Dragonfly IPA | Upland Brewing Company

Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA
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Dragonfly IPADragonfly IPA

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appears a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a bright off white light khaki head forms thick, with fine bubbles. Aroma big earthy slightly pine and citric based hops, it's almost tart with some herbal hop nose action going on. More pronounced with hop bitterness than hop flavor it's an interesting barrage of hop pellets on the palate, acidic cat pee, citrus zest, and earthiness. Cloying hop bitterness lacks the complimentary malt balance which really makes most IPAs drink so well, this is like some of those early homebrew versions of an IPA that many of us had trying to pack too many hop pellets into the boil without making it blend comfortably with the malt profile. Multiple sips later it reveals the same problems, definitely didn't want to run from it first time I've seen the Dragonfly IPA in Steubenville Ohio. However it doesn't measure up to some of the best standards this style has out there at similar or equal pricing, a cloying bitterness crushes hard between each sip. Carbonation is just a hair too much for me adding to the harshness with each sip medium bodied slightly resinous hop oils sit on the palate. Overall, I think I have hashed and rehashed the reasons why I'm not a fan, beer mail me with further questions.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a very nice orange/amber color. I poured it in a Pilsner glass and got about an inch of dirty white foam. The head sticks around, and settles into a nice ring with some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is strong on the grapefruity citrus, as you would expect with an IPA. Although I was surprised that I didn't get a little bit of a malty smell, as the label touts this beer to be a "well balanced, malty beer."

Upon tasting, I did get the malty flavor right off the bat, with the bitter hop taste coming towards the end. Also, you get a bit of a malty aftertaste as well. In all honesty, I didn't really like the aftertaste very much...

The beer feels somewhat watery while drinking, and I usually like a beer better when it has a bit more of a "thicker" feel to it. The carbonation is a little thin, but nowhere near flat.

Overall, this is a decent IPA. Above the average you would find on the shelf from many breweries, but nowhere near elite status. A nice job for a brewery in Indiana.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

According to the notch on the label, this was bottled ON September 2013. I don't know when exactly during last month, nor why a professional brewing operation would allow such a glaring grammatical error to persist, but I'm heading in regardless. This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises slightly old caramel (think Werther's Originals that have been hanging around your grandma's friend's apartment for way the hell too long), mixed greens, and a twinkle of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, but, much like Upland's Harvest Ale, some orange peel sneaks in and drowns most else out for most of the time. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent enough IPA, nothing at all to write home about, but at least it's nothing offensive. I will likely go elsewhere, though, for my IPA needs.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 31.2% out of 100 with 740 ratings
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