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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 688
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

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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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

LOOK: Pours a hazed copper color with a white head and lacing.
SMELL: Floral hops, perhaps cascade, and pale malts.
TASTE: Faint hops and sweet malts. Not very bitter at all.
FEEL: Light bodied and thin.
OVERALL: Not much of an IPA. Pretty weak by today's standards.

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Photo of SteelSaw
1.85/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't mean to be super negative. I couldn't finish this beer. It was so bitter it tasted like eating grass. And had a bad aftertaste. It is a no go for me. Upland does some good things from time to time. I thought their Wheat Ale was much better.

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Photo of mverity
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of confabulatedgod
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I don't want to dog on this beer too much because I didn't think the beer drink itself was bad. However the extremely bitter finish and aftertaste made it a beer that I didn't see myself sipping and enjoying regularly. I'm sure I'll try it again. I'm sure that won't be soon.

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Photo of brewtaster
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a very nice orange/amber color. I poured it in a Pilsner glass and got about an inch of dirty white foam. The head sticks around, and settles into a nice ring with some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is strong on the grapefruity citrus, as you would expect with an IPA. Although I was surprised that I didn't get a little bit of a malty smell, as the label touts this beer to be a "well balanced, malty beer."

Upon tasting, I did get the malty flavor right off the bat, with the bitter hop taste coming towards the end. Also, you get a bit of a malty aftertaste as well. In all honesty, I didn't really like the aftertaste very much...

The beer feels somewhat watery while drinking, and I usually like a beer better when it has a bit more of a "thicker" feel to it. The carbonation is a little thin, but nowhere near flat.

Overall, this is a decent IPA. Above the average you would find on the shelf from many breweries, but nowhere near elite status. A nice job for a brewery in Indiana.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

According to the notch on the label, this was bottled ON September 2013. I don't know when exactly during last month, nor why a professional brewing operation would allow such a glaring grammatical error to persist, but I'm heading in regardless. This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises slightly old caramel (think Werther's Originals that have been hanging around your grandma's friend's apartment for way the hell too long), mixed greens, and a twinkle of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, but, much like Upland's Harvest Ale, some orange peel sneaks in and drowns most else out for most of the time. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent enough IPA, nothing at all to write home about, but at least it's nothing offensive. I will likely go elsewhere, though, for my IPA needs.

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Photo of Wavymitch
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a dark orange. Half inch head on this one with some lacing. Some carbonation.

S. Citrus right off the bat and if you smell a little deeper you'll get a hint of Carmel

T. Light hoppy flavor, kind of disappointing. Has a bit of a hop finish though. A lot of malt carmel flavors.

M. Very drinkable. Moderate here, id say.

O. I liked it. Very drinkable a great beer to drink when hanging with some friends. Plus it's a local brew hard to compete with the three Floyd's. lol Go Indiana!

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Since I'm in Indiana, it felt just right to grab some offerings from local breweries. This was one of them - poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as "June/13." No ABV on the bottle, but I'm glad it's seemingly low.

Pours a golden amber color that looks like every IPA I've come across ever. Okay, annoyances with descriptions here aside, there's a good amount of white foamy head that lingers about, and though it eventually settles into a ring, it's pleasing to the eye and there's enough carbonation to enhance the beer at hand.

Smells very soapy and with slight acetone notes, only notable with the dried yet faded earthy citrus notes at hand. The acetone does go away, but the earthy notes are underwhelming at best, resembling faded orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A sharp malty sweetness resembling honey or butterscotch comes into play at the finish.

The flavor is that of more faded earthy citrus notes, awash with orange peel and light lemon, and then more of the butterscotch sweetness from the malts. Luckily, this never gets overwhelming sweet as the hop characteristics at hand show a well stated bitterness that holds the fort together. Creamy and easy to drink. Well carbonated. Only the sweetness and dried astringency made this a bit of a chore to drink - took me over an hour at best to finish the bottle.

