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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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704 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 35 | 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 ToAzwethinkweizm
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chaney, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New offering from Magic Hat in their Winter Variety pack. Pours a cloudy orange color, nice fluffy head. Great citrusy aroma to this one. Taste is medium bodied, TONS of hops. Definitely the hoppiest Magic Hat I've ever had but it's still well balanced and makes for a very smooth drink. MH's IPA's in the past seemed to be more of the English style, this is definitely a West Coast smack you with hops variety, and I like it a lot. Nice finish, solid beer... recommended.

oriolesfan4, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of madjr80
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Light orange in color with medium head retention. Enough carbonation for the style, but not overly fizzy. A very nice citrus aroma
balanced well with the hops. Not too heavy in body, and goes down easy. At 6.00 abv, this beer can pack a punch.

madjr80, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. One finger white head shows low retention and caps the beer. Ringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus and lemony hops in the front of the beer. Light pale malts in the background of this beer. Ending has a light grapfruit aroma to it.

T- Nice light bitter hops in the front of the beer. Sweet pale malts in the middle of the beer give way to a citrus blast of hops in the backing of this beer.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops and more hops left on the palate with a little bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol has light drying on the palate. Flavors were well blended with little off flavor.

D- This beer has a well hidden ABV. I was surprised that this came from Magic Hat but then again I'm not. It is good but a little watery at times...although once again this is Magic Hat so I wasn't that surprised.

alleykatking, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very nice pale and biquit malt scent along with an excellent citrus hop character. The hops work well with bready notes. The taste is good. It has a very aggressive hop character that resinates in the finish. It's well recieved and compliments a solid pale and bisquit malt base. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has to be the hoppiest beer Magic Hat produces.

WesWes, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of matty
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are grapefruit and pine needles.A drinkable smooth feel for a beer with average taste.This tastes just like the other 1000's of IPA's that are out on the market.This beer is not terrible it's just average and has been done many times before.

matty, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of malloyca
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden to amber in color, with a thin head that dissipates rapidly. Pleasant aroma blends baking bread complemented with citrus hops. Solid, grapefruit citrus with a firm backbone and the slightest bit of caramel malt on the back end to make this interesting. Medium bodied with mild carbonation makes this very drinkable.

malloyca, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Pig's Eye Pub pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden orange yellow with a sudsy, two-finger head of white foam which leaves a bit of sticky lace. Slight chilled haze and some floating sediment against the moderate carbonation and relative clarity.

S: Herbal, juicy citrus hops, notably grapefruit, pineapple and pear, amidst a toasted grain malt sweetness.

T: Juicy and bitter herbal malt and hop blend right off the bat, with big doses of peppery, floral and bittersweet malt and sticky, resinous hops. The finish is bitter, full bodied and a bit chewy, with lingering hop resins.

M: Medium-full bodied, a tad pulpy and chewy, but relatively smooth and drinkable.

D: At 6% ABV, its a juicy, herbal, somewhat unfiltered American IPA with sturdy session power - for a season outside of winter. It's a pretty good U.S. IPA, just not with the malt and hop spiciness I'd typically look for in a winter IPA. That said, Encore is a solid option and one that bodes well for the "IPA on Tour" series from Magic Hat. C'mooon Fat Angle and Heart of Darkness.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of greenmonstah
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Cloudy orange-copper with a half a finger of soapy white head. Great lacing, very impressive.

S - Floral (lavender?) and citrus (grapefruit mostly) hops dominate the nose. Lotta hops, and I can't get much else. A slight sweetness. Fruity.

T - Follows the nose. Floral and citrus hops and some sweetness. Finish is bitter hops followed by... nothing; there's no real aftertaste.

M - Medium to light body with great action from the carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, but the bitterness in the finish could be a problem for some. Tasty take on the style. This certainly calls for an Encore.

greenmonstah, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper which was kind of unexpected for an IPA since I have been having many clear ones, with an inch of fluffy head

S - Mostly pine and resin with a bit of citrus and malt. Smells kind of dry hopped.

