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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA

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83
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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gritsak on 08-03-2009

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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by chaunur:
Photo of chaunur
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Uplands beer, had this on new pint night at O'sheas. Poured a wonderful clear medium copper hue with a light tan 3/4" head,great lacing. Well balanced aroma, malty with a citrus presence.

What a great tasting, well balanced beer. A strong caramel malt flavor with a ice bitter finish. I'll have to say if I had to judge the taste on what a Double IPA should be it would get a lower rating. But if it was that hoppy I probably wouldn't have finished it..I'm no hophead. As it was I barely expected to be able to drink it, yet had 3.

An easy drinking, smooth, crisp beer. Didn't know the alcohol content while drinking them, maybe thats why the wife drove home

Looking forward to trying more Upland beers

More User Reviews:
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - burnt orange color with very little head

Smell - lots of malts and citrus

Taste - front end is very floral, goes into a sweet malty flavor and ends quite bitter

Mouthfeel - not a fan of the bitter at the end

Overall - nothing special but it is nice DIPA

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled in Nov '11
drank in Jan '12
A- This beer pours a slightly red hued deep caramel body that is clear with a thick bubbly sticky beige head. The head last a good bit and is supported by a slow matrix of microbubbles.

S- The fresh sweet caramel malt has some toffee and treacle notes to it with a soft green hop finish.

T- The nice sweet caramel malt is followed by a soft green finish with a green cinnamon spice note and some pungent bitterness that softly grows. There is some nice grapefruit pith notes to the hops as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat until the beer warms a good bit.

O- This has a lot of great American Barleywine characters to it with a nice sweet malt backbone with some good depth and a soft hop flavor that grows as the beer opens. Very nice to take the edge of a cold winter night.

Photo of richkrull
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in my poker winnings from SuperNova777. Thanks a lot bud!

Poured a rich copper color with an inch of slightly off white head and very good lacing.

Smell is fantastic. Very hoppy throughout. This beer smells great!!!

Taste is very very good. Great bitter hop flavor throughout.

Medium mouthfeel on this easy drinking beer. Went down smooth and easy.

I enjoyed this one a lot. Luckily I just noticed it in one of my local stores. I'll definitely get this one again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Upland pub in Bloomington, IN on a bright, sunny Spring afternoon.

Rich amber in color, poured into an Upland goblet. Lace present but minimal.

Lovely floral citrus aroma.

Taste is strong, and heavy on the bitter side but enjoyable. Notes of pine and citrus are most prominent. Very enjoyable, and although this is a heavy beer, I find it tastier than the regular Dragonfly IPA. Solid.

Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All but nails the look it's supposed to have. Light burnt orange pour, slight haze, and all kinds of things floating in it. The head is just over a finger thick of bright white bubbles of all different sizes. It's cloudy, foamy and craterous, like an IPA should look. Eventually the head implodes in the middle, working its way out, pulling in the perimeter, leaving a thick lace.

The scent is pretty fantastic. A mix of pine, grapefruit and pineapple fill the nose. Just so it's not too hoppy, scents of pale and caramel rise up for balance.

Citrus dominates early on with those lovely grapefruit and pineapple flavors making a showing early on. Eventually the pine arrives at midsip, but there's something else in there that's a bit unusual and I can't quite put my finger on it. I can't tell if it's banana or strawberry, but there's something in there.

It's fairly easy to drink for an imperial. You can put a check by bitterness because it's got plenty, but it's not a palate destroyer. There's a hidden sweetness throughout and the IPA oily feeling is prevalent as the beer leaves your mouth and enters the throat. ABV is well masked and I'd only consider this medium bodied.

Overall, Upland has done a nice job with this. While I enjoyed the regular Dragonfly beer, I really prefer this with it's stronger notes of everything. It's still a manageable beer and won't hurt you too bad.

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Upland Tap Room (Bloomington, IN) on 6/4/10. Served in a snifter.

