Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company
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Reviews by jifigz:
3.8/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Shrode21 for the trade on this one.
The appearance is a pretty typical IPA. A nice burnt orange with a decent head that didn't linger too long. There seems to be way more carbonation bubbles that a lot of other brews have. The aroma is dominated by clean citrus hop aroma. There are hints of tangerines, lemon, and grapefruit all apparent in the aroma. The taste is much more balanced than smell suggested to me. There is plenty of a toasted grain and barley taste that shines through and coalesces with the hop character very nicely. The mouthfeel is a medium body and a lot of the excessive carbonation that was there in the pour seems to have vanished.
Overall I think this beer is solid. Sure, it may not be a hop bomb like many other IPA's, but the balanced taste of this beer is very enjoyable and still offers a nice hop profile. Not excellent, but pretty good. Better than the 79 average that is currently carries.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2012 18:04:50 | More by jifigz
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3.71/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-09-2014 00:20:18 | More by Tsar_Riga
3.23/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 22:10:46 | More by superspak
2.6/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 19:59:20 | More by falloutsnow
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 01:16:42 | More by Fcolle2
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
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