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Dragonfly IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some melon. Taste is the same. Malts up front, light melon, bitter at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit malt heavy for the style, but is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BigGold
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had at Upland Brewpub, Bloomington, Indiana, on draft into tumbler. Dragonfly is a serviceable traditional IPA, especially to wash down hearty pub grub.

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Photo of HasteTheDad
4.91/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First review for probably my favorite IPA I have had in a region out of state Smell and the taste have a lot of citrus. If they sold this near where I live I would be an alcoholic

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Photo of Immortale25
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Sweet malty aroma with some mild earthy hop character.

T- Mild bitterness with some more malty sweetness. Seems like there's quite a bit of crystal malt without a whole lot of hop character which makes it drink more like a slightly hoppy red ale than an IPA.

M- Small hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Drinkable enough but not even close to what I consider an optimal flavor profile for an IPA. If it was classified as a hoppy amber or red ale, I might not have deducted as many points. Either way, these guys should obviously stick to their sours.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber pour with a very soapy lacing ring.

S - Light caramel malt base with some citrus.

T - Toasted caramel base with some bitter citrus on the back end.

M - Full medium body with light carbonation.

O - Well balanced and traditional.

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Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Copper, a bit hazy. Off white head is low but leaves some really good looking lacing.

S- Sweet, earthy hop. A little citrus. Malt comes out biscuity.

T- Earthy hop. Biscuit malt, and a good bitterness.

M- Medium-full body. Bitterness is a good level. Doesn't linger too much.

O- Solid. This isn't a juicy, citusy, west coaster. But has good flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at the renaissance in carmel. The color was very light for an ipa, almost golden in color. The flavor was more wet hops than the citrus or pine Im used to in a good IPA. The feel was fine, actually fairly good for an iPA, but this might be easier to accomplish with less flavor. Havent run into many ipas that i dont like all that much, but this might be one.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jimdisser
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark golden color, with a citrus smell and taste initially. Aftertaste is spicy. Feels pretty crisp, "quaffable"! Interesting that BA app listed this beer immediately when I brought up the beer menu. We are sitting at the brewery that makes it! Coincidence? Or does BA use my location .. cool either way.

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Photo of Tilly
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Seejae
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Malt profile is far too forward for an IPA. Very clean clear orange appearance and an underwhelming nearly absent hop aroma. This IPA is begging for more hops to undercut the malty alcohol sweetness

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Jim_Benz
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of this while camping near New Harmony--what I wanted from 3 Floyds wasn't available. But it was pretty good. Outside of that, I don't remember enough to post tasting notes.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Medium tea-like hop aromas. Moderate caramel character.

Appearance: Dark amber pour with a low off-white head. Tight bubbles retain reasonably well. Appears moderately effervescent in the glass.

Flavor: More caramel, bread, and tea-like hop flavors up front. There is a foundation of earthy bitterness. Balance is toward the bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with tea-like hop flavors persisting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slightly oily. No warmth, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: Meh. Seems to malt forward for an American IPA. Almost like an American Amber. Pretty forgettable.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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 zdk9
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- A dark orange color with a full finger of head. It looks like how I want my IPAs to look, though I didn't chose the best glass in a mostly painted pint.

S- Sweet with some honey, a little pine, mild sweet citrus

T- A very pleasant mix of hops and sweet malt. Pine melts into sweet bread with candied orange peel drizzled with just a little bit of caramel. It's mild enough to make me want another drink, but interesting enough that I enjoy each drink.

M- Some lingering bitterness and it gets a little hot in the back of the throat. Not terrible in this respect but I wish it were either smoother or more lingering flavor.

O- A very respectable flavorful beer. I'd take a sixer of this in a pinch for an IPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by 4/2015, served in a snifter 2/10/2015.

A- Dark cooper body, mostly clear but slightly hazy, perhaps. One finger white head, lacing sticks for a while.

S- Toffee and floral notes, a bit of pine, that's about it. A pretty pedestrian nose; I waited for this to warm and open up, but it simply doesn't give off a whole lot.

F- Mild earthy grain, crackery sweetness, a bit of floral and pine notes, a bit of zesty bitterness. A fairly boring profile.

M- Medium-thin bodied, fair carbonation, bittersweet floral finish.

O- A fairly pedestrian IPA. Nothing special, but it's not off-putting in any way.

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Photo of MidwestBeerLover
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

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 leantom
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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 jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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 RyanPoff
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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 stephens101
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange brew capped with one-finger of rocky, tan head.

Has an earthy, bready, hop aroma up front. Big citrus notes with prolific rind follow.

Peach and various light fruit guts are followed by pure grapefruit on the tongue. Slightly spritzy despite the medium body. Contrasts are wonderful.

A distinct IPA that isn't afraid to stick it's nose out, but whose lack of flavor drags it back to the middle of the pack.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden color that is crysta clear. Not many bubbles. It has a slow forming 1 finger white head. Retention is poor.

S - Very nice hop aroma. Lots and lots of citrus. Strong grapefruit and lemon. Mild pine in the back. It does have a solid malty background as well

T - All hops! Lots of pine, not the citrus that was present in the aroma. Malts are not present.

M - medium body beer. Not smooth. The bitterness of the hops really hits hard with no balancing malts

O - This beer really has potential. It is good as it is. In my opinion if it were balanced a little better it could be outstanding.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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