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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPA
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | 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 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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 14, 2010
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.

zeff80, May 26, 2010
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.

KI9A, May 24, 2010
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.

devilben02, May 24, 2010
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

brentk56, May 15, 2010
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.

maximum12, May 08, 2010
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.

mothman, Apr 27, 2010
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.

JoeQuinn1, Apr 19, 2010
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.

GregSVT, Apr 13, 2010
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.

tpd975, Apr 12, 2010
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.

Vonerichs, Apr 09, 2010
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.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 25, 2010
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.

tykees88, Mar 23, 2010
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.

Florida9, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a bright orange color, with a thin white head that lingers long and leaves good lacing on the glass. Nose is a very pronounced hoppy citrus (mostly grapefruit and oranges) and the taste follows suit perfectly. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, tangy and just the right amount of bitterness. This all rounds off to a long, dry, bitter finish. I was very impressed with this beer from a brewer I'd never heard of.

kimcgolf, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of a10t2
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden-orange, with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: The initial aroma is surprisingly malty, with a little bit of citrus. Hops become a little more evident as it warms up.

T: A nice big hit of hop bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor - some grapefruit, some resin, with a nice woody background. The malt character is subdued but balanced and not at all sweet.

M: Moderate carbonation, a bit of astringency, but nothing that jumps out at you.

D: This is a very middle-of-the-road IPA. I can see why it isn't rated as highly as some of the hop bombs out there, but it is actually a good, well-balanced example of the style. I could have (and have had) three or fours of these without completely losing my sense of taste.

a10t2, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Brettster
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a mug a copper color with just a slight haze. Ample off white frothy head that sticks around quite a long time. The IPA is well carbonated. There is a little bit of citrus and spicey hoppiness in nose. It has a distinct hop flavor with some other spice. This is a very excellent and refreshing IPA.

Brettster, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +14.4%
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 +11.4%
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%
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 -7.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +5.6%
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 +12.3%
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
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.