Dragonfly IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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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.

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

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

A - pours a golden color with a finger of near white head, poor retention and lacing

S - Slightly airy, pears, hops, and citrus flavors. Tame but nice

T - Dry bitterness initially, slightly airy with sweet pears and citrus follow. slightly malty bitter lingering effect.

M - Lightish bodied with decent decent carbonation, quite drinkable

O - Decent ipa, nothing too special but I'd drink regularly on hot days at the right price point though. Easy to drink

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

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights with relatively large chunks of yeast floating in it. Three inches of tan head sit atop.

S - I get lots of caramel malt and faded hops.

T - It has a lot of caramel malt flavor. There are virtually no hops. I get a little on the finish. This tastes more like a pale or amber ale than an IPA.

M - Moderate to medium

O - I have been wanting to try some Upland beers. I have been utterly unimpressed by the year round selection. I guess I have to try the lambics to save their reputation in my eyes.

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Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
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