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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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677 Ratings

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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

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Photo of JohnnyCage


4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

Stats: (according to website) 6% ABV / 45 IBUs.
Part of the "I.P.A. on Tour" promotion of Magic Hat.

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very orange and hazy, sticky lace and carbonated well. Not very fizzy, settles out just fine. The color makes it very inviting and looks like it will be very citrusy and hoppy.

Smell: Very pleasant citrus/floral scent and a slight scent of the hops. Almost fruity in its scent, but it is pleasing.

Taste: Great notes of orange/grapefruit up-front with a slight bitter tinge to it, settles out into biscuits and lemon. Seems that they wanted fruitiness at the beginning, then to settle into a slight bitter, biscuity finish. This fits well with the "American IPA" designation, as its rather floral and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness prevents it from being perfectly smooth, but it is easy on the palate, not very thick or chewy. The bottle says 6% ABV, but that is not easily detectable.

Drinkability: Magic Hat describes this as being an American Wheat IPA that is wet and dry-hopped. It is very tasty, not amazing, but seems like a nice casual beer. I would definitely have another. It seems to be more of a summer-time IPA, but the fruit/citrus is a nice relief in the cold winter.

01-04-2011 03:24:43 | More by JohnnyCage
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

I see where they are going with this it's a clouded bottle conditioned citrus/pine hop bomb much like a Two Hearted ale, I can detect some Centennial hops with grapefruit pungency then I would dare to say Amarillo, Cascade, maybe Columbus. Okay I just checked and it's Simcoe and Amarillo. Pours a clouded deep honey golden hue with a big white head forming fine even coated lacing. Aroma has a super hoppy pungency grapefruit/juicy hoppiness coated with malt sugars. Not overly sweet or bitter a nice grapefruit biscuit combo that's quite nice. More east coast than west coast hop bomb but it's a solid flavorful player that was even better at the end of the fall season when this was released. Best by date on the neck is 1/31/11 so imagine what this was tasting like 2 months ago. Solid easy going carbonation doesn't overwhelm the palate nice hop bitterness slight resinous hop oils gliding across with each sip. Very nice probably my favorite thus far from the IPA on tour series and I can't picture the Black IPA beating this sessionable citrusy IPA, I will cheer for an Encore if the new owners want continue what's good from Magic Hat.

01-04-2011 02:04:49 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of david18

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

I got a twelve ounce bottle of this as part of a mixed sixpack at my local beer store. I'm not a huge fan of Magic Hat, but they are an interesting brewery and I'll always try a new IPA. This was typical of an East Coast IPA, not as hoppy and the hops leaning more towards pine than citrus.

Pale yellow color, a little cloudy and a lot of carbonation. Aroma, as mentioned earlier, is a pine, sticky smell. Flavor as well is piney and quite well balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. I'll definitely have another one of these when I see it again.

01-03-2011 22:38:13 | More by david18
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a thin cap of head that fades to a ring

Aroma: Lots of fresh, piney hops with citrus and wet hay notes

Taste: Big piney hop notes upfront fading to a more grapefruit pith-like bitterness over a sweet malt body with a lingering, bitter finish.

The Rest: Body is on par for the style and drinkability is good. This is a pretty enjoyable IPA

01-03-2011 01:31:20 | More by curasowa
Photo of bubseymour


4.61/5  rDev +28.4%

Poured into a standard U.S pint glass.

Appearance - 1.5 finger head. Creamy, small foam bubbles and nice lacing. Murky orange color...looks like a combo wheat beer/IPA.

Smell - May be the best smelling beer I've ever sampled. A perfect combination of hops explosion and citrus.

Taste - Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! Perfect combination of hops and fruity notes. The hops is strong and present but leaves a very smooth finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very good.

Drinkability - Very easy drinking beer considering the very strong hops aroma and taste. NOt sure if the over-the-top hops/fruitiness would make having several of these too much or not.

Overall - One of the best IPA's I've had to date. Has some similarities to the Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, but the Magic Hat concoction may be a little easier to drink and APV is slightly less as well. I highly recommend this one for IPA lovers!!!

01-02-2011 19:14:49 | More by bubseymour
Photo of weeare138


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Appears a murky, orange toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a tiny cap and thick collar. Spotty speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus right off the bat with grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, with a malt base of caramel, and biscuit.
Taste is of the aromas with a citrusy, hoppy, refreshing flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zippy, balanced, and refreshing.
You go, Magic Hat! This one is a keeper!

