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Drake's Denogginizer - Drake's Brewing Co.

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638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 49
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
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 inlimbo77


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

07-28-2011 20:24:12 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of teamizm


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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

07-11-2011 05:32:32 | More by teamizm
Photo of AdamBear


3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

07-05-2011 21:35:10 | More by AdamBear
Photo of vande


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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!!

06-26-2011 03:03:00 | More by vande
Photo of Seanibus


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-10-2011 02:57:53 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Durge


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-03-2011 04:13:33 | More by Durge
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

06-02-2011 04:33:39 | More by axeman9182
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

05-07-2011 21:06:38 | More by womencantsail
Photo of alenonbeeradv


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

04-19-2011 00:35:02 | More by alenonbeeradv
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks nicks6217!

No bottled-date listed. Poured into a pint.

A: Light-medium amber. 1/3" head, mellows to a film.

S: Smells very good, lots of piney citrus, noticeable a few inches away. In real close it smells like fresh hops themselves.

T: Not as much pine as the nose. Very balanced in hop profile. Bitterness at first, then slowly transitioning into some light malt presence, with the bitterness just fading overtop, not dissipating. More malty than I expected, but the malt's are definitely very pale. A lot of medicinal flavor develops through the tasting. The 9.75% ABV is detectable but well hidden with everything. Again this beer is nicely balanced.

M: Very light and enjoyable for all things considered (noticeable malt body, 10% alcohol, pretty much a hop bomb). Not too drying at all (from any part of its anatomy).

O: Not too sure on the price point, but if this was affordable I'd drink it all the time. It's more herbal than most IPAs and is very intriguing

04-13-2011 04:24:57 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of DoubleJ


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

04-12-2011 18:16:31 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%


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

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


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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

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


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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!

02-16-2011 07:23:49 | More by Srsly
Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
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