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
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presenation: 22 oz bomber, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale burnt orange color with a decent sized light tan colored head.

Aroma: light hops.

Taste: Piney hops, and fairly strong at that. Much more than your usual pale ale. The finish is all hops with a cross between sweet and bitter, lingering for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, fairly thick. the carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: Tastes more like an IPA than a pale ale to me. If you like hoppy beers give this one a shot, if not best to avoid.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Forgot about this's been sitting in the back of the beer fridge since Christmas. Here goes...

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a dirty eggshell head. Some nice lacing remains behind. This is one of the darker pale ales that I have ever had.

The smell has some spicy citrus hops, some resiny pine, and a good malt backbone. Smells a lot better than I remember the other Legend beers I tried smelling.

The flavor is good, but not that much above average. The spicy hops and caramel malts blend nicely, but imo , the hops are a tad too strong for a pale ale. I love hoppy beers and this one is good, but for the style I feel it is a bit over the top. More of an IPA to me.

The mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium. Chewy, creamy. Drying, bitter finish. Very easy drinker, imo. A whole lot better than their Golden IPA. Maybe they just labeled the bottles (or the fermenters) wrong.

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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 FuzzyGuy84
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a chilled mug.

A - Orange/Yellow color, with a medium off-white head and a slight bit of cloudiness.

S - Minimal smell of hops.

T - A little sweet, tastes at first like oranges than packs a punch of hops. Not bad at all, though also not particularly interesting.

MF - Chewy mouthfeel, heavier than a typical pale ale.

D - It's very easy to drink. Quite pleasant, very well made. Not particularly interesting, but will definetely do the trick if you're looking for a good Pale Ale from a small brewery.

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Photo of Conrad
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quick and simple:
A: Cloudy copper-amber colour, a bit cloudy or translucent. I found it to be too dark for a pale ale. (I know that compared to some dark ales, this is positively clear.) It had a nice bone white head that lasted a couple of minutes and left pretty lacing.
S: Nice easy hops aroma. A bit of citrus, some sweet malts underneath it all.
T: Too much on the hops, but not disagreeable bitterness. Reminded me of and ESB rather than a pale ale.
M: Thin, but smooth. Light body, good finish.
D: Yes, a satisfying summer drink, like an easy session beer.
I wouldn't buy another, but I wouldn't turn down a gift of one.

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Photo of ikats
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber in color (seems too dark for a pale ale) with a persistent off-white head. I find aroma to be very inviting. It is sweet, a bit oily and sticky, but very refreshing with citrusy hops in the foreround. Makes me wish somebody did an airfreshener with that aroma. In taste, I find that sweetness and hoppy bite do not play that well. Hops run too wild, and the beer seems too bitter (in a bad way). It is still very drinkable, but mouthfeel suffers. This beer does not seem to follow Pale Ale style. It's closer to IPA in my opinion.

I picked up this 22 oz. bottle during my recent visit to Richmond. I am glad I did, and I will definitely stop by Legend Brewing next time I am in town (their pub was very enjoyable). One last note: I think the label is pretty cool - very good looking, classy bottle.

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Photo of carlosd74
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this 22 oz bottle at The Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA. There is no "brewed on" date. The almost black bottle had just a label with no other information about the contents on it.

It poured a copper - almost amber color. There was an off-white head that was less than 2 fingers thick that held up for less than 3 minutes. However it did leave lacing along the sides of the glass.

I was a bit surprised at the lack of carbonation given all the other examples of the APA stlye I have drank. It was not quite as flat as an English Mild but it was still lacking for an APA.

This beer had all the typical smell and taste of an APA. That would be the grapefruit and pine cone scents; plus the aggresive hops that bury any malt. Even with an APA there should be some malt present - but not in this one. Maybe that is why the Mouthfeel was very thin.

The lack of body made it easy to drink but I thought a little malt backbone would have made this better than just average. Even with the beer warming the character of it never altered.

All in all it was easy drinking and nicely hopped but nothing extraordinary for an APA. It failed the Gold Standard of APA (Tupper Hop Pocket & Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) in my book.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Legend's spring seasonals. Had it on tap with some jambalaya after the Richmond Braves baseball game on Saturday. Had the whole family with me.

Beer is a dark orange, light brown with a beige foamy head. Nose was surprisingly sweet, with hops in the mix. Taste followed the nose perfectly: sweet in the front and medium hoppiness mixed in. Nice hoppy finish. This pale ale was nearly creamy due to the sweetness. Easy to quaff. I would have had another but the guest tap was Dominion's Spring Brew (the double pils) and I couldn't pass that one up.

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Photo of doerickson
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany-colored brew with a creamy, persistent off-white head. Citrus, tart hop smell at the forefront.

Tangy hops swarm the tongue at the start, with a bready malt flavor providing some balance. Flowery bitterness accompanies the finish, which is lasting.

I was pleased with this Legend beer. An East Coast APA with a Northwestern character; hops are clearly the feature. Sort of an IPA-light.

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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 Bierman9
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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