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Drake's Denogginizer | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's DenogginizerDrake's Denogginizer

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 828
Photo of breadwinner
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +15.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +10.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +12.5%
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 +17.6%
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 -13.6%
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 Celtics17
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good DIPA, but it's not my kind of flavor profile. I just don't like big malty flavors in my IPA's. The malt flavor, mainly the caramel profile takes over.. I don't get much tropical fruit, or fruit at all. There is a big floral profile, and a big sweetness from the malt. I wanted more hops and tropical fruit.

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Photo of farrago
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice frothy head, crests around two fingers, darker eggshell white hue, fair amount of larger bubbles but retention is good, the lacing is very splotchy but this too sticks. Cloudy liquid, sort of deep orange-brown at the core, more yellow further out, the bubbles are scattered, large and slow, not the most visually appealing beer. Thick, sweet nose of oak barrels, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, booze and peach to apricot paste, kind of over the top, the herbaceousness of the hops diminished as a result, the pine tar and coal notes actually bring freshness, has prolonged staying power basically because it has clogged up your nostrils. Full-bodied, feels more right-sized here though, its heaviness distributed across the palate. Pink grapefruit, tangerine pulp blends into concentrated pineapple, guava, apricot fruit. The carbonation brings a welcome prickle, favoring the pine, grass and earth for a moment. Then it’s back to the cocoa, mocha, vanilla, butterscotch and molasses flavors. While it deserves points for a fair amount of flavor intensity, its ability to fatigue the palate, well, fatigues the palate. Wish it moved with more effortless grace.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled date April 21, 2014.

Gorgeous looking beer, looks a lot like Stone Enjoy By series. Deep bronze orange and bright red. Supper bursting crystal clarity, and plentiful but not over abundant carbonation. Thick creamy and billowing head, off white in color, fist full height tall. Thick island clumps and peaks and valleys, hanging off the edge of the glass. Just fantastic appearance.

Very nice subtle but noticeable soft hop aromas. Mild caramel with a big topping floral nose, and mild herbal spice. Brown sugar. Molasses, and floral sap out of a tree. Smells gooey and sticky. Loving it.

Palate meets expectations. Soft and candy like caramel malts more sensing of taffy. A real nice hop softness, hints towards floral and tea herbal aromatics. Soft malted backbone comes out pillowy. Icing sugar. Little bit of stinging carbonation on the front tip of the tongue, then goes to punch like juice mouthfeel.

A real nice mellow and fun IPA, very easy drinking as well for a high ABV. Really digging it. Not earthshattering, but overall just great and can't be missed.

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Photo of mac31
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22ozer in to a tulip.

Wasn't what I was expecting. Based on name and Abv, I was expecting something to punch me up side my noggin. Instead the beer was much more of a malt bomb. Beautiful amber colored beer w/ an off white head. Taste follows nose, citrus and tons of malt. Big, sweet, malty body. Nothing extraordinary about the malt profile. Grapefruit, citrus hoppiness carries through the palate. Minimal earthiness and dankiness detected. The hops seem rather toned down when compared to the malts. This beer is full bodied w/ a heavy, thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered well. This coupled with the big maltiness makes this a very drinkable beer. For a IIPA, I wanted more hops, less malt. If this were a blind tasting I would have guessed this was more of an American style Barleywine. I love Drake's beer, they put out some great stuff. Like this one, don't love it. If your looking for a big, hoppy beer, skip this one. Would not deny if someone was buying or pouring, but probably would not buy again.

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Photo of d5001986
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large, foamy, beige colored head.

S: Grapefruit, Pine, and some sweet malt.

T: Grapefruit and pine mostly. A decent malt presence that exhibits a spicyness. A little alcohol is detectable, and is also quite bitter.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Bitter with a slight spicey burn.

O: I dig the spicyness of this DIPA. Unfortunately, I prefer my IPAs on the more 'unbalanced' side, and the bitterness is a little over the top for me.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Consumed at exactly three months after bottling.

A: Hazy caramel color. Fine bubbled off white head retains well at an inch in height. Lots of stubborn lacing.

