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Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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648 Ratings

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%

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 Beaver13


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with red tint and a big meringue like white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - wheaty malts, some fruity melon and maybe some rye.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel/crystal malts and some melon with a light to medium rye-like hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, it's OK. Seems more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 04:18:06 | More by Beaver13
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color, with a nice white layer of long lasting foam with good retention and cling. Aroma is of citrus, yeast, and fruity sweetness along with some caramel malty smell. Taste is rather bland for a "IPA" Not much in the way of bitterness at all, there's a good sweet malt character as well as a small citrus and earthy taste from the hops, and that's about it. Medium carbonation, medium low body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall not a bad beer, it's just not an IPA by any sens of the term in my opinion. Pale ale, it hits right on the head, but could still use some more complexity to the taste profile. I only happened to pick this up as part of their seasonal pack, so I'll be having at least 2 more, but after that, who knows. Good to at least try, just don't expect a hop bomb or anything too complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:21:22 | More by scvance
Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a murky golden orange body. Nice lacing.

S: orange peel citrus, candy sugar, pale malts and earthy hops.

T: Nice earthy and citrus hop profile on a toasted malt backbone. Grassy and floral notes come in late in the finish and provide a nice bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: as I drank this I thought how great an APA this is. The hops are about right for that. Not so great and IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:00:42 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of buschbeer


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint

A - It is amber with several inches of eggshell head. A lot of sticky lacing.

S - The first thing I get is bread and biscuit, also some caramel malt and faded citrus.

T - The bitterness of grapefruit is still present. The bread and caramel also come through. I also get some toffee.

M - Moderate

O - It pairs well with "Encore" by Eminem featuring 50 Cent and Dr. Dre and "Encore" by Jay Z. It even sampled well with "Numb/Encore" by Jay Z and Lincoln Park.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:57:43 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured in a pilsner glass, color ranges from a murky orange to a copper. Thin layer of white head sustains on the top with a bit of lacing on the sides.

S- Grass, pine, hop oil, tangerine, bready malt, butter and yeast.

T- Grassy and citrus hops with a bit of wheat, not much of a malt backbone. Finishes a bit dry with a slight hop linger.

M- med-light body, crisp foamy carbonation

O- hops seem to dominate with not much malt presence. Still very drinkable, just a bit unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 02:43:32 | More by Treyliff
Photo of gatornation


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a hazed peach color with a staying 1 finger head, some nice lacing lines the glass

S- was malt s first with grapefruit hops and baked bread

T- malty start with sweet caramel bread and floral citrus hops to follow

M- smooth medium carbonation with a noce hop/malt taste for the palate

O- a good IPA smooth and drinkable nothing fight for supremacy but offers a nice IPA to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 21:11:44 | More by gatornation
Photo of barnzy78


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a hazy tangerine color with a fluffy, off-white head that holds good retention and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat, earthy, citric orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Tastes are wheat up-front followed by grapefruit, mango, piny hops, and orange zest. Mouth-feel is thick and creamy, finishes with some bitterness, but still well balanced. Overall, nice take on a not so common wheat IPA style; reminds me of a home-brew I one did.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:01:52 | More by barnzy78
Photo of bnes09


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent orange ale. Somewhat weak head. Descent retention and some lace spots.

Fresh orange, pine and coriander aroma with hints of malt in there as well.

Flavor is bright and fresh with hop characters prominent. Grapefruit, dish soap and pine needles describe the hops well. Malt is sturdy in the background and provides a mild sweetness which holds the brew together. Well balanced.

Medium bodied and quite drying from the hops. Plenty of lively carbonation.

Good stuff. I like the wheat IPA concept. Problem is its hard to detect the wheat characters underneath the aggressive hops. This beer allows just enough of the wheat flavor to come through.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:29:17 | More by bnes09
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle of indeterminate age poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Hazy amber with a nice soft and clingy head. Digging that lace.

