Dragonfly IPA | Upland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
79
okay
732 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
732
Reviews:
215
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
126
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BucBasil
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the surface of the beer and faint golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that quickly reduces to a few small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder if the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are slightly heavier than moderate aromas of biscuit + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. Moderate aromas of floral + grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of biscuit + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral + grassy hops which impart a slightly heavier than light amount of bitterness which fades away slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A more malty IPA, probably closer to an English one than an American one but definitely an enjoyable one. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think an..... okay..... on this beer is way under rated. It's very good in my opinion.

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Photo of jkblr
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle BB April 2017 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.7% ABV 65 IBU. The beer is bright and copper colored with off white head and fairly good retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel sweetness and vague hop. Taste is more caramel sweetness (too much) and a little generic bitterness. Mouthfeel is chalky and drier than you would expect given the taste. Overall, OK. I wouldn't normally review an IPA at its freshness limit, but I've had enough of this one to know what I'm drinking. If you find this on tap or in bottles (with a couple months to go) give it a try.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMorin
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Prost76
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Markc72
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy dark amber color. Small head that settles to rim. Little lace.

Spicy black pepper aroma.

Biting hop bitterness with a very long aftertaste. Decent body with a light carbonation level. Overall, a rather two dimensional beer. Good flavor but not overly interesting.

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Photo of JoshWiningear
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to IPA. A little more harsh than some, but a hometown favorite

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Photo of AJmon13
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KeithE
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of echris
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Not very hoppy, crisp tasting with a clean finish. Could almost be characterized with a flat bland taste for an IPA. but very refreshing. I like this IPA after a work out to quench my thirst.

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Photo of jw4free
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbuzz
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CO-Bloom
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwjon1
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not everyday I drink a beer and say yup, very solid offering, and then go to BA to find that the majority of you are idiots. Think there is only one of three things happening: 1) I'm the idiot (not unlikely), 2) folks are drinking from old bottles (have no clue if Upland bottle dates), in which case: fair enough, or 3) Upland changed their recipie recently.

Cuz on draft at the source, this hits all the traditional central states IPA notes. Aromatic, clear, clean, malt backbone, pleasant bitterness, crisp finish with a only a bit of lingering resin. Is it a W Coast hop bomb? Heck no. Is it a hazy NE yeast/hop/fruit juice? Not even close. Is it one of the better central states IPAs I had during my tour of Indiana? Damn straight it was--and I drank my fair share of IPAs across the state direct from the source.

Really is a solid taditional IPA in the 3.75-4 ish range. Not in the horrible/pass score range it currently sits.

Then again, I'm an idiot.

But so are you.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of sparx1100
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of seanchai
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mush
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
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