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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Photo of Zraly
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant gold color with a very billowy head. Smells of malt and bread.

Flavor is predominantly sweet and somewhat aggressive hops. However, after the initial taste, the flavor that lingers is a little weak, and what does linger is a bit on the astringent side. A bit o' pine with citrus undertones. Powerful, sugary-sweet malt notes.

Not overly impressive, but drinkable nonetheless. It might be worth trying again on tap. Would go with your standard pub fare.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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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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 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 tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear golden color with monstrous puffy White head. Smell is malty, with a bit of hops, but nothing over-powering. Taste is pleasurable but lacks the hoppiness I like in an IPA. Mouthfeel is slightly dry buth average at best. An easy to drink beer that hides the 7% well

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Photo of oelergud
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
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.


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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 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 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 byrd
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a great frothy white head that is rather sticky and very long lasting. The lacing is rather thick for quite some time but eventually transitions to a perpetual layer of thin froth that lasts until the last drop is drained from the glass. The color is a clear light golden amber. Loads of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom. The aroma is rather nice with light camel malt and grain notes noticeable along side the hops. Hop aroma doesn’t blow one way like some other American IPAs. Citrus hops are noticeable, but they are light and share the nose with the malt. The start is short and smooth with the caramel malts dominant. Prickly carbonation then comes in with the hops, but the malt never quite disappears. Citrus notes and grapefruit are noticeable. The hops are very prevalent, yet they are rather mild compared to a hopmonster. Not over the top, but enough to stand out above the malt. The finish is fairly very long lasting and the mouthfeel is a little on the light side of medium.

I first tried a couple pints of this brew on tap at a Richmond establishment and was pleasantly surprised. So I purchased a bottle to enjoy at home. I think this is a better brew then it has been given credit for so far. It’s certainly not the best IPA out there, but it’s a solid enjoyable brew that would make for a great session beer or intro to the style. It much more mild then the “big boys” yet it’s more assertive then some English IPAs that I’ve sampled. All in all, a good, well balanced, and very drinkable brew.

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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 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 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 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 Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legends shot at an IPA was fairly successful. Presented with a thin, beady head and some lace on top of a medium-golden colored body. Mildy hoppy aroma; doesn't overpower at all. Mouthfeel is well-rounded and fairly smooth. A mild hint of malt knocks on the door, but it's the hops that are let in. Nothing earth-shattering, but a pleasant, citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Prosit!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
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