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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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159 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-14-2010)
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Photo of rptrumpet
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rptrumpet, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/1/11, Reviewed 1/4/12

A: Black with a thin tan head.

S: Pine and grapefruit hops with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Starts with some initial grapefruit/piney hops then gets some caramel malt. Finish is more of the hops with some dark chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium with Medium carbonation.

O: Solid. Black IPAs are interesting but in a good way.

RunForYourBeer, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +8.7%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12Oz poured into a Guinness Pint

A- Pours black as night with a finger and a half of a brown head. It looks like a big stout. Beautiful stuff. Somewhat oily on the edges of the glass
S- Very sugary. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Piney and floral hops are all over the place. Good amounts of coffee. This is what I want and expect in a black IPA.
T- This beer hits me with a 50/50 balance of dark coffee malts and a piney hop character at the same time. Espresso and floral hops.
M- This is a pretty big beer as you would expect. It leaves your mouth slightly dry and sticky. Aftertaste is dark chocolate and some bitterness. Pretty easy to go down but very filling at the same time.
O- This beer is excellent and relatively cheap, Maybe im just a sucker for black IPA's but this is a great beer. Will definitely be buying again.

TwelveOunces, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of tykees88
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark brown to black brew. It's got a java colored 2 finger head a little rocky. Great lacing.

S- Smells like earthy hops and roasted chocolate. A little coffee aroma as well.

T- Taste more like a hoppy light stout. But isn't that what this style is anyways? I like this alot though. Roasted flavor profile with a nice hoppy finish. Very chocolatey.

M- Medium bodied. Could do a little lighter on the body and alcohol and that would be great.

O- Overall I really enjoyed this beer and am happy that I picked this one up. I tend to stay away from upland because I find most of their offerings average to mediocre anymore. But this one is worth another visit.

tykees88, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stole this one from the brother's fridge. Shhh....

A: Poured a pitch black, with a head that was only a shade lighter than the liquid below it.

S: More dark malt than citrus, very mild on the hop front, and very stout-like.

T: Some bitter lingering, and this reminded me of a low octane "Storm King": Hoppy stout with IPA tendencies.

M: Somewhat grainy in texture, with tons of lacing, and a good carbonation bill.

O: I though this was more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA. Decent...

Chaney, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of CarterSeaton
4/5  rDev +8.7%

CarterSeaton, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Duff27, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of pixieskid
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a recent trade; bottled Oct. of last year...

Pour is a solid black with a nice redish/brown head; half an inch or so.
Nose; roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some citrus hop notes.
Taste; very roasty, rich dark chocolate, zesty herbal hops, a hint of citrus, and a lingering earthy/mineral note in the finish.
Overall; damn impressive for almost a year and a half old...fresh, this thing would probably be the quintessential example for the style.

pixieskid, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jheiss
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Jparker37
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black and completely opaque when held to the light, perfect for what I look for in the style. Big dark tan head with small bubbles that leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S - A good amount of piney/citrus hops. Some burnt dark chocolate notes(maybe roasted barley)but a great focus on hop smell. I find this to be a great mix of malt and hops. It is just malty enough but is dominated by it's great American hops. As the beer warmed, the roasted barley became bigger and bigger.

T - Some chocolate malts right up front that transition well into a great spicy piney hop flavor. With a medium amount of bitterness.

M - light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O - I thought this was a great balance of malt to hop for the style. I ejnjoyed this IBA more than I've enjoyed others.

Jparker37, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bigmanmac, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Rempo
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nsmartell, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drpdaddy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

drpdaddy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a nice tight and compact head of tan that seems to come up around an inch or so before settling back down to earth and coming through with a nice medium layer of lacing around the sides, fairly impressed. aroma is hops, dark roasted malts, a touch of burnt brown sugar, hints of licorice and a touch of dark fruits as it warms, very complex. flavor follows suit nicely, albeit not as strong, but still very nicely done. rich dark malts and piney hops blend together with a deep roasted flavor

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to davidpietruszka for the sweet extra. Bottled October 2010.

Pours a thin, very dark brown, almost black, with a big dense medium-tan head. Great head retention and lacing. A thin layer of foam persists throughout.

Smells primarily of very dark roasted malts. Some char and bitter chocolate, combined with a faint hit of citrusy hop. Nice.

Taste is excellent - more bitter chocolate, the same background of faint citrus. It's got the dark roast of a stout, with the gentle hoppiness of an IPA - just what this style of beer, whatever you call it, should be. Finish is lightly bitter; the big wave passes quickly, but a thin tail hangs on for a long time.

Body is medium-light, carbonation maybe a little lower than I'd like. But just fine.

A really solid beer. I suspect the hop presence is even better when it's fresh. One of the better black IPAs I've had.

zeledonia, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of cwguy5
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brew date is 10/10. Sampled on 8/23. Poured into Foothills "pilsner"

A - poured opaque black with a thick, foamy, light brown, 2 finger head that settled to a fairly thick cap; left significant clumps of lacing; light sediment in the bottom of glass
S - smelled lots of dark malts, roast; some faint aromatic hops; light sweetness of herbal honey
T - tastes a lot like it smells - dark malt, roast, honey all present; semi dry overall; some bittering hops during the drying finish; not much alcohol present
M - pleasant thickness for style; a bit coating with good carbonation after the head finally died down; very smooth up front with long pleasant bitter linger with dark chocolate touches
D - i would definitely like to try this fresh, it is almost a year old; however it is very balanced still and overall a great drink; very easy going down with smooth mouthfeel; i assume there would be more piney, resinous hops or at least a larger presence of hops when fresh; want to try again

cwguy5, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus and dry hops, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, and hint of coffee. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hop, hint of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

Tone, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick coffee-colored, dense, fluffy head into a snifter. the head was long-lasting and left thick sheeting and nice lacing throughout. the body was dark black.
s - roasted coffee with some piney hops. as it warms the coffee sweetness really comes through.
t - piney hops and burnt coffee malts. the hops come through more as it warms. opposite of the aroma which really balances this one nicely.
m - very bubbly at first but smooths out.
o - very nice and this is incredibly similar to a homebrew ABA i have done. overall this one is more malty and roasty than hoppy but there are enough hops to satisfy.

GPHarris, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 02, 2011
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
Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.