Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of readbaron
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark golden orange with a foamy white head and perfect lacing.

Smell is underwhelming, not very potent. Smells of hops - not particularly piney or fruity.

Tastes like a standard IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with nice carbonation.

I could easily drink a couple of these.

Photo of Thanby
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden with a finger of head and some lacing. Aroma is nothing special but tells of citrusy hops and sweeter malt. At least two distinct hop varieties, very floral and citrusy, not overpowering. Medium body, good carbonation, a tiny malt sweetness lingers. Very drinkable for an IPA and highly recommend trying it if you can. Bloomington's own, at the IU campus, a pretty solid brew.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is brewed specially for The Slippery Noodle, a blues bar downtown Indianapolis. Its on tap at the bar on the south side of the establishment.

This is a pretty light colored IPA. Its a pale orange with no real haze. The head is very small, but the bartender tried to achieve very little foam. Not much lacing as a result.

The smell is mild, but pretty nice. Light orange flesh and pine are the main scents. Malts are pale and crackery.

Blues Brew is an easy drinking example. Ive had APAs that are much, much more bracing than this IPA is. One could make the argument against this being an IPA, but that's what the tap handle said.

This does, however, drink very easily. I think its really aiming at the macro crowed that frequents The Slippery Noodle.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

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

poured into pint glass. Had this years ago and always impressed me as a solid IPA. I've since had several others that are more knock your socks off good, but am very pleased to see this still holds up very well.

Great orange color with white head, nice pine/citrus aroma, but not as strong some other more notable IPAs, but nonetheless very drinkable.

Photo of levifunk
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of number1bum
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of krisandajt
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of regspeir
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HosP
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KI9A
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of devilben02
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mothman
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JoeQuinn1
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of GregSVT
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tykees88
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.