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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPA
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78
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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Reviews by AaronHomoya:
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3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Union Jack Pub in Indianapolis.

Served in a pint glass, the beer is a fairly dark, amber-auburn color and had a decent head with some retention. Smell is rather fruity, malty sweetness and citrus, floral hops. Taste is pretty malty for an IPA, but very nice with a balanced hoppy-tasting finish and pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and not too carbonated. A very drinkable IPA that is nicely balanced and goes great with food. At its somewhat modest ABV of 6%, I thought two pints was the perfect serving.

AaronHomoya, May 31, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -12%

davemarc87, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer was gorgeous altho strangely dark brown in color. Other than that, the liquid was clear and the head lasted forever leaving a thick film along the inside of my pint glass.

Smell- I get some nice pine hopping up front, don't understand what all of these "no hops" reviews are talking about, but there is also a huge malt base here that does kind of take over the nose.

Taste - The malts definitely take over at the taste but I'm still getting some good pine and hop bittering with a smudge of orange. I would have liked to have seen a little sweetness from the malt but otherwise this has a very pleasing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with strong bitterness from beginning to end.

Drinkability - This is not a typical example of the an AIPA as others have noted but IMO within range of the style with quality ingredients and high quaff ability quotient.

RoyalT, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of ajkiser12
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

dsmith1857, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Kappakoosh, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of mverity
3.4/5  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.

mverity, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Duster72
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful orange hue with a monster head and sticks around for several minutes. Aroma is pleasant hops with an emphasis on floral. Taste is very bitter with high astringency. Way out of balance. Definitely some wheat qualities here, but not in a good way. Not gumballhead. Ultimately it's too bitter for me and pretty undrinkable. I would rather move on to something I enjoy more.

Duster72, May 28, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from a 12 bottle sampler box. Pours semi cloudy almond amber, typical khaki head, then film and leaves strands of lace. I get orange and grainy hops in the nose. I'm suprised by the low number for this one. Its a moderatly hopped, easy drinking IPA, with some grapefruit citrus, more grainy hops and a decently smooth malt under belly. NOthing amoazing, just a respectable, BA worthy everyday pale ale/almost an IPA

Billolick, Aug 08, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

okiebeermonger, Apr 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12%

juicebox, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

sourdog, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Cynic-ale, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appears a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a bright off white light khaki head forms thick, with fine bubbles. Aroma big earthy slightly pine and citric based hops, it's almost tart with some herbal hop nose action going on. More pronounced with hop bitterness than hop flavor it's an interesting barrage of hop pellets on the palate, acidic cat pee, citrus zest, and earthiness. Cloying hop bitterness lacks the complimentary malt balance which really makes most IPAs drink so well, this is like some of those early homebrew versions of an IPA that many of us had trying to pack too many hop pellets into the boil without making it blend comfortably with the malt profile. Multiple sips later it reveals the same problems, definitely didn't want to run from it first time I've seen the Dragonfly IPA in Steubenville Ohio. However it doesn't measure up to some of the best standards this style has out there at similar or equal pricing, a cloying bitterness crushes hard between each sip. Carbonation is just a hair too much for me adding to the harshness with each sip medium bodied slightly resinous hop oils sit on the palate. Overall, I think I have hashed and rehashed the reasons why I'm not a fan, beer mail me with further questions.

WVbeergeek, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of rudylaw
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled in March.

Getting a nice 2 finger head with a hazy copper pour... and that's where the good parts end.

Smells and tastes extremely funky. Not at all what I want in an IPA. I'm getting subdued citrus and some breadiness but just can't get around all the funk.

Edit: I tried this again and liked it a whole lot more than the first time. A good example of trying a beer more than once before forming a final opinion.

rudylaw, Jun 17, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – much obliged!

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of earthy and lightly floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of light citrus hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip heavy earthy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It’s slightly on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass but I’m not sure about another.

Overall this isn’t a bad beer but there isn’t any one thing that stands out as “good”. I could see this being a good stepping-stone beer for an introduction into craft beer.

glid02, May 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

dsauter, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Bestie_Ge, Feb 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Adkins1203, May 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

sgttibbs, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled in March '12
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy aged copper body with a creamy light tan head that last as it sticks to the glass.

S- The aroma of slightly pungent lime hops fills the glass.

T- The slightly dry caramel malt flavor gives way to green hops that have some nice bright pungency to them. There is some Vienna malt and biscuit malt notes that finish in just a touch of sweetness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly creamy fizz to it and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice malt depth under a nice full hop flavor.

rhoadsrage, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of hydroplaner
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

hydroplaner, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

nhirsch04, Sep 05, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very solid brew. I consider this one of my "go to" IPA's Not being a native Hoosier I am not biasing my opinion. I just think this is a staple IPA, nothing elaborate but on par for the style it claims. I would agree with some of the other reviews in that this reflects more of an English IPA than that of an "overhopped American IPA" which I love as well when the tastebuds dictate.

brewtaster, Nov 11, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured via trade w/ bdorf94 (aka, my roommate).

I've been looking to try this for awhile but for some reason, I never got around to purchasing it. It's finally in my hands though. Pours a toasted orange into my pint glass with a slow building head (sort of like when you pour coke, the head builds instead of rushing all up at once). The two fingers worth of foam didn't last long though, but it left a nice lacing throughout the glass. A strong bready maltiness initially strikes me as I bring my nose to the glass. That was a shock. Some resiny hop notes can be found further back in the aroma. Taste to me screams English IPA. A lot of malt character (bread and caramel) was present with the hops coming up only as an aftertaste. I do not know how old this bottle is, but if aging was responsible for this the well balanced nature of this. I'm going to buy a six-pack and let it sit. Extremely well balanced and drinkable. I'm loving this particular bottle. I will be buying this again and if the first bottle is harsh, I'll just wait six months to have a fantasic brew, even if it's not a hop-bomb.

soper2000, Apr 28, 2005
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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.