beertholomeus (1111) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with white head. Wheat, hop, floral citrus and honey aroma and flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation with a citrus finish.
Jlew715 (20) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Magic Hat’s winter variety pack (labeled as "Encore American Wheat IPA"). Pour is clear copper with a one - finger head. Not much in the way of aroma; perhaps some subtle hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is rather thick for a wheat ale, buts it’s not unwelcome. Taste is wheaty with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Overall it’s tolerable but nothing to write home about.
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at home after a week of being sick over the holidays. Appearance is a cloudy gold with a rich white head. Aroma is a nice mixture of wheat, clove, yeast. Taste is pretty good, nice notes of orange peel, wheat, citrusy hops, moderate carbonation. I'm a fan, good start to 2015 beers!
UDBeernut (2052) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as Encore part of the mixed 12 pack. Pours hazy light gold with a white head. Nose is full of orange and orange peel. Moderate bitterness with some wheat. Light body, but somewhat watery.
Aggiebob (180) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moderate hop aroma hides the stronger hoppy flavor that has a light bitterness. The bottle poured amber with a fair amount of head.
GIJOE (807) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly orangey amber, somewhat hazy, with a huge, frothy, tan head that stays until politicians are honest! Thick, sticky lacing. Nose is malt and spunky citrus. Taste is fresh and balanced. Sweet backbone migrating to a nice grapefruity hop bite, trailing off to a orange zest finish. Medium bodied brew with lively carbonation. I like it.
Block (1650) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably my favorite beer out of the Winterland 2014 pack. Smooth and sweet with a decent hop flavor. Light and refreshing. A good change this season.
GreatDane1632 (822) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated based on notes taken 4 Feb 2012 -- Very strong hop presence. Lots of aroma and flavor, almost zero bitterness. Enjoyable.
Evolutionary (348) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from sampler pack 2014. Citrus nose and medium body. Bites a bit at first with citrus rind feel but malt tries to mask it. Very dry and wheat adds a nice touch. Cuts thru the palate well. Decent but not amazing.
jamesewelch (172) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 12 oz bottle, variety pack. Had this on a few other occasions and multiple 12 oz form this pack.
Aroma: Citra hops, Citrus
Appearance: Amber-Orange, Cloudy liquid, white head
Taste: Heavy Bitter
Palate: Light body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish
Overall: Citra hops and Wheat IPAs seem to be a thing here in Vermont. I prefer Zero Gravity’s Conehead IPA over Encore, but there’s a few similarities and key differences. Firstly, I do not like Citra hops - I must have burned out on it a few years ago when I loved them and homebrewed everything using them - now it just has this strange taste that I can’t get out of my mouth. The hops have a very strong bitterness, but a nice aroma. I’d prefer a little less bitterness from the hops. The malt and body is nice, I just don’t like the sharp bitterness. Not bad for a Wheat IPA.