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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 787
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.46%
Wants: 57
Gots: 151 | FT: 2
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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 Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 08/10/12
22oz bottle to a standard pint glass

A: Pours a hazy caramel amber color equipped with a good finger width of long lasting shave cream head. Each sip leaves foamy rings of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of caramel malts with some underpinnings of pine and earthy tea leaf. Hint of alcohol. Aroma is malty and sweet with dark sugar qualities.

T: Taste leads with toasty caramel malts, sappy pinecone, and earthy herbs. I get a slight metallic bite at first but not throughout the full drink. There is a big up front bitterness with some juicy stone fruit and orange zest qualities. Flavors seem to fall off pretty quick from there although it has a nice dank hemp-like lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is detectable and warm but acceptably proportionate. A touch sweet and maltier than I prefer but not bad.

M: Nice creamy texture with a moderately full feel giving you a little something to chew on. Has a dry bite midway but still finishes with an overall wet saturation to the palate. Some residual hop oils coat the tongue.

D: Big caramel malt sweetness meets big hop bitterness. Flavors do fall a bit flat for me once you get past the initial flurry of hops and sugars. Not sure on the bottle date here - but this is way better on tap.
Not my go to DIPA by any means but still quite juicy and enjoyable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a honeycomb crunch-textured linen head. Fresh oily hop flowers with orange oil and some gooey hot caramel underneath.
Sticky toffee with toasted nuts (Munich?) some Cointreau and maybe some tart papaya and then resiny, catty, piney hops that slowly go citrusy as it opens.
Candied orange peel ending and long lean powdery bitter linger. Medium, oily, a bit hot.

Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade and Amarillo plus Crystal and Munich, says the label.

Not quite subtle; definitely a rough hop punch, from the Simcoe I suspect, and some burn. Some others are saying how sweet it is, and there are some brandy sugary notes, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it a barleywine. Maybe I'm just out of practice with >75 IBU beers. Either way, too rough around the edges to be a true classic.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Chris. Thanks, dogg!

Darker than I like my DIPAs to be, this beer is a moderate amber color with a big, off-white head with nice retention and lacing. Clarity is great. The nose seems to have fallen off, as it mostly is a lot of crystal malt. Sweet with brown sugar and caramel, there is a modest hop profile as well, with pine and candied oranges. A moderate tangerine character is present as well. Decent.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and moderate sweetness. Mostly crystal malt with a lot of caramel and burnt sugar sweetness, this is sweeter than I typically care for. The bitterness is smooth, with pine and candied grapefruit. Hop flavor seems minimal, and mostly citrusy. This feels lighter than a beer this sweet should taste, probably due to the ABV? Medium in body medium-light in body, this beer is decent. Despite not having the characteristics I typically look for in a DIPA, I am quite liking this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dale for this throw-in! 4-5 oz. poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass on May 18th, 2012. This was a spontaneous pregame brew for a nutso barleywine tasting.

A - Clear, medium golden coloring. Tight, white, one-finger head. Decent retention and plentiful carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of Simcoe hops, pine resin, a touch of sugary, candied malt, floral. Hint of mint. I like rhyming. In all seriousness, it's fine but a bit muted even near room temperature.

T - Bigger but not necessarily better in taste. Huge pine backed by a big caramel malt bill. Fair blending of the four different hop varietals in here, nice flavors at first but they get a bit muddled through the middle of the drink. Moderate lingering bitterness throughout. Slight honey and roasted almond underneath. Bread and alcohol perpetuate the backend of the drink.

M - Medium body, average carbonation, short bitter finish. Fair amount of backend warming heat.

D - It's unique but not wholly memorable. A bit too boozy even though it's nearing 10%. This is my Drake's and I do want to try more, so it's somewhat successful.

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Photo of largadeer
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.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfect looking IPA. Nice copper colored body with a dense off-white head. Tiny bubbles in the carbonation.

S: Nice and floral. Fragrant and deep. Really fresh hop scent.

T: Unexpected roasty notes right off the bat. Up front bittersweet flavors from the different types of hops here. Seems that they blended this one creatively. It's got a different profile than any other IPA I've had so far. Bold and rich.

M: A little flat to me. Makes it not as refreshing and not as easy to drink. Holding it in my mouth, I can feel the carbonation just barely.

O: A great one in my opinion. Forward and unique.

