Hedonism Ale
Legacy Brewing Co.

Hedonism AleHedonism Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
3.82 | pDev: 10.73%
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Northern California Inspired Red Ale
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Reviews by strangefate:
Photo of strangefate
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep red-brown with a generous cream-colored foamy head that leaves a nice film on top and throughout the drink. Heavy lacing. Smell isn't as strong as the hop content would make me imagine, but it is a floral hoppy scent. First taste is prominently hoppy with a hint of grapefruit behind it and then backed up by a strong bready malt. An American Strong Ale, huh? This dances a fine line between that and a DIPA. On the lower end of the medium-bodied spectrum, not as full as I would expect from the taste. You can feel the hop bitterness all over your tongue and a good amount of carbonation complements this very well. I had no problem putting a few of these back on New Year's Eve and I don't think most would either.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, I have to admit that I was intriqued by the controversy surrounding the labeling on this bottle, the poorly-cartooned pornographic pictography that caused so many blue-nosed liquor sellers to turn up their noses and cluck, cluck, cluck...From what I see, a dark-skinned blue-haired dude gets a kiss from a full-lipped redhead and a blue-mohawked chick. I wish I drew this poorly, (seriously, it's like the work of Cathy Guisewite and Scott ADam's retarded lovechild) then I could land some accounts...I guess...

But I'm here about the beer...
In a Westmalle Chalice, full-on red, this guy, cloudy, unfiltered, full, lush, creamy head...looks great...

Aroma is rich and redolent of ripe, dark fruits, pungent cherries, berries, grapes....a barleywinish feel right off, sweet and malty. but highly hopped, wide open, and inviting...already, I know this was aptly named!

On the tongue...yum! Ripe fruit, a blast of cherries and apples, and pomegrantates, and whatthehell else...huge, juicy malt, and handily hopped. Turns dry as it rolls off the tongue. Nice, and very drinkable, for such a bold, and slightly alcoholic malt beverage.

Reminds me of a malty IPA, or a mild barleywine, or a ...I don't know, it's it's own thing, and that's what I like about it. I went in skeptical (notice my comments on the artwork), but have come through a believer. Were I in Pennsylvania, I'd happily take home a case, brown paper or no (but, really, is this so offensive? The really sensitive types shouldn't be shopping for booze anyway! Good Lord, what is this, line item sinning? I'll take my brandy and my schnapps and my Busch Ice, but, oh, please, no cartoon depictions of naked gropings...why, heavens forbid that consuption of alcohol could lead to that! )

Very tasty, very malty, rich redness, big booziness, but balanced, and I like that...as I said, if I could, I'd stockpile it. Hooray, Pennsylvania, another nice brew out of you.

110 IBU? Huh..I think the massive malt bill overweighed it, in my estimation...and made it easier to enjoy...but, this is delicious. Nice work.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is more of an APA or IPA or something. Not what comes to mind when thinking of a Red Ale. Anyways... pours out to a red murky color with a dense off white head of foam that dissipated rather quickly. Medium low levels of carbonation. Aromas were very pine cone-ish, with some citrus and wood notes mixed in the background. Flavors of roasted malts and caramel are noted, along with a pronounced pine tree flavor. Some hints of citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick and slightly reminded me of olive oil. In anycase, this is a good beer, but definitly not what I was expecting. Special thanks to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

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Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this again because it's slightly different in the bottle.

This is from the new bottled version, made and bottled by ABC. Case box is awesome! Can't believe it's not banned or something.

Pours a crystal clear (the keg version is cloudy) dark red, brown with a 1/2 finger head of beige colored foam. The head fairly quickly falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Carbonation appears gentle.

Aroma is wonderful piney/grassy hops, clean and fruity, with a nice dark caramel taste. Fruits are like dried pears or apples. Smells great!

First flavor is dark and sweet caramel malt, followed quickly by a strong hit of bittering hops. Piney/grassy hop flavor brings up the rear; this is really tasty stuff. Aftertaste is long, bitter, piney, and grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. The back of my throat is under attack from bitter hops. Fantastic burps. Really! Finish is bitter.

