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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%


Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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phiberoptik

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:50:33 | More by phiberoptik
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:33:44 | More by homebrew311
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 21:42:54 | More by rlee1390
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AgentK


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 22:29:06 | More by AgentK
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 12:52:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 18:04:50 | More by jifigz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the worst IPAs I've ever had, this brewery sucks at American ales. Beer is amber and clear with a nice one finger white head small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is a little piny and very buttery.

This beer is undrinkable. Butter butter butter butter butter, gross. I won't have any more beers from Upland.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 12:55:04 | More by drabmuh
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:49:23 | More by WoodBrew
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drewsefs

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid brew, it seems like the perfect place for a beer to be content. strong biting taste, the aftertaste isn't that powerful, but it leaves a pleasant aroma in your mouth that only made me want another bottle.

When to drink: Honestly, as long as you're in the right state of mind, this is a beer you can enjoy at any time of the year. It's got the right thickness to keep you cool on a summer day or heat you up on a winter night. Suggested meal, burger in a pub with some nice greasy fries.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:48:54 | More by drewsefs
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yevuta

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 23:06:53 | More by yevuta
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on tap.
This beer is clear orange with a nice one finger white head. The smell matches the taste, It is hop dominant; featuring a light citrus and a bit of skunkiness. The beer really only tastes like hops and little malt character gets out. It has a metallic and stinging mouthfeel but is not unpleasant. This is a decent IPA, nothing I have not had before and not something worth revisiting in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 00:50:24 | More by TwelveOunces
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/clove honey dark gold with an impressive 1.5 finger white head that foams and lingers. The head looks like it should lace where it leaves but neglects to.

S: Hops, grapefruit, some spice, and clove.

T: A nice step back from IPAs that come through too powerful. This has all the tastes, hops, sweet citrus/honey, and earthy clove and florals without the hop annihilation.

M: Crisp with decent carbonation. Good aftertaste, bitter, but not overly bitter.

O: A good IPA if you are looking for the IPA taste without having to fully commit your mind to the bitterness of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 04:00:42 | More by cagocubs
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Treebs

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Great Lakes shaker pint . Bottled January of 2012. Thanks to mattboyer182 for the the extra

A: Pour a clear amber color with a thick and frothy one finger height of foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap and thick collar. Thick rings of lace are left down the glass.

S: Bread malts with a light earthy dirt hop smell. It's really hard to pick it out and it really doesn't smell like much. They are all very light.

T: Odd hop flavor. Almost like they are slightly spoiled. The hop profile is just weird. The malts are bready and pale in nature and dominate the finish. As the beer goes on it gets more palatable.

M: Lightly bodied and has a medium carbonation. Luckily the finish is near flavorless and it's easier to swallow.

O: The beer looked great, but in the end I just didn't like the hop profile and the flavors were just light. I love the lambics by Upland, but I've been underwhelmed by there other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:48:23 | More by Treebs
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Efeswasmy1st


3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, aroma is citrus, floral, bubblegum.

Appearance is a cloudy golden color with minimal white foam head.
Taste is lightly bitter, light body, soft carbonation, and abrupt finish. Became a little skunky as it warmed up.
Pleasant, easy, IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:26:53 | More by Efeswasmy1st
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Auracom

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub in Bloomington. 16 oz. pour into a pint glass on February 18th, 2012.

A - Clear, dark golden-orange coloring. Super enticing, white, creamy, one-finger head. Okay retention but great lacing.

S - Light hops, touch of honey, flora, and malt grains. Predominant caramel aroma livens up as this glass warms up a bit.

T - Hop resin primarily at the front. Honey roasted almonds blends as part of a strong malt backing. Fresh baked bread, and light butter toffee.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation, standard finish. Semi-sweet aftertaste.

D - Decent, unique malt bill, but not memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 16:40:01 | More by Auracom
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours orange in color, white head, spotty lace, wisps.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, light malts, some floral notes. A little too much sweetness for an IPA, IMO. There needs to be a larger dose of hops to balance this one out a bit more.

