Dream Machine - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 781
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 257 | 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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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 joe12pk
4/5  rDev +18.3%

12 oz bottle in a lager glass.

A - Hazy amber with a good amount of carbonation. One finger head, good retention. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus, malt, and pine

T - Malty throughout. Starts with fruit and finishes quite nicely with tangy citrus hops and light pine resin.

M - Medium

O - Unlike most of the lackluster posts I've read, I really like this and feel it is an under-rated brew. Go get some! Cheers! (407 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 jbraico
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was an rich amber color. The smell had some fruit notes in it (apricot). . Not bitter or strong when going down, smooth. When poured a nice thick head forms. Nothing special otherwise about the beer Although I could see my self purchase another should the occasion arise. (286 characters)

Photo of wsr602
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tried in the middle of the day after mowing the lawn. Very refreshing for a lager style beer. Good smell and slight carbonation with a flat mouthfeel if thats possible. Slight nutty taste. Smells of a cross between IPA and dark lager

Purchased at Eskimo Hutt Lubbock (268 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 mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of coded bottling date on the bottleneck. Another new summer seasonal beer to me from Magic Hat, acquired as part of the summer sampler twelve pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice coppery orange colored body with some decent clarity and about a finger and a half of quickly fading off-white foam. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - The smell is lightly herbal / sprucey / piney / grassy. Some pungent earthy bready yeast / malts are also present. Lightly grainy.

T - The is about average for the style, but it is a solid example. Bready, grainy, lager yeast qualities mixed with some light herbal / grassy / floral hop bitterness. Lightly dirty and earthy.

M - The feel is clean, bready, lightly bready, & with some hop resins / bitterness clinging to the palate.

Overall, a slightly above average example of the "India-style pale lager" from Magic Hat. Impressive for what it is, with a moderate 5.70% abv. A likely contender for repeat summer drinking.

Magic Hat Dream Machine ---3.5/5 (1,073 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dream Machine brewed by the Magic Hat Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.7 % This brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a small, white head. Dream Machine is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The appearance is decent to this brew. The smell is bitter with hops and grains. There is some richness to this brew in this smell.Not too big on the smell of this brew. Dream Machine taste is ok with a bitter after taste of hops. The taste at first is smooth but it is over powered by bitterness. The bitterness to this brew is to much for my taste. Mouthfeel is nice at first but, bitter at the end. Not a bad finish to this brew. Overall In'm giving this brew a 3 out 5. (681 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 TheSixthRing
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy amber orange with an of-white finger head. Dissipates rather quickly, leaving a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with little stick.

Smell - Smells of grain and bready malts, with hints of caramel and citrus.

Taste - Mostly malt character with notes of caramel and touches of grain. Hops are tame considering the style, but come through with some citrus flavor. Slight pith and stale bread in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - If I deciphered the code right, this was bottled on March 18th, so probably not too old to kill the hops, this is just a very average IPL that shows more malt than hop. It will be quickly forgotten. (758 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 smm0589
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to pint

Rich gold color and moderate head.

Aroma is of pronounced hops, a touch on the Pacific-Northwest grapefruity side. Not overpowering but very promising.

A pronounced hop bite at first sip that disappears remarkably quickly. No bitterness lingers. Smooth, sweet maltiness in the finish cleans the palate and makes me want to keep sipping.

Overall great beer and glad it'll be year-round! (416 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this single 12oz brown bottle at the Jewel//Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a fairly clear golden/orange color with a big 3-finger rocky white head that lasted several minutes, but for some reason left very little lacing or I would have rated it higher in looks.

Big citrus hop aroma on top of a lager beer smell. It really smelled nice.

The first sip delivers some bitter citrus hop flavors - mostly lemon, orange peel, and grapefruit. Then some sweet malts kick in for balance, but then it returns to some really bitter citrus hop flavors at the finish.

Light bodied, but crisp with above avaerage carbonation.

