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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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688 Ratings

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Ratings: 688
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 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
Photo of mumbrell
4/5  rDev +11.4%

mumbrell, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of areich6
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

supercolter, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of dave00100
4/5  rDev +11.4%

dave00100, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of beer4brian331
3/5  rDev -16.4%

beer4brian331, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of vncolbert
4/5  rDev +11.4%

vncolbert, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -16.4%

jk3, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

cantfindme, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of 57md
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.

57md, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +11.4%

RoryOMoore, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
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.

OneDropSoup, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

pschul4, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of travipa
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.

travipa, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Ecolello87
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Ecolello87, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Haus
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Haus, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

EmergingZymurgy, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of fields336
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

fields336, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

puboflyons, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Kerin
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

Kerin, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +11.4%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +39.3%

trisweb, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Another6Pack, Nov 26, 2011
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.