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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.

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 148
Photo of DavoleBomb
1.81/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is decent and just a little bit of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Not a lot of hops for an IPA. In fact, there's barely any. There's a light soapiness with a mild breadiness. Not much from the malts either. Nose just sucks.

1.5 T: Soap and bread. Mild bitterness. Not much hops and not much malts. The only thing that is there is ample amounts are the off flavors. Shitty.

2.5 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Somehow this is a bit chewy.

1.5 D: God awful beer. Do not buy, do not drink, do not collect $200.

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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 dbmernin83
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour looks like a lager. I've had clean, crisp looking IPAs, but this one lacks head retention and I'm skeptical.
Light hops, grassy, bready malts in the nose and mouth. Weak.
Carbonation is lacking and this beer is a little watery.
IPA? I've had hoppier pilsners!

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Photo of meathookjones
2.41/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bomber. This pours out an extremely clear golden yellow color with a nice sized white head of foam. Head retention is decent and it leaves a nice lace about the glass. The nose is fairly mild with a grassy hop aroma being the main ingredient and a slight caramel malt starts to come through as it warms. A very yeasty and grainy taste to this, very similar to many macros. Not much else going on with the taste other than a foul after taste that does stick around for a while. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is defiantly put off by the taste. Not recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a golden body with a foamy, creamy white head.

Smell: Oh dear, here we go again... an aroma of butter and soiled socks.

Taste: The flavor passes back and forth between greasy butter and abandoned cheese. Sure, there's hops. Yes, there's light caramel malts. It just not worth putting up with all that unpleasantness to get to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Another utter failure from this brewery. I have yet to come across a bottle from Legend that wasn't a totally spoiled disaster!

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Photo of bjohnson
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ChuckCook for the chance to try this. Must be the Legend IPA, though only says Legend Ale on the label...off we go!

A: Pours a clear amber peachish color with a frothy one finger white head. Nice sticky lacing forming with good retention.
S: Floral and citrus hop notes. Sweet butterscotch notes and an undercurrent of banana bread. Malt notes? hmmm..
T/M: Floral and citrus fruit hop notes cross the palate. Good hefty background of toasted grain. Slight spicy flavors with sweet cinnamon and nutmeg--what the hell are those flavors doing in there?. Dry grassy finish leads right into a sweet almost pumpkin ale-like aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel--loads of butter. Medium bodied. This is an IPA? Where are the Hops man!?!
D: Drinkable, though a bit too buttery and fruity. I was suprised by the slight spice notes that were detected. An interesting offering from the south, though a bit off for some reason. To me it seemed like a Frankenstein cross between a Pumpkin ale and a Pale Wheat Ale. Weird experience...

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.52/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am guessing this is the right beer...the label says "Golden Ale".

This brew...my first one from Legend...pours out a golden color with good clarity. Nice, thick white head leaves good, chunky lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma is really light. Very faint citrus/floral hops and some lightly roasted malt and grains. I can smell the clementine my wife is eating two rooms away better than I can smell this beer.

The flavor is only slightly better than the smell. Same citrus/floral hops and grainy malt. The flavor is light and lacking. The hops are barely noticeable in this one.

Wow....I hope the Pale Ale I have from them is going to be better. This one is disappointing. I am hoping I can get through this bomber, but I doubt I will.

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Photo of cbbjr
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of winomark
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold color with a thick, white head.

Aroma: Some muted hop tones, and miniscule malt presence.

Taste: Hop bitterness and lots of carbonation. Not much else happening. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry and crisp. Very light, IMO. Bitterness becomes notiable later in the tasting.

Drinkability: Nothing special. Worth a try, but definately a couple of steps below my ideal IPA. Won't try again.

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Photo of TinusTime
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden colour. Not as light as a lager, but not to many shades off. Decent head, but dissapates rather quickly. Aroma is a bit malty and also metallic. Not much of a nose to speak of. Taste is the down fall of this brew. Starts of malty with a bit of fruity ale notes. Then it turns acrid. The taste is mainly in and on the sides of the tongue. Its like sticking a battery on the edge of your tongue. After a couple of burps I figured out it tastes like eating grapefruit after drinking milk. Unfortunately the taste lingers as well. Prickly carbonation also exaserbates the situation. Mouthfeel is average, but the aftertaste wont go away. Drinkability is low this almost reminds me of an adjunct lager in its metallic acrid aftertaste. Legend seems to be hit or miss on most of their beers. I have enjoyed the Brown Ale, but this and the Chocolate porter were below average

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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 nickss
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden color eith a large 2" foamy head... nice.

Nearly no aroma... where are the hops?! Actually, a light malt presence. Odd and very boring.

Light citrus hop flavour... a little bitter.... not as much malt as in the nose. Interesting, but still pretty boring.

The mouthfeel, while low on carbonation, is hurt by being too light and not having as much in the hop department as I would want from an IPA. There is none of the usual tongue puckering sensation I expect from IPAs.

This brew is drinkable, but for me, not enjoyable.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.89/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.91/5  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.

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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 ctjoumas
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
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 FenwaySquid
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pt 6 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color. The head dissipated rather quickly into a fine lace.

Aroma: Acidy, all hops.

Taste: Again, hoppy, not special, really

Overall: All around average brew. Nothing remarkable to speak of. Definitely a step down from their brown ale.

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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 Hoplomachus
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six-pack of bottles while in Richmond, VA yesterday. Hoping it would hoppy like Legend's "Hopfest."

Appearance: Nice light golden color, not very deep but the beer is not heavy.

Smell: This is called an "IPA" but there is hardly any of the characteristic hoppy aroma that I expected. The smell is sweet and not unpleasant but nothing stands out.

Taste: Taste, like smell, is missing the bitterness and interesting flavors that hops should bring. If the bottle did not say "IPA" I would have thought this was a regular Pale Ale or a Pale lager.

Mouthfeel: Clean, refreshing. It is not a thick beer and does not coat the mouth.

Overall: I was hoping for something closer to Legend's "Hopfest" but this beer failed to deliver the hops. That said, this is not a bad beer, it's just not what I would consider an IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear golden brew. Head lasts very nicely, with adequate lacing. Aroma is fruity hops. Taste is slight pale malt upfront, with tangy citrus fruit juice dominating, bitterness coming in for the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are limited by the tartness, just overpowers what may or may not have become pleasing hops character. I will note that the alcohol (7%abv) is well hidden.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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 engagechad
3.23/5  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.

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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
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