Denogginizer Double IPA
Drake's Brewing Co.

Denogginizer Double IPADenogginizer Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,331
Ranked #9,827
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Denogginizer Double IPADenogginizer Double IPA
Notes: Brace yourself. Denogginizer is a massive Double IPA that's sublimely hopped with an over-the-top dosing of dank, sticky West Coast hops. With just enough malt backbone to keep this big, resinous hop monster in check, don't be afraid to lose your head to the Denogginizer.

91 IBU; 19.8 OG; 2.2 FG
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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 908
Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 22-oz. bomber, gift from and split with friend, into juice glass, and had again poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped bottled on “06/19/19,” into tulip pint.

Denogginizer is beautiful, resinous, fruity, malty enough, bitter and huge.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper filtered with little carbonation and 4 fingers of off white head.

Smells like light tropical fruit, pine, caramel and light malts.

Tastes of light toasted malts, light tropical fruits, white linen and a hint of pine.

Medium body with very little carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it Feb 20th, 2019.

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Photo of stoumi
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Denogginizer was recommended from a co-worker, who in fact brought me a bottle. Pours a dark honey color with a 1-finger, off white, sticky looking head that leaves a soapy lacing. The smell is caramel sweetness with orange, peach and grapefruit with a hint of resinous pine. The taste, like many West Coast IPAs, follows the nose, big and bitter with pine but a malty sweet backbone with a fruitiness to it.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours clear gold with a small white head that settles quickly. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, pine. Taste is sweet malt, citrus, pine with just a hint of alcohol. Nice balance.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big, old school, west coast, sticky pine resin double pours a clear medium-gold color under a pale tan head a few fingers high in a nonic pint... Big bodied with chewy caramel impressions, and a sticky shellac of pine cut by caramel-coated citrus rinds and peels... smooth and soft, full, round mouthfeel... A real throwback, and perhaps not what I'm digging the most these days - I do buy into the NEIPA scene, and even in a high abv double, I prefer something a little leaner and cleaner feeling - but that's just me - if you're feeling like a big, dank resinous high abv beer, this is a winner... 10/10/18 canning...

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Photo of Damahr
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Goes down easy like a cheap watered down beer, but with a great taste, and goes down fairly smooth. My only complaint really, is that I wish it had more of that pine flavor, that is my absolute must have when it comes to any IPA. As for effects, whether you sip it or chug it, after one 12oz bottle, you're good dude. Regardless if you like IPAs, Double IPAs , or triple, I highly recommend picking some of this up.

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Photo of BerryKumquat
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker

Appearance: Clear light Amber color with few bottles.

Smell: More floral notes but also a bit of bitterness.

Taste: It is quite bitter and opens up to more citrus notes.

Overall: I usually don't do IPA since they are bitter but I figured it was worth a shot. It's not bad as an IPA and made me enjoy an IPA, compared to other stuff I've tried earlier.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/4/18, consumed 6/2/18

Poured mostly clear amber with a small head that left a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of citrus fruit with piney, grassy, danky & earthy hops, fainter notes of sweet malt.

Taste follows aroma, nice all around balance.

Feel is medium, pretty easy considering the ABV level, good carbonation, probably the strongest aspect.

Overall a very nice, very strong all-around everyday DIPA. Name ain't joking if you have a few of these. Pretty easy to see why this is an everyday pickup for a lot of heavy brew drinkers out West here.

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Photo of LordAinz
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer, the hops can be overwhelming, but nothing to discourage you from tasting it. The beer has a light head nothing much here; the color is a hazy Orange. The aroma is awesome smeels like orange with grapefruit. The taste is very powerful in hops the alcohol comes in as a kick. Pick this beer up if you get a chance worth every penny.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Clear dark Amber color with medium bubbles on the body creating an off-white head rising at a full finger's length after a hard pour.

Smell: Bitter bread scent, has a floral feel which is light and the grapefruit is there dissipates a bit quickly.

Taste: First off it's quite bitter. Second it's a notch sweet, almost like sweet pink grapefruit and touch of honey but when the malts kick in, now you're talking. The citrus zing that carries with heavy bitterness is one to really like.

Mouth: Sticky brew, little dry and has a woody but finish almost like it was barrel aged.

