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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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769 Ratings

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 72 | 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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Ratings: 769 | Reviews: 217
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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of latackbeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of phattman073
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  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

Photo of mumbrell
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dave00100
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of travipa
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of Haus
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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