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Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear bronze color covered with a thin, creamy looking head. Aromatic fruit and pine over a sticky, bready malt base. Nicely balanced flavor, obviously well-hopped, but backed by a sturdy toasted caramel malt profile. Pine sap, citrus oils, tea, and floral notes. Bitter and surprisingly chewy...dry enough to warrant rapid consumption. Quite the tasty East Coast pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.19/5  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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/03/12:
18th Anniversary Bottle; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Half an inch of off-white creamy head that lasts a minute or so; Dark copper in color with a semi-hazy appearance; There's just a small amount of floating sediment within the glass; Decent amount of lacing left behind

S - Nice dose of pine and citrus hops with an almost equal presence of sweet caramel and toasty malts; Detect a bit of a melon fruit quality too

T - Quite a bit of pine here as well with some accompanying citrus; Even with the generous showing of hops, the taste is pretty balanced with plenty of toasty, biscuity, and some sweet caramel flavors - much like the nose; Mild shot of bitterness hits up front and slowly fades throughout the taste; Finish tastes a bit leafy/earthy

M - Carbonation feels a tad below moderate, but still zesty; Just over medium bodied; Leaves a light oily coat on the tongue; Pretty smooth going down

O - I thought this brew was pretty easy to drink and quite enjoyable, even with the carbonation feeling a bit on the low side. As the name suggests, there is a good amount of hoppy flavor here, while still maintaining a nice balance with sweet, toasty, and bready malts. I could certainly go for this Legend offering again as it's one of their better creations that I've tried thus far.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a barely clear copper-red-amber with a huge head of light-tan-amber foam on top. Nice bubble action in the body -- especially fo a tulip glass, which in my experience gets less bubbles than a pint glass. Nice complexity in the body -- hold it up to the natural light and it's amber. Take it away and it's a rich dark gold. This is actually really good.

S: It's called Hopfest for a reason -- you do smell hops. Some pine. Some faint citrus. Medicine. Some fruity notes. All of this is very subtle. There's some complexity, but I'm not sure it's a great balance. Just better than average I'd say.

T: Kind of a hop-forward brew, but a bit one note. You catch some of the malt -- like a sour malt actually. The finish is a little bitter, more dry, though. I think the thing to remember, though, is this is an APA not an IPA, and for a APA this is definitely better than average.

M: Right off the bat the beer is a bit vicious -- cut the tongue a bit. Quite surprised by that -- a bit of a turn off. But, we're talking about a light to medium body beer, with really nice carbonation (extra kudos there). The carbonation gives it a velvety feel, which is nice. Not really any chewiness to it. This is kind of your average feel with a superb carbonation.

O: Not a bad brew. I've had a few Legend offerings, and I think I've liked the others better than this. But, this is a nice price for a bomber. And, it's local. Nice hops too it. Nice carbonation. Nice look. Unfortunately, the beer is a bit one note and it's cuts a little too much.

Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.