Hopfest | Legend Brewing Co.

very good
78 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 01-28-2003

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 157
Photo of cbutova
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Last bottle from a rare random six pack grab when down in DC.

A- Deep copper golden body from the tall 12oz into two snifters to share this time. Foamy and frothy white crown just about one finger with fair retention. Large island and medium ring remain and lacing is rare.

S- Not really a whole lot happening and certainly not a festival of hops. Caramelized sugars, a hint of cheesy yeast and orange citrus hops. Musty.

T- As in the aroma it just lacks much character. Straightforward and what is there isn't presented optimally. Pale base graininess, light caramelized sugars, orange peel citrus, floral and floral hops.

MF- Medium bodied and a bit slick with a tiny bit of creaminess and some frothy texture. Moderately high carbonation and a bitter herbal finish.

Just kind of bland all around for an IPA. Also has some strange musty feeling that I can't quite pinpoint with malts clashing in the background.

 918 characters

Photo of RealityDeviant
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Twelve-ounce serving lovingly poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear, deep red with a minimal off-white head. Almost no lacing to be seen. Like the porter I had, I’m not going to mark this too harshly due to the lack of actual glassware.

Smell: Citrusy and floral hops. Grassy. Yeah, that’s a boatload of grapefruit. Not remarkable, but not offensive. OK.

Taste: Did I say grapefruit? Grapefruit is the strongest note here, and this baby milks it for all it’s worth. But it’s not all that pleasant. Grapefruit would be all well and good, but this is more like biting into a nice, overripe ruby red grapefruit rind. I know there’s more here, but it’s tough to grasp other flavors through the rind. Caramel? Pine, perhaps? It’s tough to get more than a glimpse. Of course, the alcohol is somewhat easier to notice.

Mouthfeel: I’ve rarely had a beer that I would call “soapy.” This is one of them. It’s not especially bad in of itself, but I’m not impressed.

Drinkability: Moderate drinkability. This brew suffers from the overpowering grapefruit rind flavor which gets increasingly unpleasant as it’s drunk. Could be worse, but could be much better.

Notes: I’ve been told up and down not to be misled by the name of this brew. I’m a closet hophead and when I read “hopfest,” my expectations are that much higher. Perhaps in the context of Legends I am not shocked that the beer did not quite live up to its name, but I really think they should have called it something else. I’ve had very few beers that I thought were deserving of haughty and self-congratulatory names like “hop heaven” and “hopfest.” Legends hopfest is no different.

 1,713 characters

Photo of roughsax
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Legend 02/14/07. Served in a pint glass.

A- Amber. No head, hardly any lacing. How can you pour this from the tap @ the brewery and not have a good head?

S- Grapefruit, piney/resiny. Not much malt profile.

T- Hops and more hops. Mirrors the smell. Could use more malt balance. Dry, bitter finish.

M- Fairly carbonated. Light-Medium bodied.

D- One was plenty for me. Needs more malt to balance out the hops. I compare this to Nugget Nectar. When I asked about the beer before ordering it (i've never had it before), I was simply told it's a really hoppy beer. I also inquired about the abv and was told 6 something. I have some issues with Legend's service at times, but that's for another review. I won't be seeking this out any time soon.

 764 characters

Photo of GeoJ
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First try of Legend's Hopfest.

I'm a Richmond guy, and fully support Legend (Loves me some Legend Brown!) and all other local breweries, but I'm not gonna pull any punches, here.

Lately all of Legend's offerings are tasting the same to me. AND getting really misleading with the names they are giving their brews.

I did not find "Hopfest" to be a hop fest at all. It was a VERY strong malt front end with some decent hop feel on the back end. The warmer it got, the more pronounced the malt.

Not a bad brew by any means - Just not what you would expect from the name. Strangely enough, it reminded me of a couple of their "IPA" offerings. To the point of me thinking it's just the same beer with a different label.

Would not buy again, and I'm starting to think Legend is coasting on their local rep.

 807 characters

Photo of Rifugium
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

 475 characters

Photo of Zraly
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was suggested to us by our waitress at the Capital Ale House in Richmond. I was somewhat hesitant to try it, given my bad experience with another Legend product (the Lager).

Appearance: Clear, deep red appearance. Minimal off-white head that just barely stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A different mixture of grassy, citrusy, "earthen" hops.

Taste: An interesting flavor with this IPA. There was a malty-smoky flavor that was distinctly present along with the crispness of the hops. Surprising, given the name of this beer.

Mouthfeel: The combination of the hop bitterness and the creamy smoothness of the malt made for an above-average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Certainly leaps and bounds better than the disappointing Legend Lager I had, this pale ale was smooth and didn't have much of an aftertaste or residual bitterness.

 853 characters

Photo of ctjoumas
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More of the ipa I expected after trying legends golden ipa. A bit of citrus comes through in the nose and the taste mirrors that up front and at the back. Also a pleasant aftertaste of citrus which gives way to a welcomed hit of bitter hops. Definitely would look for this one again.

 283 characters

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

 480 characters

Photo of C20Percent
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

 1,544 characters

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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 dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

 980 characters

Photo of number1bum
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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 warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshly acquired from Bleedingshrimp...new to the trading scene but excellent right from the start.
A clear but carbonated mahogany color with two full fingers of aerated off-white head...a third of it disappears to produce some thin, web-like lacing...the rest holds strong for most of the snifter.
Gentle whiffs of carmelized malt, sweet butter, cotton candy and some carbonation.
The taste is very nice...plenty of hops up front and in the finish to justify the name and a generous amount of malt to sweeten it up and balance it out.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin and again, the carbonation is a bit high for me...regardless, goes down quite easy. Could be a bit cleaner in the finish...the malt flavor sticks around a bit too long IMO.
Another nice offering from Legend...I like their bomber line very much.

 810 characters

Photo of dsigmon
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Enola
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 613 characters

Photo of engagechad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

 734 characters

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Golden color appearance.
Balanced taste and feel with a solid malt backbone, but a nice piney finish.
Overall, a pleasant IPA, and I'll always try new beers from breweries right here in the Commonwealth.

 244 characters

Photo of HopDerek
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ramseye4
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

 718 characters

Photo of obywan59
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Poseidon's Pantry Gourmet Grocery and Deli on Chincoteague Island, VA.

Pours an almost clear deep orange with a 2 1/2 finger off white head that becomes chunky as it recedes and leaves some decent lacing.

Fair amount of sweet malt in the aroma balanced by fruity/piney hops. Over ripe citrus and malt syrup.

Not as sweet as the nose, but still the malt shows through. Grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, bitter grapefruit peel.

Medium-plus in body. Light carbonation, light syrup, and slightly warming.

A pretty good beer. Satisfying and an easy drinker. Well rounded. I would try this again.

 609 characters

Photo of PhageLab
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

 292 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.