T - Ow dry hopped is right! I am not sure what kind of hops were used but they leave quite a dry feeling on the palate. The taste is pretty balanced but mostly sweet citrus hops and a prickly pine bite that taste like fresh cut hops.

M - Pretty bitter and dry. Kind of hard to finish.

D - Well I loved the HIPA and dig the Lucky Kat but it seems like a dry hopping flavor from this IPA wasn't clicking with me. For reals I did kind of buy it for the cover art and it still is a pretty drinkable brew but one and done for me.

DrDemento456, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not even sure why I'm bothering to try this as everything out of Magic Hat lately has been sub par. "Don't get rusty before getting old and crusty" the wisdom from under the cap.

A big creamy and frothy head rises up over 2 fingers and fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing. THe color is super hazy nectar orange peach.

Nose brings fresh citrus hops, a bit of musty fresh hop resins, a bit of grapefruit, and a very light hint of malts. Actually has a really nice hop aroma, very surprise.

Taste is pretty good too, but more of a nice American pale ale than IPA. Some light citrus hops, a bit of musty fresh hop resin, slight sticky punget hop flavor, light bitterness with hints of astringency, very slight grapefruit and orange peel. Very very light malt, which I think it could have used a slight bit more malty balance, but otherwise pretty good. A bit of a bubble gum hop flavor too. Finishes with a bit more bitterness, but it never gets very bitter, hence the pale ale not IPA. Also on the finish is a bit of sweetness, little stickiness, some astringency, and lingering hop resin flavors.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, with some of the astringency on the finish, as well as a bit of sticky feel and a weird dryness on the back of the tongue. But otherwise almost sessionable.

So, I was fairly surprised by this beer. Nice fresh hops, a good choice, a bit of extra astringency and hop resins that went a little too much. It could still use a bit of work, a little bit more malty balance, more bittering hops, a bit more attenuation, and a bit more clarity. Otherwise a big step up for Magic Hat.

jlindros, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of nick76
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus, pine, and sweet malt. The appearance is hazy amber gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma and balanced with bitter and sweet. The palate is smooth. Overall a good example of the style and one I would drink again.

nick76, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber color. Very nice three-finger head; settles rocky leaving a thin ring of lace initially.

Lots of raw hop smell right up front. Fresh. No malt aromas.

Classic IPA flavors: Light pale malt up front with a bitter hop wallop quickly descending on the tastebuds. Full bodied with some spritzy carbonation. The hop is simply a bitter flavor delivery system. It doesn't have a more specific background taste. Like I said, it is a perfect fit in the category, but it doesn't offer anything different or unusual.

smcolw, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of TheImperial
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. This is probably the best beer Magic Hat has put out in bottles in a while. If you had that 100 IBU IPA and enjoyed it then check this out!

A - Amber in color, sort of caramel. Looks like a New England IPA.

S - The smell is very nice, however I rated it down because it's not overly strong, you really need to waft it to smell it. Citrus, piney, and definitely some wheat.

T - Very hoppy and spicy, it's great but may dominate your palate, not that that's always a bad thing.

M - Possibly the best part, biting carbonation, sticky and resiny.

D - This depends, the average hop head could kill six, but this could necessitate antacids in others if consumed in mass.

Over all very nice!

TheImperial, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mbrady55
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the bottle, this smelled as an ipa should. Citrus is predominate, mainly grapefruit and hops are also clearly noticeable. Taste was very good, grapefruit, lemon and hops all make themselves known with the slightest warmth from the alcohol on the finish. Mouth was light to medium bodied. An incredibly drinkable ipa and look forward to having more of this in the coming months.

Overall this is a solid ipa, i've had better but for what its worth a good ipa. Comes with my highest recommendation.

mbrady55, Nov 09, 2010
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
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.