ChainGangGuy (4507) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a clouded, amber-gold body with a foaming, off-white head giving a lasting wispiness.
Smell: Modest malts, pale and wheaty, beneath fragrant hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine blossoms, and a bit of pineapple.
Taste: A lightly bready, lightly sweet taste of tangy malted wheat and pale malts. I gotta say, even right at the beginning, the mouthfeel starts thinning out at a record pace. Hops yield citrus fruits, leaning towards tangerines, with some minor florals and ample bitterness giving this wheat ale an IPA leaning.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Essentially, it’s a passable wheat with a decent IPA hop profile. Maybe not a home run, but at least a well-played single.
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Bottle from an assorted 12 pack. This is a nice, sweet IPA with the hearty palate from the wheat. A hint of kiwi on the nose. On the slightly watery side, this beer acts as a nice session beer or a beer to drink with a meal that will not fill you up.
SSSteve (3934) - - DEC 19, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle labeled as "Encore IPA" in winter 10 sampler pack. pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. apricot and tangerine hop aroma. zesty from the wheat with notes of baking soda. lots of hops bring out a apricot flavor. light body with high carbonation. dry, quick finish. not much sweetness.
robgibbens (419) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold amber with a thin lacy head. The aroma is orange and fruity. The flavor is mildly hoppy with an orange/citrus hint. The beer is full-bodied, chewy and makes the mouth water. Very good brew and not very hoppy, but a good IPA nonetheless.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange color that reminds me of an ipa. Has a medium sized off white head. Smells of wheat and hops. Taste is hoppier than I would expect from a wheat ale however the bottle which I got said ipa on it. That makes a bit more sense than wheat ale. has some wheat flavors mixed in with a bunch of citrus notes.
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - as Encore IPA in the Winter Pack. Hazy amber pour with a short white head. Strong citrus fruit, orange peel and grapefruit juice int he nose. Taste is big citrus oils, orange peel, grapefruit juice, light pine and sweet malt. Body is medium with soft carbonation and a strong resinous feel. Ends with more grapefruit juice, orange peel, citrus fruit, pine and sweet malt.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours hazy orange with a tall white head. Aroma is strong citrus and pine hop notes with thin floral notes. Flavor is pleasant, well balanced toast and nutty malts with plenty of pine. Only faint wheat in the finish. I like it.
BREWMUSKCLES (2368) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
just a very delightful brew in my mind. here we have a wheat brew at least as how it looks and with a kids cereal type malt syrup flavor. sweet and ripe with tastes of orange candy grapefruit and 7 up soda added to a powerful hop presence of pine with a bit of chalk. seems silly but it worked for me. smart sweet tart finish and add pez candy to the mix. demonstrative and happy it is flowery with a bit of spice. thanx magic hat !
glennmastrange (2424) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. moderate malt and hop aromas of roasted, pine and grapefruit peel, light soap for the yeast with hints of pepper and date. Head is large, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy, light amber. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery, with a lively carbonation and finishes lightly astringent. An okay IPA, but a little too acidic and not any sweetness kept it from rising above my "15 point, I’d definitely drink this again" overall score.
PhatB420 (723) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
They call this Encore too, like the hotel in Vegas, but not as cool. A wheat IPA now? Well this is an experience Id soon like to forget. At first I was reminded of the HIPA, but then reality set in and this is not that good. Color does resemble a mix between a pale ale and some forging background of wheat, but that does not sit right with me. I like the IPAs strong and masterful, this is not. But I have had worse and magic hat is a great beer staple in any beer lovers journey. So I enjoyed that good old northeast feeling while sipping away.