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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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671 Ratings

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Ratings: 671
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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Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy bright orange with a bright white sticky head. Smells hoppy, grassy, and citric. Very clean nose.

Slightly Different taste. Getting some pear and passion fruit taste up front. Nice change of pace compared to the normal citric flavors of IPA's. Finishes nice and dry with some balancing bitter hops. Super clean. This beer super surprised me. Not bad at all and would make a great session IPA.

Fruity, zesty, different, yet still IPA like. However I am getting none of that wheat.

Different, fun, and a nice change of pace. Not bad at all Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:17:36 | More by jtierney89
Photo of ocelot2500


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunburst orange with a tight, white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of grassy and citrusy hops.

Tastes of the citrus character with a solid malt backbone. Hops come through first with notes of lemon along with some grass notes. This leads into some fruity notes. Malts come in and add a little caramel along with bread notes. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and fits in well with the Magic Hat lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:30:17 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Mattyb79


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-02-2013 02:24:36 | More by Mattyb79
Photo of scottbrew4u


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
Photo of BlissJunkie


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-22-2013 17:37:56 | More by BlissJunkie
Photo of HRamz3


2/5  rDev -44.3%

10-10-2013 13:16:31 | More by HRamz3
Photo of paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-08-2014 01:09:09 | More by paulish
Photo of 57md


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-brownish straw color with a finger of white head. There is only a mild hint of hops in the nose. Citrus upfront with a faint hint of wheat present. The finish is subtly hoppy. The body on this offering is not terribly hearty.

As with many other Magic Hat beers, the label is the best part of this offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:20:02 | More by 57md
Photo of dwagner003


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-05-2014 04:56:50 | More by dwagner003
Photo of connecticutpoet


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
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured in a pilsner glass, color ranges from a murky orange to a copper. Thin layer of white head sustains on the top with a bit of lacing on the sides.

S- Grass, pine, hop oil, tangerine, bready malt, butter and yeast.

T- Grassy and citrus hops with a bit of wheat, not much of a malt backbone. Finishes a bit dry with a slight hop linger.

M- med-light body, crisp foamy carbonation

O- hops seem to dominate with not much malt presence. Still very drinkable, just a bit unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 02:43:32 | More by Treyliff
Photo of lucasj82


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-15-2013 01:13:10 | More by lucasj82
Photo of Proclarush


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-29-2012 22:07:14 | More by Proclarush
Photo of bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-31-2013 11:06:33 | More by bmjivi221
Photo of jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-09-2014 22:36:47 | More by jaswilson2
Photo of jayhunter357


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-01-2013 00:29:01 | More by jayhunter357
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of citrus hops. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is grassy,with a mix of fruity earthy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel are in the mix as well. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:54:50 | More by riversider76
Photo of JimGlonke


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-26-2012 20:55:29 | More by JimGlonke
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-08-2012 20:59:31 | More by mvanaskie13
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-02-2012 16:09:35 | More by HamGlade10
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-09-2012 16:23:19 | More by TheRuss9585
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My experience (beer in-hand) nearly mirrors Meerkey's description below. There were more qualities in the beer but unfortunately my bottle ran out and I'll have to update once I can find some more.

A= dark golden, nice white head when poured, lots of pooling and effervescence going on.

S= pine, red grapefruit, some bready sweet malts.

T= very nice, hops to the grapefruit side but not overwhelmingly so, some florals as well; slightly bready malts, very light honey notes, overall nicely balanced and helping to further restore my damaged image of Magic Hat's offerings in the mid-late 2000's.

M= dry yet with a touch of sweet balance, some hops florals and hints of bready malts.

D= very drinkable, would make great session or on-tap. Not an overwhelming IPA on the IBU scale but a solid entry and probably more widely acceptable among the non-hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 19:34:08 | More by therica
Photo of patre_tim


4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-29-2014 22:33:37 | More by patre_tim
Photo of scootny

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looked more like a Belgian than anything else. The huge chunks of yeast floating around are either gonna be a turn off of an invitation. More of the former to me but still not the best looking beer. Nice sized head that stays and leaves good amounts of lace. Smell however is rather pedestrian and mild. Bready malts and caramel greet my nose and a healthy amount of pine as well. Light citrus playing towards orange. Taste is tilted towards the west coast but not quite as big. Caramel malt core leads. Whole grain bread and light toasted notes. A healthy grapefruit to balance but is a bit one dimensional. Nice leafiness and a very clean dry finish. Feel is nicely weighted with a smooth carbonation. Overall not bat but somehow just a bit of a hitch in the giddyup. Not bad though and you can certainly do worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 23:05:50 | More by scootny
Photo of Karibourgeois


3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-09-2014 13:24:41 | More by Karibourgeois
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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