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Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  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.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

nmann08, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +5.5%

metter98, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a solid head that hangs around but doesn't leave much lacing behind

Smell: Pineapple, caramel and pine

Taste: Starts with a sweet bready malt and caramel flavor; after the swallow, the pineapple bitterness kicks in along with undertones of pine as well; the finish is just a tad too sweet, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced APA

brentk56, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.8%

ygtbsm94, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Fresh-smelling hop aroma of pine, citrus fruits, and flowers. Some toasted caramel in there as well.

Taste: Toasted caramel malts with a sugary sweetness. Resinous hoppiness with a followthrough of the notes from the aroma. Moderate bitterness. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No diacetyl? I'm stunned! Not bad, especially considering it's from Legend.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

oberon, May 13, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Rifugium
3.2/5  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.

Rifugium, May 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dbrauneis, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

ppoitras, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

smakawhat, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tdm168, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

billab914, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.5%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-bronze, light tan head, some retention and lace.

S: Mandarin oranges, metallic minerals, marmalade.

T: Orange, citrus-rind, apricot, slightly bready & tart with a good bitterness. Alcohol is VERY subtle. Well-rounded.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slight acidity.

D: An all-around good beer that's quite drinkable.

Derek, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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

dirtylou, May 07, 2009
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Rhettroactive, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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

blackie, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark amber with tan head. It smelled like copper hops and honey malt, with oranges and cream. It tasted like rusted copper with cultured yeast, and some oranges and honey. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a great smell, but the flavor didn't live up to it. It was a bit dirty tasting, but was still pretty easy to drink. It had decent body, but could have been a bit fuller. Good not great.

Pencible, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date available.

A: Very nice looking orange-copper with towering off-white rocky head and tons of clumpy lace

S: Grassy, citrus, and piney hops with crisp moderately sweet malty aromas

T: Great blend of grassy, piney hops and steadfast malty backbone to make this a really nice APA/IPA

M: Typical oily, slick with more carbonation than most IPAs

D: A really delicious well-crafted brew that goes down really easily and could be enjoyed any time of year. I think I liked this a little more from the bottle given the abilty to control service temperature, tending toward cellar temp.

argock, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear amber golden brown with and off-white and frothy head that lasted forever to coat the glass.

The aroma was strongly fruity and floral with a nice citrusy pineapple character coupled with some caramel.

The flavor was fruity and nicely bittered with a resinous and piney character along with caramel and pineapple flavors.

The finish was dry with a piney hop flavor lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely done. A nice beer, at the time I had a hard time deciding if this was an APA or an IPA. It could use a bit more complexity.

Pint at Legend.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Gatordaddy, May 01, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
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Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.