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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 52
Gots: 75 | 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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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
Photo of MEsoJD
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
Photo of Thickfreakness
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
Photo of WillCarrera
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

A- Pours a golden, copper color with a finger of creamy off-white head. Leaves good lacing.

S- Fruity citrus, lots of piney hops balanced by a surprisingly strong caramel malt.

T- Hops are done very well, big floral, leafy hops with citrus, rind, and some pepper. The malts are pretty great too, with a strong caramel malt with a bready, slightly thick texture, produces a sweet, bready finish.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, dry, bitter finish.

O- A solid DIPA, its nice to see one of these done with the usual huge hops but with malts to match. Would definitely get this beer again.

WillCarrera, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of davidbowers13
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jodan for the allowing me to try this.

A - pours a hazy copper, orange with a nice 3 finger off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S - pine, grapefruit and citrus. Smell is very inviting and enjoyable. Not the strongest nose ever, but pleasing.

T - taste is similar to the nose. A good amount of citrus and grapefruit with a slightly sharp, bitter finish. Not the smoothest finish, but it's not off putting.

M - contains a good deal of carbonation and is not too overwhelming. A little sweet, but again, nothing that takes away from the beer.

O - happy I was able to try this. While not my favorite DIPA, it has a great appearance and nose. It could be a touch smoother on the finish, but overall I enjoyed this beer. Would love to try it again.

davidbowers13, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of miadw3
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No bottle dating but the batch was delivered fresh within the week.

A - Pours a beautiful dark amber-red with about a half-finger of cream head. The head has excellent retention and lacing remains. Truly a beautiful pour.

S - Sweet aroma of caramel and malt, with a faint note of hops mixed in there. Bit of citrus notes at the very end.

T - Taste is heavy on the malt and sweet side as well, especially for an IPA. Don't really taste much hop notes at all in this except at the very end, and it is still quite minimal for a double IPA.

M - Carbonation is excellent and medium bodied.

O - A bit too sweet for an IPA that I enjoy. I feel that this beer is closer to a cross between a double IPA and a barleywine, and I would be more receptive to it if that was the case. As such, I expected a lot more hops and less malt and was disappointed.

miadw3, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, purchased in Watsonville, Ca's Cork and Bottle.

No freshness info/bottling date info.

Pours a super clear and rich shade of bronzed/coppery amber, under a lazy and relaxed oatmeal colored head, that rapidly goes to a thicker collar and leaves just some spotty bits of lace.

Nose reveals notes of sweet malts and just a hint of hops lurking in the rear.

The sweet malt theme continues onto the palate, sort of suprising for the style. Waves of caramel melts most in contro here, glimpses of citric and grains hops are present but sort of towards the rear.

Enjoyable and tasty, big and bold flavors abound. Medium body and carbonation is at the correct level. Super smooth and an easy flower over the taste buds

Well done and worth a try if you like a malty DIPA thats bordering on a barley wine.

Billolick, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer. Pours a bright copper color, with a nice big off white head.

Aromas are of bitter oranges, light sugars, and a bit of resin. A little different smelling than a lot of DIPAs, but still nice.

Taste is strong, bitter, and a bit harsh. The main flavor I notice is bitterness. Aspirin like, pine, resin, and very subtle caramel. Finish is biting with aggressive bitterness. Beer seems pretty unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, Decent body, with nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent DIPA. But it seems unbalanced, overly bitter, and kind of missing a malt backbone. An OK beer, but not for the almost $7 price tag. I'll pass next time...

flexabull, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into a pint glass

A: Hazy golden reddish color. Very nice head with very good lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and a lot of caramel malt. The malt almost overpowers the hops citrus smell.

T: The citrus was not as prominent is I recall. The malt was much stronger than I expected. Still good, but this did not taste like what I remember.

M: Thick with moderate carbonation. Completely coats the palate.

