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Golden IPA - Legend Brewing Co.

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Golden IPAGolden IPA

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with two sturdy inches of foam on top that leaves some dots and strands behind

Smell: More caramel malt than hops and what hops there are have a piney/minty edge

Taste: Opens with a fair amount of caramel malt flavor that is joined, in the middle, by pine and mint, as well as some diacetyl; hoppier, in the finish, though the caramel lingers throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Per the website, this is supposed to be an English IPA, though it tastes more like a hybrid to me; not too excited by the hop profile or the intrusion of the malt

brentk56, May 19, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a foamy, creamy white head.

Smell: Oh dear, here we go again... an aroma of butter and soiled socks.

Taste: The flavor passes back and forth between greasy butter and abandoned cheese. Sure, there's hops. Yes, there's light caramel malts. It just not worth putting up with all that unpleasantness to get to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Another utter failure from this brewery. I have yet to come across a bottle from Legend that wasn't a totally spoiled disaster!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

oberon, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Another shade from my NoVa past still haintin' my fridge. It pours a clear golden straw (how thoroughly appropriate) topped by a healthy white froth. The nose comprises lemon rind, orange peel, light flowers, and either a rather light caramel or a solid honey. The taste is loaded with the citrus skin bitterness, matched meekly by that indiscernible maltiness. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid IPA, but a bit unbalanced. I wouldn't turn another down, but I wouldn't request one, either.

TMoney2591, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
2.23/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Kegatron, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Rifugium, May 25, 2013
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.

akorsak, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

ppoitras, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +19.8%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

atrocity, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, with a lot of grass and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops, malt and citrus, but these are offset by some unpleasant grass and grain elements. While this isn't the worst flavored IPA I've tried it is one of the most unbalanced.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not an IPA I would readily return to.

avalon07, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Boone757, Jul 19, 2013
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.

thagr81us, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -10.2%

ROGUE16, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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

blackie, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mhaugo, May 03, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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

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Bierman9, Jul 05, 2002
Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear golden color with monstrous puffy White head. Smell is malty, with a bit of hops, but nothing over-powering. Taste is pleasurable but lacks the hoppiness I like in an IPA. Mouthfeel is slightly dry buth average at best. An easy to drink beer that hides the 7% well

tgbljb, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of DavoleBomb
1.78/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Gatordaddy, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.