Not bad, but nothing necessarily memorable here. A very middle-of-the-road IPA that somehow comes off nevertheless as a bit too sweet and bitter in the long run. It's an odd one, at that, but it doesn't really know what it wants to be. Paired well with a meal involving honey glazed ham and cornbread. Otherwise, won't be having it any time soon.

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3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have not had this beer in several years. I thought I would revisit it with a proper review.

My pour achieves only an inch of very light tan head. Really no lace to speak of and retention turns to just a skim in about a minute. Body is a rich amber gold as is standard in the style.

Nose is subtle but nice, with tones of earthy hop notes. Slightly sweet as the malt plays well to balance.

The first thing you notice in the flavor of this brew is the way the bitter hits your tongue. It is nicely dry on the mouthfeel and a bit hollow in character. Malt adds a element of sweetness to the body of the beer. This is a very nice IPA not bad at all, just not special compared to many of todays easy to find spectacular entries in this category.

Overall this is a very drinkable IPA that is not a hop bomb but very balanced brew.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a golden color with a finger of near white head, poor retention and lacing

S - Slightly airy, pears, hops, and citrus flavors. Tame but nice

T - Dry bitterness initially, slightly airy with sweet pears and citrus follow. slightly malty bitter lingering effect.

M - Lightish bodied with decent decent carbonation, quite drinkable

O - Decent ipa, nothing too special but I'd drink regularly on hot days at the right price point though. Easy to drink

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Photo of buschbeer
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights with relatively large chunks of yeast floating in it. Three inches of tan head sit atop.

S - I get lots of caramel malt and faded hops.

T - It has a lot of caramel malt flavor. There are virtually no hops. I get a little on the finish. This tastes more like a pale or amber ale than an IPA.

M - Moderate to medium

O - I have been wanting to try some Upland beers. I have been utterly unimpressed by the year round selection. I guess I have to try the lambics to save their reputation in my eyes.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: on tap pitcher
Glass: pitcher to pint
From: upland in Bloomington
Price: $9

Appearance: light yellowy orange. slightly hazy and a decent size head that fades slowly

Smell: citrus and piney hops

Taste: citrus and pine hops and a grainy taste. some weaker caramel malts

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. some upfront bitterness that dies quickly. kinda weird aftertaste

Overall: a decent ipa. but nothing spectacular

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Photo of russpowell
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.02/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an Olde hickory glass on 12/3/12

Bottled on Aug '12

The color is a honey-brown sort of amber. One thumb head deflates slowly. Thin, wispy retention. Decent enough lace - forms into rings further down the glass.

An IPA with notes of dough, bread and candy that all but drown out a meager-as-it-is pine hop notion? It's the sort of thing that moves the old "expectation bar" down good few notches.

Dragonfly is loaded with dead IPA flavors - bread dough, candied sugars a hollow middle that's begging for oxidation, hop decay and a residual bitterness on the finish. I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't particularly hoppy to begin with.

The feel is a slick-up-front medium with a dusty finish. Carbonation is kept in check in the moderately low range.

If I find a fresher bottle I might give this another shake because it's disappointing as is.

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color, clear, with solid one inch khaki head that leaves spotty lacing.

Perfumey hops open the aroma, floral, then they're overtaken by a backdrop of citrus. Grapefruit and lime easily overpower a light bready caramel malt backbone.

Flavor has far less hop character. Toasted breadcrust is too powerful to let the hops shine. There's a bit of staleness throughout, likely attributable to lesser quality hops. Lime and general citrus notes underlie the profile, finishing somewhat bitter and dry. Pine and grass become evident later.

Body is a touch watery, with fairly high carbonation and slight astringency at the finish.

Overall, lacking in quality hop character, and the malt that comes through isn't very flavorful. Body is a touch offputting, as well.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last time I had this I wasn’t too much of a hops fan; needless to say, it wasn’t my style. Now that that’s changed, let’s see how this one tastes…

Brewed two months before the date of this tasting (September ’12 notched on the label).

