Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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85
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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
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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 boston2bburg
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I renewed my love of hops this Valentine's Day with a 22 ounce bomber of Hopfest Ale. Poured vigorously into a snifter. Three fingers of foamy, beige head slowly tapers off to a clump, not quite covering the glass, and leaving slight lacing. Color is a deep dark orange.

Scent is soft and seductive, sensual even. Seriously...piney hops are combined with an overwhelming cherry aroma. Very sweet, thick, pleasant smell. It took me 5 minutes to even taste the beer.

With an aroma so strong, I was imagining a flavor akin to a Double Simcoe IPA, but am soon reminded that this is truly a pale ale. To that end, it tastes about right. But at 7.3%, I was hoping for a little more body. It certainly doesn't taste as strong as it is, making drinkability not an issue, like an Oktoberfest IPA. Brilliant!

Some grapefruit on the tongue and faint residual caramel flavors but mostly raw bitterness. Thin mouthfeel, true to a pale ale but if this beer tasted like it smelled it'd be a beauty.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshly acquired from Bleedingshrimp...new to the trading scene but excellent right from the start.
A clear but carbonated mahogany color with two full fingers of aerated off-white head...a third of it disappears to produce some thin, web-like lacing...the rest holds strong for most of the snifter.
Gentle whiffs of carmelized malt, sweet butter, cotton candy and some carbonation.
The taste is very nice...plenty of hops up front and in the finish to justify the name and a generous amount of malt to sweeten it up and balance it out.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin and again, the carbonation is a bit high for me...regardless, goes down quite easy. Could be a bit cleaner in the finish...the malt flavor sticks around a bit too long IMO.
Another nice offering from Legend...I like their bomber line very much.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was suggested to us by our waitress at the Capital Ale House in Richmond. I was somewhat hesitant to try it, given my bad experience with another Legend product (the Lager).

Appearance: Clear, deep red appearance. Minimal off-white head that just barely stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A different mixture of grassy, citrusy, "earthen" hops.

Taste: An interesting flavor with this IPA. There was a malty-smoky flavor that was distinctly present along with the crispness of the hops. Surprising, given the name of this beer.

Mouthfeel: The combination of the hop bitterness and the creamy smoothness of the malt made for an above-average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Certainly leaps and bounds better than the disappointing Legend Lager I had, this pale ale was smooth and didn't have much of an aftertaste or residual bitterness.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice golden color with some amber in it depending on the light. Very nice lacing and huge head that billows throughout the sipping.

Smell: One of the seemingly freshest hop aromas I've had the pleasure to take in. I don't smoke a lot of pot, the aroma is very much like fresh and top quality marijuana, before smoked of course. Still, there doesn't seem to be as much complexity as I'd like, as there's a leafy, oily, and pungent aroma of citrus and pine, but it could be a lot more amazing I think, more nuanced, more wild.

Taste: Is this really 7.3%? Crazy. I don't taste alcohol at all, and if someone told me this was 4% I wouldn't be surprised. I originally thought this was an IPA, but it does taste more like an APA, which it is. A nice balance of malt and hops, with the oilyness of the hops taking over a bit, letting the finish hit semi-dry with nice bitterness and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a nice fullness and good carbonation.

Drinkability: Once this warmed to room temperature it mellowed out and let the flavors come through a bit more, so I wouldn't suggest drinking it right out of the fridge. Another Legend brew, though, that I enjoy, and would purchase again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16th anniversary edition, 7% ABV noted on label. Boy, some of these once rookie/newjack craft brewers are starting to get long in the tooth all of a sudden. Great! Happy birthday, Legend.

Pours a half-inch of cream froth, sitting on top of a rusty brown with orange leanings. Remarkable clarity too.

Breezy, super-clean citrus-/rind-like hops in the aroma. Fruity with a clean toffee background. Not tons of depth, but what's in the nose is quite nice.

