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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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677 Ratings

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A genre-blending mix of an American wheat beer and a traditional India Pale Ale. Encore is hopped and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, and has a pleasant grapefruit aroma that compliments its subtly sweet malty backbone. Grab a lighter and get up front!

45 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-08-2010)
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Photo of Jason


3.23/5  rDev -10%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Good frothing, hazed pale amber

SMELL: Leafy, spicy, hop oil, tangerine, fresh cut grass, bready, yeast, kiwi, esters

TASTE: Bitter, smooth, medium bodied, hop oil, herbal, tobacco, jasmine, earthy, mint, citric rind, grainy, yeast, vegtal, bitter semi-dry finish.

Decent, a bit unbalanced. The hop flavor takes over a bit too much. Sure you get your hop fix but it is a bit of chore to sip.

12-22-2011 02:46:59 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-08-2012 06:13:36 | More by tectactoe
Photo of CBOLAND17


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

very smooth and tastey, not a typical brew from magic hat. much different than say the #9 which is fruity, this IPA is very hoppy much like other india pale ales. very drinkable but also nothing extraordinarily here, that being said, i like this beer, no complaints.

12-07-2010 20:25:34 | More by CBOLAND17
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

07-06-2014 02:34:33 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
Photo of kevrob802

4/5  rDev +11.4%

09-17-2012 20:47:31 | More by kevrob802
Photo of Beaver13


3/5  rDev -16.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with red tint and a big meringue like white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - wheaty malts, some fruity melon and maybe some rye.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel/crystal malts and some melon with a light to medium rye-like hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, it's OK. Seems more like a pale ale than an IPA.

10-17-2012 04:18:06 | More by Beaver13
Photo of TTripp725


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-05-2013 12:02:50 | More by TTripp725
Photo of generallee

New York

4.45/5  rDev +24%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date and the abv is listed at 6%.

Appearance: The body is very hazy and unfiltered with a golden orange amber colored body. This is topped off with an inch of thick and creamy off white colored head. The head holds on very well and keeps a small cap of foam on top till the last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves cool lace rings behind.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and juicy with loads of citrusy, orange zesty hops over sweet biscuity and wheaty maltiness. This is very mouth watering and inviting.

Taste/Palate: Following the nose it has good balance of sweet maltiness and citrusy hop bitterness. It finishes with semi-dry wheat notes and plenty of the hop bitterness. The palate is medium bodied with a smooth almost chewy texture. Its carbonation is well balanced.

Notes: This is one of the best beers from Magic Hat in some time. I love the balance and bright juicy flavors. I hope this will become a regular in their line up.

03-20-2011 16:55:01 | More by generallee
Photo of iemailjack


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2013 03:58:32 | More by iemailjack
Photo of Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12 ouncer, purchased in Peekskill Bev., Peekskill, NY.

Best before dating etched onto the neck of the bottle...nice- best before some date in Jan 2011.

Hazed, medium apricot, quality head, near white, retentive, leaves nice fine lace, on top of some temporary sheeting.

Pungent pinapple, citrus hop in the nose. Fresh and flavorful.

Well hopped, waves of resiny, citric hops. Also picking up a complementary and subtle wheat malt character.

Enjoyable creation, better then most MH offerings...

11-07-2010 02:38:33 | More by Billolick
Photo of dcevans


4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-27-2011 07:24:46 | More by dcevans
Photo of alienlifeforcecube


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-14-2013 03:45:49 | More by alienlifeforcecube
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.54/5  rDev -1.4%

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Yellow hazy color, with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine, hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent IPA, Glad I tried this one, I would have this one again.

10-29-2013 00:42:23 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of kingcrowing


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber/light brown with a generous and fluffy light brown head. Nose is hoppy and fresh, a bit sweet.

Taste is quite crisp and hoppy, is really quite good for magic hat. Has a nice malty backbone and sharp carbonation, really easy drinking!

