Dragonfly IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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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: 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a dark orange. Half inch head on this one with some lacing. Some carbonation.

S. Citrus right off the bat and if you smell a little deeper you'll get a hint of Carmel

T. Light hoppy flavor, kind of disappointing. Has a bit of a hop finish though. A lot of malt carmel flavors.

M. Very drinkable. Moderate here, id say.

O. I liked it. Very drinkable a great beer to drink when hanging with some friends. Plus it's a local brew hard to compete with the three Floyd's. lol Go Indiana!

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

Since I'm in Indiana, it felt just right to grab some offerings from local breweries. This was one of them - poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as "June/13." No ABV on the bottle, but I'm glad it's seemingly low.

Pours a golden amber color that looks like every IPA I've come across ever. Okay, annoyances with descriptions here aside, there's a good amount of white foamy head that lingers about, and though it eventually settles into a ring, it's pleasing to the eye and there's enough carbonation to enhance the beer at hand.

Smells very soapy and with slight acetone notes, only notable with the dried yet faded earthy citrus notes at hand. The acetone does go away, but the earthy notes are underwhelming at best, resembling faded orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A sharp malty sweetness resembling honey or butterscotch comes into play at the finish.

The flavor is that of more faded earthy citrus notes, awash with orange peel and light lemon, and then more of the butterscotch sweetness from the malts. Luckily, this never gets overwhelming sweet as the hop characteristics at hand show a well stated bitterness that holds the fort together. Creamy and easy to drink. Well carbonated. Only the sweetness and dried astringency made this a bit of a chore to drink - took me over an hour at best to finish the bottle.

Not bad, but nothing necessarily memorable here. A very middle-of-the-road IPA that somehow comes off nevertheless as a bit too sweet and bitter in the long run. It's an odd one, at that, but it doesn't really know what it wants to be. Paired well with a meal involving honey glazed ham and cornbread. Otherwise, won't be having it any time soon.

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I have not had this beer in several years. I thought I would revisit it with a proper review.

My pour achieves only an inch of very light tan head. Really no lace to speak of and retention turns to just a skim in about a minute. Body is a rich amber gold as is standard in the style.

Nose is subtle but nice, with tones of earthy hop notes. Slightly sweet as the malt plays well to balance.

The first thing you notice in the flavor of this brew is the way the bitter hits your tongue. It is nicely dry on the mouthfeel and a bit hollow in character. Malt adds a element of sweetness to the body of the beer. This is a very nice IPA not bad at all, just not special compared to many of todays easy to find spectacular entries in this category.

Overall this is a very drinkable IPA that is not a hop bomb but very balanced brew.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 748 ratings