Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA
Upland Brewing Company

Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,243
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3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Upland pub in Bloomington, IN on a bright, sunny Spring afternoon.

Rich amber in color, poured into an Upland goblet. Lace present but minimal.

Lovely floral citrus aroma.

Taste is strong, and heavy on the bitter side but enjoyable. Notes of pine and citrus are most prominent. Very enjoyable, and although this is a heavy beer, I find it tastier than the regular Dragonfly IPA. Solid.

Mar 24, 2014
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Wavymitch from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A. Appearance was almost a clear, deep amber/orange tint. Small head and decently lacy.

S. smell was the best thing about this beer. Strong citrus smell. Bitter edge.

T. Started out with a Carmel malt taste, followed by a very hoppy bitterness. Tasted more like an ipa than a double.

M. Full bodied. Leaves a strong taste on the pallet. Had to drink a water following.

Overall a good beer. Local brew and I decided to try it out for the evening. Would revisit this beer.

Sep 07, 2013
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - burnt orange color with very little head

Smell - lots of malts and citrus

Taste - front end is very floral, goes into a sweet malty flavor and ends quite bitter

Mouthfeel - not a fan of the bitter at the end

Overall - nothing special but it is nice DIPA

Sep 01, 2013
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RickS95 from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All but nails the look it's supposed to have. Light burnt orange pour, slight haze, and all kinds of things floating in it. The head is just over a finger thick of bright white bubbles of all different sizes. It's cloudy, foamy and craterous, like an IPA should look. Eventually the head implodes in the middle, working its way out, pulling in the perimeter, leaving a thick lace.

The scent is pretty fantastic. A mix of pine, grapefruit and pineapple fill the nose. Just so it's not too hoppy, scents of pale and caramel rise up for balance.

Citrus dominates early on with those lovely grapefruit and pineapple flavors making a showing early on. Eventually the pine arrives at midsip, but there's something else in there that's a bit unusual and I can't quite put my finger on it. I can't tell if it's banana or strawberry, but there's something in there.

It's fairly easy to drink for an imperial. You can put a check by bitterness because it's got plenty, but it's not a palate destroyer. There's a hidden sweetness throughout and the IPA oily feeling is prevalent as the beer leaves your mouth and enters the throat. ABV is well masked and I'd only consider this medium bodied.

Overall, Upland has done a nice job with this. While I enjoyed the regular Dragonfly beer, I really prefer this with it's stronger notes of everything. It's still a manageable beer and won't hurt you too bad.

Aug 11, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an inch of foam that leaves a bit of lacing action

Smell: Toffee malt with a stone fruit and earthy bitter edge

Taste: Stone fruit and toffee malt, up front, followed by a bitter hop assault; the hops bring on an aspirin-like bitterness that dominates through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat sticky, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit too malt forward to my palate, up front, and I really didn't care for the hop bill; a bit closer to a barleywine than a DIPA

Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity

Jul 14, 2013
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Delocks Discount Liquors (Munster, IN). 7.99. Bottled 12/12. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy deep orange with a half finger of murky manilla head. Head fades to a halo in the glass and leaves large clumps of lace.

Smells of faded citrus, floral and stale bread.

Strange pithy bitter flavors. Orange seeds and peel, lemon/ grapefruit zest, floral notes and stale biscuit. Very little alcohol presence.

Moderately oily medium body with average carbonation. Bitter citrus peel finish that lasts a bit too long given how unappealing it is.

Perhaps it was just too old but this was mediocre at best. Not a drain pour but I'll probably never buy it again.

May 14, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Deep caramelly copper, hazy, with a half-finger of white head. Modest streams of small bubble carbonation.

S: Sweet malts with moderate caramel undertones hit the nose first. Then some pine hops, but not much else follows.

T: Toasted bread and sweet caramel malts, some hoppiness (pine, grass and citrus) but not particularly hoppy on the palate. Surprising - nice and nearly balanced, but not what I expected for a DIPA.

