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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

212 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 783
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 89 | 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: 212 | Hads: 783
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Hazy orange wheat color with a decent head for a bottle. Sticky lacing...
hoppy aroma, slight pine and grapefruit; taste like it smells.

Very unique IPA. Wheaty hefe meets ipa. I really like this, its deff worth a try. (255 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A :Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow/orange color with a fingernails worth of head that surprisingly sticks around for a bit

S: Nice and hoppy, mostly grass and grapefruit rind with some nice backing malts. Pretty simple, but good

T: Same as the smell, pretty much solely grassy/earthy and citrus rind hops with a light amount of pale and wheat malts. Fairly bitter, but not too bad

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick yet oily

O: A good, easy drinking IPA. Nothing spectacular or different here, but it's easy to come by in the sixer (at least in the winter, obviously), and decently priced (602 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden color, unfiltered so it is hazy. The head is small and wispy, leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is of a musty floral hop that has some grapefruit notes. Some lemony sourness. Kind of has a musty homebrewed IPA aroma.

The hops standout nicely in the flavor. Good floral, grapefruit, and pine flavors. This goes along with a lemony/lime flavor. The malt is pretty neutral and just provides a bready base to showcase the hops.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. The beer has a hoppy bitterness on the palate and finishes with an asprin like dryness.

A good hopped up American wheat ale. Definitely worth a sample. (646 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Big old souffle head, tapioca colored, over densely hazed burnt orange body. Lookin' damn fine. Chunks of scrappy lacing.

Punchy lemon & grapefruit in the smell, pulp & zest. Some sweetness hanging around just underneath. Smellin' good too.

Bitter citrus up front, too, more pithy. A little lemony sweetness, then turns to a tea-like dryness with & finishes, last really piney & bitter into the aftertaste. Not much malt character to speak of.

Refreshing, medium-bodied, & the finish is pretty dry & kind of tannic.

Pretty good showing here from Magic Hat - I'd had hoppy wheats before, but I think this was my first "wheat IPA". Can't say I really pick up on any wheat characteristics other than the appearance. Still a good drinker, with an assertive hop character & good body. (812 characters)

Photo of travipa
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

magic hat's true ipa. ain't your mother's not exactly pale ale.

reminiscent of good ipa's flavor profile.

strong hop smell.

full mouth feel.

bitter good taste.

lingering finish.

magic hat's #9 may be jealous.

all of vermont's brews have that fresh from the vat flavor. (275 characters)

Photo of Haus
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color is a medium gold with an orange-ish tint. A little hazy with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S – Smells like grapefruit/tangerine…some pine notes.
T - pleasant grapefruit/citrus punch coupled with a sweet malty finish, not terribly overwhelming “hopped up” which is to be expected at the lighter end for IBU’s…I think it said 45 on Hat’s website. A bit more fruity than expected.
M – Smooth, medium-light body
O – Pretty good flavor profile going on here, refreshing. However, if you are looking for a blast of hops in an IPA this is not the one. (580 characters)

Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, hazy light orange with minimal head that dissipated quickly but with decent lacing. Smells slightly citrusy, but more fruity. Tastes clean and finishes semi-dry. Has an apricot/nectarine flavor mid-taste. Feels slick. Not bad, but a bit fruitier than expected. (282 characters)

Photo of fields336
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into Shaker pint glass

A: a vigorous pour gives this beer a solid 2.5 finger golden white head. color is honey-gold with a slight haze from the wheat. head stays around for a while and forms peaks as it recedes

S: some sweet malts, with some citrus and floral hops and a slight wheat smell, almost adjunct-like

T: a smooth wheat and sweet malt taste at first, followed by a citric bite and then a smooth finish. bitterness lingers slightly, but is never intense.

M: it is light bodied, drinkable, maybe slightly undercarbed, there is also a slight chalkyness maybe to the beer, slightly offputting, but not gross.

O: This was a decent Wheat IPA. It cant stand up to a full standard American IPA, but it is nice. I'd like to try another Brewery's take on a Wheat IPA as it is an interesting style. I like it more than Black IPA's. (847 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on November 27, 2011. It has a hazy, pale amber pour with a long lasting head that has an ice cream shake-like foaminess. The aroma is solidly floral hops with a slight citrus note. Not much wheat considering they tout it as an American Wheat IPA on the label. Medium body. There is a powerful eruption of bitter hops in the taste. As far as IPA's go, it is a winner. But if this is meant to be a Wheat IPA it does not seem to live up to the marketing. Still, I liked it and found it easy to drink. (506 characters)

Photo of Kerin
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna give y'all a spoiler: I think this is an awesome beer. In a moment I'm going to go into the multi-part review, but first I need to say that this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. And with no further ado:

Appearance: It looks cool, and the appearance is still the worst part of this beer. Cloudy like a homebrew gone wrong, but an interesting peach color nonetheless. This isn't what beer usually looks like. Huge, sexy, frothy head that gets cloudy and chunky as it settles.

Smell: This is luxurious. It smells like a county fair made of fruit. Hay, a little bit of passionfruit (!), pears, overripe oranges. I love it. The Simcoe hops are magic, and pair with the base malts very well.

