Sunday, December 30, 2007

Two Legend Beers, Two Football Games

By coincidence, I ended up having beers from the Legend Brewing Company in Richmond, VA with both football games I watched this weekend. On Saturday it was the Patriots - Giants game at a friend's house. I had recently given my buddy Frank a bottle of Legend Pale Ale and he shared it last night. It was one of the beers we enjoyed as the Patriots broke numerous NFL records. Legend Pale Ale pours a clear copper-orange color with a thick head. There’s a pleasing citrus hop aroma. The aroma has hints of peaches and other fruits. The taste is clean with a nice citrus hop tang. The aftertaste has some piney hops, along with a good malt balance. This is a refreshing and pleasing APA. I had never tried this one before but would not hesitate to have it again.

Today my family watched the Washington Redskins dominate the Dallas Cowboys with a 27-6 win. I had also picked up a bottle of Legend Brown Ale when I picked up the aforementioned Pale Ale. Colleen and I decided to enjoy the Brown Ale with some Brie and Wensleydale cheeses as the game started. The Brown Ale is said to be Legend's most popular beer. This English Brown Ale pours a reddish-brown color with an off-white short lived head. The aroma is caramel malt with a bit of brown sugar. The caramel malt taste is what you would expect from a brown ale. There are caramel malts along with some light roasted malts. Some citrus hops come through at the end, followed with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This is decent English brown ale, and typical of the style.

Both games saw favorable outcomes for our favored teams. The two beers from an old Virginia brewery added to the enjoyment.

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