Hedonism Ale | Legacy Brewing Co.

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Hedonism AleHedonism Ale

Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Northern California Inspired Red Ale

Added by cracker on 03-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of raverjames
1.91/5  rDev -49.3%
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 jcdiflorio
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 12 long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap. Bottled in Mar. notched on side of bottle no year though.Brewed by Appalachain for Legacy on bottom of bottle.

Mirky.reddish color with a dirty orange hue.Offf-white creamy head falls quick to a coating with a thick ring around the inside of the glass.A few very tiny bubbles rising,massive amounts of particles suspended in the beer.

Earthy,grassy somewhat of a mineral smell,carmelly with a burnt edge. Not a real hoppy aroma for being dry hopped.

Tart,bitter tasting with citrus rind/grapefruit,grassy,astringent,malt tastes were on the light side carmelly with a burnt edge.. Finishes very dry with lots of citrus rind/grapefruit.

Medium body,grainy.acidic, on the rough side. Not very enjoyable,had a hard time finishing this one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
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 mcallister
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brunt scarlet, lava with a small white head with little lace. Decent retention. Tiny floaties abound in this one.

A sweet nice rounded malty aroma with a caramel background. Some floral aromatic hop with a bit of firey cinnamon spice in the background. A sweet and sour tanginess also. Hmm odd profile of aromas. But it is nice. Blood orannge, as well as tangerine, and hints of apricot.

Ugh. Lacking any depth of flavor and mouthfeel alike. Hops are bittering only with not much in the way of flavor. The malt needs to shine through a little more to help round things out. Things seem discombobulated and weak. Carbonation is decent. I won't be trying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of orangedive
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Red. Amber/goldish red. 1.5 inch cream head. Very nice color.

S - Sweet, malty. Hints of apple pie, a little fruit. Smells great.

T - Malt initially. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A little alcohol. Not great.

M - Medium. okay. Can't complain, I guess. Just average.

D - Eh - this beer is okay, but I'm disappointed. It smelled and looked so great but didn't follow through on on taste. It goes down okay, but I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of alexskovan
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cloudy amber with a big tan head that settled slowly leaving slight lacing. Aroma is grapefruit hops with a sweet toasty malt behind. Taste is that kick of grapefruit HOPS that I've come to know and dislike with so much of current American micro. There is a creamy maltyness in the middle that offsets the fluffy cones somewhat, but the finish is still as bitter as burnt bacon.

Hopheads might like it. Personally I'm tired of this kind of beer. Just because American macro is boring in its insipidity, is no reason for American micro to be boring in its acidity.

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Photo of Porkchuck
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - redhead that likes to be poured slowly

S - strong aroma, definite alcohol smell

T - hits the back of the tongue nicely with hops and good mix of favorful ingredients

M - strong flavors and alcohol mixed well together

D - good beer to drink on a cold winter night, only one or two for me.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a light brown 12oz bottle - Pours an ugly cloudy orange/red color with small quickly dissipating almost head. Below average carbonation. Smells sweet but definite oxidation going on here. First sip is very mild with not enough flavor to go around. Fairly balanced between the hops and malts. Medium light bodied, makes for a pleasant brew.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored beer that leaves a 1-2 inch head.Aroma is grassy.Taste is grassy with pine and some kind of fruit.This to me is a very boring bland ale.I would not spend money on this again and might drink again if it was free.I will label this as another let down!!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a small, whitish head.

Smell: Pale malts with a toasty caramel scent and hop notes of spiced citrus and pine.

Taste: Blend of pale, bready, and caramel maltiness with a light amount of sweetness. Pine, citrus, and spicy hop components with a moderate bitterness. Bitter, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Adequate, though not exactly the hedonistic delight I was hoping for.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- dark amber/red hue to the body with white head that has great retention.

S-Smell is strong fo dark fruits, carmel, and malt. maybe a little bit of hops.

T- this is pretty hoppy. The hops balance with the malt and dark fruit but its hoppiness is comparable to an IPA.

M- moderately heavy body with small amount of carbonation. Nice for a strong ale.

D-this is something definately worth a try but I don't know if I will order it again. Its decently drinkable.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Reddish-Amber brown with a medium sized,frothy head that settles into a respectable lace.The aroma is of fruits,plums,grapefruit and malts.
The taste is of hops,malts,citrus and alcohol. The finish is dry with some mild bitterness,it seems to have a good amount of carbonation giving it a medium body. Some watery type feel as it goes down. This feel just throws everything off balance.

Notes: An slightly below average beer,worth buying from time to time. Not for session.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. twist off with an indecipherable code of some kind but no bottled on or freshness date;

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a loose off white head that leaves some lacing behind as it fades into a nice layer of suds.

S: Aromas are of hops and an almost candy like sweetness. Also a hint of alcohol and a nutty smell.

T: Taste is of sweet and toasty malts. Hops take a backseat to the malts in this one. Not a whole lot going on and not really my bag.

M: The level of carbonation is about average and the alcohol is not apparent.

D: This beer is pretty easy to drink, but it doesn't really leave me wanting more.

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Photo of phisig137
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 07. Pours a medium amber red color, with a 2 finger head. Great retention leaves behind gobs of lace. Looks fantastic.

Aroma is heavily hopped, and backed by some spicy alcohol. Definite pine and citric hops, and prevalent alcohol, but oddly no real malt aromas.

Flavor starts with a very thin caramel malt presence, quickly followed by a wave of piney hops flavors. Bitterness is firm, and is like an unripe bitter grapefruit. Luckily no alcohol seems to be present in the flavor, just a frim bitterness. Mouthfeel is insipid, thin, and flat. Drinkability is decent.

