Dream Machine - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 14
Gots: 242 | 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: 767 | Reviews: 94
Photo of EvieE
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A nice orange tinge, thick head at least three fingers and a good lace.

S: Citrusy, and light.

T: It was ok. A litter ligher than I had hoped. Not much bite at all.

F: Sharp on the front, but gets a little flat towards the back.

O: Not my favorite, but I could drink it if it was available.

Photo of Archdale74
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not hoppy Enuff for an ipl, little bit of a metallic taste, but could be the draft equipment at this place, I would give it another shot at a different place, maybe the brewery

Photo of jedifoot
4.6/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very well rounded and drinkable pale lager.

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber bordering copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Delicious hoppy aroma with predominant bold notes of pine resin and grapefruit. Intense, this is likely fresh.
Hoppy flavor with notes of tobacco, lemon, pine, some grapefruit, a bit of toasted malts and grains, mild earth, Lager yeast, perfume, grass and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Nice IPL, clear hoppy taste. Well-crafted Lager for hopheads. Having this fresh, in my opinion this is definitely under rated. I would rather have this to almost all standard Lagers.

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

I like Dream Machine, but I don't love it. It's bitter enough to want to cook with rather than drink, and as a beer for cooking, it's quite good. I've used it in the crock pot with chicken a half dozen times and it really adds something to it.

Photo of breakingbland
3.85/5  rDev +16%

A nice discovery for a non-hophead. Good balance between hops and malt. Plenty of malty sweetness especially toward the end.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of Tatterdemalion
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Photo of Scottfromwayne
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Great citrus palet with a smooth finish. Well balanced.

Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of Ainman11
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This Dream Machine style "IPL" was new to me. I enjoyed the different notes of flavor it provided.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

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...

Photo of joe12pk
4/5  rDev +20.5%

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!

Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of jbraico
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of wsr602
3.72/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Dream Machine from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.