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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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78
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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | 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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5/5  rDev +46.2%

michaeldrogers, Dec 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

poogas, Dec 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

dogfish7, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of JamesS
4.55/5  rDev +33%
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.

JamesS, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of okiebeermonger
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

okiebeermonger, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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!

jmbranum, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

BrianSherry, May 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

ffshore545, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

outrage213, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Dapperticus, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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

leantom, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of yevuta
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

yevuta, May 20, 2012
Photo of soper2000
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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
Photo of nesta
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

nesta, Dec 02, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

BoJengs, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Mcvs1507, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

goodbeer4cheap, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Lynn, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

BennyThon, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of cnally
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

cnally, Oct 19, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev +21.6%

supaadam, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of kimcgolf
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

kimcgolf, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of lsrose
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

lsrose, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

S-Hops

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!

FarmHouseJam, Apr 08, 2009
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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.