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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this had a promising start with it's clear, dark ruby-brown color. nice roasty and carmel notes in the nose. upon tasting this shows a light sweetness followed by a bit of coffee in the aftertaste. this is a bt thin and almost watery, but at 4.2% i can't complain. not a bad offering for $1.99 a bomber.

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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 TheBierBand
4.12/5  rDev +26%
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 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 Reed415
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a ruby amber color with a small head that persisted

S - Dominated by sweet caramel malt with some strong fruity notes

T - Tons of caramel malt, that are not balanced by any hop flavor, There are some fruit notes to wrap this beer up

M - Light in body with minimal carbonation

D - Not balanced or enjoyable

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Photo of letsgopens
4.02/5  rDev +22.9%
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 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 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 wspscott
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22oz bomber in pint glass

Poured nice, looked nice. Had an odd smell. With the first taste my wife and I both looked at each other in surprise. There were hints of oranges and maybe spice. I waited a minute and had another sip. This beer is terrible, I actually poured it out and I never pour out beer. I would rather have budwater than this. Hopefully it was a bad bottle, or maybe I don't like the style, but I won't give it another try.

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Photo of pumarocks
3.76/5  rDev +15%
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 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 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 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 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 bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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 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 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 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 Sephiroth
4.39/5  rDev +34.3%
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 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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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 frazbri
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barrel House Brewing's Red Legg Ale poured deep copper in color topped by a well constructed cream head. Aroma was slightly fruity with a little toffee scent. Sweet tasting and a little nutty with a mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

RedLegg is a mild, malt weighted red ale. I think it's a solid, basic, middle of the road red.

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RedLegg Ale from Barrel House Brewing Company
3.27 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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