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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Still some VA goodness left in my stash. This proof pours a clear orange amber topped by about two fingers of creamy light ecru foam. The nose comprises mostly light and fluffy buttery biscuits, with only a slight whiff of light florals in the background. The taste is very similar, though some pumpkin skin (or some sort of gourd, anyway) ekes its way in, joining those weak florals in the back. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a nice little bit o' pale, though something seems missing. Maybe it's just me. Still pretty tasty and drinkable, though.

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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 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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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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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 akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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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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 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 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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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 CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice floral aroma. Somewhat toast bready notes underneath. Pours copper with a big frothy lasting head and some sticky lace. Floral hops up front, toasted malts, light sweetness, a little bready, and more earthy floral hops rounding out the finish. Well carbonated, almost a bit much for my liking, but a nice drinkable and quenching pale ale.

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

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my shaker glass. this pale ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about an inch of quickly fading bone white foam. The nose and flavor consist of grassy hops, slightly resinous pine, light citrus such as grapefruit and lemon, caramel malt, and lightly toasted grain. Very nice body and carbonation levels here. Drinks good as well.

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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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Crystal clear with a white head and tons of lacing.

Aroma is more malty that hoppy. Plenty of caramel and toffee to go around with the slightest bit of earthy and floral hops.

Pretty malty in the flavor. Loads of raw grains and caramel with a nice hop flavor and bite to balance things out. Slightly bready.

Medium bodied and chewy. I say pretty spot on for an APA. Maybe a little more malt than I desire but a delcious beer nonetheless.

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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 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 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 beer2day
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold, nearly amber, with a frothy two-finger head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Yeasty, slightly bready, nose. Very weak hop profile.

The hit is big and malty with bread, biscuit, and toast. Very robust finish with lots of malt body. Hops finally kick in late with a slight twang of alcohol.

Very drinkable session beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Slightly-reddened amber hue with lots and lots of carbonation and a big, 3" light-tan head that leaves nice sheets of lacing. Smells woody, with English hops, caramel and earthy malts, and some sweetness. Tastes of caramel and toasted/bready malts, floral/perfumy and cedary hops that impart a medium bitterness, and a dash of saltiness. Medium body and carbonation; drying and smooth. Not too bad of a beer, but there are better pale ales out there and certainly better brews from Legend.

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