Overall: Very good brew, not the best IIPA you will ever have...but considering how easy it is to get and still satisfied plus the price was accomadable. Always in a glass, Salud!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I signed up for Tavour a couple/few months ago & their service has really been bringing the west coast beers to this east coast imbiber! Man, my last shipment comprised two (2) boxes! I brought several bombers with me to Allentown last weekend, but my traveling companion was more into Stouts & Porters so I brought me big DIPAs home for another time. On another digression, I was stationed at NAS Alameda, CA from 1987 to 1989 & I visited Drake's subsequent to that, but San Leandro will always & forever conjure up memories of the beauteous Ann, a fellow sailor with whom I was involved. Those were glorious times! Sigh.

From the bottle: "Brace yourself. Denogginizer is a massive Double IPA that's sublimely hopped with an over-the-top dosing of dank, sticky West Coast hops. With just enough malt backbone to keep this big, resinous hop monster in check, don't be afraid to lose your head to the Denogginizer."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour that made the Drake's cousin, Malt Duck, very happy. She squeaked in delight as I performed an in-glass swirl that raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with modest retention. Her awe was evident when I raised the glass to see that the liquid was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. She quacked up when I raised the glass to my nose for a whiff & got massive, resinous dank that caused me to pull away out of shock, not unpleasantness. Behind the thick, dense evergreen forest, Simcoe the Kitty was hiding, doing her micturation business out of sight, but not out of smell. I know you're out there, Kitty! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. The taste was very dank and pine-like, but rather than making the mistake of going with sweet caramel malts, this had an earthy balance to it that amplified the hops while remaining restrained & unobtrusive. I love AIPAs & when ADIPAs came along, I was quick to embrace them. I soon realized that I was wrong-headed in that, like so many beer styles, not all were created equally. Ann, baby, where are you in my time of need? 8=( Finish was dry, but not gasping, more earthy than hoppy, but a very good entry in the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly foamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, plenty of soapy sticky lacing, mostly clear slight hazy honey tan color

Nose big hops, some citrus, candied orange peel, marmalade, fruity, hops are also spicy, chewy, grassy earthy a bit, and a bit of pine, big sweet candy malts with a bit of alcohol and ester notes

Taste brings big heavy hops again, spicy chewy out front, then big citrus with candied orange zest and marmalade, rind, bit of stone fruit and generic fruit, big sweet candy malts, syrupy, some booze tingle and alcohol flavor, hops are also piney and earthy, pithy as well, and very bitter, finishes sticky a bit, more alcohol lingering, super spicy hop bitterness, a bit of pine and more orange pith.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little sticky, decent carb, a bit astringent, and some warming alcohol

Overall OK but nothing special, a huge heavy DIPA, that's about it.

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Photo of gshak
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/15/2017, about 2 months old at this point. This is the freshest I've seen this beer hit the shelves here, so I'll take it for what it's worth. Shouldn't be a huge concern, most hop bombs will hold some semblance of their former selves, at this age.

A - Dark side of orange, with tight, white bubbles more reminiscent of a nitrogenated beer than a carbonated beer. Spotty lacing observed where the liquid has been. A finger's width of head that dissipated into a thin ring, but lasted the drinking course of well over 30 mins.
S - Caramel, concentrated sugars, pine needles, some peach, apricots and grapefruit. I think this one probably lost a majority of its former glory in the last 2 months, and now verges on the border of a barleywine, for the balance between malt and hops.
T -Yep, pretty much follows the smell, although I do get some candied orange peels on the front and mid-palate. Very good. Resinous hops do their bit to counter the malt, but fail to keep it in check for the most part. They do make their presence known towards the end, drying out the palate, preparing for another sip.
M - Fuller side of medium. I think fresh, this beer would have felt about right. But now that the malts are beginning to dominate the hops, it now verges on a hoppy barleywine, in the nicest possible way, than a double ipa.
O - A good beer overall, though I would still have preferred this within the first 30 days of bottling.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange, two finger head, bunch of carb bubbles.
Bitter-sweet and malty. Sloppy-strong.
Crisp and sour. A fruity yet blunt Barley Wine meets DIPA.
Has the initial finesse of a standard malt liquor, if remote memory serves.
A strong malt backbone, flanked by fruit & pine.
Not a bad path, if you enjoy bold use of booze burn! Brutal Embrace!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i love drakes, and am always excited to have new beers from them. this is an interesting one, and a huge one, somewhere between double ipa and american barleywine, it really blurs the line, and i go back and forth on it. there is a lot of malt here, more than is now trendy to use in really hoppy beer, a sturdy crystal, long boiled it seems to me, caramelized and rich, with a lot of body, its a big base, and it takes a lot of hops to push through. in front of the almost baked tasting malt base, the beer has a lot of fruitiness to it, cherry juice and citrus, with a oily northwestern piney vibe as well, very robust, exceptionally bitter, and downright boozy, especially after it warms up a little bit. the hops come through fresh and vegetal, and the alcohol seems to accentuate the grain richness here, its balanced, but its huge. a little of this goes a long way, and a small pour was enough for me at the time. long lingering hoppy aftertaste. well made beer, but this is old school and enormous, something for a chilly autumn evening, or on a november saturday standing around a smoker...

