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 drtth
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and then poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Copper red in color with a 1" light tan head that persists and produces nice lacing and lacy collar around the edge of the beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus and floral hop aroma with some mixed fruits and caramel sweet malt mixed in.

Taste: Lots of bitter grapefruit and pine taste of hops with a balancing sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and creamy mouth feel. The finish is long, dry and bitter.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer but so intense that one a night is enough for me.

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Photo of selecter70
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice surprise to find on tap. I'm not so sure about the whole 'hedonism' thing, and actually might have chosen something else, since such a name sounds gimmicky. Regardless, this was a fine red ale; I've actually had some of the best red ales this year...nice. A hearty, hoppy & healthy-tasting bold ale that balanced malts & hops nicely. A honey-amber pour with a light brown decent & creamy head with good lace. A bit flowery in the nose, but nice honey-malts & bitter hops blended in a way that suggested being well-fortified. A slight near cherry-Coke in there too, but not enough to make it too sweet or tacky. Very interesting...I'd have another!

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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 SFLpunk
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown glass twist off. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a .5L Harpoon glass. 2.5 fingers of cream-colored head. Amber reddish-brown and clear.

Nose: Sweet oxi, malt. Smells a little over the hill, to be honest. Has that "I used to have more floral hop qualities" smell to it. Sweet malt and spices.

Palate: Medium bodied and lively. Upfront is that sticky sweet malt character which rounds out into a smokey, toasty malt character that I hoped for. The finish battles it out with hop bitterness and sickly/lively malt notes back and forth.

Notes: Really wish this beer had a freshness date on it so I could judge whether the beer was over the hill or just not made to my liking. Inconclusive tasting to be revisited at a later date.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice amber body...big pillowy white head...laces with every sip

S - Floral hops and sweet malts

T - The floral hops are there but are knocked down in bitterness by a nice sweet caramel malt...also combined with some citrus flavors

M - Nice carbonation...medium body

D - I love hopped up amber/red ales...this was a great beer...I can't wait to try Hoptimus Prime

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Photo of gdfan47
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice dark amber with alot of white head and lacing
S- Hops, malt, citrus, faint cherry, more malt
T- The hops are def the main focus, the malt is a close second,faint bready and yeast tastes
M- good carbonation, was served pretty cold, worked very well
D- while its hard to taste the higher abv, its still there and im sure it would catch up with you pretty quickly, not a great session beer

overall very good, reminded me of "nugget nectar"

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Photo of trbergman
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Rich copper-tinged ruby with one finger of creamy off-white head. Fine bubbles float sluggishly to the surface. Attractive lacing.

S - Thick, viscous caramel and toffee malts, doughy, dried apricot, zesty citric hops; smells rich and dense.

T - I'm surprised by the label's claim that this beer has 110 IBU. Bitterness is there, but it's more than balanced by a huge malt bill. Sweet caramel and toffee, as well as pleasant breadiness. Notes of pineapple and dried mango. Resiny, citrusy hops appear in the middle and last into the long finish.

M - Full-bodied, viscous, and coating. A bit too heavy for the style, in my opinion.

D - Definitely one I'd have again, but not right now.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Muddy cranberry color with a significant chill haze. Decent off-white head that retains well.

Aroma is sweet with cherries and dates.

Taste is pretty well-balanced. The 110 IBUs (??) apparently help restrain the sweet malts. A wine-like quality is present here. Hints of fresh cherries and vanilla, with grassy hops before settling into a dry finish.

Carefully-crafted and highly drinkable.

An interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle has freshness dating and a picture of a dude getting kisses from two ladies. I'm ready for sexy time!

Pours a beautiful, translucent, grapefruit amber color. Two finger tan head with great retention that leaves rings for most of the glass.

Smells like rainforest flowers and decadent sweet malt.

A beefed up, hearty red ale. Main flavor is sweet malt with some floral hop bitterness in back. Creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin considering the bold flavor. Very good flavor at first but it got old by the time I finished.

Still waiting for the sexy time...

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Photo of albern
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty full bodied and high ABV Red Ale, and a beer that pushes the boundaries so characteristic of the Red Ale style. The beer pours a pretty thick and syrupy clear mahogany color. The head is a bit tannish but doesn't retain or lace. The nose on the beer is quite strong and full of character. The aroma is pronounced sweet malts, caramel, florals, and dark fruits. There is a slight cherry citrus nose on this beer. There is also a liqueur smell to the beer, with a slightly rum soaked fruitiness and a sweet syrupy underlay.

The taste is very nice, and very complex. There are tons of sweet malts, sweet caramels, florals, cherry citrus notes, and a sweetish peaty quality. The beer is quite syrupy with just a hint of bittering hop in the finish. The beer is quite liqueur like, although the 7% ABV is decently masked over. The full body, the syrupy qualities, the peatiness, sweet malts, cherry citrus, and maybe some sweet roasted notes, clearly define this beer. The mouthfeel is a tad oily and the aftertaste has some ABV presence, some bittering hop, and the liqueur flavors. This is a very good, interesting interpretation of the style, and well worth seeking out. The beer makes a statement and is anything but bland. L'Chaim.

