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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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Ratings: 159
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ajzy, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

seanhug, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

assman79, Jan 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

craftbrew502, Feb 17, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

barczar, Dec 28, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

cadaugherty, Dec 19, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 25, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

KFBR392, Apr 14, 2013
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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.