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Encore IPA: Magic Hat Brewing Company: IPA

magic-hat---encore-ipaI want to like Magic Hat beers more than I should. They are imported all the way from quaint Vermont. The labels are cooler than Ben&Jerry’s. They try really hard, perhaps too hard. All that effort often makes their formulas confused, as though they are pouring saccharine as perfume.

But returning to their Encore IPA, this is a fine enough beer, laying down the basics of any IPA (bitter frontness) and then oddly laying down to a transparent evenness on the backend. So, for the moment, this is one-hit wonder is good enough for occasional airplay.

Rating: 62%

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