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Golden IPA | Legend Brewing Co.

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Golden IPAGolden IPA

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

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

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear and orange in color with 2 1/2 finger substantial off white head that leaves attractive thick lacing.

Sweet malts and over ripe citrus in the aroma, almost doughy at times.

A bit subdued in the taste at first, but it grew on me. Sweet malts and bitter hops with amazing caramel and pine

Medium thick in body, luxurious with light syrup and good carbonation. Slightly warming as well.

I really don't get all the low reviews here. Although it was a bit disappointing at first taste, this beer developed nicely. While perhaps not as complex as other IPAs, It's well rounded, full flavored, and has impressive body. I would not hesitate to try this again.

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Photo of oberon
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber sampled at the Tobacco Company in Richmond. No ingredients listed as well as no freshness dating.

Appearance: Bright golden color with a really fluffy, sticky white head that laced the glass distinctly.

Smell: Just a little bit of grassy hoppiness in the nose. Nothing more.

Taste: Yet another unappealing offering from Legend. Sadly, the first sip put the word "Budweiser" in my head. Very raw, grainy, corny taste to this. Bitter, but in a bad way. No malty sweetness and the lingering bad aftertaste was not fun.

Mouthfeel: On the fizzy and medium-bodied side. Crisp and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Like all of my previous Legend samplings...not good. I don't know what it is, but I just felt like I was drinking macro.

Notes: The huge kick to the nuts with this beer was that it was $7.50. That is just plain wrong. Time to hit my beer fridge for something to lift my spirits.

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Photo of dmk91
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Kegatron
2.24/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of rvajohn
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GFish
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Stubbie1
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a clear gold color. There is a thick white head at the end of the pour. It looks very nice but, the head did dissipate rather quickly and left a very thin lace to the end of my pint glass. The aroma is on the mellow side compared to most IPAs. There are the usual citrus aromas of the hops but this had some mild malt tones mixed into the aroma. The taste pretty well matches the aroma. It is not a wild hop attack but a pleasant one. Mild hops with a touch of malt. Nothing to overpowering but enough to enjoy. I think this beer would go good with a nice meal. This beer is also (to me) a good session brew. A nice IPA for those who are just starting to try this type of beer. Overall, a bit above average.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avylover
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub in richmond and found it pretty tasty. This is the bottled version, which I was glad to see. It pours a very light golden color with a head that dies fairly quick. Nothing too exciting to look at. The aroma has a very nice citrousy hopness to it with a good grainy scent in the background. The hops are evident in the taste but seem to linger on the roof of my mouth well after swallowing. The problem is that this beer is pretty much all hops tastewise. Very refreshing, but it could use some sort of malt backbone. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, a bit oily really. A pretty good IPA, but not great.

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of drummerguy
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregaroo
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
3.32 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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