Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.
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2.88/5 rDev -24%
Presentation: Twelve-ounce serving lovingly poured into a plastic cup.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear, deep red with a minimal off-white head. Almost no lacing to be seen. Like the porter I had, Im not going to mark this too harshly due to the lack of actual glassware.
Smell: Citrusy and floral hops. Grassy. Yeah, thats a boatload of grapefruit. Not remarkable, but not offensive. OK.
Taste: Did I say grapefruit? Grapefruit is the strongest note here, and this baby milks it for all its worth. But its not all that pleasant. Grapefruit would be all well and good, but this is more like biting into a nice, overripe ruby red grapefruit rind. I know theres more here, but its tough to grasp other flavors through the rind. Caramel? Pine, perhaps? Its tough to get more than a glimpse. Of course, the alcohol is somewhat easier to notice.
Mouthfeel: Ive rarely had a beer that I would call soapy. This is one of them. Its not especially bad in of itself, but Im not impressed.
Drinkability: Moderate drinkability. This brew suffers from the overpowering grapefruit rind flavor which gets increasingly unpleasant as its drunk. Could be worse, but could be much better.
Notes: Ive been told up and down not to be misled by the name of this brew. Im a closet hophead and when I read hopfest, my expectations are that much higher. Perhaps in the context of Legends I am not shocked that the beer did not quite live up to its name, but I really think they should have called it something else. Ive had very few beers that I thought were deserving of haughty and self-congratulatory names like hop heaven and hopfest. Legends hopfest is no different.
02-27-2006 12:26:23 | More by RealityDeviant
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
02-16-2007 16:46:44 | More by roughsax
3.14/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
07-18-2013 00:53:13 | More by GeoJ
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
05-25-2013 02:16:39 | More by Rifugium
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours amber with off-white head. Chunk yeast sediment floats around --- a bit odd for style. Faint smell of hops and a touch of yeast.
Very much in the style of an English IPA. Nice hop presence of citrus peel and a touch o' pine. Malty, bready backbone to hold the hops in place. Reasonably balanced and dry finish.
Nothing special but worth the try if you have access. I would be interested in trying this on tap at their Brewpub, and perchance will do so in the near future.
Would pair nicely with a cheddar soup and crusty bread.
12-07-2008 21:53:05 | More by Zraly
3.33/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
01-28-2003 06:55:48 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Into a pint glass, pours a nice shade of crimson amber, with a lovely fluffy off-white head, leaving a nice cushion after settling, and tons of lacing trailing behind. The aroma smells aggressively hopped, lots of citrus and pine hops. The taste comes off even more angry than the nose, a bit too much, just too much bite and not enough balance. Sure is aptly named. The mouth is fine, easy enough to drink. I'd say, dial the hopper back a few notches, and this would be a nice brew.
10-30-2008 02:49:45 | More by objectivemonkey
Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.