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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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is piney hops up front, some citrus notes, a touch of wheat is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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

Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, low retention, not a lot of lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is a little grainy, a little sweet, and a little hoppy, mostly pine and citrus hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, the finish is nice but not bitter enough, the overall beer is decent but boring, not enough hops, it says it is an American Wheat IPA on the label but I don't get a lot of wheat character.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a rich golden honey color with a large (2-3 finger) rocky white head that mostly diminished into a fluffy puddled residue that created excellent sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma upfront was bold and hoppy of a citrus hop, a straw like malt and a moldy yeast with a notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a decent dose of wheat.

The taste was very yeasty and a bit malty with a note of caramel from the onset. It then progressed into a nice bitter hoppy flavor with a strong citrus note and a bit of wheat at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow, allowing for the hoppy grapefruit taste to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than light in body with a nice dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall an IPA with a really nice wheat characteristic and a wonderful hoppy aftertaste.

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

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: semiclear orange; medium-thickness head; strong carb action
S: light malt and yeast in the nose (doughlike)
T: lighter flavor profile than is customary in IPAs; very strong hop presence, but not bitter; grapefruit rind flavor; the wheatness comes through a bit, but not so much as to turn off someone (like myself) who doesn't like wheat beers.

Satisfying, light

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden straw color body, cloudy clarity, with a decent size foamy head; spotty lacing.

S: Although not as strong of an aroma for an American IPA, the nose has a citrus quality with notes of bready malts & lemon.

T: Hoppy bitter upfront with notes of an orange peel rind and herbs. It's followed by some wheat character and malty sweetness, but finishes again very bitter. Long lasting flavor and nice hoppy American IPA.

M: Medium carbonation; light to medium body; somewhat of lean texture and finishes dry.

O: Not a bad American IPA, but not the best example of the style. Price, availability, and low ABV make it very drinkable and a nice beer for a hop head. Try it out if you see it, but I wouldn't recommend seeking it out.

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

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a decent near white head that has great lacing and leaves a thin layer over the top of the brew 10+ minutes after the pour.

S - Tropical fruits, citrus hops, bready malts maybe a little pine. Mostly sweet fruit + citrus hops

T - A nice tropical fruit taste into bitter/dry to a piney/bready character. Almost a rye taste at the semi dry finish.

M - Less than medium bodied I'd say. Very drinkable, well carbonated.

O - Pretty solid, mostly sweet and citrusy fruits, some dry bitter qualities for sure, and a nice bready/rye quality as well. Would definitely be a nice 6er to enjoy with friends

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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