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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Ratings: 881 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Ken for bringing back a Drake's, a bomber too. Orange body with two inch thick white head. Hoppy aroma, and good orange citrus bitterness.Piney.Caramel offset. Alcohol hidden so decent drinkability. Carbonation right there. Not smoothest DIPA.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Golden State Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light copper with an off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some malt aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA with a nice hoppy presence.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Toronado. Unfortunately it was already my 4th beer of the day so I'm probably not qualified to comment on how alcoholic the beer tasted or smelled.

In any case it poured a nice orange/red color that was pretty clear and had some sticky white head that laced the glass well.

The smell was intensely strong and of hops and more hops. Part citrus but mostly pine. Some sweet malt, well probably a lot of malt if it was noticeable under all those hops. Wonderful.

The taste was similar. It was basically a stronger more rediculous version of their IPA. Very sweet, moderately bitter, very hoppy in every aspect. Great beer all around.

Don't know if this is going to be bottled but I would love to find some of this.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

On tap at Drake's Barrel House, served in a 12 oz tulip.

An amber-hued DIPA, a shade or two darker than most of Drake's hoppy offerings. Clarity is excellent, and it pours with an inch of foam that retains well.

The nose is bright and sweet with notes of melon and pineapple. As suggested by the appearance and the huge ABV, this is rather sweet but not necessarily malt-forward. The malt brings out the fruitiness of the hops, but doesn't add much in the way of actual malt aroma beyond a touch of caramel. It's very fragrant and enticing.

The palate offers an appealing blend of pineapple, cantaloupe and resinous pine. It's a touch sweet up front, but dries out mid-palate and becomes rather leafy and bitter in the finish. The body is hefty, bordering on syrupy for the first few sips, but then the bitterness balances things out.

While this is an excellent beer, the hop profile seems to be extremely volatile. Skip bottles unless you know they're no more than 2-3 weeks old.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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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