O: I've had this one numerous time on tap and have really enjoyed it. This is the first time I've had the bottle and I did not enjoy it as much. Still good, but not as good. No date on bottle, but I know the store I bought it at had jut gotten it in that week. The next time I see it on tap I will order and do another review.

avaldivia, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shards of ruby extend out the beer and glow incandescently onto the hand when holding the glass; it's too red to be a considered an IPA but this is still one hell of a good looking beer, whatever it is. Perfectly clear with candy-like colour and laser beam luminosity, its head is erratic and bubbly, with a portfolio of lace that could pass modern art 101.

You know, it's not like I know how to brew great beer - but I have been reviewing beer long enough to what great beer smells like and this, which is more reminiscent of a barleywine, smells to me like it could be something special. It has almost brandy-like esters, pacified by a sticky-sweet caramelly maltiness and leveled by the pine-y pungency of bitter hops.

The beer no doubt has a ton of leafy and fruity hoppiness, but it's the richness of macerated doughy malts that steal all the attention (and they only continue to do so more and more with warmth). Sweet, warming malts that are complimented by nectarine and plum-like fruitiness as well as notes of treacle and brandy, win the palate's heart almost instantly.

The bitterness definitely comes through, but it's softened by the rest of the beer's other flavours, all those caramelly, brandy-ish malts (and even some of the hops' own pine-y flavours). Almost astounding for a beer that is almost 10% alcohol and almost 100 IBU, this only get's more seductive with warmth. Splitting it amongst friends into snifters would be wise, but hogging a whole bomber to yourself is enjoyably doable.

If it walks like a barleywine and talks like a barleywine then you have reason to think of it as a barleywine. Drake's Denogginizer - whatever it is - is a fantastically complex and enjoyable ale that has a different character than most imperial IPAs. Of course that's part of the appeal of this often arbitrary, seemingly made-up style - it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. And so far as this particular interpretation - I'm a big fan. And I recommend it.

biegaman, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH signature glass. No bottle dating present.

A: Pours deep dark amber color. 1 finger off white head. Nice carbo rolling off bottom off the glass

S: Piney hops and lots of malt

T: Strong malt backbone, it's almost a strong ale, deep malt character color and taste, hop bite is at the back of the throat, it's strange, strong ale instead of DIPA

M: Medium bodied. Bordering on full

O: I think this one was a little out of freshness, which lead me to say "it's OK". Wish to have another down the line with less time on it.

inlimbo77, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of teamizm
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 38 Degrees In Alhambra (review of off notes)

A - Pours a copper amber color with a white head and some lacing

S - Strong tropical fruits notes along with a resin/pine and citrus notes associated with the hops. Caramel malts also come through in the nose.

T - Tropical fruits are pre-dominant, bitterness comes in the form of piney/citrusy hops. Sweet as well, caramel like.

M - Medium carbonation

O - Nice IPA, more east coast tasting due to the sweetness

teamizm, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-amber colored with a maroon tint. nice white head that thins

S-very hoppy with a hint of citrus. smells like a strong and warm beer. the aroma is strong.

T-wow this hits the tongue with a strong bitterness and alcohol note. it transitions to a small taste of hops and orange. thie after-taste is mostly warm and bitter.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a very bitter IPA, but horribly balanced. its a little bit too warm to be a go-to IPA. it will however fix any hop cravings for certain.

AdamBear, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of vande
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, cloudy/murky, golden-amber-orangish in color...with a very thin, slightly dirty layer of bubbles floating on top....lively action, bubbling up from all around.

S: Reminds me somewhat of Lagunitas Kronic on the nose [and taste]... a good dose of malt & hops blend..hints of pine?

T: Similar to nose....Dry, bitter finish to a real malty double IPA... this one's a good "in betweener.." Drink one of these in between a couple of super hop bombs to balance out your palate :)

M: Smooth, bubbly....feels active in the mouth.