This was a very unique and interesting pale lager, and I liked it a lot. (815 characters)

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

Quite lagery in flavor and body, has some component that is reminding me of using flaked corn in the grist in that there's a consistently sweet element in a beer that's really pretty dry. Body is fairly light and refreshing, with a sweet finish. Possibly a touch of diacetyl present. Hoppiness is pretty pronounced but not quite to the scale of any given modern American IPA; it's more like a crisp pale ale. An interesting choice, not really similar to other IPL's I've had. (475 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 Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is like lemon cotton candy. Interesting.
The taste has a grainy-lemon undertone of bitterness all the way through, with some good malt backup. Nicely balanced.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nice with some good flavor. (309 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A medium orange gold that is hazy with thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Not a very strong smell. Citrus and hops.

Taste: An interesting taste as it is a mix between IPA and lager. The hoppy taste is not overpowering as the malt adds flavor. A nice blend. Citrus is apparent as well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that lights up the mouth. Medium body.

Overall: A nice blend between the two. At first it is almost taste like an IPA, but then the malt kicks in. I would have it again. (538 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay I admit I bought this bottle specifically to earn a badge on the Untappd app. Silly reason, but who doesn't like to collect virtual bling.

12 ounce bottle poured into Dogfish Head glass

A - medium clear gold with an initial one inch head eventually becoming a thin retention layer. Lacing is elaborate and dainty.

S - honey, citrus, bread

T - to me this tastes more like an amber ale. The malt is a little understated and is subordinate to the hops. The finish is fairly dry and there is a small metallic note involved.

M - bit of an aftertaste, average carbonation

O - sometimes you gotta tick. This beer is not horrible. It is drinkable, but extraordinary it is not. I'll not buy more, but I'd not turn down a free one either. (739 characters)

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 Caveworm
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company, deemed an "India Pale Lager" on the label. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's very,very light tan head leaves very fast amidst the carbonation. Lacing is very decent. Medium amber body.

I smell hops AND malt. Let's see if the taste delivers what my schnoz is picking up.

Yes, sir this sure does have a pleasant mix of hop bitterness and sweet malt smoothness. I'm very impressed. Not much hop aftertaste or afterbite. Not even after dry wafting. This is quite refreshing

Moutfeel is also rather nice, no hop resin here.

3.75 overall, a favorable slot. I was very impressed on how this brew truly DOES maintain a great balance of IPA and lager tastes and sensations. I will probably buy this again. (765 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark honey, and somewhat cloudy, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head, but good lacing. A fresh scent, but nothing of note on the nose. Nice carbonation, and drinkable. A nice hop bitterness that lingers, but lacks the fruitiness of the IPAs I prefer. A decent beer. (274 characters)

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 RonaldTheriot
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL has a thin-to-medium off-white head, a mostly clear, copper, bubbly appearance, and some decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of hop oil and sweet grain. Taste is of floral hops, some hop resin, sweet grain, and medium-baked bread crust. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL finishes crisp, easy going, and refreshing.

RJT (381 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No bottle date that I could find.

Appearance: Near translucent copper colored brew with half a finger of off-white suds. Look like a regular IPA.

Aroma: Here's where it starts to differentiate itself from IPAs. There is an underlying lager yeast musk that is hard to ignore. However, there are some sweet nearly flowery hops there.

Taste: Sharp bitterness upfront that combines with the sort of piercing flavor some pilsners can deliver. After the initial bitterness the flavor opens up a little more and a bready/floury malt flavor combines with the dryness generated by the hops to create a sudden finish. The aftertaste is almost metallic tasting, like there are pennies in the beer. Although the beer is never watery, the flavor is just bland. The hops don't seem to have much character to them.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with a carbonation level somewhere between a pilsner and a pale ale.

Final Thoughts: I've had very few IPLs since the style has started taking off, but Dream Machine is definitely at the bottom of my list. The metallic flavor and lack of hop character make that decision an easy one. Would I drink it again? Probably not. (1,163 characters)

Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.