Drake's Denogginizer | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's DenogginizerDrake's Denogginizer

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oggg on 02-28-2005

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Photo of HalfFull
2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Another Drake's offering here courtesy of Bubba83.

Pours a clear ruby, with 2 stiff foamy fingers of off-white head. VERY rich looking retention on this, sticking around with a frothy near finger and leaving back a creamy cascade that slowly slides down and settles into sticky patches on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy smelling than floral with some underling herbal accents. Some sharper notes of spice, pine, and grapefruit are present but seem to get lost in the shuffle next to a combo of tropical fruit, thick grainy malt, and alcohol warmth, which just controls the nose with a heavy sweetness. I'm also picking up a bit of a plastic off-note that isn't helping matters.

Much like the nose, the taste is a warm sticky mess of tropical fruit, toasted grainy malts, and alcohol sweetness. Leafy hops, pine cones, peppery spice, and bitter grapefruit all hang in the back but mesh with the rampant alcohol presence to give off an unappealing medicinal feel and that then leads into a gritty abrasive finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a softer crispness that glides on top of some chewy alcohol beef. As mentioned before, just too much of that 10% ABV is showing and gets to be borderline stinging on the palate at times.

I just couldn't get into this one. Too hot and sweet with the hop flavors being push to background, this ended up being overall unpleasant for me. I don't know. My experience with this beer totally didn't jive at all with the other reviews. The bottle didn't taste old to me, just way too hot. Oh well...

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.11/5  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.

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Photo of NickL58
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid and good (but not great) Imperial IPA. IMHO, the best beer of 8 I sampled at Drake's Barrel House. Sufficient complexity, the taste of multiple hops, not overly 'alcoholic'.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger cream colored frothy head with good retention. Beer is a clear, deep, amber-orange. Lacing is outstanding. Frothy and layered with awesome legs and great retention.

S: Upfront sweet astringency. Cane sugar, resiny hops, piney hops, and a subtle citrus background. Almost smells like an aged double bastard. A bit aggressive for my taste but aromatic for sure.

T: Opens bitingly hoppy upfront. Like a hop hurricane in my mouth twisting piney, citrus, and resiny hop bitterness all together. Subtle citrus malt backbone that reveals itself ever-so-slightly towards the end. Barky at the finish with a resin hop bitterness that clings to the insides of my cheeks and palate.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and goes down sticky and scratchy. Finish is very messy and aftertaste lingers on and on.

D: I can appreciate the direction of this beer but this completely resiny and pine hop forward beers are just not for me. Worth a try if you're a fan of that type of IPA but I just can't get into it.

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Photo of Sandstone
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the Rose & Crown.

My primary problem with this beer was that it was just way too sweet for me. The other reviewer who compared this to a barleywine hit the nail right on the head here. The hops are just completely overshadowed.

If you like your DIPAs "east-coast style" with a massive malt backbone, there might be something for you here. On the other hand, if, like me, you want the hops to be the starring role of your IPA, I think you're going to walk away from this beer a bit disappointed.

I know I did.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber/orange with a thin white crust.

Smells like ... a barleywine. This is a double IPA? I have my doubts. Malty, no real hops in the nose, some fruits ... I detect zero citrus. Hmmm...

Taste is kind of a blend of J.W. Lee's Harvest Ales and maybe a sweeter, maltier DIPA like Dogfishhead 90 minute. That sounds good, but it really wasn't. Sickly sweet malt, some sweeter fruits .. no citrus, no hops, taste wore on me even with only 12 oz.

No carbonation.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - bomber bottle
Appearance - great color, nice amber color
Smell - almost non existent. Searched for some aroma but could not find any
Taste - nice solid flavor, nothing stood our as a prominent taste
mouthfeel - easy to drink, semi sweet taste on the end, did receive this bottle via trade, so age could affect this review

decent beer, nothing specatacular, would not seek this out again unless on tap and fresh, age mos def might of affected this review

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, darker amber color. Light tan, creamy head, leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice light spicy aroma with some nice citrus (particularly grapefruit). There's a little bit of bitterness and funk in there too.

Taste: Nice malt with some citrus up front, but gets bitter with some yeasty funk towards the finish. The aftertaste is bitter and really funky.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and smooth. Very minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: High ABV but no real alcohol in the taste. But the, finish and aftertaste is really tough.

Not a fan here, and it may become a drain-pour. Way too much bitterness and funk in the aftertaste, which is very unbalanced and not particularly pleasant.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Friend shared this one, and I think it may have been an older bottle. Decent nose, some sweet malt, a little melon perhaps, a touch of spice, no real booze. Palate is where it fell apart, though, with malt sweetness and big bitterness doing battle. No real flavor contribution from the hops, just massive bitterness. Not the most pleasing accord. Would love to try fresh on tap for comparison.

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Photo of ahophead
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok here we go.... I love this beer fresh!!! But this bottle did not live up to what I have had on tap many times. It won a medal in the GABF for a reason it's great beer, with any DIPA it tends to lean towards the ABW when aged for longer than 90 days. The bottle I jut picked up has no freshness date.... LAME!!! The beer is dark in color lots of crystal malts , and the sweetness comes out for sure.
It tastes really good despite the slightly aged nose it has. I like this beer either way but this bottle was not the freshest. Good hops lots of malt to back it up. Cheers

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Photo of chaint
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured reddish-brown color with good clarity. The head quickly dissipated. Not much of an aroma to the beer which was a bit surprising. Very balanced/conservative flavor...I wish there was more up front hop flavor, but there is a good sweet-bitter finish. In the end, a very simple DIPA. Good, but not great.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Chris. Thanks, dogg!

