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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA - Upland Brewing Company

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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPAKomodo Dragon Fly Black IPA

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83
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-14-2010)
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Reviews by arthuro11:
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arthuro11

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours very dark for a black IPA, leaves very nice lacing. The smell is decent, taste is very good but leaves a burned aftertaste that may be perfect for some but strong in my book. Not as much hop in the smell or taste as roasted malt, but still plenty hoppy. I would drink again.

02-09-2013 06:03:40 | More by arthuro11
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-27-2011 19:26:26 | More by Skye1024
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Ohio

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Ohio

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Indiana

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dsauter

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-15-2013 22:56:52 | More by dsauter
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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secondtooth

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Nice one, here. I dig the cool artwork (a winged Komodo dragon). Pours black as pitch, with a gorgeous lattice-work of lacing.

First off, the nose is roasty, with a hint of fruity hops. Nice.

Flavor is a wonderful mesh of dark, roasted maltiness with a tangy, hoppy zing. A really ideal black IPA, and one that I'll return to.

Wish Upland would make this one a year-rounder, as I prefer it to their regular Dragonfly IPA. In fact, this is my favorite Upland brew thus far.

12-11-2012 19:52:49 | More by secondtooth
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

The Komodo Dragon is an ok attempt at a black ipa. The beer pours an opaque black with tan head that is leaving a lace. The scent is faint with a little bittering hop and slight espresso present. The taste is fairly well balanced and finishes slightly bitter. The roasted malt is more prevalent than any flavor of hop. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its ok...far cry from Stone's SSRA.

12-19-2013 02:46:09 | More by WoodBrew
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freewill35

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-04-2012 23:53:20 | More by freewill35
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-19-2013 23:53:31 | More by Gonzoillini
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-03-2013 15:10:38 | More by FalconA
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

The color is an opaque dark brown. It has a thick, frothy, tan head.

It smells more like a porter than a black ipa. It's heavy on the burnt malts with a touch of chocolate. There's a hint of pine.

It also tastes much more like a porter than a black ipa. The burnt malt dominates the flavor along with coffee and chocolate. The pine and ever-so-faint citrus adds a nice finishing touch.

The mouthfeel is much too heavy for the style, but still pleasant. Carbonation is just right.

Overall, I liked this beer but would have enjoyed it more if I was in the mood for a porter. It has a pleasant balance of malt and hops and good flavor, but is too malt heavy for even a black ipa.

05-21-2011 02:44:26 | More by Vonerichs
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a black color. Almost looks more like a stout than anything else. One finger tan head comes and goes leaving light soapy lacing streaks on the glass.

S- The roasted malts come through more so than anything else. There are light earthy hops in this too that battle it out for the rest of the aroma in the beer. A little more roasted than I like in a black IPA but still smells good.

T- The flavors in this jump back and forth between IPA and stout. The burnt roasted malts come through first just to be knocked out by a light earthy hop. The chocolate malt notes bump the hops down the rest of the beer until the end. Citrus hops in the finish of the beer. Very interesting for a flavor complex.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was a tad high for me. Roasted malts left on the palate with some ligh hopping thrown in the aftertaste with the malts. Light drying from the alcohol.

D- This was a interesting beer. It couldn't decide what it wanted to be and to be honest I was ok with that. Looking forward to cracking another bottle open to see if this was a off bottle or if that was their intent.

04-03-2010 02:58:27 | More by alleykatking
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-29-2013 18:01:03 | More by Ajlvt
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Thanks to Heliosphann for this 12 oz bottle. I'm surprised that I'm the first to review it.

A: The Black IPA looks more like an American stout, pitch black even when held to light. A thick, craggy head with a tan color is slow to recede. As it does, it leaves thick glacier-like patches behind. That's a foamy ale.

S: The nose, also like a stout, has a heavily roasted presence. The surprise though is the citrusy freshness (it's easy to forget this is an IPA when you look at it) of the hops. They are leafy and vibrant, in ample quantities.

