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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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88
very good

211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 779
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 147 | 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

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Beer added by: oggg on 02-28-2005

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Photo of lhaqq
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had a handful of stuff from Drake's before, was told that this was a barleywine. Doesn't really taste like a double IPA to me, though it could be. But for that matter, it is significantly different from the barleywines I've had before.
A: Dark copper brown body with a frothy off-white head with great retention.
S: Not a terribly strong smell. Some malts, sugars, and specifically a hint of brown sugar. Also a good dose of grapefruit present, but little hops.
T: Some honey along with the malts. Noticeable alcohol, but not as strong as other barleywines I've had. Some of the grapefruit bitterness comes through, but overall pretty sweet.
M: Definitely not as cloying as a lot of barleywines. Goes down easy.
D: Pretty dangerous. Had it at Jupiter, where I was told it was 11%. Whether that or 9%, it goes down easy. A friend of mine chugged one pretty quickly. But it still has some great flavor; will have to pick up a six-pack sometime. (947 characters)

Photo of easong
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at the Rose and Crown (Palo Alto, CA), The Bistro (Hayward, CA), and the Dublin Sports Pub (Dublin, CA).

A: Thin white head above a medium-amber and just slightly cloudy drawn pint.

S: Citrus, grapefruit rind, Centennial aroma. No nuttiness, a good sign.

T: Assaulting hoppiness which lasts several seconds after the first swallow, then well-balanced residual malt compensates, followed by a somewhat sour and rising alcohol finish, not unpleasant or overpowering the citrus. Hop complexity comparable to Green Flash Imperial or Stone Ruination. All good in a strong IPA.

M: Apparent thinness in head maybe a tap artifact. Very nice cling and legs down the glass, especially as it warms a bit. Coats tongue and throat, not unlike a Bigfoot or similar weight barleywine, yet not nearly so caramelized. Would be excellent on cask draw, I think.

D: Nice choice as a first glass before a good single IPA (such as Drakes). (936 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On -tap at O'Brien's, served in a pint glass. A deep orange-copper with an off-white head of thick cream, the lacing after each sip looked like a beer-battered onionring, seriously. This lace is super thick and creamy!

First smell is of a piney, sappy, resinous hop-bomb. Pine and citrus, hop-bomb through and through. Just by the smell, it's not hard to tell it's at least a 2XIPA...yum.

The flavor doesn't disappoint, it's as hoppy as they come. Each sip seems to be hoppier than the last. The end of the pint is spikey, bitter and punishing with the IBU's running off the chart.

Medium body, high ABV and hops aplenty give this a crisp, bitter-sharp mouhyfeel and should certainly satisfy any true hophead...it sure works for me. Cheers! (749 characters)

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

GABF 2005. Light gold. Rich hop aroma, just how I like it. Vibrant grapefruit, pine and spruce, with perhaps a hint of grass and herbs. Medium bodied, with a creamy, yet slick texture. Big time bitterness, with grapefruit and orange rind flavors. Good stuff and what do you know, it’s West Coast. (297 characters)

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

On tap @ Hollingshead.

This imperial IPA pours a burnt hazy orange with an off-white head that left a beautiful lace, like a doiley that is the pint glasses lingerie slipping down the glass.. The bouquet was straight up hop pine and then some... not much more to say on that. The taste, WOW. Very well balanced hops, or hops hops hops i should say. You need the malt backbone to carry it and this brew does it.. A smooth bitterness that is blended quite perfectly.

Good carbonation and medium somewhat resiny mouthfeel that will leave you wanting more. (558 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado's in San Francisco. Presented in a tulip glass, with a murky orange color and slight but lasting white head.

The server at Toronado's told me this was a strong golden ale, but it's an IPA (or double IPA as BA lists it). Anyway I wasn't prepared for the strong hoppy aroma. I had this directly after drinking a Pliny the Elder, so this was a good chance to compare 2 double IPA's.

Overall the flavor was strong hops, not bitter, and coated the tongue much more than Pliny did. It felt like hops resin was left in my mouth after each sip (I guess this is good...). I don't think I could drink too many in a row, though.

I highly recommend this if you can find it. (693 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Tornado. It poured a rich copper color, with a thin head that left a great lace. Great fresh hop aroma. Piney, grassy, orange, grapefruit all come across in the nose. Flavor has a nice mixture of pine resin, hay and grapefruit rind. Slick, slightly oily mouth feel, good bitterness, very drinkable. (319 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
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. (810 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good luck of visiting Jupiter for the first time and finding this 1st place winner at the 2005 5th annual dIPA festival in Hayward.

This beer is auburn red, slightly murky. Fine bubbled head is minimal in the tall 20oz glass. I initially asked for a sample, and the small amount of liquid in the larger sample glass allowed me to swirl the beer, releasing MASSIVE hop aromas of pine cones, lemon/lime, and grapefruit. I'm talking #1 strongest and most delicious hop aroma ever. Unfortunately, it's hard to swirl 20oz of dIPA in a 20oz glass. So I recommend if you run out to Jupiter and get the dIPA, get it in like 3 glasses so you can swirl it around for a few hours, taking in that seductive aroma.
On the tongue, the hop bitterness is severe but not harsh like in Pliny, and it lingers. Strong but smooth hits of citrus pound the tongue. Malt really takes a back seat, which was a bit surprisingly since most dIPAs I've had try really hard to show some malt complexity.

Overall: hugely aromatic double IPA (1,029 characters)

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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.