Brown Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brown AleBrown Ale

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

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.

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Ratings: 480 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a nice light brown colour with a small white head.

The smell was nice and malty with a bit of nuttiness. Not very strong though.

The taste was nice and malty, roasted malts, nut and a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little bit thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice brown ale would buy again.

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Photo of rmank
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gaffm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of seanbren
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of arjun
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of gilbert
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MrJolly
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of oline73
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a half finger of thick off white head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The smell is mild and malty. I'm getting a faint sweetness along with some dark fruit.

Taste: This is a very nice brown. The malt is the star. Not particularly sweet with a slightly fruity undertone. Bready and a tad bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of medium with aggressive carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: Very good and easy to drink. Nothing I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't read the bottling date as it has been rubbed off; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Two inch off-white creamy head with excellent retention; Deep mahogany brown in color, though the appearance is still clear; Nice webs of lacing left behind

S - The aroma is not too strong, but plesant and inviting; Notes of sweet caramel, toasted bread, earthy hops, light cinnamon, and light chocolate

T - Flavors of sweet, sugary caramel and toasted nuts come first; Toasty malts continue in the taste with mellow leafy/earthy hops and chocolate flavor; There's just a bit of bitterness present here with some very subdued dark fruits lurking behind the malty flavors

M - Below moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Very smooth texture with a slightly dry finish

O - This is definitely Legend's most popular beer, and with good reason. It's very well rounded with a pleasant flavor, aroma, and smooth mouthfeel. Having just consumed one bottle, I am left wanting to have another for sure. Overall, this is a very nice offering from Legend Brewing and certainly one of the top examples of the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent this one my way as an extra in a past trade (can’t remember who, but will look it up soon)! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a five to six finger cream colored head that subsided to three finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtly roasted malt, nutty, earth, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, tart, caramel, nutty, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was concerned that this one was going to be infected based on the amount of head that formed upon being poured gently into my glass. Upon smelling the brew it didn’t seem like there was any infection evident. But on the flavor there was the slight tart note that one would not expect. It was not sharp or strong, but it was definitely present. Still a fairly easy drinking brown ale that I wouldn’t mind having again sometime.

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Photo of woolybully67
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet brown sugar dominates the nose on this one. There is a lingering background scent of caramel as well. The two play off each other and make a nice combination.

Pours out clear and dark brown with ruby highlights where the light penetrates. The head is thin, and a light mocha color leaving no decernable lacing.

This is a beautiful brown ale. The maltiness reigns supreme here with flavors of toasted pumpernickel, biscuit, molasses, and caramel. The toasted flavors really carry on through the aftertaste. What a joy to drink!

The body is a perfect medium for me. It's light enough to give it great drinkability, yet heavy enough to let you know you're not drinking a lite beer. Carbonation is on the lighter side but headed towards moderate. I really think this beer stands out as a favorite Brown Ale.

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Photo of Crazyale
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a clear, dark brown with red hues. Little carbonation. Zero head. Lacing sticks to glass.

Smell- Bock, malt, spice, yeast. Smells like a whole grain beer bread we get at a local restaurant. Heavy tobacco smell.

Very grain forward, to say this is bready is an understatement, yet, it is decent. Dark fruit, and still a little tobacco lingers.

Feel- thin, little creamy, little invisible chew left behind due to the grain heaviness here.

Overall, decent, but not impressive enough to ask for another. Got as an extra and am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of iannutter
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this beer for some time now and I have to say, I have never once been disappointed with the product.

Poured this beer into one of my favorite German mugs and the head quickly faded into almost nothing, but the lacing it leaves around the glass is beautiful. The colour is a deep amber, exactly as a brown ale ought to be.

The smell is reminiscent of roasted nuts and a faint smell of hops and true to the smell, the flavour follows suit.

The mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as could be hoped, but is still far about average.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the better brown ales I've ever had, certainly beating Newcastle, and although Samuel Smith's Nut Brown is still better, I would only say marginally so.


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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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