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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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671 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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freduardo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-02-2012 17:00:32 | More by freduardo
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden tangerine color with a thin, clingy head. Cap says "don't eat with your feet." The previous cap said "live where you love and love where you live," which after ~9 years of drinking Magic Hat is the first cap I like.

Sharp pine aroma in the bottle settles into a passion fruity meringue hop in the glass. Twinkie malt. Smells good but I like stronger aromatics.

Tastes like orange sorbet with a pineapple acid bite. Good balance of prickly hop bitterness and juicy hop flavor. Wheat adds a mildy creamy dimension to the standard IPA mouthfeel. The ol' 1-2 punch of Simcoe & Amarillo never seems to fail.

Won't ever be confused for a West coast IPA but it's pretty bold by Magic Hat standards. A fine NYE libation.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 14:45:07 | More by donkeyrunner
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SMcGuire33

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-02-2012 06:50:22 | More by SMcGuire33
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Petro910

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-01-2012 17:25:31 | More by Petro910
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours medium gold/orange with a big foamy head. Good head retention, some lace. Towering head and some bubbles in the glass. Pretty beer.

Citric hop aroma up front, some grain in the nose.

Hoppy up front, with grapefruit rind bitterness. Some wheat and unrefined bready notes. Bitterness creeps in at the end with a finish for the hops. The use of whet doesn't do much for me here - in fact it makes the brew seem like it is lacking something.

Carbonation and a medium body. A bit tingly.

Overall, not bad, but something I'd tire of fast. Grill beer or something to chase food with. Hops and bread, and not much else. But that is the nature of the brew. Still, it was ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:14:01 | More by OtherShoe2
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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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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-30-2011 20:57:49 | More by NickyDee21
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Jamstone714

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-30-2011 05:20:45 | More by Jamstone714
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tsmiller7

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-29-2011 21:27:54 | More by tsmiller7
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44.3%

12-28-2011 19:37:20 | More by thatdirtymick
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-27-2011 15:16:41 | More by bluesplit63
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Bob6518

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-26-2011 18:33:32 | More by Bob6518
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ejohnson654

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-26-2011 18:30:58 | More by ejohnson654
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phishinNYC

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-25-2011 18:00:20 | More by phishinNYC
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Finiki

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-25-2011 03:15:00 | More by Finiki
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blnktapes

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-23-2011 16:10:27 | More by blnktapes
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy amber with 1/2 inch white foam, some resides. Sharp pine smell, evergreen. Pine cones. Hoppy full bitter taste wrapped around a lighter malt.

Interesting juxtaposition - sharp botter with a light wheat malt. Nicely blended, works really well together.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 16:08:50 | More by KTCamm
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eaphikap

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-22-2011 21:22:50 | More by eaphikap
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:46:59 | More by Jason
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-21-2011 16:57:43 | More by fizzyted
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Durge

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at Maggie McFly’s in Brookfield, CT as part of their modest craft beer list, this one shows a hazy yellow-tan color with a big fluffy head and decent lacing. The aroma gives off pleasantly sharp citrus wheat and mild floral toffee....not bad. The flavor brings bright citrus and woodsy wheat with a bit of a sunshine bite on the tongue. This is medium-light bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel that would be especially perfect for a summertime backyard refreshment. There is a slight aqueous quality but overall it offers full carbonation to fullfill each sip. I’m generally suprisingly pleased with this offering from Magic Hat and recommend it to anyone that enjoys a hop bite to their brews.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 00:55:39 | More by Durge
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lainiwakura

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-18-2011 21:16:17 | More by lainiwakura
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tonypetro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-18-2011 18:39:10 | More by tonypetro
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, plucked from Magic hat's winter seasonal pack.

This one is billed as an American Wheat IPA and is exactly that. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick head that holds its own. I was actually a little worried after the pour, thought it might be a jumbled mess but it's actually an extremely well-balanced ale. Fruity nose balanced by lots of American Hops. It's kind of like #9 meets Sierra Nevada, which is meant as a high compliment. Silky mouthfeel, very easy to drink for a hoppy ale. A bit bitter and grassy on the finish.

Kind of surprised it was included in the winter pack, it seems like more of a summer beer. Maybe there's a double-entendre in the name, like one more blast of summer amid the schwarzbier and the porter in the pack.

This would be a go-to IPA if it were year-round brew. I actually prefer it to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:36:05 | More by NedShakeshaft
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assman79

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-18-2011 03:54:09 | More by assman79
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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