IMO, this beer is slightly different than the keg version. I swear I remember citrusy notes, but this doesn't have that. Nevertheless, this is a delicious beer, and one I heartily recommend. Alcohol is well hidden, hop character is outstanding, and the malt is right there.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with an off white 2 finger head that sticks around for a minute. Bits of unfiltered hops are present at the bottom of the glass. Nice sticky lacing is present.
Smell is excellent. Tons of perfumy hops, followed by a huge grapefruit aroma and perhaps a touch of raspberries along with a solid malt foundation.
Taste is of a heavy amber that has been dry hopped a rediculous amount. Lots of caramel, toffee, and sweet maltiness with lots of hops making it slightly overkill. It is very good but the hops stand out and make it slightly acidic with a mild hop burn in the taste.
Mouthfeel is decent. Starts off sweet, sliding to some malty tastes straight for that hoppiness that was expected. Mildly carbonated and medium to full bodied.
Drinkability is good but the abv comes through at 7% and you'll feel it after about two pints.

Finger Licking good.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a gift from waldo567. I am pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber color with some rose to ruby highlight. There is a bit of chunky white sediment in the bottle that is settling as my glass rests on the counter. DIdnt expect sediment so wasnt super careful on the pour.
A fluffy off white head develops 2.5 cm even with a fairly gentle pour. Hop aroma is immediate with rindy grapefruit and pine sap dominating as the beer flows into the glass. The head recedes very slowly and leaves some thick lattice as it fades.
The first sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation. The hops dominate flavor but do allow a hint of caramel up front. An astringent rindy, aspirin like hop flavor takes over and coats my palate. The sides of my tongue pucker and twitch with bitterness. Dont be misled this is a hop beer and is more an IPA than an amber. The brew finishes rather dry and bitey. The alcohol is completely hidden but the hops make me think a little before each following sip. A decent beer but a little out of balance I think.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with a fluffy thin head that lingers. Moderate lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness and hop bitterness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big caramel tones, fruit sweetness., grapefruits, pine, and a general biscuit flavor. The bitterness is hefty and almost loses the balancing factor. Definitely a bold flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief bitter caramel aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: a definite hearty beer that is in no way a session ale, but a few of these can be quaffed in a session. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and creamy crystal malt scent along with some excellent yeast esters. It has a light fruitiness as well as a mild hop character. The taste is good also. It's damn quaffable for a 7% abv beer. There is a limited amount of complexity, but it's well balanced and very tasty. The crystal malts provide a mild sweetness that works well with the yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. Like I said, It's not overly complex, but it's easily quaffable.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was on-tap at the Boathouse in Conshohocken. The beer was absolutely gorgeous, with a clear body of bright ruby and a tight head of off white lace with good retention. Really nice. The smell was immediately captivating, with a a soft floral hop prescence and sweet malts. When drank, the beer washes across the palette with smooth toffee and carmel malts, slightly buttery and a really exquisite use of hops. The hops are surprisingly bitter for a red ale and linger in the finish but they also run the gammut from light citrus fruit, to pine, to wildflowers. Excellent. Perhaps this is dry hopped? It really reminded me of Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red, which is another fantastic beer. Really good stuff here. A fitting name for such a happiness inspiring brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.38/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, almost murky, red color with a fairly abundant, sticky, and scummy head. Aroma is a sweet, caramel-y cerealness (like I’d expect from a dunkler bock or maibock) balanced with just a bit of hop smell, which was a bit off-putting for me (not being a fan of bock beers). Flavor is preceded by a decided flatness. This flatness is followed by a sweet caramel cerealness I previewed (and dreaded a bit) in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. I didn’t find this beer to be all that unique or pleasant, and I’d be hesitant to recommend it.

A bottle purchased from Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, VA and bottled (according to the label) in May (of 2007 I’d hope!).

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Photo of mentor
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Sulldaddy, ala BIF33...thanks for the opportunity! Classified as an American Red, but the label says 110 IBUs! Oh, yeah. Pours a two finger yellowed tan soapy head over a very particulated bright rust liquid. Smells pine sol and soured caramel. Soapy. A touch grassy and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes...wicked! In a good way. Caramel and piney hops with a nice citrusy base. Malt is present, but dries in the finish. A touch of butter hangs on the tongue. Grapefruity pith keeps the pine in check and the malt is below the hops, but serves to tame the hops. Not an American amber, IMO...it's an IPA. Nicely done and quite enjoyable. Medium body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at ABC's Abbey bar.

A: The ale has a nice red-brown hybrid color to it with brighter red highlights throughout. The head comes close to 1 finger in size but does not retain for very long.

S: The aroma coming off the ale is a sturdy caramel malt base with some piquant hops. The alcohol does not hide itself well.

