Dragonfly IPA
Upland Brewing Company

Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA
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From:
Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,770
ABV:
6%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,464
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 14.74%
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
575
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 11, 2023
Added:
Apr 08, 2002
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  144
SCORE
79
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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA
Notes: India Pale Ale originated when the British Empire was at its height. British soldiers and civil servants were stationed all over the globe (including India), and regular ales could not survive the long journey by sea to reach them. The British solved this terrible dilemma by adding excessive amounts of hops to their beer–using the preservative properties of hops to increase the life of their beers.

Our Dragonfly India Pale Ale is true to this tradition, featuring seven hop additions to create a powerful hop profile. A solid malt base, however, tempers the bitter American hops, giving Dragonfly a balance not often found in this style. The end product is a well-balanced, malty beer with the crisp taste of hops and an exceptionally floral nose.
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Rated: 3.61 by isaacsbeer from Indiana

Jan 11, 2023
 
Rated: 2 by AbeO

Nov 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Olesjm from Kansas

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Amber with a loose white long lasting head
S: Orange and citrus.
T: citrus, slightly bitter
M: medium light bodied
O: an esay drinking hoppier pale ale
Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. can, best by 11/01/22. My third beer from Upland Brewing Company, been a long ass time since I've had their beer, don't remember trying them, but apparently I've had the black IPA version of this.

Poured to a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A nice golden orange body on the pour with some very tiny flecks of sediment visible in the glass. Two fingers frothy white head leaves some good lacing and exhibits good staying power. Looks pretty nice.
Aroma is fresh and floral. Some notes of oranges, citrus fruit, bready malts, touch of soapiness, notes of caramel, some earthy must.
Perfect amount of bready caramel malts coincide with the pungent piney hop character. Piney, citrusy, with slight bitterness / resin on the finish. Tastes fresh, floral, and is super well balanced. Definitely my kind of IPA.
Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, lightly bready malts & some resinous hops on the finish. Easy-drinking, and almost quenching for the modest abv. (BeerAdvocate lists 6.0% abv but the can says 6.70%).

I found it to be extremely well-balanced and easy to drink stuff, not sure why it has such low ratings here, but I supposed that's what happens when people only want to drink disgustingly acidic "New England Style" IPA's.

Upland Brewing Dragonfly IPA -----4/5.
Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by avisong from Virginia

Jul 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by Mexicola26 from Indiana

Jun 21, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.05 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

May 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by rabembenek from Indiana

Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Nicka493 from Illinois

2.22/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
This was my first visit to Upland. I am not a “sour guy” but I hear they make great sours. As for the Dragonfly IPA, It is not one I would keep in my fridge. For me, this one ranks low on my list of IPAs. So many great ones out there, Dragonfly is not one of them.
Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.47 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.54 by Burgy from Minnesota

Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by MartyB8 from Indiana

Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.41 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by burtclaws

Oct 23, 2021
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Upland makes great sours, but this is a foul tasting IPA.
Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Canned 4/22/21, so fresh enough.

L---Crystal clear, medium golden color. One and a half finger off-white head that faded to a nice cap and left nice lacing.

S---Fruity hops. Citrus, lemon & orange. Light bready malts.

T---Closely follows the nose.

F---Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O---A nice IPA. I'd call it a proper IPA.
Jun 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a reddish amber, with a fluffy white head that has a faint brownish hue to it. Good retention and lacing.

Smells really hoppy and fruity. Notes of bread malt, biscuit, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, caramel, pineapple, and papaya.

Tastes just like the aroma, hoppy and fruity. Little perfumey too. Body is medium.
Feb 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jan 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by ju53o8nyg9 from Colorado

Dec 28, 2020
 
Rated: 1.75 by wildman69 from New York

Aug 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.51 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Aug 19, 2020
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Rated by indydrummer from Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A solid IPA. A bit bitter for my taste, but still fairly drinkable.
May 05, 2020
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Reviewed by jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Decided to try a pint at the brewery in Bloomington.

Pours an almost reddish shade of amber. Head foamy and thick, it doesn’t last long. Lacing is there. It’s pretty but nothing special to look at.

Aroma is strong, mainly hops and floral notes. Some malt is present.

Taste follows the aroma. It’s quite hoppy and piney, but it is well balanced by the malts for my taste. Finish is quick and dry.

Feel - strong carbonation, medium body, maybe just slightly on the bold side of medium.

Overall, a good beer. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it but since I happened to be in Indiana today it was well worth trying at the source.
Mar 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.6 by Nunya from Ohio

Jan 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Dec 09, 2019
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Rated by Khocolate from Tennessee

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Just an average IPA; however I enjoyed it.
Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.44 by e-racer from Missouri

Nov 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.64 by profholt82 from Michigan

Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

Oct 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by descobar from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
from 16oz can (BB 10/2019) into Spiegelau IPA glass

Look: pours deep golden with a thick 1" off white head that has good retention. it has almost perfect clarity and above average lacing is observed throughout.
Smell: bready malt derived aromas dominate. resiny dank hoppy character, some fruit (but not citrus) and a faint aroma of oxidation is just detectable.
Taste: perfectly balanced, malt sweetness to bitterness! such that the 65 IBUs are just a statistic.
Feel: medium bodied, resiny, oily texture, lively carbonation and pronounced astringency. aftertaste is long and smooth in every way
Overall: this IPA really drinks like an old school Sierra Nevada pale ale variant. the balance is just great without any particular flavors or notes sticking out. to newbies of craft this beer might seem uninteresting... my only wish is that I'd tried it fresher!
Oct 03, 2019
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Rated by Beerophile555

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I find this one a little thin. Good but not a top selection.
Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.27 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Jrbrown09 from Indiana

2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
I decided to order a pint at Upland brewery. They make some pretty great food and a great price. The environment in festive indoors and out. The Dragonfly beer as less that great and I think good is a stretch for my idea of an IPA. About the only thing i appreciated was the color. The taste left me wanting... a two hearted ale.
Sep 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Pours a fairly dark amber with a thing off white head that dissipates down to a nice little rim.
Smells lightly grassy with a heavy caramel sweetness.
Taste has that same grassy/herbal bitterness up front, with a wheat like sweetness along with a sort of overripe fruit note. somewhat watery.
Mouthfeel is nice, if a little thin.
Overall this is a pretty meh IPA. By no means undrinkable but certainly nothing I'll ever seek out again. It's an IPA
Jul 25, 2019
Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
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