Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA - Upland Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -17%
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.
02-26-2011 02:15:26 | More by Thorpe429
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
Blazing bonfire orange with sun-fired Sunkist highlights. Nearly half a glass of sandstone hued foam was created after a standard pour. A firmly creamy texture, gentle rockiness during descent, persistence, and pretty good lace deposition are all positives.
The nose isn't as explosive as it should be, especially given 80+ IBUs worth of hops and relative beer freshness (just 2-3 months of age). Citrus zesty American hops on a pale and toasted malt base is pretty much par for the DIPA course.
Upland Brewing Company Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA brings nothing new to the table. Big bitterness is easily appreciated through a huge cushion of malt sugars. Unfortunately, good hop flavor is in short supply. Given that good hop flavor is the single most important component of any APA, IPA or DIPA, well....
Pale and toasted-earthy malt is rock steady on the bottom end. Their sweetness doesn't quite completely balance the bitterness, but then who would want that? It's unlikely that the hop bill includes Simcoe, Amarillo or Centennial. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. In the end, this just isn't a well-constructed version of the style.
The mouthfeel is as expected for a beer with abundant ingredients. That is, it possesses the full smoothness of mucho malt sugars and the raspiness of alpha acids. And let's not forget the firm smack of slightly too much unmasked ethyl alcohol.
Simply put, a sugary and bitter Double IPA that fails to deliver on the hop flavor front is not something that I find enjoyable. Even though it can't be easy brewing in the shadow of one of America's best craft breweries (Three Floyds), Upland needs to step up their game or they're destined to remain 'also rans' in the state of Indiana.
08-03-2010 12:25:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an inch of foam that leaves a bit of lacing action
Smell: Toffee malt with a stone fruit and earthy bitter edge
Taste: Stone fruit and toffee malt, up front, followed by a bitter hop assault; the hops bring on an aspirin-like bitterness that dominates through the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat sticky, with moderate carbonation
Overall: A bit too malt forward to my palate, up front, and I really didn't care for the hop bill; a bit closer to a barleywine than a DIPA
Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity
07-13-2013 23:17:21 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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
06-28-2011 02:28:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
11-27-2010 23:46:21 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-08-2010 16:57:08 | More by Kegatron
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Upland Brewing Company, Inc., Bloomington, IN, Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA, Alc. 9.1 % by Vol., 1 Pint, 6 fluid ounces.
What's going on in this picture? Seems a tad suggestive, but who am I to judge?
Highly hazed amber/orange appearance. Creamy, long lasting head atop.
Aroma: tropical fruit, prickly pine, some citrus. Reveals some alcohol.
Taste: bitter bomb from the start. Fierce, harsh, and powerful. Alcohol comes roaring through. Grapefruit and pineapple, covered in pine cones and dunked in vodka. With each new sip, it only gets moreso.
Bitterness is all over the palate, body is medium. And slowly, it's toning down. Getting a little easier to take. Less aggressive. And tastier, too. The palate isn't being stomped on, and torn up.
All in all, though, I can't say I've enjoyed this one very much. Especially with the mess at the bottom of the bottle. Not too pleasant. Yucky.
06-04-2011 00:59:24 | More by feloniousmonk
3.03/5 rDev -17%
Extra in a recent trade. Served in my DFH signature glass. Beer is orangish and hazy with a decent head and nice carbonation, looks good.
Aroma is sweet and malty with some hops. eh...
Beer is medium body with decent carbonation on the palate. its more malty than hoppy, I don't know the date this was bottled, but I assume its recent. Just not my kind of IPA.
09-17-2010 04:01:07 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev +9.6%
(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.
05-02-2012 20:20:55 | More by rhoadsrage
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in October 2012. Pours lightly hazy bright orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, citrus rind, caramel, pineapple, tangerine, light mango, floral, grass, and earthy hops. Nice aromas with good hop complexity and balance; strength was pretty weak for a DIPA. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, citrus rind, pineapple, light mango, floral, grass, light caramel, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, citrus rind, pine, pineapple, light mango, floral, grass, caramel, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop complexity and balance; great malt/bitterness balance as well; with minimal cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this was a very good DIPA. Nice hop complexity and malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
01-02-2013 07:57:03 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
This beer appears a dark orange hue. There is a half inch of head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty weak. The smell is of a strong IPA with a substantial amount of malt. My suspicions are confirmed: this is an IPA that is relatively balanced in terms of hops to malt. I would prefer less malt and more hops, of course. I'm missing the floral, citrus, pine, etc. - the things that define an IPA to me. The taste is not astringent or unappealing, per se, but again, this beer lacks the defining characteristics associated with the style.
09-17-2010 01:10:17 | More by Huhzubendah
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-26-2011 21:58:45 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
08-27-2010 00:45:53 | More by tavernjef
3.98/5 rDev +9%
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.
12-29-2010 04:28:41 | More by drpimento
2.3/5 rDev -37%
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.
07-18-2010 01:42:14 | More by sweemzander
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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
07-01-2010 04:07:08 | More by aasher
Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.