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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPA
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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of polishkaz
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of rlee1390
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.

Photo of kuestegg
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of BTFU
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of olafphysics
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of AgentK
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of dogfish7
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of SciFritz
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mtrain237
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jifigz
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of IndianapolisDrinker
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of drewsefs
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.