Overall, not a bad beer, but one that I take issue with. I agree with BA's classification of an American strong ale, because this is NOTHING like the red ale that the label claims to be. Also, while hops are definitely the showcase here, I don't quite believe that it's 110 IBU's. It is hoppy, but it's not that damn hoppy. Unbalanced hoppiness doesn't make this one all that enjoyable, despite me being a hop head. I think I'll save one or two for a while in the cellar, to see how they develop. Honestly though, I can't see it getting any better.... with it's relatively low alcohol and pathetic malt character, I think this is as good as it's going to get...

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, yeah, ya need 2 or 3 to really make this work! Har! Great label – but no BBD.

Nice amber / orange pour with a thin lacey tan head. Some weak floral hops and malt in the aroma. Taste starts malty, but then the 110 IBUs kick in with a piney, floral hop finish. A tad earthy. Slick and oily, dry, sharp and twangy.

The 7% puts it over a session type brew, and the earthy grittiness would confine this one to the 2 or 3 beer outing.

Thanks to BB!!

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Photo of pershan
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a deep amber with a dense almond head into a pint glass. The aroma was very faintly of piney hops. The initial flavor was very malty, transitioning into a slightly hoppy finish. A nice clean flavor profile, but I must say I was expecting a lot more hop bitterness given the 110 IBUs it supposedly contained. Rather dissapointing, IMHO. I enjoyed their Hoptimus Prime DIPA much more.

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Photo of sleazo
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown ale with a soap slicked light cream coloured head repleneshed by a stream of small bubbles.

S-slightly sour smell a low hop smell.

T-abrasively hoppy. Pine cones and resin dominate the taste buds that hint of sourness and some roasted malt try to peek through but they are blasted down by the pine cones. Fairly one dimensional but with just enough to keep you interested. The aftertaste is very bitter and stays with you.
As it warms a toasty flavour comes out. This greatly improves the beer.
M-relatively light with a tongue tickling heavy carbonation.

D-a definite hop monster. I would like it to be a little more well rounded but it satisfies a hop jones.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red colored body after sticky pour. Lots of bits of sediment throughout the body. Little head collection.

Aroma of fruit notes of cherry, fig and sweet sugar blends amongst a trailing nose of hop bitterness scents. Whole leaf, wet hop nose in this scent.

Taste contains a malty character, enhanced by a boozy quality, and a center to finish of floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and chewy.

Overall, a pretty nice red ale with some nice boozy tones to it.

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Photo of magine
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up at a bottle shop/deli. Never had anything from Legacy before.

Poured the bottle into a pint glass. Great thick cream head sits a top of a dark copper/amber color. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Has an almost woods/earthy smell to it with the fruit smells apparent.

Tastes very sweet and and has the bitterness through. Nice silky, creamy mouthfeel. I can taste the hops in the after taste. Very well balanced. Has a nice dry after taste too.

Very drinkable beer - for a small session not a full night. Nice beer. Not sure if I can have to many of these, maybe not my favorite flavor to drink for a full night. I have never had Legacy beers before, will look for more from them in the future.

Good brew.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence: Out the bottle it's a clear amber with a thin, clingy off-white head. A nice amount of decently quick carbonation flows up the side of the glass.

Smell: Holy hops. I believe the 110 IBU claim. Smells very herbal, grassy, some hay, but very little malt presence.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Again, holy hops! I feel like this brew is ripping the enamal off of my teeth as we speak. I'm gonna have to get some dentures after a few of these. Grassy and floral hops abound, but theres such little malt character. The hops taste very nice, albiet bitter as hell, but without any malts to balance it, it just becomes pure hop juice. Crazy flavors, interesting, but no balance. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm gonna say it just one more time. HOLY HOPS! Alright that's enough of that. This is a very good, interesting brew, but goddammit throw some malts in there please. If it were balance, this would be up there with some of the best, over-the-top hoppy west coast brews. But, no. Oh well, it's still alright.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured from a bottle, there is hardly any head - but now that I have it on draft, what a difference! - booming, milkshake-style frothy head with major retention. Brown/orange color, and slightly cloudy.

Smell is rich, ripe, dark fruits accompanied by barley, hops, and alocohol - quite complex.

Little more forgiving on the palate - some orange peel, and dry hoppy twang.

Pretty dry bite overall, with a lingering film on the tongue to match the lacing on the glass. Goes down much more smoothly than I would have expected with that aroma and flavor. Terrific choice for Autumn.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was suckered in to "the naked bottle!" like a lot of other Central Pennsylvaniers...I'll admit it.

Very hoppy smell; pour yielded a good head and a dark copper color. Pretty mild as far as Amber's go...seemed more like an IPA. It went down well, as I got a nice creamy feel to it; but I was mislead into thinking it was an Amber, so I think I was a little let down. Overall, a good beer, though.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks nice... Really red with medium carbonation and a quickly diminishing head. The nose is nice but mostly its just hops to me; it is a very compelling aroma however. The taste is drastically unbalanced. This isn't to say I don't like it but it is very, very bitter. The mouthfeel is big and creamy.
I like this but I don't see this as much of what I'd consider to be a session beer.

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Photo of Ego
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/4 of a finger of white head, the head dissipates quickly into the usual o-ring, cloudy burnt orange with some amber highlights. nothing to go gaga here, pretty standard.

biscuity with whiffs of malt, the hops are in the back, very floral but a bit too much in the back considering this was dry hopped. Not much else, OK.

taste etc....
the carbonation bites and then flattens out in the end, the bottle says 110 IBUs.. I don't feel it. There is some nice bittering but no where in that range. the caramel type malts are there. The ABV is no where to be found in flavor or in the belly. This is nice but a bit underwhelming.

I wouldn't go out of my way for this but it is a pretty easy drinkin' 7% brew.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Hedonism Ale from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 159 ratings