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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

534 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%


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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that fell to a thick spotty surface foam. Some lace painted the glass.

Smell: light orange and malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: a more malty and sweeter DIPA than some others. Caramel, loads of oranges, some grapefruit, soft pine tones, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol was mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste leans towards a syrupy sweet feel with some bitterness.

Overall: a slower sipping DIPA as I found this to be a bit sweeter than others, and I just didn't get a cohesive flaor profile here, as the flavors stood apart.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2014 21:18:21 | More by Gavage
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magictacosinus

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

FINALLY got to try this one, of all the Drake's offerings I've gone through thus far. Poured into a mason jar at a bar somewhere in downtown SF.

Produces an orange-amber color, almost to the point of being slightly reddish. While I'm still getting used to the mason-jar-replacing-shaker-pint fad going on in various places (all over the country, it seems), it nevertheless does provide excellent head retention overall that comes off as a thick, foamy, and white, about 2-fingers tall. Resinous for sure, and definitely obvious with the lacing that comes around. Slightly bubbly, but nothing too festive. Raw and rustic - looks like a DIPA home brew. Drake's always seems to nail this type of fantastic display in their beers.

The aroma is a beast of resinous hoppy and bittered aromas - not in the same sense as Hopocalypse, but I'd go out and say that this is far harsher. Blood oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, musty, dried hoppy dankness (almost herbal), as well as notes of honeysuckle and minerality. Super floral and the finish, almost the point of stinging the nostrils. There's some sugary malts below this somewhere, but this is not mellow by any means. Booze is well hidden, but this could use some balance. Provides a bittered assault without much substance from the malts, but somehow, this reduces the aromatic qualities of the initial citrus/floral bouquet.

The palate is immediately pelted with dried, resinous hops, often resembling bittered blood orange rinds, grapefruit, and pine, and then soon after melds into a vegetal, near peppery earthy flavor. Extremely floral - almost like eating dried flowers. Luckily, it does hold a more solid toasted caramel-like backbone at the finish, which mellows out the hoppiness and provides more leeway for the flavors to relax and shine. Gets progressively better as it is sipped, and it owes a lot to the excellent carbonation in the beer - which isn't excessive or silky, but rather brings forth sweetened nuances from the grains and booze to relish the initial bitterness a bit. This is really a sipper, though - not for DIPA beginners by any means, and it took me a long while to finish due to the high astringency.

A solid DIPA from Drake's, and it seems like it's very popular, but Lord knows why. This is really acidic, astringent, floral stuff, especially in the aroma. Dry as all get-out, and definitely one that can kick your ass across town with the demonically hidden ABV. Hopocalypse and this are night and day. This focuses far more on providing a hop assault, while the former seems to strive for more balance and flavor complexity with the extra malts. I still find it ironic that my favorite beers in this style contain a malt robustness, but hey, after you've been defeated one too many times by beers this dry and astringent, you couldn't really ask for anything else. I recommend pairing this with food, especially of the spicy varieties. Not my favorite but definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 05:36:02 | More by magictacosinus
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Note: Adapted from notes taken 3/22/13

Comment: Surprised to see this beer on-tap at a restaurant next to my hotel on a recent visit to San Francisco (for a conference, which really cut into my drinking time)

Appearance: Clear, bright orange with a touch of gold - big, fluffy white head, leaves a nice web of great lacing

Smell: Tons of citrus, with an emphasis on oily rind - juicy orange and grapefruit - loads of oily citrus rinds, zest, and pith - some wet pine - very floral - some malts, with some sweetness, caramel and pale - some pretty obvious alcohol

Taste: Surprisingly burly, wouldn't quite describe this as a West Coast hop bomb - sticky, oily citrus and wet pine resin - almost syrupy in its oily citrus aspect - unrelenting grapefruit rinds everywhere, remarkably bitter - earthy - sweet caramel malts seem to be amplified by the alcohol, which honestly seems beyond the advertised 9% - very noticeable

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, sticky, oily, decent carbonation but could use some more to deal with the oil

Overall: Good, not fantastic

This is quite interesting. A big, harsh IPA with an emphasis on bitter, oily citrus. It's a bit too sweet, and is lacking the fleshy, juicy, hoppy magic that I associate with West Coast IPAs. Definitely interesting and worth a try. I'm not certain how fresh this was, since it was on tap, and I might want to re-evaluate for a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 05:16:27 | More by angrybabboon
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FosterJM

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1542nd Review on BA
Draft to Goblet
12oz

Paired with a watermelon/feta salad
@BJs Newark, CA

App- Deep orange and a bit creamy in the glass. A little bit of a highlight in the glass with some golds and yellows. The head was on about 1/4". Great cling and sticky lace on this one.

