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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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688 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small frothy white head, very little lacing on the glass.

Smell has a good citrusy hop presence, it's actually quite surprising that this aroma comes from a Magic Hat beer, light sweet malt helps to balance out the citrus hops but only slightly.

The hops aren't overly bitter in the taste, the citrus/pine does make a good appearance and has a resiny lingering aftertaste, the aftertaste can make it a bit difficult at times since sometimes it overstays its welcome.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of mc1775
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from brown bottle into samuel adams tasting glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head that hangs around and a good amount of lacing that clings all the way down

S- Wow very fruity and lots of citrus. Maybe some pineapple or something. Nice.

T- Strong citrus balanced with hops, Actually i cant reall tell apart Is it the hops that give it a citrus taste or is there actuall fruit in this. I like it, my palate is not evolved enough to pick everything out.

M- Light carbonated earthy.

D- Not sure this is only my second IPA, way better then the first one i had though so i assume its pretty good. Overall i enjoyed this beer.

Notes. Kinda similar to a sweet, grapefruit juice or something. My first IPA reveiw, hopefully ill get a better appreciation for them soon.

mc1775, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy dark orange with a big, creamy white cap. Good head retention. Rings of lace form wherever the beer rests when I finish a sip.

S- Lots of hops upon opening. I get a good dose of tropical fruit (peach), some citrus, pine and floral. Fades a bit over time but nice.

T- A good amount of malt and bread notes add into the hops in the flavor. The hops are pleasant, peach, citrus zest, floral and slight pine make a balanced hop profile.

MF- Light end body that is somewhat on the watery side of things. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Moderate bitterness as well.

DB- Magic Hat has been cranking out IPAs as of late. This one is really fresh and probably my favorite IPA by them so far. The hops are moderately used and balance out nicely. One could easily session this.

cbutova, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, purchased in Peekskill Bev., Peekskill, NY.

Best before dating etched onto the neck of the bottle...nice- best before some date in Jan 2011.

Hazed, medium apricot, quality head, near white, retentive, leaves nice fine lace, on top of some temporary sheeting.

Pungent pinapple, citrus hop in the nose. Fresh and flavorful.

Well hopped, waves of resiny, citric hops. Also picking up a complementary and subtle wheat malt character.

Enjoyable creation, better then most MH offerings...

Billolick, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is straight citrus and grassiness from the hops mixed with a hint of clove and wheat.

The taste is all bitter, not detecting much malt (barley or wheat) The citrus and grassiness of the hops with only a hint of clove from the yeast. Really not enjoying this one, too much bittering hops and not enough balance in my opinion. Hard to stomach for some reason.

The mouthfeel is full of lingering grassiness and sticky resin. This beer lingers far too much for my taste. It shouldnt be a struggle to finish a 12 oz bottle, but this was...

claspada, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of busterthecat
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- pours a very hazy golden orange. good head that keeps foam as i drink.

S- upfront tropic and citrus fruity hops. some spice. slight sourdough.

T- Light, refreshing, zesty. Mostly a citrus hop profile, light pine. some malt for a background but not the traditional "balanced" malt bill. Orange in the finish. Crisp hops that burst.

M- Wet, some sharpness. mellow hop linger. Not an over powering bitterness. A bit light.

D- Very high. Surprised by this East Coast IPA. Kinda like a jr sculpin. An exciting offering that I am planning to get more of.

busterthecat, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of ZSimon
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the mixed-six aisle at Cary Street Martin's, Richmond, VA.

Pours very hazy, almost murky apricot. Light tan, tight head that sticks around forever and doesn't show a sign of breaking up if I let it sit out all evening. (I would try this experiment, but then I wouldn't be enjoying this fantastic-looking brew.) The cap settles into irregular clumps, calling to mind a big Belgian IPA like Houblon Chouffe - and I don't use that comparison lightly.

The nose follows closely on the heels of its odd, intriguing appearance. Spicy citrus up front, but a big dose of yeasty, bready malt balances. This one feels like a winner already.

Surprising juicy fruit hits you on the first sip, but a tangier-than-the-nose-lets-on wheaty malt backbone backs it up. The finish is orange and grapefruit rind bitterness - not this beer's highlight, but hardly a weakness. Lively carbonation prevents any stickiness. A slight touch of warming alcohol peeks through at the end, which is surprising given the middle of the road abv, but I feel like I'm nitpicking at what is otherwise a very special beer.

This is a stand-alone brew - my feeling is that food would detract from this very beer-y beer. Drinking Encore brings to mind epic tastings with other beer nerds. Indeed, this is a beer that demands advocacy. Tell your friends - this one is a keeper!

