Brown Ale
Legend Brewing Co.

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #20,597
3.83 | pDev: 12.53%
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our most popular beer, Legend's is a full bodied version of a British Brown Ale. Expect a rich, malt-forward brew with a beautiful mahogany tone. Generous amounts of specialty malts bring flavors of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, coffee, and molasses, all perfectly balanced by a steady but cautious hop dryness. Fruity undertones provided by our house yeast strain bring the final flavor element to round out this world class ale.
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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 502
Photo of NavyDoc
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, a lot. Usually if I’m trying out beers I’ll try something different the next time I’m I’m in the same bar. But I went back to this one again. It’s hard to find on tap outside of Virginia or even in Virginia, for that matter. This is one of my go to beers.

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Photo of ikapaMK
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, cola color, with a thick (~2-3in) tan head

Smells of dried fruit

Tastes of caramelized sugar, cola, and dark fruit, with a sweet aftertaste

Moderately full mouthfeel, with light effervescence on the tongue

Overall, a really easy drinker. Maybe a tad bit too sweet. Could very easily be an introductory beer for a non-beer drinker

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown cola-like color. Light, not so foamy tan-ish head. Very nice malty, somewhat nutty aroma. Got the malty-ness going with the flavor as well. Smooth going down, decent finish. Getting various hints of flavor all around the mouth rather than just a particular area of the tongue. Aroma & taste playing well together and more so than a lot of beers. Wish the aroma was even "bigger."

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Four finger head on a clear ruby red body.

Aroma – Rich malt and brown bread, slightly boozy.

Taste – Strong malt and brown bread, molasses, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat thick for a brown ale, but this one was 6 years old.

Overall – Very good, almost seemed like a barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of joe5
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

They keep calling this "...perfectly balanced..." Sorry, not. There are too many flavors and things going on w/this beer (read the desc kidding me?) to pull off...and they proved it. I like Legends but this beer is highly overrated by most; don't get the appeal at all. I tried it recently for the first time in a long time...will probably be my last. It just doesn't work.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a dark amber/brown hue with a large, creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. Swirls with a full body.

S) The smell is nice. Has a pleasant nuttiness and light toffee. Ever so slight resin notes can be picked up behind the malt. A slight metallic presence can be noted on the nose as well.

T) The palate is dominated by slightly bitter and roasty toffee. It is quite nice, but again, a slight metallic taste is present detracting from the overall experience.

F) I quite enjoy the mouth-feel on this one, it is very creamy for a brown. Medium carbonation and a crisp nature.

O) This is a great go to brown, hopefully at some point the slight metallic note will be gone from the brew.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My last bottle from the six-pack I picked up a while back when thinking "hey, I haven't had a brown ale in a while." Wasn't able to find a bottled-on or best-by date, but since these were in refrigeration at a grocery store that hadn't previously carried them I'm not worried about age.

This is a very nice-looking beer -- deep dark reddish-brown, with a huge layer of light tan foam on top (that may be partly due to how I poured it, but the fact that it's sticking around afterward points toward it being a feature of the beer itself that I might've amplified a little by pouring faster than usual.) Very clear, with rising bubbles visible when held up to the light. The foam leaves a good bit of lacing at first, but it fades after a bit.

Smell is light, but pleasant -- toasty, maybe a little sourdough-esque. Definitely malty rather than hoppy, like you would expect for a brown ale (especially one described as more traditional British style rather than a hopped-up American version.) After taking a few sips, I'm noticing a bit of a caramelly sort of thing blended in with the previously mentioned smells. Definitely adds some richness to the previously kinda faint smell of the beer, and reminds me a bit of some of the English ales I've had, which would make sense as this is described as an English-style brown ale.

Taste is similar to the smell initially, but noticeably richer right away -- the malt is really nice in this beer, with several different flavors mingling together. Toasty bread, the almost sourdough thing noticed in the smell, and a bit of an almost dry-leaves sort of thing (maybe almost tea-like now that I think about it?) that makes this feel even more appropriate for a late-fall/early-winter night. A bit of sweetness to it from the malt (that almost caramel-like thing is present here, maybe not quite as present as in the smell though) but overall pretty dry. Around the halfway point I'm getting hints of something almost woody. Flavors don't linger for long after a drink.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, light enough to be drinkable but substantial enough to not feel anywhere near watery and leave a bit of a lingering feeling in the mouth afterward. Carbonation is noticeable but not harsh/prickly.

This is one of those beers where the whole seems to be greater than the sum of its parts -- so I put my "overall" score higher than any of the main scores. Definitely worth picking up a six-pack!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Legend Brewing Co. "Brown Ale"
on tap @ Murphys Grand Irish Pub, Virginia Beach,VA
$5 / pint

Notes: Clear mahogany brown beneath a creamy head of off-white. Excellent head retention and lacing. Clean, fresh aroma of lightly chocolatey and golden caramelish malt. The flavor follows with little variation but greater depth; the addition is its mildly leafy and grassy hops. Mildly bitter but still mostly dry in the finish. Short lingering notes of light milk chocolate, medium caramel, and floral/leafy hops in the finish.

