Dream MachineJuly 10, 2014
South Burlington, VT
Dream Machine is a melding of varied visions of an India pale ale and an amber lager.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1058
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This IPL does not disappoint. Dream Machine starts out more lager-y with subtle aromas caramel and just a hint of citrus. But at first sip, this beer becomes an IPA, with bright citrus notes assertively greeting the palate. A rounded body with a thread of light caramel and honey comes into play, speaking once again to the lager side of the equation, before another hit of hops brings about the finale. It all ends smoothly with some hop bitterness in the background, giving a nod to both styles.
- Lisa Morrison
Sigh. Another step in the march toward the day when every hoppy beer will be prefixed with “India.” Well, the beer itself is orangey-gold with a slight haze. The foam is thin. The aroma is simple but pleasant, smelling of tangerine and lemon peels, and eschewing the dank notes so prevalent out West. The palate is clean, dry, minerally and sharpish, with a finely focused bitterness. Hopheads won’t be losing their minds over this one, but this beer will be a great crowd-pleaser for summer cook-outs, and that’s something that never gets old.
- Garrett Oliver
Lisa Morrison, aka the Beer Goddess, talks beer every day at her beer store and taproom, Belmont Station, and on a weekly radio show in her hometown of Portland, OR.
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.