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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

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
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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seanhug

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-24-2013 04:00:01 | More by seanhug
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antoines15

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

04-19-2012 00:59:30 | More by antoines15
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assman79

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-13-2013 14:04:37 | More by assman79
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-17-2013 15:41:07 | More by craftbrew502
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barczar

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with minimal garnet highlights and a solid deep tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving lines of lacing.

Roast malt, coffee, and dank hops form the initial aroma, with earthy notes dominating.

Hops become more floral and citrusy in the flavor, still dank, with a backbone of heavily roasted malt and coffee extending into the finish, which is fairly coffee-bitter and dry. Notes of resin and fresh cut grass emerge, along with dark chocolate.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side. There's significant hop astringency at the finish.

Black ipas usually suffer the same fate as this brew. Extreme can be great, in both malt and hop flavor...if the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The flavors just don't jive in this case.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:38:50 | More by barczar
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap 12/18 while picking up the new batch of Lambics-

Appearance- Dark black with a minimal head and some lacing.

Aroma- Mainly roasted malt. Some pine needles, pretty mild.

Taste- Again the roasted malt comes through. The piney hops do come through in the taste a bit. Not too bitter on the finish.

Mouth/Drink- Thin but easy to drink.

Honestly I was not super impressed. Looking at some of the other reviews I'm not sure if I got a bad pour at the end of a keg or if my taste buds were out of whack but I did not get any citrus off this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 18:20:31 | More by cadaugherty
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womencantsail

California

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark brown, almost black, color with a very fluffy tan colored head and some nice sheets of lacing.

S: The primary aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes and a noticeably acidity.

T: Like the nose, the roasted malt is the primary component along with coffee, an acidic note, and a bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a lively and tingly carbonation.

D: Not sure if the high carbonation and acidity were due to infection, but this one just seemed a bit "off". For a black IPA, this wasn't all that hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 08:00:00 | More by womencantsail
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hits all the points a black IPA should. On the medium bodied side on the pour that created a decent head, about a half a finger. Low amount of lacing left on glass.

Smell: Dark burnt malt. Dark chocolate, complex hops, with a lot of toffee on the front. The hops mix very well with the darker accents which create a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Chalky malt on the front of this brew. An interesting sweetness in the body of the brew quickly pops up then is buried under some heavy hop bitterness. The finish is medium dry with a seemingly lacking character on the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, on the lower end. Goes down easily.

Overall: A pretty solid brew from Indiana. Has the feel of a smaller brewery but at the same time is something very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:07:33 | More by KFBR392
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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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juicebox

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-19-2013 14:10:31 | More by juicebox
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-01-2013 13:18:16 | More by Cynic-ale
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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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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-04-2013 13:53:50 | More by jmarsh123
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DaveTomke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-11-2014 14:40:45 | More by DaveTomke
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-16-2013 17:42:31 | More by BarryMFBurton
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-29-2012 07:55:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-24-2014 23:34:47 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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beerhast

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-28-2014 16:49:21 | More by beerhast
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-29-2014 00:41:50 | More by dlin0sbb
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-02-2014 22:10:24 | More by Knoxrb12
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MordorMongo


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-13-2013 23:49:46 | More by MordorMongo
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-08-2013 07:19:26 | More by WoodburyMN
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instinct2

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-22-2013 20:46:08 | More by instinct2
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some nice tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. Looks really nice for a black IPA, much better than most--it looks basically like a stout. Smell is a somewhat reserved mix of roasted malts, with just a hint of citrusy hops. Flavor is largely stout-y though. This was bottled in January, but it just got to the store, so I was expecting it to retain some hoppy freshness. Not so. This is more of an Irish Dry Stout than anything. Nice chocolate, coffee, and roasted notes, a bit o leafy bitterness, but not much else. Just a slightly hoppier stout, if you ask me. MF is creamy and full, and drinkability is pretty good. I think this one suffers from it not being what it says it is. Definitely a good and enjoyable beer, just not what I was craving when I went for a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 05:19:04 | More by LordAdmNelson
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-24-2014 15:20:28 | More by neckbracesub
Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.