Dream Machine - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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770 Ratings

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 248 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JAHMUR on 01-28-2014

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.
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Ratings: 770 | Reviews: 94
Photo of jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pretty good, easy drinking , good combo of flavors

Photo of JPowell712
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of DuffDaddy
1/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

50 cent single from W.H. ABC

Photo of mooseisloose
3.12/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: dark amber with a full beige head
S: hint of cinnamon
T: earthy, kind of herbal

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Underrated. Hoppy, clean, and drinkable.

Photo of Endeavor11
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good. First Magic Hat I have enjoyed.

Photo of ibeenjammin
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice balance between a lager and ipa

Photo of mick303
3.52/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Rod_J
2.08/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This one just didn't do it for me. Tasted too light with little body and didn't hold head retention well. Mouthfeel wasn't there as well.

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth drinkable beer

Photo of mbratt93
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just alright only really had me dreaming about my next (better) beer.

Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of trickynicky
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good taste. Smooth and drinkable.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A mediocre beer with great memories lol.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of Rock360
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like this beer, good tasty beer, nice balance of malt and hops, first IPL I've tried.

Photo of AshDashMash
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent lager, my camping beer.

Photo of CameronWolff
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a very good one.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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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Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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