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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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Photo of Caveworm
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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.


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Photo of JamesMN
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat lost me on the Monkey thing and since then I am always skeptical of their brews. It was a shame when last season Cleveland's Playhouse Square featured No.9 since they have few alternatives - I go to the theater a lot and had a lot of No.9's.

So this is a very creative brew. It works where you would expect - it is pretty in the glass and it smells great. The taste is a confused mess of hops and malt and yeast, all great but together less than great. The aftertaste is gone with a chaser. It goes good with food because it is so diverse tasting.

This is not something I would seek out, but it is not something I would refuse. Try it.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Yes...it's actually pretty good.NO or is not amazing bit it has a nice bit to it on my palate and it has a drinkable factor to it because it is a lager. Is it my favorite beer? No. Is it am awesome version of a lager? Yes. I would definitely give this brew a shot before you judge. It has the awesome aroma of an IPA, along with the hoppy bite, however it's got the clean finish like a lager. Just drink one and decide.That is all...

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Photo of jlindros
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at lumberyard in georgetown ct. Cloudy amber bronze with white head in pint. Malty bready aroma with a touch of hops...pretty mild. Taste is malty and bitter...bit alt like. Its got a classic magic hat flavor. ..just a bit over malted. Not much hop presence but what hops are there are pez candy like. Easy and sessionable. .
overall...decent but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a six pack of Magic Hat's Dream Machine a couple days ago for $7.99 at Krogers. I'm a fan of hoppy lagers and it's been awhile since i've tried a new beer from Magic Hat, so lets see hoe it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it's got a psychedelic font to it to go with the name, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some sticky, spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart earthy, grassy, floral and citrus hop aroma that are all a little on the lighter side and neither one sticks out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, sweet malt, pale malt and lightly toasted malt aspect with maybe a little bit of caramel malt coming through and there's some lager yeast aromas in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish the hop profile was a little brighter.

T- The taste seems to be fairy similar to the aroma and it might be a little lighter. It starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the hop still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it seems like the grassy hop aspect overpowers the hop aspects. Up next comes the malts which are very light and there's pretty much just some sweet malts, pale malts, grainy and very lightly toasted flavors that fade very quickly. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with pretty much no aftertaste. This wasn't a great tasting beer, the hops showed up right in front, but they weren't that interesting and the malt aspect was a let down.

M- Fairly smooth, a little clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I didn't think was a great beer and I didn't think that it was a good example of the style, when I got to the aroma I thought it was going in the right the direction, but it seemed like it took a turn for the worse when it got to the taste and all I was left with a bland lager with an almost equally bland hop profile. This didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little clean, crisp, not too filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is a little more than enough for me, no way I would want to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, aroma and mouthfeel, those were the highlights of this beer and they seemed to all be pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was just bland all around and this is the first time in awhile that I have had a beer that didn't have any aftertaste. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend trying it either, it's priced nicely but it isn't a great example of the style. All in all I didn't like this beer, it had some nice aspects, but I thought the taste was a let down and it just didn't deliver what I wanted it too. So far this is one my least favorite beers from Magic Hat and there's not doubt that it is now my least favorite IPL or hoppy Lager. Better luck next time guys, this beer need some major work in the taste department.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.57/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is about a finger high, with a shade that's barely off-white. It also features a fluffy texture and acceptable retention. A ring of lacing is left behind.

S: It smells like it's trying to be hoppy - there's just a faint wisp of citrus and apricot notes. It's the malts that come through; honestly, though, they do have a defined sweetness to them. Brown sugar, graham cracker, and caramel hit the nose far more strongly than the hops could hope to. I'll stick with a 3 because it doesn't bring the I part well. That, and it's Magic Hat.

T: Well...um...where to start? Stale citrus hops open it up, and even then, they're a mere wisp next to the massive yet somehow flavorless malt backbone. The finish is slightly metallic, too. Not only does it lack flavor, it seems unbalanced for some reason. Ayiyi...

M: Way too heavy feeling for the lack of flavor. While it is nice and soft in the mouth, it's just flabby as hell. Good carbonation and the classic finishing lager bite try to compensate, but only succeed slightly.

O: Okay, I drank the damn thing, now where's my Untappd badge?!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a ipa glass.
It has a golden color body with a small thin, foamy head. The aroma gives off a pale, lager malt notes, no hops present. The tastefirst starts off with a lager flavor then some citrus hop come in on the finish. Thw mouthfeel is definitely more like a lager than a ipa. Overall its good but in my own opinion it needs to be more balanced.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
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...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coppery gold color with a fat two-inch head. The foam looks fluffy and caves in dimples. The lacing is pretty chunky.

Seabreeze hops with a flowery/oceany scent, light citrus, and wet grassiness. Very clean and crisp, but not snappy. In other words, not a hoppy aroma, per se. Still, very pleasant.

Grassy, tangerine, lemony citrus, and floral notes. Lacks that pilsner bitterness cleanse in the finish. A little sweeter with tea leaf and hop citrus flavors. Hints of peach are subtle, but awesome.

Easy on carbonation. They skimped a little there. The body is comparable. Drinks like a cinch. Could easily follow up with another one. Good stuff.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Some citrus and light pine along with a light malt backbone. Not too much there

T: Starts off with a mix of citrus and maltiness, followed shortly by a wave of bitterness. Bitterness continues into the finish, along with a bit more of the maltiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Quite bitter for only being 50 IBUs, it could definitely do with a bit more malt sweetness to balance it out. Definitely feels more like an "English" IPL than an "American" IPL, if you get my drift

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Copper body with rising bubbles. A cream colored head recedes to a thick film, good retention. Foamy lacing stays on the glass for a while.

Aroma: Bitter hops, pine, a touch of citrus.

Taste: This beer is extremely bitter. There's a trace amount of malt just before the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky, medium bodied.

Overall: This one should please the bitter hop lovers.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of deanhead
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with an initial head of vivacious foam that ultimately reduced to nothing but a clingy lace around the inside of my glass after the first few sips.

Crisp, dry and clean tasting. A slight bitter finish that clings to your palate at the very end, other than that no hop presence to speak of. smooth and easy drinking.
Aroma is muted.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
Overall forgettable beer. I'll pass this over for something with more flare and flavor.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Light with little body and 1 finger of head.

s. Wheat - very little smell.

t. Taste had some interesting notes. Sweet taste up front.

m. Carbonation was good.

o. Overall this is between a 3.25 and a 3.5, but will go higher to give benefit of the doubt. Would not revisit. Honestly expected more from this beer.

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Photo of lochef81
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This dissapointing ale pours a handsome amber hue with a nice white head and lasting lacing. The nose is an overly sweet floral mix of hops, malt , and European yeast. The mouth is smooth and easy to drink but given the taste why would you want to. The flavor follows the nose with way too much sweetness and a floral hop bill that does not help the sweetness. I enjoyed the last few Magic Hat releases but this is definitely a miss.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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