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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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dowen44

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-18-2011 00:47:13 | More by dowen44
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murth

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-17-2011 01:35:16 | More by murth
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours cloudy orange with a gorgeous fluffy 2 fingers of head that coats the glass and fades very slowly. Aroma is certainly hoppy, Amarillo really stand out. Really smells nice, inviting a first sip.

First sip is... nicely balanced. Huge hop flavor, I detect the cat-pee like Simcoe, with a nice crystal malt sweetness for balance. Finish is pretty smooth - I'd prefer a little more of a bitter kick in the teeth from my IPAs. Nevertheless, still a decent bitter aftertaste.

This is a nice example of an East Coast IPA. Hoppy yet balanced. Personally, not the biggest fan of Simcoe hops, but I still am enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:07:35 | More by FickleBeast
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +39.3%

12-16-2011 16:16:50 | More by Goldfoot
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latackbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-16-2011 04:00:07 | More by latackbeer
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-15-2011 02:51:17 | More by sparx1100
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ale207

Maine

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-14-2011 20:54:54 | More by ale207
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phattman073

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-14-2011 14:56:55 | More by phattman073
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:31:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 16:00:53 | More by BEERMILER12
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mumbrell

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-12-2011 14:59:40 | More by mumbrell
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areich6

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-11-2011 03:55:10 | More by areich6
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-10-2011 20:25:36 | More by supercolter
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dave00100

Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-10-2011 18:17:37 | More by dave00100
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 17:47:46 | More by Gmann
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beer4brian331

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-10-2011 03:30:32 | More by beer4brian331
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vncolbert

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-08-2011 03:04:11 | More by vncolbert
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-06-2011 22:43:05 | More by jk3
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-04-2011 06:10:57 | More by cantfindme
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57md

Pennsylvania

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
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-04-2011 00:29:20 | More by RoryOMoore
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 17:36:59 | More by OneDropSoup
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-03-2011 07:31:31 | More by pschul4
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travipa

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 05:53:33 | More by travipa
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +39.3%

12-02-2011 01:10:19 | More by Ecolello87
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.