Pale Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our American style Pale Ale is a hop lover's dream. We craft this copper colored ale to supply a moderate bitterness and an aggressive hop flavor and aroma. Willamette hops pitched early in the boil give a clean, soft bitterness. Late kettle hops include Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Chinook for plenty of pungent pine and citrus character. Judicious amounts of four specialty malts add counter and depth. Expect a medium bodied brew with an assertive, complex flavor and a dry finish.

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 134
Photo of bigbutter
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best offering that Legend Brewing has. Taste is actually much better cold, and becomes slightly less good as it warms. Hops are well present, though that's about it.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden color with an extremely rocky head and almost no lacing. Had a hard time pouring the 12 oz. beer into a 16 oz. glass due to the excessive amout of carbonation. Aroma is slightly hoppy with a touch of pine and some citrus. Flavor was ok, but the carbonation was making it hard to form a good opinion. I taste some hops and sopme citrus but the extreme bubbles made it hard to enjoy this beer. I have had a lot of Legend, especially on draft, but I was not very pleased with the amount of over carbonation in this one. Old batch??, I do not know !!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of citrusy hops
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 1 cm ring and 2 mm layer.
Lacing – none
Body light orange, clear
Flavor – distinctly malty with some hop bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Seems rather malty for a pale ale, but not bad. Very nice head and body but no lacing detracts from the appearance. Definitely a distant second to SNPA.

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Photo of tkelley
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from my second Beer of the Every Other Month Club. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Classic look. Very appealing. Crystal clear copper body. Light tan head. Good retention. Very fine bubbles.

N - earthy malts and hops. Not really too citrusy or piney. Maybe some rye?

T - tasty. Hops flavor but not overpowering. Good biscuity malt body.

M - smooth and drinkable.

O - I rather enjoyed this beer from Virgina. Cheers!

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Photo of constantine_272
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange. Small amount of white foam that left some sticky dots. Medium carbonation. Like some other brews from Legend, a hunk of sediment was at the bottom of my bottle. The sediment chunks made it into the glass in a separated murky haze.

S: Wheat, oats and rye. Slightly sweet malt. Dried grass and hay.

T: Sweet cashew nut and honey and malt up front. A light bittering follows with dried leaf and floral notes and grass. A medium amount of wet pine sap. Finishes off with a crisp finish and a slight metallic mineral finish.

M: Great easy drinking pale. Nice and light bodied with an easy crisp finish. Mellow and cool and mostly clean, except for a slight lingering mineral aftertaste.

O: Not bad pale. A nice lighter version of a pale without all of the dryness. Some places have really overdone the dry hop lately and it's nice to see a restrained version that finishes more crisp than dry. All that said, I felt like there wasn't all that much exciting going on here. Maybe good for kicking back a six pack, but a little boring for sitting down and enjoying a one-off beer,

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/copper in color with an off- white foam, this pale ale is somewhat weak in the nose, with scents of light grain and a floral presence. There is a fair amount of lacing and the beer seems to hold promise from an appearance standpoint.

With the taste, this beer has a grainy, biscuit- malt profile, some flavors of hay and toffee, toasted malt, bread, and piney, herbal hops. There is some citrus in there, too, and the beer manages to keep itself rather balanced overall.

Legend Pale Ale is not the hop bomb as some have described it, but the hops definitely make themselves known. I find it rather nicely balanced overall and while not a superstar in its class, it does have enough good going for it to recommend.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very foamy off white head, that forms like liquid soap at three fingers tall. Lots of retention, with a body of simple pale amber, fairly clear if a little hazy. Soapy lacing rings on the glass throughout while drinking.

Nose is a bit of dense biscuity like malts. Light herbal and hinting citrus hop angle with the malts prominent. Fairly solid, nothing too crazy or impressive.

Body comes with a light but nearly wet feel. Light hop and dry pine angle a bit, but with a fleeting finish. Herbality and mint seems to come on the aftertaste but the malt backbone on this is hardly supportive. A bit grainy also.

Overall it's not terrible but it's not too impressive either unfortunately.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear, amber pour with a small fizzy white head that receded to a tight ringlet. Aroma of grassy and earthy hops, sweet malt backbone. Standard stuff, once again. Taste of light grassy/earthy/citrus hops, sweet caramel malts, a bit of apple skin in there, mildly bitter with a somewhat metallic aftertaste. Light-medium body. A fair beer overall.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small, white head that leaves little to no lacing,

Smells of grainy malt and some floral hops.

Tastes of a solid grainy malt base with some overlaying hops. Malts lead off with a biscuit and grain feel followed by a slight sugary sweetness. Touches of floral and earthy hops come in and add a slight astringent bitterness. A bit of fruitiness comes in as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a little different than I remember, but is still a solid addition to the Legend lineup.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper brew with about 1/2 a finger's width of white head with moderate retention and lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, grassiness, and slightly floral hops with a touch of grapefruit. Not a very potent smelling beer.

