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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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727 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 54
Gots: 110 | 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:
Beer added by: oggg on 02-28-2005

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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.

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.