Pours deep clear coppery amber, topped with a finger of bright eggshell-white head. This retains with 1/2 finger of robust froth which leaves a rich cascade of creamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a rich hop bouquet going on with it, full of floral character, pine, and spice. This is well balanced in the nose by some fruity citrus, grainy malts, and a touch of toffee. Most of the sweetness here appears to be coming from the fruit flavors though.

The hops are well balanced up front by a thick malt backbone of toasted grains and bready caramel sweetness, while a good bit of fruity tropical sweetness is pushing through as well. The finish is all hops though, with plenty of resins, spice, and citrus rind all giving this a deep lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel has a bigger full bodied feel to it, with a carbonation that is sharp when it first hits the tongue but then spreads out and fill the mouth up with a dense creaminess. There's definitely some firepower going on with this in the body but the alcohol is mostly kept in check here.

Quality take on a DIPA here that blurred the lines with maybe an American Barleywine or even an Imperial Red a bit a times (something that I didn't mind one bit). Tons of full hop flavor here but the beefiness of the body held the drinkibility down for me just a bit. Overall though, this was solid.

Photo of alleykatking
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a clear amber/orange color. One and a half finger white head that shows medium retention. Spotty lacing left on the glass when I was drinking.

S- More sweet caramel malts in the front. Toffee malts come next to me. A light citrus hopping in the back of the beer which seems backwards to me since this is a DIPA.

T- This starts off with the same caramel malts as in the aroma. Light toffee notes to this one as well. Citrus hops in the background with a light tropical hop in the far back. Alcohol is apparent also...very much so.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Caramel malts left on the palate with a tropical hopping in the aftertaste. Flavors were muddled and not very blended. Kind of jerk and go on the flavor. Alcohol very drying on the palate.

D- This was kind of a mess. I didn't really enjoy this as a DIPA. In fact I wouldn't even say this is really a DIPA at all. It's alright for a IPA just maybe but I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the bitter flavors are much stronger compared to the others. It's an herbal/floral bitterness that I notice in the taste, and I think it overpowers the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. I think it's an OK brew, but not one I would buy very often. There are just too many other Imperial IPA's that I would rather have instead.

Photo of TexIndy
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 5/10 notched on the side of the label - kudos. It was a rich, hazy amber color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had about a finger of off-white head that settled into a small foam cap. Really good sheeting that slowly slides backs into the glass with lots sticking.

The aroma was disappointing for an ADIPA. It was dominated by sweet malt with the hops pretty subdued. Bitter hops. Not much to sniff here. The taste was also disappointing. Again, the hops were outshined by the overly sweet malt. The hops that did show were heavy bitter with no real flavor to it. Just bitter to be bitter. Very unbalanced and out of style. Mouthfeel was creamy with good carbonation but the aftertaste was awful.

Overall, a big mess that leaves me wondering what they were trying to accomplish here. Unbalanced and overly bitter. Don't recommend. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - just didn't like this one so one is enough. [N;N]

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a light level of haziness that seemed to clear as the night went on. small head of white comes up and over the top, settling down with a nice light lacing throughout.

aroma of deep resin filled hops that really hung in the air. lots of orange, and dark, sweet citrus notes, a classic for sure right out of the gate. warming brought a touch of sweet malts into the mix but overall it definitely stayed the course with a deep an heavenly hop aroma. feel was very full, sticky and dead on. thick flavor of orange hops and sweet malts mingle on the tongue and create a huge resin filled flavor

Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, 9.1% abv. Hazy copper, nice thick rocky head. Retention is pretty good, and there is a nice amount of lace.

Grapefruit, citrusy hops along with some hints of pine. Stone fruits come to mind. Good aroma of caramel malt.

