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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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207 Reviews

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 680
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 101 | 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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Reviews: 207 | Hads: 680
Photo of MidwestBeerLover
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

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.

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Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While my least favorite of the Upland brews, the Dragonfly is still a nice IPA in its own right. It has a great appearance, a nice deep copper color. It does have the least scent of any IPA I've had, there was very little to detect in the smell, not even a lot of hoppiness. It does have a very nice hoppy flavor, but with a very bitter aftertaste (even more than usual for an IPA). While not the smoothest, it is still easy to drink.

Gotten nothing but better, with wonderful hops (citrus and floral) throughout, along with a great malt backing.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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!

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Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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

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Photo of yevuta
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice IPA that comes in at a session level ABV of 6 per cent. I need more beers like this that will keep me hoppy happy and out of jail. It poured a reddish orange that connotes a certain kind of IPA taste I like. The nose is very light. Mouthfeel is hust about perfect and may be due to the limestone in their aquifiers. What's wrong with
a pleasant IPA? Nothing.

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Photo of soper2000
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of nesta
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nice sized mug, Upland's Dragonfly IPA exhibited a healthy biege head ~1" in size. The head was slow to disappate, and a good cm or so stuck around for the duration.

The beer was a slightly murky rusty orange or reddish brown, and left very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very rich, full, and hoppy, with strong herbal, spicy, and citrus qualities. It is fragrant and bright. Taste is crisp, with just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts.

It is not highly carbonated, and the flavors are balanced enough that it enjoys great drinkability. I could see having three or four too many without realizing it...the flavor is well balanced, characterised by grassy, herbal bitterness and rich, malty sweetness.

This is not the greatest beer I've ever consumed, not a masterpiece, but it was well worth the money, delicious, fresh, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of cnally
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Upland. I will tell you doubters that is beer is dramatically different on tap than in bottles. I didn't like it at all in bottles, and on tap, well, it's great.

The appearance is a good dark amber. The fluffy head dissipates to a lacing-able bit.

A big hop scent is immediate. Fruity and floral, with citrus hints.

Smooth, creamy hop flavor. Wheaty aftertaste. Brandy hints, nice malt flavor but very balanced. Alcohol flavor is not hidden.

Feels light on the tongue.

Easy drink, if on tap. Pretty malty on the aftertaste. The lack of hiding the alcohol hinders the overall quality, but highly drinkable IF ON TAP.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a bright orange color, with a thin white head that lingers long and leaves good lacing on the glass. Nose is a very pronounced hoppy citrus (mostly grapefruit and oranges) and the taste follows suit perfectly. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, tangy and just the right amount of bitterness. This all rounds off to a long, dry, bitter finish. I was very impressed with this beer from a brewer I'd never heard of.

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Photo of lsrose
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint.

A - Beer has a great amber color and pours a thick head that stays. Took a while to get a whole bottle into the pint with a semi-aggressive pour. Great looking beer.

S - Solid IPA smell, grapefruit mostly. Fairly unique smell.

T - First one I had I didn't care fore too much. Second one helped redeem it with a better IPA taste and less just floral taste but as I drank it it got stronger, too much for a 6.0 abv.

M - Typical IPA feel.

0 - Didnt like this much at first as an IPA lover but have come to enjoy it. Drink this beer pretty regularly now.

8/3/11 - Edited my review and bumped up my score after drinking this several more times...really enjoy some of the flavors I have had come out.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is notched October 2007.

Sticky, fluffy head of foam that forms a craggy peak above the lip of a tulip glass. Dirty reddish amber tone with suspended flecks of yeast sediment. Lacing is left on the sides of the glass. It has an unfiltered and robust appearance.

Sweet and grassy aroma, with belgian candi sugar similar to a Tripel. Spring-like and fresh, hop florals, but more subdued in place of the amped-up pine & citrus of American IPA's.

First taste impression is that it's very much like an English IPA rather than American. Tea-like, some residual herbal hop bitterness towards the end, and into the finish. Light apple note from the yeast. Pale malt or wheat make up most of the middle. Dry and herbal hops, maybe a low alpha-acid English variety like Fuggles or Kent Goldings. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. This reminds me further of English styles, with the resemblance to cask ale.

Highly drinkable, especially in warmer weather. Hell, it's January, and two went down easily. Underrated, and seemingly misunderstood...compare this to something traditional from the UK like Fuller's IPA and see what you think.