M: Medium body, a bit sticky mouthfeel, carbonation sensation on the low side. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was a pleasant drink, but not nearly what I think a DIPA should be.

May 12, 2013
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Auracom from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Random want for well over a year. Finally grabbed a 22 oz., poured 12 oz. into a RR tulip on February 26th, 2013.

A - Just about perfect visually. Deep, clear golden hue, with a wispy soft eggshell head. Reference appearance for a DIPA I'd say.

S - Even with too much age on this, the aroma is still pretty robust. Rouge, honeysuckle, crushed pineapple, and some danky sap. Letting this sit just a minute or two greatly helps the nose balance itself out.

T - Big citrus at the front, with plentiful grapefruit pulp pulling through mid-palate. Menthol. Slightly tropical. Surprisingly earthy aftertaste.

M - Heavier than many other DIPA's I've had beyond 10%. Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - I must try this fresh. Even a bottle from last fall has enough umph to keep me interested.

Mar 11, 2013
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LoCoSiEmPrE from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of this this evening from a 22 ounce bottle purchased at Party Town in Florence, KY.

Appearance after pour is an orange-ish golden hue. Carbonation seems somewhat limited, but still adequate.

Smell: The strong caramel flavors and sweetish notes of this Imperial Double IPA hint at the flavors found in a typical barleywine.

Taste: Here is where the beer makes its biggest show. At a cold crisp, the flavors of apple and grapefruit with just a tinge of pleasant sour at the end. With 22-ounce beers, I like to let the bottle sit out and re-engage the beer as it warms to room temperature over time to see how the notes change. As the temperature adjusts, the beer takes a slightly milder, less fruity tone.

Mouthfeel: If you can't readily see much carbonation, you can still taste it very clearly. Mouthfeel becomes smoother over time.

Feb 17, 2013
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bobhits from Kentucky

2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bright orange body, nearly clear! A big white head at the top with some lacing. Just the look is making me think IPA, not double.

Citrus hops, light toasted caramel malts. Nothing intense or over the top. Again I'm thinking IPA.

A really unimpressive IPA flavor here. Strong bitter hops with huge sugary malt. A lot of bread, sugary caramel, and boring citrus hops.

This beer drinks a bit more like a double IPA than it smells or tastes or looks. There's some heat in my chest after a few gulps, but it is smooth enough.

This beer is around 9%, it isn't isn't worth the cost, just avoid this one.

Jan 12, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in October 2012. Pours lightly hazy bright orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, citrus rind, caramel, pineapple, tangerine, light mango, floral, grass, and earthy hops. Nice aromas with good hop complexity and balance; strength was pretty weak for a DIPA. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, citrus rind, pineapple, light mango, floral, grass, light caramel, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, citrus rind, pine, pineapple, light mango, floral, grass, caramel, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop complexity and balance; great malt/bitterness balance as well; with minimal cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this was a very good DIPA. Nice hop complexity and malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jan 02, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a touch hazy copper color with a half inch cream head that leaves spotty lacing.

Grapefruit pith, pine, fresh cut grass, and toasted breadcrust form the initial aroma. Caramel malt and orange are also evident.

Citrus dominates the beginning of the flavor profile, with grapefruit, mango, and muted lemon giving way to toasted malt, which carries into the resiny, oniony, slightly bitter finish. There's a good bit of booze.

Body is moderate to light, with carbonation on the fairly low side, a bit of astringency, and significant alcohol warmth.

Not the most hop dominant dipa. Fairly malty. Bitterness is restrained, as well. There's a variety of flavoring hop character, but it's not quite strong enough.

Dec 27, 2012
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours medium amber orange, thick two fingered head, and soap-like lacing with no carbonation.

S - Light floral with very faint tangy citrus and malt, the nose is quite weak.

T - Caramel malt initially and immediately followed with a steady wave of floral and herbal hoppiness. Floral and pine bitter bite at the end that's a little resiny. The alcohol booziness is also present.

