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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002

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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by Jasoncolliver:
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ArrogantDeadGuy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a middling orange brassy hue with a scant white head. The head gives way to slight white lacing. The aromas are overwhelmingly citrus; orange, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. The flavors are similarly citrusy with great notes of the aforementioned fruits. The pale ale isn't over the top which leaves it wonderfully drinkable and the medium body makes this a refrigerator regular for me.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Legend Brewing Company.

Cloudy dull copper in color. Minimal white head does a tolerable lacing job. Spicy/fruity aromas, with grapefruit being very, very evident. Taste was bitter, with an almost overpowering grapefruit flavor. Different and actually quite tasty. Crisp and dry finish with a good dose of bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Excellent beer for a hot summer day in Richmond.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of crwrunner
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of tkelley
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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 hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Saxboy10
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Legend's year round brews - in my experience thus far, their seasonals have been far better. this was no exception.

quite different from your average pale ale - i would say it is almost a cross between a pale and a brown. pours a dark orange with a hint of brown. little head and lacing. taste is of mild hops and candied sugar (the brown ale flavors). Mouthfeel was heavy for the style. drinkability mediocre - would have liked more hops and less sugary sweetness. the sweetness should come from the citrus.

not a bad brew, but doesn't live up to legend's other phenomenal brews (the imp stout is ridic).

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Photo of alleykatking
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
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 george42
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber from The Cheese Shop. My first experience with Legend.

A: The pale ale more gooey amber than bright orange, a full hue renders the ale nearly opaque. A white head, several fingers in size, left very little lace in isolated patches around the glass.

S: The nose is as full as the color, plenty of caramel malts that control that aromas. A mild citrus hoppiness, nearly imperceptible, adds needed zest. The caramel, though, is stronger.

T: Again caramel is the driving force flavor-wise. The rich maltiness is almost syrupy in its sweetness. The hoppiness is more apparent, its bitterness cutting into the base. The bitterness lingers, a leafy flavor that is stronger than the nose would ever let on. The bitterness and caramel flavors are a good send-off.

M: The mouthfeel, malt-dominated as it is, still manages to offer a dose of hops. The sweet syrupy flavor is not ascerbic.

D: A decent pale ale, darker and fuller than I'd normally expect, but not bad.

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Photo of Fusion7777
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goldbot
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with lots of carbonation and medium white head. Good head retention and pretty good lacing.

Citrusy hop aroma with some pine and herbal notes as well. Backed by a smooth caramel malt aroma. Tastes about an even mix of malt and hops. Caramel and bready malts are prominent along with citrus hops. Moderately bitter with a sweeter malt aftertaste.

Medium body with a very carbonated, almost biting crisp feel. A refreshing, tasty beer; great example of the style. Perhaps a bit on the malty side but it is still great.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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 JWing
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review.

A: First pour into a weizen glass was a nice clear golden color, 2nd pour, more of a golden brown and cloudy, like apple cider. Minimal carbonation.

S: HOPS!! out of the bottle. Reminded me of a Stone brew. Hops and some sweet malty notes from the glass.

T: Disappointing at first, but it grew on me. First impression was a watered down Stone not well-balanced. Taste of hops on the swallow that faded and left a sweet lingering maltiness. Later, the hops lingered throughout alongside the malt flavor and the balance seemed to improve. Lemony tartness accented the bitter and sweet flavors. More of a laid-back Stone. The good taste lingers on and on.

M: Medium body leaving a nice oily coating throughout the mouth.

D: In the end, a very tasty and drinkable brew I would buy again, especially considering the reasonable price. 6% ABV noticable before finishing the first glass. Good drinking on a warm summer night and a solid offering from the home state!

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Photo of Fezfreak
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer at a Kroger in Harrisonburg, Virginia during the last weekend of July 2010.

I'm thinking it was a not-so-fresh batch.

All but the first bottle have been inconsistent, leading me to believe it was either old, mistreated, or both.

Although I enjoy beers that age well, most of the ones I drink have a short shelf-life. I'm one of those guys usually who prefers the freshest beer possible. And when I come across something that tastes as inconsistent as this, my first guess is that it's in the autumn of its life. So while this wasn't a "bad" beer, it didn't exactly knock my socks off. Tasted less like a pale ale and more like a dry-hopped brown ale that I once brewed at home.

Pours a nice copper color with a durable 1/2 inch thick head that left good lacing behind.

The smell is what sort of "gnarled" me out first, lots of sour caramelized malt with a noticable dose of grassy hops.

The taste had a bit of sweet raisin biscuit malt in the front, with lots of bitterness in the middle as well as in the finish.

I would love to re-evaluate this beer another time, either on tap or from brewery fresh bottles.

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Photo of JoeCorleone
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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