Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gritsak on 08-03-2009

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Photo of sweemzander
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled May 2010. Thanks to kstrickler/heliosphann for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a solid off-white fluffy head with some good retention behind it. Some bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- Lightly sweet yet prevalent malts of caramel and toffee. Some mild pineapple citrus in the background. Not what I was expecting for a DIPA.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Primarily has a malt profile of caramel with a touch of toffee. Finishes dry and very very bitter with an afterthought of pineapple and lime citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The more I have of this, the more the bitterness starts to become overwhelming. So much so that it tastes burnt; killing off most of my tastebuds.

(D)- It looked promising, but for the style it is under, it is backwards and burnt tasting. The burnt tasting being really the only presence of hops besides a tiny touch of pineapple/lime. A disappointing attempt at the style, especially since I rather liked the regular Dragonfly IPA.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a clear amber/orange color. One and a half finger white head that shows medium retention. Spotty lacing left on the glass when I was drinking.

S- More sweet caramel malts in the front. Toffee malts come next to me. A light citrus hopping in the back of the beer which seems backwards to me since this is a DIPA.

T- This starts off with the same caramel malts as in the aroma. Light toffee notes to this one as well. Citrus hops in the background with a light tropical hop in the far back. Alcohol is apparent also...very much so.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Caramel malts left on the palate with a tropical hopping in the aftertaste. Flavors were muddled and not very blended. Kind of jerk and go on the flavor. Alcohol very drying on the palate.

D- This was kind of a mess. I didn't really enjoy this as a DIPA. In fact I wouldn't even say this is really a DIPA at all. It's alright for a IPA just maybe but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip. Thanks to HosP for this one.
A: Pours a deep dark orange with a couple fingers of dark tan oily head that slowly faded into a dense film that left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big notes of toasted malt, burnt caramel and roasted dried orange peel. There hops are citrusy and full of tangerine and orange scents, and maybe even a bit of perfume.
T: Big notes of hop resin, pine sap, orange zest, and bitter orange rind on the hop side of things. The malt is very forward as well with sweeter notes of sticky caramel and toasted bread crust. The finish is sweet and lightly bitter, like caramel covered pine or orange slices. It’s also very boozy, but far from hot.
M: Boozy thick body with an oily mouthfeel that is definitely rough around the edges.
O: This beer just doesn’t hold water against the greats of the style. PtY has more alcohol than this and it drinks like angel tears. This is good, but not great.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a orange hue with a 1 finger white head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin layer of lacing on the glass. There is a huge layer of sediment floating in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is sweet malt and tropical hops. Orange is the main tropical smell, along with some pine in the background.

Taste is big bitter pine up front with some sweet malt mixed in the middle. The finish is bitter orange, maybe from orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. good for the style. Not cloying or dry on the finish.

Overall, this beer is way too much pine for my liking. There is no balance, its all bitter. Bitter hops up front, light malt in middle quickly followed by bitter orange on the finish. I prefer my DIPA's to be more towards the tropical, fruity aspect of the hop. This is just bitter all around. The mouthfeel is the only thing that is better than average.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a wine glass. Thanks to my father-in-law for grabbing this. Bottled November 2010.

Pours a hazy light copper color. A bit too dark. There is a thin off-white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves behind just a touch of spotty lacing. The nose brings some citrus and a bit of piney hops. Some caramel malt and breadiness there as well. The flavor is slightly hoppy, though most of the hop component comes in the form of bitterness. Even the bitterness isn't reaching the level of a DIPA, however. Slight floral and pine character. No real alcohol presence. An okay beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra in a recent trade. Served in my DFH signature glass. Beer is orangish and hazy with a decent head and nice carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some hops. eh...

Beer is medium body with decent carbonation on the palate. its more malty than hoppy, I don't know the date this was bottled, but I assume its recent. Just not my kind of IPA.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 5/10 notched on the side of the label - kudos. It was a rich, hazy amber color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had about a finger of off-white head that settled into a small foam cap. Really good sheeting that slowly slides backs into the glass with lots sticking.

The aroma was disappointing for an ADIPA. It was dominated by sweet malt with the hops pretty subdued. Bitter hops. Not much to sniff here. The taste was also disappointing. Again, the hops were outshined by the overly sweet malt. The hops that did show were heavy bitter with no real flavor to it. Just bitter to be bitter. Very unbalanced and out of style. Mouthfeel was creamy with good carbonation but the aftertaste was awful.

Overall, a big mess that leaves me wondering what they were trying to accomplish here. Unbalanced and overly bitter. Don't recommend. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - just didn't like this one so one is enough. [N;N]

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Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just noticed that this bottle made be a bit on the old side, however, the ABV might make up for that:

Bottled February 2011.

I poured this into a pint glass because I just broke my last snifter today. I've now broken four in the last month. Damn!

A: This was a cloudy, yeasty-clumpified (unfiltered) brew if I've ever seen one. Red-orange in color, and on the dark side of that color spectrum. The 3-4 finger head was massive indeed!

S: Corn husk, fruit juice, and bit of ground up "Flinstone" vitamins. This doesn't smell like the sugar bomb that I thought it might be. Let's see...

T: I got more of a floral component as opposed to a citrus one. Not nearly as full as I was hoping... and the booze was a killer. Medium bodied (which is kinda bad in an IPA this size), and the fruit didn't have much natural sweetness about it.

M: The lacing was absurd, and the booze was about as hot as Disney World in July! The carbonation was moderate.

O: They should have just thrown some sugar or rock candy into the brew kettle with the rest of the ingredients and called it a day. That might have been more interesting than the brew I just tasted.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Amber-orange and hazy. The beer pours a slightly tan head that sticks around and laces beautifully.
S: Tons of caramel. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but I'm getting a ton of malt and just a touch of hops (comparatively). Nutty.

