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Hopfest | Legend Brewing Co.

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3.77/5
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157 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,793
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
157
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a solid head that hangs around but doesn't leave much lacing behind

Smell: Pineapple, caramel and pine

Taste: Starts with a sweet bready malt and caramel flavor; after the swallow, the pineapple bitterness kicks in along with undertones of pine as well; the finish is just a tad too sweet, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced APA

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of imbibehour
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice crystal amber color, with a hint of copper red and a good middle column of rising carbonation. Head is a creamy whipped up white, only growing two fingers tall, and settling to a foamy one finger sized puck. Minimal lacing.

Nose smells a good mix of biscuity malt and herbal like tea on the hop front. A little bit of a toasty brown sugar, and a sense of English bitter like fruity esters. Kind of odd to style, but inviting

Palate hits with a good mix of pine hinting bitterness in the mid palate. Finishes clean with moderate carbonation and a nice biscuity chewy malt backbone. A bit fleeting though in the sweetness, with the malts dominating the first sip, but with some good hop pine lingering quite a bit. Pretty solid mouthfeel with coating flavor all throughout and a almost juicy feel.

Overall not bad for what it is.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden orange body with two finger head that died quick with little lace. Minor citric and pine hop aroma with hints of sweet caramel malt. Beer is balanced with dirty, piney citric hops and some caramel malts; the hops are the star but the malts add enough sweetness to keep them in check and this is a simple but effectively constructed and enjoyable IPA. Nice to have an IPA that isn't just a hop wallop and believes in "less is more".

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Wine & Beer - Westpark, Richmond, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4 1/2" off-white head over the straw-hued brew (the inch of which I started with, anyways. Will take awhile to fill this glass, for sure. Head is long-lasting and super-dense, can literlly tip the cup almost over and it still takes awhile for the foam to start to tilt. Foamy lace bits left everywhere as the head retreats.

Aroma is of earthy, piney hops, with a touch of citrus. Taste is even hoppier than the nose portends, but not over the top, as some malt character is present. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. A nice example of an APA.

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Photo of cbutova
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Hopfest from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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