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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of levifunk


3.45/5  rDev +0.9%

a - pours golden in color with a light tan head

s - grapefruit hops. sugar sweet.

t - bitter hops, but kind of watery flavor. fruity sweetness.

m - light body, but good carbonation. leaves a dry flavor on the finish.

overall - not the best ipa, but is very easy to drink. I could see drinking a 6 pack of this on the beach.

09-29-2010 01:26:38 | More by levifunk
Photo of number1bum


2.68/5  rDev -21.6%

Picked this up while going through Indy a month ago. Pours a pretty clear copper color with one finger of off-white head. Keeps a thin but full lace, and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell has some musty and earthy hops, a bit of citrus, but really is not all that hoppy at all. There is some bready, caramel malt as well. Meh.

Taste is not any better. In fact it's worse. Hops have some feint earthy and citrus flavors but the flavor profile is dominated by caramel malt and some biscuit/bready flavor. There is also a sharpness in the finish that I am not really digging. It's slightly astringent, with a modest bitterness in the finish as well. I'd settle for meh here; this is more like blah.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but suffers from the aforementioned sharp/astringent flavor in the finish. Not very smooth at all for an IPA, nor creamy.

Boy is this one a disappointment. I've only had a few things from Upland, all their fruit lambics, and I find it very odd that they can brew those so well and a basic beer like an IPA so poorly. I have a Double Dragonfly left in the fridge, but I can't imagine that being much better given this level of mediocrity (or sub-mediocrity even). We'll see.

09-01-2010 00:12:48 | More by number1bum
Photo of krisandajt


2.85/5  rDev -16.7%

A brew courtesy of number1bum. Cheers Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Shorts pint glass, the beer is a clear, dull amber color. There's almost no head on top of this brew, but I have to blame my girly pour for that. There is a thin ring of foam around the beer, and as I swirl the beer in the glass there's some decent soapy lacing running down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The smell is a balanced mix of sweet malt and citrusy hops. While not bad, I like my IPA's to not be balanced and lean more towards the hops.

Taste: The beer starts off with a biscuity sweetness, and slowly mellows out with a small bitter finish. Not so much an IPA as a mild pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit low, but the beer has a nice medium body and a good texture.

Drinkability: As an IPA, I'd say this one could use some work. Drinkability-wise, it isn't bad. It's smooth, balanced, and does have some decent flavor. That being said, it isn't what I would reach for if I wanted me some hops.

08-20-2010 22:18:31 | More by krisandajt
Photo of regspeir


3.9/5  rDev +14%

Got this bottle in a trade. Pours (into a standard pint glass) a cloudy golden amber with a one-finger head that settles to a quarter inch. Lacing is there all the way through but thinner. Nose is lemon, grapefruit, orange and brown sugar. Taste shows some interplay between hops and malt but the clear winner is sweetness. There is some lemon, orange, grapefruit sweet malt. Not a bitter finish nor terribly dry. Mouthfeel is medium and, while there is no carbonation visible, there is a nice edge from it nevertheless. I liked this and would love it on a hot summer day, despite the fact it seems to have gotten little love on this site.

08-05-2010 02:01:34 | More by regspeir
Photo of HosP


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a clear light amber color. Small head to it that didn't stick around to long.

S- Hard to tell what is more prominent, malts or piney hops. The two don't seem to blend as well as I'd hoped.

T- Taste is much better than smell. Bready malt flavors come out, but hops still give the beer a good bitterness to it. They seem to blend better than the smell would let on.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness stays with you more than anything, but not for to long.

D- Good drinkable beer. I could have a few of these after work. Don't feel anything to special, as an IPA usually like more hop taste. Either way nice beer!

07-26-2010 02:20:10 | More by HosP
Photo of Kegatron


3.35/5  rDev -2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of creamy eggshell-white head. This retains a very nice looking richness to it that leaves a big frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. Good overall look here. The aroma is fairly bitter in the nose with spice and grapefruit, which are balanced by some softer smelling notes of sweet citrus and toasted grain. This is all wrapped up in a gentle floral feel that helps keep things airy.

The taste has a moderate bite to it of spice, earth, bitter fruit, and to a lesser extent, pine resins. This is decently balanced by some sweet fruity character and some flat grainy maltiness. Spice, resins, and earth all linger past the finish here but they aren't coming off as overly harsh by any means. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow, slick, and creamy feel to it that lets this flow rather easily in the mouth. I'm not picking up any alcohol here which helps add to the overall feel here.

