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 BARFLYB
2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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 barczar
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mcvs1507
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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 Skye1024
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of nlabruyere
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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 ObiWanKushnobi
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of GPHarris
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 illestkilla
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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