A: Foamy white head over a deep golden-orange body. The foam lowers to a silky cream retention, showing hardly any lacing.

S: Nice rounded vanilla malt backbone with a layering of citrusy hops on top. The strength has probably diminished over the past months on the shelf, but it’s certainly not bland. Peaches and cream, kiwi, and mango stand out over standard caramel and toffee, again with a vanilla warmth, making this seem sweet over tart.

T: There’s those malts first, silky sweet – taste a lot like a caramel or butterscotch candy, in fact, and it’s reminding of an English IPA. Big toffee and cake batter tastes, as well, before the palate shifts to some thick hops. Tastes of crisp pine needles, tart lemon juice, canned pineapple, and sweet dried cherries from the bitters, which blend with a complex, satisfying power. Toast and sweet cream on the aftertaste, mildly bready and dry.

M: Chewy with the malts, drying with the hops. Either this is just what I needed, or these guys just did it right.

O: If it’s done right, I’ll take an English IPA over an American IPA in many cases. Mainly, it’s the malt flavor that I enjoy; not the overly sweet DIPA intensity, but the sweet flavor of full, chewy grains. This one has is, and a nice hop intensity to match – not overpower – making it an easy drinker and, most likely, a beer I’ll be buying in the future.

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Photo of AmitC
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing much to write about except for its smells and taste. Not a lot of hops.

In the glass, pours with a little head. A lot of bubbles, not a good thing and i would like to assume a good amount of carbonation. just a tad hazy otherwise very clear, amber brown color. There were some suspended white particles, may be yeast colonies. May be my bottle was a little old. I don't know.

Smell is very earthy, a little piney, floral and hoppy. Overall a good smell to have while drinking.

Taste Not very hoppy. decent complexity. pines, hops, earthy grassy notes. could have used a bit more bitterness. Not that it is at all sweet.

Mouthfeel. Pretty average. Oily resin like. Typical IPA feel but nothing too exciting.

Overall a decent effort. Nothing that i would buy again if i have better options.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/12 - Pours a burnt copper/ sunshine with a soapy head that finishes with a white rim. Just a swirl and the head is back. Quality lacing.

Pine hop oil, lemon grass, slightly dank, sweet malts, whiffs of bread.

Taste is a bit lighter than the aroma. Hints of tropical fruit, grass, caramel malt, and a balanced bitter finish.

Lighter bodied, slightly thin. Great carbonation level.

Upland makes Lambics that people fight over, but this to me was just a middle of the road pale ale labeled as an IPA. Its not off putting or anything bad, just not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears a deep clear gold with quickly dissipating white head. Some lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with earthy/woody notes along with caramel and pine. Taste starts with a healthy dose of bittering hops that provide earthy undertones which give way quickly to caramel and toast. The finish is dry and bready. Mouthfeel is moderate with medium carbonation. Overall, a standard IPA with a decent malt profile. Hops are a bit lacking.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation but it does leave behind some nice lacing.

S-Pine, dirt, some malt. Not very hoppy for an IPA.

T-Very earthy, pine and dirt, some resin. None to little bitterness as well.

M-Light to medium bodied, with some carbonation.

O-A boring, bland non aggressive IPA. Nothing to excite or knock your socks, even come close to removing them.

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Photo of AgentK
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dragonfly has a decent hop flavor that is not too "in your face." It's definitely a nice starter IPA. The appearance does not seem too out of the ordinary from other IPAs, slightly goldenrod colored, and the smell definitely packs a punch. The first waft is of citrus and a grassy smell. I wouldn't describe the scent as "unpleasant" but it doesn't leave me flabbergasted. The taste was not abrasive, which is good, but it certainly leaves a strong aftertaste in your mouth (you'll be smelling/tasting this beer for several minutes after finishing).

I really enjoyed how balanced this particular IPA is. My only complaints are that it is slightly too carbonated for my tastes, and slightly too acidic for recreational drinking.

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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 jifigz
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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