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.

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 851
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -1.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -15.6%
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 +2.7%
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 -8.1%
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 +0.9%
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 +12.9%
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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy sunburst orange color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grainy malt and grassy hops.

Tastes of the grainy malts with a moderate hop touch. Grainy malts lead off with a bit of sweetness. Grassy and lemony hops come in next with a moderate amount of bitterness. A touch of butter comes on the end. An overall light feel, but doesn't feel coherent.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid pilsner, but the flavor profile feels funny.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is quite amber hued. Which is a nice lead that turns into a pretty bland ride. Minimal hop influence. Minimal everything really. It's just...bland. Too bad my next beer isn't chilled yet. Otherwise I'd be finishing this one as quickly as possible and moving on.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%

On-tap 3/16/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for while.

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Photo of dougfur
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a classic, light pilsner color, pretty modest/weak head. Smell is classic pilsner with a nice subtle shot of citrusy hops. Taste is similar. You can absolutely taste the hops and this would be an enjoyable twist on the classic pilsner on a nice, hot day. Nothing to write home about, but good. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- A seems to be average in upstate ny. Looks much like a copper-penny, with some more watery notes. Pours with a nice head into an imperial pint, but then dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Think half dead Yeungling, or slightly lighter BearNaked.

S- It smells sweet and spicy, just the way I want it. However, I feel that with the label IPL it should boast more than 50 ibu's. I mean, I litterally have to bury my face into it for any inkling of hops.

T-buttery, with the right balance of spice. Wait, is that dry-hopped peach cobler? Hahah. There's so much going on here that it's hard to make out, but not in a bad way. It certainly harnesses the #9 madness that Magic Hat drinkers have grown to love.

M- average, if that. It feels almost slimy when you really let it sit there . At the same time, the beer has drinkabillity... there's no need to let it "swim". Really, I just want Edward Marrie Cullen to drop in and say "sparkles"... I am disappoint. -_-.

O- not a terrible beer, but I've had hoppier lagers that didn't boast the ipl label.

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Photo of Brad007
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised to see this on shelves. I haven't been keeping up with Magic Hat.

Pours a nice reddish-gold with a frothy head into my glass.

A good balance of citrus, especially grapefruit in the nose. There's also a grainy texture to the malt.

Lots of conflicting tastes upfront. First of all, you have citrusy, grassy hops competing fiercely against the buttery, grainy malt bill. The result is a jumbled mess in the mouth.

This carries over to the mouthfeel as well. It's just not very pleasant. The high level of carbonation makes it almost unbearable.

I'm not sure how Magic Hat let such a weak, miserable example of this style out of their tanks. I have had several other examples that kick the ass of this pathetic shit, such as Brewmaster Mike's Citra Mantra (represent!).

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Photo of BlackDog
4.29/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dream Machine pours a perfectly clear, medium gold with a finger-and-a-half thick, fluffy white head. Lacing is top notch, and as I sit here typing this, the head is still a finger thick, over ten minutes after pouring it.

Healthy carbonation helps bring the aroma out. Amarillo and Sterling dry hops add a bright, citrusy aroma with a touch of spice on top of pale malts.

The body is more pronounced in the taste. A slight sweetness hits the tongue first, followed by the citrus hop notes. It finishes with a nice spicy hop finish and aftertaste. Overall, surprisingly smooth and well-balanced for a 50 IBU beer.

The mouthfeel is pretty good as well. It's a bit thin as the beer warms, but overall, a medium-light body with a healthy carbonation makes for a smooth, easy-going drink.

Appearance: 10/10
Aroma: 5/5
Taste: 8/10
Mouthfeel: 3/5
Overall: 18/20
Total: 45/50

Overall, this is an impressive beer, well worth the wait from Magic Hat. It has a great hoppiness to it that hopheads will love, without being too much, as some IPA/IPLs can be.

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Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 851 ratings