Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA - Upland Brewing Company
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2.74/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
01-12-2013 21:40:57 | More by bobhits
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
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a touch hazy copper color with a half inch cream head that leaves spotty lacing.
Grapefruit pith, pine, fresh cut grass, and toasted breadcrust form the initial aroma. Caramel malt and orange are also evident.
Citrus dominates the beginning of the flavor profile, with grapefruit, mango, and muted lemon giving way to toasted malt, which carries into the resiny, oniony, slightly bitter finish. There's a good bit of booze.
Body is moderate to light, with carbonation on the fairly low side, a bit of astringency, and significant alcohol warmth.
Not the most hop dominant dipa. Fairly malty. Bitterness is restrained, as well. There's a variety of flavoring hop character, but it's not quite strong enough.
12-27-2012 04:26:55 | More by barczar
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
A - Pours medium amber orange, thick two fingered head, and soap-like lacing with no carbonation.
S - Light floral with very faint tangy citrus and malt, the nose is quite weak.
T - Caramel malt initially and immediately followed with a steady wave of floral and herbal hoppiness. Floral and pine bitter bite at the end that's a little resiny. The alcohol booziness is also present.
M - Medium heavy body, thick for a big IPA, slick.
O - This big IPA from Upland is all about balance but sits in the middle of the pack.
11-23-2012 04:53:19 | More by jzeilinger
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-31-2012 02:00:13 | More by AmitC
Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.