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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 7
Gots: 51 | 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 wheatyweiss
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 once into a standard pint.

Pours a dark honey with a medium sized creamy head. Sticks well with good lace and rings. No cloud.

Aroma is tannic malt and mineral laden water. Hops are light and floral, but there in spirit.

Flavor is tannic mineral water with a very light malt flavor. Hops are almost present but do not give enough for me to even elaborate on the profile. Grain is husky and very mild, barely there.

Mouthfeel is actually much better than the flavor and aroma. Slick and full with a bit of oiliness. I don't really know how they got this mouthfeel with the lack of flavor. Light bodied, but fulfilling.

Overall this is a VERY unflavorful beer that claims IPA, but tastes more like a very thin pale ale. Nothing spectacular, but it drinks well.

wheatyweiss, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, and nice amber color. Decent white head.

S: Citrus notes, and fresh cut grass.

T: Lovely. A very subtle IPA, citrus and grapefruit are present, as is a bit of grass. Fairly well balanced with the malt.

M: Nothing wrong here. Very nice.

D: Pretty good, not amazing, but definitely worth getting again.

Beejay, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours into pint glass a copper/tannish color. About a finger in a half head.
S: I get more malts than hops at first. Faint citrus and pine notes, but the sweet malts play more here.
T: Not too bad. Sweet and bready upfront, bitter toward the middle and crisp at the end.
M: Decent amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: You could drink a fair number of these. Light and refreshing. Not a hop heads dream by any stretch, but I am not a hop head, so these tiny IBU's are good with me.

Infamous7100, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Live Review....

A- Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange/coppery color. Two finger light tan head stays around for ever and hardly dies down in the first couple of minutes. Big amounts of thick sticky lacing everywhere on the glass.

S- The malts in this one kind of speak for themself. Sweet bready malts dominate the nose. There is light citrusy hops in the tail-end of the scent. Light alcohol presence as well. Some light oxidation as well is detected.

T- The upfront on this is kind of strange. A mix between metal and bittery sweet hops come at you first. Now this is not a good taste. The alcohol in this beer comes at you more in the front end than in the tail end leaving you wanting to look around to pour it out. Everything is a mess in this beer. The bitter hops kind of moves everything together but this beer is tainted with oxidation hands down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the stlye. Bitter hops and metal with a light sweetness is what is left on the palate and into the aftertaste. Drying on the mouth...

D- This is not anything close to what I remember this beer being. I would and might just as well pass on this one if offered. There are other Indiana breweries that make better quality beer.

alleykatking, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of SickGnar
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber with some haze and floaties. Nice size head that falls but leaves nice lacing. Floaties distract from what otherwise is an appealing appearance.

S: Hops are there, but fairly mild for an IPA - sort of floral. Quite noticeable diacetyl. Caramel malts and sweet grain.

T: Diacetyl is even stronger in the taste. So are the hops. It is sort of an odd mix. Robust crystal malt backbone that is predominantly caramel and grainy sweetness, a bit of husk too. Hops start out with a touch of floral and then go citrus and resin.

M: Medium body with more of british level of carbonation. A little bit slick with a semi-drying finish.

D: Balanced, actually almost underbalanced for an IPA. It seems to be styled more across the "pond" than across the plains. The diacetyl is a bit much, not bad but different. It seems to work due to the brews sweetness. Which is a sort of odd thing to say about an IPA. Overall, an interesting take on the style and quite drinkable for its strength.

SickGnar, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Cloudy, dull golden amber color with a massive, creamy light brown/off white head. Very dense and foamy, the head hangs around forever and leaves a lot of lacing. Very mild, average balanced aroma that blindly I wouldn't guess was an IPA. Grain and malt dominate with very faint hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium thick, could use higher carbonation and a grainy finish. Not exactly optimal for an IPA. Flavor is similar, nicely balanced malt and grain, citrus rind hop presence, little to no sweetness. Not a bad beer, just not a great or even good IPA, always happy to try something new though.

yourefragile, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of plinythethirsty
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a smooth tasting, attractive looking IPA with a pleasant finish. It pours golden brown with an ample, manageable head that lingers. It leaves a honeyed licorice taste in your mouth that invites you to have another. Unfortunately, the initial taste, is not that great -- a bit metallic; bitterness without deliciousness. This is not a beer to savor, but one you might not turn down for some mini-session drinking.

plinythethirsty, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date even though there are months & years available to be notched, they just never were. Major thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another trade!

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced an ample white fluffy head that has great retention. The foam is sticking to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Woody pine with a light & creamy lemon citrus.

(T)- Very dry with bitter hops and an evident piney wood with a background of lime.

(M)- Good carbonation behind a pretty classic IPA nuances with nothing out of the ordinary.

