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 can’t believe it, but somehow
this brewery managed to pull off pull simultaneously. I’m not saying
it’s God’s gift to beer, but for what it is it’s a job well done.
Since this is a Vermont-brewed, hop-forward brew, it’s no surprise that
there’s 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
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 that’s never fizzy
and always smooth. For only 5.7% ABV it’s got quite a lot of flavor and
doesn’t 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.