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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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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2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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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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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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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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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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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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Pale Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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