SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Encore: Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma is bready, apricot. NIce, oily mouthfeel. Taste is apricot, mix of citrus (orange, lemon) with a subtle bitterness at the end. This is a little mild for an IPA but I really like it. Very drinkable.
tfontana (44) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Foods Plus, Plaistow NH. Aroma is resin hops. Appearance is hazy golden orange with minimal head with minimal retention and insignificant lacing. First blast of taste was of cat-box but then never got that again. Was lightly bitter. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation and mild bitter finish. Overall, a slightly above middle of the road IPA.
rougeau13 (2132) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy bright orange-amber with a lasting off-white, moderately lacing head. Aroma of honey, bread, and fallen leaves with a touch of citrus. Taste is hoppy wheat; grainy and a little fruity and more bitter than sweet. Light-medium bodied and slightly dry.
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from F&E: Aroma is faint with a light smell of grains, honey, and touch of hop. Appeared a dark golden honey color liquid while there was a monstrous development of foam head on top. The drink is bitter at first from a modest hop profile, but then delivers a shocking flavor of tartness as if eating unripe fruit. The taste of the beer almost comes across as offensive because of a putrid flavor from the wheat grain used. The aftertaste tasted like paper money. Yuck!
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better Magic Hat beers Iíve tasted in a long time. Nice combination of a wheat and a pale ale. I tasted a lot of fruity notes, along with citrus, light hops, grass, a hint of banana and some spices.
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a half finger white head. Aroma of orange citrus and wheat. Taste is light bitter. Herbal hops with some orange peel and pine in the finish. Surprisingly good.
jb (2406) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bobís indirectly from Steve. Pretty decent magic hat. Nice body, bright fresh taste, plenty of citrus, a bit of hoppiness, nice body, liked it, would actually try it again.
bennetporter (209) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy amber from a bottle. Kind of a weak IpA with a wheat afterthought.
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 Hatís 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 itís not unwelcome. Taste is wheaty with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Overall itís tolerable but nothing to write home about.
jamesewelch (146) - 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 Gravityís Conehead IPA over Encore, but thereís 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 canít get out of my mouth. The hops have a very strong bitterness, but a nice aroma. Iíd prefer a little less bitterness from the hops. The malt and body is nice, I just donít like the sharp bitterness. Not bad for a Wheat IPA.
andyhwcinc (1588) - 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!