Fresh bready malt and wheat aromas up front with subdued fruitiness in the background. Plenty bitter, almost to the point of astringency, but with little in the way of hop flavor to provide interest. Some faded leafiness and citrus. Rather lively in spite of being on the thickish side for an IPA, aided in part by the tang of the wheat and in part by zippy carbonation. I've run into a few wheat IPAs I liked pretty well, and I'm inclined to try this one again if I can be guaranteed of freshness. This particular sample, though, missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 16:04:47 | More by PDXHops
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- CLoudy orange color that leaves about a finger of head at the top with some nice retention of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S- Simple nose, grassy and malty with hints of grapefruit and caramel.

T- Same as the nose, earthy with nice notes of tropical fruit and caramel.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a bit sticky.

O- Nice simple IPA, very easy drinking and taste pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 18:24:55 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of jsprain1


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Honey colored, slightly hazy, with a big billowy white head. Lacing is decent.
S- Smell is decent with some grapefruit pith and light caramel. A faint bit of pine as well.
T- Fairly bitter up front with grapefruit peel. Quite one dimensional. There is a faint bit of orange in the finish.
M- Drying on the tongue. Coarse carbonation. Medium-light body.
O- This was a decent beer, but nothing particularly memorable. Also, considering it was advertised as having wheat, I missed that.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:43:32 | More by jsprain1
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy orangw with a hint of blood, one fingr of head clings to the top...The nose is Sweet pale malts, alcoholic piney hops, and slight citrus peels "orange".

The flavor is like three stages of orange skin; sweet orange oils on the front, a fleshy wheaty citric bite in the middle and a slight aftertaste of the skin's bitterness at the end. Absolutely some hop bitterness in there, not very balanced. Just bam orange, bam bitter. Medium light bodied, a little watery as it gets warmer, nice amounts of small bubble carbonation.

Overall a nice direction, interesting notes with the IPA citric wheat thing going on. I wouldn't really puch this to a friend though.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 22:23:49 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Hazy orange amber with some minor sediment particles, one finger of foam that lasts a minute, no lacing left behind.

S. Straightforward herbal and citric peel hopping aroma, I'm having a hard time picking up on any wheat malt aroma underneath.

T. Oily hops and grapefruit pith, some minor lemon and orange peel notes, malt is almost completely obscured and comes across as a poorly balanced attempt at a Gumballhead sort of flavor profile to my palate. Its a shame that the wheat malt isn't really allowed to shine through as much as it needs to in order to provide a proper equilibrium.

M. Medium body and carbonation, very crisp and dry throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:15:17 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of worta1128

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was very occluded when poured into a nice glass, which is a feature that I like. There's something about a beer that doesn't let you see right through it... Surprisingly nice head. I don't know why I didn't expect more from a Magic Hat, but it honestly took like two to three minutes for the foam to dissipate. The aroma is very hoppy. Taste-wise, it fizzles a bit. Starts out strong and just kind of... vanishes after a bit, leaving a sort of weird aftertaste. But I'd buy it again. Magic Hat does well in its endeavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:43:55 | More by worta1128
Photo of beerman207


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a magic hat 12 pack

A: Dark yelloish orange that has a decent head that lingers a little while

S: Floral smell with a grapefruit zest that hits the nose

T: Citrus and a slight bitterness, some wheat flavor

M: Easy to drink - carbonation is moderate

O: Nothing really special here but it's a good beer. I wouldn't turn it down if I came upon it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:05:34 | More by beerman207
Photo of RedSpecial1


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, coppery, orange with a finger of frothy white head.

S: The main aromas are of typical American hops: pine and citrus in almost equal amounts.

T: A pleasant grapefruit flavor hits first with a burst of bitterness hot on its heels. This is followed by a more mellow citrus flavor backed by a characteristic wheat graininess. This all slowly fades with an almost sweet citrus character lingering slightly.

M: The bitterness in this beer is almost palpable as an actual physical sensation as it barrels down the center of your tongue, brief as it is. It makes your whole mouth tingle in a not unpleasant way. Unusual, but interesting.

O: An interesting beer, and one I wouldn't mind drinking again on a hot day. Very refreshing, and with a flavor profile that's interesting enough to not bore you after a glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:39:35 | More by RedSpecial1
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra in a trade with SMason - thanks bro! Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a murky caramel brown/orange with a knee deep frothy head and a thick collar of lacing.

