Brown Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

Brown AleBrown Ale
BA SCORE
3.81/5
484 Ratings
Brown AleBrown Ale
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
Ranking:
#13,963
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
484
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
97
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 484 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of godawgs
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of canders0927
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jburris64
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

 278 characters

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of oldn00b
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

 501 characters

Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

 155 characters

Photo of AnthonyHipp
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice color, rounded malt, nice smooth finish.

45 characters

Photo of squack
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesGrove
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vainosuomi
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 187 characters

Photo of jaswilson2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grinky
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ericstites
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice drinkability. A bit generic in flavor.

43 characters

Photo of MattXT
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewheeln
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dringus
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abhilash1980
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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. . .

 560 characters

Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewpub today.

Beer was served brown with a two finger head that dissipated quickly.

Nose was nondescript. Lightly toasted malts is the primary.

Taste was lightly toasted malts with some hopping for a nice balance.

Feel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a nice easy drinking beer, glad i tried. Solid representation of the style.

 367 characters

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 484 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.