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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 47
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ


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
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Dark orange/copper bronze. Good thick head with a lot of retention.


Very aggressive herbal aroma. Detected a lot of citrus zest, with grapefruit being the most prominent though orange does make an appearance as well. Finally, caramel malt sneaks through


Bitterness all the way through. Though citrus is evident, it is less than expected as compared to the scent. Grassy/piney hops are definitely added to this one.


Tingles the mouth with a balanced amount of carbonation. Medium bodied brew.


Not a bad DIPA. I have to admit that I did expect more after the big appearance in the pint glass and the very inviting aroma. I would say that it was pretty well balanced, but not very bold. I would have another, but it would not be my first choice

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:42:47 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Photo of cpetrone84


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark orange almost burnt transparent beer that has a slightly bubbly off white head with a fair bit of lace left behind.

S-hints of pine and peppermint up front, juicy citrus orange and resignous caramel with a touch of spicy hop.

T-pine, chewy malts, resignous caramel and some toasted malt, light note of grain, orange citrus, very spicy hop finish with a touch of peppermint.

M-fuller body and rather chewy with a seltzery feel to it towards the back and thins out just a bit with an assertive prickly carbonation.

D-the flavors border more on the malt side with lots of spice to it in the back. its a little rough around the edges but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:30:24 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of ratedz


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

Received in a trade with MrTopher. Thanks Chris!

A - Pours a hazy amber color with thin off-white head. The head dissipates relatively quickly, but a few bubbles remain on top of the beer and a fair amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Intense citrus hop aroma balanced with some sweet caramel maltiness.

T - Starts with some pineapple along with some other citrus fruits. A very slight pine bitterness is noticeable for a brief second before some bready malts take over. Excellent tasting DIPA that is very easy to drink.

M - Slightly about average body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Exactly what I would expect from a DIPA.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I don't think it does anything to set itself apart from the other beers of the style, but you certainly can't go wrong with this easy drinking brew from Drake's.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:47:54 | More by ratedz
Photo of ocelot2500


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops and caramel sweetness.

Tastes of big hops notes upfront followed by a big malt sweetness. Hops have citrus and tropical fruits along with some pine. Caramel sweetness cuts the hops and adds to the fruits. Leaves a sticky sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is present with a warming of the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty good DIPA that is a bit too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 02:10:54 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Damian for the bottle!

Poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Cloudy orange body with a huge frothy head. Lots of patchy lacing left behind.

Sweet, malty, caramel malts and some spicy hops grace the nose. Earthy with nice floral notes.

Taste is laced with sweet malty alcohol and spicy hops. Much more malt forward than hoppy. Bready, orange-citrus with some grapefruit pith. Even a touch of chocolate. Not bad, but a bit too malty and boozy.

Mouthfeel is smooth, malty and somewhat bitter throughout. This beer has some nice weight to the body, but the alcohol is a bit hot.

Overall, this is not a bad DIPA, but probably a few steps down from the average California DIPA. Glad I got a chance to try it, but it's a bit too boozy and malty. If you're looking for more of a hoppy strong ale, then this might be your thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:49:33 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing four fingers of thick french vanilla ice cream-colored head over a hazy deep amber brown body. Smells warm and slightly floral with a sweet caramel malt base.

Tastes sweet and then gently but overwhelmingly bitter with a decent grassy citrus rind character. The sweetness up front is pretty cloying and sugary, lots of malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-heavy bodied, with a small carbonation that adds a little volume but not much. It would be more drinkable if not so sweet. As is, it's sip-able and flavorful but I prefer my DIPAs to be dryer.

Overall it's a decent brew. Almost like a dessert DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:45:26 | More by abuliarose
Photo of Trilogy31


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours adark brown amber with a finger of frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing. Candied citrus peel, pine, cinnamon and white pepper on the nose. Taste has some malty sweetness and a bitter hop finish, a nice example of the style. I would prefer to get some citrus and pine when tasting but the hops seem pretty one dimensional. Mouthfeel is nice and no where near as cloying as i find hoptimum to be as both beers remind me of eachother. Nice drinkability with a touch of heat on thr finish that cleans up the hoppy bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:48:33 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of madvermin


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Excited to have a bigger, bomber beer from Drake's as their 12oz offerings have hit the spot so far.

Pours a darker rich amber orange, with a burnt look to it and an off-white two-finger head that laces evenly and well. Head is frothy and fine, looking like coffee top gum.

Aroma is very fruity, but mixed in terms of citrus vs. tropical. I get some grapefruit bitter/sour flesh, but then some sourish pineapple and mango at the same time. At the back end of the hops is a weedy, resin scent that is very nice. Malt profile is a bit plain and understated here, as there is a bit of sweetness in the nose, but not too much.

