Denogginizer Double IPA
Drake's Brewing Co.

Denogginizer Double IPADenogginizer Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,798
Ranked #13,702
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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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great sum of spotty lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very herbal heavy with a nice bready and doughy backbone smell. Along with these aromas comes nice aromas of a pine and grapefruit citrus nature as well as some sweeter smells of apricot and peach. With just a touch of a caramel and a hit of hay, a very intriguing aroma is produced overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a medium bready malt taste matched with a light fruit sweetness of apricot and peach and a whole lot of hop. The hop starts biggest of an earthy and herbal nature. As the taste advances the sweet initially gets stronger, only to fad as the taste advances. While the sweeter tastes dwindle, the hop intensifies. The herbal and earthy hop tastes both gets stronger, and are joined by a bit of grapefruit and pine. At the end a touch of hay and grain come to the taste and with the big increase in hop, one is left with a rather resinous and robust hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to on the lower side. For the style the feel is good, making this one at 9.75 % almost too easy to drink.
Overall – A nice none citrus and resinous IPA with a great drinkability and flavor profile. Quite tasty.

Oct 23, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough double IPA. Resinous, herbal, piney, classic West Coast taste. A bit boozy.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with good head and nice curtain lacing. Fruity, herbal smell. Decent feel. Some vanilla also in the taste. Decent but fairly standard.

Oct 01, 2021
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donspublic from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into glass, good 2 finger off white cream colored head, so so retention, great lacing. Bright golden in the glass, not hazy but thick looking. Smells piney, yeah shit that is just about it. Boom the pine and malt on the front end of this beer is 100% old school. Big dankness on the middle and in the finish. Bitterness is well tempered with the sweetness to where this is highly drinkable with very little tannins left on the palate. Great job constructing such an easy to drink bomb. I will sleep well tonite

Sep 16, 2021
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

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

Canned 18 May 21...consummed 25 Jul 21. Sweet malt overwhelmed the hops to me, making it appear more barley-wineesqe. Not a bad thing at all and a top-tier barleywine it would be!

Sep 06, 2021
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers I sometimes see popping up on WBAYDN? threads and have always been at least a bit curious about (Parish's Ghost in the Machine is another one that comes to mind, for the record). I had no idea Drake's was going to be expanding into MA, so seeing this on the shelf at my local liquor store was pretty cool. I picked up a four pack without hesitation and took my spoils home.

Cracking open the can (which is dated 5/18/21, by the way) and pouring the beer into a glass, I am met with a medium-amber beer building up with a huge, frothy head of bone-white foam that quickly settles to a half-finger of chunky suds that leaves behind a decent trail of tiered lace in its wake. It's a little hazy, to the extent that I can't see directly through it, but I can see my finger through the other side of the glass, so it's not opaque either. Well, whaddya know... it looks like a nice WC IPA! Not really surprising at all, but I do appreciate beers like this even in the current beer market. Gives me a similar vibe to 3 Floyds Alpha King in terms of pour, which is a good thing. I must say, however, before we continue... I am disappointed by the relative oldness of these cans. I also really dislike 6-pack boxes that don't have the date of the product inside the box stamped anywhere on the outside because I have no clue how fresh the contents are until it's too late. Still, this is almost 10%, so I'm holding out hope that being two months old will not do much to it.

Upfront wallop of intense, sticky pine resin and loads of sugared grapefruit backed up by some grassiness and herbal undertones in the nose. Happy to say that I think this might actually still be pretty good after eight (plus) weeks in the can, which I guess isn't really that weird when you consider it's probably intended to be rather shelf-stable. Orange peel and some light mango come out as it warms a bit, and overall I'm pretty happy with the smell of this one.

Pretty hefty bitterness following a quick flash of sweet malt in the mid-palate. Solid feel with a bit of mouth-coating graininess and a big punch of hops in the finish, bringing out prominent pomelo/grapefruit elements with a lingering pine resin quality. I like that this actually seems to drink a little below its weight, as it leans a bit crisper than I expected. There is definitely still a slight syrupiness but it's not enough to affect how Denogginizer drinks. I actually kind of like the bend towards a sweeter/fuller mouthfeel in the initial section of each sip, because the contrast with the dryness in the finish is satisfying and approachable for such a large IPA. Good stuff. Don't regret getting a sixer. I think it struggles a little to stand out, but it's not a bad fridge-staple big IPA. Just wish it were a bit fresher, but it is what it is.

Jul 27, 2021
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frankdatank1337 from California

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I may be overeating this beer but I really do love it. It's my go to double. Its what I expect from an IPA. It's bitter, hoppy, and complex. If you look at my profile, I've tried a lot of IPAs and this is still my favorite. I think that says a lot.

Jun 29, 2021
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schoolboy from Ohio

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

Well, I remember when West coast style IPA was a new style. Now is a nostalgic style, before everything got so darn hazy.

This one has a great look and she'll. It reminds me of what Green Flash one was. The taste furthers that feeling, with a nice bitter, yet malty taste. It sits a little hard. A really strong ale!

Recommended. It's a monster.

May 29, 2021
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured an orange-tinted gold body (not thick, almost translucent) with minimal head and lace down the glass. The aroma has minimal hop presence and is rather earthy and dirty. Smooth beer in a medium body that balances strong hop bitterness from citric and earthy, oily hops with a thick and semi-sweet maltiness akin to caramel and then finishes full yet crisp with hints of grapefruit.

Feb 23, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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

Straight forward DIPA very floral and bitter with pine but balanced and smooth despite the high ABV. Bought is on a whim and even though I probably wouldn't have too many I would probably drink it again.

Jan 10, 2021
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow-amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head. that left a narrow collar around the edge and some large patches of bubbles covering most of the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with lots of flavors of piney hops and associated bitterness. There are some underlying notes of caramel malts and hints of grapefruit citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dank, and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very dank and bitter. It makes for an interesting change of pace in the world of juicy New England IPAs.

Serving type: can

Aug 11, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/2/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; lots of bubbles swirling upwards; creamy off-white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are on the subtle side. Hints of floral and citrus notes. There's a nice amount of caramel. Lots of crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors are pretty straightforward. Orange and grapefruit come through. More floral notes. There's a nice amount of pine. Pine needles, pine sap and pine resin in the mix. More caramel coming through. Subtle spiciness. Nice bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's sharp, slightly fluffy and smooth.

This is a solid DIPA. It's definitely a classic, old school and traditional example of the style. It's not flashy or anything super crazy, but it's simply enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad. I like it.

Jul 22, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

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.

Jul 18, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Feb 21, 2019
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stoumi from California

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.

Feb 18, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

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.

Dec 29, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

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...

Nov 17, 2018
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Damahr from California

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.

Sep 12, 2018
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BerryKumquat from California

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.

Jul 28, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

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.

Jun 02, 2018
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LordAinz from California

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.

May 14, 2018
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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!

Apr 26, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 30, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 24, 2018
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gshak from Texas

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.

Jan 14, 2018
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Stoutmaster9 from California

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!

Jan 12, 2018
Denogginizer Double IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 932 ratings