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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Photo of nofunyons
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Nolynylon
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of dball
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Legend beers seem to be pretty solid across the board. I've only had their larger production beers but would love to make a trip to Richmond for some more tasting. The Pale Ale pours nicely into a glass and has a rich color that is just shy of copper. The head is light and laces a little on the glass. The smell is a bit bland with hints of floral hops. The taste is very nice. It's far from a stand out Pale but is up there and out does a standard for American Pale's, Sierra. I'll get it again for sure. -addition (since this review I visited the brewery and it was worth the stop)

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I'd really call this a pale ale, but it is darned tasty, whatever it may be.

Pours amber with livey head and good lacing. The aroma is carmelly and strong. The flavor strong, carmelly, and malty, with a light hop flavor but a nice bitterness that is a lovely counterpoint to the malt. It has a satisfyingly strong mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice copper amber body with a a big fluffy off-white head. Nice retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells are citrusy and grassy, nice hops.

Taste is overall very mild, but rahter good. Citrusy and piney notes, mostly hops but also a very slight malt backbone. Good, well-balanced APA. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Very drinkable, even outside on a hot day like when I tried it. Legend makes some good brews!

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Photo of PhageLab
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. Fresh Beer - Keep Cool on the side of the bottle.

A - Beautiful transparent light brown coloration with a slight amber hue. Nice 1/2 inch head of white froth. Great retention and spotted lacing. Impressive presentation overall.

S - Pine and caramel mostly. Not the strongest aroma, but what is there is rather nice.

T - Wonderfully balanced hop profile. Very piny and refreshing. Has a cooling characteristic to it. Medium level of bitterness which fades over into the aftertaste. A malty backbone gives this brew just the right amount of depth. Were it a bit more complex, a 5 may have been issued in this department.

M - Fairly light bodied and smooth. Low level of carbonation and no left over residues. It will tinge the taste buds just a bit, but it won't burn anything out.

D - Good I must say. This one disappeared far too quickly, and I suspect another would suffer the same fate. Not too complex, but what is present is damn fine. Wonderful example of a pale ale, if you can find it, drink it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a huge, foamy/rocky, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Lots of malt in the smell, with a traces of hops as well.

T: Tasted of caramel malt, hops, and a tinge of citrus. Not as hoppy as some APAs, but a solid flavor.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable APA.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bottle back from Virginia for me!

Pours a bright copper amber with a large white foamy head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruity with some orange/tangerine.

The taste is of citrus - bitter grapefruit and orange with a lemony and slighlty herbal touch as it progresses. Some caramelish sweetness rounds it out. There's some saltiness in the bitterish finish.

It has a firm medium body.

A very drinkable APA (despite the slight destraction of a touch of salt) - a hoppy APA (could pass as a more balanced IPA, IMO).

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of all the Legend brews I've tried this one seems to really resonate with me. Pours a seethru brownish gold with a good head. I can pick up earty, citric hops as well as a nice chunk of caramelized malt. Taste is more the same as this medium-bodied, slightly chewey brew has a good balance of hops and sweet malt to keep everything in harmony. Passes easily and has a semi-dry backbite. Just really spot on from my vantage point.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Poured out of a bomber into a British Pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark amber with a nice billowy head. Intricate lacing.

Smell - Hops (pine,citrus) upfront with nice sweetness (caramel) out back.

Taste - Sweeter than most Pale Ales, but there is still a significant amount of hops. This is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a drier finish.

Drinkability - I am really surprised by this beer. I like it. Definitely a recommendation to friends AND a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rotating Legend bier, the Pale has a medium golden color, a fine, thin, lasting head, and good Belgian lace in the glass. A pleasant floral, hoppy aroma filled the air. Medium bodied, it passed nicely over the tongue. There was a minimum of malt present; hops are the main character here. Lots of smooth, citrusy/grapefruit notes, with a smidgen of bitterness in the finish. A tasty bier, seemed less like a pale than an IPA, and tastier than their Golden IPA.

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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