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Golden IPA - Legend Brewing Co.

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Golden IPAGolden IPA

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the image of an English IPA, Legend Golden is a big, full-bodied brew with the perfect balance between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Years ago, as an experimental brew, this underdog of a beer found its way into the hearts of Legend patrons and became a cult classic in Richmond. Legend Golden has been described as a "high class malt liquor" by a notable source. This strong ale sports a rich gold color, an aroma of sweet malt and clean hops, and an earthy, fruity flavor.

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Reviews by obywan59:
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obywan59

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours crystal clear and orange in color with 2 1/2 finger substantial off white head that leaves attractive thick lacing.

Sweet malts and over ripe citrus in the aroma, almost doughy at times.

A bit subdued in the taste at first, but it grew on me. Sweet malts and bitter hops with amazing caramel and pine

Medium thick in body, luxurious with light syrup and good carbonation. Slightly warming as well.

I really don't get all the low reviews here. Although it was a bit disappointing at first taste, this beer developed nicely. While perhaps not as complex as other IPAs, It's well rounded, full flavored, and has impressive body. I would not hesitate to try this again.

08-19-2013 05:16:33 | More by obywan59
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head that leaves a generous amount of lace behind,aromas are not of an IPA very buttery with some toastiness but not much hop profile at all.This is no IPA flavor wise,buttery and a weird smokey like flavor with some toasted malt no hop flavors showing thru really.I wonder why this brewery calls this an IPA its no where close to an IPA there are some decent flavors but IPA no way.

09-24-2005 23:10:03 | More by oberon
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -17.8%

Presentation: 22oz. bomber sampled at the Tobacco Company in Richmond. No ingredients listed as well as no freshness dating.

Appearance: Bright golden color with a really fluffy, sticky white head that laced the glass distinctly.

Smell: Just a little bit of grassy hoppiness in the nose. Nothing more.

Taste: Yet another unappealing offering from Legend. Sadly, the first sip put the word "Budweiser" in my head. Very raw, grainy, corny taste to this. Bitter, but in a bad way. No malty sweetness and the lingering bad aftertaste was not fun.

Mouthfeel: On the fizzy and medium-bodied side. Crisp and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Like all of my previous Legend samplings...not good. I don't know what it is, but I just felt like I was drinking macro.

Notes: The huge kick to the nuts with this beer was that it was $7.50. That is just plain wrong. Time to hit my beer fridge for something to lift my spirits.

05-08-2003 16:51:03 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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dmk91

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-07-2013 19:34:16 | More by dmk91
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A - dark golden amber with a soft, foamy, white head

S - bready, caramel, very very faint citrus

T - bread and caramel with some faint, bitter hops

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is definitely a big, malty beer. The hops are there but can't contend with the big malt. A decent flavor profile overall, I just wish it were a tad more hoppy. It's worth a try.

09-25-2012 08:37:33 | More by tdm168
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-08-2014 13:56:48 | More by HuntDaddy540
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -32.8%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a sturdy ½ finger or so, leaving back some light spotty froth down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells really tangy in the nose, with citrus, toast, and a good bit of butter being present. There is also a leafy spiciness present here but this isn’t very airy feeling at all in the nose. Just has a flat feel to it.

The taste is similar, with an earthy and citric bitterness that prickles the tongue. This is surrounded by a sweet malt graininess, which has a light toastiness to it, and even more butter flavor. There is a good bit of residual sweetness to this in the finish, while some unwelcome lingering pith and spice sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a smooth creaminess that then pulls in off the sides and gets sharper on the tongue. There is a bit of warmth to the body but it overall isn’t too bad.

Even for an English-style IPA, this had way too much diacetyl present and this overall just had a flat and unrefined to it. I struggled to get even half way through the bottle. This isn’t a very good beer.

06-14-2012 12:32:47 | More by Kegatron
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, subtle citrus, skunk, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, skunk, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. There were a lot of nice aspects going on in this one, but there were also quite a few that weren’t so appealing to the palate. The skunky aspect in particular… Didn’t really go into this one expecting much based on beeruser’s comments and I was disappointed. Glad I got to tick it, but doubt I would personally pick it up.

07-03-2012 10:48:06 | More by thagr81us
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rvajohn

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

05-21-2013 01:07:13 | More by rvajohn
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GFish

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

11-09-2012 00:49:21 | More by GFish
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

This IPA pours a clear gold color. There is a thick white head at the end of the pour. It looks very nice but, the head did dissipate rather quickly and left a very thin lace to the end of my pint glass. The aroma is on the mellow side compared to most IPAs. There are the usual citrus aromas of the hops but this had some mild malt tones mixed into the aroma. The taste pretty well matches the aroma. It is not a wild hop attack but a pleasant one. Mild hops with a touch of malt. Nothing to overpowering but enough to enjoy. I think this beer would go good with a nice meal. This beer is also (to me) a good session brew. A nice IPA for those who are just starting to try this type of beer. Overall, a bit above average.

08-03-2003 16:28:57 | More by Stubbie1
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avylover

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

I had this at the brewpub in richmond and found it pretty tasty. This is the bottled version, which I was glad to see. It pours a very light golden color with a head that dies fairly quick. Nothing too exciting to look at. The aroma has a very nice citrousy hopness to it with a good grainy scent in the background. The hops are evident in the taste but seem to linger on the roof of my mouth well after swallowing. The problem is that this beer is pretty much all hops tastewise. Very refreshing, but it could use some sort of malt backbone. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, a bit oily really. A pretty good IPA, but not great.

05-31-2003 18:30:35 | More by avylover
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A 650 mL bottle from The Cheese Shop.

