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Golden IPA - Legend Brewing Co.

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma on Golden IPA brings some caramel with a slight resiny twinge to it. Smells quite fresh, though a bit subdued for my tastes. I prefer my IPAs to be bold.

Golden IPA looks quite good. It's a nice honey-like orange topped with a nice off-white head that doesn't totally fall back into the beer, and the lacing is persistent.

The flavors threw me on this one. There is a nice upfront sweetness on a toasted caramel backbone. Hops are a kind of citrus/pine combination and not overpowering, but prominent. Bitterness is lasting through the finish.

The body is moderate and carbonation on the medium-high mark. Sweet finish on this beer where I was expecting something more dry. Overall, for the price ($3.00/22oz), this beer is defiantly worth buying occasionally when I'm in need of a good IPA.

Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Crazyale
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of rangerred
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear light gold with a fairly thick one finger head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Not much of a smell with this one. Caramel malt is definitely present along with a slight citrus hop character reminiscent of apricot and orange.

The flavors are all a bit odd. Fairly strong caramel malt up front along with some citrusy hop notes but then everything just disappears. All that is left is a sharp bitterness finishing with a strong alcohol note but no other flavors. Mouthfeel is decent, though.

Overall I think this could be a pretty good beer with some tweaking. It is just too unbalanced now to be a pleasurable drinking experience.

Photo of mrebeka
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Shilt
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Photo of cbbjr
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-like its name, it is golden. Decent amount of white head. Dissipates fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing.

S-not a whole lot to smell. I even gave it time to warm up, but I'm still not picking up much. There is a slight floral hop smell, but just a trace.

T-some hops, but relatively light for the style. A sweet malt flavor seems to stand out more. Reminds me of a less hoppy version of Troegs Hopback.

M-medium body that goes down fairly smoothly.

O-Definitely not what I was expecting - the malt seemed more pronounced than the hops. I haven't had anything else from Legend and would certainly give them another try, but I wouldn't strongly recommend Golden IPA.

Photo of RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of cfinch2
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of monarchs20
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of mpyle
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Pours a large white head, a mix of coarse and fine bubbles. Good retention.

Aroma disappointing, a bit of a rusty/copper aroma. Minimal hop aroma.

Taste has a rich malty character with lots of caramel - big beer flavor. Hop flavor is slightly piney, and dries out the finish with a gentle bitterness. Has balance, and in some ways tastes more like a big APA than a true IPA.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Slightly alcohol warming.

A nice drinking beer - hoppy but not overpoweringly so. Hop aroma disappoints, and IBU fiends probably will be disappointed with it.

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Golden indeed, almost a bronze coloration. Nice head and retention.

S - Sweet citrus notes and a nice bouquet of floral hops grace the nose.

T - Mild bitterness is masked by the sweet malty body. Not as hoppy as I was hoping. By the end I felt it was almost too sweet.

M - Dry light body and the right carbonation level.

D - Not bad, but not the best representation of the style and certainly not the best from this brewery.

Photo of danmouer
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad to look at, tannish-auburn in color, crystal clear, with a few rising bubbles, smooth, slowly dissipating head, and average lacing.

Smell is quite odd for an IPA, smells and tastes more like an ESB or English bitter to me than a typical IPA. Still, it both smells and tastes pretty good. Caramel malts and a nice fruitiness fill out a sweet and easy to drink brew.

Body is medium and easy to down. Smooth and pleasant, with a very mild bitterness and balanced hop/malt profile. Ample carbonation.

Overall average, but interesting anyway.

Seems to be a mis-match for the style if you ask me.

Photo of dball
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Jimmys
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: brilliant bright copper. decent carbonation can be seen. some particulate can be seen as well. one finger white head dies pretty quick. so-so retention.

S: mostly fruity. dried raisins and apricots. not citrus. an earthy note as well. grass.

T: interesting hop flavor. not typical to an AIPA. mild fruit, not a pungent earth or citrus or pine. a little grassy on the palate as well. a touch of rich sugar in the raw right at the finish.

M: soft creamy carbonation on a medium body.

D: seriously lacking the american hop blast i was expecting from an AIPA. definitely better examples out there.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mug

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this beer

This pours a cloudy orange color with a frothy white head of foam on the surface. This beer smells faintly of orange peel and not much else. The flavor is pretty weak, what used to be hops has faded into nothingness. The mouthfeel is bitter without the aromatic flavors to help it go along. The overall experience of this beer is highly week. I must admit i really don't care much for this beer. It's an okay beer, but a horrible IPA.

Photo of engagechad
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was purchased as a single 22oz from a gas station (really good beer selection.. they had duck rabbit too) - poured into a pint glass

Poured very carbonated, nice lacing but really thin looking brew. Smelled of faint hops and phenolic notes. Tasted fine, but really kind of like an IPA flavored american lager. Mouthfeel was thin and the brew itself was very drinkable.

Overall. It was just okay. If you're going to get a Legend brew, get the Brown.

Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An odd but pleasant beer, quite unexpected for an IPA, but interesting and distinctive.

Pours a deep slightly hazy golden with a big fluffy head and great streamers of carbonation - this is a pretty beer, almost the perfect looking beer.

The aroma is strong and bready and nutty, with a distinct oxidized honey sting. The flavor has that same overripe honey feel, with bready malt and a burn of carbonation. The alcohol is hot a brandy-like, surprising considering the medium weight of the ABV.

The mouthfeel is extremely prickly and hot.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: True to its name, the Legend Golden India Pale Ale poured out of a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass with a brilliant and transparent golden color. Topped by a thick, fluffy head this beer looks appetizing and refreshing.

SMELL: Typical smell for an IPA. Nothing complicated, just a sweet, floral aroma.

TASTE: The sweetness detected in the nose does not come through in the flavor, instead the Golden IPA is bitter and hoppy. Ordinarily, this is how I would like most IPAs to be, however, the lack of any complexity caused me to grow bored of this beer. There just seems to be something missing.

MOUTHFEEL: What the Golden lacks in complexity, it does make up for in feel. Refreshing, crisp, clean and bubbly are the first words that come to mind. The carbonation rips your thirst away with each sip.

OVERALL: This beer seems to be the exact opposite of the Brown Ale which I reviewed earlier. Whereas the Brown Ale lacked in look and feel, the IPA shined in those two departments, but came up short on flavor. That said, if there was ever an IPA to simply quench your thirst, this is it. Maybe the perfect choice to grab your buddy's just after they've spent the day moving you into your new apartment.

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.

Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.