-white head slowly drops to a fluffy lid, and eventually to a creamy cap. As it drops it leaves chunky, diamond-peaked "muontains" of lace about the glass.

The nose is malty with lots of sweet, medium caramel, a touch of cocoa, and a whiff of yeasty fruitiness. What grassy and leafy hops are there are, for the most part, completely obscured by the rich maltiness.

And, as suggested by the nose, it's superbly rich and malty in the mouth with a wide, incredibly caramelish character. It's sweetish, well, actually sweet... but it somehow ends up dry in the end. The bitterness is not much more than firm, but it somehow dries. Some leafy and mildy grassy hop flavors make an appearance, but it's really centered around the maltiness; and a dusting of cocoa lingers in the finish.

A rich, satiating amber ale!

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Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark coppery red, little head and no lacing.

S- Sweet and malty, nutty and bready.

T- Nice mild taste, bready and slightly toasted malts.

M- Smooth and clean.

D- Very smooth, a nice warm weather beer. Nothing exceptional, but a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm auburn brown clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a creamy off-white head with big bubbles that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has an aroma of dark toasted malt with hints of light toasted malt and a soft caramel note in the background.

T- The taste of sweet toasted malt with a biscuit malt flavor has faint notes of dark toasted malt and chocolate malt. There is a finish of spicy hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a finish that is a fizzy at the finish and it boost the hops a bit. As it warms there is a bit of a watery texture even though it has medium-full body.

D- This beer has a good flavor that is not to complex but does have some nice layers making it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of pumarocks
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tasted this beer was at the Barrel House Brewery in Over-the-Rhine when they were still a brewpub. It came with the sampler package. This is a great beer. It has a nice aroma, good head, and a malty taste that is essential for a red in my opinion. Barrel House has since gotten out of the brewpub biz and only brews in West End. If you go to a Red's game and are already going to drop $7+ for a beer you have got to give the RedLegg a try. From what was once a stunning beer catalog at Barrel House this one has been lucky enough to survive. Well done Barrel House! Please get your beers into Kroger ASAP!

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Photo of redjameskidd
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty surprised by some of the reviews for this beer that describe any taste of hoppiness, because I certainly wasn't detecting any.

Of note: I have had bottles of this on two separate occasions and both were way overcarbonated, taking 5 minutes or so to pour and wait for foam heads to go down.

What I tasted: Sweetness. Sugariest-tasting beer I think I've ever drank. And in a very weird way. For a while I convinced myself that it tasted like a caramel apple, but I grew to think it was more of a chocolate taste, like hershey's syrup. I would expect a lot of people not to like that, but I did.

Whenever I want a really sugary, sweet brew that tastes like candy...this is what I'd turn to.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice red/amber/brown, slightly hazy at first but clears at is warms. tight foamy active 2in of tan foam sounds like rice krispies. lots of tiny rising bubbles. minimal lacing.

S- yeasty buttery sourdough bread, sweet cream, red wine cask, aromatic wood, cedar, nuts, bark, butterscotch, nutty chocolatey candybar, warm

T- buttery dark red dried fruit, mineral water, creamy maltiness then after you swallow there's a cocoa mocha-chino flavor that hits you. toasty like prunes dates and figs sauteed in butter & brown sugar. some earthy herbal hops & honey but definitely on the malt side of the scale.

*in appearance, smell, and taste, this beer is very similar to chimay red label but without its depth and complex character.

MF- silky smooth and syrupy, the light carbonation complements its creaminess and ups the drinkability.

D- the problem for me is that this beer is so similar to chimay premier, but so inferior in comparison. don't get me wrong, its a great (though unusual) red ale, but its almost like i'm drinking a clone and i can't dig it. it's easy to drink with low ABV but i want a beer that has its own taste, not someone else's.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first sampled this at Great American Ballpark with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as I rushed to get a brew before the inning ended. Right after I paid my money the batter struck out and I got the last brew of the game, at least from that vendor. I was enthused and have good memories of it on tap. I picked up this 22 oz at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton to see if the bottle can match it.

Presents in a dense malt brown color with lots of carbonation and a sliver of subpar head. Nose is light chocolate malt but mostly unremarkable.

Taste reveals decent balance and a dry bitter finish with caramel and bready notes throughout. Mouthfeel is thin but has some complexity.

