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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pagecampbell (1) - - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Love this beer. Itís the best yet and would love to see it at stores and bars more than #9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (996) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Clear amber with lasting white head. Smells of grain with a light hop. Smooth and balanced malt base that the hops creep through to round it out. The flavor lasts way beyond the sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Neverweiser (1) - Scio, USA - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
When I first found this at a new bar on draft, I thought "how gimmicky, letís try to get people who canít handle intense hops of ipa", but was blown away at how refreshingly lighter but still hoppy it was. For summer, its as good a beer as I can imagine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmgIPA (18) - - MAY 19, 2014
Appearance: Nice golden-straw color. some head (about a finger) with a moderate amount of carbonation rising and a good amount of lacing. Aroma: Citric and hoppy but a little less so than a lot of IPAís. Slight grassy aroma Taste: Not overpoweringly hop-tasting but a fair amount, more on the back end. Some malt and a taste lemongrass. (As the beer warms it taste more like an IPA) Palate: Medium feeling with a good with an average amount of carbonation. Overall: Very nice beer with a nice balance of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2015
Solid, and smooth as befits this style. That said, this is more of an "APL" -- not as hoppy as it should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pricey290483 (750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2014
quite liked this beer a nice ipa the would go well on a nice hot night quite hoppy with a nice smooth bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It appears to have been bottled on 2/13/14.

Appearance: Honey/amber hue. Mostly clear body with plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Zesty aroma of an herb garden and spice rack seasonings.

Taste: Magic Hat Dream Machine is an interesting beer to say the least. It appears to be an attempt to capitalize on two trends happening in the craft beer movement right now: the "New England-style" IPA, as well as the "India Pale Lager" brewing style. I canít believe it, but somehow this brewery managed to pull off pull simultaneously. Iím not saying itís Godís gift to beer, but for what it is itís a job well done.

Since this is a Vermont-brewed, hop-forward brew, itís no surprise that thereís a strong herbal component to this brew. Other hoppy beers from the New England area also seem to have this character, too. Basil, parsley, rosemary, plus some garlic and onion powder. The malt is down-played, but strong enough to balance out the hops (which are more flavorful than they are bitter). This could almost be mistaken for an spice/herb/vegetable beer, but as far as I can tell it contains none of those finings. This would be an ideal accompaniment with plenty of flavorful meals.

Drinkability: Though technically a lager, Magic Hat Dream Machine drinks like an ale in terms of both flavor and mouthfeel. The body is perfectly medium, with a distinctly crisp mouthfeel thatís never fizzy and always smooth. For only 5.7% ABV itís got quite a lot of flavor and doesnít feel nearly as heavy as that strength might indicate. Not what I would consider sessionable, but it does have a bit of a refreshing quality and leaves a fairly clean, pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours medium gold with a wispy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice hop aroma. Initial taste is mild citrus with a distinct bitterness. The bitterness mellowed some as I worked my way through the beer and it became very drinkable. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adasko (1927) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 15, 2015
Wygląd czysty lagerowy, ze świetną pianą. W aromacie słodowy i lekko cytrusowy. Mocno wysycony. Pilsnerowa goryczka na amerykańskich chmielach. Super. Świetne piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5174) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a clear, dark, bubbly amber with a thick, fluffy eggshell head. Hoppy aroma is mainly woody and has a dusty hay overtone plus just a hint of citrus. Hops dominate the pleasing flavor, supporting woody and crisp malty notes plus a snip of orange. Texture is not too firm, but has decent fizz. Maybe not the beer of my dreams, but definitely fantastic.

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