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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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85
very good
65 Reviews
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81
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
190
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
21.64%
 
 
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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPAKomodo Dragon Fly Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by akorsak on 02-14-2010

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 190
Reviews by drizzam:
Photo of drizzam
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2010.

A - Opaque black body topped by a thick one finger dark tan head. Decent head retention and a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my nonic.

S - Dark roasted malt mixes with subtle hop aromas that present themselves in the form of grapefruit and pineapple. There also seems to be just the slightest hint of coffee and chocolate floating around in there. This is a very delicious smelling brew!

T & M - The aroma did not betray the tastebuds. A healthy dose of hops play with that same dark roasted malt I smelled earlier. The hops seem a bit more earthy tasting than what I expected, and the citrus takes a bit of a backseat. More pine than pineapple I think. Coffee appears toward the back end and finishes this treat with a sort of drying ending. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - This is an excellent representation of the style, and a damn fine brew from Upland. If it was sold in my area, I would certainly keep a sixer stocked.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of whit_knee_41
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Tiny bubbled light tan lacing, as black as night. Dank piney hop nose with some dark malt action. Smooth and crisp with a thick medium body. That same piney dankness is on the palate but slowly fades, some bitterness comes through as well as a mellow unsweetened chocolate tone from the roasted malts. Very well balanced but I guess I expected a bit more hop forward flavors and bitterness for an IPA. A good sip regardless.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rsquared59
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of acknight
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

A good representation of the style, insofar as hop-flavor is present but bitterness is attenuated by the brew's malt backbone, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of warpig372
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of JLateralus21
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
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