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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 50 | 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:
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brandonati, Nov 15, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

barczar, Nov 14, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Nov 12, 2012
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Kyrojack, Oct 18, 2012
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bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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3.58/5  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.

AmitC, Oct 12, 2012
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SeriousALEment, Oct 02, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

phiberoptik, Sep 27, 2012
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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.