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to beermebaby89113 for stuffing my fridge with west coast ipas (and other tasty treats). Enjoyed from a capt Lawrence taster tulip.

a - brew poured a semi-transparent orange with a thin off white IPA head that was gone relatively quick but left the glass coated with chunky lacing.

s - Smell seems malt dominated with a subtle fruitiness in the back ground. The mix bouquet of hops is definitely present but tamed back by the malt bill. Little musty but quite easing.

t - denogginized! The bitterness is center stage, but again, the malts really act as a counterpart to tame things back. Some booze. There is a LOT going on in this beer, so many hops, so many malts...it seems a bit confused to me. Not bad, but not great. Very malt forward for an imperial IPA. Not sure of the age though.

m - pretty full bodied and rather boozy.

o - overall, not the classic imperial IPA. Very strong malt bill and lots of other flavorings. The abv is up there too, but seems more of a distractor than a helper. Always excited to try a new IPA or IIPA but this is one that I wouldn't seek out again, but will enjoy this bottle. Malty but super bitter, so not barley wine like.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden-amber color with thick head and medium lacing.
S: Bright fruity hops with lots of pine and some peach notes.
T: Very bold hops with and clear malt flavors.
M: Sort of dry with medium carbonation.
O: Not the best Imperial IPA I've tasted but pretty nice with a lot of hoppy flavors. Instead of the rich, fruitiness of the best Imperials its more malty.

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Photo of Souleman
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy, but not in a bad way, in a more home-brew type of way. The color is not really solid either way, and the head really didn't hold, even though there were tight bubbles.

T- Piney, citrus hops flavor coming through right off the bat. A slight nuttiness popped off in the first sip and then a more caramel flavor came through. Loving that bitter-piney power coming through.
The one thing that I wish was a little more subtle is the alcohol taste. It may be that the bitterness accentuates the alcohol, but I was having a hard time getting past it a couple times throughout the tasting. The best flavor of this beer lingering and stuck around, which was nice, since a lot of crafted brews these days are geared to have flavors dance on the tongue.

M- tingling bubbles and not as mellow as I thought it could have been. I would have rated this category higher if the viscosity would have been a bit thicker and stuck around just a bit longer.

O- This is my third time tasting this beer, and I am glad that I waited until now to do a review, because I would have been a lot more forgiving with the ratings earlier on. I think the shocking bitter/pine/hoppy flavors and aromas that are so in your face while drinking it was a bit of a, "Wow" factor when I tasted it earlier on. I know that you don't need to blow your wad on every second of the beer to have it be enjoyable. I love this beer for a standard big boy of IPA's and would put it in the list of first beers I would take while out at night, but not as much of a front-runner as it would have been a year ago before I had been able to get more complex beers on this tongue.
DEFINITELY taste this beer- it a good marker of an extreme CALI style IPA and lives up to Denogginizing if you put a couple of them down.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gray golden with a light taupe, foamy head. the head retains very well. Unique looking beer. Buttered biscuits and toffee aromas. The moutfheel is peculiar. There is a low current electrical tingling that encapsulates the tongue. I've never had it, but I'd bet a puffer fish filet imparts a similar sensation. Clean, thick toffee and butter flavors with noticeable alcohol warmth. Finishes with a quickly dissipating bitterness. Sweet grain eventually dominates in the end.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Golden color with only a slight haze. One-finger head, but it didn't stick around too long.

S: Aroma not particularly hoppy. Nothing off in the smell but just seems a little flat.

T: Much hoppier than the aroma but not over the top. Hop flavor more floral than citrusy, with notes of pine.

M: Mouthfeel seems just a bit on the thin side.

O: Good, not great, IPA. It had such a cool name I had higher hopes for this beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium orange amber, half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Looks good. Aroma of herbal hops, pineapple and light sweet malt. Flavor follows with sweet malt, citrus, light fruit and hops. Hoppy bitter finish. A nice balance of malt and hops, which is what I look for in an IIPA. Nice creamy medium body. Alcohol is well hidden. Well done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Clear caramel-amber, with two fingers of loose head that has some serious retention. Solid lacing.

S: I really liked the scent of Drake's Hopocalypse, and I like this as well. Powerful, balls-to-the-wall hops. Simcoe and Columbus lead the charge and stay well ahead of any malts that may be striving to make themselves smelt. Spicy, with a touch of wild onion.

T: Aw, man, it's really garlicky. Seriously, the taste is loaded with herbal hops full of onion and garlic. I don't know if it's always been like this, but Denogginizer is way more savoury than I wanted. Still, there is a touch more balance in the taste, with some malt sweetness peeking through. The endtaste is excellent, full of bitter/resiny hops that are just what I want in a double IPA. The aftertaste is long, lightly dry, and mostly oniony but with a touch of honeyed sweetness.

M: No complaints here. Full-bodied with pleasant carbonation.

O: I'd try this beer again just to see if this experience was unusual. As it is, I would recommended Hopocalypse as Drake's IPA of choice. A swing and a miss, but still an admirable try.

