Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Ratings: 635 | Reviews: 204
Photo of Stefanija
4.16/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Yes Yes yes yes yes

Photo of Jim_Benz
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of this while camping near New Harmony--what I wanted from 3 Floyds wasn't available. But it was pretty good. Outside of that, I don't remember enough to post tasting notes.

Photo of Hauge261
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice look, fairly smooth and a dry finish.

Not a strong hoppy taste.

Photo of mattcrill
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Medium tea-like hop aromas. Moderate caramel character.

Appearance: Dark amber pour with a low off-white head. Tight bubbles retain reasonably well. Appears moderately effervescent in the glass.

Flavor: More caramel, bread, and tea-like hop flavors up front. There is a foundation of earthy bitterness. Balance is toward the bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with tea-like hop flavors persisting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily. No warmth, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: Meh. Seems to malt forward for an American IPA. Almost like an American Amber. Pretty forgettable.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A solid ipa. Nothing amazing but a pretty good beer. Decent feel and some nice bitterness to go along. A little too malty for my liking. Reminds me of Columbus ipa that has sat around a little too long.

Photo of GoNoles
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good IPA. Nothing special. Enjoyed draft much more than the bottle (I'm rating the bottle).

Photo of zdk9
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- A dark orange color with a full finger of head. It looks like how I want my IPAs to look, though I didn't chose the best glass in a mostly painted pint.

S- Sweet with some honey, a little pine, mild sweet citrus

T- A very pleasant mix of hops and sweet malt. Pine melts into sweet bread with candied orange peel drizzled with just a little bit of caramel. It's mild enough to make me want another drink, but interesting enough that I enjoy each drink.

M- Some lingering bitterness and it gets a little hot in the back of the throat. Not terrible in this respect but I wish it were either smoother or more lingering flavor.

O- A very respectable flavorful beer. I'd take a sixer of this in a pinch for an IPA.

Photo of Stevedore
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by 4/2015, served in a snifter 2/10/2015.

A- Dark cooper body, mostly clear but slightly hazy, perhaps. One finger white head, lacing sticks for a while.

S- Toffee and floral notes, a bit of pine, that's about it. A pretty pedestrian nose; I waited for this to warm and open up, but it simply doesn't give off a whole lot.

F- Mild earthy grain, crackery sweetness, a bit of floral and pine notes, a bit of zesty bitterness. A fairly boring profile.

M- Medium-thin bodied, fair carbonation, bittersweet floral finish.

O- A fairly pedestrian IPA. Nothing special, but it's not off-putting in any way.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA. Nothing special, but still good when in a pinch.

Photo of MikeDunagan
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not super unique or special, just a solid ipa. It might just be me, but it seems like upland has really upped their game in the past year or so.

Photo of Marina
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a pain in the ass.
The beer is good!!

Photo of MidwestBeerLover
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Delicious IPA. Smells of grapefruit, pine, even some orange. Tastes just the same. Loads of hops in the beginning with a bitter malt finish. One of my favorite "Go To" IPAS. Great around a campfire.

Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

A very solid IPA. Here goes:

A: Clear amber-orange with a very large head that leaves a ton of lacing. Lots of protein content apparent. Great appearance. 4.75/5.00

S: Lots of grapefruit, lemon, orange-peel and pine. Also caramel malt to balance out the hops. 4.5/5.0

T: Good. Pine is more apparent in the taste than in the nose. Overall taste lemon, orange, pine and grapefruit - the last two of these are the most apparent. The beer also has somewhat of a malt backbone to balance out the hops. I enjoyed this beer a lot. 4.25/5.00

M: A little under-carbonated, but the malt makes the beer amply thick. Good, but not great. 4/5

O: I really enjoyed this beer. 4.5/5

Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

AR 4.5 Ap 4.5 F 4.5 MF 4.25 OA 4.5

Bought as a 12 oz bottle in Elkhart, IN. Poured into a glass.

Nice aroma, blending some pineapple and some pine.

Pours a clear orange liquid with an off-white head. Leaves belgium lace on the glass.

Flavor is nice and refined. I agree with the label that says "just the right amount of bite," as the hops are well-balanced. I might be inclined to call this an American Pale Ale though rather than an IPA, but that might because I've had too many crazy IPA's of late.

Nice and dry with some fruity pineapple-y notes. More aromatic than bitter hops.

Nice smooth medium-mouthfeel.

I must say that this is my second outstanding beer from Upland Brewing company. I want more!

Photo of RyanPoff
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Macri's - Bloomington IN

A: Shiny penny clear copper with a finger and a half of buttermilk colored head. Little lacing retention. On point.

S: floral and piney hops with a little citrus Zest. Not much else, but Classic IPA smell.

T: Hop bite is medium which is what I'd have expected of an IPA of this type. I can taste hints of grapefruit and pear. The malts and breadiness comes on the backend.
Nothing groundbreaking, but very true to the style.

M: A bit oily/slick on the tongue. Proper body and carbonation but feels too slick for some reason.

Other than the slickness in the mouth, this is a great IPA. Nothing innovative but dials
In a Classic IPA Well.

Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange brew capped with one-finger of rocky, tan head.

Has an earthy, bready, hop aroma up front. Big citrus notes with prolific rind follow.

Peach and various light fruit guts are followed by pure grapefruit on the tongue. Slightly spritzy despite the medium body. Contrasts are wonderful.

