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Dream Machine - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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.
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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 784
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells pretty good, but there is an odd metallic taste at first that only goes away as the beer warms up. (606 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and cracker malts are present in the nose along with notes of earthly yeast.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by malty flavors of biscuits and crackers. There are notes of earthly yeast and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are bits of dryness towards the finish.
O: The "IPL" name on this beer is very deceiving as it tastes nothing like an American or English IPA – it seems to be more like an English Pale Ale. Whatever style it falls into, I found it to be both drinkable and well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle (943 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

new summer seasonal is probably underrated here, its pretty nice on tap, and while obviously a step or two below the quality of say a jacks abby ipl, I think its a pretty reasonable take on the style. darker than most lagers, deep honey colored and a little hazy. head is tall and frothy in my pint glass, it looks real nice. nose is generic but hoppy like an ipa, they certainly didn't short cut the india part of this. some bittering citrus peel notes to the finish but mostly sappy bitterness, lots of texture for a lager, which I like a lot. well carbonated and refreshing, but not finishing up as quick as other lagers. the hops outlast the attempted quick finish, it doesn't work out real well, but it doesn't affect the overall enjoyment of this beer, just makes it feel more like an ipa. not sure why all the negative feedback on magic hat lately, I think they still do a really good job with a lot of their beer, and have enjoyed most of the new releases... (966 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Taking the pieces and parts of lager and rearranging their proportions to more resemble India pale ale gives Dream Machine a unique flavor, feel and set of aromas that lead with hops and trail with pilsner malt.

As the lager pours golden-straw, its head builds to greet the rim of the glass, much like any well-sculpted lager would. But one whiff brings out a sharp spiciness laced with verbena herb, pepper and fragrant grass. Its initial taste is cracker-dry and quick with light bread and grain sweetness.

As the bready and sweet malt trails across the middle, it paves the way for noble German hops- Its floral taste gives slim honeysuckle and fresh-pulled tobacco with fruit that develops into a grassy overlay. Fresh-cut grass, sassafras and a stemmy, peppery bite moves in to round out the bulk of taste.

Its quick finish keeps the body medium-light but lingers with the gripping and undeniable leafy astringency of the hop cone. Its chlorophyll linger onward along with bitter resins and waining tobacco herb. (1,020 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.44/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Man, how long has it been since I last had a Magic Hat? Regardless, this one pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, nutty toffee, and grass. The taste starts off with a small wave of sweet fruits, but things quickly degenerate into a lasting riot of rotting greens, bad cabbage, and pennies. The echoes resonate for minutes. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I have no idea what to say about this mess, beyond it is pretty terrible. Maybe there was a reason I haven't had a Magic Hat brew in a while... (658 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I was mostly done with this brewery a few years ago, but as they got me into craft beer, they stil hold a little spot in my heart.

Wisdom of the cap "everyone knows that know one knows."

Pours a smaller fizzy head that fades pretty quickly like a high abv beer although this isn't, crystal clear tan apple juice colored, with pillar of streaming bubbles.

Nose is macro lager like, hint of sulfury note and bad minerals, mild soft lager malts, little apple note, grainy bread and a sweet caramel biscuit, hints of herbal hops light medicinal hops.

Taste is grainy biscuity, lots of toasty grainy malts, a little soft lager note, lager malts though, mild crackery too, with faint bad minerals but luckily no sulfur this time. Into the herbal hops, medicinal herbal hops with a spicy earthy quality, little moss like forest floor. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, quite bitter as the earthy hops turn a bit spicy but still forest floor and herbal flavors lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice small bubble carb.

Overall meh, not a well done lager, on top of that not the best grain profile, and even more so the poor hop choice, more like an English bitter than IPL, forest floor herbal medicinal hops that are not tasty, starts with almost no bitterness then huge bitterness on the back and and finish, just not a well done beer all around. (1,349 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%

On-tap 3/16/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for while. (772 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up at Wegmans in a mix-a-six poured chilled into a stemmed glass, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is a crystal clear golden with visible carbonation and amber hues with a quick dropping white head with fine bead. The smell has a noble type hop aroma with a light floral/herbal smell which brings to mind pear with a slight yeast fruity ester. The feel is good with clean crisp texture with moderate carbonation and light body with generally dry finish.

The flavor is not what I expect from a beer that promotes itself as an India Pale Lager...it has the lager characteristics with smooth flavor but bitterness level is medium, a little like a highly hopped pilsner with toasted malt taste and noble accent as it finishes very clean. Overall it is a decent lager, but doesn't fit the India Pale lager label in my opinion, drinkable for what it is (870 characters)

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 RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is quite amber hued. Which is a nice lead that turns into a pretty bland ride. Minimal hop influence. Minimal everything really. It's just...bland. Too bad my next beer isn't chilled yet. Otherwise I'd be finishing this one as quickly as possible and moving on. (271 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From 07/24/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy deep amber color with one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, floral hops , honey, bready malts, pale malts, and earthy malts. Decent, maltier than expected.

t - Tastes of grains, wheat , dough , bready malts, light fruit malts, and light floral hops. Quite malty, ever moreso than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink but too watery.

o - Overall not a great beer. For a beer toting itself as a hoppy beer it is veyr malty. Wouldn't seek it out again. (636 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/pine hops and bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nice clean lager flavor with minimal yeast esters present. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid IPL style. Good robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,426 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served ina pint glass.
Look great in the glass with excellent clarity, plenty of visible carbonation and a large, creamy bone-colored head. The head is exceptionally durable.