(D)- A solid IPA that has everything it should and where it counts. Straightforward, but great drinking all the way.

sweemzander, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, cloudy amber. Not much head, though, even with an aggressive pour. Lacing is light.

Smells biscuity, a bit of citrusy hops. Not much else.

Ooh, tastes so good. Those biscuity malts come out ever so slightly, paving the way for a grapfruit rind hop flavor. More even balanced than a lot of others in its style. Good stuff. Mouthfeel is great. So crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is fairly high. Lots is tiny, tiny bubbles. Finishes dry.

Drinkability is high. I'm on my second and I could go for one or two more.

Notes: This is very solid beer, especially on a hot summer evening like tonight. I'd put it more in line with an American Pale Ale, but that's neither here nor there. This is sort of like a little brother to Great Lakes' Burning River.

JoshuaJ, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from a 12 bottle sampler box. Pours semi cloudy almond amber, typical khaki head, then film and leaves strands of lace. I get orange and grainy hops in the nose. I'm suprised by the low number for this one. Its a moderatly hopped, easy drinking IPA, with some grapefruit citrus, more grainy hops and a decently smooth malt under belly. NOthing amoazing, just a respectable, BA worthy everyday pale ale/almost an IPA

Billolick, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled June '09 notched in the label.

A - Light golden amber and brilliantly crystal clear with very minimal carbonation. A large pillowy cream-colored head of two fingers rose up only to descend slowly into a rocky mountain. Super-thick lacing coated the glass leaving almost no room to even see through it!

S - Upon a turbulent pour, this IPA released a plethora of aromas. The most notable being hops of a very floral nature. They also smelled of pine and citrus but at a lower level. Malts came out in the background of the nose barely balancing it.

T - Light and crisp flavor with a generally fruity and floral flavor. Hoppy in nature but more of a tolerable hop flavor for hop newbies. A light malt background is evident but doesn't do much to balance it. A touch of caramel pokes through the floral hop flavor.

M - Lighter bodied and crisp, it's a very refreshing IPA with a slight bitter finish and a low-to-moderate dryness. Well carbonated for the apparent lack of bubbles in the beer.

D - One thing this beer excells at is drinkability. It's good all around and excites me to try the rest of the sample pack! It's flavor and mouthfeel are a winning combination for a great session IPA!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of eallured
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Multistage pour into unibroue tulip results in
decent head retention and moderate lace. Copper colored, white head and small chunks. Smell is musky and "fermenty." Faint earthy and overripe fruit not charactristic of hops or pale and carmael malts. Taste is equally strange with noticable bitterness and a spicy raspyness with a funky earthy grassy taste. small amounts of dark caramel malt flavor. Medium-heavy viscosity for an IPA, smooth sweetness in the aftertaste. A unique take on the style with lots of interesting flavors that I don't seem to enjoy as
uch as some may.

Edit: Although the label has markings, no notches were cut, and it was purchased from flannagans in Appleton which had many dusty bottles

eallured, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled in March.

Getting a nice 2 finger head with a hazy copper pour... and that's where the good parts end.

Smells and tastes extremely funky. Not at all what I want in an IPA. I'm getting subdued citrus and some breadiness but just can't get around all the funk.

Edit: I tried this again and liked it a whole lot more than the first time. A good example of trying a beer more than once before forming a final opinion.

rudylaw, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Jekster
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a rich honey brown with golden highlights a pure white thin head.

Smell: A slight citrus aroma greets you when smell this beer followed by notes of fresh cut grass a lightly toasted bread.

Taste: There is a definite sweet honey flavor that compliments the grassy grapefruit notes well. Along with these flavors is a wonderful chewy white bread character and just the slightly pleasant hint of alcohol. There is a distinct lingering bitterness, but this is not out of character for the style.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a medium mouthfeel, but a slightly higher level of carbonation which creates the illusion of it being a light bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable for an IPA. It has decent body, but the slightly higher carbonation and not overly intense flavors make it nice for taking large drinks.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer does not blow you away like some more bold American IPA's. That being said, it is well balanced with a nice hop character and good bready sweetness. Don't drink this beer looking for a hop bomb and you won't be disappointed.

Jekster, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dragonfly pours a hazy, orange/gold color with a small wisp of a head. Sweet caramel notes are on the nose with some citrussy hops. Nice but a bit understated for an American IPA.

Bitter sensation shows up on the taste before any real flavor is there. There is a bit of caramel in the flavor and some spicey flavors from the hops. The bitterness is a bit harsh. Could use some smoothing out. Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average IPA.

Spidey13, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

FarmHouseJam, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of arlo19
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

arlo19, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

johnnnniee, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

TexIndy, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

htomsirveaux, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of nesta
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

nesta, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of bheilman
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

bheilman, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of cnally
4.22/5  rDev +23%
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.

cnally, Oct 19, 2008
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.