Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-28-2003

Legend Hopfest begins with a sturdy barley malt background including Munich and aromatic malts, as well as a few medium kilned malts producing a rich , deep orange colored beer. Step two, the hops; Hopfest sports a distinct pine/fruit aroma. Expect an intensely flavored brew, with hop flavor lasting throughout. There is a toasty, earthy background, adding a rich, malty dimension to the long finish. The end result is a full flavored IPA with a strong malt backbone and long satisfying hop finish.
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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 75
Photo of ctjoumas
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More of the ipa I expected after trying legends golden ipa. A bit of citrus comes through in the nose and the taste mirrors that up front and at the back. Also a pleasant aftertaste of citrus which gives way to a welcomed hit of bitter hops. Definitely would look for this one again.

Photo of leantom
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at the Legend restaurant. Here goes:

A: Very nice, actually. Pours a clear orange with a nice, fluffy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Very well done in appearance.

S: Very good, but not perfect. Cascade and chinook hops predominate, and these give off the presences of lemon, orange, grapefruit and pine (the latter two of these smells dominate). Has a mild amber malt aroma as well, but this is less apparent, as the hops dominate.

T: Delicious, but not perfect. Amber malt succeeded by a strong hop backbone. The lemon is rather muted, but the pine and grapefruit are staggeringly apparent. If you like West Coast IPA's, then this beer is right up your alley. Would've liked to see more balance between the hops and the malt, but perhaps this isn't what the brewers were going for.

M: Excellent. Ample thickness with lots of carbonation.

O: A very good representation of the American IPA style. Will have again (probably next week).

Photo of obywan59
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Poseidon's Pantry Gourmet Grocery and Deli on Chincoteague Island, VA.

Pours an almost clear deep orange with a 2 1/2 finger off white head that becomes chunky as it recedes and leaves some decent lacing.

Fair amount of sweet malt in the aroma balanced by fruity/piney hops. Over ripe citrus and malt syrup.

Not as sweet as the nose, but still the malt shows through. Grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, bitter grapefruit peel.

Medium-plus in body. Light carbonation, light syrup, and slightly warming.

A pretty good beer. Satisfying and an easy drinker. Well rounded. I would try this again.

Photo of ash111
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Legends in Richmond. Poured a slightly hazy copper with a one-finger head. Delicious smell- bright, piney, fruity. I was impressed by the flavor, one of the better IPAs I've had recently. Taste followed the smell, but there was a little less bitterness than I expected given the aroma (maybe this has to do with including some Simcoe hops?). Either way, I will definitely be seeking this beer out again.

Photo of GeoJ
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First try of Legend's Hopfest.

I'm a Richmond guy, and fully support Legend (Loves me some Legend Brown!) and all other local breweries, but I'm not gonna pull any punches, here.

Lately all of Legend's offerings are tasting the same to me. AND getting really misleading with the names they are giving their brews.

I did not find "Hopfest" to be a hop fest at all. It was a VERY strong malt front end with some decent hop feel on the back end. The warmer it got, the more pronounced the malt.

Not a bad brew by any means - Just not what you would expect from the name. Strangely enough, it reminded me of a couple of their "IPA" offerings. To the point of me thinking it's just the same beer with a different label.

Would not buy again, and I'm starting to think Legend is coasting on their local rep.

Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice crystal amber color, with a hint of copper red and a good middle column of rising carbonation. Head is a creamy whipped up white, only growing two fingers tall, and settling to a foamy one finger sized puck. Minimal lacing.

Nose smells a good mix of biscuity malt and herbal like tea on the hop front. A little bit of a toasty brown sugar, and a sense of English bitter like fruity esters. Kind of odd to style, but inviting

Palate hits with a good mix of pine hinting bitterness in the mid palate. Finishes clean with moderate carbonation and a nice biscuity chewy malt backbone. A bit fleeting though in the sweetness, with the malts dominating the first sip, but with some good hop pine lingering quite a bit. Pretty solid mouthfeel with coating flavor all throughout and a almost juicy feel.

Overall not bad for what it is.

Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color covered with a thin, creamy looking head. Aromatic fruit and pine over a sticky, bready malt base. Nicely balanced flavor, obviously well-hopped, but backed by a sturdy toasted caramel malt profile. Pine sap, citrus oils, tea, and floral notes. Bitter and surprisingly chewy...dry enough to warrant rapid consumption. Quite the tasty East Coast pale ale.

Photo of Rifugium
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Legend

Clear copper pour with a small, wispy, white head; nothing really to mention as far as retention and lacing goes. Muted yet decent aroma of citrus/pine hops and caramel malts. Sweet caramel malt base came through first in the taste, with some citrus and pine hops coming in mid-palate, a lasting bitterness finishing off. Light-medium body. Okay, but nothing special. Still one of the better brews Legend had to offer, and that's not saying much.

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear brass color with a minimal head that is gone pretty quickly.Sharp citric hops over top of a big sweet caramel base,a tinge of sweet alcohol is there as well.Citric fruity hops really hit nicely at the onset then flavors meld into a caramel/biscuit maltiness that holds up pretty well to the hops and lingers.A very flavorful APA,it's big but doesn't really feel it much,pretty damn good.

Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark orange with a thin, white lacing of head

S - faint bready malt, some sweetness, mild resiny hops

T - bready malt, faint birthday cake sweetness, caramel, piny bitterness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid APA. I'm impressed that it's 7.30% as an APA. It has a nice malt character with a balanced hop presence. If the malt character was bit more forward (because I'm a sucker for that birthday cake sweetness) I would be really impressed. As it stands, this is a good APA that is probably worth a try.

Photo of TechTriumph
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/03/12:
18th Anniversary Bottle; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Half an inch of off-white creamy head that lasts a minute or so; Dark copper in color with a semi-hazy appearance; There's just a small amount of floating sediment within the glass; Decent amount of lacing left behind

S - Nice dose of pine and citrus hops with an almost equal presence of sweet caramel and toasty malts; Detect a bit of a melon fruit quality too

T - Quite a bit of pine here as well with some accompanying citrus; Even with the generous showing of hops, the taste is pretty balanced with plenty of toasty, biscuity, and some sweet caramel flavors - much like the nose; Mild shot of bitterness hits up front and slowly fades throughout the taste; Finish tastes a bit leafy/earthy

M - Carbonation feels a tad below moderate, but still zesty; Just over medium bodied; Leaves a light oily coat on the tongue; Pretty smooth going down

O - I thought this brew was pretty easy to drink and quite enjoyable, even with the carbonation feeling a bit on the low side. As the name suggests, there is a good amount of hoppy flavor here, while still maintaining a nice balance with sweet, toasty, and bready malts. I could certainly go for this Legend offering again as it's one of their better creations that I've tried thus far.

Photo of C20Percent
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a barely clear copper-red-amber with a huge head of light-tan-amber foam on top. Nice bubble action in the body -- especially fo a tulip glass, which in my experience gets less bubbles than a pint glass. Nice complexity in the body -- hold it up to the natural light and it's amber. Take it away and it's a rich dark gold. This is actually really good.

S: It's called Hopfest for a reason -- you do smell hops. Some pine. Some faint citrus. Medicine. Some fruity notes. All of this is very subtle. There's some complexity, but I'm not sure it's a great balance. Just better than average I'd say.

T: Kind of a hop-forward brew, but a bit one note. You catch some of the malt -- like a sour malt actually. The finish is a little bitter, more dry, though. I think the thing to remember, though, is this is an APA not an IPA, and for a APA this is definitely better than average.

M: Right off the bat the beer is a bit vicious -- cut the tongue a bit. Quite surprised by that -- a bit of a turn off. But, we're talking about a light to medium body beer, with really nice carbonation (extra kudos there). The carbonation gives it a velvety feel, which is nice. Not really any chewiness to it. This is kind of your average feel with a superb carbonation.

O: Not a bad brew. I've had a few Legend offerings, and I think I've liked the others better than this. But, this is a nice price for a bomber. And, it's local. Nice hops too it. Nice carbonation. Nice look. Unfortunately, the beer is a bit one note and it's cuts a little too much.

