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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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205 Reviews

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 670
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 96 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Reviews: 205 | Hads: 670
Reviews by devilben02:
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3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a murky copper, but any doubts about the appearance can be at least partially forgiven in view of its big, frothy head. The aroma does not have the fresh hop character that is desirable in an IPA, with only a bit of citrus detected within the largely grainy aroma. The flavor is maybe a little better, but it is still depressingly balanced with a prominent bready, caramel malt flavor being contrasted by only a moderate bitterness that is more reminiscent of burnt caramel than fresh hops (which isn't necessarily unpleasant). The texture is decently smooth but unsurprising. Overall, although this IPA is reasonably drinkable, it doesn't have the big hop presence that is expected in an IPA and is largely just a glassful of average.
After some time to think, I realize I may have been a bit harsh with respect to the flavor and aroma since this bottle was a bit older than would be optimal (~4 mos), so I gave back a little credit in those categories. That being said, however, the hop character was still much more muted than I would have expected even after this modest amount of time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

Reminds us of the old-school New England IPAs of the mid to late 1990s, which were shedding part of their English character by swapping in American hops, but keeping the base beer English. IPA as category has been flooded with every type of IPA under the sun.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Semi-clear, pale copper, great head

SMELL: Dull citrus, fresh-cut grass, tobacco, yeast, tropical fruit, juicy, malty

TASTE: Medium body, very smooth, great malt foundation, grainy, grassy, stone fruit, semi-aggressive hop bitterness, orangey, rind, hint of alcohol, rustic, peppery, faint caramel, resin finish, ends semidry

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Sample from the brewery.

Juicy, fruity, resin, & grassy. Apple skin, green tea, peppery, & slightly toasty. Lots of flavor, certainly not like most modern IPAs but fun to sip on.

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Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of ajkiser12
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dsmith1857
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Kappakoosh
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of mverity
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of Duster72
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of okiebeermonger
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Amber pour with a thick, quickly dissipating 2" white head.
Aromas of melon, lemon, hops and large fresh bread.
Tastes are also fresh fruit and fresh baked breads.
Mouth feel is fresh, light and slightly bitter.
Not one of my favorite IPA's but well worth a try.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.