Z Dam Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by VeganUndead on 04-30-2015

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#39,525
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
30
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
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4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Legend Brewing Co. "Z Dam Ale"
12 fl. oz. bottle, coded "042517" and sampled on 062917
$1.67 @ Kroger, Virginia Beach, VA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I love these beers that have no information regarding the style of the beer on the label. What is it? Seriously, I hate that, although it can sometimes be fun to figure out what it is. It pours a hazy yellow-gold with visible particulate in suspension beneath a finger-thick head of frothy bright white. The aroma suggests sweetish grainy malt with dried grass and coriander powder. The flavor follows, adding in some ginger and a touch of lemon zest. It's not a Belgian-style witbier though as there's no Belgian yeast character. They did a good job with the spices though. The ginger gives a little bite but not too much, and the citrus helps to cut through the sweetish grainy malt. There's not a lot of bitterness, and it finishes with a combination of sweetish malt and zesty spice that gently fades away. As a summer refresher I could certainly see this going a long way. It's medium bodied and gently crisp, and if it was any lighter - or any fuller - I don't think it would work as well, you have to support that ginger, and if you made it lighter and cut down on the ginger it wouldn't really be clear as to what it was. So I think I would call this a "ginger ale" which would not be good to put on the label, that would scare too many people, but maybe just "summer ale" or "spiced ale" would work. Anyway, I'm halfway through and I don't feel the ginger has really built up on my palate, so that's good, and it's maintained a fairly good creamy collar and left some nice splashes and patches of lace behind. And smelling it now I get distinct ginger whereas before I thought it was coriander. It's pleasant, and to be honest, kind of reminiscent of a summer day to me. I wasn't expecting much but I'm impressed. Had I known it was this good I'd have bought more, this would be absolutely perfect for an outdoor BBQ.

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Photo of hophugger
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vainosuomi
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale amber color. Malty slightly spicy smell. Very light flavor of predominantly malts and some spice. Faintly bitter finish. Decent carbonation.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with lime zest and ginger

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Photo of robebo44
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ecmoon3
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Benburkart
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of obywan59
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden in color with light haze. Flecks of suspended sediment. A 1 1/2 finger white head with no lacing.

Toasted malt with a whiff of ginger.

More toasted malt with subtle ginger and citrus.

Light bodied and moderately crisp.

Not complex by any means, but pleasant enough. I could have used more spice and citrus, but it's intended to be a light summer ale, which it succeeds at. Easy to drink, with just enough spice to give it a bit of character.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, vibrant pale/gold with 1/2" dense white head that recedes as a moderate pace. Lacing is poor, retention is not bad.

S: Bright & herbal with some traces of citrus rind. Maybe honey as well. Rather well-balanced notes create what is overall a very pleasant bouquet.

T: Much the same as the nose with an additional floral quality leading into the mid palate. Finishes with a nice blend of pale malt & citrusy hop character. Really well-put-together progression of flavor.

M: Moderate carb married to a light, slightly slick body. Ideal for the flavors that are showcased here.

O: This brew is simply well-thought-out & well-executed. Far exceeds the modest expectations that I had for it initially.

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nofunyons
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RBorsato
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TomCat11
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of avalon07
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A somewhat underwhelming aroma of malt, light spices, honey, ginger and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of some mild honey notes, a lot of malt (a bit much), some citrus (orange, lemon), ginger, some mild hops notes, and some spices mixed in (pepper, for the most part). A pretty lackluster flavor for the most part. In spots it seems okay, but is mostly thin and underpowered.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: A disappointing beer for the most part. Could have been interesting.

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Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pale gold, with just a hint of haze. It poured with one finger of off-white head that quickly faded and left no trace of lacing.

S: Nothing strong enough to grab my attention. If I concentrate and sniff deeply, I detect some faint graininess and fruity aromas; maybe a hint of spice (ginger? I'm not sure) in the background.

T: Malts are more bready than sweet. There is a little tart fruit flavor, and some grassy notes in the background. Hops is spicy, with a rather subdued bitterness.

M: Carbonation is on the anemic side. There's a little dryness to it.

O: An unimpressive ale. It probably would have paired just fine with spicy food, but it did nothing for me on its own. It's yellow and a little fizzy, but a bit short on the flavor.

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Photo of squack
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Clear, light yellow in color. Has a spice background taste. Rosemary? Overall, not my favorite beer from this brewery. Perhaps I set their brown ale as the standard they need to beat.

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Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbutter
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Z Dam Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 30 ratings