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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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very good

739 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 54
Gots: 120 | 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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Ratings: 739 | Reviews: 215
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
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