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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | 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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bheilman

Indiana

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

I like IPAs so I did enjoy this beer. It had a nice smell and a smooth hoppy flavor. Nothing great but definitely drinkable and easy to drink more than one at a sitting. I got this beer at Club Soda in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I would have to think it was probably their best beer option. The place focuses on Martinis.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:04:28 | More by bheilman
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cnally

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Upland. I will tell you doubters that is beer is dramatically different on tap than in bottles. I didn't like it at all in bottles, and on tap, well, it's great.

The appearance is a good dark amber. The fluffy head dissipates to a lacing-able bit.

A big hop scent is immediate. Fruity and floral, with citrus hints.

Smooth, creamy hop flavor. Wheaty aftertaste. Brandy hints, nice malt flavor but very balanced. Alcohol flavor is not hidden.

Feels light on the tongue.

Easy drink, if on tap. Pretty malty on the aftertaste. The lack of hiding the alcohol hinders the overall quality, but highly drinkable IF ON TAP.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 15:26:35 | More by cnally
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled in August 2008. Pours a clear copper color with a thick white head at first, then a thin white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Grains and strong yeast smell. Maybe some faint citrus/pine.

Very light hoppy finish with sweet malts mixed in. Grainy flavor at first.

Leaves a dry sensation in the mouth. Some tingling on the roof.

I've had this beer many times but it seems different from the last time I tried it. Spicier in a way. Still a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:41:47 | More by toolbrew
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grainy hops, and almost smokey. In the taste, piney hops, and a smokey maltiness. A bitter and medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop and small smokiness in the aftertaste. I don't get the smokiness in the this one, I hope to try it again, but for the first try...eh!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 13:19:15 | More by OWSLEY069
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mrsoul12

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this cold with a brewed on date about 3 months past. I found the hop aroma to be very subdued. There was not a lot of American Citrusy hops present in this beer. Also a little bit of a yeast derived funkiness in the back end. Not one of their best beers in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 12:26:43 | More by mrsoul12
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gford217

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark amber with almost no head and very little lacing. The smell is surprising for a IPA with a good bit of spices on top of a decidedly low-key floral hop profile. Sweet bready malts are in the nose as well. The taste also has a big sweet floral profile with hops and malts blending together nicely. There is more spices than I've ever tasted from an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and less bitterness than most IPAs. I actually really liked this IPA despite the fact that it's no hop bomb. It's very drinkable and well balanced. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 19:28:55 | More by gford217
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra recently and as I am always glad to try some new IPA's, I had to dive right into this. I put it in the fridge and saved it for dinner last night. A nice looking label on the twelve ounce bottle that was poured into a pint glass. A very bright amber was poured out of it, with a small amount of haze, but it was mostly clear to be honest. A huge three finger high head of white foam came up over the top, reminded me of a Belgian pale, with some really nice staying power, once it cratered its way down to a film across the top, the side glass lace coated most of everything else left in its wake.

The aroma was a mixed bag. Very might, with a good amount of yeast thrown in, this was definitely not coming across as your typical IPA, that was for sure. A good amount of orange in the back, but you had to fight through some lemon, and grassy aromas to find it, with a touch of banana like yeast in it as well. The flavor was much more of the same. Lots of carbonation in it, gave it an even lighter feel then I was expecting. Light flavors of lemongrass, apple, and orange peel were all over this. A big grain fed back kept if from being overpowered, but to be honest this was much more a Belgian IPA then what I thought it would be and it was a light one at that. Great drinkability though with an outstanding session able factor as I could have made a night out of this one for sure. This was a very easy drinker that was for sure.

Overall it was not bad, but not close to what I was expecting. It was a decent and very light Belgian inspired IPA, but not much more then that. I might try it again one day, but it was a little on the average side for me and nothing really sticking out or making too much of a difference here.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 10:38:05 | More by mikesgroove
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enormous head of bone china colored micro bubbles towers over a hazy orange body. Light carbonation streams. Some nice lacing.

Aroma has piney notes, bits of citrus, but also a hint of something off, cleanser (not pine) perhaps, lurking about. Not overt, but noticeable.

