Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +30.6%
In the past week or so I discovered this on tap at both Green Leafe and Taphouse-Ghent and brought home a bomber from Bon Vivant. Its a deep shiny red beer with a textbook rocky head ... the classic visual appeal for this genre. The aroma assaults your senses with a gigantic hop flourish, piney and citrusy. Once across the tongue, this lives up to the promise of a big, oily, resinous hop-bomb, earthy and woodsy. It has a nice smooth, silky mouthfeel. This is a great big IPA and the best I believe Ive found from among our Virginia brewers. Good job! (#2738, 3/7/2007)
03-08-2007 00:34:00 | More by Braudog
4.88/5 rDev +28.8%
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.
04-17-2011 18:52:59 | More by chiliboy98
4.45/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
04-17-2011 20:48:26 | More by legalpete19340
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
03-15-2010 22:41:24 | More by Metalmonk
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
02-27-2012 23:39:56 | More by dball
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
02-13-2011 18:48:53 | More by chilly460
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
22 oz. bomber with a plain label informing me it is also called 12th Anniversary Ale and is 6.5% ABV. The website tells me this year's batch is brewed with Munich and aromatic malts and Simcoe and Amarillo hops, with the focus not on hop bitterness, but more on hop flavor and aroma. I believe they succeeded. After I open, a head starts to build up in the bottle, but I pour before it overflows. It's a hazy copper/red with a good amount of carbonation and it has an inch of off-white head that leaves some lacing. At first it smells vinous, but it follows with perfumy, tropical hops, an earthy/woody character (I can't tell if it's from the hops or malts), and some toasty malts which become stronger halfway through. Lots of tropical hop flavors - mainly mango, pineapple, and ruby red grapefruit, with perhaps notes of orange and honeydew - along with pine sap and hop oils, perfume, the same earthy/woody character, and maybe buttery malts and tobacco. It has a decent bitterness but it's not too strong and it has a medium mouthfeel that is very smooth - almost creamy - and leaves a long finish. Quite good. As I drank I was thinking that it blurs the lines between an APA, an IPA, and an amber ale, as it has qualities of them all. I was thinking it's more like an IPA than anything as I've had so-called IPAs that couldn't come close to the hop flavors/aromas, and even bitterness in Hopfest 2006.
02-28-2006 08:27:34 | More by mmmbeer
4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
Purchased Feb. 5 at Patterson Express Market.
Poured into my Duvel Tulip showing a nice, fat white head that had medium retention
Smelled of grassy, piney hops
Tasted of hops right in your face, mellowing out to highlight a nice strong malt backbone. Much more balanced than last year. Delicious
Medium to full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. I had a hard time savoring it because i was drinking it so fast.
Drinkability is definitely high. If i wasn't so completely full after dinner and beer i could have put away another bomber of this, easily.
I'm not the biggest legend fan in town, but this one is a winner!
02-15-2009 14:47:28 | More by hchinaski
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
First let me say this, I was not expecting anything like what we have here. The first thing that jumped out at me was the aroma. The floral hop smell really comes out of this pour, which is very good. The pour is a clear amber color. You definitely get good head out of this one. At least 3 fingers if not more. I have it sitting right now in a pint glass and one thing I just noticed is the bubbles still going in there. If you have any of the new Sam Adams glasses it reminds me of what the glasses do there with the laster etching. The taste is very pleasant. It isn't too bitter yet not too sweet. Make no mistake the hops are there to be enjoyed. It doesn't leave too much of an after taste that I usually find with high hoppy beers. The alcohol volume doesn't make this much of a session beer but definitely one to be enjoyed. One thing to note, my bottle states it is the 14th Anniversary Edition I am not sure if this makes it any different from other years.
03-23-2008 03:15:27 | More by edmedina
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
03-23-2010 17:18:38 | More by CpnYates
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
The color is dark amber similar to a Barleywine, but a bit more golden and cloudy.
The aroma is full of hops, to me cascade showing lots of citrus.
The head is a rich white with carmel brown hues.
The taste is full of citrusy hops and intense bitterness. The hops last long after the sip and even bites about 30 seconds after swallowing the sip.
A festival of the hop persistent on the mouth and it is a glorious beer to savor and enjoy. Very reasonably priced for such a delightful beer.
09-17-2007 04:19:33 | More by bitterthebetter
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-11-2007 03:20:33 | More by wcudwight
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
I can never say I am surprised at the quality of a Legend beer any more. This one is another winner: how can you go wrong with "Legend" and "Hopfest" on the label? This is a high octane, highly drinkable and nicely balanced APA. Pours a perfectly clear amber color. There is a small white head with long lasting retention as a thin covering on the glass. Lacing is goodl.
Smell is as hoppy and potent as a good IPA or 2IPA.
Taste is excellent for an APA and better than average for an IPA. Strong hops bitterness up front...slowly softens to somewhat malty smoothness.
Mouthfeel is average/good richness and very crisp and smooth after the initial hops die down. Drinkability is great!!! I didn't see the 7.3% on the label but was surprised when I saw it here. This is something you could really start slamming before you learned otherwise.
A very good beer
03-06-2009 23:34:28 | More by JayQue
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
A- nice dark copper with a good sized head; not much lace, but a beautiful color
S- Wow! Big time sweet citrus aromas in the nose. Sugar-coated grapefruit with maybe some pineapple as well. I couldn't stop smelling this one.
T- More grapefruit with a touch of pine. Not much of a malt presence, maybe a little bit of a doughy taste in the finish, but the hops are delicious. Not quite up to the smell, but still quite good.
M- Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, average carbonation, goes down smooth.
D- Very drinkable, I would definitely have another.
This is a great pale ale with a big emphasis on hops, as the name would imply. I'll definitely have to get some more of this and go by the brewery to try it on tap.
03-13-2006 19:14:24 | More by vtfan77
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured a deep ruby amber with a thin head that diminished to a ring and left no lacing. The aroma was piney hops and caramel malts. The taste was a good balance of earthy pine hops and caramel malts. The beer was mostly light on the palate and the alcohol was well hidden. This is a decent beer, very enjoyable.
04-12-2007 16:05:04 | More by atsprings
4.24/5 rDev +11.9%
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).
07-27-2014 03:20:17 | More by leantom
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
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...
07-17-2004 19:04:21 | More by avylover
Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.