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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull gold hazy color with a foamy 1 finger slowly receding yellow head. Smells less hoppy than expected for an IPA. First sip is also less hoppy than expected. In fact Upland's Pale Ale has more hop aroma that this one. There is plenty of malt here which I like in an IPA but Where is the hops? There is some and it is bitter and piney but certainly on the shy side. Mouthfeel is quite nice, creamy and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 17:02:37 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of FarmHouseJam


4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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


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

M-Medium body, good carbonation

Thie beer is extra drinkable. One of my most favorite in the summer, its amazing. Upland is very consistent!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:32:03 | More by FarmHouseJam
Photo of arlo19


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a bottle, notched Oct 2008.
Good looking pour on this beer, light amber/orange. Head stuck around for a while. Sediment floating around as well.

Taste isn't anything special, although it is quite drinkable. This is just a little too light and not bitter enough for me.

This is a decent brew, but nothing really jumps out about it. I don't see myself buying another sixer. Sheltowee is still my favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:39:21 | More by arlo19
Photo of BEERchitect


2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a few glasses of this beer at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Downtown Indianapolis. Sadly, this is the only local beer available at the premier resturaunt.

The beer opens with a rich, fruity aroma of caramelly malts and yeasty esters. Comming off really sweet with an herbal note of floral and piney hops, albeit light. Inviting but not as intense as most IPAs to the nose.

Flavors definately favor the malts, giving a rich, bready-toasty-biscuity flavor and a follow up of caramel and toffee. Over-rippened fruits of peaches, apples, and appricots give a complex sweetness from the yeast. The hop flavor comes in very late and offers a bit of pine and flowery character (rose). Again, nice but not an IPA.

Textures are rich, creamy, and sweet proving to be less attenuated than needed. The lack of malt crispness, the timid hop character does little to dry the beer or to offset the malty sweetness.

A farily good beer, but not the advertised IPA that is expected. The sweet malts and fruity esters make me thing English Bitter or ESB, but the hop character doesn't settle with me in scale or varity. There are several things amiss here.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 02:40:05 | More by BEERchitect
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New Hampshire

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

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with ruby highlights and an off white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of grassy, floral hosp and some grainy and caramel malt. Taste is floaral hops followed by some grainy bready malts, an astringent taste finishing with a some more floral and citrus hops that linger on the pallete. High carbonation, medium body. sticky sweet mouthfeel. Not my favorite IPA by a long shot. Nothing special, and that astringency in the middle I could live without.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 23:41:50 | More by johnnnniee
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that I brought back from Indy. The front label had a notch system for month and year bottled (Oct 08). It was a hazy orangish amber with lots of yeast bits suspended in there. Just a little carbonation with some lacing. It had a 1/4" off white head that settled to a thin, broken foam with a collar.

The aroma was floral hops along some citrus hops and light malt. Overall, the aroma was kinda weak. Not bad but too weak. The taste was somewhat out of balance for me. Too much malt sweetness and not enough hop bite. It's odd that the aroma was mainly hops with a bit of malt but the taste was malty with some hops but not as much as you'd expect from the aroma. It's a good tasting beer - I just wanted more hops for an IPA. Good taste. It's definitely easy drinking and would be a good session beer. Mouthfeel was smooth with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a good beer that just misses being a really good or great one. Need more hops. I do still recommend it though. Good session beer. Also good BMC conversion beer. Wish the brewery was open when I was going to IU. Would have been a regular. Would like to try again. If I lived in Indiana, it'd be a semi-regular purpose to support the local brewing scene.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:23:28 | More by TexIndy
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3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Tried 17 Jul 2008.

Huge lacy light tan head, fills almost the whole glass. Desite this, beer is almost flat. Cloudy amber color. Aroma is sweet and orangey. Starts mildly sweet, quickly turning moderately bitter. Finish is somewhat sour. Medium body. Moderate alcohol. Hops are decently citric but not really enough for an American IPA. Sour finish increases as the beer warms, is a bit off-putting.

Had this on tap a few weeks before where it was much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:53:09 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of nesta


4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nice sized mug, Upland's Dragonfly IPA exhibited a healthy biege head ~1" in size. The head was slow to disappate, and a good cm or so stuck around for the duration.

The beer was a slightly murky rusty orange or reddish brown, and left very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very rich, full, and hoppy, with strong herbal, spicy, and citrus qualities. It is fragrant and bright. Taste is crisp, with just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts.

It is not highly carbonated, and the flavors are balanced enough that it enjoys great drinkability. I could see having three or four too many without realizing it...the flavor is well balanced, characterised by grassy, herbal bitterness and rich, malty sweetness.

This is not the greatest beer I've ever consumed, not a masterpiece, but it was well worth the money, delicious, fresh, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:07:04 | More by nesta
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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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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
Photo of toolbrew


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.