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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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771 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 73 | 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:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-08-2010

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
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Ratings: 771 | Reviews: 218
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was not impressed by this one at all. Tasted like an adjunct lager mixed with a bad IPA.

Photo of CBOLAND17
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of generallee
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent off white head falls into a nice lacing above a clearish rich well carbonated honey golden colored beer.

A big citrus, floral, and piney hops aroma with some sourness to it.

Citrus fruit with oranges dominating an otherwise dry taste with some hints of floral and pine characteristics to the taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the hops taste sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty darn good bottle of beer, Encore, Encore.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to connecticutpoet for this one!

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice two finger off white head. Nice retention and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nice combination of citrus and pine. Definitely some grapefruit and a ton of orange and orange peel.

T: And this is where it falls flat. The flavor is ok, a little bit of citrus, some bready malt, and some wheat, but it goes to nothing very fast. It almost taste like juice, and not in a very good way. The flavors are fine, but very weak. Based off the aroma I had expected a little bit more.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. At first it seemed like the mouthfeel was going to be pretty nice, but it goes thin very quickly.

O: Its ok, I had high hopes after the appearance and smell, but the taste didn't live up to it. Decent.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code corresponds to a bottling date of 11/01/14

Appearance - Pours out slightly and a golden orange color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention results in a mostly broken layer of suds and a razor thin ring around the edge.

Smell - Aroma hits on wheat, spice and light citrus.

Taste - Wheaty malt character with hints of caramel and some light citrus zest in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with fair, bitey carbonation. Smooth, drinkable and lightly velvety.

Overall - Drinkable and somewhat enjoyable, but nothing truly amazing. Hops are subdued to the point that putting IPA in the name is an obvious marketing gimmick. Drinks closer to a fairly hopped American Pale Wheat more than anything.

Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Encore is a very hazy golden orange color. The head is short and settles quickly but leaves some lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It has good freshness and nice citrus character but just isn't as aromatic as some.

Flavor is quite good and better than expected after the smell preview. Nice balance and depth of flavor. Not one that tears your tongue apart with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body and nicely carbonated. Balanced for an IPA and easy drinking as well.

Overall I'm really impressed with this IPA. It isn't overly intense but it's very well made.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a hazy IPA, which would seem to promise plenty of up-front hops. Color is a peachy orange/gold, the head is plenty creamy and long-lasting. Along with all that haze, it looks a right beaut.

Aroma is a wow-er, lots of bright, breezy, clean citrus fruit hops, like a tropical fruit punch spiked with lemon-lime soda. Malts are hard to discern, but there's a sweetness wafting into the nose that's sort of tart and candy-like, and I'll suppose that's them.

Taste is predominantly fruity, with big sweetness tempered by tartness. Tart, super-clean, bright hops are the name of the game here. There's a ghost of a resiny vibe in the background and in the finish, but this mostly remains a pungently fruity IPA. Encore never tips the scales in being too sweet or too bitter/tart, exhibiting a perfect balance. It's new-school for sure, as the malt and everything else is an afterthought, without the entire beer seeming one-dimensional. Ultra-refreshing, especially with a huge grapefruit blast hanging around in the finish. This is great.

A smooth, round, creamy texture is the knock-out punch that could've been but never was. This feels just a little too aggressive and prickly. Let the bright and breezy flavors deliver the electricity jolt, not the carbonation. Still, it feels fine enough, but I would've loved a softer feel here.

I repeat: this is great. I'm sure this would be a much bigger sensation if it were brewed by Deschutes or Alesmith or some such--and I'm not the biggest Magic Hat devotee myself--but gotta call 'em as I taste 'em, and this is a fantastic, fantastic IPA. One of this brewery's best-ever beers. I demand an encore, as in: "Give this permanent year-round status, Magic Hat!!"

Photo of pmcadamis
4.64/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - cloudy orange with a huge rocky white head that gets pitted and chunky as it slowly settles, leaving tons of super sticky resinous lace on the glass.

S - Dusty aromas of earth and mineral-laden well water with sugar coated grapefruit notes.

T - classic grapefruit and big time pine with a thick malt backbone. Biscuity, fresh, sweetly fruity and bitterly hoppy. This is very tasty.

M- big bodied, chewy, and actually somewhat creamy. Sits on the tongue like an anvil.

Excellent beer! Hits all the right notes for the style with aplomb.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this one.

A - bright orange with a big, white head that has great retention

S - wheat, spicy, earthy hops

T - wheat, spicy hops, peppery

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer, but it leaves me wanting more. I liked the wheat presence and the balance of the hops, but ultimately it was simple and became boring. It would make for a nice session IPA. Anyone who is enjoying this new trend of wheat IPAs should probably try this if for no other reason than due diligence.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy orangw with a hint of blood, one fingr of head clings to the top...The nose is Sweet pale malts, alcoholic piney hops, and slight citrus peels "orange".

The flavor is like three stages of orange skin; sweet orange oils on the front, a fleshy wheaty citric bite in the middle and a slight aftertaste of the skin's bitterness at the end. Absolutely some hop bitterness in there, not very balanced. Just bam orange, bam bitter. Medium light bodied, a little watery as it gets warmer, nice amounts of small bubble carbonation.

Overall a nice direction, interesting notes with the IPA citric wheat thing going on. I wouldn't really puch this to a friend though.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy and refreshing, Magic Hat's Encore is an American IPA loaded with American hops.

It's a cloudy amber color beneath a short-lived head of creamy off-white. The head retention and lacing are average.

The nose is full of citrusy and grassy hops over a caramelish and straw-like malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor delivers the same fruitiness found in the nose including pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon, and passion fruit. It's also leafy and grassy with hops as well. The malt blanket anchors it, as does the solid bitterness that lies beneath the surface. It finishes dry with lingering grassy hops and a bit of spiciness.

Overall it's a fairly good American-style IPA. Worth trying.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying the Single Chair....I figured I better try the Encore...just to make sure everything is ok. The color is a lighter amber with thin white head. The smell has subtle citrus and pine. The taste has some decent hops but not over powering...Magic used a malt to tone down the hops so that it is not too crazy. This beer has a definite body to it which I really do like. The mouthfeel is good....I could drink this at any session. The name works...Encore....I'll have another!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in pint glass.

A: 1 finger head with orange body. Nice lacing.

S: orange peel citrus, grapefruit, malts and hops.

T: Nice citrus, hops and floral notes come in at the finish and provide a nice bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: If a hop head I think you would enjoy this. I did. Not a fan of Magic Hat but this one is ok.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy dirty straw colored body.
The aroma is mild grapefruit, not much else.
The taste is a nice pine bitterness that tapers off. Simple but good.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A fairly easy drinking IPA.

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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