Photo of dball
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flower is present in this beer and it seals the deal. Today is 2/27/12. Picked up a 22oz at $4.5 and I think this is a very fresh batch. I drank it following a Starr Hill Double Platinum and I didn't even review that because it wasn't very worthy, particularly in comparison to this beer. The flowers are so present in the aroma and the beer is finely balanced and very tastey. Give it a try.

Photo of Crazyale
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Hoegaarden glass. No bottling date visible.

A: Amber colored and nearly crystal clear. A nice two finger head.

S: Bright citrusy hops, with orange and faint grapefruit detectable. Definitely more on the citrus side than the pine side. The aroma really pops out of the glass nicely.

T: Bitter hops, with grapefruit rind up front with a dry finish. This is full of bold flavor, although it's not exactly complex. The alcohol is detectable, but is subtle. I'd like a little sweetness to go along with the hops, but this is not out of balance for the style.

M: Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and the beer is lightly carbonated.

This is the second one of these I've had, and I'll be buying more. My only gripe is the lack of a bottling date. Even here in Richmond these bottles can sit on the shelves for a while.

Photo of teromous
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a dark copper color with a thin slightly off-white head with nice creamy lacing. The beer is clear enough to read through, but has light sediment.

S: This thing gives off scent that can be smelled at about arms length. It has a very HUGE citrus hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and some light spruce.

T: The flavor is a bit lighter than the scent would lead on. It has a nice mellow hop bitterness. I get the same grapefruit flavor, and some faint malt grains. It's pretty well balanced.

M: It is a clean beer. There is light bitterness, but no harsh aftertaste. It is medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Overall I think it's a nicely well balanced, solid pale ale. I would drink it again and would recommend it. It's not insanely strong on the hops, but it has that extra punch to it.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours clear copper with off white head.

The aroma has spicy hops, some caramel malts and a touch of butterscotch.

The taste offers up similar notes with equal strength levels of spicy bitter hops, caramel malts and sweet maltiness.

Seems like it may have been on the shelf for a bit.

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a dark amber color with a frothy and full head to it. The head lasted pretty well into drinking it, and left a bit of lacing as well.

The aroma shows a pretty nice citrus, grapefruit like hoppiness with some herbal and grassy notes as well. I get some sweeter, malty flavors with a touch of caramel to it.

The taste shows a bit more of the malty, sweet, caramel flavors with a bit of a candied fruit flavor to it as well. The hops have a brighter, juicy, citrus flavor at first and later fade into a more bitter, herbal finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer for the style. It showcased both the sweet malt and juicy hops pretty well. I liked the hoppiness in it even more then their IPA. Solid beer overall and one of the better ones I've had from Legend.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very bright copper color with a thick foamy head resembling sea foam. Not much lacing, less than expected for sure.

S: Great nose of citrus hops with tangerines and maybe peach. A good punch of herbalness too.

T: Huge grapefruit upfront then oranges, tangerines. Smooths into bitterness before a very noticeable malt character comes out. The malt is sweet and has grainy notes. Finishes with a slap of hop bitterness and resiney pine.

M: Medium and on the syrupy side.

O: Really a great brew. Made me think of Nugget Nectar in some ways. Terrific aroma and flavor of juicy hops.

Photo of chiliboy98
4.87/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an amazing tribute to hops. Legend releases this annual masterpiece in late winter early spring, and its coppery color and effervescent mouthfeel are impressive enough without the amazing, exceptional, otherworldy hop aroma and taste that Hopfest provides. This beer is so good you want to share it with your friends, except then you will have less of it for yourself. The only remedy: Buy more of it! Strongly recommend this beer for any in the Richmond area from mid February to late April. It is excellent.

Photo of danmouer
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The BA header describes this as an American Pale Ale....hmmmm. To my taste this should have been classed as an American IPA, at 7+% ABV and and pretty fat IBU profile...

This sample poured from a 22 oz bottle into a chalice-type glass, pushing up a lovely ivory-colored head of foam that settled into a permanent crown of luscious bubble. A swirl yielded not lace, but a fine, creamy crown.

The aroma is lovely! Fruit and caramel and piney resin all mingled nicely. Not delicate, but not overpowering...just rich and full and promising.

The appearance is deep amber, opalescent. Really very nice.

