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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast, but leaves a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a pine smell. Mixed with this are notes of a caramel and citrus sweetness as well as a lighter grapefruit and grassy hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and light citrus sweet flavor. Mixed with these tastes is a pine hopiness. As the taste advances the sweetness fades and more pine hop comes to the tongue. More toward the end, other hop flavors of a grassy and grapefruit nature mix with the increasing pine hop and the decreasing sweetness, to produce a slightly bitter and drier flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average side in terms of creaminess with the carbonation level being rather average. Pretty nice for the hop as well as the transitions from sweet to more bitter.

Overall – Rather easy drinking, starting out sweeter, but drying out and becoming more bitter toward the end. Not bad.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent off white head falls into a nice lacing above a clearish rich well carbonated honey golden colored beer.

A big citrus, floral, and piney hops aroma with some sourness to it.

Citrus fruit with oranges dominating an otherwise dry taste with some hints of floral and pine characteristics to the taste.

A dry aftertaste with some of the hops taste sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty darn good bottle of beer, Encore, Encore.

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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.

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