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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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672 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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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brandoncun

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

04-10-2014 01:38:14 | More by brandoncun
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-05-2012 18:03:12 | More by KVNBGRY
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Coreynezy4

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

04-29-2014 15:29:05 | More by Coreynezy4
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:47:56 | More by ahommell
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:48:41 | More by Fatehunter
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 16:22:47 | More by ryan1788a5
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Brad007

Vermont

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-08-2010 01:33:33 | More by Brad007
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange body, trace off-white head, ok lacing

S: wheat, mild grassy

T: lemon peel, firm wheat middle, mild piney bitter finish

M: med body, light oily mouth

O: Better beer by MH, not my fav.
Would not seek out again, but solid.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 18:19:41 | More by BeerLover99
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, amber-gold body with a foaming, off-white head giving a lasting wispiness.

Smell: Modest malts, pale and wheaty, beneath fragrant hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine blossoms, and a bit of pineapple.

Taste: A lightly bready, lightly sweet taste of tangy malted wheat and pale malts. I gotta say, even right at the beginning, the mouthfeel starts thinning out at a record pace. Hops yield citrus fruits, leaning towards tangerines, with some minor florals and ample bitterness giving this wheat ale an IPA leaning.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Essentially, it's a passable wheat with a decent IPA hop profile. Maybe not a home run, but at least a well-played single.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 19:16:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good wheat IPA offering from Magic Hat. It's not the best I've had, but I think the wheat IPA mix can be hard to pull off, and they do a pretty good job here. Nicer light flavor. You definitely get the citrus off the nose, I got more lemon than grapefruit I think, definitely pleasant. I kind of wish this was a summer offering, I think I might like it better that time of year, but it was still good.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:16:16 | More by MarkQ617
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a bright olden orange with a creamy white head. Nose has a fair bit of hops, citrusy and orange peel, like cream of wheat note behind. Taste has the same hop profile but a touch of a messy malt backbone. A bit spicy, assertive carbonation, medium body.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:32:23 | More by cpetrone84
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to connecticutpoet for this one!

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice two finger off white head. Nice retention and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nice combination of citrus and pine. Definitely some grapefruit and a ton of orange and orange peel.

T: And this is where it falls flat. The flavor is ok, a little bit of citrus, some bready malt, and some wheat, but it goes to nothing very fast. It almost taste like juice, and not in a very good way. The flavors are fine, but very weak. Based off the aroma I had expected a little bit more.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. At first it seemed like the mouthfeel was going to be pretty nice, but it goes thin very quickly.

O: Its ok, I had high hopes after the appearance and smell, but the taste didn't live up to it. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:57:17 | More by mdaschaf
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very hazy orange color with some particles floating around. There’s a soap-like head that’s about two fingers or so in height. The lacing is decent

Smell: Soapy hops -- really not much malt here, but it smells average.

Taste/feel: On the front there’s some massive citrus -- grapefruit sorts. Very bitter. Almost a medicinal flavor in there. The aftertaste is spicy with not much malt to balance it out. Decent beer, but it’s just not balanced enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:23:19 | More by Alextricity
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with one finger of off-white head. A whisper of lacing left behind.

Aroma of wheat and light malts along with a hint of grassy hops and caramel.

The taste was quite different than expected. No real hop presence. Mainly caramel malts and wheat notes.

Medium bodied and smooth with a lighter carbonation.

A very "OK" IPA from Magic Hat. Give a boost to the hops and we might have something here.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:22:29 | More by Monkeyknife
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iamsemigloss

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/29/10, taken from notes.

Appearance: I thought this was a very nice looking beer; the color was burnt orange that contrasted nicely with a large bright white head that reduced to a rocky foam. Hazy. Lacing was excellent. Impressive so far.

Smell: Extremely hoppy citrus notes up front; orange, grapefruit and some pineapple.

Taste: Mainly citrus here, orange and grapefruit. This is followed by a bit of pine and a bitter, but not overwhelmingly bitter finish. Refreshing and balanced but not complex.

Drinkability: I found Encore to be refreshing and easy drinking but just middle of the road. Nothing offensive or outstanding, and I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 16:10:55 | More by iamsemigloss
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my standard pint glass, this beer produced a whopping four finger head. Body was clear amber. Nice look for an IPA.

Aroma started with strong pine hops, then some grapefruit made its presence known. A little bit of fruity/floral character followed, but had to be looked for. The malt was well hidden.

Taste was initially bitter hop resins and pine. A slight sweetness followed. Some caramel malt flavor was there as well.

Mouthfeel was syrupy, and it seemed to leave a coating on my tongue. OK, but not what I was looking for.

Overall an average American IPA. Hop character was there, a little lacking on the malt, and the consistency was a little off.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:19:14 | More by connecticutpoet
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zbkai189

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Off-white, thick (beautiful), frothy head that dissipates slowly. Opaque amber brew.

S - Grapefruit. Tingly, and spicy.

T - A lot like it smells. Lots of grapefruit. Smooth & slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied but light enough to drink a few. Pale malt.

M - Tingly and smooth. Slight tang from the citrus.

O - Nice medium-bitter wheat IPA. The head is the best part.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:00:09 | More by zbkai189
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, copper color with a half inch of foamy, white head that settles slowly to a layer of bubbles on the surface. Some lacing as you drink.
S: Grassy, peppery, and citrus with the hops leading off and a mellow grainy base with a light touch of roasted barley and caramel. More herbally notes in there from the hops.
T: First a fresh grass, light pine, herbal and peppery notes hits the tongue with some bitterness. Then the semi-sweet toasted and bready malt backbone lunges forth and gives a wave of balance to this IPA. More bittering hops push this beer to the bitter end of the spectrum on the finish without any alcohol warmth.
M: Medium-light body with a somewhat moderate carbonation and slight slickness on the tongue. Then come the bittering hops to finish this beer on the bitter side.
O: A decent IPA to throw back pretty easy and satisfy the hop need and refresh the palate. If you are looking for a complex yet smooth as hell IPA this is not it but it is a good beer from Magic Hat and worth the try. It has something there to offer even a big hop snob. Grab one and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:22:53 | More by scottbrew4u
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iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2013 03:58:32 | More by iemailjack
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-01-2013 03:00:10 | More by Cynic-ale
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-07-2013 00:02:43 | More by mrosenfeld32
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-03-2012 22:46:04 | More by WaydeRafnel
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-09-2012 01:35:46 | More by acurtis
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-21-2012 00:00:52 | More by ltdantheman
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-01-2013 15:19:29 | More by Varkias41
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.