This beer gores down easily...maybe too easily. It is very well balanced for such a hoppy beer. Noting is out of sync or out of whack here. It's just delicious, juicy, sweet and clean with a very nicely restraint hop hit that lasts for minutes after swallowing...but without puckering you up against the next swig.

My first taste of Legend Hopfest was served from a firkin that had been tapped two days earlier. It was just what it should be: warm, flat, and wonderful...redolent with fresh juicy hop flavors and aromas. I really wantd to take that firkin' firken home!

Good beer, Guys. I am so happy to have Legend as my neighborhood pub!

Photo of paulginva
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from a tap into a pint glass, by the time this beer reached my table, it had a 1" off-white foamy head with good head lacing that dissipated slowly. Body was a clear deep amber with light copper highlights and lively carbonation that just kept coming.

AROMA: There was a light smell of toasty malt with caramel overtones along with a moderate aroma of citrus, floral, pine, a light hint of grass and light hints of bubble gum and fruit.

TASTE: Taste was a nice blend of piney, grassy hops with a nice malt backbone.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium-bodied beer had a smooth body and a lively carbonation. Flavor was slightly bitter initially, building to a moderately bitter, slightly dry finish with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a tasty, easy to drink brew that I'll definitely have and serve again.

Photo of ramseye4
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah Legend, a Richmond staple. It seems fitting to drink this considering the success of both U of R and VCU in the tournament. Poured frm a 22oz bomber.

A=Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a whopper of a three finger cloudy head. Great looking beer. Gobs of lacing as well.
S=Lots of grainy malts and substantial hops, with a very grassy smell overall.
T=Very grassy with lots of earthy malt and a fairly strong hop presence in the aftertaste with some faint roasted malt in the finish. Good, but not quite fitting the name of the beer.
M=Sweet and sticky, medium to full body
O=Similar to their Pale Ale, with just a bit stronger malt presence. Name is very misleading, but it is still a pretty good beer.

Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber. say's it's a 17th anniversary celebration, but on this site it is listed as a rotational release? hmm.

A: deep deep copper/amber hue. typical looking APA head consisting of a tan colored body of loose bubbles. some particulate matter floating around (probably some dry hops lingerers). fine carbonation bubbles.

S: pretty moderate malt character. bready, biscuity, sweet. an obvious citrus hop character as well. the sweetness and bitterness really work well together to make for a rich nose.

T: just like in the nose, the malt character is fairly significant. i would say the hop flavor is more on the moderate than high side. slightly dry finish, with a decent amount of bitterness that lingers on.

M: carbonation is a bit on the soft side for a solid medium body. pretty smooth tasting beer.

D: overall a pretty good beer. my only real complaint is in the name hopfest. i was expecting more of an in-your-face hop character, rather than a hoppy amber.

Photo of engagechad
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a 22oz from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into dfh snifter

Pours with great carb, a deep ruby amber in color and massive head.
Smells very interesting, not a typical PA or IPA on the nose. Must be some hop aroma that is foreign to my ole factory or something. It's a big hop aroma with mostly orange peel and other citrus notes while also having some earth character to it like two hearted.
Tastes good, bitter while maintaining good balance but a little astringent on the finish.

Overall it's a good beer, interesting show piece and special occasion brew to share as it's not too specialized in it's taste, therefore it would be enjoyable to share with someone who may or may not be into big beers.

Photo of chilly460
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a medium copper with light tan head, off the cask at the brewery. Great color.

S - Huge citrus hops, mostly grapefruit with some orange. Strong sweet malty background, brown sugar, caramel, fresh bread.

T - As the aroma promises, it's a nice floral and citrus hit on the frontend. Big grapefruit flavors, some pine resin as well. Gives way to a very balanced, sweet caramel malt flavor I like this one quite a bit.

M - I drank this from cask so low carbonation, but nice thickness and plenty chewy.

D - Very drinkable for a big IPA (or APA, whatever they want to call it). Balance of this one makes it dangerous, I could see hammering out a 4hr drinking session with these...no problem.

I usually don't chime in beyond the base review, but have to say this is one outstanding "undiscovered" beer outside Richmond. only thing holding me back from giving an A+ is that it is a tiny bit behind Nugget Nectar.

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Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.