Smell- A nice mixing of hops, cream and honey. Its a bit thick like a candy aroma but doesnt come off as sweet but more honey/grass/citrus forward.

Taste- Ive passed this bottle up many times. On a work trip for HH and couldn't pass up the tap version. Its a small hoppy beer with a good spice behind it. Honey sticky and a bit thick. Better cold vs warmer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and quite full on the body actually. A semi-creamy medium carbonation with a bit of residual creamy spice.

Drink- A nice double IPA. Seems like Nor.Cal/So. Cal, doesnt matter. All CA does is pump out solid IPAs

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 14:48:36 | More by FosterJM
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Golden State Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light copper with an off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some malt aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with a nice hoppy presence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 05:17:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Drake's Barrel House, served in a 12 oz tulip.

An amber-hued DIPA, a shade or two darker than most of Drake's hoppy offerings. Clarity is excellent, and it pours with an inch of foam that retains well.

The nose is bright and sweet with notes of melon and pineapple. As suggested by the appearance and the huge ABV, this is rather sweet but not necessarily malt-forward. The malt brings out the fruitiness of the hops, but doesn't add much in the way of actual malt aroma beyond a touch of caramel. It's very fragrant and enticing.

The palate offers an appealing blend of pineapple, cantaloupe and resinous pine. It's a touch sweet up front, but dries out mid-palate and becomes rather leafy and bitter in the finish. The body is hefty, bordering on syrupy for the first few sips, but then the bitterness balances things out.

While this is an excellent beer, the hop profile seems to be extremely volatile. Skip bottles unless you know they're no more than 2-3 weeks old.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 05:41:47 | More by largadeer
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ehammond1


3.68/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 21:43:00 | More by ehammond1
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tornado in SD (at least during SD Beer Week).

A- Thick and deep, dark copper gold color with a very thin lacing head, minimal carbonation.

S - Piney hops with some resiny citrus notes in the aroma, but not very strong. This is a good beer but the aroma falls quite short, unfortunately.

T - Spicy malty goodness dominates through the entire sip with mild to moderate boozy effervescence that's enjoyable. Leaves a grapefruit piney hoppiness that has a very slight floral (and ever so slight) presence.

M - Pretty thick for a DIPA, actually. Quite smooth, uber mild prickly on the tongue, and the lingering sensation is mostly alcohol, citrus, and very mild caramel malt.

O - This is a really great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 06:09:40 | More by jzeilinger
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

A- Pours a golden, copper color with a finger of creamy off-white head. Leaves good lacing.

S- Fruity citrus, lots of piney hops balanced by a surprisingly strong caramel malt.

T- Hops are done very well, big floral, leafy hops with citrus, rind, and some pepper. The malts are pretty great too, with a strong caramel malt with a bready, slightly thick texture, produces a sweet, bready finish.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, dry, bitter finish.

O- A solid DIPA, its nice to see one of these done with the usual huge hops but with malts to match. Would definitely get this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 02:11:52 | More by WillCarrera
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teamizm

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 38 Degrees In Alhambra (review of off notes)

A - Pours a copper amber color with a white head and some lacing

S - Strong tropical fruits notes along with a resin/pine and citrus notes associated with the hops. Caramel malts also come through in the nose.

T - Tropical fruits are pre-dominant, bitterness comes in the form of piney/citrusy hops. Sweet as well, caramel like.

M - Medium carbonation

O - Nice IPA, more east coast tasting due to the sweetness

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 05:32:32 | More by teamizm
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this...