S: Melon rind, kiwi, pineapple, soft pine aromas. Hints of pine tar and resin. Wafts of toasty malt and thin runny caramel.

T: Fat malt flavors of toasty malt and caramel. Waves of resin and pine. Undercurrents of pineapple, orange, and honeydew melon. Traces of alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Balanced finish of caramel malt flavors and lingering piney bitterness.

M: Substantially fat and round malt texture. A bit chewy even. Mild astringency. A slight tingle of alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Very round and smooth.

O: Very well balanced. It reminds me of a Bear Republic brew. Lots of great hop flavor, but they weren't afraid to give it a voluptuous malt body. I can see myself making this a go-to brew if the price was right.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of this found it's way to a bottle swap in De Bierboom, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014: thank you to the unknown kind person.

I managed to grab a good third of a pint from the passing bottle and took a few notes while trying to drink it and not miss anything else interesting that might pass my way: this piece is from those said notes.

Slight haze to my already opened bottle, orange to golden with a grubby white head.

Hops, and more hops, it smells of hops: enough hops already, some maltiness hides behind the huge hop attack. I tried to fend it off by watching a Swiss Saint Bon Chein bottle of unknown vintage fly by: bugger!

This was fine though, especially if you're into hops. I see an Old Numbskull bottle coming my way: I've got to neck this, sorry. Hey there's Black Damnation over there, I wonder if it's Black Mes? (it was, hurray, I got some)

Christ that was hoppy. I'll try and give this beer more time and reverence if I come across it again, it deserves better than I gave it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that fell to a thick spotty surface foam. Some lace painted the glass.

Smell: light orange and malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: a more malty and sweeter DIPA than some others. Caramel, loads of oranges, some grapefruit, soft pine tones, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol was mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste leans towards a syrupy sweet feel with some bitterness.

Overall: a slower sipping DIPA as I found this to be a bit sweeter than others, and I just didn't get a cohesive flaor profile here, as the flavors stood apart.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date on the bottle says 03/19/13, making this bottlealmost a full year old. You expect it to taste sweeter by the smell. The nose smells like goji berries, canned mandarin oranges, and breakfast cereal. There's a distinctly spicy and peppery taste to this beer! Lots of boozy warmth and candy sugar, cut by a citrusy, orange zest bitterness. Pretty heavy in the mouth, feeling oily and thick and making the carbonation feel less active in the mouth. Not bad at all, I just wish I cold try a fresh bottle to know what it's supposed to taste like.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: A slight metallic tang to the aroma. A strong hop aroma that is a mix of cat-box, vegetal greenery and citrus.

Flavor: Sweet malt with some caramel and bread up front, but quickly overtaken by a firm bitterness. As it warms I get a nice citrus marmalade flavor and alcohol becomes apparent. Slightly astringent finish but enough booze and malt to balance it. I got more harsh alcohol and burn as I have more of it, and decided I couldn't have more than one glassful of it.

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Photo of tmzl
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with large, off-white (orange hue) head with small, equal bubbles. Has good slow retention, mostly diminishing - thick layer stays on top for the whole ride. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Color is deep, dark amber, light haze. Looks nice.

Smell: Tropical, canned pineapple, then the herbal, earthy, floral comes to nose. Also some pine, grapefruit, wood. Moderate sweet caramel with light alcohol to detect. Also slightly spicy.

Taste: Starts fresh, pine, grapefruit, tropical, then moderate almost heavy middle molasses-honey malt backbone - a bit too heavy, overrides the fresh start. Continues with light alcohol spike and a weird tropicalish, floral, earthy sweet spike (dry pineapple candy) and ends with medium to high bitterness. It softly stays with you for a while, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation - suiting. Also very light alcohol warming.

Overall: Smells good, the taste gets a bit weird and too heavy on the malt sweetness. Overrides the freshness. Still, a solid take on DIPA, worth a try.

