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Golden IPA - Legend Brewing Co.

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Golden IPAGolden IPA

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002)
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Photo of nofunyons
4.54/5  rDev +36.3%
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

nofunyons, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of GRR
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

GRR, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

probert, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  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.

fitzy84, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of haver
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and balanced for an I.P.A.. Creamy and very drinkable but the finnish is a little thin. A little husky sweet smell and you would think this would be lesser in alcohol because of the mellow sweet drinkability. A great slammer but not very deep.

haver, May 10, 2010
Photo of Aidan_Stewart
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Aidan_Stewart, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

RyanBeer13, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 02/25/12:
Bottled: 11/29/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" of off-white fluffy head with very nice retention; Crystal clear in appearance and dark gold in color; Visible carbonation within the glass; Good webs of lacing left behind

S - Pleasant aroma containing lots of sweet caramel and toasted bread notes, with good balance provided by grassy and herbal hops

T - Excellent balance here between sweet caramel and toasted bread malts, and spicy, herbal, grassy, and very subtle citrus hops; There's a decent shot of bitterness that steps forward up front to provide a nice counter to the sweet caramel flavor

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Just a bit dry and minty in the finish

O - If you're seeking a heavily hopped American IPA, this beer won't quite be what you're looking for. Legend intended this to be more of a balanced English IPA, and I think they succeeded pretty well. I personally prefer to drink and enjoy American IPA's more than the English variety, but this beer proved to be an exception. The balance between the sweet malts and bitter Noble hops was well executed, and the drinkability is pretty high as well. Personally, I think this beer deserves more love than it gets and is one that I'll certainly enjoy again in the future.

TechTriumph, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

monarchs20, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

mrterdferguson, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

jadams11, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Eriktheipaman, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

dweeuu, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Ngntjp
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%

Ngntjp, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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.


arguemaniac, May 22, 2006
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from neorunner via BIF- thanks! Into Alpine pint glass.

A- Nice fluffy pillow-stuffing/marshmallow head on this one. Base is a brilliant golden hue. Sticky, thick lacing that looks like a snowdrift. Pretty good pour. Some of the thickest lacing rings I've ever seen.

S- Piny, spicy, and peppery hops. Nice.

T- More orangey with a hint of coriander. This reminds me of a dry-hopped witbier. Kind of a head-scratcher, but I'm diggin' it. Sweet sugary golden ale goodness with a heavy hand of hops thrown in the mix.

M- Good balance, kind of sweet but bitter hops keep it in check. Great mouthfeel, a bit bubbly but works well for the beer.

D- Moderately high. I really enjoyed this beer, I would keep this in stock if I had access to it. Worth seeking out. Not an all-out hop assault, but a great spin on a played-out style that shows you there's lots of room for experimentation.

ShogoKawada, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no drink by date. The color is a light orange with a good deal of cloudiness. The ample carbonation is present with rising bubbles. The head is off-white and thin, and, quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top. There are small traces of wispy lace spotted across the glass.

There is a present citrus (orange) aroma with hints of cinnamon and pine blended in. The taste is a dry grapefruit flavor with a nice hop bitterness. I detect a small hint of warming alcohol in the backend that is different from some IPAs. There is a small amount of blended malt mixed in. Overall, a light and refreshing beer. Good.

abcsofbeer, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of oelergud
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear body, reddish tint. White rocky head, decent retention and lace. Good carbonation.
Sweet floral scent. Spiced honey and warm molasses.
Strong spiced malt up front, hops are coming through almost immediately. Aftertaste is a sweet lingering honey sensation.
Alcohol comes through just enough to be noticed.
Pretty good mouthfeel and coating.
Very drinkable and well crafted, I was starting be expect mediocre things from Legend, good to see they got this one right.


oelergud, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legends shot at an IPA was fairly successful. Presented with a thin, beady head and some lace on top of a medium-golden colored body. Mildy hoppy aroma; doesn't overpower at all. Mouthfeel is well-rounded and fairly smooth. A mild hint of malt knocks on the door, but it's the hops that are let in. Nothing earth-shattering, but a pleasant, citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Prosit!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jul 05, 2002
Photo of danmouer
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was a firken--a cask- conditioned real ale dry hopped with Cascades-- sampled at the Legend Brewery pub.

I really like the Legend Golden IPA, and this "real ale" version was quite a treat. However, if this were London, the CAMRA cops woild have been busting the landlord for servimg this firken too firkin' early.

The beer was very cloudy with sediment, and had not matured sufficiently to properly take up and "marry" the dry hops into the brew.

Mind you, this is a very nice beer, and I'd gladly have another, but better cellariing would have improved the experience a lot.

The bottled version of Legend's Golden IPA is an exceptionally well- balanced example of the style. No hop-bomb with cloying, mouth-wrenching astringency, this beer is beautifully hoppy while remaining hop-forward and sweetly aromatic.

The firkin was generally well-comditioned in that the pump pulled a fst two-to-three-finger head of pefsistent foam. Nonetheless, the beer was thickly cloudy. Full of excess vitamin B and the creamy mouthfeel of too much yeast. No off flavors, just a bit short in the mature and clear department.

The dry hops were a bit subtle. I could see thst, with another week's maturity, they wold have been marvelously fruity and rich. Imstead, they tended to promise more than the delivered..

This was a delicious beer. Thank you Legend for doing it. I'll keep on coming back to Firken Fridays, but please work on getting the cellaring right. You are my neighborhood pub, amd you are coming close to being one of the best in the country.

danmouer, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of byrd
3.75/5  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.

byrd, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of GNH3
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

GNH3, Mar 17, 2014
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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.