Taste begins with a slight sweet malt appearance that is quickly engulfed almost fabric like. Modest hop build up peaks at the swallow up never nips much less bites. Slight soapy aftertaste.

Too light, tingly mouthfeel, like supermarket orange soda.

With respect to drinkability, at halfway mark now trying to get it over with quickly.

A not bitter enough disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:40:35 | More by RonfromJersey
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a murky dull orange, two fingers of pale orange foam above. Melts to a thick creamy cap, plenty of lace on the glass.

Aroma - a light whiff of grain, a faint essence of grapefruit. Very light.

Taste - a rather thin grain base, some general malt sweetness. The hops have been in the bottle 8 months but taste like they're two years old. No zip, zest or life, just a blase bitterness with a bare citrus edge. There is some drying on the aftertaste but just no substance. Sparks of citrus come out as this warms but the flavors faded mighy fast methinks.

Mouthfeel - some good body, oily smoothness per the style. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability - not bad, just kind of boring. A fresher bottle would likely yield better results, so I'll keep my eye out for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:53:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew sadly according to a few sources will be ending soon. So, with that said, this beer is great. I am thinking about getting this in a large quantity before they cease making it. The taste is great and its even better at the brewery. The mouthfeel is nice! very nice!

Overall, I really enjoy this brew and want to consume it before its all gone! Get it and enjoy this brew!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 08:23:56 | More by iconoklaztor
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a large mouth pint glass. A huge, foamy white head forms immediately and engulfs the whole glass. Not sure how to take that. The head was quite stiff and rocky, almost like a Saison or some Belgians. Not bad I guess, but different than I have seen in most IPA. Head remains rocky and takes nearly three full minutes to subside enough to sample the brew.

Aroma is citrusy and yeasty and acidic. Fruity and slighly citrusy with lemon rind and orange peel being the main contributors. Smells are failry muted and subdued and nothing really stands out. Slightly sweet as well.

Taste was very citrusy. Again, plenty of orange peel here, almost like orange juice. Plenty of lemony flavors with a bit of a hop bite. Some astringency resides in the finish.

Fairly light bodied. Good bitterness. A little unbalanced and very thin on the tongue. Not a bad offer. Perhaps fresher this may be different. As it stands, not entirely impressed but certainly not a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 20:42:35 | More by SaCkErZ9
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8-07

A deep dusty reddish amber in color with lots of suspended particles. Creamy whitish head leaves some lace.

Smells smooth, with scents of pineapple, caramel, and a touch of spice. There's a chewy sweetness in the back that resonates of bubblegum and berries, turning more sour as the beer warms.

Not as forwardly balanced as some AIPAs, with some flavors more stacked than blended. Decent overall taste, with a nice grain presence filled with fruits and flowers. Taste is sweet, with a light caramelly bottom, peachy pineapple middle, and some brighter hop citrus and bitterness. A very floral hop bouquet with a delicacy about it. Bitterness slowly rises at the finish with a soft yeasty aftertaste. As it warms, there's a hinted staleness and earthy taste hiding out in there somewhere that's not particularly desirable for the style (and this particular bottle shouldn't be stale by now)

Smooth and sticky, more or less consistent with AIPA.

I really like this beer, but this particular tasting/analysis leaves me a tad disappointed. A great summertime locally brewed go-to for sipping with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 23:36:21 | More by lightindarkness
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is notched October 2007.

Sticky, fluffy head of foam that forms a craggy peak above the lip of a tulip glass. Dirty reddish amber tone with suspended flecks of yeast sediment. Lacing is left on the sides of the glass. It has an unfiltered and robust appearance.

Sweet and grassy aroma, with belgian candi sugar similar to a Tripel. Spring-like and fresh, hop florals, but more subdued in place of the amped-up pine & citrus of American IPA's.

First taste impression is that it's very much like an English IPA rather than American. Tea-like, some residual herbal hop bitterness towards the end, and into the finish. Light apple note from the yeast. Pale malt or wheat make up most of the middle. Dry and herbal hops, maybe a low alpha-acid English variety like Fuggles or Kent Goldings. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. This reminds me further of English styles, with the resemblance to cask ale.

