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Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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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 Zraly
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.

Zraly, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
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.

objectivemonkey, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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 Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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 HopDerek
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this.

Pours a clear deep red with amber highlights, big foamy eggshell colored head which produces good retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of pine, grass, caramel, brown sugar, and citrus fruits. Tastes of candied grapefruit, caramel, malt, cut grass, with a little spicy hop finish. Medium in body with good carbonation, seems a little off in balance with a very tame hop presence. Still, good flavor and very drinkable.

HopDerek, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of edmedina
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.

edmedina, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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 Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +9%

A: This beer looks great a head that billows then dies to 1/8" with a dark amber color for the body. very awesome

S: somewhat piney with a slight citrus

T: ok this beer will not bowl you over however i have become very smitten with the taste it has that slight piney citrus type hop taste. from their own website they say they introduce most of the hops later to avoid bitterness. that seems evident, since the taste is less bitter and more aromatic

a quality brew from what was my most local brewery for the longest time. i love it

Redwood21, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

asabreed, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

A: dark amber with huge long lasting head.
S:citrus and hops
T/m: citrus and bitter hops and ripe grapefruit. As it warms the beer becomes more balanced and the caramel malt cleans up the taste.
D: very easy drinking well balanced beer. Reccomended.

dsigmon, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark amber coloration which produced a massive head of cloudy froth. Both lacing and retention were good.

S - Sweet aroma of apricots and grapefruit, with a nice mild hop tinge behind it. Very enticing.

T - Citrusy body that is balanced and smooth. A wash of hop flavor, mostly pine, shines through in the middle of the body, providing a nice amount of bitterness. Then abrubtly it disappears with a crisp, clean finish. All in all not too complex.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation level, nice oily feel.

D - Pretty tasty brew overall, not too potent or complex, but good none the less. If you can find it I'd say definitely pick one up.

PhageLab, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

boston2bburg, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 timtim
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

2008 edition... reddish orangeish amberish, with a big, off white head that holds very well and leaves nice lace. very nice to look at. nose isn't overpowering, and is mostly hops (of course) with a faint malt backbone. taste is the same pretty much. not as balanced as hoped for in an apa (even ipa for that matter), but delicious and great for filling that hop jones. nice medium body. very alive and fresh with a nice, long finish. i could go for several pints. hopefully i'll make it down there for a few soon.

timtim, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
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.

bitterthebetter, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

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

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle, no dating on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy deep amber color, small carbonation rising through the center. The head formed a thick and creamy 2-3 fingers and stuck around.

Aroma: Piney and floral hops.

Taste: Sweet malts in the background, a well balanced hoppiness starts out subtle and gets strounger throughout, dominating the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, the carbonation was in good balance as well.

Overall: An excellent American Pale Ale. The following was proclaimed on the label: "An aggressively hoppy, partially unfiltered celebratory ale in honor of thirteen years of great brewing" Cheers to that!

FenwaySquid, May 14, 2007
Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A= Pours Dark Amber into a 10oz Pint Glass, with a thick fluffy head that takes quite a while to dissipate.

S=Hops, Hops, and more Hops! I was pleasantly surprised; this beer has quite a floral and hoppy nose. I think this is more of an IPA than an APA.

T=Good Hop bitterness, well balanced, not quite as hoppy as the initial nose might suggest.

M=Medium, from the color, initial appearance, and smell, this might seem heavier but it is quite quaffable.

D=This hides its alcohol well; it has a good hop flavor, but does not leave a lingering taste in your mouth. There is a hop tang on the back and sides of your tongue; this fades as it works its way down your throat.

L4t3rg4t3r, May 05, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Enola, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of atsprings
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.

atsprings, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
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.

wcudwight, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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…

arguemaniac, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Braudog
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. It’s 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 I’ve found from among our Virginia brewers. Good job! (#2738, 3/7/2007)

Braudog, Mar 08, 2007
Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.