T: Nice toasted malt backbone is almost immediately overwhelmed by the bitter hops. The flavor brings hay, a slight citrusy hop flavor and a lot of bitterness, almost too much.

M: Fairly light-to-moderate body, with a decent amount of a carbonation and some hop oiliness.

O: It's a pale ale. Nothing too spectacular or interesting, but fairly well balanced and drinkable. A good middle-of-the-road beer, but there are other pale ales that I'd drink first.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic a clear rich copper with a large sticky white head that held like glue to the glass leaving a full ringe of lave as it settled into a frothy mass.Leafy hops and lightly toasted bread in the nose,not much sweetness.Very balanced on the palate with minty/leafy hops mixed with a slightly sweet and toasted bready malt base,a tinge of brown sugar wich was a bit odd came into play the finish as well.A pretty solid pale,not as hopped as many APA's but it has nice flavors.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 02/23/12:
Bottled in 2011, but can't read the full date as it has been partially rubbed off; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" off-white fluffy head with nice retention; Appearance is crystal clear with a medium amber color; Visible carbonation within the glass; Decent patches of lacing left behind

S - Nice balance and presence in the smell; Good amount of caramel, toasted bread, and roasty malts with a good showing of piney, herbal, and lightly floral hops

T - Close to the nose with a nice balance between caramel and toasted bread and toffee malts, and piney, herbal, and hints of citrus hops; Mild shot of bitterness present in the first half of the taste

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Fairly dry finish

O - I'm not sure I have had this beer before now, but I thought Legend did a nice job here. It's a well rounded beer, with a pleasant aroma and a nice, balanced flavor that brings enough of a punch from both the hops and malts. I am still working my way through the year-round offerings from Legend, but the pale ale is one of my favorites thus far.

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Photo of kjyost
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle received from funkyaudio in US/Can BIF. Thanks! Undated bottle pours into a nonic around 4C.

A: Foams out the top when popped and it had been sitting on the door for a week. Copper and hazy with half a glass of never ending head...
S: Hard to get at first through the head. Soapy. Black pepper. Sweet malts. A hint of fruit hop.
T: A real odd APA. A cloying body with lots of molasses and licorice. A touch of bitterness in there and no real hop presence. Meh is barely enough to measure my ambivalence to this beer.
M: Crisply carbonated with a sticky and sticking sweetness.
O: Dissapointing. Really, really disappointing. More of a malty fake Oktoberfest than an APA. Hello, where are the hops?

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with some dark brown twinges on the edges. There is a small white foam head with moderate retention. THere is some spotty lacing all down the sides. A tad darker than expected from a Pale Ale.

S: There is some light grassy hops on the nose along with some mild amounts of toasted oats and bready malts.

T: Starts off with some mild grassy hops. In the middle, there is some citrus hop character along with some toasted oats and slightly toasted bread. The beer finishes with a nice mild hop flavor with a balanced amount of malt.

M: While balanced, this light/medium bodied Pale Ale could use a little more body. Seems a tad thin.

O: Not my favorite Pale Ale, but certainly enjoyable. I would drink this again, but there are other Legend brews I would reach for ahead of this.

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Photo of ackleydg
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong golden color, with persistent, creamy, off-white head. Very clear. Excellent lacing.

Smells malty and sweet, with some citrus.

Tastes malty and sweet, with hop bitterness more than hop flavor, but some citrus hop flavor does come through.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation is relatively low.

It's quite good. I've been enjoying recently in a black and tan.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Legend Brewery (Richmond, VA).

A: Slightly hazy golden with light amber tinge with short sticky cap of off-white head that leaves pretty respectable lacing.

S: Citrus and floral aromas are strongest, some mild grassiness with a sly caramelly and bready maltiness laying behind

T: Good APA flavor but nothing out of the ordinary. The floral citrus nature of the hoppy aroma is not conveyed all the way through to the flavor while more of the grassiness is, leaving the hops component a little muted. The malt background is caramel and pale malt, but there is a hint of some off-flavor twang reminiscent of young beer flavor, as it warms. It's not unpleasant and doesn't really spoil the beer, but it doesn't really help it either.

M: The feel is good with medium body and a relatively low carbonation profile.

O: Not a bad beer but it's just a bit above average and I'd venture to say not their best brew. My wife's porter was quite a lot better.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed amber gold, cap of white froth with some sticky lacing. Scent is mild and is of fresh dried grain and grassy hops - earthy, grainy and fresh. Taste brings mild components of scent and makes them into a refreshing beer - touch of nuttyness comes in with the fresh grains and hops. Lighter side of medium, carbonation in control, dry and grainy on palate. Decent IPA whose fresh qualities make up for lack of complexity.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona (another night of drinking on the porch)!