T - Citrus, pine, light tropical hops/malty sweetness. Not quite as sweet as the nose, but still, I would prefer more hoppy notes.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - An average IPA, but nothing crazy and didn't blow me out of the water. I would have this one again, but it probably won't be the first thing I order at Upland.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 18:04:23 | More by Sean9689
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by plank10. Thanks Nick.

The beer is light orange with a small head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma is hop forward, with some floral and grassy notes. Decent flavor. Slightly sweet, with a sturdy malt backbone coming in behind. Light bodied with solid carbonation. Simple and easy drinking. A decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:26:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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Cummins9110

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 06:55:34 | More by Cummins9110
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drxandy

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to cup
pours a golden hue, white head to nice lacing
smells of nice bready malt, floral hops, sweet and bready
tastes of a nice floral, grassy hop blend. sweet but not syrupy malt balance. biscuity and caramel, hops balance out nicely. lower to medium carbonation.
mouthfeel is a good weight, thickish but right on balance, bitter and sweet, nom

reminds me of an apa more than an ipa, but probably because i'm used to a hop heavy beers - really nice and approachable for everyone

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:58:01 | More by drxandy
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jsh420

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled aug 2011

pours copper gold with a off white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smell is very faint but what i did pick up on is malt

taste is much better then the nose - still the beer gets most of its flavor from the malt - the hops are still there but they are more for giving the beer a good amount of bitterness

mouthfeel - good medium body with ample carbonation crisp yet smooth and creamy

overall - doubt i would buy this again but i still look forward to trying more beers from upland

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:33:10 | More by jsh420
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a golden copper color with a very thin white head. Decent retention.

S - smells of fresh hops and a nice grassy scent. Faint sweet malts at the end.

T - taste is lightly bittered and remains hoppy throughout the after taste.

M - light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - ok but just too light on the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 21:09:39 | More by mattboyer182
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gratefuld

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber color with about a half inch head. Head faded pretty quickly....well before I had my first drink.

S: Nothing extraordinary about the smell of this one. Malty.

T: I've had this beer a lot on tap, so the taste is very familiar to me. My local watering hole has this on tap and I live in Indiana, so I usually opt for this if is not martini night. Some hops, but not too overpowering. Decent enough taste but nothing spectacular.

M: Low to Medium carbonation.

O: Overall not a terrible beer, but certainly not my favorite. It beats the Miller Lite my buddies drink at our neighborhood bar and its a local beer, but nothing really outstanding on this one. Too bad....

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:53:15 | More by gratefuld
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mynie

Indiana

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Double Dragonfly is surprisingly good. This one--not so much.

Pours like a regular ol' IPA. Smells like a very malty IPA. Big, biscuity nodes of malt starts things off and are balanced just a little bit by some solid-smelling west coast hops. So it's like an English malt profile with some American hops? That could easily work...

But it don't. Everything is too earthen, and it's way unbalanced towards the malt side of things. Still, a lack of balance is usually plenty tolerable (deserving of at least a 3.0). The trouble here is that there's a weird end notes and aftertastes of spoiled fruit and sour grain. I've had it from the bottle a couple of times and each time figured it was stale, but this was fresh from the keg.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 12:21:34 | More by mynie
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass...

A- Deep copper orange color. Very large yellowish white head. Great lacing and stability.

S- Fruity and bubblegumy. Grapefruit aroma is the strongest, but closely followed by large malt presence.

T/M- Mediocre. Bitterness is very low, too low. Not much hop flavor. No fruit like the nose shows; instead its, more earthy than anything. Sweet caramel and bready malts are far too prominent than they should be in an IPA. Nice medium level of carbonation, and a very average/pleasant mouthfeel.

O- Not that great. I think this is past its prime, but I got this at an A rated, highly trafficked store. Needs more hop character all around. I feel it had potential, but came up short. Just too malt forward.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 18:31:06 | More by TheGordianKnot
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:21:12 | More by RoyalT
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.