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 mdfb79
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From 07/24/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy deep amber color with one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruity malts, floral hops , honey, bready malts, pale malts, and earthy malts. Decent, maltier than expected.

t - Tastes of grains, wheat , dough , bready malts, light fruit malts, and light floral hops. Quite malty, ever moreso than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink but too watery.

o - Overall not a great beer. For a beer toting itself as a hoppy beer it is veyr malty. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of jbraico
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was an rich amber color. The smell had some fruit notes in it (apricot). . Not bitter or strong when going down, smooth. When poured a nice thick head forms. Nothing special otherwise about the beer Although I could see my self purchase another should the occasion arise.

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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 deanhead
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Brad007
2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
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 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 Davepoolesque
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip. This is no dream. Malty mess. Flowery hop profile. Tastes like tea. Not much bitterness. I wouldn't drink this 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 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 Archdale74
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not hoppy Enuff for an ipl, little bit of a metallic taste, but could be the draft equipment at this place, I would give it another shot at a different place, maybe the brewery

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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 DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

If it's from a dream machine, it must be good. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It doesn't look like a pale lager, as it has an amber color with reddish hues. A half-inch of fuzzy head sits on top with adequate retention, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. It has a decent aroma, one with squirts of pine, earth, grainy, and a vague fruitiness.

This is not good. Having a bitter vegetal flavor is not a good way to be introduced. There is some toasted malt and overall some very herbal tones to the beer. It tastes "raw"; the hops aren't being worked and the malt base is mediocre. It has one thing going for it though; a soft mouthfeel.

If this is what comes out of Dream Machine, I'd be frightened to taste Nightmare Machine.

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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 trickynicky
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I haven't had much from Magic Hat, but the other brews I had were more enjoyable than this one. I did not care for this. In my opinion, there is nothing that really jumped out at me with this beer; it was borderline bland.

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Photo of Urk1127
1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

-Clear brown
-Harsh grain, citrus rind
-Rough toasted malts, bitter orange peel

-Not much to say. I don't like it. Most Magic Hat beers ive found to have this harsh bitter rind to them

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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