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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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JoeQuinn1

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: Orange light red

Smell: Very faint lemon, stale bread, very little smell

Appearance: Pours golden orange, white head that disapates quickly, No lacing, big popping bubbles

Taste: Tastes more like Fat Tire or Sam Adams Lager than an American IPA. However, it does have a faint citrus hop taste.

Mouthfeel: This is the strongpoint of this beer. Rich full bodided carbonation gives way to smokey creamy swallow. This beer awesome with a good old homemade sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 17:53:49 | More by JoeQuinn1
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GregSVT

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber with a big light tan head that lasts for a while and leaves ton of lacing on the glass. This is the best part of this beer unfortunately.

S: Not getting much from the nose besides a bit of a malty sweet smell and a slight citrus aroma.

T: The taste is off as well...tastes like it's oxidized but after reading some other reviews I guess this is what it's supposed to taste like. Tastes of malt followed by a sour orange flavor and the finish is slightly bitter...and I mean slightly.

M: The feel is pretty good...nice and creamy with good carbonation.

D: The drinkability is not there for me given the weird flavors.

Oh well...this was an extra in a trade and I let it sit in the fridge for a few months. I'd like to try it fresh but I don't know if it'd help it much.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 05:54:15 | More by GregSVT
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tpd975

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange hue with a tall white head. Okay retention with a smattering of lace.

S: Aromas of orange and light lemon. Hints of caramel sweetness.

T: Similar to aroma but not as good. Light citrus with a bit of bitter bite. Hints of caramel malt. A strange spicy thing going on as well which kind of detracts from this one.

M: Medium in body, smooth, a nice bitter finish.

D: Just okay.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 14:17:48 | More by tpd975
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored with a ton of grainy floaters. Head was minimal, no lacing.

The smell is of earth (dirt) and a little toast.

The taste is mostly bitter with little flavor. The flavor that does exist is earthly and light pine. The aftertaste is a little off-putting, like licking a penny.

Mouthfel is medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish and bitter.

This is a rather pedestrian attempt at an ipa. There was nothing terrible about it, but it is flawed in many small ways.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 01:50:20 | More by Vonerichs
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger semi-fine white head with rather poor retention, fading quickly into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a clear orangy-amber. Lacing is spotty but with good stick.

S: Aroma of musty orange, grapefruit, cane sugar, and a weird faint coffee. All are rather muddled and dull and it takes a bit of effort to really get the smell here.

T: Sweet citrus, caramel, brown sugar, spicy coarse hops, slightly boozy towards the middle as the hops come in for just a second and fade quickly. A bit wheaty which is weird and a bit tart on the finish which is clean. Trace residue of hoppiness remains but not much left after the swallow here.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and highly carbonated. Watery in the mouth and has little substance. Finish is messy but quick, leaving a stained feeling in the mouth that isn't apparent, but builds throughout the beer.

D: Not bad as I tend to really like wheat beers but this is a bit off for an IPA. Barely a nose and not enough hops or malts. Everything about this beer just says "meh". This is a real middle of the road IPA that might be worth a shot if you're looking for something different, but not worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 01:06:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
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tykees88

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at upland.

Appearance: Comes with a orangish hazy color, small head that doesn't last throughout.

Smell: I smell the citrus, I do get the malts, and no scent of alcohol.

Taste: Hops hit me up front first, malts are there but not alot, the finish is bitter as an ipa is, but a sweet bitter it is.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, light feel

Drinkability: I think during the summer, I would enjoy this, during the winter an Ipa isn't my thing as much. This would be good with a nice brat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 12:26:28 | More by tykees88
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Florida9

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold with a bit of a orange hue. There is a slight chill haze. Pours with a good 3/4" of light tan head that has decent retention.

S: Aromatic. Light pine and grapefruit with a little floral hoppiness. Some light malts.

T: Toast and caramel malt. Mild pine middle. Malty finish. Mild bitterness. Decent length on the finish.

M: Medium in weight wit appropriate carbonation.

D: Good. A well balanced, "everyday" IPA that goes easy on the hops, but still offers enough hop aroma and flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 18:28:07 | More by Florida9
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a bright orange color, with a thin white head that lingers long and leaves good lacing on the glass. Nose is a very pronounced hoppy citrus (mostly grapefruit and oranges) and the taste follows suit perfectly. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, tangy and just the right amount of bitterness. This all rounds off to a long, dry, bitter finish. I was very impressed with this beer from a brewer I'd never heard of.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:24:05 | More by kimcgolf
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a10t2

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden-orange, with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: The initial aroma is surprisingly malty, with a little bit of citrus. Hops become a little more evident as it warms up.

T: A nice big hit of hop bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor - some grapefruit, some resin, with a nice woody background. The malt character is subdued but balanced and not at all sweet.

M: Moderate carbonation, a bit of astringency, but nothing that jumps out at you.

