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Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA | Upland Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
190
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
21.64%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 190
Photo of Lukafer
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours black with a pinkys worth of tan head. Looks like a stout.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts and some hops.

T - Coffee, and hops with some alcohol in the end. More stout flavors than IPA flavors, I think it should be in a different category than American IPA. Interesting beer.

M - Not too watery for an IPA, maybe a bit thin for a stout, but it is an IPA?

D - I could probably only drink a couple of these on a sitting, but it's something I would buy again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Heliosphann for this 12 oz bottle. I'm surprised that I'm the first to review it.

A: The Black IPA looks more like an American stout, pitch black even when held to light. A thick, craggy head with a tan color is slow to recede. As it does, it leaves thick glacier-like patches behind. That's a foamy ale.

S: The nose, also like a stout, has a heavily roasted presence. The surprise though is the citrusy freshness (it's easy to forget this is an IPA when you look at it) of the hops. They are leafy and vibrant, in ample quantities.

T: The Black IPA is an exotic concoction, much like a Belgian IPA. It has the fresh zest of hops with the roasted stout malts, tricking the tastebuds with each sip. This beer fits nicely into that definition, offering alternating takes on hops and malts. The malts are roasted, burnt and chocolatey. The hops, rising up like a phoenix through the malts, are citrusy with a strong consistency. The intersections of the malts and hops are most flavorful, with both fighting for attention. The roasted malts are the dominant aspect of the finish, leaving a scorched presence.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place, starting out with a dark, heavily roasted presence before turning resiny with thick hops.

D: A hoppy stout or a roasted IPA, either way you look at it, it goes down smoothly. Thanks, Scott, for this one. I'm fast becoming a fan of Upland.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black with 1/2 inch mocha head whic doesn't last long. certainly the darkest of the style I've had but that's the nice, so I'm giving high marks, it's black. Fairly oily and viscous in the swirl, much more like a stout. Not much in the aroma, perhaps since bottled in November, but a bit of dank and pine, no citrus at all.

very pronounced chocolate malt and heavy roasted taste, with a nice IPA like bitter finish. Reminds me more of hoppy stout like Victory Storm King. would like to try fresh, very enjoyable.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a recent trade; bottled Oct. of last year...

Pour is a solid black with a nice redish/brown head; half an inch or so.
Nose; roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some citrus hop notes.
Taste; very roasty, rich dark chocolate, zesty herbal hops, a hint of citrus, and a lingering earthy/mineral note in the finish.
Overall; damn impressive for almost a year and a half old...fresh, this thing would probably be the quintessential example for the style.

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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 arthuro11
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark for a black IPA, leaves very nice lacing. The smell is decent, taste is very good but leaves a burned aftertaste that may be perfect for some but strong in my book. Not as much hop in the smell or taste as roasted malt, but still plenty hoppy. I would drink again.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the tap at the brewpub a superdark brown to black to a generic pint glass with a nice 2 finger long lasting foamy mocha head leaving a great deal of lace to the rim of the glass.

not at all subtle aroma of dark roasted malts and espresso.

super roasted malts, dark black espresso, mildly bitter to the back of the tongue - much less bitter than I had expected.

mildly carbonated, light bodied, mildly bitter.

drinkable - yes.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is an opaque dark brown. It has a thick, frothy, tan head.

It smells more like a porter than a black ipa. It's heavy on the burnt malts with a touch of chocolate. There's a hint of pine.

It also tastes much more like a porter than a black ipa. The burnt malt dominates the flavor along with coffee and chocolate. The pine and ever-so-faint citrus adds a nice finishing touch.

The mouthfeel is much too heavy for the style, but still pleasant. Carbonation is just right.

Overall, I liked this beer but would have enjoyed it more if I was in the mood for a porter. It has a pleasant balance of malt and hops and good flavor, but is too malt heavy for even a black ipa.

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Photo of wnh
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled October 2010, reviewed 1/7/2011.

Pours a thick black with the faintest brown highlights, topped by a large, undulating deep tan frothy head.

