Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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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3/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Caramel golden copper color
Your nose can pick up on the bitter and wheat notes...
To be honest the first time i tried this beer I really enjoyed it, once i started getting into beer more and seeing what other breweries had to offer I realized MagicHat in general is a great introductory brewery. They have the ability to appeal to people outside of the craft brew community, which isn't a bad thing.
This kind of beer is exactly the kind of beer that can show a "craft beer virgin" that there is a beer out there that will appeal to your pallet no matter what your taste buds fancy.
This beer really hits home. But it is subtle as far as intensity of flavors. You are able to pick out the wheat and the hops, but its not overwhelming.
Definately a great introductory brew! Crisp and fresh-- great for Spring and Summer!
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 19:02:18 | More by CtephanieCimone
3.49/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a clear, copper color with a half inch of foamy, white head that settles slowly to a layer of bubbles on the surface. Some lacing as you drink.
S: Grassy, peppery, and citrus with the hops leading off and a mellow grainy base with a light touch of roasted barley and caramel. More herbally notes in there from the hops.
T: First a fresh grass, light pine, herbal and peppery notes hits the tongue with some bitterness. Then the semi-sweet toasted and bready malt backbone lunges forth and gives a wave of balance to this IPA. More bittering hops push this beer to the bitter end of the spectrum on the finish without any alcohol warmth.
M: Medium-light body with a somewhat moderate carbonation and slight slickness on the tongue. Then come the bittering hops to finish this beer on the bitter side.
O: A decent IPA to throw back pretty easy and satisfy the hop need and refresh the palate. If you are looking for a complex yet smooth as hell IPA this is not it but it is a good beer from Magic Hat and worth the try. It has something there to offer even a big hop snob. Grab one and enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 21:22:53 | More by scottbrew4u
3.69/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
a - Rust color with a 1 finger head. Nice lacing on glass. Cloudy.
b. Faint small of bitter citrus, grapefruit. Hoppy.
t. I like this blend of American Wheat Beer and IPA. The hops hits you up front and the grapefruit hits you in the finish. There is some alcohol in the finish, but not overwhelming. Bitter aftertaste - very hop bitter throughout - but not in a negative way. Could have used more wheat beer in the mix.
m. carbonation is very good.
o. This beer falls short of outstanding, but I would drink it again if it were offered up.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 15:16:21 | More by gonzo000
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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