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 Minkybut
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a mohaganny color with a nice tan head that was so very thick. The beer was nicely malted and had a really smooth finish and had really sticky thick lacing The beer was delicious and I will buy again.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep amber with some hints of red. A bit of an uneventful head.

S: An herbal hoppiness with a caramel note. Leafy, and a citrus touch.

T: A big hop flavour, but somewhat lacking in the maltiness (oor what I usually perceive as a bit of a fruit flavour) typical of amber/red ales. It's there, but could be richer. A nice hop flavour, though.

M + D: Slick and well-rounded body. It comes across a little more like a DIPA to my palate, but there's no complaints there. A nice, hoppy brew, and something I'd happily enjoy again.

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

A: very red with a small head that retained some lacing.

S: smells like a biscuit or almond biscotti

T: hoppy on the front with a malty finish

M: light on the fiz/carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: I could have a couple of these but wasn't stoked about a candy sugar taste I was getting from it.

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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 beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice reddish/orange color with thin tan head that was sticky.

S: soft hop flower notes, some sweet caramel and citrus.

T: For flavor there was a dominant sweet caramel front and foremost with light fresh citrus tones backing it up. There was a berry fruitiness from the yeast as well. The drink finished with the big dry floral boutique hopping.

M: medium-full with some viscosity from the huge caramel backing but lightly carbonated and a touch slick on the tongue.

D: A nice balance between malt and hops allowing both to be highlighted makes this a enjoyable drink with fair ease.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Copper-amber hue with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Spicy hops dominate the aroma, with maybe a little bit of toasty grain in the background.

Sharp hops with a little bit of caramel from the grain. A little bit of citrus is in there. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a while after each sip.

Middle of the road Red Ale here. This one is of the well-hopped variety.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish amber color with a decent off-white head that left modest lacing down the glass. The nose had pine and citrus from the hops but also a sweet breadiness lingering in the background. Smooth and medium-bodied as the brew flows across the palate. Hops all around. They are flowery but bitter with citrus and pine notes as well. As the beer warms a bit a sweet maltiness creeps in to provide some needed balance. Finishes with a long bitter sign off. In the end a balanced and tasty brew. Hedonists will enjoy, as will the rest of us.

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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 Doomcifer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with a terrific, 3/4 inch, frothy, off-white head that lingers around for the long haul. Great lacing left behind on the glassware. Aroma is of sweet malts, brown sugar, and citrusy, floral hops. Taste is full flavored with heavy sweet malts, brown sugar, balanced with a heavy dose of citrusy, grassy hop goodness. Bitter aspirin-like bitterness lingers around on the palette with a death-grip. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable. This is my first Legacy brew and I am pleasantly surprised.

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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 Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up fresh from the rep at the goggleworks - Design, drink and be merry exhibit in Reading. Poured cold into a nonic from an brown 12ozer w/ May notched for brewed on date.

A - Deep rosey red w/ a copper and golden hue that has a hazy appearance - I am guessing from the hops. The head is pale tan w/ puncture holes form a quick settling head that falls to approximately 1/2 inch w/ a very nice bead

S - Like a fruity punch of an ale that has yeasty esters comingled w/ a piney and aromatic floral hop mix w/ tinges of crisp malt underneath

M - Crisp, spicy, highly effervescent w/ a velvety smooth malt underpinning

T - Very tasty -leafy flavor of subtle citrus in the hops without a ton of bitterness in the forefront. The malt texture is so gentle, not roasted or sweet, simply a firm foothold or launchin pad for the spicy hop notes that seem layered and hint at pink peppercorn w/ a floral and pepper(vegetable) flavor. This has a flavor almost like a chile beer w/out the chile - juicy, sweet and kickin'. This red is packin' some heat! The abv is modest as far as the flavor goes w/ an almost citrus zest spice that lingers in the back of the throat. The dry roasted malt flavor and subtle vinous flavor comes out more when warm. The berry-like yeasty sweet touches really enhance the 110 ibu hoppy sweet and almost sappy flavors that are very mild for such generous hop additions! this a sweet dream of a red ale or strong ale for that matter.

D - I wish I could say this beer was just so-so, but no not Legacy, the ones who brought us Hoptimus Prime. The hedonism of this beer is its drinkability and luscious red flavor. It is like your favorite Italian dish w/ a dash of sweetness and spice -this has it all. Kudos to Legacy for a great PA red. I believe this is another example of a well hopped ale that has a different character when fresh it is heads a shoulders better than the last taste I had.

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

Poured on tap at The Boathouse in Conshohocken into a standard pint glass.

A: A light amber reddish color that was very transparant in allowing light to filter through. A small off white head was from the tap pour. Decent glass lacing.