Darker than I like my DIPAs to be, this beer is a moderate amber color with a big, off-white head with nice retention and lacing. Clarity is great. The nose seems to have fallen off, as it mostly is a lot of crystal malt. Sweet with brown sugar and caramel, there is a modest hop profile as well, with pine and candied oranges. A moderate tangerine character is present as well. Decent.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and moderate sweetness. Mostly crystal malt with a lot of caramel and burnt sugar sweetness, this is sweeter than I typically care for. The bitterness is smooth, with pine and candied grapefruit. Hop flavor seems minimal, and mostly citrusy. This feels lighter than a beer this sweet should taste, probably due to the ABV? Medium in body medium-light in body, this beer is decent. Despite not having the characteristics I typically look for in a DIPA, I am quite liking this.

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Photo of Auracom
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dale for this throw-in! 4-5 oz. poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass on May 18th, 2012. This was a spontaneous pregame brew for a nutso barleywine tasting.

A - Clear, medium golden coloring. Tight, white, one-finger head. Decent retention and plentiful carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of Simcoe hops, pine resin, a touch of sugary, candied malt, floral. Hint of mint. I like rhyming. In all seriousness, it's fine but a bit muted even near room temperature.

T - Bigger but not necessarily better in taste. Huge pine backed by a big caramel malt bill. Fair blending of the four different hop varietals in here, nice flavors at first but they get a bit muddled through the middle of the drink. Moderate lingering bitterness throughout. Slight honey and roasted almond underneath. Bread and alcohol perpetuate the backend of the drink.

M - Medium body, average carbonation, short bitter finish. Fair amount of backend warming heat.

D - It's unique but not wholly memorable. A bit too boozy even though it's nearing 10%. This is my Drake's and I do want to try more, so it's somewhat successful.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.37/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of travolta
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orange and strawberry in color. A sticky white head with nice lacing. Nice retention, too.

Nose: Not much is strong or up front. Mostly pine and citrus. A tiny bit of malt.

Taste: Sweet and bitter. Hoppy and syrupy.

Notes: Beer is now expensive, and your options are seemingly limitless. If you are going to brew an imperial IPA, it needs to be unique or incredible. This would have been a really nice IPA, but they tried to sell me on the "imperial" aspect and so I was let down.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a murky caramel color. Head is full. It leaves creamy remnants along the glass. Quite turbid.

S-Candied citrus hops and pine. Spicy hoppiness too. Plenty of malt backing. The hops hit me first but there is enough balance here. Wet, caramel glazed biscuits. Definitely not my favorite hop profile. Maybe I will enjoy the flavor more...

T-More candied citrus fruits a some tangy grapefruit. Herbal and spicy too. Soggy hop leaves. The beer is also a bit too balanced for me as well. The malt is quite broad. Sweet bread that seems to be ever-rising. A bit grainy.

M-Boozier than I want. The feel is sappy and resiny. Dry with definite bitterness. Full bodied. Round feel.

O/D-Not what I am looking for in a DIPA. Not my favorite flavors hop-wise. The malt sits too heavily as well.

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Photo of bbothen
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

Pours a dark amber color with a thick & creamy white head. The head has good staying power & leaves lots of sticky glue like webbing on the glass as it goes down. Wonder if it's doing that to my tubes inside as well? I hope so.

Smells of sweetness mostly. Sugar, big maltiness, some faint tropical aromas, and booze. Nothing off or bad, just not what I expected for a IIPA.

The taste is much better than the nose led me. Nice malty sweetness, fruitiness, some tropical hoppiness comes through, but the sweetness dominates, warming boozy presence as well. Interesting take on an IIPA.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slick, thick.

Drinks well for how sweet it is & the ABV.

Hmmm indeed. I enjoyed this. Wont be going out of my way to find again. But will gladly sample again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark gold/amber with a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt and pine. So much malt. I already have a sad for this beer.

T: Taste follows the nose. It's malty with a super astringent pine bite. It's pretty one dimensional.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sticky and sweet up front, huge pine bite and rubbing alcohol finish.

O: Not my style. I really hate IPAs that are malt heavy. Bummer man. Aroma Coma is so damn good, I had high hopes for this one. I was let down. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to lurpy1 for bringing this, among other SouthCal brews, back from the Golden State. Almost through all of them. Are you going again soon? Don't bring me anything else, I think I have enough beer. 22 oz. bomber.

What? Oh. Poured into a pair of mini-snifters, the beer is a bright, filtered copper. Nose is an assault of onion that brings tear to my eyes. Sucking in seventeen cubic nosefuls of air, that's it. Onion. Huh. There could be something wrong with my nose, but my wife gets the same.

Denogginizer puts the ogg in onion. Glancing through the other reviews, I see nothing about any vegetables being slaughtered in worship to the Denogginizer. Onion is on this beer like Pretty Woman on TBS. Heavy bitterness follows, then a slap of alcohol careens off the palate, banks off the stomach, & slams into the liver. Incredibly juicy. Heavy.

Good beer, but our unique experience with the white veggie leads me to believe this bottle isn't typical of the 'Nogg taste. Interesting anyways & I'll be happy to finish what I have sitting next to my hand.

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