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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPA
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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: 628 | Reviews: 204
Reviews by pmatz2:
Photo of pmatz2
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in December of 06
This brew poured a hazy amber, with an overflowing head that was fluffy and billowy even with a soft pour. Let it sit for a while to let the head shrink to a manageable size. Lacing was decent lasting the entire drink

Right off the bat there was something off about this as an IPA. My first though was a belgian style beer with a malty , spicy clove like aroma.

Taste was the same, more malt and clove with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Didn't get the prickliness I expected from an IPA.

For an IPA this didn't work. It was an interesting experiment that I don't think I would have again.

UPDATE
On tap 1/08

I had it on tap the other night at the Weber grill in downtown Indy,
Ok so I said I wouldn't try this again. This is a different beer than I remember.
This is more drinakable than I remember

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Duster72
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of rudylaw
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of brewtaster
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of soper2000
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant caramel amber in color, with a rich, tan head.
Fine and detailed lacing on the glass.
Superb aroma -- tangy sweet flowers and green hoppy grapefruit love!
Flavor is subdued, tasty but not too unique.
Maybe I need a fresher batch? Still, a solid IPA, for a decent price.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: One of the lighest IPAs I've had. Golden brown. Decent foam and good lacing.

Smell: Typical caramel malts and pine hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balanced flavor. Basically your standard IPA flavors, but this one does a great job with the basics. Mouthfeel is pretty good, sometimes a bit too carbonated or watery.

Drinkability: Maybe the best starter IPA.

Overall: A good beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger semi-fine white head with rather poor retention, fading quickly into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a clear orangy-amber. Lacing is spotty but with good stick.

S: Aroma of musty orange, grapefruit, cane sugar, and a weird faint coffee. All are rather muddled and dull and it takes a bit of effort to really get the smell here.

T: Sweet citrus, caramel, brown sugar, spicy coarse hops, slightly boozy towards the middle as the hops come in for just a second and fade quickly. A bit wheaty which is weird and a bit tart on the finish which is clean. Trace residue of hoppiness remains but not much left after the swallow here.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and highly carbonated. Watery in the mouth and has little substance. Finish is messy but quick, leaving a stained feeling in the mouth that isn't apparent, but builds throughout the beer.

D: Not bad as I tend to really like wheat beers but this is a bit off for an IPA. Barely a nose and not enough hops or malts. Everything about this beer just says "meh". This is a real middle of the road IPA that might be worth a shot if you're looking for something different, but not worth going out of your way for.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-darkened golden color with a slight white head and not much of any lacing. The nose brings some light grapefruit and citrus hops along with a pretty hefty dose of sweetness. The taste is mild citrus bitterness with some nearly cloying sweetness in the background. Feel seems overly thick because of the sweetness. Some bitterness to save it, but this is just all too sweet. I will say it is better on tap than in the bottle; this is true for nearly all of their beers.

Photo of eallured
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Multistage pour into unibroue tulip results in
decent head retention and moderate lace. Copper colored, white head and small chunks. Smell is musky and "fermenty." Faint earthy and overripe fruit not charactristic of hops or pale and carmael malts. Taste is equally strange with noticable bitterness and a spicy raspyness with a funky earthy grassy taste. small amounts of dark caramel malt flavor. Medium-heavy viscosity for an IPA, smooth sweetness in the aftertaste. A unique take on the style with lots of interesting flavors that I don't seem to enjoy as
uch as some may.

Edit: Although the label has markings, no notches were cut, and it was purchased from flannagans in Appleton which had many dusty bottles

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange, a little bit darker than other IPAs I've had. The head is white, about a finger thick, with good retention.

Scents of flowers and citrus fill the nose.

Has a really balanced flavor. The flowers and citrus from the smell translate into the same taste, but there is also a malty backbone to balance everything.

This is a very smooth IPA. Like in the taste, this is very balanced with a little bit of sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops. Deep in the finish, there is an oiliness, so a lot of different things going on.

A really nice IPA. It's not a hop bomb, just a really good beer.

Photo of plinythethirsty
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a smooth tasting, attractive looking IPA with a pleasant finish. It pours golden brown with an ample, manageable head that lingers. It leaves a honeyed licorice taste in your mouth that invites you to have another. Unfortunately, the initial taste, is not that great -- a bit metallic; bitterness without deliciousness. This is not a beer to savor, but one you might not turn down for some mini-session drinking.

Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragonfly pours with a creamy, off-white head. It remains pretty well throughout the duration of the brew. The taste is of citrus and hops, but still, my tastes demand more hops and bitterness for this particular style. However, this is not a bad session beer. I would probably pick up another six-pack in the future as this is a fresh, local brew.

Photo of russpowell
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up near FT. Knox KY, alas there were no sours on the shelf. Bottled on Oct 2012

Pours golden/honey colored with a thumb of beige colored head. Above average lacing, average head retention

S: Slight grassyness & herbal notes

T: Grassyness, lemon rinds, & bitter orange & some pear fruittyness up front. Grapefruit, grassyness & faint breadyness as this warms, plus some leafy hops. Finishes with herbal & leafy bitterenss, plus a touch of orchard fruit

MF: Light bodied, subtle carbonation, alright balance

Seems more like an English IPA, not impressed, drinks easy enough. Kind of a underwhleming first beer from these guys

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of creamy eggshell-white head. This retains a very nice looking richness to it that leaves a big frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. Good overall look here. The aroma is fairly bitter in the nose with spice and grapefruit, which are balanced by some softer smelling notes of sweet citrus and toasted grain. This is all wrapped up in a gentle floral feel that helps keep things airy.

The taste has a moderate bite to it of spice, earth, bitter fruit, and to a lesser extent, pine resins. This is decently balanced by some sweet fruity character and some flat grainy maltiness. Spice, resins, and earth all linger past the finish here but they aren't coming off as overly harsh by any means. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow, slick, and creamy feel to it that lets this flow rather easily in the mouth. I'm not picking up any alcohol here which helps add to the overall feel here.

This was a decent little IPA selection here. Not a hop-bomb or anything but the moderate amount of bitterness that was present was well balanced and this maintained a smooth and easy body that kept the drinkibility good. A couple of fresh bottles of this wouldn't go down too badly at all on a hot day.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours into pint glass a copper/tannish color. About a finger in a half head.
S: I get more malts than hops at first. Faint citrus and pine notes, but the sweet malts play more here.
T: Not too bad. Sweet and bready upfront, bitter toward the middle and crisp at the end.
M: Decent amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: You could drink a fair number of these. Light and refreshing. Not a hop heads dream by any stretch, but I am not a hop head, so these tiny IBU's are good with me.

Photo of Vonerichs
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored with a ton of grainy floaters. Head was minimal, no lacing.

The smell is of earth (dirt) and a little toast.

The taste is mostly bitter with little flavor. The flavor that does exist is earthly and light pine. The aftertaste is a little off-putting, like licking a penny.

Mouthfel is medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish and bitter.

This is a rather pedestrian attempt at an ipa. There was nothing terrible about it, but it is flawed in many small ways.

Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to robwestcott for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Bottled October 2010! Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slightly red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, dark chocolate, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and subtle bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but not great either. The malt backbone on this one was a little weak for my liking. I would love to have a chance to try this one fresh on-tap, but alas, distribution is not my friend on that one... Worth trying still.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.