Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gritsak on 08-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of outrage213
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChrisWashington
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jamison85
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bdn72
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Leinie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Boilerfood
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LoganMc
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a finger of creamy eggshell foam that leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Mildly fruity hop notes with some caramel in the aroma. The nose is a touch mild for an imperial IPA. Bitter citrusy hop and untoasted barley flavors with a touch of caramely honey like sweetness in the finish. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Medium bodied with palate scrubbing carbonation. I love the fact that Upland is offering such well priced (I paid $4.49) bombers to the local market, it's about time someone gave everyone in Indy an affordable local beer option.

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Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my fellow BA'ers tonight.

A - Darker color for a DIPA. More Amber with slight clarity. White head that leaves good lacing.

S - More of a malt background to it. Sense of some hops to the smell.

T - Like the smell. Malts dominate this DIPA. Slight caramel taste to it. Hops finish with a small amount of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body.

D - Not bad. I tend to lean towards more hoppy DIPA's. For the price $4.50, could drink this pretty easily.

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Photo of Auracom
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An almost clear orange liquid with loads of floaters. The white head is thick and craggy with a great retention.

S- Grass, floral soap, caramel, and a touch of fruitness. Simple but enjoyable.

T- Watermelon, passion fruit, grass, and caramel. The strong fruitness is a nice change of pace for the style.

M- Oily and bitter with a bit of a numbing aspect from the hops and alcohol.

O- An ever so slightly different take on the style. For the price point (sub $5), this is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Upland Tap Room (Bloomington, IN) on 6/4/10. Served in a snifter.

Pours deep clear coppery amber, topped with a finger of bright eggshell-white head. This retains with 1/2 finger of robust froth which leaves a rich cascade of creamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a rich hop bouquet going on with it, full of floral character, pine, and spice. This is well balanced in the nose by some fruity citrus, grainy malts, and a touch of toffee. Most of the sweetness here appears to be coming from the fruit flavors though.

The hops are well balanced up front by a thick malt backbone of toasted grains and bready caramel sweetness, while a good bit of fruity tropical sweetness is pushing through as well. The finish is all hops though, with plenty of resins, spice, and citrus rind all giving this a deep lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel has a bigger full bodied feel to it, with a carbonation that is sharp when it first hits the tongue but then spreads out and fill the mouth up with a dense creaminess. There's definitely some firepower going on with this in the body but the alcohol is mostly kept in check here.

Quality take on a DIPA here that blurred the lines with maybe an American Barleywine or even an Imperial Red a bit a times (something that I didn't mind one bit). Tons of full hop flavor here but the beefiness of the body held the drinkibility down for me just a bit. Overall though, this was solid.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and seductive flavors and aromas capture what's best about these high gravity hop bombs. But the balance of the beer gets too much of a challenge from caramel sweetness instead of dry maltiness.

Bright and deep golden colors cast highlights on the creamy effervesence, fueling a stark white sheet across the beer's surface. Light on lacing, the beer is appealing but not irresistable.

Citrus and tropical fruits give the clean and crisp impressions of tangerines, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and mulled spruce. The background structure of caramel maltiness adds ample support at first but as the beer warms, the sweetness of the malts give a sugary effect and eventually challenge the hop character for attention. Though the focus remains on the hops, the sweet flavor and feel detracts from the beer a bit too much.

A fine Double IPA, but the lack of dry malty support in favor of straight up caramel sweetness prevents this beer for rivaling Pliney the Elder or Three Floyds Dreadnaught.

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3.96/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts, and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy medium amber. Aroma is huge hops. Hop bomb.
Flavor is mainly hops with malt, caramel, butter, and yeast. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Too much for me.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange and toned medium brightness with a fairly large waft of ivory foam stacked on top. Keeps a hefty skim always present and tons of big bubbled sheets of lace.
Special note to the label: really like the painterly, nearly abstracted, notion of the dragonfly(a dragonfly?) that hints at a female body sculpture. There seems to be a pinkish pair of legs off to the left and another head behind to the right that has devilish horns whispering into what would be her ear and it actually looks like an embrace from behind. Very cool!

Aroma is a bit low ended and soft but clean and crafty with a big malty presense of pale and caramel with a looming dullness of orange maramalade and a touch of dark grapefruit peely zest.

Dark and crunchy taste with a mighty tinge of orangified hops taking the forefront while the malt takes up the background with some caramel and bready sweetness while beefing up some warming attributes. Orange oil tang floats into some of the finish as a tender yet brittle bite of hop bitterness sinks onto the palate with tight burn late.

Bold medium body with a good portion of heft in both the malt and hop sides of the balance. Perhaps the warmth is bit high at times and tends to leak off some of what could be a better balance on the whole. Be that as it may, its got a welcoming tender malt smoothness while making a darkish and crunchy, oily hopitude shift into gear with a fairly big burn of orangey bitterness towards the finish.

A fairly solid Dbl. IPA by Upland. Crafted well with a touch of Midwest attitude. Drinkability is damn good. More times then not, at first, it warms to quick on most sips. But some are much cleaner and wholesome, in which it drinks down so much more easier. It does seem to change a bit as it warms to a more mellower tone and easier drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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