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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

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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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-16-2011 03:45:51 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 05:10:51 | More by mactrail
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:19:32 | More by smcolw
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-12-2013 19:01:14 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky, orange toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a tiny cap and thick collar. Spotty speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus right off the bat with grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, with a malt base of caramel, and biscuit.
Taste is of the aromas with a citrusy, hoppy, refreshing flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zippy, balanced, and refreshing.
You go, Magic Hat! This one is a keeper!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:13:29 | More by weeare138
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:38:33 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 16:38:25 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-05-2013 19:07:40 | More by InspectorBob
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Zorro

California

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed orange with a small white colored head, pretty average.

Smell is malt and hops with a distinct citrus edge to it. Scents of wood, tea and grapefruit. Smells a little woody.

Starts out semi-dry with a tea and wood after taste. Gets a little sweeter as you drink it but the flavor is mostly tea and wood with grapefruit oil, drinkable but could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer but not one I would buy often, better beer is out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 03:10:11 | More by Zorro
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-28-2013 01:30:45 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Encore

Pours a hazed straw, appearing like an unfiltered wheat beer with a soapy head. Aroma of lemon peel, citrus, herbs and hay. In the taste, wheat malt coming across almost tart, with a moderate bitterness and leafy, oily resins. Lemon, pine, small grapefruit. Not over the top, quite in balance with the wheat taking the lead. Comes off somewhat juicy, essentially a hopped up wit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, little to no bite. Overall, a mixture of styles, a bit confused, but still decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 21:36:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 23:11:28 | More by beerthulhu
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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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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 21:29:30 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:56:25 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

01-18-2013 05:59:32 | More by Kelp
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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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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-06-2013 00:42:50 | More by Zaphog
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-21-2013 01:29:26 | More by scruffwhor
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

02-03-2014 19:36:27 | More by GraduatedCashew
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper which was kind of unexpected for an IPA since I have been having many clear ones, with an inch of fluffy head

S - Mostly pine and resin with a bit of citrus and malt. Smells kind of dry hopped.

T - Ow dry hopped is right! I am not sure what kind of hops were used but they leave quite a dry feeling on the palate. The taste is pretty balanced but mostly sweet citrus hops and a prickly pine bite that taste like fresh cut hops.

M - Pretty bitter and dry. Kind of hard to finish.

D - Well I loved the HIPA and dig the Lucky Kat but it seems like a dry hopping flavor from this IPA wasn't clicking with me. For reals I did kind of buy it for the cover art and it still is a pretty drinkable brew but one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 06:32:33 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle, $1.69 as a single. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's mostly citrusy and pine hops, and some wheat and bready malt are noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and has a good amount of carbonation. Overall I think it's a solid brew. It's not a great IPA, but one that's still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:44:18 | More by bluejacket74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered messy, mucky looking browned pear gold hue with a good medium sized capping of light puffy foam sitiing on top that lasts. Patchy lacing with some spotty sheeting etches across the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is of fresh hay-like/grassy hoppyness, quite fresh and resinous with a nice quality of floral leafyness that brings in a bit of fresh orange peel and tangerine citrus.

Taste has a nice firmness of pungently set hoppyness that's a bit citric and a bit dry and leafy all layered together with a pretty nice complexity. Lightly bready sweet in the malt backbone that comes through in mostly the ending areas of its character as the hops stick about the cheeks with a touch of bittering dryness pinched with dull orange peel.

Body is a firm mediumishness with a good balance and smooth character that allows the hops to get a good hold without completely blowing the palate off the map.

A solid IPA from Magic Hat, quite sessionable too.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:54:19 | More by tavernjef
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-10-2014 13:49:01 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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chippo33

Vermont

1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

06-01-2014 09:05:28 | More by chippo33
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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