Dream Machine | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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839
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
44.81%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dream Machine, an India Pale Lager or IPL, is a melding of varied visions of an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager. Once poured, its light copper color delights the eyes and a citrusy hop aroma flows through the nose. Upon first sip, a smooth hop bitterness reveals itself – fresh, bold and slightly spicy – before subtle hints of mild maltiness appear. A big hop bite and a crisp, clean lager finish combine for a beautifully balanced beer. Take Dream Machine for a spin and let your reverie begin.

Added by JAHMUR on 01-28-2014

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 839
Photo of q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

**
06/16/2014
Aroma: Pine, hops, citrus. Appearance: light orange, clear. Wispy, white head. Taste: a touch smokey, crisp , hoppy Pine aftertaste. Goes down easy and quickly. Feel: light, airy, medium carbonation. A very drinkable IPL."
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Photo of Glhensel
4.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm New to the IPL scene, but as I'm not a huge IPA fan this was a pleasant surprise. I frankly love this beer - great combination and easy drink ability, not a lot of depth but very smooth while simultaneously getting suttle IPA notes.

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Photo of fx20736
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a variety 12 pack from Wegman's on 2/28/16. Poured from a can into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Coppery amber, white head, gobs of lacing lacing

Smell: grapefruit and plum

Taste: Lots of pale malt with a brewed tea tannic bitterness

Feel: slightly thin

Overall: strange beer

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a snifter. This decent lager pours a bright amber with a moderate head of white foam that dissipates to a thin ring and subtle lacing. Nose of light citrus fruit, herbal hop notes, and lager grains and yeast. Flavors follow the nose with honey and citrus notes on the front and sides, a bittering herbal hops note to the middle and rear, and a grain flavor on the back and aftertaste. Medium bitter aftertaste, medium mouth feel. Nothing overly oppressive. Good session brew.

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Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I like IPLs better and better, the best I've found is Carton Sit Down Son. This one much better than its reviews (and I generally dislike magic hat)

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a small white head that fades quickly and leaves a no lace.

S: Aroma is moderate and contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, bright citrus and some hops.

T: Taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and solid balance of hops. Bright and fun.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean. The great thing about lagers.

O: Tasty, goes down easy. Try 1.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, just had 3 beers from a mixed magic hat 12 pack. Got it cause I needed beer to drink while moving. Never have I ever thought of MH as a contender in the beer scene but i was impressed by all three and all three have terrible ratings. Great hop bitterness and drinkability. Is it up to snuff with the legends in Vermont, not really, but boy are these beers getting underrated.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown Copper Rusty color, medium to full clear body
There is a deep malty sweetness but not really that much in the smell...bready sweetness as it warms/sloshed
Same characteristics in the taste, has a light taste with only a small residual bitterness...not really what I'm going for in a red ale
This beer was decent but not what I was looking for in a IPL (as its advertised) not a bad red ale but could stand to be more robust. If you love Magic Hat its worth a try....I don't really love MH and probably won't buy it again

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip. This is no dream. Malty mess. Flowery hop profile. Tastes like tea. Not much bitterness. I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of Urk1127
1.88/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

-Clear brown
-Harsh grain, citrus rind
-Rough toasted malts, bitter orange peel
-Light

-Not much to say. I don't like it. Most Magic Hat beers ive found to have this harsh bitter rind to them

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Photo of breardon1776
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little hoppy like a IPA but tastes like lager. Great concept but feel it good of been pulled off better. Still...
a really nice beer. Need to tweak balance between the hops and the malt. Love the color. Love the feel. Taste brings score down some.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and moderately dark Amber in color, with an off-white head, the beer has a spicy hop nose, with some orange peel notes. The taste is balanced with a notable bitterness that jumps in at the mid-taste. Medium in body and some enjoyable mealtimes in the finish. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden yellow color with white head. Light pine, some citrus, a bit of cereal grains, and a hint of spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, good carbonation. Finishes with cereal grain and spice notes.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

served on draft. copper colored, white head. Decent malt flavor, with some earthy hops. pretty good, easy drinking , good combo of flavors. Light body, crisp carbonation.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a nice Amber color with a white head. You could smell the hops off the pour that had a nice earthy aroma. The taste was smooth with a nice bitter hop bite on the back end. This beer made me wonder about hybrid styles! I like the idea of having two styles combined for some nice characteristics. This definitely had all the traits of a lager with the hop presence of an IPA. Very interesting beer!

