Encore | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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

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Photo of Monstro
4.92/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very well made IPA. I've never had a wheat IPA before, but if this is how they taste I'm looking forward to trying many more! I really like what Magic Hat is doing with the IPA Tour, and I look forward to trying the next realease. Cheers!

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Photo of busterthecat
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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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 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 y2jrock60
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a case of the Magic Hat winter variety pack last week and this was one of the included beers. I started drinking these after I had already consumed copious amounts of Hamm's so I didn't bother reading the bottle. I really liked the beer, but could tell it was different than your average IPA. After picking this beer back up I discovered it's a wheat infused IPA, which makes sense when your sober.

A- Light orange and very cloudy like you would expect from a Hefeweizen. The head was white, about one finger thick, and laced nicely.

S- Mild citrus notes upfront followed by a funk aroma, most likely from the simcoe hops. I don't pick up any hints of malt.

T- Thick up front with loads of hop flavor. It has an amber character that fades into grapefruit and citrus with a little spiciness on the finish. You also get some grainy flavors from the wheat malt.

M- It's definitely on the medium-thick side in body from the wheat malt. It also has a smooth texture which is unique for the style. The carbonation was on the moderate side.

O- Overall, a delicious beer and unique twist on the IPA style. It definitely has the hop character you expect in an IPA, but with twist of wheat. It's thick and smoother than your average IPA. I'm going to have to brew my own Wheat IPAs in the near future.

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Photo of zbkai189
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Off-white, thick (beautiful), frothy head that dissipates slowly. Opaque amber brew.

S - Grapefruit. Tingly, and spicy.

T - A lot like it smells. Lots of grapefruit. Smooth & slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied but light enough to drink a few. Pale malt.

M - Tingly and smooth. Slight tang from the citrus.

O - Nice medium-bitter wheat IPA. The head is the best part.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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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 bgillespie
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy yellow brown with a thick white frothy head that laces as you drink it.

Smell: Citrus fruit, grapefruit, mild hops.

Taste: Similar to smell, grapefruit and wheat up front, then hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: An interesting beer, a mix between an IPA and a wheat beer. I am a fan of both. The beer hits a little bit of both. I enjoy the beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of abgba121
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color with about a half inch of white head that leaves a sticky trail of lace.

S: wheaty and sweet, some nice hop notes, citrus mostly

T: I like the wheat beer paired with the IPA. Sweetness up front and a small bitterness, citrusy and fruity

M: medium average body

O: a nice wheat IPA, something you don't see often

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber, typical unfiltered wheat type brew. Smells malty, feels smooth and somewhat creamy in your mouth. Finishes with an expected hop tang but not real strong. The carbonation died out fairly quickly. Not bad, not great, a tasty summer sort of brew.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass

A: Looks good. Deep copper color with nice head that lasts and clings well to the glass as the time progresses.

S: Like a juicy IPA. Lots of citrusy hop up front, not overpowering but just right. Smells like I want to drink it.

T: Citrus hop upfront but not overpowering. Weak malt, but acceptable for the style. A little syrupy but very tasty. A good IPA. Not great, but definitely good. More hop power to make it great IMO.

M: Good mouthfeel. Carbonation is right, not syrupy but not fizzy. Easy drinker, the hops are a little harsh on the palate though.

D: Good drinkablitiy. Easy mouthfeel makes it an easy drinker. Good taste makes it a happy drink.

All in all a good IPA. Would recommend. Not as off-key as other ales from MH. I like this beer.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle that I got out of their ipa variety pack. Can't find a date which is a pet peeve of mine.. Hazy copper color with an orange glow. Thin head with slight retention that slides down the glass and fails to lace up. Smell is like a pale ale. Not much going on in the nose. However the taste is a little better with the slightest hint of grapefruit. I think im getting some coriander as well but cant tell haha. As with most beers, imo, it gets better when it warms up. Moderate carbonation. I'm not getting as much of a dry finish that I was expecting (supposedly dry-hopped). It's an ok beer that I wouldn't mind drinking. Just not something I will spend money on. Btw i love the packaging these guys always have. Cheers!