ZSimon, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves awesome lacing. The aroma has a blast of citrusy hops upfront, along with some piney and floral notes in the background, wheat, caramel, orange zest, fruity esters, and some alcohol. The flavor also starts out with a citrusy hops explosion, along with some floral and piney notes, bitter aspirin, wheaty twang, orange zest, biscuit and alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and slightly oily, and drinkability is pretty good. Pretty damn tasty IPA, that is just shy of being great.

silver0rlead, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours the color of an over ripe orange, with an almost yellow/brown overtone to it. Very vibrant and clear. Big pillowy head with impressive lacing.

Aroma: Orange flesh fruity sweetness with a nice malt backbone. Almost tastes like a Pilsberry Orange Danish roll.

Taste: Loose, with an orangey hop bitterness that quickly get sweetened, almost too soon, by a wheat-like malt. However, the malt goes away pretty quickly, leaving a much more rind-like bitterness that develops in the aftertaste.

Overall: An odd IPA in that it is orangey and citrusy, but not in a bitter way. The malt's affect on the hops here almost cuts it off from being too complex. I wish more of a grapefruit or pine bitterness would have complemented it. That said, this is my favorite of the IPA series that Magic Hat has put out. I'd get this one again, but it isn't up there with my favorites.

33 Beers Wheel Scores (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 2
Citrus Fruit: 4
Hoppy (pine): 3
Floral: 2
Spicy: 2
Herbal: 2.5
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 2.5
Astringent: 1
Body: 2.5
Linger: 2.5

soze47, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of samktz
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just tried this tonight. I've been loving the On Tour series of beers Magic Hat has been coming out with. I won't lie though, I don't enjoy their standard beers, but I do enjoy the Odd Notion Series as well as this On Tour IPA series.

The appearance was great, very cloudy; you can tell its a wheat beer. Very smooth, a touch bitter, but very drinkable. Very happy with this brew; it was a pleasant surprise in the liquor store today! I walked up to the fridge expecting to se Hi.PA and saw this.

samktz, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a hazy IPA, which would seem to promise plenty of up-front hops. Color is a peachy orange/gold, the head is plenty creamy and long-lasting. Along with all that haze, it looks a right beaut.

Aroma is a wow-er, lots of bright, breezy, clean citrus fruit hops, like a tropical fruit punch spiked with lemon-lime soda. Malts are hard to discern, but there's a sweetness wafting into the nose that's sort of tart and candy-like, and I'll suppose that's them.

Taste is predominantly fruity, with big sweetness tempered by tartness. Tart, super-clean, bright hops are the name of the game here. There's a ghost of a resiny vibe in the background and in the finish, but this mostly remains a pungently fruity IPA. Encore never tips the scales in being too sweet or too bitter/tart, exhibiting a perfect balance. It's new-school for sure, as the malt and everything else is an afterthought, without the entire beer seeming one-dimensional. Ultra-refreshing, especially with a huge grapefruit blast hanging around in the finish. This is great.

A smooth, round, creamy texture is the knock-out punch that could've been but never was. This feels just a little too aggressive and prickly. Let the bright and breezy flavors deliver the electricity jolt, not the carbonation. Still, it feels fine enough, but I would've loved a softer feel here.

I repeat: this is great. I'm sure this would be a much bigger sensation if it were brewed by Deschutes or Alesmith or some such--and I'm not the biggest Magic Hat devotee myself--but gotta call 'em as I taste 'em, and this is a fantastic, fantastic IPA. One of this brewery's best-ever beers. I demand an encore, as in: "Give this permanent year-round status, Magic Hat!!"

Metalmonk, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber/light brown with a generous and fluffy light brown head. Nose is hoppy and fresh, a bit sweet.

Taste is quite crisp and hoppy, is really quite good for magic hat. Has a nice malty backbone and sharp carbonation, really easy drinking!

kingcrowing, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is likely the final beer in their "IPA on Tour" series, hence the name "Encore". This is actually a cross between an American Pale Wheat Ale and an American IPA. It could have been classified as either since there is no hybrid style.

Pours a light amber-gold color with a thin-head into my glass. Interesting color mix but nothing out of the ordinary.

Aroma is full of light citrus and grassiness from the hops mixed with a hint of clove and wheat. It's what you'd expect from combining both styles.

Taste leans more towards the grassiness of the hops with only a hint of clove. Hard to stomach for some reason.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassiness and wheat/clove.

I can't fault Magic Hat for trying to experiment. I just don't think this beer is a viable experiment. It causes too much confusion for the palate. Interesting but only in small quantities.

Brad007, Sep 08, 2010
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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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