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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Photo of Rod_J
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 ThickNStout
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks!). Bottled 11/13. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours deep cola brown with a finger and a half pale tan head. Thin retention and very little lace.

Smells like the classic piney and roasted malts I associate with the style. A little bit of chalk and some biscuit but no curve balls here. Nothing to push it beyond standard.

Taste follows the aroma, again with no surprises. Pine, roast malts, toast and some grapefruit zest.

Medium light feel with moderate carbonation. Bitter chalky charred pine finish.

This was ok but nothing special. Unfortunately the best thing I can say about it is that it's not bad. Outstandingly average.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bootsdomino
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of BennyThon
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of DaveTomke
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CaryBrew92
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ChrisWashington
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Buttermilk
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of instinct2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Komodo Dragon is an ok attempt at a black ipa. The beer pours an opaque black with tan head that is leaving a lace. The scent is faint with a little bittering hop and slight espresso present. The taste is fairly well balanced and finishes slightly bitter. The roasted malt is more prevalent than any flavor of hop. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its ok...far cry from Stone's SSRA.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 enelson
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of estevan1024
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of KYRed
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of WoodburyMN
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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