Once again I'm thinking how clean this is with the first sips, and all the ones thereafter. Potent, bright, fruit-leaning hops have a nice prickly bite, with a cinnamon edge cutting in. Malts are certainly second fiddle here, although there's a mild biscuit-y breadiness acting as a base deep down there. Grassy, nearly astringent bitterness lingers in the finish, as does a sharper dessert-y spice character. This is probably best classified as an IPA, but who cares what it's called. It's just very, very good.

Mouth is appropriately carbonated for the flavor profile; a balancing act between gentleness and sharpness, crisp with a nice stickiness that underscores the grassy bitterness of the finish.

Pretty sure this is quite fresh; sure tastes brand-new anyway. It's priced well, it's local, it's in my favorite bottle size (bomber), it's not too insane to drink often, hop- or ABV-wise. "Exceptional" drinkability indeed, and my favorite Legend beer so far.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this could be a pale as it is citrus or an English style IPA. Cloudy orange with substantial white head and a nose of orange-tangerine. Easy drinking under-control hoppy with a mix of hops and a caramel backbone. Showpiece pale, or English IPA.

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 dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomb, thanks bort

appearance: poured into a tyranena pint...dark caramel body, thin beige lace, predominately clear

smell: caramel, earthy malts, toasted grain...yeah theres hops too but not any sort of fest's worth

taste: hmm - no festival of hops here either. woody, earthy, caramel, toasted grain, heavy malts, mild hoppy aftertaste. Dear Bart - how long you been holding onto this bottle? certainly drinkable but misleading

mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, light hoppy linger

drinkability: just dandy

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear dark amber with a huge 3+ fingers of off-white head. Retains beautifully into a layer of 1/2 finger creamy foam that sticks around through the whole glass and leaves huge, sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is pungent, pine, grass, spicy, floral hops, citrus notes, and some light malt tones behind it.

The taste is a big piney hop bite up front, followed by notes of spice and citrus flavors. This is balanced out by a moderate sized backbone of roasted caramel malts. The mouthfeel has a light medium (I thought that it would be a little bigger considering the ABV) body with a smooth, easy feel and just the tiniest touch of heat in it.

Truely a beer worthy of Legend's 14th Anniversary. This is one tasty and very easy drinking (especially at 7.3%) DIPA.

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

Poured from a bomber tall glass mug. The liquid is a dark brown red, yet clear, save for the huge carbonation. the head is a tan 2 fingers with a rocky surface and some lace.

The smell is big fresh and citrus fruity, just an awesome combo and amount of hops here.

The taste is a great citrus APA with a great thick malty back bone. Pepper notes are quite welcome.

The mouthfeel is very good nice big sticky body and very satisfying carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, I will be looking for more and I highly recommend this for a try. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Photo of avylover
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden color, with some yeast floating around in the bottom of my glass. Huge white head that lingers nicely. Aroma is very hoppy & citrousy, being heavy on the grapefruits. taste is fruity, hoppy & refreshing. Grapefruity mango type hop profile, making this one tasty beer for any hophead. There is a decent malt backbone here too along with some alcohol flavors. The finish is good & bitter. This sure tasted like an IPA to me, if not a double. The only complaint here is the slight soapy taste that I have noticed in most homebrew and brewpub IPA's. If you like hops, pick this one up...

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 CpnYates
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really, really enjoy this beer. It's one of the beers i seek out each and every year- often on trips to Richmond.

Anyhow, 16th edition, 7% abv. Agree that this should probably be listed as an IPA. It's a really really darker shade for an american IPA almost nut-brownish in color. The smell is more traditional IPA with a lot of citrus, but also a dominant malt/ sugar/ biscuit background.

The taste follows much of the smell, it's what you expect, but very balanced. My only beef is in the mouth fell, a little to sticky sweet for my liking.

But man I could sit around and drink a few of these for sure. Hope it gets into some sixers.