A: At least this ale looks like an IPA, well kinda. An amber color, the IPA has an orange-brown glow that accentuates a steady stream of bubbles. Each pour of the bomber generated an admirable head, the last leaving lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The IPA has a malty aroma that stresses its caramel base. Behind that strong aroma, hops are at a premium. They rarely muster the citrusy strength that a good IPA needs.

T: As blackie notes before me, this is the second Legend ale with a buttery presence. Trends are worth noting. I like the taste better than the nose, the hops add a little more dimension. Still, the maltiness and yeast (dare I say Ringwood, although it lacks a certain pizzazz that RW has) are the boldest elements.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-centric, bringing a smooth flavor glosses over any hoppiness. This ale lacks the overwhelming syrupy caramel flavors of the pale ale, a saving grace.

D: Another bomber thst was passable but not good. Light drinking for the beach.

08-16-2010 01:00:17 | More by akorsak
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VeganUndead

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

10-04-2012 20:10:56 | More by VeganUndead
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +22.9%

Had on tap at a bar. One could not see through this dark gold IPA due to its murky appearance. The smell was an apparent citrus aroma, very noticeable. The taste was above average: hard citrus at first, but then subtle bitter aftertaste. A nice carbonation made this a very crisp drink. Overall, its bitter/citrus divide might be unappealing to some, but I found it quite good.

11-07-2007 04:38:24 | More by fitzy84
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

04-23-2014 10:03:05 | More by Sanchezrox23
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +17.8%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice body color. Mustard yellow with a brassy bronze appearance and crystal clear. White head, slightly foamy makes three fingers off the pour and a large one finger soapy collar while settling. Very nice, and I really like this distinct body color.

Nose is interesting and perhaps a little unique. Tropical candy, and melon cantalopue smelling. Fairly sweet. Not sure what to think here, malt and hop angle seems an afterthought so I am leaving this neutral for a rating. Maybe even kind of mushy banana?

Palate is quite interesting. Mellow and juicy melon tasting, with a nice fruity finish. Good feel with some malt depth, and mild hop bitterness. Lots of melon fruit and mellow warmth to this also. Hop angle is only on the finish and it is fairly herbal and letting some caramel like malt sink in, with a little bit of graham cracker biscuit softness coming through.

Overall, I really enjoy this one for it's unique taste more than anything.

07-17-2013 23:17:17 | More by smakawhat
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

07-28-2014 03:45:56 | More by Gregaroo
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blackie

California

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

a: snifter pour, nice little off-white cap of carbonation, about a fingers width, gradually recedes to a nicely retained layer, the beer itself a light-medium golden amber color

s: body of light caramels, somewhat sweet, citric hop aroma mostly earthy, not terribly pungent but it works alright, then there's that ever present Legend buttery aroma, wish they could do something about that, it's not too heavy at least

m: carbonation just under moderate, smooth, body medium

t: lightly caramelized malt sets the stage for a full but balanced dose of citrusy, earthy English style hops, adequately strong for the style but well balanced, finishes with a moderate bitterness and glimpses of pine, there's a diacetyl/butter flavor throwing things off, pretty annoying as it starts to pull out more with warming but at least it doesn't override everything else

d: not too bad, hadn't purchased this one because I knew it'd have some diacetyl going on, things are otherwise in reasonable balance and the alcohol doesn't show too much, would love nothing more than to nail them for the butter flavors - how could they not fix this problem that runs throughout most of their line? - but it was a reasonably enjoyable beer

single from Corks & Kegs, Richmond, VA

07-23-2010 02:24:52 | More by blackie
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byrd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +13%

Pours with a great frothy white head that is rather sticky and very long lasting. The lacing is rather thick for quite some time but eventually transitions to a perpetual layer of thin froth that lasts until the last drop is drained from the glass. The color is a clear light golden amber. Loads of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom. The aroma is rather nice with light camel malt and grain notes noticeable along side the hops. Hop aroma doesn’t blow one way like some other American IPAs. Citrus hops are noticeable, but they are light and share the nose with the malt. The start is short and smooth with the caramel malts dominant. Prickly carbonation then comes in with the hops, but the malt never quite disappears. Citrus notes and grapefruit are noticeable. The hops are very prevalent, yet they are rather mild compared to a hopmonster. Not over the top, but enough to stand out above the malt. The finish is fairly very long lasting and the mouthfeel is a little on the light side of medium.

I first tried a couple pints of this brew on tap at a Richmond establishment and was pleasantly surprised. So I purchased a bottle to enjoy at home. I think this is a better brew then it has been given credit for so far. It’s certainly not the best IPA out there, but it’s a solid enjoyable brew that would make for a great session beer or intro to the style. It much more mild then the “big boys” yet it’s more assertive then some English IPAs that I’ve sampled. All in all, a good, well balanced, and very drinkable brew.

12-12-2003 21:04:16 | More by byrd
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JWing

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-03-2012 19:15:44 | More by JWing
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GNH3

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +13%

03-17-2014 12:00:59 | More by GNH3
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-29-2012 20:42:21 | More by dsshuck
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GRR

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +28%

01-18-2013 18:41:28 | More by GRR
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -46.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is decent and just a little bit of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Not a lot of hops for an IPA. In fact, there's barely any. There's a light soapiness with a mild breadiness. Not much from the malts either. Nose just sucks.

1.5 T: Soap and bread. Mild bitterness. Not much hops and not much malts. The only thing that is there is ample amounts are the off flavors. Shitty.

2.5 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Somehow this is a bit chewy.

1.5 D: God awful beer. Do not buy, do not drink, do not collect $200.

08-07-2012 05:08:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.