Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Visited the brewery on 1/8/11. I was not pleased to find out that they had seemingly dropped the chocolate aspect out of the Feast of Fools formula (it is now just a straight up raspberry stout and not nearly interesting enough to make purchasing it worthwhile). However, I did really enjoy the new Encore IPA and ended up getting a growler of it. This is labeled as an American IPA but I had no idea it was actually a WHEAT IPA and the only wheat IPA I have had.
A - Pours cloudy and orange-amber like a white ale with a one finger foamy off-white head.
S - Citrus hops (mainly grapefruit) and grassy. Plenty of wheat in the nose as well and what was cleverly labeled "wet hay" a few reviews down.
T - Very hoppy and bitter. I was expecting more citrus flavored hops (which it does deliver) but it is mainly dominated by piney, earthy hops. I would say it was a bit TOO bitter and almost tart tasting, but I still really enjoyed it.
M - Finishes dry and the carbonation was slightly too high. At least you don't detect much booziness.
D - We were unable to finish the growler as we had been out in Burlington all night sampling, but it was still a great sipping beer. I probably wouldn't session it due to the bitterness.
Overall, this was a good IPA and I am glad to see that Magic Hat is making beers that interest me once again. I hope they keep going in this direction: good, simple, creative beers.
Serving type: growler
01-10-2011 02:18:41 | More by BeerPhan86
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