T: Really sweet taste. Kinda like sugar coated caramel. Touch of alcohol. Hops? Sure. Floral and herbal hop flavor. Pine as well. Pine bitterness across the palate. Dry finish. I'm not really digging the flavor profile, I wish it was more hoppy and less of a malt bomb.

M: Medium-thick. Subtle carbonation.

Was disappointed with this beer. Maybe I got an older bottle, but this was a malt BOMB. Definitely east coast... not at all west coast (which I prefer).

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Photo of dmfrench
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too sweet, no hop flavor despite bitterness...should've been a Barleywine.

A: Typical if not half a shade light pumpkin orange body, complete with plenty of chunky yeast, topped with a two finger yellowed-white head that soon drops to a film.

S: Pretty typical of not a bit subdued DIPA nose... hops of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of spice, balanced equally against buttery, sweet caramel malt. A fair aroma, but it's not exactly jumping out of the glass.

T: Wow, that is one sweet ass DIPA... as in sugary, not awesome. A big, barleywine-like sweet orange/apricot/caramel body greets you up front. Soon, a wallop of hop bitterness joins in, both existing simultaneously, until the finish, where drying hop bitterness wins out. The problem is that there's hardly any hop *flavor* to be had. Cloying sweetness? Yes. Tongue-puckering bitterness? Yes. Tasty DIPA hops? No.

M: A bit on the light side for the ABV, high carbonation, probably too high.

O: Not drinking this one again... not that it's at all offensive, but it's just not a successful DIPA.


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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= It's a light amber/orange color small head and didn't notice any lacings.

S= It has a light citrus smell seems to have a lot of molts smell some to toffee in here.

T= It kind of has a Dark Taste with a hint of citrus in it.

M= Very full bodied with not much carbonation.

D= I think it's a decent beer very drinkable by Upland and it's priced very good $5 for a bomber isn't a bad deal.

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Photo of mwa423
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky reddish brown, decent head and lacing retention.

S - Very light aroma for a double ip, what is there is light citrus and pine hop notes.

T - Taste isvery hop forward with a strong steely hoppiness that fades to a citrus aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is creamy but has a bite to it as well. Reasonably drinkable but not particularly outstanding.

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Photo of Treebs
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blazing bonfire orange with sun-fired Sunkist highlights. Nearly half a glass of sandstone hued foam was created after a standard pour. A firmly creamy texture, gentle rockiness during descent, persistence, and pretty good lace deposition are all positives.

The nose isn't as explosive as it should be, especially given 80+ IBUs worth of hops and relative beer freshness (just 2-3 months of age). Citrus zesty American hops on a pale and toasted malt base is pretty much par for the DIPA course.

Upland Brewing Company Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA brings nothing new to the table. Big bitterness is easily appreciated through a huge cushion of malt sugars. Unfortunately, good hop flavor is in short supply. Given that good hop flavor is the single most important component of any APA, IPA or DIPA, well....

Pale and toasted-earthy malt is rock steady on the bottom end. Their sweetness doesn't quite completely balance the bitterness, but then who would want that? It's unlikely that the hop bill includes Simcoe, Amarillo or Centennial. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. In the end, this just isn't a well-constructed version of the style.

The mouthfeel is as expected for a beer with abundant ingredients. That is, it possesses the full smoothness of mucho malt sugars and the raspiness of alpha acids. And let's not forget the firm smack of slightly too much unmasked ethyl alcohol.

Simply put, a sugary and bitter Double IPA that fails to deliver on the hop flavor front is not something that I find enjoyable. Even though it can't be easy brewing in the shadow of one of America's best craft breweries (Three Floyds), Upland needs to step up their game or they're destined to remain 'also rans' in the state of Indiana.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of hrking
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

f you like this one i highly recommend the Alpha King by Three Floyds or the Bell's hopslam..both are right up the alley from this brew! i've had this on tap at the Herot and Fickle Peach and I must say it is better on draft. Nice hoppy beer with a finshing taste of honey cloves that is very drinkable. Clean taste color is exactly the same as the above 2 beers..

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Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled May '10

A: Deep amber in color. Forms a good inch of light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel malt and orange.

T: Caramel malt and a lot of it. Followed by flavors of orange, tea and a strong earthy bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness hangs on the tongue.

D: A not overly impressive DIPA, maybe a little past it's prime, but I don't get the impression this was meant to be a hop forward DIPA in the first place. Flavors are a bit off. Not bad, just not good either.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer appears a dark orange hue. There is a half inch of head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty weak. The smell is of a strong IPA with a substantial amount of malt. My suspicions are confirmed: this is an IPA that is relatively balanced in terms of hops to malt. I would prefer less malt and more hops, of course. I'm missing the floral, citrus, pine, etc. - the things that define an IPA to me. The taste is not astringent or unappealing, per se, but again, this beer lacks the defining characteristics associated with the style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with about 2 fingers of off-white head which doesn't stay long. Smells malty, just a hint of citrus hops, sweet caramel. Tastes more like a barleywine then a DIPA. Carmel malts, some hops in the middle, slightly bitter finish. It's a good beer, just not for this style. Mouthfeel is kinda thick, but pleasant. Drinkability is pretty good for a beer of this abv.

I like this beer. I really do like this beer, but I cannot give it good scores based on the category of a DIPA. It is lacking in almost every aspect of what makes a great DIPA a great DIPA. This is way more like a barleywine, I think I'll age one for 6 months and see what happens.

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Photo of Gritsak
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer really does live up to its name: Double Dragonfly. Which, unfortunately, isn't a good thing. The hops are a bit weak for an imperial IPA and overall it's pretty bland. I had high hopes when i saw this on tap, but was pretty disappointed. Maybe worth trying if you see it, but definitely don't seek it out.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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