Taste starts as the nose did: intense grapefruit citrus that quickly becomes a tropical blend, and then a resiny pine ambush. Malt doesn't offer a whole lot in the way of balance which is unfortunate, but the hop flavors definitely can keep a drinker occupied for the duration of the beer. The problem is the tastes, while excellent the first time, are very long lasting and palate wrecking - after about five or six swigs this beer is completely overpoweringly resiny and piney, and next to nothing else can be tasted. It is more of a drinkability issue I suppose, but it does affect the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly sticky on the finish, but very dry for the style. Drinkability, as mentioned earlier, suffers due to the flavor in the beer, but the brew still holds its own in every regard. I like the beer as a one time thing, but couldn't have this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 07:35:13 | More by madvermin
Photo of NorCalYeti


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

taste- citrus, caramel, alcohol

color- deep gold

clarity- clear

smell- grapefruit, grain

body- medium-weight body and length finish, great bitter citrus hop character, oily in places

appearance- nice white foamy head with active carbonation and good lace retention

overall impression- good, deceivingly easy drinker

notes and comments- Silver Medal winner for Imperial India Pale Ale, Great American Beer Festival 2009. An Imperial (or Double) IPA, Denogginizer is a big bold beer hopped with an abundant amount of Simcoe and Amarillo with a touch of Ahtanum and Chinook. Mashed with Crystal malt and Caramalt for color and flavor to help balance out the hop assault. Denogginizer is also Drake's most powerful regular offering, at 9.75% abv

beer spy- beer area liquors, san ramon ca, 3/11/11, 22oz

glassware: pint

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:48:30 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of colforbin73


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

what a lovely frothy beer. it doesn't pour with a big head but it maintains a yummy sumptuous texture and thin white foamy top all the way down. leaves minimal lacing.

Piney hop aromas come off, but they do not betray the rich caramel goodness accompanied by perfect sweet bitter from "loads of simcoe hops" that is about to denogginize you! this is a rich alcoholic brew that is about to put that warm fuzzy cap on your messed-up brain as you let it dribble down your throat.

again, the caramel and the syrupy richness on the tongue and the perfect balance with bitterness, it is like a perfect plate of Kung Pao Chicken. ENJOY! DAKES BREWING is coming up big nowaddays. you could easily drink 10oz of this beer, then sip on their well balanced IPA and finish off with the last 12oz of Denogginizer and call it a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 03:33:10 | More by colforbin73
Photo of brotherloco


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber. No date information on the bottle.

A pretty big aroma, but quite caramel malt forward. Some citrus lingering in the background.

Flavor is pretty thick and sweet, hop bitterness is present but is a bit harsh. Alcohol sneaks in at the finish, adds a bit to the harshness. Bitter aftertaste lingers.

I feel very mixed about this one, it's kind of an up and down experience. Wish I knew how fresh it was.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:42:23 | More by brotherloco
Photo of brew3crew


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-looks gorgeous. Orangish in color with white head that sticks around
S-not much on the nose as I would expect. More malt than anything
T-lots of different hops. More piney than anything. Very smooth with a hoppy after taste
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-very drinkable. My taste was gone in no time

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 19:51:09 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Urbancaver


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a good amount of head. Smells Slightly hoppy. Strng malt presensence on the nose. The hops are pretty piney. Tastes sweet and malty. A decent amount if piney hops. Must be a bit older. Low carbonation but good mouthfeel. Pretty tasty but not as good as I would hope

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 19:50:09 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of Srsly


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. The case it came out of had the date 12/14/10 stamped on it but that is all the freshness info I have. Pours a bright, clear amber orange with two fingers of frothy foam . Very nice carbonation and lacing. Balanced nose. Sweet malt delivers apple and pineapple and the hops, while not overwhelming, give a crisp, fresh scent. Very full bodied. Enters the palate like syrup. The mouth doesn't detect much carbonation but there is enough to give it some effervescence and makes it a little easier to drink. Palate is mostly hops but not too resiny. They exhibit a nice, fresh quality and the malt balances it just enough so that the 90IBUs don't completely singe my taste buds off. Don't get me wrong, this is still one hoppy mother. I don't like a lot of malt in my DIPAs. This reminds me of Moylan's Hopsickle a bit but I think this one is better.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 07:57:05 | More by hoppyhampy
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, darker amber color. Light tan, creamy head, leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice light spicy aroma with some nice citrus (particularly grapefruit). There's a little bit of bitterness and funk in there too.

Taste: Nice malt with some citrus up front, but gets bitter with some yeasty funk towards the finish. The aftertaste is bitter and really funky.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and smooth. Very minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: High ABV but no real alcohol in the taste. But the, finish and aftertaste is really tough.

