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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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 Finiki
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Finiki, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of blnktapes
3/5  rDev -16.4%

blnktapes, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of eaphikap
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

eaphikap, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Durge
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.

Durge, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

lainiwakura, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tonypetro, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of NedShakeshaft
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.

NedShakeshaft, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -16.4%

assman79, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dowen44, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of murth
4/5  rDev +11.4%

murth, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
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.

FickleBeast, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

latackbeer, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

sparx1100, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ale207, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
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

BEERMILER12, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

mumbrell, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

areich6, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

supercolter, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

dave00100, Dec 10, 2011
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.