S: The nose is a pleasant combination of citrus and fresh grains.

T: A steady malt background anchors the initial taste of hop dryness which slowly gives way to an unmistakable wheat finish.

M: Hoppy and bright start, slightly effervescent with a grain dry finish.

O: A nice brew, not as hoppy as I'd expected but fairly well balanced. This is a really pleasant brew that I'd enjoy having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:00:35 | More by Mantooth
Photo of Hibernator


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Encore
12 oz brown bottle
Best by February 29, 2012
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a hazy orange color with a very frothy and fluffy white head on top. Nice trails of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

The nose if floral and quite hoppy with some citrus.

There are some toasted biscuit flavors with a hint of caramel sweetness. The real flavors in this IPA are the citrus notes of orange and lemon. I notice some low carbonation levels, which make this beer very smooth.

I like how this beer is not overly aggressive hop bomb, yet it still provides a really enjoyable amount of hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:53:18 | More by Hibernator
Photo of kaufmaal


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Good 1/2" white head that turned into 1/4" as the drinking continued. Light caramel color. Slight citrus smell, not too hoppy on the nose. First thing that hits me when I taste it is the carbonation: lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue that quickly disappear. Mostly I'm tasting grapefruit in the hops, some pine, basil; the citrus lingers nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:36:45 | More by kaufmaal
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is piney hops up front, some citrus notes, a touch of wheat is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 16:45:27 | More by tone77
Photo of drabmuh


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, low retention, not a lot of lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is a little grainy, a little sweet, and a little hoppy, mostly pine and citrus hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, the finish is nice but not bitter enough, the overall beer is decent but boring, not enough hops, it says it is an American Wheat IPA on the label but I don't get a lot of wheat character.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:58:15 | More by drabmuh
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a rich golden honey color with a large (2-3 finger) rocky white head that mostly diminished into a fluffy puddled residue that created excellent sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma upfront was bold and hoppy of a citrus hop, a straw like malt and a moldy yeast with a notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a decent dose of wheat.

The taste was very yeasty and a bit malty with a note of caramel from the onset. It then progressed into a nice bitter hoppy flavor with a strong citrus note and a bit of wheat at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow, allowing for the hoppy grapefruit taste to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than light in body with a nice dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall an IPA with a really nice wheat characteristic and a wonderful hoppy aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:55:38 | More by KajII
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: semiclear orange; medium-thickness head; strong carb action
S: light malt and yeast in the nose (doughlike)
T: lighter flavor profile than is customary in IPAs; very strong hop presence, but not bitter; grapefruit rind flavor; the wheatness comes through a bit, but not so much as to turn off someone (like myself) who doesn't like wheat beers.

Satisfying, light

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:06:07 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of BrewCrew2010


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden straw color body, cloudy clarity, with a decent size foamy head; spotty lacing.

S: Although not as strong of an aroma for an American IPA, the nose has a citrus quality with notes of bready malts & lemon.

T: Hoppy bitter upfront with notes of an orange peel rind and herbs. It's followed by some wheat character and malty sweetness, but finishes again very bitter. Long lasting flavor and nice hoppy American IPA.

M: Medium carbonation; light to medium body; somewhat of lean texture and finishes dry.

O: Not a bad American IPA, but not the best example of the style. Price, availability, and low ABV make it very drinkable and a nice beer for a hop head. Try it out if you see it, but I wouldn't recommend seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:26:52 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a decent near white head that has great lacing and leaves a thin layer over the top of the brew 10+ minutes after the pour.

S - Tropical fruits, citrus hops, bready malts maybe a little pine. Mostly sweet fruit + citrus hops

T - A nice tropical fruit taste into bitter/dry to a piney/bready character. Almost a rye taste at the semi dry finish.

M - Less than medium bodied I'd say. Very drinkable, well carbonated.

O - Pretty solid, mostly sweet and citrusy fruits, some dry bitter qualities for sure, and a nice bready/rye quality as well. Would definitely be a nice 6er to enjoy with friends

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:44:09 | More by MacQ32
Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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