D: This is a very middle-of-the-road IPA. I can see why it isn't rated as highly as some of the hop bombs out there, but it is actually a good, well-balanced example of the style. I could have (and have had) three or fours of these without completely losing my sense of taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:08:25 | More by a10t2
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Brettster

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a mug a copper color with just a slight haze. Ample off white frothy head that sticks around quite a long time. The IPA is well carbonated. There is a little bit of citrus and spicey hoppiness in nose. It has a distinct hop flavor with some other spice. This is a very excellent and refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:18:02 | More by Brettster
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 once into a standard pint.

Pours a dark honey with a medium sized creamy head. Sticks well with good lace and rings. No cloud.

Aroma is tannic malt and mineral laden water. Hops are light and floral, but there in spirit.

Flavor is tannic mineral water with a very light malt flavor. Hops are almost present but do not give enough for me to even elaborate on the profile. Grain is husky and very mild, barely there.

Mouthfeel is actually much better than the flavor and aroma. Slick and full with a bit of oiliness. I don't really know how they got this mouthfeel with the lack of flavor. Light bodied, but fulfilling.

Overall this is a VERY unflavorful beer that claims IPA, but tastes more like a very thin pale ale. Nothing spectacular, but it drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:50:56 | More by wheatyweiss
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Beejay

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, and nice amber color. Decent white head.

S: Citrus notes, and fresh cut grass.

T: Lovely. A very subtle IPA, citrus and grapefruit are present, as is a bit of grass. Fairly well balanced with the malt.

M: Nothing wrong here. Very nice.

D: Pretty good, not amazing, but definitely worth getting again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 02:47:14 | More by Beejay
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours into pint glass a copper/tannish color. About a finger in a half head.
S: I get more malts than hops at first. Faint citrus and pine notes, but the sweet malts play more here.
T: Not too bad. Sweet and bready upfront, bitter toward the middle and crisp at the end.
M: Decent amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: You could drink a fair number of these. Light and refreshing. Not a hop heads dream by any stretch, but I am not a hop head, so these tiny IBU's are good with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 22:47:31 | More by Infamous7100
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Live Review....

A- Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange/coppery color. Two finger light tan head stays around for ever and hardly dies down in the first couple of minutes. Big amounts of thick sticky lacing everywhere on the glass.

S- The malts in this one kind of speak for themself. Sweet bready malts dominate the nose. There is light citrusy hops in the tail-end of the scent. Light alcohol presence as well. Some light oxidation as well is detected.

T- The upfront on this is kind of strange. A mix between metal and bittery sweet hops come at you first. Now this is not a good taste. The alcohol in this beer comes at you more in the front end than in the tail end leaving you wanting to look around to pour it out. Everything is a mess in this beer. The bitter hops kind of moves everything together but this beer is tainted with oxidation hands down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the stlye. Bitter hops and metal with a light sweetness is what is left on the palate and into the aftertaste. Drying on the mouth...

D- This is not anything close to what I remember this beer being. I would and might just as well pass on this one if offered. There are other Indiana breweries that make better quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 01:25:23 | More by alleykatking
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber with some haze and floaties. Nice size head that falls but leaves nice lacing. Floaties distract from what otherwise is an appealing appearance.

S: Hops are there, but fairly mild for an IPA - sort of floral. Quite noticeable diacetyl. Caramel malts and sweet grain.

T: Diacetyl is even stronger in the taste. So are the hops. It is sort of an odd mix. Robust crystal malt backbone that is predominantly caramel and grainy sweetness, a bit of husk too. Hops start out with a touch of floral and then go citrus and resin.

M: Medium body with more of british level of carbonation. A little bit slick with a semi-drying finish.

D: Balanced, actually almost underbalanced for an IPA. It seems to be styled more across the "pond" than across the plains. The diacetyl is a bit much, not bad but different. It seems to work due to the brews sweetness. Which is a sort of odd thing to say about an IPA. Overall, an interesting take on the style and quite drinkable for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:02:56 | More by SickGnar
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Cloudy, dull golden amber color with a massive, creamy light brown/off white head. Very dense and foamy, the head hangs around forever and leaves a lot of lacing. Very mild, average balanced aroma that blindly I wouldn't guess was an IPA. Grain and malt dominate with very faint hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium thick, could use higher carbonation and a grainy finish. Not exactly optimal for an IPA. Flavor is similar, nicely balanced malt and grain, citrus rind hop presence, little to no sweetness. Not a bad beer, just not a great or even good IPA, always happy to try something new though.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 21:34:37 | More by yourefragile
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plinythethirsty

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a smooth tasting, attractive looking IPA with a pleasant finish. It pours golden brown with an ample, manageable head that lingers. It leaves a honeyed licorice taste in your mouth that invites you to have another. Unfortunately, the initial taste, is not that great -- a bit metallic; bitterness without deliciousness. This is not a beer to savor, but one you might not turn down for some mini-session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 22:35:31 | More by plinythethirsty
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date even though there are months & years available to be notched, they just never were. Major thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another trade!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced an ample white fluffy head that has great retention. The foam is sticking to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Woody pine with a light & creamy lemon citrus.

