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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
good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
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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Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Cresant, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of quintonmaximoff
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

quintonmaximoff, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

captainbearcat, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nothing tremendous. Poured a deep golden hue with a quarter inch frothy head that retains well and laces decently.

S- Smells absolutely filthy with hops. Big floral notes. Slight sweeter malts underneath, but just barely there.

T- Not nearly as hoppy as the smell and style predicts. Good sized hop profile up front that melds quickly into sweeter, maltier notes. Hops bitterness remain throughout the drink, but very tolerable and somewhat enjoyable.

M- Somewhat light and fairly carbonated. Not quite as smooth going down as one would hope. The hops make it a little rough on the palate overall.

Overall, not a bad experience for my first DIPA. Definitely a sessionable beer. One that I probably won't seek out again, but one that has showed me not to fear the imperial version of a style I don't usually enjoy much.

boilermakerbrew, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

LC86, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

rmehughes, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

MichaelBurns, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Listers, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

bertram, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jheiss
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at the brewery a translucent copper to gold to a 12oz goblet with a full finger, big bubbled, longer lasting tan head

subtle-ish aroma of citrusy hops and a nice pale caramel malt following up.

citrus hops forward, the bitter's big and up front, but there's a nice slick malty after.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, big bitter to the tongue.

overall - well above par, nice example of style.

robwestcott, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

dannyfrost, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

southhousebrew, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

CarterSeaton, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

adamant1912, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

RTrain12, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

drpdaddy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled March, 2011. Served in a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a semi hazy amber color. A fluffy white head forms on the pour and sticks around for a bit. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Some sweet caramel, candied sugar, some resin and some pine. Smells slightly boozy. The hops have certainly faded.

T: More affirmation of the hops fading. Big malt backbone, slight resin. Some bread and booze. The hops are practically none existent.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation, but there are no real discerning flavors left on the palate.

O: At this point it's a slightly malty and bread beer with some slight herbal and pine hops at the backend. This bottle wasn't fresh in terms of DIPA's, but it seemed to fall off pretty quickly.

Treebs, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in February of 2011. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Hazy amber color with a moderate white head which leaves extensive lacing. Some floaties on the bottom.

S - Hops present but somewhat muted smell.

T - Hops forward with piney and earthy hops. Some minimal malt accents. Not very complex.

M - Medium body with little carbonation.

A respectable brew. Have only had the regular dragonfly at the brewpub before now. Not complex but a decent imperial IPA.

shanblur, Oct 23, 2011
Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.