Encore | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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3.57 w/ 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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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

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3.82/5  rDev +7%
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 BeerLover99
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange body, trace off-white head, ok lacing

S: wheat, mild grassy

T: lemon peel, firm wheat middle, mild piney bitter finish

M: med body, light oily mouth

O: Better beer by MH, not my fav.
Would not seek out again, but solid.


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Photo of gcamparone
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased from a mix pack in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a hazy yellow-orange body with a huge white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Earthy, malty, citrusy with an uninviting slight cigarette aroma. Nothing strong or anything that stands out.

T- Malt, caramel, slightly piney. Somewhat one dimensional. Lacking much hop character.

M- Medium mouthfeel/carbonation.

Where are the hops in this brew? For an IPA, there wasn't much hop presence. It was more like a weak pale ale. Mediocre at best.

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Photo of DannyHartman
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%
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 mattkoon
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this encore in a variety pack from magic hat. the smell is piney like an ipa but there is a little sweetness swirled in. it has a honey brown color, and is cloudy like a wheat beer. the taste is fresh and bitter, with a little caramel and a citrus kick. this isnt a huge tasting ipa, but it has enough of a kick to wake you up a little. there it some nice lacing left in the glass. not a bad effort at all from magic hat.

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3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy orange with a light tan head that lasts about 45 seconds with moderate lacing. There are Aromas of fresh hops accompanied by citrusy, malty wheat beer aromas. It has a lighter mouthfeel with medium/heavy carbonation. The bitter hops are apparent immediately on the palate with notes of grapefruit and malt. It is a pretty straight forward beer with little complexity.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, almost syrupy looking. Gold, almost orange looking. Had a head, didn't stick around for long.

Smell: Didn't pick up anything at all, to be honest.

Taste: I don't get any wheat without letting this sit around in my mouth for a little bit. Even then, it's scant. Hoppy, but not really hoppy, and not floral or anything... interesting. Just hoppy. Little bit of citrus on the back. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbonated, otherwise not bad. Medium bodied.

This was pretty boring, and I don't think I'd pay to have another. I'd drink it if given to me though.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 41.4% out of 100 with 810 ratings
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