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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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BA SCORE
83
good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

captainbearcat, Feb 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Lipsntoes, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of lbaker
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(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

lbaker, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a dark brown so dark it almost passes for black until you hold it up to the light. Two fingers of tan head stick around for about a minute and a half, leaving some mild lacing behind in their wake. The nose has an intense roasty charred character that almost overpowers the grassy green bouquet of hops. Honestly I was expecting more citrus hopping in the nose, but no, herbal and mint is what I got. However, there is a subdued citric hop aspect hiding behind the herbal maelstrom on the palate... but all of these things are almost smothered by how out of balance the charred blackened malt presence is, as it crushes everything in its path. It came across to me as more of an out-of-balance stout than a Black IPA, unfortunately. Medium body and carbonation levels.

In summary, way too much charred / burnt malt relative to the hopping for my personal preferences. But if you're into that sort of thing, than don't let my opinion stop you from giving it a try. You just might like it better than I did.

WastingFreetime, Jun 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

speedvagen, Feb 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

SF_Posse, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BrianSherry, May 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BrockGibson31, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours very black with a nice taupe head. Head is quite soapy. Brew is very thick, like oil. Very modest head stick to glass, not quite lacing.

S - Very sweet scent... Almost smells like liquid soap... Not quite sure what to think about this one... Roasty, chocolate, and caramel. Very nutty.

T - Very sweet, but in a dark chocolate kind of way... The brew is quite unique. There's some roasty malts in this brew for sure... Lots of pine too. Not quite sure this brew fits the black IPA (ale) style.

M - Very uniquely bitter. Not your typical IPA bitterness, but more of a Stout's bitterness. Moderately carbonated, but slightly over done. Very think body with dry feeling.

O - Not quite my speed, but I could certainly see why others would love this brew. A good brew, but I'm not going to go out of my way to find another... A good brew in a great trade thank you Another6Pack!

chugalug06, May 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

KYRed, Sep 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

PHBoiler, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of those beers where you give it the benefit of the doubt half-way through the glass, but, at some point, you look at it and admit "I'm not diggin' it." Nice dark color. Moderate roasted malt notes with some sort of odd, smokey flavor, almost like a smoke ale. A touch of infection or a brewing aspect - I could not make it out.

Brent, Dec 23, 2010
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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks!). Bottled 11/13. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours deep cola brown with a finger and a half pale tan head. Thin retention and very little lace.

Smells like the classic piney and roasted malts I associate with the style. A little bit of chalk and some biscuit but no curve balls here. Nothing to push it beyond standard.

Taste follows the aroma, again with no surprises. Pine, roast malts, toast and some grapefruit zest.

Medium light feel with moderate carbonation. Bitter chalky charred pine finish.

This was ok but nothing special. Unfortunately the best thing I can say about it is that it's not bad. Outstandingly average.

ThickNStout, Feb 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

AlexChillton, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

enelson, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

DyingBreed, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

robbyc1, May 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jsurfs82, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Buttermilk, Dec 29, 2013
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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.