Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by y2jrock60:
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
I picked up a case of the Magic Hat winter variety pack last week and this was one of the included beers. I started drinking these after I had already consumed copious amounts of Hamm's so I didn't bother reading the bottle. I really liked the beer, but could tell it was different than your average IPA. After picking this beer back up I discovered it's a wheat infused IPA, which makes sense when your sober.
A- Light orange and very cloudy like you would expect from a Hefeweizen. The head was white, about one finger thick, and laced nicely.
S- Mild citrus notes upfront followed by a funk aroma, most likely from the simcoe hops. I don't pick up any hints of malt.
T- Thick up front with loads of hop flavor. It has an amber character that fades into grapefruit and citrus with a little spiciness on the finish. You also get some grainy flavors from the wheat malt.
M- It's definitely on the medium-thick side in body from the wheat malt. It also has a smooth texture which is unique for the style. The carbonation was on the moderate side.
O- Overall, a delicious beer and unique twist on the IPA style. It definitely has the hop character you expect in an IPA, but with twist of wheat. It's thick and smoother than your average IPA. I'm going to have to brew my own Wheat IPAs in the near future.
04-04-2013 04:19:32 | More by y2jrock60
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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