Dreamtime New England IPA
Down the Road Beer Co.

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IPA - New England
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Down the Road Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Dreamtime is a hazy, New England-style IPA featuring Vic Secret and Ella hops from Australia. Expect an eruption of clean passionfruit and pineapple notes tempered by light pine, delicate floral and subtle herbal notes. Crack a Dreamtime NEIPA, and breathe deep the stardust of your ancestors.
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: dank, lime, spearmint, floral;

T: mostly floral; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; soft;

O: a different take on the style;

May 28, 2019
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Kolo from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Underrated. Down the Road has some fine beers. Competitive market here in Eastern Massachusetts. Affordable, tasty, and well worth it. Oh, and great artwork on the labels! That's always a huge plus for me.

Feb 27, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

2.39/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A- Tallboy pours into a tulip with a slightly cloudy golden body and a two finger creamy white head. Mostly spotty lace around the glass.

S- Kind of yeasty and estery off the top which was not really expected in this style at all. Generic bitter orange oils and peels with a suggestion of medium sweetness and light malts.

T- Something definitely seems off with this ferment. Extremely bitter and astringent opening with a solventy flavor coating the palate with bitter orange, pine and grapefruit hops. Really harsh on the palate and no semblance of balanced beer. Apples and pears also come out with some yeast bread.

MF- Medium bodied with a slickness on the palate and just a very intense bitter grip on the taste buds. A slight frothy texture and a medium level of carbonation.

All over the place as the yeast seemed to get out of control here and the hops seem like a mixed bag that has a hard time coinciding with that yeast.

May 31, 2018
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Docscape from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head was thick. Color is a cloudy amber. Smells a little citrusy. Taste is light citrus and a little nutty. 13oz draft @ The Fix Burger Bar in Worcester, MA.

May 15, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Long Ridge and Spirits in the Pinehills for about twelve dollars. Was recommended by staff at store. Very dank, with hints of pepper. Not my cup of tea, would not buy again.

Oct 20, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. Can

A New England style IPA. Featuring Australian grown Vic Secret and Ella hops.

Cloudy gold and amber...chunky and seriously unfiltered.lacy.

Peppery citrus and grapefruit hop aroma. Bold. Very bold.hint of cream.

Light golden malt aspect with pineapple and black pepper hops. They go deep.

Sharp, bitter, earthy, medium to full, long and lush mouthfeel. Tangy and peppery.

Certainly fresh, complex and amped up....dirty ipa.

Sep 27, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer's companion/sister brew Golden City several times, but did not end up reviewing it. Both were released mere weeks apart from each other, so the lack of a review is kind of a personal shame, as both of these have been rather fantastic in their own ways. GC is a tropical fruit cocktail of a beer, and Dreamtime has some similar assets but utilizes different hops and therefore has some unique characteristics of its own at the end of the day. For the record, GC utilized El Dorado and BRU-1 hops, whereas this employs the two Australian varietals Vic Secret and Ella. The grain bills are very similar, if not the same, so the beers are differentiated almost entirely by their hop additions.

Pours an opaque orange sherbet color with a very nice, thick collar of head. Excellent legs on this one, with a pretty supreme collar of lace as well. Just about one of the best NEIPAs I've seen lately. Its sister beer was gorgeous and golden (obviously!) also, so this seems par for the course, but it really is great looking. The moderately retentive head, stagnant carbonation and great tiered lace all deserve to be exalted. Even the color of this beer and its inherent intense opacity deserve praise due to how well they pull it off... it has depth to it and doesn't just look like a boring milkshake of a beer. It counts for something to me, anyway!

So, the hops on order here are Vic Secret and Ella, eh? I've experienced both in various beers before, of course, but I'm not sure if I've had anything that specifically uses this combination. Vic Secret I'm aware of as being essentially "less intense Galaxy," but Ella operates on the exact opposite end of the spectrum as VS according to the growers themselves. As such, VS has a majorly fruity/minor resin character whereas Ella is more floral with some spice characteristics. I pick up dank notes, green onion, herbal elements, wildflowers, passion fruit, guava and some Noble hop-like spice that reminds me of Saaz as it exists in a lot of more traditional pilsner beers. There are some pumpernickel/rye like aspects here which makes sense given the previous interpretations of Ella hops, but the malt bill is probably helping those along to some extent. Overall, this smells less fruity and more herbal/floral/spicy compared to Golden City.

On the tongue, it has a sharp resin character combined with light notes of passion fruit and guava with some floral/herbal stuff going on as well. Not as bright or tropically-fruity as Golden City... I pick up more herbal and Noble hop character, bringing some sharper and piney flavors to the proceedings. Quite nice... I love how different it is, but it's obvious the yeast and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the malt character remains the same between these nearly-concurrently-released beers.

Feel is smooth and detailed with a sharp yet moderated carbonation. Medium-bodied, I'd say, but with a prickly element and slightly-above-average ethanol presence for its 7% ABV. Bitterness is strong and leans floral/spicy as mentioned, which kind of puts it at odds with a lot of other NEIPAs. However, this is the brewery that put out Queequeg's Revenge, which was already very weird as an NEIPA... I feel like those buying this know at least partially what they're getting into. Down the Road has been killing it lately, and this is no exception, alongside its sister beer. Great stuff. Worthy of drinking multiples. However, a mixed four pack featuring this, GC, QR and Undine would certainly make for an interesting discussion amongst discerning drinkers of hoppy styles.

Sep 09, 2017
Dreamtime New England IPA from Down the Road Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 38 ratings