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Dream Machine - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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79 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 784
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 267 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 784
Reviews by WellRested518:
Photo of WellRested518
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- A seems to be average in upstate ny. Looks much like a copper-penny, with some more watery notes. Pours with a nice head into an imperial pint, but then dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Think half dead Yeungling, or slightly lighter BearNaked.

S- It smells sweet and spicy, just the way I want it. However, I feel that with the label IPL it should boast more than 50 ibu's. I mean, I litterally have to bury my face into it for any inkling of hops.

T-buttery, with the right balance of spice. Wait, is that dry-hopped peach cobler? Hahah. There's so much going on here that it's hard to make out, but not in a bad way. It certainly harnesses the #9 madness that Magic Hat drinkers have grown to love.

M- average, if that. It feels almost slimy when you really let it sit there . At the same time, the beer has drinkabillity... there's no need to let it "swim". Really, I just want Edward Marrie Cullen to drop in and say "sparkles"... I am disappoint. -_-.

O- not a terrible beer, but I've had hoppier lagers that didn't boast the ipl label. (1,061 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kevrob802
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of Boxerjay
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of petewheeler
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppity1
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of MikePags
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thicker white head that lingered. Lots of carbonation. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and citrus, maybe some pine notes in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rought medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with a subtle sweet citrus on the after taste.

Overall: Not bad. I would have this one again. (385 characters)

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sgn4779
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Morecuamanyc
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ccurrid
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow colored with fine bubbles rising up to a white tightly bubbled head that recedes quickly. Aroma of creamed corn and cotton candy, floral notes. Flavors of honey malt, peppery spiciness, some burnt rubber offering sharp bitterness. Hops are subtle, somewhat floral and spicy. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but finishes tingly. Overall an okay beer. (356 characters)

Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of rwilde
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.