On-tap at Blue Palms for Drakes/Triple Rock Tap Takeover

A: The pour is amber in color with a dense off-white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Fairly sweet with a definite caramel and toffee aroma to it. Certainly on the sweet side, but there is some nice hoppiness to it. Strong citrus and pine hops with a little bit of tropical fruit in there as well.

T: Despite what is a fairly heavy sweetness, for an IPA at least, there is a really solid hop flavor. Pineapple, grapefruit, and pine are the big players and they give the beer a nice balance and a decent bitterness.

M: Fairly full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Perhaps not my favorite DIPA, but for one that's on the sweeter side, this is pretty good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 21:06:38 | More by womencantsail
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DoubleJ

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Bright copper color as it sits in a large snifter. There's some good head retention and fine lacing sticking around the glass. One sniff yields joy for the nose; very aromic, fresh pine and some driblings of passionfruit.

All is good...no, that's an understatement. All is great with the taste. Hoppy without going too bitter little of the 9.75% ABV hitting the shores. Clean pine hits first, after that comes a grab bag of different tropical fruit flavors; passionfruit, orange, pineapple. Some resin provides some bitterness and leftovers in the aftertaste. The body is medium-heavy, a little bit of solvent alcohol leakes on the palate.

Superb. That is all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 18:16:31 | More by DoubleJ
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Srsly

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 07:23:49 | More by Srsly
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SShelly

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a touch to the orange copper side of the ipa spectrum, nice white head and lots of lacing as I drink.

Aroma is giant and hoppy, citrus, a little bit of malt creeps in.

Flavor is a little generic for a IIPA but tasty regardless, big upfront bitterness with nice malt backbone, could have been a touch drier.

Will definetly be ordering this when I see it.

tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 18:10:33 | More by SShelly
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 22:55:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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MrTopher

California

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 05/29/10 at Ladyface Alehouse (Agoura, CA). Didn't know what it was, just saw Drake's and knew it had to be good. I had no clue it was a DIPA.

A - Dark copper amber color looked almost like amber ale. No head at all when presented. The first appearance is deceiving; especially with me not knowing it was a DIPA.

S - This smelled like a hop bomb before I even got a taste of it. Very citrus with some sweetness to it. But the smell could have made me think it was a Double Red.

T - One sip and I knew it was a DIPA. Strong citrus flavors but added is a balanced malty flavor that balances this beer out and makes it extremely enjoyable to drink. I didn't want to put it down; I wanted to cradle it all day.

M - Perfection, not a single taste bud on my tongue wasn't happy. It could be because its destroyed from all the IPA/DIPA's I've had, but who's counting.

D - All day long, this is a beer that can be enjoyed in any season. Was great on the warm day I had it on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 17:30:40 | More by MrTopher
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snpub540

California

4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tlip a nice brown hue with some copper highlights at the bottom and the edges. Khaki head leaves some very clingy lacing the whole way down.

Hops run the aroma with citrus being the biggest player. Grapefruit and tropical fruit are the most dominate.

Taste is a nice hoppy pineapple, mango and pine mix. Enough of a malt sweetness that it doesn't allow the hops to be too aggressive. The balance is wonderful and this is the best DIPA I've had in awhile.

Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. Alcohol isn't really present in the taste, but it does show up when I first stood up from my bar stool. Mouthfeel was resinous and almost sticky. Definately coated the whole palate. Glad I got to try this and can't wait to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 00:19:04 | More by snpub540
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Westsidebuddha

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 38 Degrees Alhambra, Calif.

