Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 56
Gots: 139 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oggg on 02-28-2005

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 767 | Reviews: 221
Reviews by whatthehull:
Photo of whatthehull
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - Cloudy, swampy, orangeish, one finger off white head and some decent lacing

S - sugar, citrus, flowers, terrior, wood, crisp hops, sweet malts, funny/sweetish yeast, fresh cut citrus trees, a light fruit and earthy

T - Tons of malt, funky yeast, a very pleasant booze, very nice fruity and floral hops, serious wood, earth, dry twigs and maybe some oak, kinda musty, candy sugar, lots of citrus, a slight toastiness and very nice fresh/crispness

M - medium body, medium acidity, well balanced, nice complexity and medium finsih

D - This ale drinks like a champ. If you like hops on any level, this is a great beer for you. Not to hoppy, just enough malt and very fresh and earthy. Give this one a try if you like a well balanced ipa

Final thought - $6 a pop and 10% abv that you can't taste? Noice!

More User Reviews:
Photo of jercasper
5/5  rDev +27.6%

My favorite IPA to date!

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, purchased in Watsonville, Ca's Cork and Bottle.

No freshness info/bottling date info.

Pours a super clear and rich shade of bronzed/coppery amber, under a lazy and relaxed oatmeal colored head, that rapidly goes to a thicker collar and leaves just some spotty bits of lace.

Nose reveals notes of sweet malts and just a hint of hops lurking in the rear.

The sweet malt theme continues onto the palate, sort of suprising for the style. Waves of caramel melts most in contro here, glimpses of citric and grains hops are present but sort of towards the rear.

Enjoyable and tasty, big and bold flavors abound. Medium body and carbonation is at the correct level. Super smooth and an easy flower over the taste buds

Well done and worth a try if you like a malty DIPA thats bordering on a barley wine.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a ton of tropical fruit notes including pineapple, mango, apple, papaya, peaches and starfruit. Every time I smell the beer I get something new.

The flavor is also very fruity. I get some caramel malt along with a ton of papaya and mango. The flavor is not as complicated as the aroma, but it is still a great tasting IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good Double IPA.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant reddish amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that grips the side of the glass producing fine sheets of lace.
S: A boquet of citrus, earthiness and spice.
T: Big citrusy hop flavors floating in alcohol and rich malt.
M: Warming alcohol, smooth, big body, medium low carbonation.
O: A nice way to mainline IBUs

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and amber with a thin off-white head--spots, lines, and spiderwebs of lace left down the glass.

Bold aroma both with big, citrus, resinous, dank hop notes and tons of big, sweet, syrupy sweet malt accents, along with just a touch of alcohol bite.

The flavor follows similarly with tons of both hops and sweet malt characteristics. This is just a touch too sweet and a bit boozy for my liking, though I can appreciate what's here.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A big, hugely flavorful, sweet DIPA. This isn't the direction I prefer my DIPAs to lean, but this is no slouch of a beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So glad they brought this to the Truckee beer fest, usually have to go into the East Bay (Hayward/San Leandro) for this one.

Amazing orange and auburn glow, with clarity, minimal head, white. Great dry hop aroma, citrus and pine, simcoe and amarillo is my guess.

Great taste, so easy to drink, hides the alcohol, gets you pumped up like it has caffeine in it, such a thrill to find this when you didn't expect it. Usually a perennial spot or two behind Pliny in my tally for dipa festival. Solid.

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost too bitter for me.

Photo of lnashsig
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to augustgarage for the chance to try this exceptional San Francisco DIPA. Poured into my Dfh snifter- pours a golden red color, about 3 fingers of frothy head that recedes slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Smell- I get nice citrus flavor- orange rind and lemon, mixed with some pronounced toffee and caramel. I'm really excited to get started here. Taste- instant bitter hops flavor is met with a mingled caramel and sweet toffee flavor. What a well balanced beer! Mouthfeel- this has a nice feel to it, not silky, but nice carbonation and drinks very well. Drinkability- for 9.75 abv, this is well hidden and easily drinkable. This is a gem of a beer, and I was glad to have a chance to taste it.

Photo of mbunje
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cool label. Have not had much from Drake's...so here goes

Appearance. Brassy-orange color. Bone white head with excellent lacing

Smell - Hops for sure. Pine and grapefruit. but i smell a bit of staleness in this. I can't decide if its my glass or the beer. So i won't knock it down much. Pungent hops, though

Taste - Bitter on the front, back and sides of my tongue. Wow. packs a punch. Fruity middle and a dry bread at the end.

Moutfeel - Chewy, thick. Highly carbonated and pinprick-like carbonation

Drinkability...says 9.75% ABV, but it seems higher. So I can have a couple of these. Heavy.

Overall, really a good DIPA. balance is nice (hops/malt)...maybe a bit too much malt making it heavier than I would like. But a really great DIPA. Well done.

Photo of BennyL1
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a NB globe - no freshness info that I could find. Thanks to schwartzoid.

Denogginizer pours a burnt orange with a good two fingers worth of white head. Sticky lacing along the glass, good looking beer.

