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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

ABV: 6.5 IBUs: 65.5 SG: 15.5 SRM: 49.6


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7137) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottled. This sucka poured inky black with a deep brown head.. this screamed "stout" from the appearance, and I love stout. The aroma picked up greener floral and citrus hoppage over a bed of roasted semi-sweet chocolates.. nutty notes, vanilla, and caramel accented.. outstanding! The flavor found dark chocolate and lesser coffee at the core.. nice roast, but the malts seemed a little stale.. heavy bitterness around, mostly floral and earth, with a little spicy pine.. roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance on the palate.. dry and grainy overall.. very bitter, especially as it warmed up. Iím not a big fan of black IPAs, but this was probably the best Iíve found.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3250) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! Pours very black and viscous with a huge brown head. The aroma is roasted with dark chocolate, salty smoked meats, pine and citrus. The flavor is very roasted with smoked meats, charred wood, with a mild citric bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation and full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
#10 to make it official. Taster at the Upland tasting room in Indy. Pours extremely black with thin tan head. Of all the black IPAís Iíve tried so far, this one more than any could be easily mistaken for an I.S. Nose is mainly rich, strong coffee. Flavor is bitter/burnt coffee with a decent mix of bitter hops and nice malt backing. The taste leaves a bitter, dark, dryness lingering behind. Much, MUCH better than the regular Dragonfly IMHO. And I have to add that the Artwork would make Strongbad proud.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Growler form the tap room in Indy. This is another in a long line of so so attempts. Really way more stoutish that anything. Seems to highlight roast more than hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to Gabe and Stfun, thanks guys! Poured black with tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate with some coffee. Taste was similar with an oily finish. overall not a bad beer but nothing I am looking for again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle shared with wolf... sent by stfun. Poured into a pint glass, big head, nice dark chocolate color. Doesnt smell hoppy...lots of roasted malts. Taste is lots of roasted malts with some hops... wouldnt really consider it a "IPA". Just a nice stout with a good amount of hops, lost of roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate. Smooth creamy texture.. Nice brew. Thanks Josh!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottled January 2010. Always appreciate when brewers present that info. Pour looks like you are about to drink a stout. Beautiful brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma reminded me of a citrus stout, not to much hops. Taste correlated with aroma, some light stout malts, with a hint of citrus, maybe some licorice. Expected much more of a hop profile then what was presented. A black ale would be a more accurate description of this beer than a black IPA. Props to Upland for brewing something different.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdluttrull (1) - USA - FEB 5, 2010 does not count
Stumbled upon this in a pick-six. Bottle. VERY dark, very deep beer. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a long finish. Strong, with hints of coffee and smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4911) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle, label is super heavy cardstock or something. Nose has lovely pine and citrus from the hops with mocha and light porterish roast notes, with just a hint of socky must, resultant blend is exquisite, probably the first íBlack IPAí Iíve had to really emphasize the darker side of malt in the nose (as opposed to using flavorless de-bittered black malt). Pitch porter body with a dark brown imperial stout head. Taste is dark and very dry, light citrus from the hops is not sweet in the sugar way, but adds accent. Smooth, lasting ash for once doesnít taste like it came from a cigarette, pine and caramel picking up in the midbody after a few ounces and soon roughhousing in the back. Very faint dark chocolate. Touch of rubber-glove astringency in the medium body that seems to be more appropriate to a double IPA, and a little too tannic-y. I like this a lot, but itís missing something in between the two styles to tie them together (maybe tweak the hops?); this tastes more like a blend of two individually-made beers than a product of itself created synergistically.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Solid offering from Upland. From bottle. Pours a deep brown color, slightly hazy, with a pencil thin head and a little lacing. Aroma is good, a nice chunk of roasted nuts and burnt biscuits with a nice backbone of sharp hops and a hint of butterscotch. Flavor is slightly sweet and bitter , with some nice chocolate notes. Slightly oily on the palate. Nice.


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