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 mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +11%
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 +2%
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 +0.5%
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, an maybe a little too much bitterness at the end. Medium body.

O: Very good DIPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +6.1%
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 +3.1%
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
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 -1.3%
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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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange pour with a tall beige head that gives way to a lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Dank and piney smell, with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit and salt. Bitter-sweet taste, with notes of grapefruit, gooseberris, unripe apples and herbal hops. The alcohol is present and noticeable, otherwise this would have been a much better beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Gordon Biersch - Oakland airport. Surprising find, pricy, but worth it. Medium golden body, small creamy head, curtains of lacing on the glass. Dank, funky, hoppy, but still can detect the solid malt backbone. Lingering bite, mildly dry, but where's the heat? I'm sure it will catch me later. Deserving of its high marks.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Amber color. Aroma is malty and a touch piney. Flavor is malt forward with a pine hop finish. Nice body to the beer and overall a solid IPA.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a very nice, three-finger off white head. Immediately the aromas pop out: berries, pineapple, and guava. The taste is similar, with those fruits dominating but a nice honey-like malt presence holds strong, before the bitterness and dry aftertaste take hold. It's a perfect sipping double IPA.

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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 GarrettB
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the label on this thing. I feel like I'm in an art show aimed at intellectuals - a bauhaus brutality on canvas, and a beer underneath, like buried treasure. The color is a dark amber, though, not sandy, but the scent is it's own gem: fruity, with pine, a touch of marshmallow, and a thick orange flavored syrup. The flavor, for contrast, has much more hops bitterness in it, borrowing some of the orange flavor from the nose, and bundling it with the hops. The aftertaste is long, stirred with a bit of birch bark, but the dominating flavor here is still very much orange, orange juice, orange pith and orange zest.

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Photo of Dvanistan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite IPA. It meets a pretty high standard while also being readily available at market. Not costing an arm and a leg also gets a thumbs up.

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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 vikinggary28
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is of an attractive reddish-brown colour with a cream colour head and a bit of lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus, with a hint of toasted malt as well as a not over powering hop smell. Tastes of hop bitterness with enough malty syrup to balance nicely. Aftertaste is a bit grassy. Medium body with the high alcohol taste creeping through. If you like California IPA's with a kick this one is for you.

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Photo of salcedo
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a chalice style schooner.

Beautiful deep orange/amber color. Nice amount of cream colored head, that dissipates leaving a nice lacing.

Aroma includes caramel, toasted malt and slight hop scent. Alcohol aroma is very perceptible.

Medium body. Perfect carbonation level.

Great hop bitterness, but there's a little "grassy" aftertaste. Nice caramel flavor. Alcohol taste is there, but not as pronounced as its aroma.

Overall, this is a great example of the style. I grew up in San Leandro and I'm happy to report that this beer did not disappoint my San Diego taste buds :-)

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant reddish amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that grips the side of the glass producing fine sheets of lace.
S: A boquet of citrus, earthiness and spice.
T: Big citrusy hop flavors floating in alcohol and rich malt.
M: Warming alcohol, smooth, big body, medium low carbonation.
O: A nice way to mainline IBUs

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Photo of Osseous
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured sideways into an IPA speiglau. Heavy head. Copper color (SRM ~13?). Sweeter/maltier smell than expected with hints of flower. Taste was hippy/citrusy - Orange and pine. Medium body. Overall, a pretty well balanced DIPA with a good kick of hops and ABV

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Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells really hoppy. Really great initial taste. You can just taste the crispness of the hops. The only major issue is after that sip, you get a nasty alcoholic aftertaste. Would definitely prefer aroma coma over this since they are the same price

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Photo of Gort
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me. I am one of those guys that likes to pick up a 22oz bottled microbrew beer on the way home from work and love trying out new beers. Drakes Denogginizer really surprised me with it's beautiful amber color, the bit of lacing, the nice head at first pour. The head does not last long which I personally enjoy. This beer has been one of my goto's when the others just are not enticing me.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aptly named, this stuff will take your head off. Very strong beer with lots of hop and malt - a kind of over-the-top use of ingredients for effect - a very good effect. Had this the first time on tap, in bottle since, both are excellent. Alcohol is definitely in the flavor profile, but not a deal killer. I am not a partier, so this is a one-bottle brew (22 oz) for me.

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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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