A distinct IPA that isn't afraid to stick it's nose out, but whose lack of flavor drags it back to the middle of the pack.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden color that is crysta clear. Not many bubbles. It has a slow forming 1 finger white head. Retention is poor.

S - Very nice hop aroma. Lots and lots of citrus. Strong grapefruit and lemon. Mild pine in the back. It does have a solid malty background as well

T - All hops! Lots of pine, not the citrus that was present in the aroma. Malts are not present.

M - medium body beer. Not smooth. The bitterness of the hops really hits hard with no balancing malts

O - This beer really has potential. It is good as it is. In my opinion if it were balanced a little better it could be outstanding.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - This is a good looking brew. It came to the table with a nice, 1/4" head, almost white, which gave way to solid lacing. The beer is a golden color, perhaps a touch more pale than the typical IPA I drink.

S - Nothing really stood out for me here. Some fruit notes, along with general hoppiness in the form of grass, floral hits and pine, but very light overall. Really a bit too quiet for my taste.

T - It starts as a very nice, balanced brew, with some subtle notes of lemon and grapefruit that combine with sweeter hints of caramel underneath. As the full flavor comes in, the hints of fruit give way to a fairly blunt bitter blast and a certain minerality, but the close steps back, returning with floral notes. But bitterness remains strong through the close.

M - Fairly high carbonation. I did not find the drying to be too severe, but I think the fatty meal I was eating at the time probably helped here.

O - I thought this was a decent, but not overwhelming IPA entry. Strangely, though this beer is not afraid to jump into hoppy bitterness, the other hop notes seem more muted. Still, I found this drinkable, and I'd get it on tap again.

Photo of superspak
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 8/2013. Pours a very hazy/murky golden orange color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Unimpressive and malt forward aromas with light-moderate hop presence; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pine, caramel, toast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish. Pretty nice flavor balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a solid and crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre IPA. Aromas were way too malt forward with weak hops; but the flavors were a bit more balanced and crisp. I had no problem finishing off the glass.

Photo of falloutsnow
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From: Gift from KR, thanks
Date: Bottled 2013-10-??
Glass: standard US pint glass

Going against the trend of American IPAs, Upland produces its Dragonfly to be minor in fruit character, more notable in floral aromatics and pine flavor, and notably bitter and astringent. The malt base is well-subsumed by the hop bitterness and flavors, though the hops, unfortunately, don't seem to contribute that much depth of character or substantial flavor aside from pine and light citrus. The fruity ester contributions from the yeast are also overshadowed by the hops. In all, not a bad beer, just nothing interesting to me and not one I'd return to.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of off-white colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, leading to a frothy appearance. Retention is average, the foam lasting one minute in a decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is good, with some thick patches of dots, lines, and wave-like patterns clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer's body is a medium-dark golden orange color, with light revealing bright shades of orange. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity..

Aroma is of light floral-like hops atop even lighter fruity esters from ale yeast and a vague orange peel and malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is bitter, with subtle floral and grapefruit tones over a dry, caramel-like sweetness. Front of palate is of moderate pine and citrus-like hop flavors with a background pale caramel-like sweetness. Mid-palate is of spicy and bitter hops, continued pine and citrus-like hop flavors, mild ethanol (moreso when warm), and a light to moderate light caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate primarily tastes strong hop bitterness with pine resin characters and a bit of ethanol; the malt largely vanishing at this point. Aftertaste is of a strong and lingering bitterness, drying, slightly pine-like, little to no malt character or sweetness.

Beer is medium weight in body, not watery, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in totally foamy mouthfeel that's a bit too pillowy for the style (there should be some fluid smoothness). Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours sligtly hazy light amber in color with a one and a half finger frothy white head that has good retention.

Smell is hop forward, mainly earthy and piney hops. Malt smells light and grainy near the back end.

Taste is alright. Lots of earthy hop bitterness dominates the front and back end somewhat overpowering the light grainy flavors. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of hoppy resin and oil give this a good stock body over the light to medium malt body. Lots of carbonation cuts through the bitterness and hoppy stickiness.

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh a fresh bottle this beer is much better.

This poured out as a decent golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing were both unimpressive. The smell of the beer is malty, not much of a hop aroma at all on this beer. The taste of the beer is very malt forward with a very subtle bitterness in the finish but not nearly enough to make this a solid American IPA. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good, nicely carbonated and had a decent body to it as well. Overall not really an American IPA but more of an old English one with the earthy hops and malts that this beer has.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

LOOK: Pours a hazed copper color with a white head and lacing.
SMELL: Floral hops, perhaps cascade, and pale malts.
TASTE: Faint hops and sweet malts. Not very bitter at all.
FEEL: Light bodied and thin.
OVERALL: Not much of an IPA. Pretty weak by today's standards.

Photo of SteelSaw
1.85/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't mean to be super negative. I couldn't finish this beer. It was so bitter it tasted like eating grass. And had a bad aftertaste. It is a no go for me. Upland does some good things from time to time. I thought their Wheat Ale was much better.

Photo of mverity
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a touch of amber. Little head with almost no lacing. Aroma is faintly hoppy, think earthy-piney and a faint caramel sweetness. Taste is pretty much the exact same. Medium body with high carbonation. Decent IPA but I wouldn't track this one down.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.