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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPA
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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 bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in January 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a 1/4 inch white head. Not much head retention, and there's a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrusy hops (lemon peel, some grapefruit), sweet malt, and a bit of earthy hops. The aroma is nice, but weak. Taste is mostly earthy and pine hops, along with some bready malt and a bit of floral hops. There's also a long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little sticky and has moderate carbonation. I think this is an OK brew, I'd try it again in the future.

Photo of drizzam
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper in color with a slight haze in the body. Topped by a slightly orange-white half finger head which sports decent retention. Average lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Kind of a dish soap aroma with a slight hoppiness. The hops don't pop like I would expect from an IPA.

T & M - Earthy, musty hops up front providing the bitterness I would expect from this style. Still not overly bitter though, this is actually a pretty tame IPA. Some caramel malt to help balance things out a bit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a drying quality.

D - This is an easy drinker but not what you would expect from your average IPA. I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered to me but don't expect a hop-bomb.

Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to robwestcott for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Bottled October 2010! Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a slightly red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, dark chocolate, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and subtle bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but not great either. The malt backbone on this one was a little weak for my liking. I would love to have a chance to try this one fresh on-tap, but alas, distribution is not my friend on that one... Worth trying still.

Photo of DosBeerigos
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C: Murky and Cloudy, but some sexy head!
H: Amber in color
N: Citrus hops with malt. Malt has almost an over powering dough-y odor to it

Smooth IPA. The dough-y like qualities in the nose came through in the taste of the beer and sort-a over powered the hops, which was a disappointment. Regardless, it was a solid drink. I don’t think it would make it into my regular routine of IPA’s but it is pretty close. A good beer to drink outdoors though!

Photo of hoosier3334
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first ipa that I had. After tasting this one, compared to others in the style, I feel like it should be hoppier. For me, in an ipa, this one was too malty. The hop profile should be much stronger, although the malt is nice to have in there. You won't necessarily be disappointed that you bought this beer, but you should know that there are better ipas to be had.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: One of the lighest IPAs I've had. Golden brown. Decent foam and good lacing.

Smell: Typical caramel malts and pine hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good balanced flavor. Basically your standard IPA flavors, but this one does a great job with the basics. Mouthfeel is pretty good, sometimes a bit too carbonated or watery.

Drinkability: Maybe the best starter IPA.

Overall: A good beer.

Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled December 2010, reviewed 1/6/2011.

Pours a straightforward clear amber with a hint of red, topped by a foamy, sticky off-white head.

Nose is primarily juicy citrus hops with a touch of fresh berries. Rich, earthy but light caramel-toffee malt base. Soft on the whole; lacks the bruising pungency of many IPAs. Brightened by just a hint of lemon zest.

Hops turn surprisingly floral on the palate, but with relatively little bitterness. Rather well balanced, highlighting the earthy-creamy malt notes. Quite chewy, really, but not heavy. Short finish, with the slightest lingering earthy bitterness that I'm sure I noticed just because I was looking for it.

Light and soft and well-rounded. Pleasantly quaffable. No ABV statement on the bottle, and I'm sure this is too high to be truly sessionable, but it certainly feels sessionable. I'm quite pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Photo of lsrose
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint.

A - Beer has a great amber color and pours a thick head that stays. Took a while to get a whole bottle into the pint with a semi-aggressive pour. Great looking beer.

S - Solid IPA smell, grapefruit mostly. Fairly unique smell.

T - First one I had I didn't care fore too much. Second one helped redeem it with a better IPA taste and less just floral taste but as I drank it it got stronger, too much for a 6.0 abv.

M - Typical IPA feel.

0 - Didnt like this much at first as an IPA lover but have come to enjoy it. Drink this beer pretty regularly now.

8/3/11 - Edited my review and bumped up my score after drinking this several more times...really enjoy some of the flavors I have had come out.

Photo of Aircow86
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color, head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Doesn't smell like an IPA...where are the hops? I can smell malt though, hops seem like an afterthought here.

Taste: Again, where are the hops? This may be the least hoppy IPA I've tasted. Flavor seemed to be trying to hard, overly sweet malt and an absence of hops.

Mouthfeel: Average, low carbonation and a little watery.

Overall: I consider myself an IPA lover, but this beer simply doesn't do justice to the potential of an IPA. IPAs should be about the hops, and this beer is definitely hop-deficient.

Photo of flyingspatula
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dragonfly may be Upland's best beer. It has a nice caramel type color, a little more than the average IPA. It has a nice strong hop aroma, with a small head. The taste is nice, very hop flavored. A nice sharpness and bitterness. Citrus tastes abound and meld well with the bitterness. Not the easiest drinking IPA ever, but not bad. Overall this is a crisp bitter IPA that is worth drinking.

Photo of biggred1
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, honey-blonde with a smooth, lumpy cream colored head. Piney hops and pale malt in the nose. Pine sap and toast with mild pale maltiness. Well balanced and easy drinking. Medium bodied and smooth. A nice everyday IPA but a tad mild in a town where hop-heads make up the majority of the better beer drinkers/enthusiasts.

Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a super clear amber with a frothy white two finger head that dies down and leaves some lacing. On the nose is a combination of biscuit, dry wood, caramel, and some pine. A good nose, but decidedly non-IPAish. In the mouth the flavors sort of fall apart into a mixture of biscuity malts with the pine, dry hops coming through at the end. It's a medium bodied beer but it doesn't really hang out for very long, just a little bit of the hop bitterness at the back. It's almost more like an English bitter than an American IPA, pretty balanced with just a bit of bitter bite to it. Not particularly memorable for the style, but it accounts for itself pretty well.