ABV: 9.75%
IBU: 90
Hops: Simcoe, Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade
Malts: Munich, Crystal

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Photo of tobelerone
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold colored beer with a nice fluffy white head. Average retention, not much lacing left behind. Sweet pineapple and citrus aroma grows more complex in the tasting, with caramel malt and a faint oniony note beneath the sweet and bitter citrus hops. Booze is totally hidden but you feel it by the end of the bottle. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Decent mouthfeel, could be a bit smoother and creamier.

Definitely on the maltier side of the ledger for a DIPA but there’s still a healthy dose of citrusy hops to offset that. Don’t go in expecting a totally dry hop bomb and you won’t be disappointed.

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

Pours a murky golden amber honey color that is appealing. A light tan head leaves thick lacing.

Smell is tropical and grapefruit, piney and very bold. There is some booze present as well.

Flavor is bigger than the aroma, a grapefruit punch and bitter pith start it out, with a light malt middle. The pith comes back for an aftertaste, pretty good balance.

The hops and alcohol combine for a big bite and the carbonation is tingly on my tongue.

This was one of the beers that got me started on the Hop Path, so it's special to me. The flavor is big and bold and along with the feel, this smacks me upside the head. Good thing I shared this with my wife, yet, even with half, it knocked her out.


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Photo of Groulxsome
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in the Santa Barbara Whole Foods and poured it into a small (Firestone Walker) pint glass.

A - It's a little more amber than I'd expect, but still copper/orangish enough to fit the style. It's got a nice white lacy head which poured thick and persisted for a long while.

S - Lots of hops, but also a fair bit of malt. Some grapefruit but then more oatmeal (cereal-type smell) and chocolate types of smell.

T - A thick, complex grapefruit from the hops followed by a thick caramel/toffee from the malt. It then dives into bitterness and alcohol. More malty than expected.

M - A medium carbonation, but the alcohol almost overrides the bitterness with a sharper warming than maybe ought to be there - but it is 9.75%, so maybe that's to be expected.

O - It's definitely good and worth trying! If I could get it in Ontario it would be awesome, but for having to ship home it's not worth it. A little too malty and alcohol for the style. The line between a hoppy-carbonated barley wine and a malty-warming Imperial IPA is being straddled here! If you can't decided if you want a barley wine or a IPA, grab a Denogginizer!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel. Lots of head, maybe three or four fingers, mainly because of an awful pour by me. Full of white frothy cloudy lacing. Pretty similar look on the sides (film) compared to the lacing.

Lots of bitter hops in the initial sniff. Citrus hops, but couldn’t put the fruit in it. Some lemon and some tangerine I think.

Tasted of a nice mixture of caramel malts and citrus hops with a bitter alcohol backbone. Seemed to be more caramel than citrus. I’d say lemon for citrus, but not a bad balance.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Long and nice finish.

A pretty good beer overall, but I have to admit I was expecting just a tad bit more. My awful pour in the beginning didn’t help, but still.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown pour with a big white head resulting from a vigorous pour. A ton of lacing follows the head down the side of my Bell's Tulip glass, and the retention is above average. I didn't notice any bubbles after the initial pour.

S: Very piney aroma with a lot of booze coming through. The smell seems to be a bit disjointed, extremely piney, sort of strange.

T: Luckily the taste here is quite nice. A big malt backbone balances out the pine. The booze is there, but not as in your face as it is in the aroma. Really surprised that this beer combines a huge bitterness and sweetness. From the smell, I really expected this to be an unbalanced mess.

MF: Medium body with a low carbonation. The booze warms the body at points, and comes off slightly offensive at the very end.

O: I really liked this beer. If only the alcohol wasn't so present I would have loved it. Big thanks to beermebaby89113 for providing this as an extra. What a guy!

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Photo of natemort13
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruddy orange with a white head and good lacing.

Smells of deep earthy hops, pine, and a hint of mint.

Taste: very dank, slightly juicy hops. Stinging juicy bitterness that mixes with the sting of the alcohol.

Body is medium-full bodied...has to be for this huge IPA.

Overall...great bouquet of floral dank hops and a malt backbone that's detectable with a juicy bitter finish. Very impressed by this imperial.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a rich, luscious caramel color with a nice foam top. It has a bracing hoppiness and some maltiness to balance. Lots of grapefruit and pine aromas that belie a citrusy, piney, full-flavored body. The hops are spicy, full-bodied, bracing yet mellow—well-balanced—with lots of citrus, grapefruit, and intense orange peel. I also pick up some orange chutney as well as caramel malt sweetness and a hint of vanilla. It has a dry, tacky finish and some thick chewy heft.

Careful with this one—I’ve had many an instance where the Denogginizer lived up to its name!

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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.