Aroma: fruity (citrus) APA with a solid malt base. Approaches 4.
Flavor: followas aroma. Great balance. Mildly bitter.

Feel: excellent - lively but soft. Medium body. Smooth.

O: an exceptional version of this style. (411 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

My, how times have changed for yours truly. One of my first reviews on this site was for a Magic Hat beer, which was coincidentally one of the last cases that I ever bought. Now, I rarely drink Magic Hat, I dislike bottled beer, I eschew quantity like cases and I have over 2,500 reviews under my belt.

From the bottle: "Turn on. Hop in. Take off."; "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"

That first bit sounds like a a CANadian version of Dr. Timothy Leary, eh, hoser? My aggro pour netted two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. They know how to engineer their beers in Vermont, I'll tell you. Nose smelled much like being on a working farm and not in a bad way. The malts were prevalent, very fresh and grainy and the hops provided a fresh-mown grassiness that put me in mind of summers at my grandparents' house. Color defined amber (SRM = >7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was soft and full, a nice change from some of the abrasive AIPAs that I have been drinking of late. Taste was not really up to expectations, however. It had an odd finish of hydrogen peroxide, a taste that I remember from having contracted trench mouth from someone at summer camp. Gentian violet and hydrogen peroxide were the watchwords and I have never forgotten the tastes. Initially, it was okay, but the finish finished me off. Oof. (1,608 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey Pilsner glass.

Deep chestnut and brass body color. Very crystal clear and nearly bright if it wasn't so light copper brown. Virtually no rising carbonation hardly any. Head is fluffy and scattered bleach white, with two to three fingers of cap. Some retention and pill like lacing left behind.

Nose smells a predominant caramel sweetness, but lighter. Some hints of toasted brown bread. Some hints of sticky yeast a little. A brown lager?

Palate on first sip seems a bit odd. Hop driven a little bit with some pine and fruit. Light toasty bready finish but much darker than a usual pils. Good lingering hop bitterness and some matching caramel sweetness also. Fairly balanced between toast and hop, but that really doesn't what I expect in a pilsner that's for sure.

A hoppy brown lager? Seems what it's like to me strangely, and not too bad either. To style I am not so sure or what, but it's a decent beer. (950 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

If it's from a dream machine, it must be good. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It doesn't look like a pale lager, as it has an amber color with reddish hues. A half-inch of fuzzy head sits on top with adequate retention, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. It has a decent aroma, one with squirts of pine, earth, grainy, and a vague fruitiness.

This is not good. Having a bitter vegetal flavor is not a good way to be introduced. There is some toasted malt and overall some very herbal tones to the beer. It tastes "raw"; the hops aren't being worked and the malt base is mediocre. It has one thing going for it though; a soft mouthfeel.

If this is what comes out of Dream Machine, I'd be frightened to taste Nightmare Machine. (746 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours a bright orange color with a white soapy head that has good retention. Carbonation rises vigorously to the surface. Clarity is good.

SMELL: Bready malts and lager yeast working well with pungent hops coming off like cat pee and herbs. A bit of onion and pine round out the nose.

TASTE: In the taste, some pine sap, herb and citrus meet the bready malt character and add a coarse bitterness. Spicy, herbal, suggestions of pepper and ginger in with the biscuity malts. P

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, crisp hop bite, cleaner finish.

OVERALL: This is a pretty refreshing beer from Magic Hat. Essentially a hopped up Vienna Lager, and not a bad option. (664 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer is ok.....it doesn't stack up to the Magic Hat. The beer is lighter in body with good carbonation. The color is a hazy orangeish yellow with a creamy white head that is leaving a lace. The taste is more bitter than anything. Glad to have tried it but wouldn't go back to the well for this one. (308 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, and slight pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, hops, hint of floral, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend, the body is a little weak. (445 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, some malts. Taste is refreshing. Malts, some hops, a bit of citrus, smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is how a pale lager should be. (254 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no. B204++-1257-1354. Sampled on April 2, 2014.

Attractive medium amber pour with a modest off-white head that fades to a ring. Good clarity.

The citrus hop character tends to be the first sensation on the nose but after some further investigation I pick up the basic amber caramel malt character of a lager. Mellow overall.

Medium body.

The taste is in the opposite order with a quick introduction of sweet, caramel malts and then an eruption of citrus hops to finish it off. But altogether it is entirely smooth. Fairly drinkable. (563 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised to see this on shelves. I haven't been keeping up with Magic Hat.

Pours a nice reddish-gold with a frothy head into my glass.

A good balance of citrus, especially grapefruit in the nose. There's also a grainy texture to the malt.

Lots of conflicting tastes upfront. First of all, you have citrusy, grassy hops competing fiercely against the buttery, grainy malt bill. The result is a jumbled mess in the mouth.

This carries over to the mouthfeel as well. It's just not very pleasant. The high level of carbonation makes it almost unbearable.

I'm not sure how Magic Hat let such a weak, miserable example of this style out of their tanks. I have had several other examples that kick the ass of this pathetic shit, such as Brewmaster Mike's Citra Mantra (represent!). (788 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Look is pretty good for a pale amber with some head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Smells of pale malts, some buscuit but not much hops as an IPL should have. I taste.
T - Has some piney goodness mostly clean lager taste. Some biscuit taste. Its not bad.
M - light to medium easy to drink.

Overall nothing special but a decent IPL. Try it! (347 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (175 characters)

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