Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | 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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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Cummins9110
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass. This beer is crystal clear with nice golden amber color with decent head that fades and then laces the glass. The smell is of floral hops and citrus. The combination gives a fruity taste with a nice malty backbone. Ends in a subtle bitterness. Not an extreme bitterness tho. This is a nice beer and it has that floral hop taste that I always look for in a beer and this one has the best floral taste ive ever had. I dont know why it doesnt have a higher rating. This is a good beer

Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to cup
pours a golden hue, white head to nice lacing
smells of nice bready malt, floral hops, sweet and bready
tastes of a nice floral, grassy hop blend. sweet but not syrupy malt balance. biscuity and caramel, hops balance out nicely. lower to medium carbonation.
mouthfeel is a good weight, thickish but right on balance, bitter and sweet, nom

reminds me of an apa more than an ipa, but probably because i'm used to a hop heavy beers - really nice and approachable for everyone

Photo of jsh420
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled aug 2011

pours copper gold with a off white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smell is very faint but what i did pick up on is malt

taste is much better then the nose - still the beer gets most of its flavor from the malt - the hops are still there but they are more for giving the beer a good amount of bitterness

mouthfeel - good medium body with ample carbonation crisp yet smooth and creamy

overall - doubt i would buy this again but i still look forward to trying more beers from upland

Photo of mattboyer182
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a golden copper color with a very thin white head. Decent retention.

S - smells of fresh hops and a nice grassy scent. Faint sweet malts at the end.

T - taste is lightly bittered and remains hoppy throughout the after taste.

M - light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - ok but just too light on the hops.

Photo of gratefuld
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber color with about a half inch head. Head faded pretty quickly....well before I had my first drink.

S: Nothing extraordinary about the smell of this one. Malty.

T: I've had this beer a lot on tap, so the taste is very familiar to me. My local watering hole has this on tap and I live in Indiana, so I usually opt for this if is not martini night. Some hops, but not too overpowering. Decent enough taste but nothing spectacular.

M: Low to Medium carbonation.

O: Overall not a terrible beer, but certainly not my favorite. It beats the Miller Lite my buddies drink at our neighborhood bar and its a local beer, but nothing really outstanding on this one. Too bad....

Photo of mynie
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Double Dragonfly is surprisingly good. This one--not so much.

Pours like a regular ol' IPA. Smells like a very malty IPA. Big, biscuity nodes of malt starts things off and are balanced just a little bit by some solid-smelling west coast hops. So it's like an English malt profile with some American hops? That could easily work...

But it don't. Everything is too earthen, and it's way unbalanced towards the malt side of things. Still, a lack of balance is usually plenty tolerable (deserving of at least a 3.0). The trouble here is that there's a weird end notes and aftertastes of spoiled fruit and sour grain. I've had it from the bottle a couple of times and each time figured it was stale, but this was fresh from the keg.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass...

A- Deep copper orange color. Very large yellowish white head. Great lacing and stability.

S- Fruity and bubblegumy. Grapefruit aroma is the strongest, but closely followed by large malt presence.

T/M- Mediocre. Bitterness is very low, too low. Not much hop flavor. No fruit like the nose shows; instead its, more earthy than anything. Sweet caramel and bready malts are far too prominent than they should be in an IPA. Nice medium level of carbonation, and a very average/pleasant mouthfeel.

O- Not that great. I think this is past its prime, but I got this at an A rated, highly trafficked store. Needs more hop character all around. I feel it had potential, but came up short. Just too malt forward.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer was gorgeous altho strangely dark brown in color. Other than that, the liquid was clear and the head lasted forever leaving a thick film along the inside of my pint glass.

Smell- I get some nice pine hopping up front, don't understand what all of these "no hops" reviews are talking about, but there is also a huge malt base here that does kind of take over the nose.

Taste - The malts definitely take over at the taste but I'm still getting some good pine and hop bittering with a smudge of orange. I would have liked to have seen a little sweetness from the malt but otherwise this has a very pleasing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with strong bitterness from beginning to end.

Drinkability - This is not a typical example of the an AIPA as others have noted but IMO within range of the style with quality ingredients and high quaff ability quotient.

Photo of Phocion
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought back from Indiana by my girlfriend.

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish/gold color with a finger of quickly disipating rocky white head. No lacing.

Aroma has a hint of grapefruit and floral hops, but is surprisingly malty. Really malty. As in, the hops are completely overpowered by the sweet caramel and buttery malts. This smells more like an underhopped English pale than an American IPA.

Flavor is still overwhelmingly sweet, with toffee and biscuity malts dominating.

Low carbonation and a medium body.

This is a terribly unbalanced beer, and unlike most IPAs it is ridiculously in favor of the malty side. Almost sickeningly sweet. Stay away.

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Suspended sediment present. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, alcohol, hint of floral hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of dry hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, well blended, not overly bitter for an American IPA, but lacking in appearance.

Photo of gatornation
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle notched bottled on 05/11

A= was a cloudy murky full of floaties amber orange color with a tiny head and not much lacing

S- was malt and bread with some citrus rind,a dose of pine

T- some what bitter citrus hops mixed with baked bread malts

M- low carbonation with a bland/bitter taste it was kinda flat

O- wont be buying this again so many ipas in the market ..this one falls very short

Photo of mulder1010
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Louisville

A-- Poured a dark amber gold. One finger off white head. Shows very little carbonation but left excellent lacing as it left near perfect rings on the sides of the glass.

S-- Soft nose. Lots of carmel followed by grapefruit and orange.

T-- Good, strong malt backbone up front, followed by orange and grapefruit. Reserved at first but it did pick up some.

M-- Very clean and simple I thought. Orange front and bitter grapefruit back. Better finish really with a lot of malt. not that bitter though.

O-- One was enough really. I thought too much malt, even though I enjoyed the finish of the beer. not enough bitterness to offset the malt in this.

Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange, a little bit darker than other IPAs I've had. The head is white, about a finger thick, with good retention.

Scents of flowers and citrus fill the nose.

Has a really balanced flavor. The flowers and citrus from the smell translate into the same taste, but there is also a malty backbone to balance everything.

This is a very smooth IPA. Like in the taste, this is very balanced with a little bit of sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops. Deep in the finish, there is an oiliness, so a lot of different things going on.

A really nice IPA. It's not a hop bomb, just a really good beer.

Photo of machostacos
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottled into tulip. Bottle is dated April 2011.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber, perfectly clear, with a nice, tight, cream-colored head that shows a little staying power. Spotty lacing.

S: Malty for an IPA. A nice rich caramel cut by a very floral hop aroma. Quite light on aroma, but still very nice.

T: Lovely, light floral hops with a kiss of citrus and resin. Sunny and fresh, like a cool summer breeze. The solid malt backbone balances the hop character exceptionally well with a classic bready toasted caramel. Finishes with a hint of fresh ginger spice and freshly mown grass. Very refreshing, light, and delicious.

M: A little thin and watery. Good carbonation. Aftertaste is a flash of sweet malts and a slight bitterness. Finishes very clean.

O: This is a solid IPA. Nice and hoppy - the strong floral character of the hops is a nice detour from what is typical of the style; a little bitter, nice balance from the malts. Very easy drinking. Not really a head-turner by any means, but you can't argue with its perfection as an incredibly well-crafted IPA. Just delicious, and certainly a fridge staple.

Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.