Encore | Magic Hat Brewing Company

810 Ratings

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

Added by Brad007 on 09-08-2010

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Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 215
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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a darkish orange with about two fingers of white head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

Smell: Hops and citrus, not particularly strong but pleasant.

Taste: Nice hops upfront, not the most bitter of beers but this is a IPA/wheat hybrid so it shouldn't be. Definitely can taste the citrus. The beer just tastes really good.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light to medium body. Aftertaste fades quickly for an IPA.

Drinkability: Exceptional, the wheat aspects of this hybrid really make this beer extremely easy to drink.

Although not the most bitter or hoppy IPA, Encore is an interesting mix of a wheat beer and an IPA which makes it quite tasty and extremely drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold/orange with a big foamy head. Good head retention, some lace. Towering head and some bubbles in the glass. Pretty beer.

Citric hop aroma up front, some grain in the nose.

Hoppy up front, with grapefruit rind bitterness. Some wheat and unrefined bready notes. Bitterness creeps in at the end with a finish for the hops. The use of whet doesn't do much for me here - in fact it makes the brew seem like it is lacking something.

Carbonation and a medium body. A bit tingly.

Overall, not bad, but something I'd tire of fast. Grill beer or something to chase food with. Hops and bread, and not much else. But that is the nature of the brew. Still, it was ok.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, orange/gold in color, with a nice, tight two-inch head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citrus hop note, wheat.
Taste-Nice up-front hop bite, earthy, herbal hops following through to a lingering bitter finish. Spicy wheat notes. Nice hop flavor throughout. Cries out for a spicy food match. Tacos with plenty of picante or nachos with the works. Recommended.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed pale apricot colored with a full inch of fluffy white foam that settles out slowly leaving bumps and dimples of foam.

Bright and inviting aroma of tangerine and orange rind.

Flavors of bright citrusy hops upfront, moving to fresh cut pine. An understated honey malt rides beneath adding some balance. Subtle notes of cinnamon and toffee. Firm bitterness lingers, changing to red grapefruit rind and sappy pine notes.

Smooth and even mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable beer, my favorite IPA from MH thus far, I hope they keep this one around.

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3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy orange with some golden notes

Smell: Very interesting, citrus/tropical hops, hints of wheat, pale malts

Taste: Tastes like a very hoppy wheat beer (as it should!) - lots of tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruits - overall, I would describe it as pleasantly juicy - malts are on the sweet side, complemented by the hops

Mouthfeel: Starts off excellent thanks to how the wheat adds to the body - unfortunately, it seems to get more thin/watery as it warms

Overall: Very good drinkability, but this seems more appropriate for the summer - why is this a winter release?

I must admit that I am a fan of Magic Hat's IPAs. While I would have to say Encore is inferior to Blind Faith, I hope other brewers embrace the idea of hoppy wheat beers. Encore kind of tastes like they mildly modified Hocus Pocus (now retired, of course) and added a lot of hops to it. I approve.

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3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 810 ratings
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