Golden IPA | Legend Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
150
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of teromous
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is an ink mark on the neck of the bottle but it is partially rubbed off, leaving what looks like "/262" on it.

Appearance: The body is slightly hazy with a dark gold and medium bronze color. The head is thick, fluffy, and white with great retention and lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma. I am getting just a bit of something that is nondescript. The best way I can describe it is a mineral aroma but that isn't quite right either. It smells a bit like the way a glass smells after running it under tap water. I smelled the glass prior to filling it and it it didn't smell like this.

Taste: The flavor is very light. It has a light bit of lemon and some mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has great bitterness and the carbonation seems just right. It has just enough body to accompany the bitterness. It is off-dry.

Overall: I sat for a bit thinking whether this beer was average or below average and at this point it really doesn't matter. It just doesn't taste like a completely thought out beer. While it has a nice bitterness to it there just isn't enough flavor or aroma to accompany it. It's not something I'm likely to buy again and I really don't recommend it.

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Photo of token_23223
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigbutter
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Plays more like a Pilsener than an IPA. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of squack
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ECsurfattic
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmasher85
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a remarkable IPA (pretty basic and subdued hop flavors of pine and resin with a bit of fruity/citrusy sweetness) but with one notable characteristic - something about the malt puts a weird bubblegum candy flavor in the finish. Mostly in the first few sips, but it's damn weird and disarming. Tasty if you like IPAs on the sweeter end, but just a bit too weird to make it a regular sipper or recommendation.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rod1948
5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA I have had anywhere from Va. to CA!

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Photo of JodyPowers
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of brocktune
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctjoumas
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Strong earthy hop aroma and a taste that matches with a full bodied mouthfeel and piney taste at the end. Has a taste of a "cheaper" beer, almost malt or on the lines of a Heineken, but with a balance of hoppiness.

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Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of NickTinyRace
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bru-Dog
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CBodamer
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drummerguy
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
3.31 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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