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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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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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a deep amber with some hints of red. Head is thick and creamy and only thins slightly. Lacing all over the glass.

Aroma of piney hops and a slight caramel malt aroma. I know they call this an amber/red ale, but it smells like a fine APA.

Delicious piney hops upfront followed by a tasty wave of caramel maltiness. Finishes with a slight hop bite and lingering hop taste. Quite delicious.

Nice full body with a creamy texture.

Super easy to drink. If I were blind, I'd have sworn it's an APA. Either way, I like it.

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Photo of roan22
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer for the first time at Tenstone, served in a wine glass. They said it came that way because it was 7% but whatever glass it came in didn't matter because I was hooked after one sip. I'm a glutton for hops punishment, so I like to let Hedonism get a little bit warm so the hops are more pronounced on the palate.

The color is a reddish brown, and my beer was thick and sort of cloudy with a smallish but nice layer of foam. Left good lace. Carbonation was medium. The scent is pine hops. Taste is mega grapefruit and grassy hops that I love! It has a malty beginning, but a dry, very hoppy finish. Its nicely balanced.

It does seem like another boring amber ale until you realize with delight that its very hoppy, but go easy with the amount of pints because the 7% alcohol content sneaks up on you.

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Photo of maek228
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 jakester
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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 beermanbrian
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a case from the first bottling of this beer. Up to now it was only available in kegs. It is being contract brewed by Appalachian Brewing Company for Legacy. I've heard that it was going to be available in bottles for a while and i've been looking forward to trying it due to the positive reviews of all of legacy's products.

First of all the case and bottle art is very catchy. It pours a very deep red brown color with a nice head that falls to a thin film fairly quickly. There is a medium level of carbonation that maintains this thin film throughout the full beer. The beer also leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is very piney hops. Yum, this is going to be good. I don't get the citrus that previous reviewers noted, it is definately more on the piney side. The taste follows suit with a great bitter bite but there is enough sweet malt to back it up and give nice balance. The hops are the real high point according to the bottle 110 IBU. Definately approaches IPA range rather than a red ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and it finishes nicely with just a touch of bitter aftertaste but not overpowering. Very dry finish. Also the 7.1% alchohol is hidden nicely. This is a very drinkable beer that will now be on my regular rotation. I would highly recommend trying this. I'm not sure how wide the distribution area is going to be but if you come across it, give it a try.

If this is what Legacy has to offer i'm looking forward to additional offerings. Hopefully they will be contract brewing the rest of their beers in the near future.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 99bottles
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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 cracker
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supposedly this one is an 'experimental brew' that the brewer from Legacy wanted to see how it would be received.

Pours an amber red color. Smell is of beautiful citrus and floral hop bouquet. Great balance of crystal and caramel malts with pronounced bittering hops. Stronger malt backbone than a traditional ipa. I'd say this one is more of a hybrid between an amber red ale and an american ipa. This is simply a gorgeous beer that hopefully with become a routine offering from Legacy. One of the better beers I had in a while and the best beer I tasted at the Michael Jackson tasting at Penn in Philadelphia. I could drink this one all night long...

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Hedonism Ale from Legacy Brewing Co.
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