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Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more powerful that the usual red ale, but pretty good. Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a medium size thick, pillowy off white head. Leaves heavy ladder-like lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite pronounced and pleasant: floral hops and caramel malt.

Taste is primarily caramel malt with some bitterness - enough to keep this beer from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and a little oily.

Drinkability is good as a slow sipper. Not quite a session beer at 7.1, but I wouldn't turn down a second one.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Had a sharp nose of hops, along with a grainy quality.

T: Much more hops than I would've expected for this style, but decently done. The alcohol was a little noticable, but not overwhelming.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a kind of slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: A likable, drinkable red ale. Not my favorite of styles, but this one's worth a shot.

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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 Finkel
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was served in a standard pint glass. It was a nice full amber color but was only complimented by a very small layer of white head. Additionally, the head was thin as noted by the lace's inability to stick to the sides of the glass.

The nose was good though really wasn't robust or exciting in any way. Hops were definitely noticeable as well as a grain backbone. I couldn't make out too many individual aromas, but it was good enough.

The taste was similar to the smell; slightly grainy with a decent burst of hops here and there. Nothing overwhelming or extreme, but I was lead on a little bit though as I was told it was hoppier than I expected.

The mouth feel was a little on the thinner side, but even so, it was enjoyable and not disappointing. Also, since it was a fairly simple tasting beer, it was definitely drinkable and I'd be happy to drink it again sometime.

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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 gford217
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of hopflop poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a one-finger fluffy off-white head that recedes gradually to a nice ring. The lacing is very good.

Floral hops and caramel malts play off each other in the aroma with neither being too dominant. Some toffee notes and a slight sweetness as well.

The taste has a bit more hop bitterness than the aroma would indicate with mostly earthy hops. There are some caramel malts and an interesting toasted character through the finish, kinda woody in fact.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and slightly tingly with the hop bitterness.

This is an interesting and very drinkable amber with a prominant hop profile but still very smooth. Well made brew.

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Photo of YankChef
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a la fin du monde glass

Appearance: Bright and mostly clear red, cherry red with an initial half inch head that dissipates to scattered bubble patches.

Aroma: Unique aroma, almost like honey and roses, a subtle pine of hops.

Taste: hmmm well initially very sweet and a touch of sour then fades to a slight bitterness. The finish is also very grassy and dry, has a slight biscuity characteristic

Overall: Very unique offering from a brewer I am unfamiliar with, not something I would buy an entire 6 pack of, but im glad I got the chance to try it, very unique aroma by far.

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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 Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew to try from Kegatron. Thanks.

Poured from the bottle a deep and dark red amber with a quickly-fading two fingered tan head. Stick lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and sourdough bread.

Slightly bitter hop taste with syrup up front. Big malts, dark ripe fruit, brown sugar, cola, and bread follow close behind. The 7% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, dry, and lightly carbonated.

A nice drinking red amber with a berry malty personality. Worth trying for sure.

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish body with a one-finger head that has good retention and leaves some lacing. As much as I picked up some roasted malts and maybe some sweet malts (caramel), the citric hop burst in the aroma really hit the nostrils and took me back. Medium-bodied and posessing light carbonation, packs in the hops and some malt. While there is a decent sweet malt taste, the hops really set the beer to me, leaving a somewhat tart fruit sensation in my mouth and creating a more dry body and a dry finish. Overall, the beer is well-balanced and enjoyable (and I am not a big fan of red ales). ABV hidden well when I found out it was 7%.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Longneck served into a goblet after a 15 minute rest outside the fridge. Good layer of tight knit, cream colored foam over a bright ruby colored liquid. Head clings to the glass around the top edges as it dies down with an active symphony of bubbles rising from beneath. Aroma includes caramel, dark toast, bright citrus, fig, and sugar cookie. Flavor starts with a tangerine bitterness followed by a very light caramel sweetness, orange, and hearty toast. Finishes with a coating bitterness and toasty grainy feel - bitterness hangs on for quite a while. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a medium tickling carbonation. 7.0% and the persistent clinging bitterness drop the drinkability off a bit. Overall a good ale, but there are alot of strong flavors fighting to take center stage.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A medium red look, with a very small head. Head retention worked and there was minor lacing.

A balanced smell of hops and malt present.

The taste was an extension of the smell, but a heavier with the hops then the malts, but not by much. A medium body, not to much hops in the aftertaste. The alcohol bite not really noted.

Isn't something too bad to drink all day, worth a try, I'll most likely revisit if I see it on again, assuming something better isn't on.

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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 trafordboy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Urban Cellars in Baltimore, MD. 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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Hedonism Ale from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 159 ratings