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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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BA SCORE
83
good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gritsak on 08-03-2009)
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of sweemzander
2.3/5  rDev -37%
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 studio318
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
2.59/5  rDev -29%
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 bobhits
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bright orange body, nearly clear! A big white head at the top with some lacing. Just the look is making me think IPA, not double.

Citrus hops, light toasted caramel malts. Nothing intense or over the top. Again I'm thinking IPA.

A really unimpressive IPA flavor here. Strong bitter hops with huge sugary malt. A lot of bread, sugary caramel, and boring citrus hops.

This beer drinks a bit more like a double IPA than it smells or tastes or looks. There's some heat in my chest after a few gulps, but it is smooth enough.

This beer is around 9%, it isn't impressive...it isn't worth the cost, just avoid this one.

Photo of thewimperoo
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Brew33
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of alleykatking
2.85/5  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 rmalinowski4
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of westcott
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of scottfrie
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip. Thanks to HosP for this one.
A: Pours a deep dark orange with a couple fingers of dark tan oily head that slowly faded into a dense film that left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big notes of toasted malt, burnt caramel and roasted dried orange peel. There hops are citrusy and full of tangerine and orange scents, and maybe even a bit of perfume.
T: Big notes of hop resin, pine sap, orange zest, and bitter orange rind on the hop side of things. The malt is very forward as well with sweeter notes of sticky caramel and toasted bread crust. The finish is sweet and lightly bitter, like caramel covered pine or orange slices. It’s also very boozy, but far from hot.
M: Boozy thick body with an oily mouthfeel that is definitely rough around the edges.
O: This beer just doesn’t hold water against the greats of the style. PtY has more alcohol than this and it drinks like angel tears. This is good, but not great.

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a lightly hazed orange amber with some particulate chunks and a two finger soapy white head that lasts for about two minutes, leaving behind some spotty lacing on the glass. Medium body, sticky texture, medium-light carbonation levels.

Smells of grapefruit pith, pine, herbal / florals over another caramel malt with a slight sting of boozey hotness. Tastes heavily of boiled hop bitterness with none of the herbal or floral subtleties of the nose and a larger booze component than the nose in its place. I can't seem to find any breadiness in there at all, and the caramel malt is dismissed to a background position. The floaty sediment chunks are starting to bother me as they lodge themselves in between my teeth and stick there, I'm probably not going to be revisiting this one. While it's not good, It's not -terrible-; it's the forgettable C- GPA student that coasts through school by applying minimal effort and not being noticeable in any way.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.