A good deal of sweetness up front. Seems to be heavy on the caramel, but not cloying. Some earthy bitterness, and a flash of citrus. Earthy bitterness lingers, without a great deal of other flavors. None of the hop character nd complexity that was present in the nose.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Some warmth felt in the chest. I really expected more after the aroma.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a step-ahead of the Dragonfly IPA in quality. Nice punchy hops, perhaps a bit more malt-forward and sweet than average for the style, but not enough to be a problem. ETOH was not at all harsh and blended well with the flavor profile. I would like to see Upland move into some bigger beers, as it seems they have the knack.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Delocks Discount Liquors (Munster, IN). 7.99. Bottled 12/12. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy deep orange with a half finger of murky manilla head. Head fades to a halo in the glass and leaves large clumps of lace.

Smells of faded citrus, floral and stale bread.

Strange pithy bitter flavors. Orange seeds and peel, lemon/ grapefruit zest, floral notes and stale biscuit. Very little alcohol presence.

Moderately oily medium body with average carbonation. Bitter citrus peel finish that lasts a bit too long given how unappealing it is.

Perhaps it was just too old but this was mediocre at best. Not a drain pour but I'll probably never buy it again.

Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a finger of creamy eggshell foam that leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Mildly fruity hop notes with some caramel in the aroma. The nose is a touch mild for an imperial IPA. Bitter citrusy hop and untoasted barley flavors with a touch of caramely honey like sweetness in the finish. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Medium bodied with palate scrubbing carbonation. I love the fact that Upland is offering such well priced (I paid $4.49) bombers to the local market, it's about time someone gave everyone in Indy an affordable local beer option.

Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is available in 22 oz. bombers and was bottled in November 2011. Served in an Upland shaker pint. The body was an appealing, rich apricot color and very clear. There was little lacing after the head settled.

The smell was sweet like marmalade with a noticeable amount of alcohol, but at over 9% that is not surprising. There was a peach cobbler character to the smell, fruity and sweet.

The taste reflected the aroma in its sweetness. Candy like fruitiness and pungent hops oils were there too. There was a heavy maltiness that was somewhat tempered by a long lingering bitterness. Full bodied, there was slickness in the mouth and it was modestly carbonated. This one finished semi-dry.

Unfortunately for me this one was pretty well balanced. I prefer a sharper bitterness in double IPAs but if you like sweet and bitter – this one is worth seeking out.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, dull copper in color. Finger or so of soapy, white head. Leave behind a thin film with larger bubbles floating around. Not a lot of lacing. Some floaties. Gotta love unfiltered beer.

S: Not hop forward, but they're certainly present. Bready, sweet malts. Pine and grapefruit is what I notice mostly out of the hops. There kind of a chalky smell to this that I'm not so sure about.

T: Yep..chalky in the taste too. Not bad enough to ruin the beer by any means, but enough for me to take the scores down a notch. The hop are pretty damn bitter which isn't a bad thing. Pine and grapefruit in the taste just like the nose. Sweet malts balance things out a bit.

M: Dry, bitter with a little amount of alcohol burn. On the full side of medium.

O: I can't say Double Dragonfly is very drinkable because the alcohol makes itself known for sure, but it's enjoyable enough. Won't buy this again, but wouldn't turn it down either.

Photo of aasher
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: pours smoothly and watery, a good amount of creme colored head which stuck to the sides and dissipated very slowly

Smell: mildly hoppy with a little malt, a little bitter, sweet and alcoholic on the backend

Taste: mildly hoppy, nothing too special, sweetness lasts into the aftertaste, almost floral and not too dry

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth despite the moderate carbonation, moderate to light body

Drinkability: very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden while drinking it, is sweet but not too sweet, is overall a pretty decent beer but nothing revolutionary

Photo of levifunk
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to lukafer for this.

a - light golden pour with a good amount of head and nice lacing.

s - smell is pine and floral hops with some malt sweetness. nose isn't that strong.

t - I'm a big fan of the not so hop forward dipa's, so this is right up my ally. hops bitterness is definitely there, but there is a good amount sweetness and malts. very balanced flavor.

m - medium body. carbonation is spot on. slightly dry finish.

overall - this is a great dipa. if you're a huge hop head, this might not be your favorite, but if you like balanced dipa's, check this one out. very drinkable, and the 9.1% (what?!?) is very well masked.