12-29-2010 18:13:29 | More by weeare138
Photo of ferrari29


4.13/5  rDev +15%

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a one and half finger white foam; foam was rocky in appearance and held very well; lots of quality lacing formed on the sides of the glass; the body was a cloudy orange color and too thick to tell if was alive with carbonation or not

S - This beer is packed with hops; I can smell the sweet flowery aroma well before I put my nose to the edge of the glass; pine hop notes & citrus (orange, pineapple) zest come up immediately; aroma is well-built into this beer, brewers did a fantastic job of concocting this brew; slight hint of lemon, but mostly hop and caramel blast to the nose

T - Hop notes and other tastes not as explosive as I expected; the flavor itself leaves a grapefruit tart/sourness on the tongue which immediately tickles both sides of the tongue; the flavor finishes in the back of the mouth with a full bitter taste that lingers well into the aftertaste; semi-light flavor but well-balanced; high hop taste comes up during 'retro-olfaction'; my mucus is currently experiencing hop overload

M - The feel of the beer is creamy and bubbly; the consistency of the beer holds from sip to swallow; the brewers at Magic Hat did a fantastic job of blending a complex amount of hops to strike a great balance of flavor

D - Encore is a well made beer; I liked it a lot and could definitely have a few more; this is the first Magic Hat I have had in a long time and I'm disappointed that I waited so long to have another

12-29-2010 04:30:10 | More by ferrari29
Photo of random846


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance: Pours a darkish orange with about two fingers of white head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

Smell: Hops and citrus, not particularly strong but pleasant.

Taste: Nice hops upfront, not the most bitter of beers but this is a IPA/wheat hybrid so it shouldn't be. Definitely can taste the citrus. The beer just tastes really good.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light to medium body. Aftertaste fades quickly for an IPA.

Drinkability: Exceptional, the wheat aspects of this hybrid really make this beer extremely easy to drink.

Although not the most bitter or hoppy IPA, Encore is an interesting mix of a wheat beer and an IPA which makes it quite tasty and extremely drinkable.

12-28-2010 20:54:42 | More by random846
Photo of masey222


4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

Woody orange, oak, color and pretty cloudy, with a thin head that falls to film fast but sticks to the glass well...
The smell is hops, really coniferous hops and a really nice sour orange but isn't super strong...
taste is well balanced nice pine hop, not to floral but some nice flower notes has some orange notes as well that balance it out well, the taste is consistent all the way through and is really fresh...
it is very crisp the kind of thing that make you go ahh and smack your lips after the first drink...
a really really good IPA, isn't to floral which I like, very very drinkable I would buy a second.

12-23-2010 10:09:39 | More by masey222
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3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: Pours a clouded, amber-gold body with a foaming, off-white head giving a lasting wispiness.

Smell: Modest malts, pale and wheaty, beneath fragrant hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine blossoms, and a bit of pineapple.

Taste: A lightly bready, lightly sweet taste of tangy malted wheat and pale malts. I gotta say, even right at the beginning, the mouthfeel starts thinning out at a record pace. Hops yield citrus fruits, leaning towards tangerines, with some minor florals and ample bitterness giving this wheat ale an IPA leaning.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Essentially, it's a passable wheat with a decent IPA hop profile. Maybe not a home run, but at least a well-played single.

12-22-2010 19:16:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Monstro

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +37.3%

This is a very well made IPA. I've never had a wheat IPA before, but if this is how they taste I'm looking forward to trying many more! I really like what Magic Hat is doing with the IPA Tour, and I look forward to trying the next realease. Cheers!

12-22-2010 17:43:59 | More by Monstro
Photo of AgentMunky


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before 31 March 2011.

A: Pours very murky, like lots of yeast or sediment is present. Opaque yellow-brown, ranging from a maple center to honey edges. Little head, but decent lacing.

S: Citrus and pine. Hops.

T: A damn good IPA. Crisp and clean, not immediately flavorful. However, very quickly a subdued citrus carbonation comes flooding in hounded by hordes of hops. Malt is present enough to contribute to a brilliantly balanced beer that is a real pleasure to drink. Yum! The aftertaste is quenching, lightly tart and bitter, and moreish.

M: Firm; not quite bready or biscuity, but almost. Enjoyable.

D: One of the best IPAs I've had in recent memory. A shame that it's a limited time only -- this is one of my all-time favourite Magic Hat brews. Absolutely recommended.

