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Dream Machine - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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82 Reviews

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 804
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 45.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 291 | 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: 82 | Hads: 804
Photo of Tatterdemalion
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Tried one of these from a 12 oz bottle the other day.

In the glass, it's a dark amber, with lots of visible effervescence, and minimal head.

The nose was very faint, offering little more than some soft piney hops, so I didn't know what to expect. The taste wasn't too strong, following through on the pine, and offering a soft, citrusy finish, kind of like marmalade.

Carbonation and mouthfeel were both what I'd call medium--pleasant, but not overbearing.

Overall, i enjoyed it, though it's not necessarily something I'd pick up again. It's well-balanced, but doesn't really offer much I'd seek out--drinkable and enjoyable, in an interesting style, but not something I'll be keeping an eye out for.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think I like this more than most do. It is pretty tame overall, but it still is an enjoyable drink. Slightly increased and spicy hopping compared to a typical lager of style. Not a totally crisp lager, but still holding a crisp enough feel and cleanness to qualify well enough. Lager smooth. Soft hop aroma. Darker than one would think for a lighter lager and also a little bigger too (at 5.7%). Big full head caps it attractively. There is a slight yeast flavor that comes through adding some complexity and is not too distracting.
Magic Hat keeps their tradition with me of solid, easy drinking beers, none of which is outstanding and few that suck.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear amber color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top

S- piney hops a hint of lemon, sugary sweet malt, slightly toasted

T- citrus and pine hops , crisp malty finish, fruity berry linger

M- medium body with crisp moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- drinkable ipa that stays right in the middle of the road of the style

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a dark amber almost brown with a cream colored head that fizzes away pretty quickly. The smell is full of floral notes but there is a little bit of caramel from the malt. The taste is hop forward in the beginning and then mellows out to a refreshing finish with a sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel was nice as well. A bit average on all fronts but a nice beer none the less.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

P- thanks to keith for this brew

A- light copper gold color that is clear with half finger head and steady lacing.

S- faint pine hops smell but not much malt

F- ppine hops and sour malts

M- pine and chewy.

O- there isn't much to review with this brew. It seems bland but decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

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...

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Photo of joe12pk
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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!

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Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of jbraico
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of wsr602
3.72/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of smm0589
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
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!

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Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.