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 esv
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Thick creamy head, 1/2" and white. It wants to leave lacing. It looks well carbonated. Interestingly, the head stuck-around much longer than on my last beer. Their is actually a decent layer of head sticking around till the near-end

S) Sweet with piney hops.

T) A little earthy this time. Well balanced but a bit maltier than I want in a apa. A touch of cloying sweetness in the finish and a blunt bitterness that doesn't quite wipe it away. Just not as crisp as I would like.

M) Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is present, perhaps a little higher than the avg apa. Just a hint of stickyness.

o) Not bad, not bad at all. I'm glad we have the beer and brewery here in RVA ...

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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 ramseye4
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A=Pours a thin looking golden color, with an excellent head that has decent retention, minimal lacing.
S=A very nice balance between grassy hops and the slightly more powerful caramel malts
T= Caramel malts come to the forefront, with the grassy hops providing a nice bittering balance. The aftertaste is wonderfully bitter, but not overpowering. No clue what the ABV is, but the alcohol is completely hidden. This beer has an absolutely wonderful balance of malt and hops, and overall has a very earthy, natural taste.
M=the only part of the beer I found a bit disappointing, it is thin feeling, light bodied.
D=With the ABV hidden by the well balanced taste, and how easily this one slides down, the drinkability is among some of the best I have had.

They make this stuff right down the street from where I live, and it is a well rounded APA. Another good, but not outstanding, offering from Legend.

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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 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 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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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 Fezfreak
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 goldbot
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ArrogantDeadGuy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 bkilpatr
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/21/08.

Pours a dark orange color with about four fingers of soft beige head. Aroma is a bunch of piny hops and sweet malt.

Taste is sweet caramel malt and piny, earthy hops. A bit of bitter grapefruit taste and a somewhat tea-like taste as well. A biscuit-like taste from the malt sweetness. Feel is smooth and just slightly under-carbonated. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste for awhile. Drinkability is pretty good, it goes down easily.

It seems more like an IPA than a pale ale, but it's still very good.

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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 hops4me
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK I liked this one alot. The problem is I don't think it is a pale ale. Like someone else said it resembles more of an IPA...and a good one. The hops were all over it in the taste and flavor. Grassy, Piney, and of course lots of citrus. But all these hops are backed up by a nice toasted toffee flavor in the aftertaste. I will definitely buy this again. It is very drinkable due to its great balance. I would have marked it higher but I just can't accept it as an APA...really just a petty technicality....very good beer.

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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 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 davidt
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper-orange with a thick head. There’s a pleasing fruity hop aroma. I think I detected peaches along with the usual citrus fruits. The taste is clean with a crisp citrus and floral hoppiness. Lingering piney after taste. This is a refreshing and pleasing APA. My retailer wasn't that encouraging about it so I was pleasantly surprised.

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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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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 csmiley
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with a good two inches of head. Retention and lacing were great.

S - Hops are on the nose. Really has a piney / earthy aroma. Made me think I was in a forest. Did not pick up any other aromas.

T - The hops are numero uno with this beer. The earthy notes are more subtle in the flavor. In the backround I did pick up some sweet flavor. Maybe a caramel malt.

M - This is a medium bodied beer. Carbonation was good. It does have a really dry finish. At least drier than I expected. dry that I had to knock the score down a notch..

D - This is a good beer. I'm very happy that I got to try it and given the chance I would buy it again.

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