Not a fan here, and it may become a drain-pour. Way too much bitterness and funk in the aftertaste, which is very unbalanced and not particularly pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:29:19 | More by mithrascruor
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange, slightly hazy, fluffy 1/4" head. Big nose of grapefruit, citrus, pine and a malt presence shows up as well. Nice citrus hop on the palate, firm bitterness, nice slick oily hop presence. Medium mouthfeel, nice oily presence thanks to all the hops. Very drinkable, ABV not even detectable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 16:19:00 | More by peensteen
Photo of Ghenna


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

Purchased on my trip to Santa Rosa: 22oz bomber

Pours a pleasing amber with a nice billowy head,

Initial impression are a huge pine/citrus hop punch to the nose, with a whisper of malt in the background.

Taste is hop forward, with plenty of the above mentioned smells in the flavor. Sugary sweet taste in the background. Although not balanced in terms of moment to moment taste, when taken in totality there is a decent balance between sweet and bitter, with a definite nod towards bitter.

MF is a little heavy, though I think it is well within the confines of the ABV, which, relatively speaking, lends to relative drinkabilitry

As I mention with all of my DIPA and IPA reviews, I am not a member of the dark side (hop side). I snagged this beer because of the ABV, price, and the fact that I had not yet tried it or any Drake's brewing beers, and am pretty pleased. I'll definitely be picking any other beers I have the opportunity to try. Though I can't say I am a huge fan of the hop flavor, I can appreciate a well crafted beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:00:55 | More by Ghenna
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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to augustgarage for the chance to try this exceptional San Francisco DIPA. Poured into my Dfh snifter- pours a golden red color, about 3 fingers of frothy head that recedes slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. Smell- I get nice citrus flavor- orange rind and lemon, mixed with some pronounced toffee and caramel. I'm really excited to get started here. Taste- instant bitter hops flavor is met with a mingled caramel and sweet toffee flavor. What a well balanced beer! Mouthfeel- this has a nice feel to it, not silky, but nice carbonation and drinks very well. Drinkability- for 9.75 abv, this is well hidden and easily drinkable. This is a gem of a beer, and I was glad to have a chance to taste it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:13:12 | More by lnashsig
Photo of rowingbrewer


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

this beer pours a golden amber color with a white head that quickly fades, good carbonation by looking at it

the smell is very hoppy upfront with a bit of malt to round it out

the tasty follows the nose with a hoppy bitterness upfront with some citrus notes, but not as hoppy as i would expect, and the malt flavor is a little more pronounced in the flavor than the smell which was a little more than I would have liked.

the mouthfeel is light to medium body with good carbonation, but due to the maltyness it is a little less drinbkable than I would have expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:31:08 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of Kegatron


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
Photo of rand


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From bomber to Delirium tulip glass

Well, from the claims on the bottle, this stands to be another West Coast hopmonster, and from the moment you pop the cap, big streams of piny, hoppy aromas come pouring out. It actually pours quite dark in color for an IPA, amber with red hues. But clear, not at all opaque, and little effervescing carbonation. A small frothy head still forms, and leaves stickly lacing wherever it touches.

As noticed from opening the bottle, it smells of a huge hoppy bouquet. Strong citrusy grapefruit and loads of pine, like a fresh heap of freshly cut pine dust. A sugary, honey tone lingers in the background. The taste follows with a big rush of fresh piny hops up front. Really bitter, almost puckering, but the malt-backbone kicks in and balances things out. Strong notes of sweetbread add balance and give the beer a huge bready and chewy mouthfeel. Notes of candied ginger and orange zest linger mid-sip. Towards the end, alcohol becomes prevelant, and almost dominates the flavor. The alcohol combines with the highly bitter hops and carries into an astringent, bitter finish. Quite sticky as well.

Another brew for and by hopheads. Newbies shouldn't go anywhere near this - a powerful beer with an extremely aggresive flavor profile. It loses some points for its overly bitter finish, but I would try this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 06:56:17 | More by rand
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber that I got in a trade from stevicus(awesome trader).

Pours with a decent head and a pretty amber color. Not just pretty but awesome for this style.

Smell is all malt and little hops... I don't detect a hint of citrus or hops smell at all.

Taste is the same for the most part. I do taste the hops but the smooth maltiness cover it up... I like it though, its really a different take on an IPA. The IPA's, DIPA's that I have tasted are mostly all about the hop character but this feels like its trying to be defined by its maltiness.

I really wish I could get a growler pour or get to to a place to have a draft because this beer tastes great out of a bottle. I could move this to my trusty stand by if it was readily available. The hoppy character balances all the malt nicely and the ABV is high just like I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:25:50 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking this beer for a while now on tap, glad to see it in bottles.

Pours with a nice white head, lacing around the Russian River Glass. A little darker than most DIPA's but nice looking, dark orange, ambery.

Nice smell, a little thin, piney hops.

Nice taste, always thought on tap it was in your face over the top hops, maybe this bottle is old. Still good but not nip you in the booboo good.

Solid beer. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:09:35 | More by Murchmac
Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.