Photo of secondtooth
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant caramel amber in color, with a rich, tan head.
Fine and detailed lacing on the glass.
Superb aroma -- tangy sweet flowers and green hoppy grapefruit love!
Flavor is subdued, tasty but not too unique.
Maybe I need a fresher batch? Still, a solid IPA, for a decent price.

Photo of DocAJ
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle to tulip

A-golden almost orange color, fingertip white head that dissipated rather quickly, not much lacing

S-very little aroma

T-nice hop flavor up front, disappears towards the end of the beer; citrus, grassy notes

M-fairly smooth with a dry finish, felt like it was a bit on the end in regards to carbonation

D-a decent IPA that I could have several of

Shared by a fellow beer enthusiast after his trip to Indy.

This was a decent IPA, although I was a little disappointed in the aromatics. I prefer my IPAs really hopped up, and there was definitely a hop presence, although a little more subdued than I tend to enjoy

Photo of perryw
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a pint glass.

A nice amber copper color with a cloudy white head that sticks around, though the lacing down the glass does not. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Tastes like an IPA, decent amount of bitterness. Pleasant aftertaste.

Feels a little watery in my mouth.

This seems to be a little more carbonated than other beers which decreases its drinkability for me. Certainly won't turn it down in the future.

Photo of jkrich
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date notched on side of label. Poured a typical American IPA appearance: clear, deep golden to orange with a white head that lingers a minute or so before dissipating. It does leave some attractive lacing.

The aroma was largely fruity and refreshing. There was also a strange sour odor evident.

While this may look like a typical american IPA, it flavors do fall a little short. The initial flavor is initially hop forward with a restrained bittersweet, fruity taste. The malt then follows with a slight earthy, perfumy flavor and then fades to a slight bitterness on the tongue. Not very complex or memorable.

The carbonation is a slightly on the sharp side while the body is rather thin. The ale leaves very little flavors lingering in the mouthfeel.

This is the first offering that disappointed me from this brewery. With all the american IPAs on the market, a brewery should do everything to make its version stand out. Sadly, this one does not. Still worth a try, though.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from mistakebythelake (a lot of these reviews lately are!) into tulip.
EDIT: Bottled 12/10, consumed 1/11.

Bright copperpipe pour with 1" of head. Really just perfect head for the style, billowy, but tight and leaving a good bit of lacing. Also, the head really stuck around through the whole glass. Very nice.

Just nothing in the smell, a bit of lemon and that was it.

As with the aroma, not much in the taste. There is a good light grass/floral hops with a bit of the lemon rind.

Good carbonation, light, breezy.

It's a solid IPA. I hate that before I even look I know my rDev will probably be like negative 1000% because I'm considering this 'average' and thus rating it so. It's fine and dandy, it is more than drinkable and it is no way a disappointing brew. I just don't find it remarkable in any way other than the fact that it's the prettiest.


Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft and from Growler. Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy head. Slight lacing. Pretty subtle citrus hop notes with a little pine, nothing to overpowering. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking beer with nice notes of hops. Nothing too crazy but a nice easy drinking ipa.

Photo of GregBlatz
2.24/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Friend visited Indianapolis and brought me a variety of different beers to try. This was one of them.

Freshness date indicates that this was in either Sept or Oct of 2010. Hard to determine which one it was.

A - Lack of sediment indicates that this probably was a filtered beer. Copper/amber in color. Strong haze that contradicts the idea that it is filtered. Beautiful head that lasts. Laces the glass aggressively as it slowly falls. Rocky and pillow like rather than consistent in head type. Very nice.

S - It has that musty, malty and hoppy aroma that you might find in a Rogue beer that has turned(not sure how else to describe). Sweet esters are the dominant characteristic. No fresh hop aroma at all.

T - To be up front, this beer doesn't taste fresh. Although I would think Sep/Oct for a bottling would still be reasonable, my example is not fresh. Not sure if this is typical for the beer, or very possibly, my beer has had a long and brutal journey from brewery to my pint glass. Fruity esters dominate this beer. No fresh hop flavor or aroma to balance the esters or maltose. Bitterness is weak as well.

M - Nice velvety mouthfeel. Smooth consistent carbonation as well as a nice amount of cloying sweetness.

D - I wouldn't want a second of this beer if other options were available.

Overall - I don't know if this is a bad example or not. I would say that my sample was bad, but it's bottled date was not too long ago. I'll try it again and hope that it is a better beer than the one in my glass today.

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

Bottled December 2010 and right off the delivery truck into my favorite Terre Haute, IN beer shop - ultra fresh indeed. Poured aggressively into my Duvel Tulip, creating a frothy head. Good hoppy smell n taste. Drinking this just-out-of-a-snowbank cold as i prefer my IPA's and it hits the mark. Glad I have 5 more to enjoy.

Photo of velosuds
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled in October 2010 per notchings on the label. Brought home by my son who attends college in Indiana.

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a two finger, off-white head with strong retention and ample lacing. Looks good.

S-Warning: someone forgot the hops. I mostly smell grainy malts and just the slightest lemongrass. No where near adequate for an IPA.

T-There is plenty of bitterness on the palate to be an IPA, but it appears no hops were used in finishing since also not much contribution to the flavor. Website indicates "seven hop additions to create a powerful hop profile," but I am not appreciating them. The malt base is very adequate and not cloyingly sweet, which is a plus. The base is present, but it just doesn't deliver the hop punch.

M-Not bad, but a little thin.

D-Another nondescript IPA I won't bother with again, especially since I have never seen this at the stores I shop in Oregon and Washington

Photo of readbaron
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
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