Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked a bottle of this over the weekend with beerman207. Review is from notes taken on 3/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark coppery color and starts with a fair one finger, slightly off-white head with decent retention that fades slowly to a thin and uneven skim; body is very clear and shows very slow carbonation; loose spotty and oily lacing and residue slide around the sides of the glass and back into the drink.

Smell: Nice piney and sticky hops with a nice syrupy caramel sweet malty backing. I'm loving the smell - very potent and balanced, yet the bitter hops are allowed to dominate the nose and it just gives me a great idea of what's coming.

Taste: Really nice hops right up front and they are mostly piney and come in with a slight hint of bitter grapefruit and lemon peel; nice malt backing provides great support, but it still allows the bitterness to shine through; an excellent example of the APA style.

Mouthfeel: Nice, a little thick and definitely sticky from tons of hop resins leaving a nice firm, yet dry and cottony, coating on the roof of the mouth and inside the cheeks; belly is left a little warm; carbonation is nice and present, yet a little soft.

Drinkability: A great drink for the summer; nice bitterness that's refreshing; body sits a little heavy so I could probably get through a couple, but not much more. (1,396 characters)

Photo of CpnYates
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with short-lived white head. Aroma is slight and honeyish. The flavor, despite the name, mostly malty and sweet. Slight tea-like edge. Hops are floral with slight pine. A slow developing bitterness clings to the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Disappointing. (295 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with thin head. No retention. Lots of carbonation. Nice lacing.

Very floral nose. Slight piney note.

Hits very hoppy and piney. Slightly woody finish, with nice notes of cascade I think. A faint roast flavor appears in the finish as well. Slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Well worth a try. (299 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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 (511 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into SA glass.

A- Bright and clear with good carbonation and an off white head that held up well thru the sample.

S- The name says it. Good strong, but not overwhelming citrus and flowery smell.

T- This beer had a stronger malt backbone than I would have thought from the name. Not complaining, just surprised. This gave it the balance it need for the hop infusion.

M- Medium.

D- Very good beer that was more hoppy than I would thought for a beer that is listed as an APA. The malt base keeps it from becoming a one and done hopbomb. (546 characters)

Photo of jsp2
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle calls this an aggressively hoppy celebratory ale in honor of 15th anniversary. Pours a deep, dark amber with a thick head one would expect from a heavily hopped beer.

Smells of caramel mixed with orange juice with herbal notes. nicely done.

Intensely sweet on the attack, followed by a fruity ale flavor blended with grapefruit hops, then a bitter finish. Flavors are very pronounced but well balanced. They weren't kidding when they said aggressively hops. Bitterness tastes very high but there is enough malt to keep it from getting obnoxious. A bit high on the carbonation but good body.

This is a glorious brew that is just as bitter and hoppy as the best in it's category while remaining balanced. (719 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Rick's Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

Pours a perfectly clear copper color with two plus inches of creamy ivory head. Keeps a very solid, thick lace and leaves quite a bit of stick on the sides.

Smells of grassy, floral and citrusy hops, with a bit of caramel and a hint of toasted grain, as well. Decent, not terribly exciting.

I'm starting to think that the Pale Ale designation fits here, because this isn't as 'aggressively hoppy' as the label claims. It has a decent hoppiness, but certainly not on par with an IPA. There is some citrus and grassy hop flavor, but taste-wise it's more malt forward than I expected. Malt is primarily caramel and toasted grain. It has a slightly buttery quality to it, as well. There is a moderate level of hop bitterness in the finish, along with a bit of herbal hop flavor. It is well balanced, but I was hoping for a bit more in terms of hops. It has a very English pale or maybe IPA feel to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with good carbonation and nice balance.

This isn't bad, but for the label to claim 'aggressively hoppy' it doesn't quite match expectations. I might have scored it a notch higher had they not put that right on the label. Further, at 7% alcohol I want more hops, plain and simple. It is well balanced and nicely drinkable, however, and overall a pretty good brew. But this is the U.S., not Britain, and aggressively hoppy this is not. (1,427 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 (745 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (861 characters)

Photo of hchinaski
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (615 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (538 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (483 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -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. (815 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (459 characters)

Photo of edmedina
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (966 characters)

Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (535 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (252 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (675 characters)

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Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.