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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
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: 770 | Reviews: 217
Photo of bourbonbock
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I took a 12 oz bottle and poured into a fresh pint glass.

A. Cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of sticky whitish head.

S. Grapefruit up front with fresh malts and co2.

T. Sweet fresh body with citrusy and tangy aftertaste.

M. Thick and cloying sweet mouthfeel with refreshing aftertaste.

Overall a decent ipa made with wheat. Too citrusy for my taste but rather too much for regular drinking.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks nice as it comes out a hazy orange hue, with a huge shock white head on top that leaves a ton of lacing as it slowly dissapates. Inconsistent foam sits thickly on top. Light wheat backbone behind somesweet grapefruit hops in the nose. Malt bill is high, but the hops seem to balance it out out efficiently. They smell clean and citrusy with fresh oranges and that grapefruit coming to mind. Even a touch of resin.

The taste is heavier on the hops with a nice sharp bitter pop on the sides and back of the palate. Sweet grapefruit plays off the smooth wheat on the frontside, while the hoppiness takes over the rest with ease. Between the resiny taste and orange and grapefruit rind tastes, the bitterness is very pronounced, but not unenjoyably so. The wheat malt manages to do a good job of providing a solid balance without being too sweet. The citrus is soft and light, creating a counterbalance to the sharpness of the hops. The mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated, finishing dry and hoppy. The resiny/rind bitterness lingers in the mouth, begging for another sip.

Good beer, maybe my favorite of the four IPAs in this series. Glad I picked it up.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy honey/orange color. White head is frothy and level. Instead of receding, this head slowly gains momentum throughout the first few minutes after the pour.

S-Whoa. Um, this smells really good. My type of hop profile here. Super ripe, juicy, fresh citrus and tropical hoppiness. Exactly how I like edit: love my IPAs. Malt acts to balance the burgeoning fruity hop attack. Smells great.

T-Tastes just like grapefruit juice. Has that signature grapefruit tang on the back end. Very citrusy and juicy. Sweet maltiness is pretty delicious in its own regard. I like the nose a bit better, but this is damn good. Wheat hangs around in the background of every sip. Ripe, lively and delectable.

M-Medium bodied. A bit resiny. High carbonation. Not overly bitter. Flavor lasts for a bit.

O/D-This is a damn good beer. I swear if this wasn't a Magic Hat beer, it would get much better reviews from site members. This one is underrated. Probably my favorite Magic Hat brew.

Photo of tavernjef
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered messy, mucky looking browned pear gold hue with a good medium sized capping of light puffy foam sitiing on top that lasts. Patchy lacing with some spotty sheeting etches across the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is of fresh hay-like/grassy hoppyness, quite fresh and resinous with a nice quality of floral leafyness that brings in a bit of fresh orange peel and tangerine citrus.

Taste has a nice firmness of pungently set hoppyness that's a bit citric and a bit dry and leafy all layered together with a pretty nice complexity. Lightly bready sweet in the malt backbone that comes through in mostly the ending areas of its character as the hops stick about the cheeks with a touch of bittering dryness pinched with dull orange peel.

Body is a firm mediumishness with a good balance and smooth character that allows the hops to get a good hold without completely blowing the palate off the map.

A solid IPA from Magic Hat, quite sessionable too.

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot look, low head, and nice lacing.

S - Light floral hop aroma with slight bitterness. Overall smell is light, but pleasant.

T - Very bold bitterness. Prolonged flavors really last on palate of a nice citrus bitterness. Touches of wheat undertones.

M - Smooth, nicely carbonated beer. Big risidual flavors on back end with a touch of a dry note on the very back end. Nice touches of wheat smoothness.

O- This is definitely more IPA than wheat, but the wheat backbone adds a level of drinkability and smooth feel that is really nice.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

Photo of bobhits
1.83/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Magic hat seems to have the head/body thing down pat. Active body, creamy thick almost ice cream dense looking head. The aromas are light but this smells like a darn good IPA without the kick I'd like. The flavors however just aren't right. It is a melon dominate fruit flavor with pineapples adding their two since. The malt lacks the balance to fix these two not for me flavors. The finish on this is just awful, almost a dry cardboard like element.

Magic hat just seems to miss things time after time. I can see some IPA fans enjoying this one, but even those who this was made for I believe will feel this is average IPA at best.

Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looked more like a Belgian than anything else. The huge chunks of yeast floating around are either gonna be a turn off of an invitation. More of the former to me but still not the best looking beer. Nice sized head that stays and leaves good amounts of lace. Smell however is rather pedestrian and mild. Bready malts and caramel greet my nose and a healthy amount of pine as well. Light citrus playing towards orange. Taste is tilted towards the west coast but not quite as big. Caramel malt core leads. Whole grain bread and light toasted notes. A healthy grapefruit to balance but is a bit one dimensional. Nice leafiness and a very clean dry finish. Feel is nicely weighted with a smooth carbonation. Overall not bat but somehow just a bit of a hitch in the giddyup. Not bad though and you can certainly do worse.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy and refreshing, Magic Hat's Encore is an American IPA loaded with American hops.

It's a cloudy amber color beneath a short-lived head of creamy off-white. The head retention and lacing are average.

The nose is full of citrusy and grassy hops over a caramelish and straw-like malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor delivers the same fruitiness found in the nose including pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon, and passion fruit. It's also leafy and grassy with hops as well. The malt blanket anchors it, as does the solid bitterness that lies beneath the surface. It finishes dry with lingering grassy hops and a bit of spiciness.

Overall it's a fairly good American-style IPA. Worth trying.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Backlog review from perhaps a few months ago

Pours a copper-amber hue, and is capped with a respectable amount of off-white froth that resembles bisquick batter. Leaves a bit of lace.

The nose is lightly fruity, leaning toward tropical tangerine, grapefruit and kiwi. There is a sugar cookie sensibility in both the taste and aroma., The flavor follows the nose, and is really nice in terms of palate, but the volume and intensity is far too low.

Feels like IPA, a bit on the silky side. Pretty decent overall, just underperforming given all the positives it has.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a nice 2"white creamy head on top of a nice orange body. The smell is of citrus hops and a little grapefruit comes though. The taste is very well made, nice balance of malt to hops, would like more hops. The hops give off a nice citrus flavor on the back of the tongue.. The mouth feel is very nice and smooth. Overall a great beer.

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thick layer of bubbles on covering the surface and webs of lacing down the edges of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose; the smell of grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: The initial taste has some flavors of caramel from the malts, while citrus flavors from the hops appear towards the finish, which only has some notes of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style because the flavors are very well balanced and the wheat makes it a bit lighter-bodied on the palate.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying the Single Chair....I figured I better try the Encore...just to make sure everything is ok. The color is a lighter amber with thin white head. The smell has subtle citrus and pine. The taste has some decent hops but not over powering...Magic used a malt to tone down the hops so that it is not too crazy. This beer has a definite body to it which I really do like. The mouthfeel is good....I could drink this at any session. The name works...Encore....I'll have another!

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden orange color with a slim head on it. The head fades and doesn't leave behind a whole lot of lacing. The smell of the beer is generously hopped with plenty of citrusy pine notes. The taste is hoppy, very hoppy actually. This beer is pretty surprising for magic hat. This IPA is probably one of the most flavorful beers magic hat has done thus far. The mouthfeel is bubbly and dry, slightly oily. Overall pretty good stuff.

Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i must say the only east coast IPA that i've purchased more than once. a golden bright orange with a bit of murk and spot lace of a think head that is just about white. nose of bright bright lemon zest and hints of lavender floral... but equally so tangerine. palate is citrus blend that is sweet but not one dimensionally so and the finish that is quite dry on the tongue and peppery. the middle of that being some sort of wonderful floral. a hop of spectrum. not a single hop feel. a truly evolving beginning to finish of a beer.

great for mexican, indian and spicy but not hot in general.

Photo of generallee
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pint glass. ("3/4 Pint of Ale" as they say on the label.) The label has a freshness date and the abv is listed at 6%.

Appearance: The body is very hazy and unfiltered with a golden orange amber colored body. This is topped off with an inch of thick and creamy off white colored head. The head holds on very well and keeps a small cap of foam on top till the last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves cool lace rings behind.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and juicy with loads of citrusy, orange zesty hops over sweet biscuity and wheaty maltiness. This is very mouth watering and inviting.

Taste/Palate: Following the nose it has good balance of sweet maltiness and citrusy hop bitterness. It finishes with semi-dry wheat notes and plenty of the hop bitterness. The palate is medium bodied with a smooth almost chewy texture. Its carbonation is well balanced.

Notes: This is one of the best beers from Magic Hat in some time. I love the balance and bright juicy flavors. I hope this will become a regular in their line up.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to connecticutpoet for this one!

A: Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice two finger off white head. Nice retention and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nice combination of citrus and pine. Definitely some grapefruit and a ton of orange and orange peel.

