Magic Hat Encore

Magic Hat Encore

Today I spent a ton of time working on updates to the site. Mostly small stuff. Fixing broken links, updating my shopping list page, and fixing some text color issues on forms (you can now actually see what you’re typing in the CAPTCHA text box). The other change I made, which was a bit bigger, was an overhaul of my Guest Reviewers page.

Looking more long-term, I’m also working on a mobile application that will let users access abbreviated LIBA reviews on Android devices.

Magic Hat Encore

After all that work I’ve worked up a thirst. I just poured a Magic Hat Encore, and I was a little surprised to see the beer pour a hazy color. Although it is an IPA, it is also a wheat beer…innnnnterrrresting.

It’s been awhile since I had an IPA, so I’m kinda looking forward to giving it a go.

Magic Hat Encore

Magic Hat Encore has a ton of hop flavor. Grapefruit and maybe a little floral, but mostly grapefruit. I’d love to say that the wheat brings something new to the beer, however I cannot tell a lie. The hop flavor masks anything wheaty.

Other than the novelty of a wheaty IPA, not much interesting going on here. If you’re a hop-head, I’d recommend it, as maybe your refined hop-loving taste-buds can pick up additional flavors I’m missing.


POST REVIEW EDIT: When I was about 3/4 the way through this beer I realized I was really digging it. Just took some warming up to get to start enjoying it!

Magic Hat Encore

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Magic Hat Encore”

  1. In my opinion, everything that Magic Hat does is a novelty and gimmick. And I can’t even name one of their experiments that I even remotely like. I don’t know what some people fall all over in love with that brewery. For me they are creative like Dogfish Head, but don’t even come close to delivering–one produces awesome beer and the other just pipe dreams.

    Gimmick 12 packs? Run the other way!

  2. @Rob- I think they have gimmicky beers, but some do work. I thought their American Sour was great, it surprised the heck out of me. Other beers have been good.

    @Lost- I like to review beers in three sets. Right away, let it warm a little, let it warm farther. I have always been able to find differences many times in the three stages. If I dig it all the way through, I dig it.

    1. Jay:

      I too often allow a beer to warm a bit, especially with more complex beers. In the case of this brew, it actually was my taste-buds getting used to the hops rather than the beer warming.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment!


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