Good hoppy aroma with a fairly strong malty background which is a hint of things to come. Not totally what I would expect from the style but solid.

First thing I noticed the sweetness of the caramel malt but still hoppy with notes of grapefruit and pine. Once again not typical of the style but really enjoyable. Really good balance.

Fuller body with medium carbonation - not overly smooth.

If you're in the mood for a DIPA with a strong malt side, this one would be a good one to reach for.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, orange-copper with an off-white, 2 finger head. Great retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass well, sip after sip.

Smell - Big pine notes upfront, complimented by some mild tropical fruitiness and hints of spice.

Taste - Less pine on the tongue than in the aroma, but still plenty to be had. Lesser notes of grapefruit. Malts come across with a toasted biscuit quality, and do well to compliment the big hop character. Finishes with some tropical fruit sweetness, and more grapefruit pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body with moderate carbonation. Juicy and smooth before a drying finish.

Overall - Both are very, very good, but I think I prefer their Hopocalypse just a tad more. This one reminds me a quite a bit of Firestone-Walker's Union Jack in it's all-around character. Drinks closer to your standard IPA than a DIPA, but only due to it's superb smoothness. That 9.75% is ready to kick in your teeth when you least expect it. Drink responsibly, friends.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Ken for bringing back a Drake's, a bomber too. Orange body with two inch thick white head. Hoppy aroma, and good orange citrus bitterness.Piney.Caramel offset. Alcohol hidden so decent drinkability. Carbonation right there. Not smoothest DIPA.

Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Deep clear tangelo body with a lasting pearling beige head. Ornate waves of lacing could have been illustrated by Hokusai. Light sticky legs.

Powerfully hoppy aromatics! Simcoe slaps you in the face with its signature passion fruit notes; the other hops are right behind suggesting pine, citrus, faint pineapple, and a low floral scent. Sweet smelling full German malts draw you in further.

Bitter, fruity, sweet, and spicy flavors abound - fresh, oily hops suggest marijuana, bubblegum, guava, evergreen, passion fruit, and pink peppercorn among other things. A mix of clean and very faintly toasty malt notes offset the bitterness. Estery yet dry finish.

Moderately carbonated, lightly astringent, appropriately slick, nearly full-bodied, warming...yet still refreshing.

A huge version of the style - very full flavored yet still balanced. Top-tier stuff here.

Photo of Srsly
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Golden State after an epic PtY fail at Surly Goat:

A - solid dark amber, pretty white head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves good lacing.

S - very intense hoppy smell, mostly piney to my nose with a little citrus sneaking in at the back end.

T - definitely a punch in the mouth, a whole bunch of bitter pine flavor at first sip. it does mellow out and finishes well rounded with plenty of malty goodness.

M - maybe towards the heavy side of pleasant, but still nice. pretty bitter on the finish.

D - this is a seriously powerful DIPA, maybe not as drinkable as some others because of the high ABV and intense bite, but still a very enjoyable experience. I think it's especially effective if you haven't had your palate ruined in a little while. go get yourself hopslapped!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger cream colored frothy head with good retention. Beer is a clear, deep, amber-orange. Lacing is outstanding. Frothy and layered with awesome legs and great retention.

S: Upfront sweet astringency. Cane sugar, resiny hops, piney hops, and a subtle citrus background. Almost smells like an aged double bastard. A bit aggressive for my taste but aromatic for sure.

T: Opens bitingly hoppy upfront. Like a hop hurricane in my mouth twisting piney, citrus, and resiny hop bitterness all together. Subtle citrus malt backbone that reveals itself ever-so-slightly towards the end. Barky at the finish with a resin hop bitterness that clings to the insides of my cheeks and palate.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and goes down sticky and scratchy. Finish is very messy and aftertaste lingers on and on.

D: I can appreciate the direction of this beer but this completely resiny and pine hop forward beers are just not for me. Worth a try if you're a fan of that type of IPA but I just can't get into it.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Rogue Alehouse - San Francisco

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an odd overside cocktail glass, or something...hazy tangerine body, light bubbly white foam

smell: smooth hoppy aroma, tropical fruit, tangerine citrus

taste: big tangerine body, white pepper, fresh citrus, caramel, tropical fruit...nice one

mouthfeel: medium body, fresh

drinkability: good

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice.

Appearance - Deep orange. Very cloudy with a just-off-white head. Sticky lacing and some nice retention.

Smell - Muted musty pine notes and a strong malt presence. Grapefruit permeates the whole experience. Kind of a dull aroma, really.

Taste - Strong pine and grapefruit. Sweet malts all over, but the hops are strong enough that I rather enjoy it. The hops culminate to a bitterness that outlasts the lingering sugars.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy for an IPA. I usually prefer lighter bodied DIPAs, but this is hoppy enough that I'd call it "balanced" rather than sweet.

Overall - It's too sweet to be really spectacular, but avoids the pitfalls of many other malt-forward IPAs.

Photo of MisterGone
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aptly named, this stuff will take your head off. Very strong beer with lots of hop and malt - a kind of over-the-top use of ingredients for effect - a very good effect. Had this the first time on tap, in bottle since, both are excellent. Alcohol is definitely in the flavor profile, but not a deal killer. I am not a partier, so this is a one-bottle brew (22 oz) for me.

