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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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707 Ratings

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Pyjack, Dec 14, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

cstowell21, Jan 27, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

chippo33, Jun 01, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

freditoj, Apr 25, 2013
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1.78/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Magic hat seems to have the head/body thing down pat. Active body, creamy thick almost ice cream dense looking head. The aromas are light but this smells like a darn good IPA without the kick I'd like. The flavors however just aren't right. It is a melon dominate fruit flavor with pineapples adding their two since. The malt lacks the balance to fix these two not for me flavors. The finish on this is just awful, almost a dry cardboard like element.

Magic hat just seems to miss things time after time. I can see some IPA fans enjoying this one, but even those who this was made for I believe will feel this is average IPA at best.

bobhits, Oct 22, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Condorup, Jan 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

HRamz3, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A murky oxidized orange with a dirty bone covering shows little reistance and lacing. Small presence of carbonation. Was expecting a wheat ipa to be more pale in coloring but thats okay.

S: Nose was a bit of soapy oranges and citrus. washy delivery very weak in strength. Encore aroma is en-hiatus.

T: Again the flavor mirrors the nose with some washy, soapy, and detergent like flavoring. (he checks but finds no bottling info). Washed out oranges, bitter but not in a good way, more musky with a catty hint of greenery and moldy orange grinds. Starchy content, old mushy apples and citrus with some wheat and sweat (yeah you read right). Small warming of toasted grain and sour moldy hops leave an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Wow no surprise here, washy mouthful, detergent like alkaline feel. A bright tart mention of oranges appears out of nowhere to turn to a sour moldy fade.

O: A total washout overall. Feel good about a solid 2.0 unimpressed rating here, has about as much wheat and hop character as i do sympathy for this. no encore sampling here.

beerthulhu, Dec 06, 2012
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2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle of indeterminate age poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Hazy amber with a nice soft and clingy head. Digging that lace.

Fresh bready malt and wheat aromas up front with subdued fruitiness in the background. Plenty bitter, almost to the point of astringency, but with little in the way of hop flavor to provide interest. Some faded leafiness and citrus. Rather lively in spite of being on the thickish side for an IPA, aided in part by the tang of the wheat and in part by zippy carbonation. I've run into a few wheat IPAs I liked pretty well, and I'm inclined to try this one again if I can be guaranteed of freshness. This particular sample, though, missed the mark.

PDXHops, May 06, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

BrianCuoz, Mar 08, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

DCav, Nov 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

13esd, Feb 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

pchalk, Apr 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

tfsimpkins, Feb 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

TheBigBoy, May 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

redmaw, Jun 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BeerGod27, Dec 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

sketchyhoodie, Feb 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

SpasmWaiter, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of claspada
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is straight citrus and grassiness from the hops mixed with a hint of clove and wheat.

The taste is all bitter, not detecting much malt (barley or wheat) The citrus and grassiness of the hops with only a hint of clove from the yeast. Really not enjoying this one, too much bittering hops and not enough balance in my opinion. Hard to stomach for some reason.

The mouthfeel is full of lingering grassiness and sticky resin. This beer lingers far too much for my taste. It shouldnt be a struggle to finish a 12 oz bottle, but this was...

claspada, Nov 06, 2010
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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.