RedLegg Ale | Barrel House Brewing Company

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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

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Added by Dogbrick on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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 zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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 nickfl
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice reddish brown color, a little bit hazy (translucent but not transparent). Good two finger head is just slightly off white/ tan, and it sticks around pretty well.

S - Malty, slightly fruity and a bit sour.

T - Quite sour with some malty sweetness and a grainy finish.

M - Dry and puckering, moderate to high carbonation. I detect a bit of astringency as well.

D - It is kind of hard to rate this one. I enjoy it and I certainly don't mind drinking the 22oz bottle that I have, but I am pretty sure it is he result of flawed brewing. Going by the discription of an American Red ale, it should NOT taste the way it does, it tastes more like a Flemmish Red to me. It seems pretty obvious that I got an infected bottle, so I can't give it a good score for style, but it turned out to be pretty drinkable anyway.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby red body with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of caramelized sugar and toasted grains with only a hint of spicy herbs.

Taste: Mild malty sweetness of dark caramel balanced by a touch of lemon and a soft, tea-like bitterness which carries through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Relatively low carbonation.

Drinkability: Yep, it's a session amber ale alright!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gaudy kumquat with tangerine trim. There's no trace of red that I can detect, but then the brewery calls RedLegg an amber ale rather than a red ale. The cap is toasted tan with a pastel orange influence and is tight-bubbled enough to last for a bit. What lace manages to find its way to the glass looks to be on the melty side.

There isn't enough power behind the nose for me to appreciate much. I get a whiff of nutty, toasted Munich malt, but very little else. Perhaps a mild fruitiness from the ale yeast, although that's probably pushing it. East Kent Goldings, where are ye?

RedLegg is maltier than it is hoppy. I'm speaking of flavor, not body, because there isn't a whole lot of malt present. I don't know why BarrelHouse insists on using Munich malt in so much of their beer. While it isn't overpowering in this case, it results in a quasi-Oktoberfest vibe that I don't care for.

A greater use of more 'flavor neutral' malt would allow some semblance of balance with respect to malty and hoppy. As in the nose, the hops are virtually absent. There's a modest amount of bitterness on the finish, but precious little hop flavor to go along with it. This beer needs an identity in a big way.

The body/mouthfeel is semi-enjoyable even though it's probably closer to light than to medium. It holds up well throughout the mouthful (and as the beer warms) so I can't be too critical. A subdued amount of carbonation seems to fit the other aspects of the mouthfeel quite well.

RedLegg Ale is a fair to middlin' effort from one of Ohio's lesser known breweries. Although I've liked a few of the other BarrelHouse beers more, this one is drinkable and should be enjoyed by a fairly wide variety of Ohioans. Serious beer lovers should look elsewhere though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish brown with a small head, this quickly faded to just about nothing. Left a tiny bit of lace but not much at all. Smell was light, very grain and bread driven, not alot of hops in this one at all, but none to be expected. Taste was smooth, nice carbonation with a very musty, grassy and earth, bread type taste to it. A very typical red ale, not bad at all. Nice long lingering finish had me come back for more. Overall nothing special and a decent session beer, good call for a change. Would probley be very nice on tap.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle, no freshness information being offered here. Pours slightly reddish amber, a LONG lasting creamy, tan head keeps it up, over alot of rising tiny bubbles. Sweet, malty nose, hints of cherries, wood, sweet malts...too sweet, too highly carbonated. I could see using this one as a sweet marinade, but not for much else. Pass this one by.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy brown/orange with a ridiculous crème head at first that thankfully doesn't take too long in falling. Nose is like apple juice. But not the good kind of apple juice. It's like that nasty watered down apple juice you'd get from daycare of Sunday school or something lame like that. Flavor is kind of the same actually. Tart apple tones with a bite on the back I'm not appreciating. Seems way out of whack. And nowhere near being an amber I have to say. Feel is typical on liquid. Carbonation is nice enough. This is no amber. No way. It's an okay beer to drink, but I'm not sure what happened here.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
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 bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Bighuge
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper. Moderate amounts of carbonation are noted rising in the body. Thin beige head leaves small patches of lace. Light caramel malts and a little bread dough on the nose. Agreeable taste. Smooth maltiness. Both caramelly and biscuity in nature. Hops only provide balance. Body is medium-full and there's a little speckle of carbonation in the mouth. I'd call it better than average, but not by much.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Typical Irish-style red ale. Dark amber with a medium beige head. Malty aroma. More character than the typical Killian's type beer but they have better beers than this available.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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 jsh420
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow i dont know to say... this is my 3rd beer form this brewery and they all taste identical!!

all smell and tasted like spiced apples with high carbonation

all which i like but - you can not throw out the same flavor and call it a different style

if all of their beer taste the same i dont even want to try the rest - whats the point

if you had one youve had them all

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Photo of Brent
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of an odd malt flavor for an amber, with some almost-but-not quite chocolate notes and a bit of toffee/cookie, then following with a blunt hops bitterness that lingered a bit too long at the back without much of a clean-up. Overall, not bad, but really not a lot that holds one's interest.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Vancer
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An OK ale, somewhat lacking in the taste department. Still, a decent brew.

Clear amber with a thick and sticky ivory head along with some nice sheet lacing. Aroma took me back a bit, spicy and woody. Unfortunately, they did not carry over well in the quaff, as it turned sour, almost tart on top of a malty backbone. Strange twist of fate here!

Crisp, dry and tangy, glad I got to try it – courtesy of Mike (mcallister)
from the SimplyBeer BIF.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Floydster
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle received as an extra from brianj555, thanks for including this in my package, split with my dad tonight, first beer in a long time, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Clear reddish orange color that is pretty light, small bubbly white head that left a bit of a creamy residue, went away quickly, not much retention, no lacing

S-Light hops, caramel malt, grass, citrus with mostly oranges, molasses, earthiness, lemon tea, and grains

T-Started off with a little lemon flavor that faded into some chewiness quite soon, followed by a slightly dry finish with both light hops and citrus, not much going on with the taste and only got worse and it warmed, almost unbearable as it gets a little syrupy sweet, would have liked to see a more aggressive hop profile and some other complexity, boring and weak in my opinion

M-Slightly hoppy, sweet, and faintly citrus-like mouthfeel, could have definitely used some more carbonation as it was pretty flat, taste did not longer long, thin to medium body

D-Could drink a lot of this stuff if it tasted good because it is only four percent and light on the stomach, not very smooth though and very tiresome

Never heard of this beer or even the brewery for that matter, not a big fan of red ales and this is no exception, although this one was even worse than others I have had in the past, too sweet and fruity for its style, would not drink again, cannot recommend it either

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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 kmpitz2
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. The brew pours a very solid deep tea color with a massive off-white head that falls slowly to a full finger over top. The clarity is modest and there is a very weak carbonation running though this one. The aroma is very orange citrusy with a small phenolic quality in there. The malt is only found as a weak grainyness behind the aromas previously mentioned. That orange is way too dominant for this brew. The flavor is better. I get a moderate breadyness, with a mold toasted character, with a orange sweetness that plays throughout the flavor. There is a very mild kiss of bitterness on the finish. Not too bad. Moutfeel is moderate with a mild, but lightly biting carbonation. This one is okay. The aroma really puts me off, but it comes back strong with the flavor. The alcohol is actually a little hot in this one, even though it is very low ABV. It is giving me a little born in my stomach. I think I might choose something else before I have this again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
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 TastyTaste
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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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RedLegg Ale from Barrel House Brewing Company
3.27 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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