M - Medium heavy body, thick for a big IPA, slick.

O - This big IPA from Upland is all about balance but sits in the middle of the pack.

Nov 23, 2012
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AmitC from New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured roughly around 12 ounces from a fresh october '12 bottled 22oz bomber into a pitcher glass. Almost no head. None at all. Looked like an amber colored brazen liquid. Extremely clear and transparent. Very few bubbles. No trace of lacing whatsoever.

Smell is somewhat mild for an imperial IPA. Gentle citrus hops with floral nose ending with some malt. Just a tad of alcohol is felt.

Taste is much better and more likable than nose. Very resinous and hoppy upfront. Not a lot of bitterness which seems to be balanced by malts. In fact, this is no bitterness for a double. Goes down fairly easily with an accompanying sensation of alcohol and hops.

Mouth feel: Very oily, smooth and refreshing (if you like IPAs). Medium bodied feel. 'Total' lack of carbonation makes for an easy drinking, although warmth and intensity of alcohol makes it less likely that i will finish the bomber. Take time and drink it enjoying every little sip.

Its alcohol strength makes it rise in points. Style will get a 4 and from a more personal front, again a 4.

Oct 31, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a lightly hazed orange amber with some particulate chunks and a two finger soapy white head that lasts for about two minutes, leaving behind some spotty lacing on the glass. Medium body, sticky texture, medium-light carbonation levels.

Smells of grapefruit pith, pine, herbal / florals over another caramel malt with a slight sting of boozey hotness. Tastes heavily of boiled hop bitterness with none of the herbal or floral subtleties of the nose and a larger booze component than the nose in its place. I can't seem to find any breadiness in there at all, and the caramel malt is dismissed to a background position. The floaty sediment chunks are starting to bother me as they lodge themselves in between my teeth and stick there, I'm probably not going to be revisiting this one. While it's not good, It's not -terrible-; it's the forgettable C- GPA student that coasts through school by applying minimal effort and not being noticeable in any way.

Sep 19, 2012
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GPHarris from Alabama

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright, dark amber color.
s - very sweet and aromatic, floral hops.
t - bready and caramel wtih some sweet floral hops.
m - very creamy and thick.
o - drank this beer in celebration of container size bill passing the house. nice offering but not in the upper echelon of DIPAs.

May 10, 2012
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled in Nov '11
drank in Jan '12
A- This beer pours a slightly red hued deep caramel body that is clear with a thick bubbly sticky beige head. The head last a good bit and is supported by a slow matrix of microbubbles.

S- The fresh sweet caramel malt has some toffee and treacle notes to it with a soft green hop finish.

T- The nice sweet caramel malt is followed by a soft green finish with a green cinnamon spice note and some pungent bitterness that softly grows. There is some nice grapefruit pith notes to the hops as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat until the beer warms a good bit.

O- This has a lot of great American Barleywine characters to it with a nice sweet malt backbone with some good depth and a soft hop flavor that grows as the beer opens. Very nice to take the edge of a cold winter night.

May 02, 2012
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TwelveOunces from Kentucky

4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22Oz bomber poured into a tulip.
Dated November 11th, Tasted on Feb 11

A- Golden orange with a beautiful off white frothy head. A lot of little particles floating around in the beer.
S- Pungent overly ripened fruits. A little alcohol. Light citrus notes. Kinda flowery.
T- A good heap of light caramel malts followed by some good bitterness. The hops aren't too overwhelming but there presence is nice. Its a little cirtusy and skunky but the hops are quite floral. Ripened dark fruits.
M- This beer has a nice smooth creamy mouth feel. Good bitterness and a moderate mouth finish. Easy drinking.
O- This is a really nice DIPA. Its smooth and easy to drink and very well balanced. Its not something you cant find elsewhere but its sure worth checking out. Its a great beer for 5.50 a bottle.

