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Dragonfly IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

203 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 203
Hads: 664
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 203 | Hads: 664
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on tap.
This beer is clear orange with a nice one finger white head. The smell matches the taste, It is hop dominant; featuring a light citrus and a bit of skunkiness. The beer really only tastes like hops and little malt character gets out. It has a metallic and stinging mouthfeel but is not unpleasant. This is a decent IPA, nothing I have not had before and not something worth revisiting in my opinion. (433 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper/clove honey dark gold with an impressive 1.5 finger white head that foams and lingers. The head looks like it should lace where it leaves but neglects to.

S: Hops, grapefruit, some spice, and clove.

T: A nice step back from IPAs that come through too powerful. This has all the tastes, hops, sweet citrus/honey, and earthy clove and florals without the hop annihilation.

M: Crisp with decent carbonation. Good aftertaste, bitter, but not overly bitter.

O: A good IPA if you are looking for the IPA taste without having to fully commit your mind to the bitterness of the taste. (639 characters)

Photo of Treebs
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Great Lakes shaker pint . Bottled January of 2012. Thanks to mattboyer182 for the the extra

A: Pour a clear amber color with a thick and frothy one finger height of foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap and thick collar. Thick rings of lace are left down the glass.

S: Bread malts with a light earthy dirt hop smell. It's really hard to pick it out and it really doesn't smell like much. They are all very light.

T: Odd hop flavor. Almost like they are slightly spoiled. The hop profile is just weird. The malts are bready and pale in nature and dominate the finish. As the beer goes on it gets more palatable.

M: Lightly bodied and has a medium carbonation. Luckily the finish is near flavorless and it's easier to swallow.

O: The beer looked great, but in the end I just didn't like the hop profile and the flavors were just light. I love the lambics by Upland, but I've been underwhelmed by there other offerings. (967 characters)

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, aroma is citrus, floral, bubblegum.

Appearance is a cloudy golden color with minimal white foam head.
Taste is lightly bitter, light body, soft carbonation, and abrupt finish. Became a little skunky as it warmed up.
Pleasant, easy, IPA. (259 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub in Bloomington. 16 oz. pour into a pint glass on February 18th, 2012.

A - Clear, dark golden-orange coloring. Super enticing, white, creamy, one-finger head. Okay retention but great lacing.

S - Light hops, touch of honey, flora, and malt grains. Predominant caramel aroma livens up as this glass warms up a bit.

T - Hop resin primarily at the front. Honey roasted almonds blends as part of a strong malt backing. Fresh baked bread, and light butter toffee.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation, standard finish. Semi-sweet aftertaste.

D - Decent, unique malt bill, but not memorable. (620 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours orange in color, white head, spotty lace, wisps.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, light malts, some floral notes. A little too much sweetness for an IPA, IMO. There needs to be a larger dose of hops to balance this one out a bit more.

T - Citrus, pine, light tropical hops/malty sweetness. Not quite as sweet as the nose, but still, I would prefer more hoppy notes.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - An average IPA, but nothing crazy and didn't blow me out of the water. I would have this one again, but it probably won't be the first thing I order at Upland. (606 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by plank10. Thanks Nick.

The beer is light orange with a small head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma is hop forward, with some floral and grassy notes. Decent flavor. Slightly sweet, with a sturdy malt backbone coming in behind. Light bodied with solid carbonation. Simple and easy drinking. A decent IPA. (339 characters)

Photo of Cummins9110
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass. This beer is crystal clear with nice golden amber color with decent head that fades and then laces the glass. The smell is of floral hops and citrus. The combination gives a fruity taste with a nice malty backbone. Ends in a subtle bitterness. Not an extreme bitterness tho. This is a nice beer and it has that floral hop taste that I always look for in a beer and this one has the best floral taste ive ever had. I dont know why it doesnt have a higher rating. This is a good beer (500 characters)

Photo of drxandy
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to cup
pours a golden hue, white head to nice lacing
smells of nice bready malt, floral hops, sweet and bready
tastes of a nice floral, grassy hop blend. sweet but not syrupy malt balance. biscuity and caramel, hops balance out nicely. lower to medium carbonation.
mouthfeel is a good weight, thickish but right on balance, bitter and sweet, nom

reminds me of an apa more than an ipa, but probably because i'm used to a hop heavy beers - really nice and approachable for everyone (487 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled aug 2011

pours copper gold with a off white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smell is very faint but what i did pick up on is malt

taste is much better then the nose - still the beer gets most of its flavor from the malt - the hops are still there but they are more for giving the beer a good amount of bitterness

mouthfeel - good medium body with ample carbonation crisp yet smooth and creamy

overall - doubt i would buy this again but i still look forward to trying more beers from upland (526 characters)

Photo of mattboyer182
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a golden copper color with a very thin white head. Decent retention.

S - smells of fresh hops and a nice grassy scent. Faint sweet malts at the end.

T - taste is lightly bittered and remains hoppy throughout the after taste.

M - light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - ok but just too light on the hops. (322 characters)

Photo of gratefuld
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber color with about a half inch head. Head faded pretty quickly....well before I had my first drink.

S: Nothing extraordinary about the smell of this one. Malty.

T: I've had this beer a lot on tap, so the taste is very familiar to me. My local watering hole has this on tap and I live in Indiana, so I usually opt for this if is not martini night. Some hops, but not too overpowering. Decent enough taste but nothing spectacular.

M: Low to Medium carbonation.

O: Overall not a terrible beer, but certainly not my favorite. It beats the Miller Lite my buddies drink at our neighborhood bar and its a local beer, but nothing really outstanding on this one. Too bad.... (683 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Double Dragonfly is surprisingly good. This one--not so much.

Pours like a regular ol' IPA. Smells like a very malty IPA. Big, biscuity nodes of malt starts things off and are balanced just a little bit by some solid-smelling west coast hops. So it's like an English malt profile with some American hops? That could easily work...

But it don't. Everything is too earthen, and it's way unbalanced towards the malt side of things. Still, a lack of balance is usually plenty tolerable (deserving of at least a 3.0). The trouble here is that there's a weird end notes and aftertastes of spoiled fruit and sour grain. I've had it from the bottle a couple of times and each time figured it was stale, but this was fresh from the keg. (730 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Phocion
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
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 (409 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of machostacos
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
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! (462 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (750 characters)

Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.