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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 214
Hads: 787
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 93 | 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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Reviews: 214 | Hads: 787
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a murky golden orange body. Nice lacing.

S: orange peel citrus, candy sugar, pale malts and earthy hops.

T: Nice earthy and citrus hop profile on a toasted malt backbone. Grassy and floral notes come in late in the finish and provide a nice bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: as I drank this I thought how great an APA this is. The hops are about right for that. Not so great and IPA though.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thick layer of bubbles on covering the surface and webs of lacing down the edges of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose; the smell of grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The initial taste has some flavors of caramel from the malts, while citrus flavors from the hops appear towards the finish, which only has some notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style because the flavors are very well balanced and the wheat makes it a bit lighter-bodied on the palate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kind of a hybrid between english and american ipa styles in taste, but its a wheat ipa. it pours more like an amber, quite hazy though, with a little yellow glow, and a slowly fading white head. the nose is unique, lots of citrus hops, a little piney too, but with a bigger english caramel malt body, not sweet, but round and full. the flavor is the same, fresh bitter hops first, bready malts in the finish. a little of that grapefruit flavor carries through, as it still finishes crisp somehow, but this is more malt forward than most american india pales. the wheat i feel like isnt strong as a malt, but the yeast seems to be something more commonly found in a hefe than an ipa, which works great here. the feel is nice with that little bit fuller body, excellent carbonation, and a quick finish. this was my thanksgiving turkey smoking beer, and i had a fair few of them. expertly made this one. one of my favorite selections from the winter mix this season. id like to see more wheat ipas come around.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy honey hue topped by an impressive head; the retention was very good, as was the lacing

Smell: A bit citrusy, with a grainy aspect

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing bitter, citrusy character; harsh bitterness, after the swallow, without the malt bill to back it up

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist, which would benefit from a more rounded malt flavor to shine the American wheat aspect

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden orange color with a slim head on it. The head fades and doesn't leave behind a whole lot of lacing. The smell of the beer is generously hopped with plenty of citrusy pine notes. The taste is hoppy, very hoppy actually. This beer is pretty surprising for magic hat. This IPA is probably one of the most flavorful beers magic hat has done thus far. The mouthfeel is bubbly and dry, slightly oily. Overall pretty good stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and some burnt toast maltiness.

T - Good citrus flavor, mostly orange. Nice piney hops with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice IPA. One of the best beers from Magic Hat that I've had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had the chance to try these two out of the new seasonal pack, i always seem to find my way into them some way or another. served cold and into a pint glass.

a light amber pour, with a moderate lacing that fades as quickly as it begins and fades quickly with a light lacing around the sides, aroma is fresh fruit, light bready and sugary notes that spread across into the flavor. sweet oranges, hints of pineapple and passion fruit and a touch of zest come into play. i actually really liked the flavor as it had a juicy quality to it and really set it apart. smooth finish with a light dry note and a nice, light carbonation.

overall not a bad ipa at all. i dont seem too have an issue with their ipas, it seems most of the other offerings come off bland.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy and refreshing, Magic Hat's Encore is an American IPA loaded with American hops.

It's a cloudy amber color beneath a short-lived head of creamy off-white. The head retention and lacing are average.

The nose is full of citrusy and grassy hops over a caramelish and straw-like malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor delivers the same fruitiness found in the nose including pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon, and passion fruit. It's also leafy and grassy with hops as well. The malt blanket anchors it, as does the solid bitterness that lies beneath the surface. It finishes dry with lingering grassy hops and a bit of spiciness.

Overall it's a fairly good American-style IPA. Worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not even sure why I'm bothering to try this as everything out of Magic Hat lately has been sub par. "Don't get rusty before getting old and crusty" the wisdom from under the cap.

A big creamy and frothy head rises up over 2 fingers and fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing. THe color is super hazy nectar orange peach.

Nose brings fresh citrus hops, a bit of musty fresh hop resins, a bit of grapefruit, and a very light hint of malts. Actually has a really nice hop aroma, very surprise.