Highly drinkable, especially in warmer weather. Hell, it's January, and two went down easily. Underrated, and seemingly misunderstood...compare this to something traditional from the UK like Fuller's IPA and see what you think.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:05:59 | More by emerge077
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cameraman

Kentucky

2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium amber color with a hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A substantial white head forms (almost like a pilsner), three inches thick, even when properly poured. The had har incredible retention. Now this is where it gets even stranger. The aroma starts with sweet candy like fragrance, much like some belgian beers. This followed by a very pleasant floral and grassy scents. The taste has the malt at the start, then the hoppy citrus flavors come out. But, just when I think we have an IPA, the flavors of spices, mostly sweet in nature, strike the palate and finish the flavor off. A medium bodied feel, a jeavier feel than it would appear to have. Drinkabilty, is hard to figure out I expecting an IPA, and getting someting completely different.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 02:01:30 | More by cameraman
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HoosierHoss

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragonfly pours a light brown slightly red cloudy color, not much in the way of head or bubbles, a little foam around the edge of the glass. The smell is wonderful, very floral slightly fruity very appealing. It's one of the smoothest IPA's i've had, very malty IPA leaving only a slightly bitter after. A surprisingly easy drinking IPA, I could enjoy it at any time. Definately a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 20:12:20 | More by HoosierHoss
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genog

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer brought back for me from my buddy who went to IU. Told me about this great brewery in Bloomington and brough this one as well as upland back for me.

Pours a Dark red, slighly brownish color with a thick and creamy off white, almost light brown head. Smell is of a grape, almost barleywine type aroma with a smooth malty backbone. Taste is smooth with a sweet malt finish and little bitterness. Oily consistency with a an almost flat carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 03:12:34 | More by genog
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JamesS

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While my least favorite of the Upland brews, the Dragonfly is still a nice IPA in its own right. It has a great appearance, a nice deep copper color. It does have the least scent of any IPA I've had, there was very little to detect in the smell, not even a lot of hoppiness. It does have a very nice hoppy flavor, but with a very bitter aftertaste (even more than usual for an IPA). While not the smoothest, it is still easy to drink.

Gotten nothing but better, with wonderful hops (citrus and floral) throughout, along with a great malt backing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 14:03:59 | More by JamesS
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crazybrody06

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from tap into pint glass

A-poured a very strange orange gold color with a small head, but lacing was good.

S-Hops

T-Hops, a little sweetness, a little to bitter for my tastes.

M-Medium body, good carbonation

D-Bitter, Hoppy, could not drink to many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 01:54:43 | More by crazybrody06
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ttu94

Texas

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

A slightly dark hazy gold. Decent head and good lacing as well. Big hop smell with a malty aroma to boot. This beer just dosent know where to go. I love super hopped up AIPA's but this one seems to stop too short. I don't want to say that it is lacking in hop flavor but maybe a different variety would suite me better. Mouthfeel is good however, there are a lot of better AIPA's that I would choose if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 06:01:37 | More by ttu94
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Duster72

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful orange hue with a monster head and sticks around for several minutes. Aroma is pleasant hops with an emphasis on floral. Taste is very bitter with high astringency. Way out of balance. Definitely some wheat qualities here, but not in a good way. Not gumballhead. Ultimately it's too bitter for me and pretty undrinkable. I would rather move on to something I enjoy more.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 16:25:37 | More by Duster72
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pmatz2

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in December of 06
This brew poured a hazy amber, with an overflowing head that was fluffy and billowy even with a soft pour. Let it sit for a while to let the head shrink to a manageable size. Lacing was decent lasting the entire drink

Right off the bat there was something off about this as an IPA. My first though was a belgian style beer with a malty , spicy clove like aroma.

Taste was the same, more malt and clove with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Didn't get the prickliness I expected from an IPA.

For an IPA this didn't work. It was an interesting experiment that I don't think I would have again.

UPDATE
On tap 1/08

I had it on tap the other night at the Weber grill in downtown Indy,
Ok so I said I wouldn't try this again. This is a different beer than I remember.
This is more drinakable than I remember

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 23:03:42 | More by pmatz2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brassy rustic orange with a surprising number of superfine bubbles. The pale golden cap, currently filling at least three-fourths of the glass, is soft and airy, yet looks to be sticky enough to melt in an attractive fashion and to leave more than a token amount of lace.

