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: 149
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 HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 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 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 nofunyons
4.53/5  rDev +36.4%
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 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 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 RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, 7.6% on bottle.

a: nearly clear golden, two finger frothy white head from a fairly aggressive pour.

s: light floral hops, some sweet malts, a honey-like aroma, and not much else.

t: slightly bitter, a definite grassy hops flavor, a lingering bitterness along with a strong honey flavor as well. biscuity malts. much closer to a pale ale than a full-blown IPA, though maybe the English style they aim for encouraged this malt/hop ratio.

o: quite drinkable, enjoyable balance between malts and hops, though this sweetness has become somewhat cloying as I finish the beer.

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Photo of jtd1969
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a cask that had Citra hops

A - Dark Amber with lots of carbonation and lacing

S - Lots of Citra hops with some sweet bread

T - Bready with some citra hops, resembled an Amped up Pale ale to me...

M - medium bodied, good carbonated

O - Good beer, but more of a "big" pale ale to me! Worth a taste or two

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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 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 hmph
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip, lets see what's going on here Legend!

A - super clear,yellowish with a 1 finger white head, carbonation streaming up from the bottom

S - slight fruit, with some candy notes and a bit of a spicey smell as well

T - some initial sweetness on the taste followed by a slow development into a lingering bitterness again with a slight spice again following the smell

O - A good beer and a quality golden ipa. It comes in at a hefty 7% but is extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I got a 6 pack and more than happy to have a few more tonight.

Not bad Legend...not bad.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle brought from the brewery. Pours a clear golden hue with hints of amber in it. Pillowy, marshmallow cream head that leaves significant lacing as it dissipates.

Not a ton of aroma from this. Hints of candied tropical fruit and buttered Italian loaf bread.

Faint sweet grass hops. Significant malt character takes the stage over the hops. Finishes with some resiny hops and tongue coating bitterness.

Nice medium to full body with good tongue coating and smooth carbonation.

Despite 7% ABV this drinks like a session. Nothing too overbearing or profound. Middle of the road... nothing bad about it but nothing overly outstanding.

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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 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 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 brentk56
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with two sturdy inches of foam on top that leaves some dots and strands behind

Smell: More caramel malt than hops and what hops there are have a piney/minty edge

Taste: Opens with a fair amount of caramel malt flavor that is joined, in the middle, by pine and mint, as well as some diacetyl; hoppier, in the finish, though the caramel lingers throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Per the website, this is supposed to be an English IPA, though it tastes more like a hybrid to me; not too excited by the hop profile or the intrusion of the malt

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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 tlazaroff
3.23/5  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.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 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 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 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 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 mpyle
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
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