Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA

Indiana
United States
Upland Beer Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA is a well-balanced, dark, bitter, and totally unique beer experience. We brewed this IPA with a base of fresh Pilsner Malts and darkened the color with pure Black Malts, creating a clean malt character that allows the liberal hop additions to shine through. Komodo is dry hopped and aged with a pinch of lavender to add to the overall aromatic experience.

Profile

ABV: 
6.7%
IBUs: 
67
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upland’s Komodo Dragonfly is an impressive example of a very drinkable Black IPA. A massive hit of dank hop character (presumably Simcoe) greets you upon opening the bottle, and this hop character explodes from the glass upon pouring. There is a touch of a chocolate or black malt aroma also present in the background that complements the hop nose very well. This brew is an opaque black color with ruby highlights, which become evident when tilting the glass, and has a tan-colored, long-lasting head topping it all off. This is a very attractive brew! 

Interestingly, although you’d expect a massive assault of hop character during the drink, the hop flavor and bitterness is actually quite moderate. The base malt backbone is also somewhat subtle, and is complemented by a touch of chocolate and debittered black malt flavor. The overall balance of the brew is towards the hop side of things, but it is not overpoweringly so. The finish is quite clean and somewhat dry, preparing the palate for the next taste.

Overall this is a quite well-balanced and well-thought out example of the style. The crispness seen in this brew is appreciated, making it one of the more refreshing Black IPAs that I have experienced.

Brewery Introduction

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. began its intriguing story in 1998 with a mission to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Our sour program began in 2006 as a way to entertain our curious... Read More

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