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Photo of zerk
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent copper with a thin white head. Floral and grapefruit hops aroma, with a hint of malt. Flavor began with grapefruit (cascade hops), some biscuity malt in the middle, and bitter hops at the end. Thin to medium mouthfeel, with a somewhat oily finish. Overall, a very good beer. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Cummins9110
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass. This beer is crystal clear with nice golden amber color with decent head that fades and then laces the glass. The smell is of floral hops and citrus. The combination gives a fruity taste with a nice malty backbone. Ends in a subtle bitterness. Not an extreme bitterness tho. This is a nice beer and it has that floral hop taste that I always look for in a beer and this one has the best floral taste ive ever had. I dont know why it doesnt have a higher rating. This is a good beer

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear at first and then sediment loosened from the bottom and made it slightly cloudy. The head was frothy and yellow and lasted like a champ to lace the glass...err...mug.

The aroma was floral and grassy with notable American hops, a very nice frutiness and a good malt backbone behind it all.

The flavor was hoppy and grassy with a well done malt sweetness and fruitiness that was well achieved.

The finish was resinous with grass and grapefruit lasting pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium and could have been just a smidge more.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Crown Liquors on Rockville in Indy and consumed across the street at the Wingate, opened using a door latch and poured into a coffee mug. For a man needing an IPA fix in a pinch, this one sure hit the spot.

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Photo of Brettster
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a mug a copper color with just a slight haze. Ample off white frothy head that sticks around quite a long time. The IPA is well carbonated. There is a little bit of citrus and spicey hoppiness in nose. It has a distinct hop flavor with some other spice. This is a very excellent and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of HoosierHoss
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragonfly pours a light brown slightly red cloudy color, not much in the way of head or bubbles, a little foam around the edge of the glass. The smell is wonderful, very floral slightly fruity very appealing. It's one of the smoothest IPA's i've had, very malty IPA leaving only a slightly bitter after. A surprisingly easy drinking IPA, I could enjoy it at any time. Definately a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-poured a very strange orange gold color with a small head, but lacing was good.


T-Hops, a little sweetness, a little to bitter for my tastes.

M-Medium body, good carbonation

Thie beer is extra drinkable. One of my most favorite in the summer, its amazing. Upland is very consistent!

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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 wnh
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled December 2010, reviewed 1/6/2011.

Pours a straightforward clear amber with a hint of red, topped by a foamy, sticky off-white head.

Nose is primarily juicy citrus hops with a touch of fresh berries. Rich, earthy but light caramel-toffee malt base. Soft on the whole; lacks the bruising pungency of many IPAs. Brightened by just a hint of lemon zest.

Hops turn surprisingly floral on the palate, but with relatively little bitterness. Rather well balanced, highlighting the earthy-creamy malt notes. Quite chewy, really, but not heavy. Short finish, with the slightest lingering earthy bitterness that I'm sure I noticed just because I was looking for it.

Light and soft and well-rounded. Pleasantly quaffable. No ABV statement on the bottle, and I'm sure this is too high to be truly sessionable, but it certainly feels sessionable. I'm quite pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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Photo of a10t2
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden-orange, with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: The initial aroma is surprisingly malty, with a little bit of citrus. Hops become a little more evident as it warms up.

T: A nice big hit of hop bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor - some grapefruit, some resin, with a nice woody background. The malt character is subdued but balanced and not at all sweet.

M: Moderate carbonation, a bit of astringency, but nothing that jumps out at you.

D: This is a very middle-of-the-road IPA. I can see why it isn't rated as highly as some of the hop bombs out there, but it is actually a good, well-balanced example of the style. I could have (and have had) three or fours of these without completely losing my sense of taste.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sammy Smith pint glass
Bottle is dated May '06 - Yahoo for fresh local beer!
I've had plenty of these in my day, but this is the first I've actually sat down with to review...

A - Pours a slightly cloudy, orangish copper color, a little darker than alot of IPAs. Head grows to about 1 inch before settling down to a thin outer layer. Lacing is slight, but noticeable.

S - Hops are noticeably fresh and invigorating, and dominate the bouquet to a large degree. Grapefruit scents accompany the hops, with a touch of a grainy heartiness.

T - Hops are certainly the king here, but the "grainy heartiness" I noted has developed into a strong malt presence. Still, it doesn't contend with the basic its basic IPA nature, only adding a bit of intrigue to the standard fare.

M - Mouthfeel begins with a nicely carbonated feeling, then the hop whallop hits you and continues through the aftertaste. Pretty standard for a decent IPA.

D - Good drinkability, and being a local brew it is all over the place for my immediate consumption. Makes for a decent hop fix when you are in that kind of mood.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pleasant, inviting amber. Aroma was fresh malt and clean, nondescript hops. Nice lively flavor, a bit malty for the IPA style, bordering more on an amber ale. Hopping was without any particular characteristic, but well balanced against the malt and fresh. Tended to lean toward the bluntness of an English IPA interpretation, but not quite as hoppy as even that category - somewhere between a hoppy pale ale and an IPA. While not distinctive, this was nonetheless a very pleasant and enjoyable ale, and a candidate for a session beer.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.