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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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Reviews: 78
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of richkrull
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of 908carson
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Completely clear, copper-amber. Very pretty. One finger head, exactly the color of "Sugar in the Raw," reducing to a quarter inch with fine texture. Fairly significant lacing.

Smell: I can smell it from over a foot away! Smells like Christmas potpourri from a distance... Rich and spicy. Up close, it smells like pine resin and caramel hard candy. Love the smells this is giving off.

Taste: Interesting. This is the first Imperial IPA i've ever had that I want to drink while eating food. It has a savory note that would be best suited along side a heaping bowl of chicken tikka and garlic naan. It's crazy bitter, but palatable for me. Not terribly complex, which I find odd. Just had Devil Dancer yesterday, and I taste more alcohol in this 9.1% than I did with the 12% in DD. Gin-like aromatics dominate my palate long after a sip. It's sweet at first but then turns bone-dry, leaving my tongue a little fuzzy feeling.

Mouthfeel: Not slippery feeling like most high ABV brews. A fair amount of carbonation keeps this nice a crispy on the tongue. With attributes like this, I find it odd that the alcohol is as obvious as it is. Still, it's a fairly easy drinker. Two of these bombers and i'd be tipsy.

Overall: Great beer... I like this a lot better than the regular Dragonfly IPA. I am NOT a fan of Upland's stuff. I am an avid lover of local breweries, but their stuff just doesn't always agree with me. With so many great breweries around here to choose from, I can afford to be choosy. That being said, this beer was well above par. The price was phenomenal... I don't think i've ever seen a good IIPA this cheap! So for that reason alone, I would probably buy it again... Especially when the wife and I make Indian food!

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Photo of infestaxion
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Copper hued with nice clarity. Cream colored head that leaves incredible lacing.

S - Huge caramel malt backbone. Floral hops. A bit grassy.

T - Again the caramel malt dominates. The hops kick in toward the finish. Piny, floral. A bit of alcohol. Nicely balanced.

M - Good and thick. Very smooth.

D - Very easy going down for 9.1%. If I had more time at the brewpub I could have been in trouble.

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Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of chaunur
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice murky copper with some very nice head and excellent lacing throughout. Very hoppy/bitter scent, slightly floral and largely grassy with a nice underlying malt. Good flavor; deeply malty with a huge hoppiness during and after; a lot of grass and a bit of jerky. Goes down fine, slightly thick, and with a slight dullness at the end; muted hops instead of bright hops. Still an excellent beer overall!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had bottle at brew pub. Nicely priced too!

A-nice orange body with white head that retains for a decent amount of time.
S-nice mix of fruity upfront and pine hops to finish
T-not as good as it smells but still pretty good. Nice mix of the hops. Wow.
M-finishes dry and smooth. Nice hop aftertaste
O-very pleasant suprise. Wish it was on tap and not in bottle!

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Photo of levifunk
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Indie extension, where for some weird reason 4 nights a week you're only allowed to buy flights, no pints. But the flights were reasonably priced, and the big beers were as much as the regular sized ones, and so well what the hell, it was a little weird drinking this 4 ounces at a time but whatever.

Pours headless and dark. That's because of the wee bitty glass, I assume.

Smells very nice. Big citrus, big bread, no off nodes of syrup or anything ookie like that.

Tastes good. Just as well balanced as the aroma, dangerously easy drinking, but the flavor is blotted out a little because the carbonation was unusually aggressive, almost like seltzer.

Anyhow, I'm not of the opinion that a double IPA must be an assblaster in order to get high marks. This was very good, very well balanced, and very drinkable considering its size.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at IBGF 2009.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma with a alcohol tone. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22Oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Dated November 11th, Tasted on Feb 11

A- Golden orange with a beautiful off white frothy head. A lot of little particles floating around in the beer.
S- Pungent overly ripened fruits. A little alcohol. Light citrus notes. Kinda flowery.
T- A good heap of light caramel malts followed by some good bitterness. The hops aren't too overwhelming but there presence is nice. Its a little cirtusy and skunky but the hops are quite floral. Ripened dark fruits.
M- This beer has a nice smooth creamy mouth feel. Good bitterness and a moderate mouth finish. Easy drinking.
O- This is a really nice DIPA. Its smooth and easy to drink and very well balanced. Its not something you cant find elsewhere but its sure worth checking out. Its a great beer for 5.50 a bottle.

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Photo of MichaelinFishers
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber dated May 2010 into two pint glasses for my wife and me. TMK, this is the first bottling of this brew.

Dammit, biggred1 beat me to the first bottle review!

Pours a rich amber, not quite dark enough to be copper. Good inch of head on each glass. Poured very clear into both glasses despite some sediment left in the bottle.

The aroma is not very strong for a double IPA, but pleasant.

Tastes good. As indicated by the aroma, the hops are concentrated on the bittering, not the flavor or aroma. but nonetheless, this is a good, solid, if unexceptional, DIPA. Exactly what you'd expect for the price ($5.50). Mouthfeel is very good.

