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Hopfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
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:
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 Hallce2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LUCASRJ2002
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of dball
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rcusick
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Crazyale
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of teromous
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shilt
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours clear copper with off white head.

The aroma has spicy hops, some caramel malts and a touch of butterscotch.

The taste offers up similar notes with equal strength levels of spicy bitter hops, caramel malts and sweet maltiness.

Seems like it may have been on the shelf for a bit.

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.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very bright copper color with a thick foamy head resembling sea foam. Not much lacing, less than expected for sure.

S: Great nose of citrus hops with tangerines and maybe peach. A good punch of herbalness too.

T: Huge grapefruit upfront then oranges, tangerines. Smooths into bitterness before a very noticeable malt character comes out. The malt is sweet and has grainy notes. Finishes with a slap of hop bitterness and resiney pine.

M: Medium and on the syrupy side.

O: Really a great brew. Made me think of Nugget Nectar in some ways. Terrific aroma and flavor of juicy hops.

Photo of chiliboy98
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an amazing tribute to hops. Legend releases this annual masterpiece in late winter early spring, and its coppery color and effervescent mouthfeel are impressive enough without the amazing, exceptional, otherworldy hop aroma and taste that Hopfest provides. This beer is so good you want to share it with your friends, except then you will have less of it for yourself. The only remedy: Buy more of it! Strongly recommend this beer for any in the Richmond area from mid February to late April. It is excellent.

Photo of danmouer
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The BA header describes this as an American Pale Ale....hmmmm. To my taste this should have been classed as an American IPA, at 7+% ABV and and pretty fat IBU profile...

This sample poured from a 22 oz bottle into a chalice-type glass, pushing up a lovely ivory-colored head of foam that settled into a permanent crown of luscious bubble. A swirl yielded not lace, but a fine, creamy crown.

The aroma is lovely! Fruit and caramel and piney resin all mingled nicely. Not delicate, but not overpowering...just rich and full and promising.

The appearance is deep amber, opalescent. Really very nice.

This beer gores down easily...maybe too easily. It is very well balanced for such a hoppy beer. Noting is out of sync or out of whack here. It's just delicious, juicy, sweet and clean with a very nicely restraint hop hit that lasts for minutes after swallowing...but without puckering you up against the next swig.

My first taste of Legend Hopfest was served from a firkin that had been tapped two days earlier. It was just what it should be: warm, flat, and wonderful...redolent with fresh juicy hop flavors and aromas. I really wantd to take that firkin' firken home!

Good beer, Guys. I am so happy to have Legend as my neighborhood pub!

Photo of paulginva
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from a tap into a pint glass, by the time this beer reached my table, it had a 1" off-white foamy head with good head lacing that dissipated slowly. Body was a clear deep amber with light copper highlights and lively carbonation that just kept coming.

AROMA: There was a light smell of toasty malt with caramel overtones along with a moderate aroma of citrus, floral, pine, a light hint of grass and light hints of bubble gum and fruit.

TASTE: Taste was a nice blend of piney, grassy hops with a nice malt backbone.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium-bodied beer had a smooth body and a lively carbonation. Flavor was slightly bitter initially, building to a moderately bitter, slightly dry finish with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This was a tasty, easy to drink brew that I'll definitely have and serve again.

Photo of ramseye4
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah Legend, a Richmond staple. It seems fitting to drink this considering the success of both U of R and VCU in the tournament. Poured frm a 22oz bomber.

A=Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a whopper of a three finger cloudy head. Great looking beer. Gobs of lacing as well.
S=Lots of grainy malts and substantial hops, with a very grassy smell overall.
T=Very grassy with lots of earthy malt and a fairly strong hop presence in the aftertaste with some faint roasted malt in the finish. Good, but not quite fitting the name of the beer.
M=Sweet and sticky, medium to full body
O=Similar to their Pale Ale, with just a bit stronger malt presence. Name is very misleading, but it is still a pretty good beer.

Photo of Jimmys
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber. say's it's a 17th anniversary celebration, but on this site it is listed as a rotational release? hmm.

A: deep deep copper/amber hue. typical looking APA head consisting of a tan colored body of loose bubbles. some particulate matter floating around (probably some dry hops lingerers). fine carbonation bubbles.

S: pretty moderate malt character. bready, biscuity, sweet. an obvious citrus hop character as well. the sweetness and bitterness really work well together to make for a rich nose.

T: just like in the nose, the malt character is fairly significant. i would say the hop flavor is more on the moderate than high side. slightly dry finish, with a decent amount of bitterness that lingers on.

M: carbonation is a bit on the soft side for a solid medium body. pretty smooth tasting beer.

D: overall a pretty good beer. my only real complaint is in the name hopfest. i was expecting more of an in-your-face hop character, rather than a hoppy amber.

Photo of engagechad
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a 22oz from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into dfh snifter

Pours with great carb, a deep ruby amber in color and massive head.
Smells very interesting, not a typical PA or IPA on the nose. Must be some hop aroma that is foreign to my ole factory or something. It's a big hop aroma with mostly orange peel and other citrus notes while also having some earth character to it like two hearted.
Tastes good, bitter while maintaining good balance but a little astringent on the finish.

Overall it's a good beer, interesting show piece and special occasion brew to share as it's not too specialized in it's taste, therefore it would be enjoyable to share with someone who may or may not be into big beers.

Photo of chilly460
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a medium copper with light tan head, off the cask at the brewery. Great color.

S - Huge citrus hops, mostly grapefruit with some orange. Strong sweet malty background, brown sugar, caramel, fresh bread.

T - As the aroma promises, it's a nice floral and citrus hit on the frontend. Big grapefruit flavors, some pine resin as well. Gives way to a very balanced, sweet caramel malt flavor I like this one quite a bit.

M - I drank this from cask so low carbonation, but nice thickness and plenty chewy.

D - Very drinkable for a big IPA (or APA, whatever they want to call it). Balance of this one makes it dangerous, I could see hammering out a 4hr drinking session with these...no problem.

I usually don't chime in beyond the base review, but have to say this is one outstanding "undiscovered" beer outside Richmond. only thing holding me back from giving an A+ is that it is a tiny bit behind Nugget Nectar.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of CpnYates
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.