Encore | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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

Added by Brad007 on 09-08-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
808
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
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8
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101
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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a piney burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber color, slightly hazy, with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good, as is lacing on the side of the glass. Has a malty, wheat odor with hints of pine and citrus (at the end). Taste of citric undertones with a slight bitter hop, ending in wheat undertones. Aftertaste is a little too soay. Not a bad beer, though. More on the lines of a strong American pale wheat ale.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, plucked from Magic hat's winter seasonal pack.

This one is billed as an American Wheat IPA and is exactly that. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick head that holds its own. I was actually a little worried after the pour, thought it might be a jumbled mess but it's actually an extremely well-balanced ale. Fruity nose balanced by lots of American Hops. It's kind of like #9 meets Sierra Nevada, which is meant as a high compliment. Silky mouthfeel, very easy to drink for a hoppy ale. A bit bitter and grassy on the finish.

Kind of surprised it was included in the winter pack, it seems like more of a summer beer. Maybe there's a double-entendre in the name, like one more blast of summer amid the schwarzbier and the porter in the pack.

This would be a go-to IPA if it were year-round brew. I actually prefer it to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company, part of the winter sampler pack. Poured from the bottle into a glass, Encore's got a two finger thick off-white head, nearly impenetrable lacing, and a hazy dark honey brown body.

Smells like grapefruit-y west coast hops, maybe a little bit of holiday spiced malts.

I taste a kind of cranberry and ginger mixture along with the hops. Its actually very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean and crisp. No hops lingering.

Overall a 4.25 for Encore - Magic Hat Brewing Company. Asides from the seasonal sampler back, I probably won't buy this brew again. I'm still in my IPA training wheels, honestly.

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Photo of wingman14
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a thick foamy off white head. Smell is hoppy, sweet, citrus, and grapefruit. Taste is more subtle than expected, starts sweet and hoppy, with a slight bitter, and moves to a thick smooth bodied malt with a subtle hop finish and a strong grapefruit aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth, a great balance of flavor, very well done. Overall a very enjoyable beer with a lot of depth, and a bit different than the others out there. This beer is very enjoyable with great flavor.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of Meerkey
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Little bit of white head, cloudy, crystalized honey color, fades to a paler yellow on sides against the light.

S: Piney hops and ruby red grapefruit.

T: Yum. Lots of bitter hops, pine, grapefruit, some malts.

M: Tart, crisp, clean, refreshing.

D: Delicious. Best Magic Hat I've had so far.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy amber with 1/2 inch white foam, some resides. Sharp pine smell, evergreen. Pine cones. Hoppy full bitter taste wrapped around a lighter malt.

Interesting juxtaposition - sharp botter with a light wheat malt. Nicely blended, works really well together.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Encore is a very hazy golden orange color. The head is short and settles quickly but leaves some lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It has good freshness and nice citrus character but just isn't as aromatic as some.

Flavor is quite good and better than expected after the smell preview. Nice balance and depth of flavor. Not one that tears your tongue apart with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body and nicely carbonated. Balanced for an IPA and easy drinking as well.

Overall I'm really impressed with this IPA. It isn't overly intense but it's very well made.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of madjr80
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of StoutLoverJon
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange a little cloudy and pours a mouth watering pillow of two finger clean white head.
S: a quite mild floral piney hop smell Emanates.
T: Medium bodied herbal piney with a mild bitter dry finish.
O: very solid beer from magic hat. It's a typical ipa that I would definitely buy again on sale.

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Photo of samktz
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the more unique and interesting floral noses I can recall experiencing. Hop tones burn interesting in a nearly mellow fashion. Interesting is the word that strikes me with this. Novelty beers that mix styles can come off as pretty lame; this does not strike me as such. Nice drinker.

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Photo of mbrady55
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.
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