Poured a dark brown color into a pint glass. The smell of citrus is noticable. First sip is definitely a DIPA with a good backend. Good mouthfeel with a present ABV. Decent drinkability for a DIPA. Overall, a good DIPA with a good ABV backend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 15:35:01 | More by Westsidebuddha
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 00:26:30 | More by dirtylou
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 00:00:17 | More by SpdKilz
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan of a lot of Drake's bigger beers, and this is one I'd wanted to try for a while but always seemed to miss it. Finally found it on tap at Meridian in Berkeley, and I'm glad I did. A delicious beer. A beautiful pour, dark orangey amber with a thick, lustrous head that sticks around for the duration of the beer as a 1/4 inch cap. Leaves some thick lacing as well. Big, hoppy nose with herbal, citrus, and especially pine notes with some sweet, bready malt. Beautifully balanced aromas. The taste is bold. Lots of herbal notes, with some noticeable dill, and piney hops with some sweet malt and a long bitter finish. The dill note is interesting- I've tasted hints of this in Racer 5, and lots of it in Exponential Hoppiness, and its coming from the hops, but I don't know what strain is creating it. In any case, its interesting. A long bitter finish rounds out the flavors. The mouthfeel is firm, but relatively smooth. This is an excellent beer. I just wish I saw it on more places.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 06:01:59 | More by Georgiabeer
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tpd975

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another day another kick ass brew at Downtown Johnny Brown's SD.

A: Pours a very nice ruby hue. Nice tight 1/4 finger head. Good retention and ridiculous lace.

S: Not overly bold, but nicely hopped. Hints of sweet caramel malt mixed with sweet resinous pine.

T: Wonderful sweet malt backbone which is quickly over powered by the hops. Tons of dripping sweet resinous pine backed by nice green floral hops.

M: Medium in body smooth with a nice grassy hop bite in the finish.

D: Very good, glad to try another Drake's brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2009 01:47:49 | More by tpd975
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ccrida

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Toranado, served in a tulip. Denogginizer is a dark, dull orange with a small white collar, leaving decent lace.

Smell is pungent hops, almost like what I would assume pure hop oil extract smells like. It's on the sweeter, fruity side, pineapple and watermelon (almost, but not nearly as distinctly melon as the Mad River Jamaican Red, but probably the same hop). The pine resin comes out more as it warms, very nice.

Taste is also quite hoppy, with pretty firm malt backbone balancing it out. Strong but not overwhelming bitterness, the hops really linger on the tongue, whoa! Really a pretty nice DIPA, big hop flavor, but the intense malt provides some 'balance'. Still, nothing I'm going to move from Portland for!

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, but oily and dry, with a medium-heavy, chewy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, the taste in particular. The body's a bit thick to really slurp 'em back like I tend to do with PtE, but still damn good!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 00:35:11 | More by ccrida
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Floydster

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce glass at The Bistro in Hayward a little over a month ago, reviewed from notes, color is copper with some vibrant orange, there is a big 1 1/2 inch soapy off white head that lasts a long time, nice lacing too, aroma is made up of both floral and piney hops, figs, lots of caramel, light bread, dried dark fruits, grapefruit, toffee, and mild booze, smell reminds me or of a barleywine than a DIPA, starts off with some mild hop notes, sweet caramel and booze in the middle, finish is slightly bitter and a good amount of warmth in the aftertaste along with some lingering caramel, gets fruity, sweeter, and more alcoholic as it warms, malt was dominant in this one from a DIPA perspective, needed a larger hop profile to really make it special but still good overall, sweet, citrusy, dry, boozy, and fruity mouthfeel, full bodied, light carbonation that can be a bit syrupy, taste lingered, could not have drank much more than a few ounces of this, seemed even stronger than it was because the booze were not hidden that great, not the smoothest and quite thick and filling for a double IPA, Drake does make good beer and this is no exception, I had heard a lot about this brew before getting to have some, I would like to drink it again even though it did not live up to the extent of its hype, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 03:34:13 | More by Floydster
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bbothen

California

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick & creamy white head. The head has good staying power & leaves lots of sticky glue like webbing on the glass as it goes down. Wonder if it's doing that to my tubes inside as well? I hope so.

Smells of sweetness mostly. Sugar, big maltiness, some faint tropical aromas, and booze. Nothing off or bad, just not what I expected for a IIPA.

The taste is much better than the nose led me. Nice malty sweetness, fruitiness, some tropical hoppiness comes through, but the sweetness dominates, warming boozy presence as well. Interesting take on an IIPA.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slick, thick.

Drinks well for how sweet it is & the ABV.

Hmmm indeed. I enjoyed this. Wont be going out of my way to find again. But will gladly sample again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 22:15:21 | More by bbothen
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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
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