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 wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright ruby/amber color with a massive 3 finger head that holds it's shape and last longer than the beer. Sticky spiderweb lacing covers the glass.
Very floral and caramel in the aroma. Actually makes a nice combination.
This is one of those woderful beers that doesn't overwhelm you with hop bitterness, but still is loaded in hop flavors. Earthy, citrus hops. Pinapple. Huge caramel malt backbone makes this beer wonderfully balanced.
Mouthfeel is light to medium which makes the beer more drinkable IMHO.
APA or IPA? I don't know which style it tends to more. What's important is that it's a very flavorful beer that is easy to session.

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

a: gorgeous maple syrup colored beer coated in a thick layer of khaki carbonation, good retention

s: aromatic biscuit and toasty munich malt backbone with a primarily leafy citrus and pine hop aroma, secondary hop aromas of tropical fruits, lots of character, big hop presence but not without appropriate malt support

m: medium bodied beer with a medium-full, lively carbonation

t: biscuity, toasty malt base with a big dose of earthy citrus and pine hops, grain husks, hop tea, largely on the dry side with a fully hop-skewed balance, big crisp bitterness in the clean finish

d: a bomber with ease, a very nice beer, fortunately lacks the diacetyl or butter that seems common in Legend beers

bomber from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

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 arguemaniac
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange-brown with a brief creamy tan head. Nothing but hop spice in the aroma. The palate has definitely got a ton of citrusy hop bitterness and flavor, but it’s very well balanced but a lot of bready malt sweetness. A touch of caramel in the otherwise hoppy finish.

This one offers a lot more balance than many other hoppy pale ales: it’s certainly got an aggressive hop bitterness, but an above-average malt sweetness. Very rich yet still quite drinkable.

Highly recommended…

Photo of meathookjones
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 22oz bomber. Pours out a clear copper color with a tall off white rocky head peaking over the top of the glass. A decent sized head remained on the body for the duration of this beer and it left scattered clumps of lace as it was consumed. Smell was of light earthy hops mostly with a touch of citrus to it. The flavor started of with a prickly bitter citric hop bite that lead into earthy and piney notes. Some caramel malt in the middle helped to balance out the hops. Aftertaste was bitter and dry. Mouthfeel was medium with a clean crisp feel to it. Pretty good drinkability as well, I would have had more if I picked it up. A good beer and the best I have had from Legend.

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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Wine & Beer - Westpark, Richmond, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4 1/2" off-white head over the straw-hued brew (the inch of which I started with, anyways. Will take awhile to fill this glass, for sure. Head is long-lasting and super-dense, can literlly tip the cup almost over and it still takes awhile for the foam to start to tilt. Foamy lace bits left everywhere as the head retreats.

Aroma is of earthy, piney hops, with a touch of citrus. Taste is even hoppier than the nose portends, but not over the top, as some malt character is present. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. A nice example of an APA.

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

Much thanks to wcudwight for the bottle.

This beer is a darker orange than typical for a hoppy brew, brown almost. The head is thick and stays around a while. The smell is like pitch pine. This beer smells like kindling. The taste is good the hop profile is certainly not hidden but there is a slight medicine like taste which affects the score somewhat. The mouthfeel is sticky and the hop bitterness lingers. Drinkability is good. This beer does not seem to be higher in abv. Overall, A very hoppy beer with a huge hop profile, and although it lacks the sweetness in the hop profile I like, is mighty tasty.

Photo of roughsax
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Legend 02/14/07. Served in a pint glass.

A- Amber. No head, hardly any lacing. How can you pour this from the tap @ the brewery and not have a good head?

S- Grapefruit, piney/resiny. Not much malt profile.

T- Hops and more hops. Mirrors the smell. Could use more malt balance. Dry, bitter finish.

M- Fairly carbonated. Light-Medium bodied.

D- One was plenty for me. Needs more malt to balance out the hops. I compare this to Nugget Nectar. When I asked about the beer before ordering it (i've never had it before), I was simply told it's a really hoppy beer. I also inquired about the abv and was told 6 something. I have some issues with Legend's service at times, but that's for another review. I won't be seeking this out any time soon.

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.

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