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Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Thin lacing on top of a pale amber brew, smells of grapefruit and melon rind with some graininess. Smooth and crisp but the body lends some slickness to the palate. Lots of hop character though this drinks more like an IPA than a lager, hoppiness doesn't fully mesh with the maltiness. Seems a bit disjointed. Not a bad sip bit could be cleaned up a bit for a lager.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time trying this style, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top this IPL smells earthy hoppy and fresh. Pours to a light orange with a minimal head that stands well. On the taste this brew is definitely more than a lager but stays with the style as the bitterness is not real pronounced but rides in the background. Good solid mouthfeel, nice thick consistency. Taste is consistent throughout with a bitter twang in the finish that is quite bitter. Not sure about this style, I think I prefer either a Lager or an IPA instead.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big pile of foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Amber color. Very studly in appearance. Flowery aroma.

Rather bitter and herbal. This seems to go down pretty easily, but I think it would compare unfavorably with the the IPLs I've had from Golden Road, Garage Brewing, and Pyramid. Unpleasant aftertaste of over-steeped green tea.

I don't think Magic Hat is going to win any new friends with this. I'm still waiting for a beer I like from them, which is unfortunate since they seem to be filling the bottom cooler shelves here in San Diego as well as in Washington. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

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Photo of mick303
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Pale gold and clear with fairly good lacing. Aroma is light and fresh, florals and some lemon citrus, also a fairly nice crisp maltiness. Taste starts with some bready malts and light floral hops, crisp lager yeast, and a fairly subdued hoppiness, gets a bit tired near the finish, some stale skunky notes. Mouthfeel is light, lots of carbonation, and overall its some and easily sessionable. A decent IPL that gets a fairly boring quickly but works decently as a session option. Hops are mostly floral, with a bit of a fruity edge, and are decently robust.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a copper golden color. Nicely rounded floral aroma notes with some light citrusy hops and a light hoppy kiss on the flavor.

It’s all right by me.

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Photo of trickynicky
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I haven't had much from Magic Hat, but the other brews I had were more enjoyable than this one. I did not care for this. In my opinion, there is nothing that really jumped out at me with this beer; it was borderline bland.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing 2 fingers of foamy, shortlived, white head that recedes to a thick island cap leaving sheets, webs & streaks of lace. Aroma is mostly grapefruit, pineapple & hints of pine in terms of hops; pound cake and little caramel malt in a background of pilsner yeast. Taste is bready, lemon zest, resinous pine, tropical fruit, lager yeast & a little honey up front through mid-sip, finishes with a prominent grapefruit note becoming drier & more bitter with a rapidly diminishing bitter, but noticeably astringent, aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low moderate carbonation, silky & slightly creamy with a tongue coating bitterness that becomes an astringency on the back of the tongue & palate. Not really an IPA as it is made with lager rather than ale yeast. An interesting mixture of hops & yeast as are most of these IPLs.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/19...pours copper gold, high white foam, over an inch and lasting. Pleasant hoppy nose, toffee, malty. Light citrus. Clean, crisp taste, honey, floral, quick fade before the bitter closes. Good carbonation buzz. Very good.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden copper color with orange highlights and a finger and a half of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a not-thin and not-thick lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very nice aromas of piney, citrusy hops and bready, biscuit toasted malt, as well as some caramel, black pepper, a touch of coriander and clover.

Taste: Wow, really nice beer. Lots of piney, floral, citrusy hops up front, followed immediately by some caramel-like sweetness and finished with a lot of bready, toasted malt and a touch of brown sugar-like sweetness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and slightly effervescent. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow, what a really nice beer. I wasn’t sure what to expect, never having tasted an IPL, but this is really nice. There’s a good balance between the hops and the malt. Recommended.

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Photo of EvieE
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A nice orange tinge, thick head at least three fingers and a good lace.

S: Citrusy, and light.

T: It was ok. A litter ligher than I had hoped. Not much bite at all.

F: Sharp on the front, but gets a little flat towards the back.

O: Not my favorite, but I could drink it if it was available.

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Photo of Archdale74
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not hoppy Enuff for an ipl, little bit of a metallic taste, but could be the draft equipment at this place, I would give it another shot at a different place, maybe the brewery

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Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.