hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, deep amber ale with copper highlights. Small, frothy, beige head. Great retention. Fruity nose with a medley of mango, apricot, grapefruit pulp and a kiss of pine sap. Lots of grapefruit bitterness in the flavor. Full-bodied with an ultra-satiny mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Although the malt is heavy and impressive, the true backbone of this beer is the massive lupulin. Finishes bitter and grassy. Excellent, world class beer! No diacetyl in my bottle... not that it would bother me as I love butterscotch and butterd toast.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
HWOH. Not many people liked this one, as it was pretty much loaded with diacetyl. Hoppy aroma but overshadowed by the butterscotch/buttered popcorn aspect. Flavor is more diacetyl along with a fair amount of citrus pine and apricots. Sweet malts throughout, with a finish that is dry and moderately bitter. Would probably be good if not for the diacetyl.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Brewery: Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Smells like Amarillo hops. Intense amber color. Small white head that lasted. No lacing. Tasted soley of Amarillo hops. Spicy flavor. No malt taste at all. Dry. Easy drinking. Medium body. Lively Carbonation. Good IPA. Spicy all the way through.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 This poured a copper color with a small off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, citrus fruits, light pine and a bit of diactyl in the background. Taste of some grains, tart citrus, light pine, and sweet caramel malts.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - A light caramel color with a big white head. A lot of hops in the beer, aroma and flavor. The grain has a hard time keeping up with the hops.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours to a mostly clear medium amber with redish tint. Sitting atop is a small beige head, rocky, and short lasting. Iím surprised at how awesome this aroma is (not that I was expecting it to be bad): juicy, fresh hops, resiny sticky hops, itís very pungent yet never overwhelms, feeling bright and fresh in the nose, with just a bit of sweet grapefruit leading to some juicy, ripe fruit notes towards the end. Itís like sticking your head in a bag of fresh bitter hops that somehow never gets to be too much. I could smell this all day but I have to dive in and drink this bad boy. Well it definitely has the legend house yeast character (light diacetyl within limits, slightly salty, very mild esters), itís quite bitter from the start, the IBUís have to be way up on this one, though surprisingly the actual hop flavors show up a bit later - grapefruit, citrus, sticky pine - then thereís a quick burst of earthy hops, then back to the hops assault with a bit more of house yeast. A bit of bready malts sneak through in the finish which feels just a bit watery to me. Medium bodied, medium carbonation that really can be felt on the tongue, finishes with residual hops and sticky resin in the mouth. For me the best part is truely the aroma here, but this is very good all around. With a more creamy & full body that finishes a bit more dry, this would give Pizza Port or Russian River a run for their money.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Reddish amber with white head. Bright, fresh hops nose of both grapefruit citrus and pine. Medium-sweet malt body with a healthy touch of piney bitterness and full citrusy hops on the tongue. Great balance, great carbonation, great beer.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber poured a hazy golden-orange with an enormous light tan fluffy head. Aroma was hoppy with some citrus and floral notes. A pine bitterness is the first thing you get that gives way to a bitter grapefruit. Not bad but a bit bitter for me
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sparkling copper/amber body topped by a pleasing and lasting head. Light butterscotch in the aroma, not as pronounced as other Legend brews, grapefruit and some bready malts. The flavor is wonderful, a mix of the house yeast (buttery), huge loads of hops (mainly citrus) and bready malts. Crisp medium body with a lingering bitter finish. I really dig this stuff.
Earlier Rating: 10/12/2004 Total Score: 3.8
Pours a hazy golden-orange with an enormous light tan fluffy head. The aroma is quite hoppy, citrus and floral. Hugely hoppy flavor, citurs, grass, and some floral. Big bitterness throughout. Decent malt balance, mildly sweet and bready. Medium body with lots of bitterness bite. Legend continues to impress, truly an excellent brewrey that is not on the national radar. These guys know how to brew and they show mastery of the harder to brew styles (pils, lager, etc...) as well as with the hoppy ales.
Kinz (3291) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 The 2006 12th anniversary edition of this beer is a step up in many ways. Heck, it is an entirely different beer. Hops have gone to a combination of Simcoe and Amarillo, and alcohol clocks in at 6.5%. The biscuity malts make themselves known, and the classic hop flavors are present (grapefruit, touch of pineapple, and pine) but not acrid. This, in fact, was fantastic. But Iím a sucker for most Legend beers.
Earlier Rating: 7/17/2004 Total Score: 3.9
They have been toying with this one for a while now, but this is the first time I was ever able to track down a bottle to try. Medium orange, decent head that fades slow and leaves a very nice lacing. Aroma is pure hop astringency, plenty of pine tar, a bit of grapefruit, and bitterness actually hits your nose. In the mouth, pine flavors are up front, followed by the bitter grapefruit flavor. The aftertaste is almost reminiscent of sucking on an aspirin it is so bitter. This is by no means thin bodied, and it has a good mouthfeel. But the malts arenít just in the backseat, they are stuck back in the trunk of this beer. Although bitter to the point of being almost unpleasant (and I view Ruination as being well balanced), I really liked this. NOTE: had the cask version on 7/18/04 at CAH, malts made themselves known more, far more balanced, a hint of anise flavor in the hops. Iíll leave my original rating as so few will get to try the cask version, but I would probably bump the score up to a 4.1 NOTE: 2007 was a bit thin, just hops and not much else. 2008 has some balance back and in fact rocked.