12-20-2010 23:49:33 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass. best by FEB 28 2011. "better luck next time" on the bottom of the cap. list on the website as "a wheat ipa hopped and dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo"

pours out a super cloudy hazy burnt orange color with a very nice looking creamy white retentive head. sticky lace covering every inch of the glass. looks exactly what i pictured a wheat ipa to look like.

lots of big citrus, piney, raw pellet hop aromas. bits of tropical fruit and a very light pale malt present. mostly hopforward aroma however. the hops smell raw and fresh.

very nice tasting big piney, citrus, raw pellet hops in the forefront, but towards the finish, the beer is ruined by this off flavored meaty, pukey, vegetable like taste. i might percieve this as the wheat interacting with the hops. if you can look past this, the hops make for a bitter resinous ipa, which is pretty impressive at 45 IBUs.

a nice fresh tasting ipa that goes down easy, but i wouldnt recommend it due to the off flavors towards the finish.

12-20-2010 01:28:46 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%

poured into an american shker pint glass. Nice rocky white head and excellant lacing.Nice ipa like golden orange color, though I noticed some wispy looking sedament type strings in the glass, wierd! Is this a hybrid ipa?
Nice big hop aromas prevail here, piney and resonous with some tropical fruit.
Defintely a hop forward profile here as well but with a good malt backbone.Pine resonous in your face with a good malty compliment that finishes nice and bitter but yet citrusy.
Slick oily hoppiness on the feel.
I enjoyed this magic hat brew...but what the heck was up with those odd stringers of sedimentary like wisps?

12-19-2010 03:18:50 | More by welldigger888
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%

Pours a golden orange with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of citrus hops. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is grassy,with a mix of fruity earthy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel are in the mix as well. Excellent.

12-18-2010 01:54:50 | More by riversider76
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a Newbury Comics/Faneuil Hall pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange/yellow with two finger of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has some green, earthy flavors. There is a cut grass flavor but also has a bit of a flint-like flavor in the nose.

The taste pops a bit with some grassy hop flavor. Some piney flavor that reminds me of a Douglas fur or other type of tree. The hops leave a very pungent bitter flavor through out and hits the hardest toward the end.

The body of this beer is medium and has a way of holding itself up throughout. The feel is pretty smooth as it goes down and well. There is a slight aftertaste but leaves quickly.

12-15-2010 04:07:42 | More by Duhast500
Photo of klenn

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

Well, picked up a six pack of this after enjoying some Magic Hat HIPA earlier in the year. The one liner under the cap read, "How Did You Get Like This?" Poignant.

Poured from a bottle into Sierra Nevada pint glass. Pours w/a nice two finger head, clingy lace. This beer is cloudy as hell!.. almost looks like cider in the light I was in. Smells grapefruity, some nice hoppage. Though my expectations weren't too high, this beer tastes actually really good. Magic Hat has found a winner in this IPA/Wheat hybrid... I found myself making repeat trips to the fridge for refills, it's a drinker for sure. A good amount of carbonation, not syrupy, you can notice a smoothness from the wheat that you don't normally get in a regular IPA. Hop level is no where near the HIPA, which also attributes to the smoothness and drinkability of this one. This beer also gets tastier as it gets warmer, which rules.

So, if you're a dude looking for a total hop fix, look elsewhere. The Encore is just a solid subtly fruity, endlessly drinkable celebratory ale to usher in the new year. Enjoy!

12-14-2010 19:50:43 | More by klenn
Photo of KyleVick4


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

12oz bottle in a pint glass

A: Looks good. Deep copper color with nice head that lasts and clings well to the glass as the time progresses.

S: Like a juicy IPA. Lots of citrusy hop up front, not overpowering but just right. Smells like I want to drink it.

T: Citrus hop upfront but not overpowering. Weak malt, but acceptable for the style. A little syrupy but very tasty. A good IPA. Not great, but definitely good. More hop power to make it great IMO.

M: Good mouthfeel. Carbonation is right, not syrupy but not fizzy. Easy drinker, the hops are a little harsh on the palate though.

D: Good drinkablitiy. Easy mouthfeel makes it an easy drinker. Good taste makes it a happy drink.

All in all a good IPA. Would recommend. Not as off-key as other ales from MH. I like this beer.

12-13-2010 02:54:29 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of far333


4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Slightly hazed pale apricot colored with a full inch of fluffy white foam that settles out slowly leaving bumps and dimples of foam.