At first whiff the nose is spot on for an Irish-style dry stout--flinty roasted barley, earthy cocoa powder, a bit of evergreen, caramel richness underneath--but when I search for it I find a good dose of slightly pungent and citrussy American C-hops that brighten the beer up a fair bit.

Somewhat confusing on the palate. Dominating, as in the nose, is a host of Irish dry stout characteristics: flinty grain, earthy chocolate, caramel; but lacks the creamy mouthfeel I expect to accompany those flavors. And, again as in the nose, there is added a seemingly out-of-place citrus zest/juice note.

Medium bodied, slightly thickened, moderately firm. A bit drying. Perhaps just a bit nutty and astringent. A good beer, if a gimmick. Really--and this is my general opinion of all so-called black IPAs--I fail to see how this isn't just a stout with a unique hop profile (which, it should be said, is largely drowned out by the stout notes).

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Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stole this one from the brother's fridge. Shhh....

A: Poured a pitch black, with a head that was only a shade lighter than the liquid below it.

S: More dark malt than citrus, very mild on the hop front, and very stout-like.

T: Some bitter lingering, and this reminded me of a low octane "Storm King": Hoppy stout with IPA tendencies.

M: Somewhat grainy in texture, with tons of lacing, and a good carbonation bill.

O: I though this was more of a hoppy stout than a black IPA. Decent...

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pours a non transparent black with a solid tan colored head that falls fairly slowly,
nice lacing is left hanging around on the glass

S:Nose picks up a nice helping of roasted malts and toffee mixed in there as well,
deeper in some chocolate come thru. Hops are not really present which is a little
disappointing.

T:Initially on the front of the palate you get a dose of the roasted malts which
continues on into the middle, on the backend the hops finally kicked in but just
for a second before the bittersweet chocolate covers the palate that lingers on.

M:Felt the body might be able to use a little more umphh to it while losing some
carbonation, thick coating also covers the palate that hangs around throughout
the whole drink.

D:Pretty much this was a easy going and fairly tasty drink, I would probably throw
a little more hop bite on it but other than that it was enjoyable. Keep doing it
Upland you're getting there.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a unbranded nonic pint glass

Pours an opaque black, one of the "blackest" Black IPAs I've had; capped by light brown two finger fluffy head. Light roast, bakers chocolate, and hints of pine and citrus on the nose. Opens with robust roasted malt and semisweet chocolate notes which continue through the midpalate. Finishes with piney notes, a slight hint of citrus, and more bold roastiness. Light to light medium body, smooth, velvety mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess. Feels great on the palate. Really nice brew, will definitely visit again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a bit of dark brown head. Looks very very dark and pretty. Smells very hoppy and a bit of roasted malt. Tastes a bit bitter. Lots of hops on the tongue with some solid roasted malt backbone. A bit too bitter for my taste but very solid mouthfeel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a nice tight and compact head of tan that seems to come up around an inch or so before settling back down to earth and coming through with a nice medium layer of lacing around the sides, fairly impressed. aroma is hops, dark roasted malts, a touch of burnt brown sugar, hints of licorice and a touch of dark fruits as it warms, very complex. flavor follows suit nicely, albeit not as strong, but still very nicely done. rich dark malts and piney hops blend together with a deep roasted flavor

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus and dry hops, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, and hint of coffee. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hop, hint of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

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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 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 alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a black color. Almost looks more like a stout than anything else. One finger tan head comes and goes leaving light soapy lacing streaks on the glass.

S- The roasted malts come through more so than anything else. There are light earthy hops in this too that battle it out for the rest of the aroma in the beer. A little more roasted than I like in a black IPA but still smells good.

T- The flavors in this jump back and forth between IPA and stout. The burnt roasted malts come through first just to be knocked out by a light earthy hop. The chocolate malt notes bump the hops down the rest of the beer until the end. Citrus hops in the finish of the beer. Very interesting for a flavor complex.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was a tad high for me. Roasted malts left on the palate with some ligh hopping thrown in the aftertaste with the malts. Light drying from the alcohol.

