Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale LagerDream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager
Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale LagerDream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 851
Photo of smm0589
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%
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 +22.2%
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 +5.1%
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 +12.3%
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 +6.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of Caveworm
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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 theIPAman
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -4.2%
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 -15.9%
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 +15%
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%
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 -12.3%
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 -1.2%
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%
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 +6.3%
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 -22.8%
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 +5.1%
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 -26.7%
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 +9.3%
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 -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I am running through my backlog as quickly as possible and tonight seems to be a CANbination of Fort Collins Brewery & Magic Hat CANs. This one was procured at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop. If I CAN get to the Flying Fish CANs, you know that I have acCANplished something with regards to The CANQuest (tm)! Tonight is M, 15 August 2016.

From the CAN: "Turn on. Hop in. Take off."

I got the Crack! off without any problem so an inverted Glug was certainly in order. This resulted in two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, biscuity quality and I was ready for a draught. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, kind of soft on the tongue. It made a nice change of pace from tonight's AIPA onslaught. The taste was likewise mild. It was lightly biscuity and lightly grassy, making for an easy-drinking beer. It seems like everything is swinging for a home run any more, while this one was CANtent to lay down a bunt. What a pleasant, mild beer to have on a hot, humid evening! Finish was semi-dry, more grassy than anything else, but a CANdidate for a beach cooler.

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 +10.5%
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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Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 851 ratings