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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Gatordaddy, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

blbarnett3, May 01, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

nmann08, Mar 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

dweeuu, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Rhettroactive, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

SlaughteredWolf, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mp19, Mar 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

alysmith4, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BeastLU, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

parris, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

TechTriumph, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

C20Percent, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Bytemesis, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hallce2, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

avisong, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

LUCASRJ2002, Mar 25, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

The flower is present in this beer and it seals the deal. Today is 2/27/12. Picked up a 22oz at $4.5 and I think this is a very fresh batch. I drank it following a Starr Hill Double Platinum and I didn't even review that because it wasn't very worthy, particularly in comparison to this beer. The flowers are so present in the aroma and the beer is finely balanced and very tastey. Give it a try.

dball, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

rcusick, Feb 27, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bomber poured into a Hoegaarden glass. No bottling date visible.

A: Amber colored and nearly crystal clear. A nice two finger head.

S: Bright citrusy hops, with orange and faint grapefruit detectable. Definitely more on the citrus side than the pine side. The aroma really pops out of the glass nicely.

T: Bitter hops, with grapefruit rind up front with a dry finish. This is full of bold flavor, although it's not exactly complex. The alcohol is detectable, but is subtle. I'd like a little sweetness to go along with the hops, but this is not out of balance for the style.

M: Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and the beer is lightly carbonated.

This is the second one of these I've had, and I'll be buying more. My only gripe is the lack of a bottling date. Even here in Richmond these bottles can sit on the shelves for a while.

Crazyale, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of teromous
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

A: The beer has a dark copper color with a thin slightly off-white head with nice creamy lacing. The beer is clear enough to read through, but has light sediment.

S: This thing gives off scent that can be smelled at about arms length. It has a very HUGE citrus hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and some light spruce.

T: The flavor is a bit lighter than the scent would lead on. It has a nice mellow hop bitterness. I get the same grapefruit flavor, and some faint malt grains. It's pretty well balanced.

M: It is a clean beer. There is light bitterness, but no harsh aftertaste. It is medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Overall I think it's a nicely well balanced, solid pale ale. I would drink it again and would recommend it. It's not insanely strong on the hops, but it has that extra punch to it.

teromous, Jan 28, 2012
Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.