All in all, a very drinkable beer. Not an "event" DIPA, but an exceptional choice for a more-than-one, especially for those of us in Indiana who want to drink local.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange and toned medium brightness with a fairly large waft of ivory foam stacked on top. Keeps a hefty skim always present and tons of big bubbled sheets of lace.
Special note to the label: really like the painterly, nearly abstracted, notion of the dragonfly(a dragonfly?) that hints at a female body sculpture. There seems to be a pinkish pair of legs off to the left and another head behind to the right that has devilish horns whispering into what would be her ear and it actually looks like an embrace from behind. Very cool!

Aroma is a bit low ended and soft but clean and crafty with a big malty presense of pale and caramel with a looming dullness of orange maramalade and a touch of dark grapefruit peely zest.

Dark and crunchy taste with a mighty tinge of orangified hops taking the forefront while the malt takes up the background with some caramel and bready sweetness while beefing up some warming attributes. Orange oil tang floats into some of the finish as a tender yet brittle bite of hop bitterness sinks onto the palate with tight burn late.

Bold medium body with a good portion of heft in both the malt and hop sides of the balance. Perhaps the warmth is bit high at times and tends to leak off some of what could be a better balance on the whole. Be that as it may, its got a welcoming tender malt smoothness while making a darkish and crunchy, oily hopitude shift into gear with a fairly big burn of orangey bitterness towards the finish.

A fairly solid Dbl. IPA by Upland. Crafted well with a touch of Midwest attitude. Drinkability is damn good. More times then not, at first, it warms to quick on most sips. But some are much cleaner and wholesome, in which it drinks down so much more easier. It does seem to change a bit as it warms to a more mellower tone and easier drinkability.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts, and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy medium amber. Aroma is huge hops. Hop bomb.
Flavor is mainly hops with malt, caramel, butter, and yeast. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Too much for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and seductive flavors and aromas capture what's best about these high gravity hop bombs. But the balance of the beer gets too much of a challenge from caramel sweetness instead of dry maltiness.

Bright and deep golden colors cast highlights on the creamy effervesence, fueling a stark white sheet across the beer's surface. Light on lacing, the beer is appealing but not irresistable.

Citrus and tropical fruits give the clean and crisp impressions of tangerines, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and mulled spruce. The background structure of caramel maltiness adds ample support at first but as the beer warms, the sweetness of the malts give a sugary effect and eventually challenge the hop character for attention. Though the focus remains on the hops, the sweet flavor and feel detracts from the beer a bit too much.

A fine Double IPA, but the lack of dry malty support in favor of straight up caramel sweetness prevents this beer for rivaling Pliney the Elder or Three Floyds Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An almost clear orange liquid with loads of floaters. The white head is thick and craggy with a great retention.

S- Grass, floral soap, caramel, and a touch of fruitness. Simple but enjoyable.

T- Watermelon, passion fruit, grass, and caramel. The strong fruitness is a nice change of pace for the style.

M- Oily and bitter with a bit of a numbing aspect from the hops and alcohol.

O- An ever so slightly different take on the style. For the price point (sub $5), this is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured roughly around 12 ounces from a fresh october '12 bottled 22oz bomber into a pitcher glass. Almost no head. None at all. Looked like an amber colored brazen liquid. Extremely clear and transparent. Very few bubbles. No trace of lacing whatsoever.

Smell is somewhat mild for an imperial IPA. Gentle citrus hops with floral nose ending with some malt. Just a tad of alcohol is felt.

Taste is much better and more likable than nose. Very resinous and hoppy upfront. Not a lot of bitterness which seems to be balanced by malts. In fact, this is no bitterness for a double. Goes down fairly easily with an accompanying sensation of alcohol and hops.

Mouth feel: Very oily, smooth and refreshing (if you like IPAs). Medium bodied feel. 'Total' lack of carbonation makes for an easy drinking, although warmth and intensity of alcohol makes it less likely that i will finish the bomber. Take time and drink it enjoying every little sip.

Its alcohol strength makes it rise in points. Style will get a 4 and from a more personal front, again a 4.

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Photo of Auracom
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Random want for well over a year. Finally grabbed a 22 oz., poured 12 oz. into a RR tulip on February 26th, 2013.

A - Just about perfect visually. Deep, clear golden hue, with a wispy soft eggshell head. Reference appearance for a DIPA I'd say.

S - Even with too much age on this, the aroma is still pretty robust. Rouge, honeysuckle, crushed pineapple, and some danky sap. Letting this sit just a minute or two greatly helps the nose balance itself out.

T - Big citrus at the front, with plentiful grapefruit pulp pulling through mid-palate. Menthol. Slightly tropical. Surprisingly earthy aftertaste.

M - Heavier than many other DIPA's I've had beyond 10%. Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - I must try this fresh. Even a bottle from last fall has enough umph to keep me interested.

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Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
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