While in DC for Savor, this beer I had at Church Key Bar and Grill in DC. Lolita had this beer first and I wished I order this beer as my first one. It does not matter because I had the chance to have this great beer. The beer I am talking about is Upland Dragonfly Ale. Upland Brewery was founded in 1997 by Marc Sattinger, Russ Levitt and Dean LaPlante in Bloomington, Indiana.
This beer is a copper in color with a little head on it. It is piney to earthy in smell. It is a smooth sweet circus carbonation in taste. This beer is very drinkable brew.
Here is a description from their website (www.uplandbeer.com):
India Pale Ale originated when the British Empire was at its height. British soldiers and civil servants were stationed all over the globe (including India), and regular ales could not survive the long journey by sea to reach them. The British solved this terrible dilemma by adding excessive amounts of hops to their beer–using the preservative properties of hops to increase the life of their beers.
Our Dragonfly India Pale Ale is true to this tradition, featuring seven hop additions to create a powerful hop profile. A solid malt base, however, tempers the bitter American hops, giving Dragonfly a balance not often found in this style. The end product is a well-balanced, malty beer with the crisp taste of hops and an exceptionally floral nose.
Here is their website and twitter address:
Empty beer glass, this is a very good beer. I love drinking this beer. It is very well made and balance for being an IPA. This beer is very drinkable and sessional. I just wished the Church Key Bar where I was at in DC had more beers from this brewery. I will be hunting down more of their beers. I will also be making a road trips to Indiana to visit the brewery, since, I live in the Chicago area. If you live in the states where they sell their beers, I am jealous and you should try their beers. Please let me know what you think about the beers. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser