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Golden IPA - Legend Brewing Co.

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002

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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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 64
Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
2.24/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of avylover
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of byrd
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and strong malty English IPA with a bit of a hop bite to it. The smell is fairly fruity with a strong malt sweetness to it. The taste is the same as the smell that starts with a strong sweet malt taste and a bitter hop backbone. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style though.

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.81/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a foamy, overflowing white head with awesome retention. Mild fruit and hop spice in the balanced aroma. The flavor features some rich yet smooth caramel (especially up front) along with some citrusy, fruity hops through out, though it’s especially pronounced in the lingering, bitter finish.

Another winner from Legend. I don’t know what it is but legend always manages to imbue many of their beers, particularly the lighter ones, with a caramel flavor that is both tasty and very smooth.

Recommended.

Photo of meathookjones
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bomber. This pours out an extremely clear golden yellow color with a nice sized white head of foam. Head retention is decent and it leaves a nice lace about the glass. The nose is fairly mild with a grassy hop aroma being the main ingredient and a slight caramel malt starts to come through as it warms. A very yeasty and grainy taste to this, very similar to many macros. Not much else going on with the taste other than a foul after taste that does stick around for a while. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is defiantly put off by the taste. Not recommended.

Photo of dball
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light golden color as to be expected. It does not lace in the glass and has a quickly disappearing head. The Golden IPA has a hint of an unfiltered musky flavor that scores it some points for me. It is not a hoppy IPA. I'd be curious to know the IBUs. The unfiltered hint improves the mouthfeel and makes it an interesting beer. Over all it's just an average craft beer. I prefer the Legend pale and most appreciate thier barley wine.

Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear golden brew. Head lasts very nicely, with adequate lacing. Aroma is fruity hops. Taste is slight pale malt upfront, with tangy citrus fruit juice dominating, bitterness coming in for the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are limited by the tartness, just overpowers what may or may not have become pleasing hops character. I will note that the alcohol (7%abv) is well hidden.

Photo of nofunyons
4.53/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Legend beers. they have a distinctive mouthfeel that other beers do not have. This is no exception. This is a keeper, have around, stock up , must have beer. I love it. This one has made me an IPA lover. It is full bodied and your tastebuds can get a grip on the taste. It is a solid IPA

Photo of Hoplomachus
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six-pack of bottles while in Richmond, VA yesterday. Hoping it would hoppy like Legend's "Hopfest."

Appearance: Nice light golden color, not very deep but the beer is not heavy.

Smell: This is called an "IPA" but there is hardly any of the characteristic hoppy aroma that I expected. The smell is sweet and not unpleasant but nothing stands out.

Taste: Taste, like smell, is missing the bitterness and interesting flavors that hops should bring. If the bottle did not say "IPA" I would have thought this was a regular Pale Ale or a Pale lager.

Mouthfeel: Clean, refreshing. It is not a thick beer and does not coat the mouth.

Overall: I was hoping for something closer to Legend's "Hopfest" but this beer failed to deliver the hops. That said, this is not a bad beer, it's just not what I would consider an IPA.

Photo of copasetic
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy (large bubbles) head that disappears in a few minutes. Aroma is sweet carmelly malt with a hint of alcohol and minimally hoppy. First taste is rich, fruity, and full of esters with slight hints of banana. Is this an American IPA or some take on Belgian ales? It's hard to tell. There is a core bitterness that endures with this one, but the flavor and aroma components come through weakly.

Overall, this is an interesting brew. In no way is it true to the style of an IPA, but it tastes pretty darned good, nevertheless

Photo of Rifugium
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear golden pour with a moderate cap of foamy white head; minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, light grassy and piney hop notes. Quite weak for an IPA, even an English IPA. Taste was also a bit off-balance with a pale malt sweetness taking the foreground to mild grassy/piney hops; decent bitterness lasting in the aftertaste. Light body, moderate carbonation. Perhaps this was a failed attempt to make a DIPA and they just labeled it an English IPA? Or it's just a so-so addition to the category. Not undrinkable, but not that great.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark straw color with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells strongly of caramelized malt, not much hops, which is surprising for an IPA. Tastes of very strong hops dominate the taste, which isn't bad for an IPA, but it is out of balance. The beer has a small aftertaste of alcohol, but nothing that is a major turnoff. Overall, this is a very average beer.

Photo of hmph
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip, lets see what's going on here Legend!

A - super clear,yellowish with a 1 finger white head, carbonation streaming up from the bottom

S - slight fruit, with some candy notes and a bit of a spicey smell as well

T - some initial sweetness on the taste followed by a slow development into a lingering bitterness again with a slight spice again following the smell

O - A good beer and a quality golden ipa. It comes in at a hefty 7% but is extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I got a 6 pack and more than happy to have a few more tonight.

Not bad Legend...not bad.

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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.