10-16-2010 19:23:09 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Franziskaner


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Hazy light brown colored. A thin cap of foam covers the entire top of the beer. Aroma of citrus hops and pale wheat. The taste is a burst of citrus hops. I don't get much of the wheat as the fade is dominated by the hops. There's a bit of saltiness in the aftertaste. The feel is a bit warm and carbonated.

12-25-2013 05:19:54 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass. best by FEB 28 2011. "better luck next time" on the bottom of the cap. list on the website as "a wheat ipa hopped and dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo"

pours out a super cloudy hazy burnt orange color with a very nice looking creamy white retentive head. sticky lace covering every inch of the glass. looks exactly what i pictured a wheat ipa to look like.

lots of big citrus, piney, raw pellet hop aromas. bits of tropical fruit and a very light pale malt present. mostly hopforward aroma however. the hops smell raw and fresh.

very nice tasting big piney, citrus, raw pellet hops in the forefront, but towards the finish, the beer is ruined by this off flavored meaty, pukey, vegetable like taste. i might percieve this as the wheat interacting with the hops. if you can look past this, the hops make for a bitter resinous ipa, which is pretty impressive at 45 IBUs.

a nice fresh tasting ipa that goes down easy, but i wouldnt recommend it due to the off flavors towards the finish.

12-20-2010 01:28:46 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of PretzelsNBeer


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-27-2013 19:04:51 | More by PretzelsNBeer
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

I got this as an extra in a trade with SMason - thanks bro! Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a murky caramel brown/orange with a knee deep frothy head and a thick collar of lacing.

S: The nose is a pleasant combination of citrus and fresh grains.

T: A steady malt background anchors the initial taste of hop dryness which slowly gives way to an unmistakable wheat finish.

M: Hoppy and bright start, slightly effervescent with a grain dry finish.

O: A nice brew, not as hoppy as I'd expected but fairly well balanced. This is a really pleasant brew that I'd enjoy having again.

02-15-2012 01:00:35 | More by Mantooth
Photo of Cynic-ale


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-01-2013 03:00:10 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of HeyYoMar


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

10-18-2013 19:21:52 | More by HeyYoMar
Photo of GOBLIN


3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-12-2014 20:01:02 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of far333


4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Slightly hazed pale apricot colored with a full inch of fluffy white foam that settles out slowly leaving bumps and dimples of foam.

Bright and inviting aroma of tangerine and orange rind.

Flavors of bright citrusy hops upfront, moving to fresh cut pine. An understated honey malt rides beneath adding some balance. Subtle notes of cinnamon and toffee. Firm bitterness lingers, changing to red grapefruit rind and sappy pine notes.

Smooth and even mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable beer, my favorite IPA from MH thus far, I hope they keep this one around.

12-10-2010 22:50:02 | More by far333
Photo of rwilde


3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-21-2012 23:51:40 | More by rwilde
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

I see where they are going with this it's a clouded bottle conditioned citrus/pine hop bomb much like a Two Hearted ale, I can detect some Centennial hops with grapefruit pungency then I would dare to say Amarillo, Cascade, maybe Columbus. Okay I just checked and it's Simcoe and Amarillo. Pours a clouded deep honey golden hue with a big white head forming fine even coated lacing. Aroma has a super hoppy pungency grapefruit/juicy hoppiness coated with malt sugars. Not overly sweet or bitter a nice grapefruit biscuit combo that's quite nice. More east coast than west coast hop bomb but it's a solid flavorful player that was even better at the end of the fall season when this was released. Best by date on the neck is 1/31/11 so imagine what this was tasting like 2 months ago. Solid easy going carbonation doesn't overwhelm the palate nice hop bitterness slight resinous hop oils gliding across with each sip. Very nice probably my favorite thus far from the IPA on tour series and I can't picture the Black IPA beating this sessionable citrusy IPA, I will cheer for an Encore if the new owners want continue what's good from Magic Hat.

01-04-2011 02:04:49 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of mrosenfeld32


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-07-2013 00:02:43 | More by mrosenfeld32
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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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