S: Biscuity malt with more sweetness on the nose than the toned down hops. Almost a boring smell.

T: Starts off with the biscuit malt flavor with hints of dried fruit, but quickly melds into the strong hops bitterness of pine and floral flavors with a hint of citrus hops. Hops bitterness lingers on well through the finish and beyond. The hops carry the show on this beer from midpoint on.

M: Medium as it coats the mouth with a oily and huge lingering bitterness from the hops. As I said, the bitterness coats the mouth seemingly forever.

D: High. I enjoyed one and it went down very easily. You can easily knock down a few of these with no problem.

Overall a solid red from Legacy that really shows off the hops, maybe a bit too much as it was not complex enough with it's other flavors. Overall though a very solid beer I would drink anytime.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Patrick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very nice red amber color with a cream colored head. A fair amount of spotty lacing is present.

S: Smells like faint alcohol, bitter earthy hops, and some caramel malt.

T: A tiny bit hot from the alcohol, nice and sweet malt flavor, not too much bitterness. Almost a raisin flavor, maybe dark caramel.

M: Very, very smooth, well carbonated, a little sticky.

D: This is a pretty good brew, I might seek it out again.

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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 Dodo2step
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Underdog Bar and Grill

A- Pours a slightly thick deep dark amber color with a lightly tanned/siena head. Leaves behind a nice little foam lace on my glass.

S- it smells like rum aged in an oak barrel. Maltose and not too hoppy. It has some hints of grapefruit/or other citrus aroma. i also can smell some pine and other spices. It has an aromatic spice smell.

T- hops and barley fill my mouth. Grapefruit is more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. I cant get the taste of the pine or other spices as much. Some other spices seem to be along the floral path than spicy.

M- dry and smooth. Full bodied ale and very tangy. Goes down smooth though. You dont have to struggle to swallow.

D- This is a beer you might have at a bar to try and relax with. If you like red ales then you would be able to put this down as a sixer. This is a beer for the winter months. Very tasty and refreshing but only one would do for me.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great brew, but it certainly blurs the style guidelines.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, little retention, nice lace.

S: Piny citrus, toffee, biscuity-bread, tropical fruity esters.

T: Piny citrus, toffee, assertive bitterness (though not as bold as the IBU's might indicate), cotton candy fruitiness, noticeable alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish; some hop acidity.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Liberty Street Tavern in Allentown.

A: Cloudy brownish amber color with a thick off white tan-ish head. Great retention but not much lacing.
S: Had trouble cutting through the smoke of the bar but a pleasant hoppy aroma followed by a lighter malt caramel smell.
T: Resembles an amber. Dry and earthy, lightly hopped. Strong malt background, medium mouthfeel, appropriate, not overbearing carbonation and dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a nice lingering sweetness/maltiness throughout this beer.

On par with the other Legacy beers I've sampled. Not the best of any of their respective styles, but for a small, local brewer very respectable and enjoyable.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very foggy brown with reddish hues and a decent sized creme head that falls and leaves a small amount of lacing. Earthy and leafy nose that has a bit of a funky edge to it. Flavor is very leafy and earthy. Interesting yeast edge. More earthy than anything else. Feel is a bit slick and sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is slightly lower, but noticeable all the same. This is a very hearty ale. A bit too robust to go beyond sipping, but still nice to drink.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a slight haze. Nice head with goog retention and lacing on the way down. Smell was hops with a slight earthy sent. Taste was a tuch of caremel with a huge hop flavor and nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel mediem carbonation and body. Drinkability was good I had a few.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge stiff yelow tinted head that is kept alive by visible effervescence. Loaded with suspended goodies. A good amount of lacing in its wake, some 3D. The smell is aggressive, rich, candied caramel malt that goes hand in hand with the taste. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and very creamy. A nice full flavored caramel balanced well with a bitterness of hops that lingers appropriately. The 7.1% ABV is revealed in the chest on the way down. Another would be a perfect ending. Recommended. I will be grabbing more next pass through World of Beers in Rochester, NY. Note to self...I would have scored the taste and mouthfeel higher (4.25) given the opportunity. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jscondon
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap pour.

Came in a pint glass with a nice red color and minimal head. It smells of hop florals but not too overpowering, definitely cascade. The beer was over bitter up front, then got a little fizzy in the middle and finished with some citrus tones.

I liked the Legacy Hedonism, but found it to be a little unbalanced. The bitter front was a little detracting and initially I found it to be very unbalanced. As the beer warmed (or my taste buds normalized) this became much more drinkable, and in the end, I enjoyed its flavor more. I have heard that this is much better in the bottle, and I will give that a go for sure.

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Hedonism Ale from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 159 ratings