Photo of Kegatron
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Another Drake's offering here courtesy of Bubba83.

Pours a clear ruby, with 2 stiff foamy fingers of off-white head. VERY rich looking retention on this, sticking around with a frothy near finger and leaving back a creamy cascade that slowly slides down and settles into sticky patches on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy smelling than floral with some underling herbal accents. Some sharper notes of spice, pine, and grapefruit are present but seem to get lost in the shuffle next to a combo of tropical fruit, thick grainy malt, and alcohol warmth, which just controls the nose with a heavy sweetness. I'm also picking up a bit of a plastic off-note that isn't helping matters.

Much like the nose, the taste is a warm sticky mess of tropical fruit, toasted grainy malts, and alcohol sweetness. Leafy hops, pine cones, peppery spice, and bitter grapefruit all hang in the back but mesh with the rampant alcohol presence to give off an unappealing medicinal feel and that then leads into a gritty abrasive finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a softer crispness that glides on top of some chewy alcohol beef. As mentioned before, just too much of that 10% ABV is showing and gets to be borderline stinging on the palate at times.

I just couldn't get into this one. Too hot and sweet with the hop flavors being push to background, this ended up being overall unpleasant for me. I don't know. My experience with this beer totally didn't jive at all with the other reviews. The bottle didn't taste old to me, just way too hot. Oh well...

Photo of HalfFull
2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a wine glass for a 22 oz. bomber, the Denogginizer pours a copperesque amber in color and sports an inch of foam. Offers good retention and light artsy lacing.

Nose of old hops and crystal malts. Stop this nonsense with the malts and add some more hops please. I honestly have difficulty believing that anybody likes this rancid hop style that is so common in Northern Cal/Oregon.

Flavor is similar with some moderate hop notes but this beer offers a rather thin finish. To its credit, the 9.75% is well hidden, but it's hidden behind a malty and gummy/chewy/bland mess. Unfortunately I'm unable to find any date code information on this one and I fear(hope) that it's not as fresh as it could be.

Photo of WOTO97
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dense fluffy head that slowly dissolves into a 1/2 in. dense cap. Tons and tons of globby lacing sit above a copper body with nice clarity. Due to the strong malt backbone, this IIPA strongly resembles a very solid Am. BW. Nose is of pine and citrus--lots of lemon/orange zest going on. Not to be outdone, the malt character shines through as well on the nose with notes of sweetbread and toast. This is a very tasty brew with well-balanced construction. If you are looking for a tongue ripper, this isn't it. While overtly hopped, the back of this is pleasantly supported with a strong malt quality. Very dense on the palate with lots of sticky residue on the finish. About as drinkable as any Am. BW: tastes great but can begin getting a bit heavy. Great stuff.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at FO Santa Moncia with my Father and Brother-in-Law

Appearance - Was served to us with about a finger of head that dissipated realatively fast leaving decent lacing. When held up to the light coming in from outside it has a copper/amber color to it.

Smell - Wow...the bartender said this was a DIPA but all I can find at first is the sweet malty smells coming from the beer. Caramel and some toffee which is eventually followed by some citrus and hops.

Taste - This immediately reminds me of more sweet D/IPA's such as 90 min and Gordons. A very sweet taste up front which is eventually, finally if you will, followed by a hint of hops and citrus. This was not a good drink to have right after a Pliny on tap, let me tell you. Granted I don't think many other D/IPA's could follow a PtE and actually compete with it, but even this was lackluster in my opinion. My Father and B-in-L are not beer geeks (besides what I tell them) and they also heavily preferred the PtE we had had just prior. Allow me to state, however, that this is not a "bad" DIPA because I have had many of those. It is just very barleywine like rather than a DIPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, almost syrupy, with little carbonation. One can taste hints of the alcohol in this drink. (Again, amazing how different DIPA's can be...I know this is a percent more than a PtE but my god, you can only taste awesomeness in PtE but here you get a bite of the alcohol at the tail end).

Drinkability - If I were at FO again and they had both PtE on tap and this, I would definitely go for a Pliny. Again, this is not a bad DIPA, however, when there are better DIPA's on tap right next to it, I will go for those. Granted, some people enjoy a sweeter DIPA rather than balanced or hoppy...I guess I am just not one of those people.

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks rrryanc for this!

Appearance. Pours a nice rich amber-gold with 1.5 fingers of thick, off-white head that coats the side of the glass.

Smell. Big citrus rinds and toasty grains with some cedar and pine.

Taste. Sweet toasted malts and caramel, oily bitter grapefruit and orange rinds, some pine and a little tropical fruit. Good lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lower carbonation. A bit warming.

Overall. A nice DIPA with a big malt base that's just a bit on the sweet side for me.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops and caramel sweetness.

Tastes of big hops notes upfront followed by a big malt sweetness. Hops have citrus and tropical fruits along with some pine. Caramel sweetness cuts the hops and adds to the fruits. Leaves a sticky sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is present with a warming of the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty good DIPA that is a bit too sweet for me.

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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.