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Photo of malloyca
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of scvance
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of AdamPenna
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel glass because I am alone here today, finally, and so I can. Nice foamy head--about three fingers, which lingers--perhaps the beer's best attribute. Lacing ok. Amber orange in color. Cloudy, murky as I expected from a wheat beer. Smell some hops, pine, not much citrus. Taste the hops, but not too strong. Watery on the tongue, but can sense a little little oiliness. A dry finish I like even if I don't entirely understand the beer.

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Photo of GFM
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy orange color with very little head. Smell is malty with perhaps a hint of citrus. Nothing noteworthy to the feel; light bodied with not much substance. Very drinkable. Initially tastes sweet, then there's an emptiness followed by a very bitter aftertaste This was part of the Magic Hat sampler pack. I expected it to be my least favorite of the offerings and it was, but more enjoyable than I expected. I'm not a wheat beer fan, but I enjoyed this more than most wheat better. That being said, I enjoyed it less than most IPAs. (7.5)

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Photo of DannyHartman
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice thick 1-2" off-white head appears atop a beautiful hazy/cloudy brew which consists of an orangish/gold outlining that leads towards a light brown center.... The head diminishes quickly, but has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

I take a whiff and get a lot of piney hops with citrus like that of grapefruit and orange... There's also some sweet caramel malt with a bit of woodsy and earthy notes.

The taste is mostly hoppy with spicy and citrus hops, along with a bunch of bready "wheat" malts.... There's just the slightest sweetness, as well.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew that is well carbonated.... It has a slick/oily feel going down, and leaves a dry, tart, citrusy aftertaste.

Overall, I think this is a very interesting and good brew.... You certainly get a little from both worlds of wheat and a decently hopped I.P.A... An easy and tasty drink that I think is a great concept.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Magic Hat "Winterland" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale golden color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of grapefruit hoppiness backed by some wheat and unfiltered yeast aromas.

Taste: Strong citrus hoppiness up front. Finishes wheaty and spicy with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall: A well-made wheat IPA. I like the general idea of blending wheat beers with IPAs. Sam Adams does it slightly better with their Whitewater IPA, but Encore is close behind. Magic Hat's IPA series is pretty solid too and this is another worthy addition to that group.

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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 BS-
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Hazy, matt, almost muddy gold with a nice bubbly white head that died off quickly. The lacing was nice while the head lasted, though.

Nose is aromatic. Honey with bready malts and a good measure of a pineapple-ish citrus. Hop aromas are rather subtle beside the pineapple, some pine and grassiness can be detected.

Underwhelming. The malts present in the nose were entirely absent from the taste. Hop flavours were stunted and rather uninteresting. Some citrus and some pine. A weird cross between grass and pineapple. Kind of like almost-stale Benson and Hedges cigarettes. Maybe it’s because I smoked earlier today, but the flavours are just muffled and… not really there.

Mouthfeel is decent, light with lively carbonation.

Overall not a BAD beer, but far from great. Very far.

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Photo of masey222
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woody orange, oak, color and pretty cloudy, with a thin head that falls to film fast but sticks to the glass well...
The smell is hops, really coniferous hops and a really nice sour orange but isn't super strong...
taste is well balanced nice pine hop, not to floral but some nice flower notes has some orange notes as well that balance it out well, the taste is consistent all the way through and is really fresh...
it is very crisp the kind of thing that make you go ahh and smack your lips after the first drink...
a really really good IPA, isn't to floral which I like, very very drinkable I would buy a second.

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Almost like apple cider with a hazy orange color and golden foam head. Almost no head off of the pour and it thins out to a little collar. The lacing creeps down with the beer but there is still some left after it is finished.

Smell - Warm apples, sweet spices, a dry orange odor, floral and wintery hops, and finally a faint grape and grapefruit scent with other sour citrus scents.

Taste - A sour and cider-like orange beer. Light on the hops at first with a wintery hops finish that cuts the sourness out of the aftertaste but the dry orange taste lingers with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A nice hop bite that hits the roof of the mouth and fades on the tongue. The body is well balanced with a smooth finish.

Drinkability - About as friendly as an IPA can get, everything is balanced. This beer is a joy to sip on by the fire and will leave you feeling good but its not quite a gulper. The friendliness does take away from the beer as it loses the extra hop bite that an IPA should have.

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Photo of ZSimon
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
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