Photo of fsvan
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2011, consumed 7/3/2011. Big thanks to titosupertramp for bringing this back from Indiana for me.

A- A pretty bright orange. Unfiltered haze, with some chunks of flocculated yeast. Smallish head, with a good amount of lacing.

S- Fairly subdued, but typical smell for a dIPA. Some citrus, with a small amount of pine. The 9% abv is present from the onset, and becomes a larger player as the beer warms. While the alcohol becomes more present, the rest of the smell profile stays about the same.

T- An odd citrusy taste. Not bad, but unique, for sure. A slightly above average piney bitterness for the style that lingers seemingly forever. The taste is not great for a dIPA, but is not off putting in in way either.

M- On the lower side of medium bodied for the style.

O- This isn't a bad dIPA, but won't get confused with the heavy hitters in the style either. Enjoyable enough, and worth a try if you have a chance to grab one.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a wine glass. Thanks to my father-in-law for grabbing this. Bottled November 2010.

Pours a hazy light copper color. A bit too dark. There is a thin off-white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves behind just a touch of spotty lacing. The nose brings some citrus and a bit of piney hops. Some caramel malt and breadiness there as well. The flavor is slightly hoppy, though most of the hop component comes in the form of bitterness. Even the bitterness isn't reaching the level of a DIPA, however. Slight floral and pine character. No real alcohol presence. An okay beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my fellow BA'ers tonight.

A - Darker color for a DIPA. More Amber with slight clarity. White head that leaves good lacing.

S - More of a malt background to it. Sense of some hops to the smell.

T - Like the smell. Malts dominate this DIPA. Slight caramel taste to it. Hops finish with a small amount of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body.

D - Not bad. I tend to lean towards more hoppy DIPA's. For the price $4.50, could drink this pretty easily.

Photo of sweemzander
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled May 2010. Thanks to kstrickler/heliosphann for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a solid off-white fluffy head with some good retention behind it. Some bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- Lightly sweet yet prevalent malts of caramel and toffee. Some mild pineapple citrus in the background. Not what I was expecting for a DIPA.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Primarily has a malt profile of caramel with a touch of toffee. Finishes dry and very very bitter with an afterthought of pineapple and lime citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The more I have of this, the more the bitterness starts to become overwhelming. So much so that it tastes burnt; killing off most of my tastebuds.

(D)- It looked promising, but for the style it is under, it is backwards and burnt tasting. The burnt tasting being really the only presence of hops besides a tiny touch of pineapple/lime. A disappointing attempt at the style, especially since I rather liked the regular Dragonfly IPA.

Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-9-11
Bottled in February 2011

Pours a hazy orange color, with lots of little yeast floaters. A sticky white head clings to the top, leaving lots of little bubbles on the sides.

Smell is all bitter hops, very piney and sweet. Strong, but pleasant, with a great depth and clean finish.

Taste is just like the smell, huge strong hops. The malt is just barely there, leaving thick, sweet, piney hop resin to dominate. The finish is sticky and bitter, lasting long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, an awesome combo with the heavy hoppiness.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the bitterness easily masks the alcohol, but without being overpowering.

Overall, an awesome, and cheap beer. Would buy it all the time if I could.

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a orange hue with a 1 finger white head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin layer of lacing on the glass. There is a huge layer of sediment floating in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is sweet malt and tropical hops. Orange is the main tropical smell, along with some pine in the background.

Taste is big bitter pine up front with some sweet malt mixed in the middle. The finish is bitter orange, maybe from orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. good for the style. Not cloying or dry on the finish.

Overall, this beer is way too much pine for my liking. There is no balance, its all bitter. Bitter hops up front, light malt in middle quickly followed by bitter orange on the finish. I prefer my DIPA's to be more towards the tropical, fruity aspect of the hop. This is just bitter all around. The mouthfeel is the only thing that is better than average.

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.