Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

730 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Thick and heavier than expected. Orange. Opaque. Creamier head than expected. Lasts longer than one would believe on an IPA as well.

S: Orange. Bitter Orange. Grapefruit. Hops.

T: Grapefruit. Orange. Wood. Almonds.

M: Too much aftertaste for my liking. Tastes like an unripe grapefruit.

O: Ok Magic Hat... again you disappoint me. However, this is one of the better ones I have tasted.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish IPA glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange color. Creamy off-white head retains very well. Plenty of stickage.

S: Vibrant hop oils front and center. Big hit of orange peel. Very green and pithy. Dusty and crusty malt base with a smattering of wheat. Faint whiff of alcohol. Blunt and to the point, if not one dimensional.

T: Very green, oily, and pithy. Catty and a little oniony too. Strong bitterness clamps down on the palate in a death grip. Stiff hit of solventy alcohol. Toasted crust. High oily bitterness and boozy on the finish.

M: Soft creamy palate is erased by a gripping wash of hop oils. Fine, scrubbing carbonation feels forced. Alcohol warmth in the swallow.

O: Magic Hat is trying too hard with this one. They need to take this beer down a few notches and focus it. It feels as though they made a bold, hoppy beer just for the sake of it. No balance or finesse at all, and it really wears on the palate.

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is likely the final beer in their "IPA on Tour" series, hence the name "Encore". This is actually a cross between an American Pale Wheat Ale and an American IPA. It could have been classified as either since there is no hybrid style.

Pours a light amber-gold color with a thin-head into my glass. Interesting color mix but nothing out of the ordinary.

Aroma is full of light citrus and grassiness from the hops mixed with a hint of clove and wheat. It's what you'd expect from combining both styles.

Taste leans more towards the grassiness of the hops with only a hint of clove. Hard to stomach for some reason.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassiness and wheat/clove.

I can't fault Magic Hat for trying to experiment. I just don't think this beer is a viable experiment. It causes too much confusion for the palate. Interesting but only in small quantities.

Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.