Taste is pretty good too, but more of a nice American pale ale than IPA. Some light citrus hops, a bit of musty fresh hop resin, slight sticky punget hop flavor, light bitterness with hints of astringency, very slight grapefruit and orange peel. Very very light malt, which I think it could have used a slight bit more malty balance, but otherwise pretty good. A bit of a bubble gum hop flavor too. Finishes with a bit more bitterness, but it never gets very bitter, hence the pale ale not IPA. Also on the finish is a bit of sweetness, little stickiness, some astringency, and lingering hop resin flavors.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, with some of the astringency on the finish, as well as a bit of sticky feel and a weird dryness on the back of the tongue. But otherwise almost sessionable.

So, I was fairly surprised by this beer. Nice fresh hops, a good choice, a bit of extra astringency and hop resins that went a little too much. It could still use a bit of work, a little bit more malty balance, more bittering hops, a bit more attenuation, and a bit more clarity. Otherwise a big step up for Magic Hat.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a piney burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite lovely in the tall Peroni glass, with plenty of head and a golden amber cloudy color. A nice mouthful of carbonation with a pleasant watery mouthfeel.

This stuff does indeed taste like an IPA, to the detriment of what start out as nice wheaty flavors. There is a fleeting hint of warm malt. The fruity esters get lost in the bitterness. The hops seems to be pretty much just the bittering variety. I can't get much aroma from this. This would be a workmanlike IPA for those who like the straight hop chaser, but to me, this blending of styles would work much better if it was like the Belgian-style IPAs where the yeasty and malty flavors are allowed to come through the bitter taste.

12 oz bottle from Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New offering from Magic Hat in their Winter Variety pack. Pours a cloudy orange color, nice fluffy head. Great citrusy aroma to this one. Taste is medium bodied, TONS of hops. Definitely the hoppiest Magic Hat I've ever had but it's still well balanced and makes for a very smooth drink. MH's IPA's in the past seemed to be more of the English style, this is definitely a West Coast smack you with hops variety, and I like it a lot. Nice finish, solid beer... recommended.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A real time review --entered as I drink, stream of consciousness-style. Poured chilled into a wilybecker purchased at Al's of Hampden in a mix six.

The color is a deep medium amber with slight golden accent like bourbon with a splash of water -the head is healthy looking, thick and rocky with lots of lace sticking like graffiti to the insides of the glass. The bead is pretty average and clarity is pretty translucent, almost see through which indicates some filtration.

The smell is very fragrant with a hop presence I can only describe as 'woody/earthy' the floral tinges are there, but the notes of aromatic bark seem to come to mind more than any other aroma with slight berry ester from the yeast and mild sweet malt, but mostly and English yeast ester with slight spice and mild pine/woody hop aroma.

The feel is highly carbonation and slightly light in body, but moderately bitter with mild smooth/oily feel and slight sweet /creamy texture from the malt with semi-dry finish with clean overall mouthfeel that is refreshing in a lightly astringent spicy kind of tangy yeasty way

The taste is like sucking on a twig with lots of earthy flavors which I am sure are a comingled ringwood yeast and english hop combination with slight herbal/piney flavors, and mild citrus which focuses more on lime with light astringent and bitter elements. I love the mild acidic taste that seems cushioned by the lightly sweet malt profile, the only thing is it seems to become vegetal and the yeast distracts slightly from the hop quality I enjoy here slightly.

This is something I like - a beer I didn't expect to enjoy, yet proved to be decent. I won't inflate it's goodness here, but it is an ok IPA if you have a hop craving. I think it is pretty middle of the pack reallly but there is something about this that is different which I admire

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent off white head falls into a nice lacing above a clearish rich well carbonated honey golden colored beer.

A big citrus, floral, and piney hops aroma with some sourness to it.