T: The ale has a pleasing kick from the first sip. The biscuity, caramel malts reveal themselves up front and quickly give way to a big hoppy body. The hops are citrusy and bold enough to really stand out against the malts. The flavors continue to increase with each sip, becoming rounder and fuller.

M: The mouthfeel is bigger than most, providing a strong balance of hops and malts; the alcohol is not well hidden though.

D: I remember the flap when the beer was released, including some distributors wrapping the cases in brown butchers paper. All that publicity made me want to try it and I must say that I like what I taste. This is a good sippin' ale.

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Photo of maek228
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Standard Tap in Philly...

Appearance: Amber colored

Smell: Sweet malts and hops. Some spice is detectable.

Taste: This is a hoppy for an amber ale! Other than a major dose of hops, this beer had some sweet fruity malts and a dry spicyness. Decent

Mouthfeel: Crisp.

Drinkability: Went down good.

Went well with the Standard Tap's subpar cheese platter

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 110 IBUs. Pretty cool label and name for the brew; I hope it lives up to it.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper and orange color to the body, with a fairly, initially, billowing white head, with not a lot of room for bubbles in between it, while also leaving nice rings around the glass.

Smell: I'm not sure this seems like 110 IBUs to me, at least for the aroma, but the flowers and citrus from the hops is certainly coming out, backed by some husk and earthy note, grapefruit rind, and some sourness.

Taste: Hops all over the place, all citrus, bitterness, and rind flavors and the fullness of the whole flowers come through pretty well. Finishes fairly dry, with a bit of fruit from the malt coming through, but overall the hops are pretty assaulting, in a complex and balanced way. The finish also lends itself to some interesting bitter chocolate flavors as it warms, and is around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, letting the bitterness from the finish come through without anything getting in the way.

Drinkability: A pretty good brew overall, definitely more of a hoppy red closer to an IPA, but lots of things going on, and a great sipper.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Legacy- Hedonism

Appearance- Bright clear Amber with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing down half the glass.
Smell- Strong caramel malt with a grapefruit hop punch.
Taste- Big sweet vanilla/ cream malt up front with a bitter grapefruit hop body. Some smokey hop flavors detected. Slight metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Sweet, almost candylike up front but becoming bitter in the end. Flavorful throughout.

Overall- A little better in bottle than on tap. Still, there's a slight metallic twang to this beer?! Pretty good otherwise.

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Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, carbonated orangey amber. Two fingers of white head thin and settle to frothy bubbles and pips. Droopy lacing floats on the glass.

The aroma is a piney citrus hoppy breeze overlying a berry and vanilla malt couplet. The vapor of alcohol snakes in the periphery.

Upon sipping there's a resiny wash of pine hops essence matched with a grapefruit juiciness. The caramel fruitiness of toasted malt manages to poke through the initial hops bitterness, and there's a brief showing of a mild yeasty dough component as well as a thin reed of alcohol. the hops retake the stage toward the close, but this time more as a bittering agent, blanketing a mild but persistent grain sweetness. It carries to a meandering dry, bittered finish. It's certainly tilted to the hops, but still comes around to a very enjoyable blend.

Rather north of light bodied, the oily hops coat nicely. The palate is left with a roundly spicy bitter glow.

This beer is about hops first, and a nice offering of tasty hops at that. Yet the malt and yeast are given enough exposure to ensure, if not a balance, then at least a gratuitous nod to equanimity. The ABV is no secret, making its bones clearly, but it is manageable. This leads to a beer that is easy to quaff leisurely and readily, warming the gullet and the mind. This is one more fun, enjoyable offering from a brewery that is certainly an emerging star.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Equal parts dark bronze, orange and cherry red, with a fine particulate haze. The pale orange and pale caramel crown is thickly creamy and looks IPA-like. It's also sticky enough to persist and to lay down an insane amount of lace in thick (ultimately crusty) sheets. Hedonism is a looker.

The aroma is caramel malty sweet and citrusy, reminding me (again) of an IPA. I imagine that only the use of greater quantities of caramel malt distinguishes this beer from an IPA anyway, so it's no surprise that I love it. Tough call on the hops, but let's go with Chinook at least.

Hedonism isn't hedonistic on the taste buds, but it is very good. I don't doubt the claimed 110 IBUs for a minute. I wish, however, that it was less sharply bitter. There's quite a bit of 'sugar cookies drizzled with sticky caramel' maltiness present, but given the amount of hoppiness, even more malt sugars are needed.