The nose is too balanced. In fact, several more sniffs tell me that earthy, toasted malt has the clear advantage over hops, an obvious no-no in a beer of this style. Dragonfly was bottled a mere 4 months ago, which isn't nearly long enough for an IPA worth its hops to have faded to this degree. Ergo, it wasn't hopped enough at the time of bottling.

No surprise that the beer doesn't taste very hoppy either. What greets and overwhelms my palate is an odd, fruity sourness. It makes me wonder if I got a bad bottle. On second thought, I just went back and read my review of Upland's Bad Elmer's Porter and it looks like this strange sourness is a brewery trait. Either that or they're both bad bottles.

Earthy malt and spoiled, sour fruit are still #1 on the hit parade (make that the 'miss parade'). As a result, it's hard to appreciate any sort of hop flavor or bitterness at all. Maybe some of the latter, but then what good is hop bitterness without hop flavor? It's hard to believe the '7 hop additions' that the brewery claims. Maybe if they mean hop in the singular rather than the plural...

The crazy carbonation settled down visibly by the several minute mark so I wasn't worried that the mouthfeel would be too busy. And it isn't. It isn't big enough for the style, though, and is barely passable for an APA. I'm only giving it an average score because it works as a light IPA (which, to me, comes dangerously close to being an oxymoron).

Dragonfly IPA is the second member of the Indiana trio of 'fly' beers that I've had. I didn't much care for Barley Island's Barfly IPA, although it's better than this one, and I haven't yet had Oaken Barrel's Superfly IPA. Dragonfly doesn't have the bite of its namesake and is really little more than a pest. Time to call the Orkin Man.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 14:55:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a "big" IPA all the way, in both flavor and mouthfeel. It is distinct from other IPAs/APAs in that the flavor is neither raw bitterness nor citrus-iness but rather an overt and powerful floral taste I've not previously experienced.

Appearance is quite good. It is a fairly reddish orange color, hazy, an abundant white head.

Aroma is fairly mild given the big bold taste, which as I described above is a unique flowery taste (which is not a bad thing). Mouthfeel is sticky, full and what I would expect from a beer like this. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 02:12:13 | More by BeerBelcher
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schusterbauer

Michigan

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

on tap, poured a rusty copper color. pretty clean/clear shade; a bit darker than i was expecting. smell is of hops and a strong, yeast and malt profile, with notes of herbs, as in tea. taste is strong in hops, but the strong malt profile is surprising, since this is an IPA. as in the smell, notes of herbal tea are easy to detect. this seemed very odd to me at first, but i grew fond of it. mouthfeel is clean, if not a bit on the sticky side. overall, a very enjoyable beer, due to it's inventiveness. not the drinkability that you think of when you reach for an IPA, but i'd be more than happy to have this beer once in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2006 22:46:19 | More by schusterbauer
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with quite a few floaters though I poured gently. There was a tan head of small bubbles that was about ½” thick at first, and then faded to about 1/8”. Though the head reduced, there are lots of bubbles rising to maintain it at 1/8”. There is quite a bit of Belgian lace left on the glass after drinking it.

Aroma: The aroma has quite a bit of floral hops in there. There is only a mild citrus presence, and the beer smells like it may have a bit of age on it though it says that it was bottled in Dec of ’05. When you get deep into the aroma, there is a bit of sweet caramel malt in there along with a dry wheat-like edge.

Taste: The flavor has a dry edge to it like the aroma suggested. I get plenty of hops up front and they stay in control up until the finish. There is a mild sweetness that is there and gives the hops a tad of resistance somewhere in there, but the hops retain the edge. Late in the finish you can pick up a pretty defined minerally note on the back of the throat which I would suspect was the water and bittering hops interacting together.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. There really isn’t all that much to set it apart from any other IPA. It has a decent flavor, but the hops aren’t all that prevalent in the flavor and aroma for a typical IPA. This beer would probably be better classified as an Amber Ale. The finish is a bit edgy for me what with the interaction of the hops and water, but it is still drinkable. I wouldn’t refuse to drink this beer, but there are plenty of others that are better quality overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 04:05:26 | More by SkeeterHawk
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.