Citrus fruit with oranges dominating an otherwise dry taste with some hints of floral and pine characteristics to the taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the hops taste sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty darn good bottle of beer, Encore, Encore.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Good frothing, hazed pale amber

SMELL: Leafy, spicy, hop oil, tangerine, fresh cut grass, bready, yeast, kiwi, esters

TASTE: Bitter, smooth, medium bodied, hop oil, herbal, tobacco, jasmine, earthy, mint, citric rind, grainy, yeast, vegtal, bitter semi-dry finish.

Decent, a bit unbalanced. The hop flavor takes over a bit too much. Sure you get your hop fix but it is a bit of chore to sip.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the more unique and interesting floral noses I can recall experiencing. Hop tones burn interesting in a nearly mellow fashion. Interesting is the word that strikes me with this. Novelty beers that mix styles can come off as pretty lame; this does not strike me as such. Nice drinker.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see where they are going with this it's a clouded bottle conditioned citrus/pine hop bomb much like a Two Hearted ale, I can detect some Centennial hops with grapefruit pungency then I would dare to say Amarillo, Cascade, maybe Columbus. Okay I just checked and it's Simcoe and Amarillo. Pours a clouded deep honey golden hue with a big white head forming fine even coated lacing. Aroma has a super hoppy pungency grapefruit/juicy hoppiness coated with malt sugars. Not overly sweet or bitter a nice grapefruit biscuit combo that's quite nice. More east coast than west coast hop bomb but it's a solid flavorful player that was even better at the end of the fall season when this was released. Best by date on the neck is 1/31/11 so imagine what this was tasting like 2 months ago. Solid easy going carbonation doesn't overwhelm the palate nice hop bitterness slight resinous hop oils gliding across with each sip. Very nice probably my favorite thus far from the IPA on tour series and I can't picture the Black IPA beating this sessionable citrusy IPA, I will cheer for an Encore if the new owners want continue what's good from Magic Hat.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber color. Very nice three-finger head; settles rocky leaving a thin ring of lace initially.

Lots of raw hop smell right up front. Fresh. No malt aromas.

Classic IPA flavors: Light pale malt up front with a bitter hop wallop quickly descending on the tastebuds. Full bodied with some spritzy carbonation. The hop is simply a bitter flavor delivery system. It doesn't have a more specific background taste. Like I said, it is a perfect fit in the category, but it doesn't offer anything different or unusual.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin, fluffy lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus with wheat tang. Not quite robust, but strong enough and pleasant enough to be enjoyable.

The taste is of wheat tang, a touch of honey-like sweetness with a citric/herbal hop bitter finish.

It is on the fuller-side of light-bodied and lighter-side of medium-bodied border. Medium carbonation.

An enjoyable hoppy American Pale Wheat Ale! Hoppy enough to fit in IPA category as well.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, low retention, not a lot of lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is a little grainy, a little sweet, and a little hoppy, mostly pine and citrus hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, the finish is nice but not bitter enough, the overall beer is decent but boring, not enough hops, it says it is an American Wheat IPA on the label but I don't get a lot of wheat character.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very nice pale and biquit malt scent along with an excellent citrus hop character. The hops work well with bready notes. The taste is good. It has a very aggressive hop character that resinates in the finish. It's well recieved and compliments a solid pale and bisquit malt base. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has to be the hoppiest beer Magic Hat produces.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this one.

A - bright orange with a big, white head that has great retention

S - wheat, spicy, earthy hops

T - wheat, spicy hops, peppery

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer, but it leaves me wanting more. I liked the wheat presence and the balance of the hops, but ultimately it was simple and became boring. It would make for a nice session IPA. Anyone who is enjoying this new trend of wheat IPAs should probably try this if for no other reason than due diligence.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, purchased in Peekskill Bev., Peekskill, NY.

Best before dating etched onto the neck of the bottle...nice- best before some date in Jan 2011.

Hazed, medium apricot, quality head, near white, retentive, leaves nice fine lace, on top of some temporary sheeting.

Pungent pinapple, citrus hop in the nose. Fresh and flavorful.

Well hopped, waves of resiny, citric hops. Also picking up a complementary and subtle wheat malt character.

Enjoyable creation, better then most MH offerings...

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.