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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 52
Gots: 81 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 02-28-2005)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

lalaghetto, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - Cloudy, swampy, orangeish, one finger off white head and some decent lacing

S - sugar, citrus, flowers, terrior, wood, crisp hops, sweet malts, funny/sweetish yeast, fresh cut citrus trees, a light fruit and earthy

T - Tons of malt, funky yeast, a very pleasant booze, very nice fruity and floral hops, serious wood, earth, dry twigs and maybe some oak, kinda musty, candy sugar, lots of citrus, a slight toastiness and very nice fresh/crispness

M - medium body, medium acidity, well balanced, nice complexity and medium finsih

D - This ale drinks like a champ. If you like hops on any level, this is a great beer for you. Not to hoppy, just enough malt and very fresh and earthy. Give this one a try if you like a well balanced ipa

Final thought - $6 a pop and 10% abv that you can't taste? Noice!

whatthehull, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jenny7
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jenny7, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of LikeFliesOnFlesh
5/5  rDev +27.9%

LikeFliesOnFlesh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tornado in SD (at least during SD Beer Week).

A- Thick and deep, dark copper gold color with a very thin lacing head, minimal carbonation.

S - Piney hops with some resiny citrus notes in the aroma, but not very strong. This is a good beer but the aroma falls quite short, unfortunately.

T - Spicy malty goodness dominates through the entire sip with mild to moderate boozy effervescence that's enjoyable. Leaves a grapefruit piney hoppiness that has a very slight floral (and ever so slight) presence.

M - Pretty thick for a DIPA, actually. Quite smooth, uber mild prickly on the tongue, and the lingering sensation is mostly alcohol, citrus, and very mild caramel malt.

O - This is a really great IPA!

jzeilinger, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mjr2377, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

danwho, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

yeahhhhhhrvca, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of afksports
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soooo juicy. Imperial. And caramel in appearance and at the start of the taste. Too alcoholic, but damn nice bitter and grass and pine. Smooth taste, almost like Ephraim in a way, just a little less juicy and a bit more simple. Not like Eagles winning though. They lost. That sucks. Maybe I need more denogginizer.

afksports, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, great label and cap. The beer pours dark amber with a thick yellow-tan head. There is decent lacing and the beer remains carbonated throughout drinking.

So, not great on the aromatic hops front, but it's got some interesting sweetness mixed with ravishingly pungent alcohol.

This is a pretty tasty beer. It's got a fairly hearty malt base and highlights the hops like most would expect from a west coast DIPA. In fact, this may be one of the darkest DIPAs I've seen in a long time, although it's sweetness/hops are on par. The hops are continually biting and really help to cut through this beer's syrupy sweetness.

I would have preferred a cleaner sweetness profile to be honest. Its got nice body (medium) and resiny hops, but the hops overextend their welcome and become a nuisance instead of a complementing nuance.

I wasn't expecting an IPA this dark, but it's quite refreshing. This beer is almost more in line with the darkening season than other IPAs I'm rushing through to finish. Taste and mouthfeel I have relatively little to complain about, but still not perfect. We shall see how the aromacoma holds up next!

Thanks again for the trade!

ThePorterSorter, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of roodie
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Funny, I never got around to reviewing this beer though I've had it plenty of times when I lived in California.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip

A: copper brown with thick cream colored foam, dense lacing left behind

S: biscuity/bready with potent hops, bitter/pine predominate, light tea aroma

T: same as the nose, but bitterness is more pronounced, very bitter DIPA/barleywine because of the sweet bready flavor. some alcohol heat, boozy.

M: spicy and dries out the mouth with the bitterness. sweetness lingers

O: very good, but booziness brings it down a notch in my book

roodie, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into shaker pint

A: Bright and clear copper, amber body with a finger of frothy head. Dissipates quickly but leaves lots of big bubbles and thick lacing.

S: Big citrus hops here, lots of orange and grapefruit, both very pronounced. Strong caramel malts provide balance and complexity.

T: Good and bitter, the grapefruit flavor really stands out here along with a significant bite from the alcohol. Both fade slowly to allow some of the sweetness of the malts to come in on the finish. There's some pine in the aftertaste that never really showed up before; I think this bottle is pretty fresh so they may have been overpowered by the citrus.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, moderate smoothness, and equally moderately dry finish. Nothing bad, but nothing outstanding either.

O: An above-average IIPA, and one that drinks pretty easily considering the IBUs and ABV. Not a favorite, but one I imagine I'll be having again.

AwYeh, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of gregshead
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/17/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a copper color, almost a ruby color. Half finger of head dissipates quickly

S: I get a lot of sweet caramel w/ grapefruit. Grapefruit is less pronounced than other IPAs/DIPAs

T: Caramel sweetness gives way to some grapefruit bitterness. Astrigent toward the end but a little more on the balanced DIPA side.

M: Pretty strong carbonation keeps this one from feeling too thick. Little bit of slick/oily feel but still pretty good.

O: Nothing wrong with this one. In fact for a balanced DIPA, pretty good. But with all the DIPA choices that push the hop bitterness envelope, this one doesn't get there. Does finish above average in my book.

gregshead, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze that dissipates after a little warming. Bright copper color. Head is off-white, slightly rocky and leaves a nice cap on the top of the beer. Some lacing, but less than expected. Moderate carbonation pulls fromt he bottome.