D- This was a interesting beer. It couldn't decide what it wanted to be and to be honest I was ok with that. Looking forward to cracking another bottle open to see if this was a off bottle or if that was their intent.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. At Upland Tap Room in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a pint glass a dark cola like brown color with a tan head. Aroma is not as hoppy I would have thought but roast and licorice. Medium moutfeel. Subtle roast flavors with a fairly strong hoppy bitter bite at the end. Nice lace. Overall, would have liked to have more of a hop presence but drinks easy.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a dark brown color with a half inch mocha colored head. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass, but left some nice lacing as I drank it.

I'm getting an almost equal amount of the roasted, coffee and chocolate malts and the citrusy hops. They almost seem to cancel each other out though and leave a pretty mild nose overall.

The taste has a lot more of roasted coffee and burnt flavors then anything else. The finish especially showcases the burnt coffee bitterness. I get a little of the hops and citrus coming through but not nearly as much as I would expect in an IPA.

The mouthfeel was pretty fitting with it being medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some nice stout flavors to it. My main criticism is the marketing this as an IPA. I didn't find it very hoppy at all and instead found it had some pretty big roasty and burnt flavors. I'd say that Night Stalker may be closer to an IPA than this beer. I liked it though.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to heliosphann.

Pours black with a dense dark tan head. This is the darkest Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale I have seen thus far.

Scent of rich sugars, roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some sweet bitter hops and a touch of alcohol on the end. Good, but the strength of the roast is too overpowering.

Taste of dry roasted malts, a hint of caramel, tobacco, burnt sugar, and bitter, citrusy hops. Here again the roasted flavor takes charge and is not fully balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, oily and viscous with a medium bite of carbonation.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/1/11, Reviewed 1/4/12

A: Black with a thin tan head.

S: Pine and grapefruit hops with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Starts with some initial grapefruit/piney hops then gets some caramel malt. Finish is more of the hops with some dark chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium with Medium carbonation.

O: Solid. Black IPAs are interesting but in a good way.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at bottled sometime in October 2013. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere. My second beer from Upland Brewing Company; moderate expectations.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark inky black; opaque in the glass with two fingers of fluffy creamy dark mocha head. Nice fat scattered lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Pleasant aroma - dark roasted malt, chocolate, lactose sugars, and a piney / citric / earthy hop backbone. Dirty, earthy, leafy, and tea-like in the aroma. A bit of soapiness. Smells pretty nice.

T - Taste is less refined than I was hoping for, but still pretty nice. Roasted malt, lots of burnt / charred coffee bean bitterness, chocolate, and earthy / citric / resinous hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Dark burnt coffee bean / malt roast & bitter resinous hops on the finish.

Overall, I have been generally impressed with the two beers I've had from Upland so far, and I look forward to more. This isn't the best example of the style that I've had, but it's a firm beer. Good pairing of stout roastiness and IPA hoppiness.

Upland Brewing Komodo Dragon Fly Black IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled in Oct '10) received as a great extra in a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours thick and syrupy (looks more impy stout than black IPA) and almost totally opaque pitch black color. A cappucino colored dense finger of foam caps this initially and fades slowly over a minute or two to a some surface islands and an uneven collar around the glass.

S - Nice hoppy aromas up front. Citrus - orange and grapefruit with some hints of pine battle a bit against the dark roasted malts with give a bit of a coffee scent underneath the hops.

T - Roasty and coffee like at the base with some floral and herbal flavors in the mix. Hops are bitter and citrusy. Bitterness from the malts is acrid and heavily charred. Overall gives a burnt character with some alcohol flavor and the flowery hoppiness that I'm finding a little bit weird.

M - Body is light/medium with a hefty carbonation level here. Burnt flavors abound and are present well after the swallow...doesn't give the impression of a balanced bitterness either.

D - Interesting beer. The hops blend in nicely with the powerful roastiness at the base of this beer. However, there are some strange flowery/herbal flavors that mark this one down a bit for me. Roast is a bit too high for me also, would prefer it to be a bit smoother. Black IPA fa.ns should at least check this one out

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