1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA - Upland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
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:
Beer added by: Gritsak on 08-03-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Deep caramelly copper, hazy, with a half-finger of white head. Modest streams of small bubble carbonation.

S: Sweet malts with moderate caramel undertones hit the nose first. Then some pine hops, but not much else follows.

T: Toasted bread and sweet caramel malts, some hoppiness (pine, grass and citrus) but not particularly hoppy on the palate. Surprising - nice and nearly balanced, but not what I expected for a DIPA.

M: Medium body, a bit sticky mouthfeel, carbonation sensation on the low side. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was a pleasant drink, but not nearly what I think a DIPA should be.

Photo of Boilerfood
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mcrago
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of monitorpop
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Jamison85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Auracom
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of WoodburyMN
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SDG1070
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of LoCoSiEmPrE
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of this this evening from a 22 ounce bottle purchased at Party Town in Florence, KY.

Appearance after pour is an orange-ish golden hue. Carbonation seems somewhat limited, but still adequate.

Smell: The strong caramel flavors and sweetish notes of this Imperial Double IPA hint at the flavors found in a typical barleywine.

Taste: Here is where the beer makes its biggest show. At a cold crisp, the flavors of apple and grapefruit with just a tinge of pleasant sour at the end. With 22-ounce beers, I like to let the bottle sit out and re-engage the beer as it warms to room temperature over time to see how the notes change. As the temperature adjusts, the beer takes a slightly milder, less fruity tone.

Mouthfeel: If you can't readily see much carbonation, you can still taste it very clearly. Mouthfeel becomes smoother over time.

Photo of jmarsh123
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of bgramels
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of outrage213
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of guytyping
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of cincybranr
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BtownIrish20
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Leinie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bobhits
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
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 BARFLYB
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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