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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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88
very good

605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 47
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 20:42:14 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Toronado. Unfortunately it was already my 4th beer of the day so I'm probably not qualified to comment on how alcoholic the beer tasted or smelled.

In any case it poured a nice orange/red color that was pretty clear and had some sticky white head that laced the glass well.

The smell was intensely strong and of hops and more hops. Part citrus but mostly pine. Some sweet malt, well probably a lot of malt if it was noticeable under all those hops. Wonderful.

The taste was similar. It was basically a stronger more rediculous version of their IPA. Very sweet, moderately bitter, very hoppy in every aspect. Great beer all around.

Don't know if this is going to be bottled but I would love to find some of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 19:52:48 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-30-2012 23:47:42 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2013 04:24:35 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2012 03:25:51 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-22-2014 22:57:19 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-15-2014 04:49:18 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2011 18:53:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea why I passed up on trying this beer for so long.

This is quite syrupy on the flavor profile. There is a decent hop profile that adds some good spicy tones to it. One dimensional, yes. But it's not too shabby. It was nice enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:36:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 17:21:57 | More by Kegatron
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 19:21:58 | More by Mora2000
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a thin white head, good retention though, and very good lacing.

S: Very floral, ripe - just picked grapefruit, orange.

T: Great caramel/toffee maltiness, that doesn't detract from the hop character that I've found in a lot of Double IPA's. Grapefruit, light pine resin, citrus fruit from the hops, really tasty, right on the DIPA/Barleywine bordeline, reminds me a lot of Bigfoot '07.

M: Resiny, oily, medium-bodied, slick.

D: A really good DIPA from Drake's, I need to try more of their beers, what I've had from them has been really good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 02:08:27 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of this found it's way to a bottle swap in De Bierboom, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014: thank you to the unknown kind person.

I managed to grab a good third of a pint from the passing bottle and took a few notes while trying to drink it and not miss anything else interesting that might pass my way: this piece is from those said notes.

Slight haze to my already opened bottle, orange to golden with a grubby white head.

Hops, and more hops, it smells of hops: enough hops already, some maltiness hides behind the huge hop attack. I tried to fend it off by watching a Swiss Saint Bon Chein bottle of unknown vintage fly by: bugger!

This was fine though, especially if you're into hops. I see an Old Numbskull bottle coming my way: I've got to neck this, sorry. Hey there's Black Damnation over there, I wonder if it's Black Mes? (it was, hurray, I got some)

Christ that was hoppy. I'll try and give this beer more time and reverence if I come across it again, it deserves better than I gave it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 13:50:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-08-2013 00:53:23 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -12%
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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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2005- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Poured in a tulip style glass from the tap.

Appearance- Golden-orange colored with a small tight creamy white head and lots of lacing.

Smell- One of the better scented DIPA's out there. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops.

Taste- Hits you pretty hard in the hops department. First it's the pine and then it's a sweet grapefruit flavors. Almost like a Pliny the Younger, but not as balanced. Lacking a tad in the malt department. There is malt there, but the hops really overpower it.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation with the sweetness make this a heavy mouthfeel, almost like a light sryup.

Drinkability- The ABV seems higher than listed. I would have said over 10% for sure. This one would be perfect for 2 tulips in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2005 17:57:50 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommended and requested by a mate in Sydney, I purchased two bottles in California and dragged them back to Australia. One for him, and one to crack open with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours very thick and heavy amber hue. Quite dark, for an IPA, but not really quite verging into red ale territory. Head is initially full, if rudimentary. It does dissipate rather quickly, no doubt collapsing under its own weight. It's a very heavy brew, no doubt. Minimal lacing, but again, it's all about the body and weight to the appearance. That's no bad thing.

Nose is a huge face-punch of West Coast American hops. Big characters of pungent citrus, cut grass and and oddly rich yeast character on the back. Malt is also big, but it's certainly not the main event. It knows its job - to cushion the bombardment of hoppy goodness. And goodness it is. So classically American, so classically IPA. And certainly big enough to be considered a double. Lovely.

Taste is very nicely done as well. Seeing as though IPA is such a ubiquitous style nowadays, it's often much easier to find fault than to find positives. This is a very well-balanced brew, mixing the nutty malt backbone with the fresh hop bitterness, that never quite goes to extremity, but just stays nicely in tandem with the sweetness. It has a delicious heaviness to it too, something to remind you this is more than your regular run-of-the-mill IPA. Feel is good is a result.

I've had more extreme IPAs, heavier ones, more hoppy ones, more alcoholic ones; but this is probably the most well balanced Double IPA I've had. It does a great job of upping the ante in the flavour stakes, but still manages to keep every part together.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 08:40:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 20:14:11 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark amber colored beer with a tall tan colored head. This is dark enough that it could be considered a red beer.

Strong hops with mostly a eucalyptus smell. Pine and grapefruit in about even proportions. I smell wood and ginger and that is about all for the smell.

Starts out sweet and slightly bitter. Sweetness stays in the background. Nice and hoppy but no real nuances to the taste, just hops.

Good mouthfeel.

Not as good as I had hoped. This is an OK beer, but it doesn't deliver on subtleties. There are better beers for less money.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 03:11:46 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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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DoubleJ

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shards of ruby extend out the beer and glow incandescently onto the hand when holding the glass; it's too red to be a considered an IPA but this is still one hell of a good looking beer, whatever it is. Perfectly clear with candy-like colour and laser beam luminosity, its head is erratic and bubbly, with a portfolio of lace that could pass modern art 101.

You know, it's not like I know how to brew great beer - but I have been reviewing beer long enough to what great beer smells like and this, which is more reminiscent of a barleywine, smells to me like it could be something special. It has almost brandy-like esters, pacified by a sticky-sweet caramelly maltiness and leveled by the pine-y pungency of bitter hops.

The beer no doubt has a ton of leafy and fruity hoppiness, but it's the richness of macerated doughy malts that steal all the attention (and they only continue to do so more and more with warmth). Sweet, warming malts that are complimented by nectarine and plum-like fruitiness as well as notes of treacle and brandy, win the palate's heart almost instantly.

The bitterness definitely comes through, but it's softened by the rest of the beer's other flavours, all those caramelly, brandy-ish malts (and even some of the hops' own pine-y flavours). Almost astounding for a beer that is almost 10% alcohol and almost 100 IBU, this only get's more seductive with warmth. Splitting it amongst friends into snifters would be wise, but hogging a whole bomber to yourself is enjoyably doable.

If it walks like a barleywine and talks like a barleywine then you have reason to think of it as a barleywine. Drake's Denogginizer - whatever it is - is a fantastically complex and enjoyable ale that has a different character than most imperial IPAs. Of course that's part of the appeal of this often arbitrary, seemingly made-up style - it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. And so far as this particular interpretation - I'm a big fan. And I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 06:02:04 | More by biegaman
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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
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