This was a decent little IPA selection here. Not a hop-bomb or anything but the moderate amount of bitterness that was present was well balanced and this maintained a smooth and easy body that kept the drinkibility good. A couple of fresh bottles of this wouldn't go down too badly at all on a hot day.

07-14-2010 19:30:42 | More by Kegatron
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains floral hops, caramelized malts and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. The a decent hops presence comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. It's a pretty well-balanced but overall the taste is a little bland. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other IPA's that I would choose first.

06-14-2010 02:27:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of zeff80


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of thin foam. Not much lacing left behind.

S - It smelled of citrus - touches of orange and grapefruit. There was a light aroma of caramel.

T - It had a sweet citrusy flavor from the hops. Also, a touch of spicy hops. Some caramel malt for a nice base.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a snappy dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a nice tasting IPA. It is certainly worth a try.

05-26-2010 02:02:06 | More by zeff80
Photo of KI9A


2.68/5  rDev -21.6%

A: pours a nice, dark/orange. Good head, nice lace. Some floaties.

S: Sweet malt, some hop.

T: Meh. Lots of malt, which is fine, but, the hops don't measure up. The hops seem to have a very rough, gnarly edge to them.

M: Medium. Weird bitterness. Not pleasant

D: The rought edge of whatever hops was used is not appealing. Was a drain pour after a few sips. Letting it warm a bit produced an even rougher edge.

05-24-2010 22:42:24 | More by KI9A
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

Color is a murky copper, but any doubts about the appearance can be at least partially forgiven in view of its big, frothy head. The aroma does not have the fresh hop character that is desirable in an IPA, with only a bit of citrus detected within the largely grainy aroma. The flavor is maybe a little better, but it is still depressingly balanced with a prominent bready, caramel malt flavor being contrasted by only a moderate bitterness that is more reminiscent of burnt caramel than fresh hops (which isn't necessarily unpleasant). The texture is decently smooth but unsurprising. Overall, although this IPA is reasonably drinkable, it doesn't have the big hop presence that is expected in an IPA and is largely just a glassful of average.
After some time to think, I realize I may have been a bit harsh with respect to the flavor and aroma since this bottle was a bit older than would be optimal (~4 mos), so I gave back a little credit in those categories. That being said, however, the hop character was still much more muted than I would have expected even after this modest amount of time.

05-24-2010 22:08:53 | More by devilben02
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color and a nice head with good retention

Smell: Malt forward caramel with pith and pine

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a developing pithy bitterness; after the swallow, more caramel returns but the finish is filled with pith and pine

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A malt forward IPA that has a nice dose of balancing hops

Thanks, jonallan, for the growler in 2013 that gave me a chance to re-visit - much better than in my first encounter

05-15-2010 20:01:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of maximum12


3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks to MichaelinFishers for dropping this extra into a box that landed on the doorstep yesterday. Fresh out the box, strong as an ox, the crowd's so live, they're comin' in flocks... notched label says this was born-on Feb 2010. Cute little fella.

Pours a by-the-book copper hue. Smell is mostly light, pale malts & citrus.

Dragonfly IPA isn't quite all there. Hop bitterness makes an early reservation, but the hops don't have a ton of flavor, perhaps bits of pine. Resin, maybe. Not much else going on. Light & refreshing, this strikes me as closer to a run-of-the-mill pale than an IPA.

Decent enough beer. I'll be happy to finish it, it's an easy drinker, but pretty middle-of-the-road as far as IPAs go.

05-08-2010 00:02:51 | More by maximum12
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a little over a finger of beige head. Decent retention with a lot of lace left. Is an orange hued copper. Lots of sediment in the glass.

Aroma: A low amount of hops. Very bland for an ipa. Some bready malts. Light citrus. Not something I am enjoying.

Taste: Very malty and bready. The hops are there with some floral presence, but I get a bland flavor again. Nothing seems to flow with this beer. Sweetly bittering. Light citrus flavors, but at this point it really doesn't matter. Grassy/weedy hops seem to be what I really dislike here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. End dry and with grassy/ditch weed flavored hops.

Overall, not a big fan of this ipa. Nothing seems to flow with this beer and it just isn't what I am looking for in an ipa. I really do not recommend this one.

04-27-2010 04:04:53 | More by mothman
Photo of JoeQuinn1


2.38/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

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


2.28/5  rDev -33.3%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

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

New York

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +14%

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.

01-25-2010 02:47:14 | More by Beejay
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.