Smell: Big citrus hops up front. Orange dominates with a nice amount of pine to give it some depth. Malts are just as ballsy, and add a nice sweetness to the nose. Biscuit and caramel. Floral, and something that smells like cotton candy. Huge sweetness, but enough citrus to counter it and keep things entertaining.

Taste: Hops punch through with the same aggression as the nose. Pith and oily citrus dominate. Some resin. Loads of sweetness, like white sugar sweet. Flavors don't meld well and there are some serious balance issues. Boozy on the back as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium moving toward full. Alcohol adds a touch of dryness to each sip. Smooth despite the all out aggression.

Overall: A definite west coast DIPA. Big recipe, but loses a little overall due to some imbalance. It's a tongue wrecker for sure, but it does so from the start and never relents.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours a murky orange, almost light brown, with about a finger of off-white head, moderate tightness, alright retention and decent lacing.

S: Very sweet and malty at this point (no idea on the age, no bottle date), candied fruit and floral hops, very sweet pungent.

T: First is a bite of spicy, floral, and candied citrus hops , and a touch of heat. Lots of caramel throughout the middle that leads to a sweet and bitter finish with a bite of alcohol. Fairly bitter, though it drinks more like an American Barelywine.

M: Close to a full body, moderate to slightly high carbonation, very sticky and resinous.

O: I enjoyed this a bit as a hoppy barelywine, but it was a bit disappointing as a DIPA, especially coming out of California.

Satchboogie, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with an off-white head.

S: Uh oh. This bottle may have been a bit past its prime. Big and malty aroma with a big oak smell. Bad news.

T: Yup. No real hop flavor at all. Just tons of malts, caramel and the slightest bit of hop resin on the finish. Ugh.

notchucknorris, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler compliments of the exceedingly generous Arbitrator. Thanks Mihir!

A- Generous pour from the flip-top growler produces three fingers of rocky white foam which clears the top of my glass and threatens to run down the sides. The beer is a deep amber color bordering on ocher. Sticky intricate lacing coats the sides of my glass as the head recedes.

S- Citrus hops in abundance produce aromas of tangelo, orange and pine. Subtle floral characteristics peek through. A nice sugar cookie malt is detectable beneath the hops.

T- Bitter orange peel and tangerine start things off. Pine resin asserts itself mid-palate followed by a nicely balanced malt backbone. Prickly bitterness slides back in at the finish. Aftertaste Is a nice, lingering bitterness.

M- Feel is full bodied. Sticky and somewhat viscous. Medium carbonation works just fine here.

O- Love this beer. A wonderful example of a west coast DIPA. Bitter and citrusy without being one dimensional. Hops and malt so well integrated that the 9.75% ABV is virtually unnoticeable. Scarily drinkable for a brew of this magnitude. Drakes is such an underrated brewery. Denogginizer is an excellent example of the phenomenal beers they are producing. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Oct 08, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper/amber body with a creamy head(medium dissipation) and nice thick lacing. Retains creamy thin top layer(doesn't last).

S: Sweet caramel/malt (dominates), citrus(grapefruit), and faint/apparent earthy hops.

T: Good hop presence. Taste heavy and sweet with malt, grapefruit, and bitterness lingers in and out during sips.

M: This I feel, would be more on the heavy side.... though it does have that creamy side, even syrupy. Alcohol presence is apparent, medium/full bodied, and medium carbonation.

O: This is one of those beers that's defiantly not for everyone. I found myself actually enjoying this quite a bit. I recommend to those that are well rounded with beers. Good in it's own right. Cheers!!!

MEsoJD, Sep 22, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours candy corn orange with a tinted head that leaves a shit ton of sticky honey lacing! The finger and a half head disappears rather quickly, but you can see the foam mark on my DFH glass. This IIPA has legs!

S- Blood orange, tangerine and yellow grapefruit! A bunch of pungent piney hops, freshly mowed wet grass, and a touch of funk! I'd love to know the type of yeast in this one. Really heavy caramel malt backbone.

T- Love the tangerine and pineiness. Has just a little hint of sweet funkiness. Grapefruit pith and pineapple! This has a brilliant caramel backbone that most IIPA's lack. The citrus doesn't peel all the taste off of your tongue. What a nice change. The sweet malts and pithy citrus have an unreal marriage! Such an amazing balance... but what would you expect from such a great brewery!

M- I love the way that the honey sweetness and bitterness fight for your attention! Each letting the other solo! Kinda sticky for a IIPA! Is there such a thing as a creamy IIPA?

O- I need to find a really good CA hook-up! I am digging this brew so much! I can't believe that I never see any one bragging about this brewery on here!!! They really do it right!

Thickfreakness, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a wine glass for a 22 oz. bomber, the Denogginizer pours a copperesque amber in color and sports an inch of foam. Offers good retention and light artsy lacing.

Nose of old hops and crystal malts. Stop this nonsense with the malts and add some more hops please. I honestly have difficulty believing that anybody likes this rancid hop style that is so common in Northern Cal/Oregon.

Flavor is similar with some moderate hop notes but this beer offers a rather thin finish. To its credit, the 9.75% is well hidden, but it's hidden behind a malty and gummy/chewy/bland mess. Unfortunately I'm unable to find any date code information on this one and I fear(hope) that it's not as fresh as it could be.

HalfFull, Sep 10, 2011
Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.