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Photo of Choke
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep gold 1 finger tight and boozy has some watermelon and pine some cherry and finishes the way cocaine smells.
Gives you a ren and stimpy kind of vibe.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome golden amber brew with a fine-grained pile of foam in the Rodenbach goblet. Massive peach aroma. Sudsy southfeel adds to the pleasure.

This is surprisingly sweet with a woody cedar taste. Huge fruity flavors. Orange peel. The sugary finish is enlivened by tart apricot and a whiff of onions. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at a San Diego supermarket.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark golden color with off-white head. Aroma has a really interesting hop profile with grapes and also some juicy orchard fruits with a hint of watermelon. Taste follows with the watermelon and grapes plus some orange. Medium to intense bitterness throughout. Medium body, quite smooth on the palate. I really enjoyed this one. It has a very different hop profile from other IPAs.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 12/14/16 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy burnt orange with a 1.5 finger head
S: Juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapp!e, a hint of pine
T: Full of pineapple, some additional tropical fruit and citrus
M: Full-bodied, juicy and balanced
O: A tasty DIPA, more pineapple than I've ever tasted in a pale ale

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 bomber in pint glass.

L: Pours a cloudy, gold with a 1-finger head. Average head retention and some nice lacing.

S: Strong citrus nose with pineapple being the most pronounced.

T/F: Definitely strong on the hops and a little malt to balance it out and add some sweetness. It is a 9.6% ABV, and you can taste some of that up front. Bitter finish, and maybe a little too much bitterness at the end. Medium body.

O: Solid DIPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Drake's Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus, mango, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, lightly toasted bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness.

T: Massive juicy citrus and tropical fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, guava, apricot, some pine, a little peppery spice, lightly toasted bready malt, and caramel/honey sweetness. (Can get a bit cloyingly sweet.)

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, holds its % very well.

O: Was finally able to get my hands on a fresh bottle of this one. My goodness, what a delicious monster! Absolutely fantastic hoppy kick to the dome.

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Photo of BrennenTallman
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poor into pint from a bomber
small head
gettting a citrus smell
pine forward taste that hides the alcohol EXTREMELY well.
overall a pretty standard double that you wont be upset drinking. not the best but a great beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber color. Orange-cream head with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma was light citrus, orange & malted barley. The flavor is on the sweeter side, malty, with some citrus hops. Very smooth despite the higher alcohol volume, no burn at all. An excellent DIPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice orange glow with some amber thrown in to darken it just a smidge. 1/3" white head. Retention sucked. Aroma was a nice dry hop, not the level of alpha session or aroma coma, but still very impressive. Seemed like simcoe and amarillo all over this one.

Taste was a hoppy, flavorful, green experience, no match for the mild pale malts. All kinds of pine and tangerine on it. More pine. Hid the alcohol amazingly well.

Bomber format sucks, but its one of the best and consistently underrated dipas out there.

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Photo of ibrubeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft @ Marriott SFO. Aroma is light citrusy hops. Color is clear dark amber with a white head that quickly dissipates, but has OK lacing. Pleasant bitterness with a little citrus, and a pretty strong malty backbone to balance. Full bodied. Didn't taste as strong as it was to me. Very good DIPA!

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Denogginizer Double IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 908 ratings