O: Pretty good DIPA. Reminds me how vastly differently they all can be, and how I can appreciate each and everyone

Lucky enough to snag this one from a BIF, my first.. Thanks Stuart!!

vande, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious but a bit heavy.

Pours a deep copper with a fluffy white head that drops quickly but makes a long last stand at the surface. The aroma is sweet and carmelly with a strong citrusy hop edge. The flavor is a lovely combination of burnt brown sugar with a grapefruity hop feel - reminds me of the grapefruit brûlée from one of my favorite brunch places in Philly. The mouthfeel is surprisingly mild and slick, with a gentle citrusy bitterness and very little heat to indicate this pushes 10 percent.

As it warms, however, a strong vanilla character emerges, with a brandy-like heat that shows this is a beer that rewards slow consideration.

Seanibus, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured from Whole Foods in Los Gatos, CA this brew is a clear copper color with a decent off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma has vinegar and some floral hops. Nothing impressive but I’m open minded still. The flavor is a nice floral/citrus with a caramel sweetness and a fair alcohol presence. Kind of oaky, full bodied with moderate carbonation and moderate drinkability. It’s a little tart, lemony, and bready. Overall a high quality brew with a little kick. Very much recommended.

Durge, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from my friend FunkyMacGroovin, this one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Drake's Denogginizer pours a surprisingly dark amber. There are plentiful orange highlights shining through, and the beer is quite clear. An aggressive pour results in more than 4 fingers of ivory colored foam sitting atop the beer. The head's pace of dissolution is slow to begin with, but slows to an absolute crawl once we get down to about two fingers' worth of foam. Lacing is plentiful, but stops a bit short of perfection. The nose has a solid caramel aroma, but that's quickly overwhelmed by resinous pine and tropical citrus hop notes. That same caramel presence leads off each sip. The bitterness mid palate is rough and aggressive, but stops short of becoming abrasive. The hoppy finish starts off with the more piney flavors, and the pineapple, mango, and grapefruit citrus notes close out the beer. The flavor and the aroma both toed the line at times between IIPA and American Barleywine. The mouthfeel, however, firmly crosses the line into Barleywine territory. The body is too rich for a Double IPA, it borders on syrupy, and it's paired with a decidedly lackluster carbonation. On its own merits, outside of style considerations, I quite enjoyed Denogginizer. That said, as a beer that bills itself as an Imperial IPA, it becomes a bit too malt centric at times.

axeman9182, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this...

On-tap at Blue Palms for Drakes/Triple Rock Tap Takeover

A: The pour is amber in color with a dense off-white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Fairly sweet with a definite caramel and toffee aroma to it. Certainly on the sweet side, but there is some nice hoppiness to it. Strong citrus and pine hops with a little bit of tropical fruit in there as well.

T: Despite what is a fairly heavy sweetness, for an IPA at least, there is a really solid hop flavor. Pineapple, grapefruit, and pine are the big players and they give the beer a nice balance and a decent bitterness.

M: Fairly full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Perhaps not my favorite DIPA, but for one that's on the sweeter side, this is pretty good stuff.

womencantsail, May 07, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - a darker hazy copper gold hue. almost brown and tan. a very inviting half a finger creamy head.

s - sweet like fruit candy. almost like a gummy bear. a mix of pine and rubbing alcohol which isnt too surprising for a drakes brew or a 9.75 for that matter. a little malty.

t - malty and earthy. hoppy and bitter. not too many sweeter or grassy flavors, more just a pallet-full of roasty, nutty malt.

m - pretty tame, but still exiting in carbonation level. nothing really pulls through when trying to analyze a mouthful for a couple seconds. bummer. still good though.

o - pretty good. i like a lot of their draft brews (especially the limited sours) but this wasnt anything to write home about. itll go on the list of top 10 or 15 IPAs that I HAVE ACCESS to, but nothing im gonna go out of my way to get or find in the future. also, it was a little pricey for something thats not totally other worldly.

alenonbeeradv, Apr 19, 2011
Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.