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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 616 | Reviews: 199
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass...

A- Deep copper orange color. Very large yellowish white head. Great lacing and stability.

S- Fruity and bubblegumy. Grapefruit aroma is the strongest, but closely followed by large malt presence.

T/M- Mediocre. Bitterness is very low, too low. Not much hop flavor. No fruit like the nose shows; instead its, more earthy than anything. Sweet caramel and bready malts are far too prominent than they should be in an IPA. Nice medium level of carbonation, and a very average/pleasant mouthfeel.

O- Not that great. I think this is past its prime, but I got this at an A rated, highly trafficked store. Needs more hop character all around. I feel it had potential, but came up short. Just too malt forward.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer was gorgeous altho strangely dark brown in color. Other than that, the liquid was clear and the head lasted forever leaving a thick film along the inside of my pint glass.

Smell- I get some nice pine hopping up front, don't understand what all of these "no hops" reviews are talking about, but there is also a huge malt base here that does kind of take over the nose.

Taste - The malts definitely take over at the taste but I'm still getting some good pine and hop bittering with a smudge of orange. I would have liked to have seen a little sweetness from the malt but otherwise this has a very pleasing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with strong bitterness from beginning to end.

Drinkability - This is not a typical example of the an AIPA as others have noted but IMO within range of the style with quality ingredients and high quaff ability quotient.

Photo of Phocion
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought back from Indiana by my girlfriend.

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish/gold color with a finger of quickly disipating rocky white head. No lacing.

Aroma has a hint of grapefruit and floral hops, but is surprisingly malty. Really malty. As in, the hops are completely overpowered by the sweet caramel and buttery malts. This smells more like an underhopped English pale than an American IPA.

Flavor is still overwhelmingly sweet, with toffee and biscuity malts dominating.

Low carbonation and a medium body.

This is a terribly unbalanced beer, and unlike most IPAs it is ridiculously in favor of the malty side. Almost sickeningly sweet. Stay away.

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Suspended sediment present. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, alcohol, hint of floral hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of dry hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, well blended, not overly bitter for an American IPA, but lacking in appearance.

Photo of gatornation
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle notched bottled on 05/11

A= was a cloudy murky full of floaties amber orange color with a tiny head and not much lacing

S- was malt and bread with some citrus rind,a dose of pine

T- some what bitter citrus hops mixed with baked bread malts

M- low carbonation with a bland/bitter taste it was kinda flat

O- wont be buying this again so many ipas in the market ..this one falls very short

Photo of mulder1010
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Louisville

A-- Poured a dark amber gold. One finger off white head. Shows very little carbonation but left excellent lacing as it left near perfect rings on the sides of the glass.

S-- Soft nose. Lots of carmel followed by grapefruit and orange.

T-- Good, strong malt backbone up front, followed by orange and grapefruit. Reserved at first but it did pick up some.

M-- Very clean and simple I thought. Orange front and bitter grapefruit back. Better finish really with a lot of malt. not that bitter though.

O-- One was enough really. I thought too much malt, even though I enjoyed the finish of the beer. not enough bitterness to offset the malt in this.

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange, a little bit darker than other IPAs I've had. The head is white, about a finger thick, with good retention.

Scents of flowers and citrus fill the nose.

Has a really balanced flavor. The flowers and citrus from the smell translate into the same taste, but there is also a malty backbone to balance everything.

This is a very smooth IPA. Like in the taste, this is very balanced with a little bit of sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops. Deep in the finish, there is an oiliness, so a lot of different things going on.

A really nice IPA. It's not a hop bomb, just a really good beer.

Photo of machostacos
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottled into tulip. Bottle is dated April 2011.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber, perfectly clear, with a nice, tight, cream-colored head that shows a little staying power. Spotty lacing.

S: Malty for an IPA. A nice rich caramel cut by a very floral hop aroma. Quite light on aroma, but still very nice.

T: Lovely, light floral hops with a kiss of citrus and resin. Sunny and fresh, like a cool summer breeze. The solid malt backbone balances the hop character exceptionally well with a classic bready toasted caramel. Finishes with a hint of fresh ginger spice and freshly mown grass. Very refreshing, light, and delicious.

M: A little thin and watery. Good carbonation. Aftertaste is a flash of sweet malts and a slight bitterness. Finishes very clean.

O: This is a solid IPA. Nice and hoppy - the strong floral character of the hops is a nice detour from what is typical of the style; a little bitter, nice balance from the malts. Very easy drinking. Not really a head-turner by any means, but you can't argue with its perfection as an incredibly well-crafted IPA. Just delicious, and certainly a fridge staple.

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled march 2011

A - Lovely clear amber body, decent white head with good retention.

S - toasted malts. Uh-oh...this one is too old, it seems. Sweet dark fruits. Amber ale?

T - Moderately hoppy, but mostly malty and fruity sweetness. A little bit bitter and a little bit dry. Darn

M - Light, smooth, lingers on the palate.

O (D) - Well this isn't very good. Perhaps (almost certainly) it would be better if it were fresher. Can't do anything about it now!

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – much obliged!

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of earthy and lightly floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of light citrus hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip heavy earthy hops come into play, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It’s slightly on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass but I’m not sure about another.

Overall this isn’t a bad beer but there isn’t any one thing that stands out as “good”. I could see this being a good stepping-stone beer for an introduction into craft beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +6.7%
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 -15.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +17.8%
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 +21.3%
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 -17.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +10.5%
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 +2.3%
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 -0.6%
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 -15.8%
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 +9.9%
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.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.