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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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 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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Photo of levifunk
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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 -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 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 number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -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 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 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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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 SuperNova777
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +16.3%
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 -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 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 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 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 908carson
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Completely clear, copper-amber. Very pretty. One finger head, exactly the color of "Sugar in the Raw," reducing to a quarter inch with fine texture. Fairly significant lacing.

Smell: I can smell it from over a foot away! Smells like Christmas potpourri from a distance... Rich and spicy. Up close, it smells like pine resin and caramel hard candy. Love the smells this is giving off.

Taste: Interesting. This is the first Imperial IPA i've ever had that I want to drink while eating food. It has a savory note that would be best suited along side a heaping bowl of chicken tikka and garlic naan. It's crazy bitter, but palatable for me. Not terribly complex, which I find odd. Just had Devil Dancer yesterday, and I taste more alcohol in this 9.1% than I did with the 12% in DD. Gin-like aromatics dominate my palate long after a sip. It's sweet at first but then turns bone-dry, leaving my tongue a little fuzzy feeling.

Mouthfeel: Not slippery feeling like most high ABV brews. A fair amount of carbonation keeps this nice a crispy on the tongue. With attributes like this, I find it odd that the alcohol is as obvious as it is. Still, it's a fairly easy drinker. Two of these bombers and i'd be tipsy.

Overall: Great beer... I like this a lot better than the regular Dragonfly IPA. I am NOT a fan of Upland's stuff. I am an avid lover of local breweries, but their stuff just doesn't always agree with me. With so many great breweries around here to choose from, I can afford to be choosy. That being said, this beer was well above par. The price was phenomenal... I don't think i've ever seen a good IIPA this cheap! So for that reason alone, I would probably buy it again... Especially when the wife and I make Indian food!

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Photo of mynie
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Indie extension, where for some weird reason 4 nights a week you're only allowed to buy flights, no pints. But the flights were reasonably priced, and the big beers were as much as the regular sized ones, and so well what the hell, it was a little weird drinking this 4 ounces at a time but whatever.

Pours headless and dark. That's because of the wee bitty glass, I assume.

Smells very nice. Big citrus, big bread, no off nodes of syrup or anything ookie like that.

Tastes good. Just as well balanced as the aroma, dangerously easy drinking, but the flavor is blotted out a little because the carbonation was unusually aggressive, almost like seltzer.

Anyhow, I'm not of the opinion that a double IPA must be an assblaster in order to get high marks. This was very good, very well balanced, and very drinkable considering its size.

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Photo of aasher
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: pours smoothly and watery, a good amount of creme colored head which stuck to the sides and dissipated very slowly

Smell: mildly hoppy with a little malt, a little bitter, sweet and alcoholic on the backend

Taste: mildly hoppy, nothing too special, sweetness lasts into the aftertaste, almost floral and not too dry

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth despite the moderate carbonation, moderate to light body

Drinkability: very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden while drinking it, is sweet but not too sweet, is overall a pretty decent beer but nothing revolutionary

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a fluted pint glass.

A- Poured a deep amber with an average off white head. Does leave a creamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks good, but a little more red than most IIPAs that I enjoy.

S- There is plenty of citrus and grapefruit hops, but the sweetness of the malt is very strong. Almost too strong in my opinion! A hint of alcohol smell does come through all of the sweetness.

T- A very balanced beer for the style. It does not taste nearly as sweet as the smell. The most interesting thing is how malty this IIPA is compared to others. The finish is still pretty dry leaving a bitter hoppy feeling on the tongue.

MF- The more I drink of this beer the more it tastes like an imperial red. It does have a thicker feel in the mouth and seems heavy and sweet at first, but the bitterness does linger in the mouth after each sip.

D- I am not quite sure how I feel about this beer. I know price should not come into a review, but at $5.49 a bomber it does seem like something I would pick up rather often. Although it does have a great hop aroma, this is not something I would grab when wanting a hop bomb. On the other hand, it is pretty easy to drink and I can get it easy here in Indy. I will be drinking this beer quite often, but more because of price and accessibility rather than taste alone.

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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 MichaelinFishers
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber dated May 2010 into two pint glasses for my wife and me. TMK, this is the first bottling of this brew.

Dammit, biggred1 beat me to the first bottle review!

Pours a rich amber, not quite dark enough to be copper. Good inch of head on each glass. Poured very clear into both glasses despite some sediment left in the bottle.

The aroma is not very strong for a double IPA, but pleasant.

Tastes good. As indicated by the aroma, the hops are concentrated on the bittering, not the flavor or aroma. but nonetheless, this is a good, solid, if unexceptional, DIPA. Exactly what you'd expect for the price ($5.50). Mouthfeel is very good.

All in all, a very drinkable beer. Not an "event" DIPA, but an exceptional choice for a more-than-one, especially for those of us in Indiana who want to drink local.

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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 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 tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at IBGF 2009.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma with a alcohol tone. Medium body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration.

This is a very good beer.

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