Brown Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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481 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
481
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Photo of naphi23
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real solid looking brown, with a deep copper red hue, and large brown mahogany dark body. Large evenly tan and four finger tall head is produced with a large staying foaming cap. Solid and impressive looking with very slow rising carbonation barely seen in the middle.

Light toasty notes, but a bit grainy with a weak sense of caramel. Kind of dry. A little gaseous perhaps also. Otherwise ok.

Palate is interesting. Most of the flavor hits in the aftertaste. Predominant on milk chocolate with a very good coating mouthfeel if a bit fizzy just a tad in the finish. Flavors don't seem to last and provide a little bit of sticky syrup quality after some time.

Overall sort of missing the nutty character and malt depth, but it's not a bad brew though and certainly not a horrible brown that's for sure.

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Photo of nofunyons
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my steady. I always have on hand. The best English style brown ale in the world.

From Legend Brewing Co.;

"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. 5.8% Alc. By Vol."

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of redfox405
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Rdc67
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mjh0527
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of vtn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Jimbo4430
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has come through with an interesting beer for me to try. I tend to eschew beers not in CANs or other than AIPAs so he keeps me honest and in the game. Well done!

An aggro pour resulted in a brief finger of light-tan head with limited retention. Color was a mahogany brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose gave off notes of milk chocolate, nuts, caramel and toffee. Whee! Mouthfeel was unexpectedly effervescent with a very nutty flavor on the tongue. This was turning out much better than I had expected. Finish was semi-dry with the nuttiness being offset by a butterscotch-caramel-toffee flavor. For not being my cuppa tea, this was quite a nice beer. It just reinforces my need to diversify whenever possible.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SilentNature
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of george42
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Rifugium
1.58/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear, medium brown pour with a small white head that fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Very little in the nose, toasted cereal grains, and not much else. Buttery off-flavors, caramel malt sweetness, grainy, phenolic fruitiness, and a tiny hop bitterness coming through. Thin body, not very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of brown ales to begin with, but this one was just flat-out poorly made.

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Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JSouth
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Shatter
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of marley2112
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wac9
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow just wow my mother in law pick this up in virgina dam she can pick good beers out. just a great tasting beer a very sexy brown ale in a glass, brown , very little head smells boozy but its not and the taste is wonderful find this beer and bring it home just wonderful

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Photo of sdsimkins
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
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