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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPA
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | 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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Ratings: 616 | Reviews: 199
Photo of AgentK
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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%
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.

Photo of bgramels
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of dogfish7
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of SciFritz
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mtrain237
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jifigz
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +2.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -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%
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.

Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of drewsefs
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of johunnic
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Anything
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of DustinPurvis
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of sdonegan
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of yevuta
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

Photo of seeswo
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of injuredreserve
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of flanhalen
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.