T: And this is where it falls flat. The flavor is ok, a little bit of citrus, some bready malt, and some wheat, but it goes to nothing very fast. It almost taste like juice, and not in a very good way. The flavors are fine, but very weak. Based off the aroma I had expected a little bit more.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. At first it seemed like the mouthfeel was going to be pretty nice, but it goes thin very quickly.

O: Its ok, I had high hopes after the appearance and smell, but the taste didn't live up to it. Decent.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and some burnt toast maltiness.

T - Good citrus flavor, mostly orange. Nice piney hops with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice IPA. One of the best beers from Magic Hat that I've had.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my standard pint glass, this beer produced a whopping four finger head. Body was clear amber. Nice look for an IPA.

Aroma started with strong pine hops, then some grapefruit made its presence known. A little bit of fruity/floral character followed, but had to be looked for. The malt was well hidden.

Taste was initially bitter hop resins and pine. A slight sweetness followed. Some caramel malt flavor was there as well.

Mouthfeel was syrupy, and it seemed to leave a coating on my tongue. OK, but not what I was looking for.

Overall an average American IPA. Hop character was there, a little lacking on the malt, and the consistency was a little off.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to Burlington for a chilly, wet Mardi Gras but a great time overall.
Frothing white head that spilled down the side of my pint glass from a hurried pour. A hazy almost OJ color but slightly on the dark, almost copper side.
The nose has a great balance of tropical fruity and pine resin hops with a light malt backing.
A bitter bite but switches fruity and finishes barely on the dry side with a subtle bitterness.
Very drinkable because of the very light but full of character malt base.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best-by date of 2/28/2011. I missed by about 6 days.

A very hazy orange-amber color, with a nice dense off-white head that stays put for a long time. Lacing is solid. Lots of visible carbonation.

Wow, the aroma pretty much defines grapefruity hops. Also some pineapple notes. There is a hint of sweetness behind this, but by no means is it balanced. Not complaining, just noting. Taste is also big on the grapefruit and pineapple, some nice rounded malt in the middle before the hops come back in a bitter fashion for a strong but short finish. Nothing lingers, which is a bit of a disappointment.

A touch thin in the feel, but a good drinkable hoppy beer. Really nothing to rave about though. Average all-around.

Photo of yesyouam
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat Encore is a lively, hazy amber ale with a thin, elastic, bobbly head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a very hoppy aroma with pine and orange that's almost sweet. It's medium or medium-light bodied and smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes simple, fresh and bitter with lots of hop flavor. There are notes of fresh pine and citrus... maybe tangerine. The biscuity malt provides outstanding balance. It flirts with sweetness. This is a simple and tasty IPA. Great job, Magic Hat!

Photo of iamsemigloss
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/29/10, taken from notes.

Appearance: I thought this was a very nice looking beer; the color was burnt orange that contrasted nicely with a large bright white head that reduced to a rocky foam. Hazy. Lacing was excellent. Impressive so far.

Smell: Extremely hoppy citrus notes up front; orange, grapefruit and some pineapple.

Taste: Mainly citrus here, orange and grapefruit. This is followed by a bit of pine and a bitter, but not overwhelmingly bitter finish. Refreshing and balanced but not complex.

Drinkability: I found Encore to be refreshing and easy drinking but just middle of the road. Nothing offensive or outstanding, and I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Photo of TonyVic
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber color with a nice lace ring. Aromas of pine and grapefruit. Has a nice full, creamy body that fills your mouth. Aftertaste of citrus, namely lemon peel, on the finish. This ranks up there with some of my favorite American IPAs. I recommend it.

Photo of CupcakeNY
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from their winter variety pack.

Poured into a pint glass, beautiful opaque orange color, like apple cider with a big, fluffy head that is retained for a long time.

Aroma is mostly grapefruit with some herbal notes.

Excellent mouth feel, nice bitter grapefruit hops, smooth, balanced, delicious beer. Has a dry finish with a little lingering bitterness. Terrific beer, and with its relatively low ABV of 6%, nicely sessionable. Alas, it is seasonal, and hard to find already. I'd love them to bring this back for an Encore!

Photo of 04101Brewer
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint class, good initial head with continuous lacing. Cloudy orange color with a reddish tint.

Aroma: Hops upfront in the noes, predominately spicy with hints of lemon citrus.

Taste: Balanced beer, good pale malt flavors with a slight sweetness but still has present but not overpowering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with finish that holds on to the malt characteristics. Cloudiness might be influencing the prolonged finish length.

Drinkablility: A very enjoyable beer which drinks smoothly, but also has a lot of flavor to be enjoyed.

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.