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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 52
Gots: 79 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 02-28-2005)
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Photo of HalfFull
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

HalfFull, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of brooklynbrews
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

brooklynbrews, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
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...

Kegatron, Jan 13, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with an off-white head.

S: Uh oh. This bottle may have been a bit past its prime. Big and malty aroma with a big oak smell. Bad news.

T: Yup. No real hop flavor at all. Just tons of malts, caramel and the slightest bit of hop resin on the finish. Ugh.

notchucknorris, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 09, 2010
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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.