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Photo of Spiceboy
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Currently my 6th favorite beer is this English Brown Ale brewed in Richmond, VA. I've only had it in a bottle, so I look forward to trying it on Draft;)

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Legend Brown Ale is brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a buttery tan color over a medium brown body with garnet highlights, varied fleck sediment in tow and moderate carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Notes of light toasted bread malts, toffee and a lightly fruit hop profile with a high cleanliness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Much like the aroma, with a nicely balanced bread malt body and a touch of earthy toffee character, gentle caramel with a mild sweetness and clean body. Hop notes on the finish with a light fruit hop flavor and mild bitterness. Finishes clean and nicely balanced. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, light, silky, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, short of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to specialty malt and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) A nicely balanced and highly drinkable brown ale with a reasonable amount of malt flavor, retaining a traditional approach to the brown ale. It's not a particularly groundbreaking style of beer, but one I would recommend sampling from this brewery as it's built quite well. 3.75

Legend Brewing Co.'s
Legend Brown Ale

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Photo of beerqa
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from local grocery store. Nice dark brown color. Nutty, little bit of coffee nice brown english like beer.
Carbonated and smooth. Wet aftertaste. Brewed in RIchmond VA so I am glad to approve of a local beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.47/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Yard House-Springfield. Normal looking pour, faint aroma, then goes horribly wrong in the taste. Metallic bitterness, cola sweetness. Not sure what this is supposed to be, but not very good. No drains nearby....

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Photo of Guppy314
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light aroma. Really very well balanced and drinkable. More malt than hops, but nothing is overwhelming. There are also some caramel and molasses flavors. Light carbonation but moderately full mouth-feel.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown but still a bit translucent. Head khaki, not especially thick or durable. Nose, a strong mushroomy funk with some sweet malts. Taste, a tingle up front, then some mildly sweet malts with some of that mushroom aspect noted in the nose. At first I thought this might be messed up, but then I realized it's made this way. Interesting. Broadened and mellowed as it warmed. Mouthfeel pretty clean, a little smoothness on the end.

Brown bottle, poured into a clear beer glass.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rudy brown with a finger of dense, off-white head and heavy lacing. Pleasant nutty malt aroma. Coffee, nutty malt and modest hop bitterness in the taste. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel cut by strong carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of MichaelPstout
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Brown ale. i have it every time i am in Richmond. not heavy promoted but the beer sells itself. i find it everywhere in Richmond./

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Photo of hdf561
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had on draft in legend brewery pint glass at the halligan bar and grill short pump location.

Very dark almost black color, maybe some minimal brown but more black.

Smell some Carmel nutty notes

Taste Carmel, nut

Mouth feel surprisingly smooth heavy finish but drinkable

Overall a decent beer from a local RVA brewery...not tailgater and not to complex just a solid offering

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of, if not the first, craft breweries in the Richmond, Virginia area. Twenty years ago (yep, I am that old)my work buddies and I would go to the brewery for lunch and a pitcher of really good beer. It was the general consensus that their brown ale is their best brew (and maybe one of the best craft English brown ales around).

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. The beer does not have an over the top sweet/malty taste and has a subtle bitter finish. Not sure if I can add much to what other reviewers have noted other than give this one a try if you are a brown ale fan.

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Photo of drewsdad08
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Old hometown favorite. One of the rare beers that I've had that is much better to me in bottle than on draft. The look is atypical in my opinion of most brown ales. But that doesn't take away from what attracts me most to this one. The taste and feel are beautiful. Ideal with or without food. I recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, rather clear, tan head is a bit foamy but the lacing is not bad. Caramel, brown sugar, bread in the aroma. Sweet hits you first, you get the nutty, slight roast, earthy flavor. Very smooth, perfect balanced allows you to enjoy the beer without to much sweet or bitter. Pretty dry finish and not cloying at all despite the sweet to begin. A little over carbonated, almost feels soda like. Overall a very enjoyable beer and an excellent brown.

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Photo of jburris64
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional brew with plenty of flavor. I've enjoyed other browns but this is the best so far.
The molasses is pronounced but the combination of barley, nuts and caramel balance the flavors into a smooth note.
Enjoyed from the bottle in Virginia Beach, I will be back for more.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer holds a special place in my heart as one of my first true "local" craft loves. 10+ years ago before the boom started in earnest in VA, Legend was one of the true leaders and this was/is their best brew.

Everything you want from a brown ale here - color is on point, head forms fast and recedes but very nice. Lots of caramel flavor and earth tones come through in the flavor. Finish is bitter but not overly so. It's a clean beer and one I still enjoy very much, especially in the fall.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of the best brown ales we've ever had. The smell and taste feature an intense caramel note. Perfectly balanced. Light hops. Beautiful dark brown color.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, cream color head. Toasty, heavy malt smell and taste, minimal hops. Slightly sweet. Medium carbonation. Thick feel. Very satisfying; one of my favorite local VA brews.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice a deep brown with white head which resolves rather quickly. Smells pleasantly of toasted malts, bready. Malt forward tastes, well balanced with taste of molasses, grains, and good clean finish. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Solid brown ale, very enjoyable and easily quaffable. Reliable and tasty.

update: another beer that the more I try - the more nuanced and enjoyable this beer becomes. A truly stellar American Brown Ale and one that I keep returning to - a great session beer - tasty and clean finish - think I'll have another. . .

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 502 ratings