Taste: Pineapple and freshly-cut hardwoods. It tastes like a cedar mill and a can of fruit cocktail. A little sweet, but it manages to fully satisfy.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not too fizzy, not too flat. The mouthfeel is hardest to describe because it's in a good place; it doesn't detract from the flavor the way Hex (also from Magic Hat) does. Very supportive. It's not syrupy, but it's not too thin either. (1,136 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of StoutLoverJon
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange a little cloudy and pours a mouth watering pillow of two finger clean white head.
S: a quite mild floral piney hop smell Emanates.
T: Medium bodied herbal piney with a mild bitter dry finish.
O: very solid beer from magic hat. It's a typical ipa that I would definitely buy again on sale. (304 characters)

Photo of abgba121
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color with about a half inch of white head that leaves a sticky trail of lace.

S: wheaty and sweet, some nice hop notes, citrus mostly

T: I like the wheat beer paired with the IPA. Sweetness up front and a small bitterness, citrusy and fruity

M: medium average body

O: a nice wheat IPA, something you don't see often (343 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head and nice lacing. Love the contrast between the bright hazy beer and white head.

Loads of fruity citrus up front with sour gummy worms and fresh hop buds.

Sweet candy, lemon zest and a sticky citrus bitterness are held up by a hidden backbone of sweet grains.

Nice resiny hop coating feel with some dryness

Another delicious IPA on Tour (390 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I would say golden wheat in color is apropos, turbulent streams of carbonation feed a thick rocky beige head with amazing retention

S - malty, wheaty, bready, backed up with a splendid hop profile, juicy grapefruit and pine to create a layered aroma

T - the wheat-ness of this IPA is ever apparent, a distinct grainy-breadiness that is a new (to me) twist on IPA and is welcome. beneath the fresh wheat flavor is a far more typical IPA hop profile, generic citrine flavors and some pine notes that spruce it up (get it?) even deeper is a cloying but discernible plain sugary sweetness

M&D - the underlying sweetness lends a smooth mouthfeel that combats the palate punch that the hop profile tries to land, mouth sticking and easy down, truly quaffable (759 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, orange/gold in color, with a nice, tight two-inch head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citrus hop note, wheat.
Taste-Nice up-front hop bite, earthy, herbal hops following through to a lingering bitter finish. Spicy wheat notes. Nice hop flavor throughout. Cries out for a spicy food match. Tacos with plenty of picante or nachos with the works. Recommended. (419 characters)

Photo of bourbonbock
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took a 12 oz bottle and poured into a fresh pint glass.

A. Cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of sticky whitish head.

S. Grapefruit up front with fresh malts and co2.

T. Sweet fresh body with citrusy and tangy aftertaste.

M. Thick and cloying sweet mouthfeel with refreshing aftertaste.

Overall a decent ipa made with wheat. Too citrusy for my taste but rather too much for regular drinking. (407 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks nice as it comes out a hazy orange hue, with a huge shock white head on top that leaves a ton of lacing as it slowly dissapates. Inconsistent foam sits thickly on top. Light wheat backbone behind somesweet grapefruit hops in the nose. Malt bill is high, but the hops seem to balance it out out efficiently. They smell clean and citrusy with fresh oranges and that grapefruit coming to mind. Even a touch of resin.

The taste is heavier on the hops with a nice sharp bitter pop on the sides and back of the palate. Sweet grapefruit plays off the smooth wheat on the frontside, while the hoppiness takes over the rest with ease. Between the resiny taste and orange and grapefruit rind tastes, the bitterness is very pronounced, but not unenjoyably so. The wheat malt manages to do a good job of providing a solid balance without being too sweet. The citrus is soft and light, creating a counterbalance to the sharpness of the hops. The mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated, finishing dry and hoppy. The resiny/rind bitterness lingers in the mouth, begging for another sip.

Good beer, maybe my favorite of the four IPAs in this series. Glad I picked it up. (1,157 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy honey/orange color. White head is frothy and level. Instead of receding, this head slowly gains momentum throughout the first few minutes after the pour.

S-Whoa. Um, this smells really good. My type of hop profile here. Super ripe, juicy, fresh citrus and tropical hoppiness. Exactly how I like edit: love my IPAs. Malt acts to balance the burgeoning fruity hop attack. Smells great.

T-Tastes just like grapefruit juice. Has that signature grapefruit tang on the back end. Very citrusy and juicy. Sweet maltiness is pretty delicious in its own regard. I like the nose a bit better, but this is damn good. Wheat hangs around in the background of every sip. Ripe, lively and delectable.

M-Medium bodied. A bit resiny. High carbonation. Not overly bitter. Flavor lasts for a bit.

O/D-This is a damn good beer. I swear if this wasn't a Magic Hat beer, it would get much better reviews from site members. This one is underrated. Probably my favorite Magic Hat brew. (980 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot look, low head, and nice lacing.

S - Light floral hop aroma with slight bitterness. Overall smell is light, but pleasant.

T - Very bold bitterness. Prolonged flavors really last on palate of a nice citrus bitterness. Touches of wheat undertones.

M - Smooth, nicely carbonated beer. Big risidual flavors on back end with a touch of a dry note on the very back end. Nice touches of wheat smoothness.

O- This is definitely more IPA than wheat, but the wheat backbone adds a level of drinkability and smooth feel that is really nice.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone (591 characters)

Photo of bobhits
1.83/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Magic hat seems to have the head/body thing down pat. Active body, creamy thick almost ice cream dense looking head. The aromas are light but this smells like a darn good IPA without the kick I'd like. The flavors however just aren't right. It is a melon dominate fruit flavor with pineapples adding their two since. The malt lacks the balance to fix these two not for me flavors. The finish on this is just awful, almost a dry cardboard like element.

Magic hat just seems to miss things time after time. I can see some IPA fans enjoying this one, but even those who this was made for I believe will feel this is average IPA at best. (635 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (774 characters)

Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.