Bright and inviting aroma of tangerine and orange rind.

Flavors of bright citrusy hops upfront, moving to fresh cut pine. An understated honey malt rides beneath adding some balance. Subtle notes of cinnamon and toffee. Firm bitterness lingers, changing to red grapefruit rind and sappy pine notes.

Smooth and even mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable beer, my favorite IPA from MH thus far, I hope they keep this one around.

12-10-2010 22:50:02 | More by far333
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light brown color with golden hues. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Definitely citrusy. Has a strong lemon/grapefruit hops smell to it.

Taste: The beer hits you strong up front with citrusy/grassy hops. Towards the back, it gains a touch of maltiness and a slightly sour flavor. Magic Hat's website describes this as a wheat IPA, so I'm attributing that sour flavor to the wheat in this beer. Pretty damn tasty...

Mouthfeel: A little light on body but still crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: A unique and highly drinkable IPA. This IPA is definitely hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. The wheat in it gives it a slightly different flavor and, overall, it's a good effort from Magic Hat.

12-09-2010 02:53:00 | More by wahhmaster
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

had the chance to try these two out of the new seasonal pack, i always seem to find my way into them some way or another. served cold and into a pint glass.

a light amber pour, with a moderate lacing that fades as quickly as it begins and fades quickly with a light lacing around the sides, aroma is fresh fruit, light bready and sugary notes that spread across into the flavor. sweet oranges, hints of pineapple and passion fruit and a touch of zest come into play. i actually really liked the flavor as it had a juicy quality to it and really set it apart. smooth finish with a light dry note and a nice, light carbonation.

overall not a bad ipa at all. i dont seem too have an issue with their ipas, it seems most of the other offerings come off bland.

12-09-2010 02:04:04 | More by mikesgroove
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

very smooth and tastey, not a typical brew from magic hat. much different than say the #9 which is fruity, this IPA is very hoppy much like other india pale ales. very drinkable but also nothing extraordinarily here, that being said, i like this beer, no complaints.

12-07-2010 20:25:34 | More by CBOLAND17
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

A-Much lighter than I was expecting. Pours an orange-yellow, with little head that dissipated rather quickly

S-Hops with earthy tones.

T-Tastes how it smells. Very hoppy, I was surprised that Magic Hat would make a beer with this much hops. Not very bitter though. Sweet citrus notes as the beer was warming.

M-Smooth, not much after taste though

D-At 6% I could have a couple of these while watching Monday Night Football.

12-07-2010 00:31:34 | More by rlee1390
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Reviewed on 3 December 2010.

Poured right out of the fridge into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, producing a firm 1-finger head, reducing to a nice film, lacing is a little stickier than typical Magic Hat beers. Color is a cloudy amber-orange. Aroma of earthy, slight souring hops, and citrus, with a hint of...tobacco?? Now we're talking loose tobacco -- not crummy big-label cigarettes. There is also some wheat on the nose. Taste of clean citrus hops, a little grapefruit, apricot, and a sliver of bitter kick.

Letting this beer warm up brings out the freshness and earthiness of hops. Tropical fruits come out of nowhere when tasting warmer. There is something unique about the aroma...some sort of slight sourness...it is difficult to say whether or not that is a good aroma, but it must be because I'm so intrigued. This is an excellent session IPA. The mellow MELLOW bitterness does not zap the palate in the slightest. Some light sticky malts cling to the palate. Magic Hat's Hi.P.A. and Encore are the best of the series I've ever had.

12-03-2010 23:43:00 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

On the neck: Best by Jan 31, 2011.

Cloudy, peppery, burnt orange color, with an absorbent amount of carbonation, and about a finger of two worth of head with that retained itself nicely throughout the session.

S: Nice citrus bomb, with grapefruit hitting the nose first, followed by orange, wheat, and an entire lemon peel.

T: While there was some of that wonderful citrus juiciness on the front part of the taste, the aftertaste had kind of an unpleasant chalkiness, which killed the sweetness, muted the citrus, thereby making the booze more transparent. Bummer.

M: Like I said, it was a bit boozy on the finish and I wish there was more organic sweetness in general. The carbonation was spot on.

D: Not a bad IPA (MH said on their website that this is a Pale Wheat). While I really dug the nose, I was surprisingly disappointed by the taste. Still, this is better than a lot of Magic Hat's stuff.

11-30-2010 23:01:53 | More by Chaney
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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