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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 72 | 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: 770 | Reviews: 217
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 bubseymour
4.62/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of JohnnyCage
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

Well, picked up a six pack of this after enjoying some Magic Hat HIPA earlier in the year. The one liner under the cap read, "How Did You Get Like This?" Poignant.

Poured from a bottle into Sierra Nevada pint glass. Pours w/a nice two finger head, clingy lace. This beer is cloudy as hell!.. almost looks like cider in the light I was in. Smells grapefruity, some nice hoppage. Though my expectations weren't too high, this beer tastes actually really good. Magic Hat has found a winner in this IPA/Wheat hybrid... I found myself making repeat trips to the fridge for refills, it's a drinker for sure. A good amount of carbonation, not syrupy, you can notice a smoothness from the wheat that you don't normally get in a regular IPA. Hop level is no where near the HIPA, which also attributes to the smoothness and drinkability of this one. This beer also gets tastier as it gets warmer, which rules.

So, if you're a dude looking for a total hop fix, look elsewhere. The Encore is just a solid subtly fruity, endlessly drinkable celebratory ale to usher in the new year. Enjoy!

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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