As I drink, I'm becoming more certain that the raging hoppiness (white grapefruit pith and pine sap) crosses the line and that my initial impression of the flavor profile needs to be revised downward. I don't say this often, but this beer has too many hops for the amount of barley. The amazing thing is that it's five months old as I drink. It must have been a masochist's wet dream when fresh.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a decent amount of resinousness and a modest chewy viscousness. In the end, it's probably just right given the rest of the beer's attributes. The carbonation is restrained, but effective.

Hedonism is hedonistic in the sense that a decadent amount of hops have been utilized in its creation. Rarely have I had a more sharply bitter, unbalanced beer of any style. Hopheads should be prepared to have their limits tested.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately peachy colour, with a white coivering that leaves lace. Medium mouthfeel, smooth with malted over 114 IBU. Fresh from Buy Rite just brewed. Bitterness like an IPA, malted like a red. Good balance.Grapefruit-like acidicty, appropriately above-average carbonation.

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Photo of raverjames
1.91/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Amber with a 1 finger head. Not much haze here.
S: Hoppy yet very malty. Some citrus and caramel.
T: Chemical off flavors that are heavy with butterscotch. The hops don't cover up all the bad stuff going on here. Whoa diacetyl!
M: There is a chemical like bitterness that really hits you after every sip. I can't even drink a pint. I dumped most of it down the drain.
D: See mouthfeel. This beer was a drainpour. It is very unexpected from a brewery that usually makes great beer.

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Photo of macster
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle a muddy reddish brown hue. Produces a hefty and dense white head with thick trails of lacing as the glass emptys. Excellent head retention.

Fairly complex aroma profile showing off a nice balance of Northwest hops and medium roasted malts. Quite assertive notes of citrus rind, pine needles, caramel candy and malted cereal fill the nose equally.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth with just a touch of oiliness.

Flavors are very well balanced overall. Certainly leans towards the crisp citrusy and piney hops, but a strong showing is noted here from the Sugar Daddy-like caramel and toffee maltiness. Finish is long and bittersweet.

Very easy to enjoy a few in one sitting. If you like blanced American IPA’s this one is an American Strong Ale to sample

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of Legacy before finding some at a sixer place in PA somewhere. Glad I did. Turns out to be a decent brew of a style I enjoy.

A big head, ruby lightening up to golden as the glass tapers. Lots of suspended particulates. Decent hoppy nose, but nothing memorable.

Well hopped, fruity, a hint of peaches and a hint of roasty malts. Nicely balanced. Crisp and drying. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the clear orangey red brew. Spongy head fades slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is dominant citrus and pine hop character with a light sweet undercurrent. Taste also is overpowered with hops, and nary room for any red/amber character to come through. Hops bitterness lingers for long after swallowing. I'm sure this must be as intended, but I'd like to see some semblence of balance. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, the hops would probably grow on me after a couple.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a two-finger head. Light spotty lace left on the glass. The color is orange-amber and cloudy.

Very nice and attractive hop aroma up front, but there's also a notable malt component.

The taste matches the smell perfectly. Good strong hop bite and excellent malt base. The body is solid although the carbonation may be tad bit high (the bottle overflowed when opened). This has all of the elements of a better IPA.

I gave some extra points to the drinkability because I believe this beer deserves it. It is flavorful, bitter but balanced. I would be psyched if it were served to me anywhere.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish orange with a frothy, well-retained light tan head. The aroma features a sharp hop spice with mostly a citrus character by there is a flowery note in there too. More of that aggressive hoppiness in the palate, but with some caramel and biscuity maltiness that balance to a limited extent. Astringently bitter hops in the lengthy finish.

Now it’s pretty clear that this was intended a hop monster of a red ale (and it succeeds in that), but the balance holds up decently. In fact, despite the assertive hop bite and rich citrusy hop flavor, the only time the beer seem too bitter is in the somewhat harsh, vegetal hop finish. But, it’s still a solid, enjoyable hop-infused red ale. Plus, the crazy packaging alone might make it worth the price of a six-pack (hedonism indeed…).


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Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with modest slightly off-white head. Slight lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is loaded with hops with only a slight malt presence to be found. Taste is superb ( for an IPA) but too hoppy, IMO, for this style of beer. Finish is a stong bitterness that I really enjoyed. Nice drinking beer, but perhaps mis-styled.

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Hedonism Ale from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 159 ratings