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Golden IPA - Legend Brewing Co.

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Boone757, Jul 19, 2013
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
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

NoHop4me, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

McBraniel, May 30, 2013
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
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

rvajohn, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

SilentNature, May 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Shatter, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Beers9beers, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

dweeuu, Mar 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Raiders757, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

dancheatham, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

GRR, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

jadams11, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

PGVG, Dec 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

redfox405, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

mrterdferguson, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

aaronblain22, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Gatordaddy, Nov 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

GFish, Nov 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Jason_Quad, Nov 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

JWing, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of RodneyFarva
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, 7.6% on bottle.

a: nearly clear golden, two finger frothy white head from a fairly aggressive pour.

s: light floral hops, some sweet malts, a honey-like aroma, and not much else.

t: slightly bitter, a definite grassy hops flavor, a lingering bitterness along with a strong honey flavor as well. biscuity malts. much closer to a pale ale than a full-blown IPA, though maybe the English style they aim for encouraged this malt/hop ratio.

o: quite drinkable, enjoyable balance between malts and hops, though this sweetness has become somewhat cloying as I finish the beer.

RodneyFarva, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

dsshuck, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a cask that had Citra hops

A - Dark Amber with lots of carbonation and lacing

S - Lots of Citra hops with some sweet bread

T - Bready with some citra hops, resembled an Amped up Pale ale to me...

M - medium bodied, good carbonated

O - Good beer, but more of a "big" pale ale to me! Worth a taste or two

jtd1969, Oct 23, 2012
Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.