Not real attractive but sustaining and drinkable. Definitely bettter on tap.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from a 22 oz. bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red/amber color with a very small white head. It smells like caramel and toasted malt, I can't pick up much else in the aroma. It tastes the same way, but I can also taste some grassy hops and bread/biscuits too. Mouthfeel is light/medium and a bit on the watery side. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. Overall, it's a decent beer. Not a bad choice to get on tap if you're ever at a Cincinnati Reds home game, it's good as an occasional session beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice crystal clear burnt orange color, big white head, fades pretty. The remains are creamy and off-white.

Smell: Funky grain, slightly sour and lactic. Diacetyl, maybe?

Taste: Deep roasted malt, a little chocolatey. Hops are fairly mild, more of a malty red ale. Still, balanced and much better than the smell alludes to.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and non-offensive. I do think there are better local beers that I would get for the $$$.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Great American Ballpark on 6/19, Reds vs. Cubs day game.

Poured with minimal head, but I got to it in time to catch those initial vapors. Almost a cola brown, but more translucent. Aroma is sweet malts all the way, some vague spiciness but hard to pick up in this environment.

The taste is malty and smooth. It comes across on the sweeter side, but is checked by a hop showing at the aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry with some malt residue. The balance isn't really there, but the taste doesn't suffer for it, not for this style anyway. A little lower carbonation than I would have liked.

Very alluring mouthfeel makes this disappear very quickly... or was it those nachos and jalapenos?! Nicely smooth

I dig the malty brews and find most of them extremely drinkable, this one is no exception.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mcallister for sending this in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a dark amber color, almost red, with a slight one finger cream colored head. Retention dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Hefty malt base of sweet caramel. Toasted grain notes laced with a slight vanilla aroma.
T/M: A heavy handed malt bomb straight through. Sweet caramel and toasted grain tingle the taste buds. A sweet thickness on the tongue like a wet blanket. Leafy and spicy hop flavors try to round out the malt profile, but to no avail. Full bodied, believe it or not. Sweet finish of toasted grain laced in caramel.
D: A very smooth and easy drinking red ale. Session quality, but nothing that's gonna knock your socks off.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown in color with a nice two inches of head on the pour. Smell is slightly hoppy. There is a lot of roasted caramel malt in the flavor. Also accompanied by a good amount of piney hops. This turned out to be more hoppy than I was expecting. And it works. Another decent beer from Barrel House. They're not setting the world on fire, but starting to put out consistently drinkable beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber with a tan head that was long lasting created decent lacing. The nose was heavily malted and no real balance was noted. The taste was also heavily to the malt side with caramel overtones and very little hop sense. The body was quite full and creamy. This is a very smooth ale without a great of crispness in the finish. Probably best classified as a cream style ale.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrel House- Redlegg

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- A clean filtered ruby red with a huge foamy head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Sweet molasses and caramel malt. Touch of licorice.
T- Nice dry caramel malt. Slight touch of vanilla, licorice, and spices.
M- Creamy malt slighty dry throughout. Finishes off clean.

Overall- A modest, yet totally sessionable Red. Sitting at 4.2% this could be an all day drinker!

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear Reddish Copper. Small Head of Firm Off-whitened/yellowed Foam Stays for a Bit Before Slipping to a Thin Skim Always Present. Minimal Lace is Tossed About in Some Dots and Whisps.

Fruity Malt Aroma of Apple, Pear, Starfurit, and Green Raisin. A Wee Bit Light, But Clean and Rounded.

Taste is Quite Lessened From What the Aroma Leads One into as it's Fairly Bland and Weak on the Buds. Smallishly Malty with a Tender Fruityness of Dulled Appley Stuff, Pear, and Whimpy Breadishness. Slightly Dry Along Some of the Finish With a Feathered Floral Hop Notation Being Squeezed in Ever so Softly. However, This Flavors Tend to Stick Around More as it Warms, Which Does Help For a Bit More Enjoyment. Thankfully.

Feel is Not Helping in its Character as its a Bit Watery Thinned with Only a Smidgeon of Malt Gaining Hold as it Has a Breif Build Just Past the Middle Area. Again, Gaining More hold and Creamy Senses as it Warms and Does Become More Tolerable and Welcoming.

Good Color and Presentation, But No Substance or Lasting Memory in Character for an American Red Ale as Far as Taste and Body Goes. Quite the Standard Starter Beer. Clean and Respectable, But Fairly Average With a Slight Growing of Acceptance as it Goes.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a tan, bubbly, one-finger head. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled grassy and earthy. A nice malty nose, too.

T - It tasted grassy and biscuity. It had a mild malt taste, reminiscent of an English Ale.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good amber ale. Nothing fabulous but certainly worth a try.

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