Golden IPA | Legend Brewing Co.

Golden IPAGolden IPA
151 Ratings
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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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of JWing
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jtd1969
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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 ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.81/5  rDev -46.1%
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 SlaughteredWolf
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of hmph
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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 bbclegend
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of phiberoptik
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -9.2%
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 -33.3%
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 -8.3%
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 -0.9%
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 mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Hallce2
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Wmbolling
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of dbmernin83
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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 Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +19%
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 Crazyale
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Golden IPA from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 151 ratings
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