Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA | Upland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
190 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPAKomodo Dragon Fly Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 02-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
190
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of mlockman
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good representation of the style, insofar as hop-flavor is present but bitterness is attenuated by the brew's malt backbone, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of thornburyslasher
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gear54
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Upland Carmel.
1/2 finger of kaki foam covered a pitch black pint of beer.

Smell is a good mix of piney hops and roasted malt. I get bits of earthiness and citrus peel and possibly some smoke.

Taste is lots of roasted malts and pine. Slight orange peel bitterness. I think the flavor profile is exactly what Upland was going for. Having had the Dragon Fly IPA I can say this has that charicter with roasted malt addition. Nicely done

Very drinkable beer. Medium mouth feel with good balance. Abv is average for the style as well. Slightly chewy and easily coats the mouth. A beer you can sip or have a few of.

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Photo of warpig372
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black-brown, mostly opaque, and a light tan head with minimal lacing.

S - Hops pine and acid, bitterness. Malt hints.

T - Bright hit of acidity, and roasted malts underlining pine and mild citrus zest.

M - A bit of drying in the close, a touch of crunchiness.

O - A decent black IPA, but not as assured as some. Drinkable.

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Photo of northcoastwolf
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VaporDome
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dleigh
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with fluffy off-white head. Good dank hops smell--not super fruity like Lagunitas Nighttime, but pretty nice nonetheless. Roast, chary-y malts with a little hoppy bitterness. Pretty good, but there are better black IPAs out there.

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Photo of whit_knee_41
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Komodo Dragon Fly smells strongly of citrus and grass with hints of toasted grains. The hops flavor is subdued and slightly over powered by the toasted, nearly burnt, grains. Along with the citrus and grass flavors of the hops there is a faint hint of mint that seems to come through every third sip or so.

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Photo of Warren2621
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lukass
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Tiny bubbled light tan lacing, as black as night. Dank piney hop nose with some dark malt action. Smooth and crisp with a thick medium body. That same piney dankness is on the palate but slowly fades, some bitterness comes through as well as a mellow unsweetened chocolate tone from the roasted malts. Very well balanced but I guess I expected a bit more hop forward flavors and bitterness for an IPA. A good sip regardless.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great look, lacing smell, very hoppy with a good malt backbone but really lacing body and carbonation

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Photo of JLateralus21
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA from Upland Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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