Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager
Magic Hat Brewing Company

Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale LagerDream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager
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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #142
Ranked #46,405
3.34 | pDev: 14.37%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale LagerDream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 851
Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops, some malts. Taste is refreshing. Malts, some hops, a bit of citrus, smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is how a pale lager should be.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
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 garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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 q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pine, hops, citrus. Appearance: light orange, clear. Wispy, white head. Taste: a touch smokey, crisp , hoppy Pine aftertaste. Goes down easy and quickly. Feel: light, airy, medium carbonation. A very drinkable IPL."

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +6%
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 superspak
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of mick303
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Pale gold and clear with fairly good lacing. Aroma is light and fresh, florals and some lemon citrus, also a fairly nice crisp maltiness. Taste starts with some bready malts and light floral hops, crisp lager yeast, and a fairly subdued hoppiness, gets a bit tired near the finish, some stale skunky notes. Mouthfeel is light, lots of carbonation, and overall its some and easily sessionable. A decent IPL that gets a fairly boring quickly but works decently as a session option. Hops are mostly floral, with a bit of a fruity edge, and are decently robust.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden yellow color with white head. Light pine, some citrus, a bit of cereal grains, and a hint of spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, good carbonation. Finishes with cereal grain and spice notes.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Act25
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I like IPLs better and better, the best I've found is Carton Sit Down Son. This one much better than its reviews (and I generally dislike magic hat)

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a small white head that fades quickly and leaves a no lace.

S: Aroma is moderate and contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, bright citrus and some hops.

T: Taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and solid balance of hops. Bright and fun.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean. The great thing about lagers.

O: Tasty, goes down easy. Try 1.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing 2 fingers of foamy, shortlived, white head that recedes to a thick island cap leaving sheets, webs & streaks of lace. Aroma is mostly grapefruit, pineapple & hints of pine in terms of hops; pound cake and little caramel malt in a background of pilsner yeast. Taste is bready, lemon zest, resinous pine, tropical fruit, lager yeast & a little honey up front through mid-sip, finishes with a prominent grapefruit note becoming drier & more bitter with a rapidly diminishing bitter, but noticeably astringent, aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low moderate carbonation, silky & slightly creamy with a tongue coating bitterness that becomes an astringency on the back of the tongue & palate. Not really an IPA as it is made with lager rather than ale yeast. An interesting mixture of hops & yeast as are most of these IPLs.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little hoppy like a IPA but tastes like lager. Great concept but feel it good of been pulled off better. Still...
a really nice beer. Need to tweak balance between the hops and the malt. Love the color. Love the feel. Taste brings score down some.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev +3%

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.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

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...

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Photo of Mojo
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
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 REVZEB
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dirty gold with an off-white head. Grapefruit peel, pine, herbs, lager grains and malt aromas. Taste is surprisingly bready and frothy, but the hops gets lost a good bit save some resin. Feel is very grainy and malted with resinous hops on the finish.

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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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Dream Machine IPL India Style Pale Lager from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 851 ratings