A- Pours a darker coppery color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Nice long streaks of lace on the glass with light webbing.

S- This is a malt forward pale in the nose which to me means it sat a little while. Darker fruits come out as well with a hint of sugary sweetness to them. Light hay like notes as well along with some faded grassy hops. The alcohol is clean with a hint of sweetness to it.

T- Pale malts come on out first with a hint of citrus hops that quickly fade away. Middle of the beer shows off a darker fruit to it that seemed a little out of place. Caramel malts come out in the ending that blends with a small hint of grassy hops. Alcohol is sweet and adds to the overall sweetness on the beer itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Caramel malts, darker fruit and sugary sweetness are left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol, hints of faded grassy hops, and caramel malts. Flavors were a little underbalanced for the style I thought. No off flavors were present just a little stale tasting from what I assume as extended shelf life. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was bland and in no way to me a pale ale. The malts screamed out while the hops for the most part were nowhere to be found. Oddly, enough though I went back to this beer for another pour so I did like it I suppose..haha.

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Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark copper color with golden orange hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grassy hops and straw balanced by sweet malt and subtle light fruit notes. Slightly toasty with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with some bitter earthy hops up front that linger over a sweet malt backbone into a lingering dry finish. There's a dry earthy/soil like hop presence with a resinous pine character. This is countered by the sweeter malt notes with hints of caramel and biscuit. I'm picking up some faint apricot sweetness toward the end.

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Photo of gearkraft
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six-pack from the local grocery store. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: The pouring releases a nice head, that slowly fades to light islands on the surface of the beer. Lacing is minimal at best.

S: I've had this beer before, and it seems that I received a batch that has sat awhile. I detect almost no hops, with mostly a malty, almost maple syrup like note. Very different then the average Pale Ale.

T: A rolling blend of light malt, deep citrus, hops, with a slight sweet-salted balance.

M: Light yet clingy. Nice.

O: I've had this a few times. This batch feels like it set for some time. I was hesitant to review this because of the "vintage" factor, however I can assert that even a new batch is "Nice" at best. A decent blend of malt and hops, however the hops do not shine at all. I just think about drinking pressed hops pellets.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very amber and easy on the eyes. good head with fabulous lacing. clarity perfect.

Smells like wheaty caramel malts with dark fruits and spices. Very nice.

Tastes spicy, with great mid to dark fruits, slick caramel malts, and easy going semi-sweet aftertaste. This is one slick and smooth beer about which there are no complaints.

Overall, I'd give it a two thumbs up. :-)

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent orange/amber with a bit of white head. What head it has sticks around and there's some slight lacing.

Aroma is a bit of pine hops and sweet malts but also an odd soapy scent.

Taste is the best part. Nice pine and citrus hops that take turns leading. Solid sweet malts followed by dry malts. Solid APA in that the hops make themselves known but they don't overwhelm. The malts have a little spice and the hops bring that out.

This is a great summer afternoon on the lawn beer. For the type of day where you just want to be outside and you don't want to pay too much attention to the beer. Nice session APA.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: rich amber with a white bubbly head. not great retention, but leaves some lacing behind. good clarity.

S: a good representation of american hops, but an enormous amount of sweetness. reminds me of an american amber. lots of caramel.

T: slightly piney, slightly citrus hop presence. slightly chalky. rich toffee, caramel balance the hop bitterness as well as add a sweet component that makes you forget about the hops.

M: medium body with a medium/hard carbonation.

D: its a good beer, but not necessarily a good pale. it has so many more characteristics that lead me to want to call it an amber. just too much sweetness here. but like i said, still a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Attractive orange translucent body with a substantial amount of carbonation. The head started out at a half inch but soon retreated to sparing wisps at the surface.

S - Citrusy hops in the aroma.

T - Citrus hops in the end and finish. Before that the hops have a more grassy flavor.

M - The texture is cold and aggressive. There is a coarseness throughout.

~ This is a good sessionable beer if you have an incling for well-hopped beverage. Nothing out of character in this pale ale. Brewed well to fit in the guidelines of the style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this bomber

This beer pours a clear light orange color with a decent head of white foam on the surface. The aromatics are full of citrus notes. There is a bit of orange and lemon zests as well as a touch of grapefruit in there. Great hop additions for the aroma. There's really nothing to say much as far as the beer is concerned flavor-wise. There is the obvious light hopped notes. Most of the hops were clearly aromatic in nature as this beer is rather mild on the palate. This beer is light crisp and refreshing. Not sure why it comes in a bomber, but it seems light enough that it should be no problem for one person to consume. This beer is unassuming, it's not gonna win any awards, but it's a pretty good beer overall. It's hard to define why it's quality, but I can assure you that this beer is not a bad choice.

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