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Photo of bump8628
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange, creamy clumpy head that lays down sheets of sticky lace. Malt and alcohol lead the way - bready toasted malt with a slather of caramel. Hops fit the dank descriptor that gets thrown around a lot - a wallop of grassy herbal bitterness. More alcohol lingers on the finish. Finer notes of pine and lime creep out as it warms. A bit too much alcohol for my preference in DIPAs. Still a solid beer and worth a try. $4 and change for a big, well-made beer is a bargain these days.

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Photo of mentor
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger yellow-tan head over a brilliant copper liquid. Smells lemony, grapefruit, pith, orange zest, clean alcohol, resiny, and pine. Tastes clean pithy, lemon, grapefruit, and clean alcohol sting is strong. Tropical esters, lightly of pear syrup, apricot, and light-colored caramel. Creamy dextrinous in the mouth, medium thick, but comes across lighter due to cleansing alcohol. Modest carbonation. Nice beer on a style I'm not particularly fond of.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Bring on the Beer.

I didn't hear a hiss when I popped the cap but with the pour, a deep gold with a 1 finger head of foam, my worries got the hell out of Dodge. Another brew here with fine lacing. It looks great.

Bready malt, caramel malt, dominate the nose. Oh shoot, this bottle has already been aged for me. Bottled on May 10th. I guess that explains the lack of any hoppy aromas.

At this stage, it is more of an all malt DIPA and it tastes great! Lots of freshly baked bread like flavour, some caramel sweetness, no hint...zero bitterness and quite the hunk of alcohol heat. It makes me curious as to what a bit of hop bitterness would have been like in a fresh bottle but being only 4 months old, I'd reckon it couldn't have been too big and bold. The flavours are now starting to wear on me. Great, sadly, has become okay.

Great mouthfeel and there's now some sort of bitterness going on, I'd say a bit of roughish pine. I've had a few Drake beers and this is most likely my least favourite. Yes, it is. Oh well, the others I've had were top notch.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and deep orange color . Darker than you might expect with an orange tinted head of creamy off white foam that settled reluctantly to a thick layer on top. Then a ring and cap, Then a film, and plenty of loose bubbles. Sticky lace and plenty of it. Looks thick.

Nose is ripe oranges. It's the juicy part of the orange with the pith and the sweet zest of the fruit to back it up. There is a little tart grapefruit on the nose and a moderate pine. Those pine needles are light but dry. The malt has plenty of caramel sweetness on the nose which makes me think this might be a little heavy. There's some tropical fruits int his and they are exotic. i want to say guava or papaya but I am just not confident enough to name them. They lend a deep sweetness to the nose.

Taste is dense with sticky sweet oranges to greet the palate. Like fruit candy with the malt sweetness right behind. The malt is full. The grapefruit make the mouth water and pushes it across the palate and the pine stays pretty light. The body is full and has moderate carbonation. It's a little chewy. Pretty sweet and thick on the palate. There is a wonderful hop bitter and some nice oil to save it through an aftertaste that lets all that fruit sweetness accumulate. The malt really does it's job to balance the bitter and if only it were more breaddy and a just a tad lighter.

While this drinks the fruits play out more and more to the delight of the palate. You get used to the sweetness and accept the moderate heaviness and stop begrudging it. Of course that could be the abv talking. There is no alcohol on the nose or on the palate and it's only at the bottom of the first glass that I start to notice the warmth at the back palate. While it's raw and unpolished in some ways it's not a bad drink. It's not light but it is flavorful and has a certain mettle and a nerve towards it 's character that makes me think they took a chance. I like that.

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Photo of Jabberwocky
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I swing by the brewery every now and then for a fresh fill to y growler. Pours a orange golden color with lots of small bubbles. The smell is yeasty but otherwise not very distinct. There's very little head, which given the high carbonation and viscosity, one would think otherwise. On first swig, the beer is thick/viscous. It has a heavy weighty mouthfeel yet it feels somewhat refreshing due the the carbonation and very crisp hops. Very strong orange and citrus notes open up sticks to the palette great. Slightly sweet when it hits the mouth but finishes dry.

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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.
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