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

Added by Brad007 on 09-08-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +12%

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3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. A little bit of lacing gets left behind.

S: Hops dominate the scent, but there's a strong grassy smell to it as well. Citrus sourness is certainly present.

T: As expected, hops bitterness dominates the flavor, though it's not overly powerful. The citrus gives a bit of a kick.

M: Medium-bodied, a good balance with some earthy elements. Quite drinkable. Not the best IPA, but a solid beer to try.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $1.69 as a single. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's mostly citrusy and pine hops, and some wheat and bready malt are noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and has a good amount of carbonation. Overall I think it's a solid brew. It's not a great IPA, but one that's still worth trying.

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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold. Good sized persistent head. Smell is very mild lemony hops. Taste is bitter hoppiness throughout. Just a little bit of underlying sweetness. Nice citrusy hop flavor. Grapefruits and lemons. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Maybe a bit one-note but overall this is a pretty solid IPA.

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3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by my neighbor Brian as a Christmas gift, poured into a standard nonic.

A: Appears to be relatively low on carbonation. Perhaps my pour was too tentative, but head is relatively thin. A very hazy golden color underneath.

S: Muted citrus and earth tones. A touch of cotton candy sugars. Maybe I'm stuffed up, but I'm not picking up much here in the nose.

T: Bitter-sweet and earthy, a touch of pine-cone. I'm finding more sweetness than I care for; my typical complaint for most East Coast IPAs.

The wheat provides a bit of thickness and viscosity to the flavor, but I also think it serves to dampen the bittersweet punch of the IPA. As it stands, since what I am finding here appears to be long on the sweet and short on the bitter, with a lack of citrus/grapefruit, perhaps I should be greatful, as I feel like that might be improving drinkability for me.

M: Thick and heavy in the mouth, which is expected for a wheat beer. Some sticky goodness left behind on the finish, which is expected for an IPA. Overall carbonation is a touch low, but otherwise mouthfeel is a bright sport for this brew.

D/O: Although it's not a terribly "remarkable" IPA, it touches on several of the right notes in a reasonably balanced and very drinkable manner. I was surprised at how quickly I finished the glass. Repeatable.

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

Golden tangerine color with a thin, clingy head. Cap says "don't eat with your feet." The previous cap said "live where you love and love where you live," which after ~9 years of drinking Magic Hat is the first cap I like.

Sharp pine aroma in the bottle settles into a passion fruity meringue hop in the glass. Twinkie malt. Smells good but I like stronger aromatics.

Tastes like orange sorbet with a pineapple acid bite. Good balance of prickly hop bitterness and juicy hop flavor. Wheat adds a mildy creamy dimension to the standard IPA mouthfeel. The ol' 1-2 punch of Simcoe & Amarillo never seems to fail.

Won't ever be confused for a West coast IPA but it's pretty bold by Magic Hat standards. A fine NYE libation.

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Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 818 ratings