T: The Black IPA is an exotic concoction, much like a Belgian IPA. It has the fresh zest of hops with the roasted stout malts, tricking the tastebuds with each sip. This beer fits nicely into that definition, offering alternating takes on hops and malts. The malts are roasted, burnt and chocolatey. The hops, rising up like a phoenix through the malts, are citrusy with a strong consistency. The intersections of the malts and hops are most flavorful, with both fighting for attention. The roasted malts are the dominant aspect of the finish, leaving a scorched presence.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place, starting out with a dark, heavily roasted presence before turning resiny with thick hops.

D: A hoppy stout or a roasted IPA, either way you look at it, it goes down smoothly. Thanks, Scott, for this one. I'm fast becoming a fan of Upland.

02-14-2010 23:08:22 | More by akorsak
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2010 so I know it's not exactly fresh. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. At this point, the aroma seems more like a slightly hoppy porter now, not that it's a bad thing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some piney hops. The hops do come out a little more in the taste. It tastes like pine hops, roasted and burnt/charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, although I would like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future. Definitely worth trying, I liked it.

07-01-2011 23:17:45 | More by bluejacket74
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-23-2014 18:42:46 | More by Hendrick24
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tesla92

Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-16-2013 07:03:30 | More by tesla92
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on J '10 notched on the label. No other info.

A - This black IPA pours very dark brown, almost black, but totally clear in the stream. In the glass however, one would easily mistake this for a robust stout! Completely black, so much so no light shines through, with a dense, rich, mocha head. The small finger stature is made up for by the fantastic retention and thick coating of velvety lace.

S - This is by far one of the finest black IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of smelling. The nose has a fantastic marriage of deeply roasted chocolate malts with mocha and light coffee and hops. Green, herbal hops exude floral and grassy notes without being too "green". The aroma has a fantastic balance!

T - While the nose seems to reach further into the roasted malt/ porter aroma than the IPA, the flavor brings it back. Immediately my tongue is brought to hearty pine and citrus-flavored hops with a longevity to the flavor despite the inevitable change. The roastiness comes in with a vengeance but never overshadows the hops. Totally toasted, almost burnt bread with cocoa and mocha flavor come in on the finish. It doesn't quite land the impression the nose gives but it sure is good!

M - Awesome balance between roasted malty bitterness and hoppy, citrus/ pine resin bitterness finishes with a really dry texture. Komodo is medium-bodied with a light finish from carbonation.

D - Komodo blends the best parts of an IPA with a deep porter seamlessly to deliver a great drinking experience. Delicious, well-balanced, beautiful, and fantastic smelling. What else can you ask for? It's one great beer!

05-15-2010 05:09:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
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SF_Posse

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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Highstplz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-07-2013 02:34:34 | More by Highstplz
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lbaker

Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -29.5%

(a) Did I buy a stout or an IPA? Was very thrown off by this beer. Definetly not what I thought I was buying. Poors a thick stout-like black with 1 inch of dark foam, thick lacing. Some carbonation and settling occuring. (3.5/5)

(s)Intense, but not the hoppy IPA I was looking for. Chocolate, lavendar? Hint of coffee or espreso. (2.5/5)

(t)I understand this brew has its place...but for these taste buds. Im really having issues appreciating the dry hopped hops over this stout like character. (3/5)

(m) the bitterness of the hops near the end is the only thing i really appreciated about this beer. Thick and heavy on the pallete. Who knows. Maybe its just because the sun is out today but this is a beer to be enjoyed on a stout run in December. Very dull in some points. (2/5)

(d) If your a stout fan, bottoms up. If you get this in an IPA session, throw it at the end because I'm contemplating heading to the drain with this one...and I havent wasted a beer unless its skunked. (2/5)

I love you Upland, but I gotta leave this one out of my lineup

03-05-2010 21:57:10 | More by lbaker
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DAllspaw

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a very deep black with 1/2 inch mocha head whic doesn't last long. certainly the darkest of the style I've had but that's the nice, so I'm giving high marks, it's black. Fairly oily and viscous in the swirl, much more like a stout. Not much in the aroma, perhaps since bottled in November, but a bit of dank and pine, no citrus at all.

very pronounced chocolate malt and heavy roasted taste, with a nice IPA like bitter finish. Reminds me more of hoppy stout like Victory Storm King. would like to try fresh, very enjoyable.

03-12-2013 00:23:34 | More by DAllspaw
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MichaelBurns

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-26-2012 19:04:16 | More by MichaelBurns
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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.