Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +37.3%
This is a very well made IPA. I've never had a wheat IPA before, but if this is how they taste I'm looking forward to trying many more! I really like what Magic Hat is doing with the IPA Tour, and I look forward to trying the next realease. Cheers!
12-22-2010 17:43:59 | More by Monstro
4.72/5 rDev +31.5%
I'm gonna give y'all a spoiler: I think this is an awesome beer. In a moment I'm going to go into the multi-part review, but first I need to say that this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. And with no further ado:
Appearance: It looks cool, and the appearance is still the worst part of this beer. Cloudy like a homebrew gone wrong, but an interesting peach color nonetheless. This isn't what beer usually looks like. Huge, sexy, frothy head that gets cloudy and chunky as it settles.
Smell: This is luxurious. It smells like a county fair made of fruit. Hay, a little bit of passionfruit (!), pears, overripe oranges. I love it. The Simcoe hops are magic, and pair with the base malts very well.
Taste: Pineapple and freshly-cut hardwoods. It tastes like a cedar mill and a can of fruit cocktail. A little sweet, but it manages to fully satisfy.
Mouthfeel: Good. Not too fizzy, not too flat. The mouthfeel is hardest to describe because it's in a good place; it doesn't detract from the flavor the way Hex (also from Magic Hat) does. Very supportive. It's not syrupy, but it's not too thin either.
11-27-2011 20:14:42 | More by Kerin
4.64/5 rDev +29.2%
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.
02-17-2013 13:39:49 | More by pmcadamis
4.61/5 rDev +28.4%
Poured into a standard U.S pint glass.
Appearance - 1.5 finger head. Creamy, small foam bubbles and nice lacing. Murky orange color...looks like a combo wheat beer/IPA.
Smell - May be the best smelling beer I've ever sampled. A perfect combination of hops explosion and citrus.
Taste - Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! Perfect combination of hops and fruity notes. The hops is strong and present but leaves a very smooth finish with little aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Very good.
Drinkability - Very easy drinking beer considering the very strong hops aroma and taste. NOt sure if the over-the-top hops/fruitiness would make having several of these too much or not.
Overall - One of the best IPA's I've had to date. Has some similarities to the Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, but the Magic Hat concoction may be a little easier to drink and APV is slightly less as well. I highly recommend this one for IPA lovers!!!
01-02-2011 19:14:49 | More by bubseymour
4.55/5 rDev +26.7%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
This beer pours a very, very hazy deep straw color with about a fingers worth of head. Retention is poor, but lacing is great. The smell is great, it's dominated by citrus hops, but there's some heavy wheat smells in here too. Very good smelling. The taste is also great. Slightly resiny piney hops and citrus notes take the nose, but instead of a malt background, there's an inoffensive wheat background that lets the hops shine straight through. A hop lover's dream.
The mouthfeel is also great, it's thin for an IPA, and fairly carbonated. It works with the wheat feel, though. It's als overy drinkable, my glass didn't last long at all! Another great IPA from Magic Hat's IPA on tour series. I hope the next one, a Black IPA named Demo, lives up to the other three in the series so far.
01-06-2011 03:56:42 | More by shand
4.53/5 rDev +26.2%
Stats: (according to website) 6% ABV / 45 IBUs.
Part of the "I.P.A. on Tour" promotion of Magic Hat.
Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: Very orange and hazy, sticky lace and carbonated well. Not very fizzy, settles out just fine. The color makes it very inviting and looks like it will be very citrusy and hoppy.
Smell: Very pleasant citrus/floral scent and a slight scent of the hops. Almost fruity in its scent, but it is pleasing.
Taste: Great notes of orange/grapefruit up-front with a slight bitter tinge to it, settles out into biscuits and lemon. Seems that they wanted fruitiness at the beginning, then to settle into a slight bitter, biscuity finish. This fits well with the "American IPA" designation, as its rather floral and citrusy.
Mouthfeel: The bitterness prevents it from being perfectly smooth, but it is easy on the palate, not very thick or chewy. The bottle says 6% ABV, but that is not easily detectable.
Drinkability: Magic Hat describes this as being an American Wheat IPA that is wet and dry-hopped. It is very tasty, not amazing, but seems like a nice casual beer. I would definitely have another. It seems to be more of a summer-time IPA, but the fruit/citrus is a nice relief in the cold winter.
01-04-2011 03:24:43 | More by JohnnyCage
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
Poured into a tulip glass. This is probably the best beer Magic Hat has put out in bottles in a while. If you had that 100 IBU IPA and enjoyed it then check this out!
A - Amber in color, sort of caramel. Looks like a New England IPA.
S - The smell is very nice, however I rated it down because it's not overly strong, you really need to waft it to smell it. Citrus, piney, and definitely some wheat.
T - Very hoppy and spicy, it's great but may dominate your palate, not that that's always a bad thing.
M - Possibly the best part, biting carbonation, sticky and resiny.
D - This depends, the average hop head could kill six, but this could necessitate antacids in others if consumed in mass.
Over all very nice!
11-11-2010 22:11:22 | More by TheImperial
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
Bottle from their winter variety pack.
Poured into a pint glass, beautiful opaque orange color, like apple cider with a big, fluffy head that is retained for a long time.
Aroma is mostly grapefruit with some herbal notes.
Excellent mouth feel, nice bitter grapefruit hops, smooth, balanced, delicious beer. Has a dry finish with a little lingering bitterness. Terrific beer, and with its relatively low ABV of 6%, nicely sessionable. Alas, it is seasonal, and hard to find already. I'd love them to bring this back for an Encore!
02-11-2011 14:49:58 | More by CupcakeNY
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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