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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | 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 OWSLEY069
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
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!

OWSLEY069, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of mrsoul12
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

mrsoul12, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

gford217, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

mikesgroove, May 23, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.17/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

RonfromJersey, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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!!!!

iconoklaztor, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

lightindarkness, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of cameraman
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

cameraman, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of HoosierHoss
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

HoosierHoss, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of genog
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

genog, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4.55/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

JamesS, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

crazybrody06, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

ttu94, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Duster72, May 28, 2007
Photo of pmatz2
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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

pmatz2, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

BeerBelcher, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

schusterbauer, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Prettiest head I've seen in a while. Two fingers of pillowy off-white bubbles that slowly recedes as carbonation races to the top. Slightly hazy auburn beer with golden highlights at the edges. Sweet bready malt that is well balanced with barely piney hops. Mustiness sneaks in and out.

Did I kill my tastebuds on hopbombs or does this not have any flavor? Tastes like a Kolsch Light that has been watered down. No flavor. Whispers of hops at the end but it is a challenge to find them. Watery and flat in my mouth. Easy as can be to drink. Would be great after a marathon to hydrate.

kdmorse, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass. "Bottled on" date 7/05. Created only minimal head which faded slowly. Body was full of particulates of yeast. Amber/apricot colored.

Smell was nice. Sweet malts, bread, yeasty dried fruit.

Taste was mildly bitter (almost more like an APA than an IPA). Citrus.

Mouthfeel was pleasant. Tingly, full-bodied.

Good all around but nothing great. I won't go out of my way to buy it again.

Cresant, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of SethB2
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beer pours a hazy amber color with a huge head that climbs so high that my pint glass won't contain a full 12 oz. When the head finally give up and recedes, it leaves back of trail of lacing that is also very impressive.

S - Grapefruit and tangerine hoppiness absolutely dominate, making it hard to descern the sweetness that lies behind them. Has a peppery spice kick to it as well, that neither helps nor hurts the overall rating.

T - Sort of a role reversal between the hops and the malts. The sweetness is the first thing I notice with the hops as a secondary note. I think Upland probably should have used more hops in the boil. The finish hopping, however is nice.

M - A bit over carbonated and metallic. Also leaves a medicinal aftertaste that isn't too pleasant.

D - Not bad, though not good either. I'd drink these if they were around, but it isn't on par with some of the other IPAs in the midwest.

Thanks to jeffkrenner for the sample.

SethB2, Jul 14, 2006
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.