(T)- Very dry with bitter hops and an evident piney wood with a background of lime.

(M)- Good carbonation behind a pretty classic IPA nuances with nothing out of the ordinary.

(D)- A solid IPA that has everything it should and where it counts. Straightforward, but great drinking all the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 00:20:25 | More by sweemzander
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JoshuaJ

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, cloudy amber. Not much head, though, even with an aggressive pour. Lacing is light.

Smells biscuity, a bit of citrusy hops. Not much else.

Ooh, tastes so good. Those biscuity malts come out ever so slightly, paving the way for a grapfruit rind hop flavor. More even balanced than a lot of others in its style. Good stuff. Mouthfeel is great. So crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is fairly high. Lots is tiny, tiny bubbles. Finishes dry.

Drinkability is high. I'm on my second and I could go for one or two more.

Notes: This is very solid beer, especially on a hot summer evening like tonight. I'd put it more in line with an American Pale Ale, but that's neither here nor there. This is sort of like a little brother to Great Lakes' Burning River.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 01:45:45 | More by JoshuaJ
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from a 12 bottle sampler box. Pours semi cloudy almond amber, typical khaki head, then film and leaves strands of lace. I get orange and grainy hops in the nose. I'm suprised by the low number for this one. Its a moderatly hopped, easy drinking IPA, with some grapefruit citrus, more grainy hops and a decently smooth malt under belly. NOthing amoazing, just a respectable, BA worthy everyday pale ale/almost an IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:42:42 | More by Billolick
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled June '09 notched in the label.

A - Light golden amber and brilliantly crystal clear with very minimal carbonation. A large pillowy cream-colored head of two fingers rose up only to descend slowly into a rocky mountain. Super-thick lacing coated the glass leaving almost no room to even see through it!

S - Upon a turbulent pour, this IPA released a plethora of aromas. The most notable being hops of a very floral nature. They also smelled of pine and citrus but at a lower level. Malts came out in the background of the nose barely balancing it.

T - Light and crisp flavor with a generally fruity and floral flavor. Hoppy in nature but more of a tolerable hop flavor for hop newbies. A light malt background is evident but doesn't do much to balance it. A touch of caramel pokes through the floral hop flavor.

M - Lighter bodied and crisp, it's a very refreshing IPA with a slight bitter finish and a low-to-moderate dryness. Well carbonated for the apparent lack of bubbles in the beer.

D - One thing this beer excells at is drinkability. It's good all around and excites me to try the rest of the sample pack! It's flavor and mouthfeel are a winning combination for a great session IPA!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 00:43:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
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eallured

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Multistage pour into unibroue tulip results in
decent head retention and moderate lace. Copper colored, white head and small chunks. Smell is musky and "fermenty." Faint earthy and overripe fruit not charactristic of hops or pale and carmael malts. Taste is equally strange with noticable bitterness and a spicy raspyness with a funky earthy grassy taste. small amounts of dark caramel malt flavor. Medium-heavy viscosity for an IPA, smooth sweetness in the aftertaste. A unique take on the style with lots of interesting flavors that I don't seem to enjoy as
uch as some may.

Edit: Although the label has markings, no notches were cut, and it was purchased from flannagans in Appleton which had many dusty bottles

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 02:56:11 | More by eallured
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rudylaw

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled in March.

Getting a nice 2 finger head with a hazy copper pour... and that's where the good parts end.

Smells and tastes extremely funky. Not at all what I want in an IPA. I'm getting subdued citrus and some breadiness but just can't get around all the funk.

Edit: I tried this again and liked it a whole lot more than the first time. A good example of trying a beer more than once before forming a final opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 19:34:29 | More by rudylaw
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Jekster

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a rich honey brown with golden highlights a pure white thin head.

Smell: A slight citrus aroma greets you when smell this beer followed by notes of fresh cut grass a lightly toasted bread.

Taste: There is a definite sweet honey flavor that compliments the grassy grapefruit notes well. Along with these flavors is a wonderful chewy white bread character and just the slightly pleasant hint of alcohol. There is a distinct lingering bitterness, but this is not out of character for the style.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a medium mouthfeel, but a slightly higher level of carbonation which creates the illusion of it being a light bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable for an IPA. It has decent body, but the slightly higher carbonation and not overly intense flavors make it nice for taking large drinks.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer does not blow you away like some more bold American IPA's. That being said, it is well balanced with a nice hop character and good bready sweetness. Don't drink this beer looking for a hop bomb and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 22:44:07 | More by Jekster
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Spidey13

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dragonfly pours a hazy, orange/gold color with a small wisp of a head. Sweet caramel notes are on the nose with some citrussy hops. Nice but a bit understated for an American IPA.

Bitter sensation shows up on the taste before any real flavor is there. There is a bit of caramel in the flavor and some spicey flavors from the hops. The bitterness is a bit harsh. Could use some smoothing out. Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 02:27:18 | More by Spidey13
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.