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: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an Olde hickory glass on 12/3/12

Bottled on Aug '12

The color is a honey-brown sort of amber. One thumb head deflates slowly. Thin, wispy retention. Decent enough lace - forms into rings further down the glass.

An IPA with notes of dough, bread and candy that all but drown out a meager-as-it-is pine hop notion? It's the sort of thing that moves the old "expectation bar" down good few notches.

Dragonfly is loaded with dead IPA flavors - bread dough, candied sugars a hollow middle that's begging for oxidation, hop decay and a residual bitterness on the finish. I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't particularly hoppy to begin with.

The feel is a slick-up-front medium with a dusty finish. Carbonation is kept in check in the moderately low range.

If I find a fresher bottle I might give this another shake because it's disappointing as is.

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

Pours a hazy copper color, clear, with solid one inch khaki head that leaves spotty lacing.

Perfumey hops open the aroma, floral, then they're overtaken by a backdrop of citrus. Grapefruit and lime easily overpower a light bready caramel malt backbone.

Flavor has far less hop character. Toasted breadcrust is too powerful to let the hops shine. There's a bit of staleness throughout, likely attributable to lesser quality hops. Lime and general citrus notes underlie the profile, finishing somewhat bitter and dry. Pine and grass become evident later.

Body is a touch watery, with fairly high carbonation and slight astringency at the finish.

Overall, lacking in quality hop character, and the malt that comes through isn't very flavorful. Body is a touch offputting, as well.

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

Last time I had this I wasn’t too much of a hops fan; needless to say, it wasn’t my style. Now that that’s changed, let’s see how this one tastes…

Brewed two months before the date of this tasting (September ’12 notched on the label).

A: Foamy white head over a deep golden-orange body. The foam lowers to a silky cream retention, showing hardly any lacing.

S: Nice rounded vanilla malt backbone with a layering of citrusy hops on top. The strength has probably diminished over the past months on the shelf, but it’s certainly not bland. Peaches and cream, kiwi, and mango stand out over standard caramel and toffee, again with a vanilla warmth, making this seem sweet over tart.

T: There’s those malts first, silky sweet – taste a lot like a caramel or butterscotch candy, in fact, and it’s reminding of an English IPA. Big toffee and cake batter tastes, as well, before the palate shifts to some thick hops. Tastes of crisp pine needles, tart lemon juice, canned pineapple, and sweet dried cherries from the bitters, which blend with a complex, satisfying power. Toast and sweet cream on the aftertaste, mildly bready and dry.

M: Chewy with the malts, drying with the hops. Either this is just what I needed, or these guys just did it right.

O: If it’s done right, I’ll take an English IPA over an American IPA in many cases. Mainly, it’s the malt flavor that I enjoy; not the overly sweet DIPA intensity, but the sweet flavor of full, chewy grains. This one has is, and a nice hop intensity to match – not overpower – making it an easy drinker and, most likely, a beer I’ll be buying in the future.

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