Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPADouble Dragonfly Imperial IPA
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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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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber body. Poured to about a half-inch head, the head is foamy, sudsy, and has great retention.

Smells malty and intensely of grapefruit hops.

Tastes of intense grapefruit hops and is very bitter, almost like Chinese bitter melon. Although there is some sweet malt backbone, it is not enough to balance the intense bitter hops. There is a soapy off-taste to this which is not pleasant. Lacks aromatic hops.

Body is medium and carbonation is sufficient to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a hop assault, and at first it is not very pleasant one. While the initial impulse may be not to continue to drink it, the palate does adjust to it. While I could handle this and kept on drinking it, after having some food, the off-tastes reappeared. This is really a beer for those who want to exercise their bitter hop tolerance, as in resistance training.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a step-ahead of the Dragonfly IPA in quality. Nice punchy hops, perhaps a bit more malt-forward and sweet than average for the style, but not enough to be a problem. ETOH was not at all harsh and blended well with the flavor profile. I would like to see Upland move into some bigger beers, as it seems they have the knack.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had bottle at brew pub. Nicely priced too!

A-nice orange body with white head that retains for a decent amount of time.
S-nice mix of fruity upfront and pine hops to finish
T-not as good as it smells but still pretty good. Nice mix of the hops. Wow.
M-finishes dry and smooth. Nice hop aftertaste
O-very pleasant suprise. Wish it was on tap and not in bottle!

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

Thanks to zrab11 for sending this one as an extra in a trade thanks bro. Poured into a HotD tulip on 3/24/11.

Pours a clear orange with a finger and a half of powdery off white head. Head dissipates to leave a fine lacing over about 70% of the glass.

Smells of some floral hops and a lot of malt backbone not strong at all. I can also smell the booze in this one.

Taste is of malt and some hops but mostly malt. Hops is grassy and earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium and their is a significant alcohol presence in the taste. Some bite on the tounge and the rough of the mouth.

Drinkability is low to moderate on this one. It all has to do with the lack of cover up on the ABV. If I can taste the booze throughout the entire sip thats not good for an IPA. It has a good taste but I the hops need to be amped up.

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Photo of mwa423
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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 meatyard
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the poorly clipped date marker it appears that this was bottled in Nov. 2010

Pours a very hazy, reddish amber with a nice looking, 2-finger, white head

The smell is a mild but pleasant citrus and piney hops plus a faint, sweet malt.

The taste is a good dose of pine followed by just a bit of sweet malt and finishes with a good dose of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium tending toward thin with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: While there is nothing particularly special or complex with this DIPA it is mostly quite drinkable. Age may have diminished what I hope were stronger citrus hops which would have moved it up.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from adamb0719. Thanks Adam!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - chill hazed blazing copper color with a white head that left lots of lacing.

S - sweet floral hop aroma.

T - sweet floral taste upfront until the bitternes fights it's way through taking me to a dry finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - easy enough to drink and worth a try.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of levifunk
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to lukafer for this.

a - light golden pour with a good amount of head and nice lacing.

s - smell is pine and floral hops with some malt sweetness. nose isn't that strong.

t - I'm a big fan of the not so hop forward dipa's, so this is right up my ally. hops bitterness is definitely there, but there is a good amount sweetness and malts. very balanced flavor.

m - medium body. carbonation is spot on. slightly dry finish.

overall - this is a great dipa. if you're a huge hop head, this might not be your favorite, but if you like balanced dipa's, check this one out. very drinkable, and the 9.1% (what?!?) is very well masked.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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 number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this bottle with mymrnngjckt. After the disappointment that was Dragonfly IPA I wasn't expecting much out of this. It wasn't too bad, however. Decent at least.

Poured a darkish amber color, decent head and retention. Smell had some citrusy hops, pretty standard, with some sweet caramel malt and a lightly toasted note.

Taste also had a pretty good citrus hop flavor, somewhere between where I'd expect a standard and double IPA to be, meaning not hoppy on the level of many DIPAs but moreso than a regular IPA (and certainly more so than the disappointing Dragonfly). Bready, sweet caramel malt as well. Decent bitterness for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel was pretty smooth, on the plus side of a medium body, with a good slickness to it. Clean finish.

This is a decent DIPA, certainly nothing special but drinkable enough. Much better than the Dragonfly IPA, but not a memorable DIPA either.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 alleykatking
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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 tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of Lukafer
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 SuperNova777
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a copper color with a small head that quickly falls leaving decent lacing on the glass

S:Light smell of hops happening with some nice malt aroma floating around as well

T:Hops up front followed up by it seems like a lot of malt for a DIPA on the palate.

M:Very full bodied with not much carbonation

D:Decent offering from Upland, not sure if this should be considered a DIPA, Definitly better that their reg. Dragonfly but not quite up to that imperial level, well worth a try thou for $4.99 a bomber


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Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice murky copper with some very nice head and excellent lacing throughout. Very hoppy/bitter scent, slightly floral and largely grassy with a nice underlying malt. Good flavor; deeply malty with a huge hoppiness during and after; a lot of grass and a bit of jerky. Goes down fine, slightly thick, and with a slight dullness at the end; muted hops instead of bright hops. Still an excellent beer overall!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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 sweemzander
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
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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Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 213 ratings