Feb 13, 2012
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derkfromwi from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2011

A: Thin white head, hazy and cloudy dark golden/light copper color, some carbonation present, almost no lacing

S: Floral hops and some malty sweetness, not a lot of either

T: Bitter, earthy hops that stay throughout tasting, some sweeter malts

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, needs a bit more carbonation

O: I realize this is up to three months old and isn't the freshest, but I was expecting more, balanced, but not enough good hop characters

Feb 11, 2012
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Nice light copper color with a huge 3" light yellow head. Lacing coats the glass and resides over awhile.

S- some malt sweetness, light citrus, brown sugar?, some spices as well with pine in the mix.

T- Sweet malts, bitter citrus rind, spices and pine hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Astringent bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

O- Just an ok dipa. Citrus should be the star here, but plays second fiddle to the pine bitterness. And what citrus is there it has a very bitter rind taste that's a bit off-putting.

Feb 10, 2012
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Cresant from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is available in 22 oz. bombers and was bottled in November 2011. Served in an Upland shaker pint. The body was an appealing, rich apricot color and very clear. There was little lacing after the head settled.

The smell was sweet like marmalade with a noticeable amount of alcohol, but at over 9% that is not surprising. There was a peach cobbler character to the smell, fruity and sweet.

The taste reflected the aroma in its sweetness. Candy like fruitiness and pungent hops oils were there too. There was a heavy maltiness that was somewhat tempered by a long lingering bitterness. Full bodied, there was slickness in the mouth and it was modestly carbonated. This one finished semi-dry.

Unfortunately for me this one was pretty well balanced. I prefer a sharper bitterness in double IPAs but if you like sweet and bitter – this one is worth seeking out.

Feb 03, 2012
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nothing tremendous. Poured a deep golden hue with a quarter inch frothy head that retains well and laces decently.

S- Smells absolutely filthy with hops. Big floral notes. Slight sweeter malts underneath, but just barely there.

T- Not nearly as hoppy as the smell and style predicts. Good sized hop profile up front that melds quickly into sweeter, maltier notes. Hops bitterness remain throughout the drink, but very tolerable and somewhat enjoyable.

M- Somewhat light and fairly carbonated. Not quite as smooth going down as one would hope. The hops make it a little rough on the palate overall.

Overall, not a bad experience for my first DIPA. Definitely a sessionable beer. One that I probably won't seek out again, but one that has showed me not to fear the imperial version of a style I don't usually enjoy much.

Jan 27, 2012
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robwestcott from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at the brewery a translucent copper to gold to a 12oz goblet with a full finger, big bubbled, longer lasting tan head

subtle-ish aroma of citrusy hops and a nice pale caramel malt following up.

citrus hops forward, the bitter's big and up front, but there's a nice slick malty after.

medium bodied, creamy smooth, big bitter to the tongue.

overall - well above par, nice example of style.

Dec 16, 2011
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Treebs from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled March, 2011. Served in a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a semi hazy amber color. A fluffy white head forms on the pour and sticks around for a bit. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Some sweet caramel, candied sugar, some resin and some pine. Smells slightly boozy. The hops have certainly faded.

T: More affirmation of the hops fading. Big malt backbone, slight resin. Some bread and booze. The hops are practically none existent.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation, but there are no real discerning flavors left on the palate.

O: At this point it's a slightly malty and bread beer with some slight herbal and pine hops at the backend. This bottle wasn't fresh in terms of DIPA's, but it seemed to fall off pretty quickly.

Oct 30, 2011
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shanblur from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in February of 2011. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Hazy amber color with a moderate white head which leaves extensive lacing. Some floaties on the bottom.

S - Hops present but somewhat muted smell.

T - Hops forward with piney and earthy hops. Some minimal malt accents. Not very complex.

M - Medium body with little carbonation.

A respectable brew. Have only had the regular dragonfly at the brewpub before now. Not complex but a decent imperial IPA.

Oct 23, 2011
Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 215 ratings