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 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 nofunyons
4.53/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love Legend beers. they have a distinctive mouthfeel that other beers do not have. This is no exception. This is a keeper, have around, stock up , must have beer. I love it. This one has made me an IPA lover. It is full bodied and your tastebuds can get a grip on the taste. It is a solid IPA

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Photo of GRR
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev +23.6%
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 haver
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and balanced for an I.P.A.. Creamy and very drinkable but the finnish is a little thin. A little husky sweet smell and you would think this would be lesser in alcohol because of the mellow sweet drinkability. A great slammer but not very deep.

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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 Aidan_Stewart
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of monarchs20
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of mrterdferguson
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jadams11
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of dweeuu
4/5  rDev +20.8%

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

Photo of Ngntjp
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a foamy, overflowing white head with awesome retention. Mild fruit and hop spice in the balanced aroma. The flavor features some rich yet smooth caramel (especially up front) along with some citrusy, fruity hops through out, though it’s especially pronounced in the lingering, bitter finish.

Another winner from Legend. I don’t know what it is but legend always manages to imbue many of their beers, particularly the lighter ones, with a caramel flavor that is both tasty and very smooth.

Recommended.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from neorunner via BIF- thanks! Into Alpine pint glass.

A- Nice fluffy pillow-stuffing/marshmallow head on this one. Base is a brilliant golden hue. Sticky, thick lacing that looks like a snowdrift. Pretty good pour. Some of the thickest lacing rings I've ever seen.

S- Piny, spicy, and peppery hops. Nice.

T- More orangey with a hint of coriander. This reminds me of a dry-hopped witbier. Kind of a head-scratcher, but I'm diggin' it. Sweet sugary golden ale goodness with a heavy hand of hops thrown in the mix.

M- Good balance, kind of sweet but bitter hops keep it in check. Great mouthfeel, a bit bubbly but works well for the beer.

D- Moderately high. I really enjoyed this beer, I would keep this in stock if I had access to it. Worth seeking out. Not an all-out hop assault, but a great spin on a played-out style that shows you there's lots of room for experimentation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oelergud
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear body, reddish tint. White rocky head, decent retention and lace. Good carbonation.
Sweet floral scent. Spiced honey and warm molasses.
Strong spiced malt up front, hops are coming through almost immediately. Aftertaste is a sweet lingering honey sensation.
Alcohol comes through just enough to be noticed.
Pretty good mouthfeel and coating.
Very drinkable and well crafted, I was starting be expect mediocre things from Legend, good to see they got this one right.

-Oelergud

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no drink by date. The color is a light orange with a good deal of cloudiness. The ample carbonation is present with rising bubbles. The head is off-white and thin, and, quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top. There are small traces of wispy lace spotted across the glass.

There is a present citrus (orange) aroma with hints of cinnamon and pine blended in. The taste is a dry grapefruit flavor with a nice hop bitterness. I detect a small hint of warming alcohol in the backend that is different from some IPAs. There is a small amount of blended malt mixed in. Overall, a light and refreshing beer. Good.

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