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Drake's Denogginizer | Drake's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oggg on 02-28-2005

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221
Ratings:
829
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
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Photo of biglobo8971
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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
bt

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
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 ShogoKawada
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz thanks to augustgarage! This showed up on my doorstep about two hours ago and since it's my day off, it's time for a mid-afternoon 22oz DIPA. Hell yeah! Poured into a wide tulip.

A- Honey orangey brown in color, a thick 1cm head that settles slowly and lays down lacing as thick as cake frosting. Very nice.

S- Big, citrusy hop assault. Getting a lot of pine resin and simcoe- has to be simcoe- hops. Stanks like ganja actually.

T- Bitter, bold, not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, an octane/oily resin bitter hop note. I get candied orange and orange peel, pine sap, and a bit of peppermint.

M- Heavy, good carbonation (perhaps a biiit low, but still good), good lingering flavors and pretty well-constructed. No complaints here. Actually more balanced than I would have thought- intense hops, but they don't get out of line.

D- I like it. One I'd buy on occasion of I could. Really tasty, big alcohol presence but not too boozy... I'm diggin' it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt-orange colour with small beige crown of head. Sinks to more of a film with some nice trails of lacing behind. Slow bead, very minimal, through the clear body. It's one of my favourite beer colours, but overall not hugely impressive.

Smells mega-malty and almost barleywine-esque. Huge complex sweetness with rich caramel toffee and orange peel and a good healthy dose of piney hops. Slight grassiness at the back as well. I love this kind of smell, and yet it strikes me almost as a bit pedestrian, like anyone could just bombard a high attenuating yeast with hops and malt and create this aroma.

Taste is very malty as well, huge amounts of rich toffee and marzipan nuttiness. Quite earthy, really, with a gritty bitterness that emerges late-mid and gives quite a spicy character, resiny with notes of nitrate-rich soil and tobacco leaves, but is complemented really quite well by the continued sweetness, which manages to taste fresh and fairly fruity. A touch of marmalade and of course a big alcohol heat that glides down the throat like liquid fire. Slight rum touch to this particular alcohol warmth, and it leaves you with a slight vegetative aftertaste. Very tasty. Perhaps not as complex a hoppiness as I would like, but it's ultimately just a big hearty beer that you want to cuddle.

Mouthfeel is a bit rough actually, doesn't have the viscosity I expected. But goes down smoothly, the harsh notes are mostly up front.

It's delicious, it's nutritious, it's practically malicious. More, please.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommended and requested by a mate in Sydney, I purchased two bottles in California and dragged them back to Australia. One for him, and one to crack open with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours very thick and heavy amber hue. Quite dark, for an IPA, but not really quite verging into red ale territory. Head is initially full, if rudimentary. It does dissipate rather quickly, no doubt collapsing under its own weight. It's a very heavy brew, no doubt. Minimal lacing, but again, it's all about the body and weight to the appearance. That's no bad thing.

Nose is a huge face-punch of West Coast American hops. Big characters of pungent citrus, cut grass and and oddly rich yeast character on the back. Malt is also big, but it's certainly not the main event. It knows its job - to cushion the bombardment of hoppy goodness. And goodness it is. So classically American, so classically IPA. And certainly big enough to be considered a double. Lovely.

Taste is very nicely done as well. Seeing as though IPA is such a ubiquitous style nowadays, it's often much easier to find fault than to find positives. This is a very well-balanced brew, mixing the nutty malt backbone with the fresh hop bitterness, that never quite goes to extremity, but just stays nicely in tandem with the sweetness. It has a delicious heaviness to it too, something to remind you this is more than your regular run-of-the-mill IPA. Feel is good is a result.

I've had more extreme IPAs, heavier ones, more hoppy ones, more alcoholic ones; but this is probably the most well balanced Double IPA I've had. It does a great job of upping the ante in the flavour stakes, but still manages to keep every part together.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Deep clear tangelo body with a lasting pearling beige head. Ornate waves of lacing could have been illustrated by Hokusai. Light sticky legs.

Powerfully hoppy aromatics! Simcoe slaps you in the face with its signature passion fruit notes; the other hops are right behind suggesting pine, citrus, faint pineapple, and a low floral scent. Sweet smelling full German malts draw you in further.

Bitter, fruity, sweet, and spicy flavors abound - fresh, oily hops suggest marijuana, bubblegum, guava, evergreen, passion fruit, and pink peppercorn among other things. A mix of clean and very faintly toasty malt notes offset the bitterness. Estery yet dry finish.

Moderately carbonated, lightly astringent, appropriately slick, nearly full-bodied, warming...yet still refreshing.

A huge version of the style - very full flavored yet still balanced. Top-tier stuff here.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at BevMo a couple days ago.

Appearance- coppery color, good size head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- blast of citrus hops, sugar sweetness, piney finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good DIPA, I liked it a lot. definitely will have it again

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Photo of rpstevens
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ipa247, poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer pours a burnt orange/copper with a frothy bubbly white head. The head quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving behind sheets of oily lacing.

The smell is a blast of citrus and floral hops, mostly oranges, mangos and oily orange peels. The welcome citrus hops are quickly cut by a too-sweet candied sugar malt and some alcohol.

The taste outdoes the nose on this one. The sharp citrus notes introduce the flavor, followed by some hints of spicy and floral hops and a brief candied sugar and alcohol sweetness. The finish is piney bitter hops, nice. There's also a lot more grapefruit bitterness in the flavor than I expected from the nose, which is welcome.

The beer is well carbonated, medium bodied and incorporates the alcohol nicely. Just as the alcohol bite starts to intrude, it's taken over by the bitter hops. The aftertaste is all juicy hops, it will be a bit too easy to finish the entire bomber.

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Photo of JRG
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into a Chimay goblet...

appearance: a nice burnt orange/amber, clear, with a decent head of about 1/2 inch- good lacing...

smell: some pine and citrus fruits as expected... and a little grassiness mixed with crystal malt...

taste: piney, bitter hops right away on the sides and back of my tongue... then the fruitiness shows up on the rest of it- grapefruit/lemon citrus, followed by even more lingering hop bitterness. Very big and very tasty!

mouthfeel: medium'ish, but slightly chewy and syrupy as I swallow- not too much at all though. Carbonation is light, but nice- makes for easy gulps without hiccups... the alcohol slightly warms my throat after each swallow.

drinkability- I'm having no problem putting down the bomber as I type- goes down easy, but the alcohol is evident. I probably wouldn't do more than 2 in a sitting, unless I wanted to take a nap afterwards... very smooth, but a little on the boozy side.

Overall, a nice DIPA- unfortunately, the abundance of Pliny in my world has spoiled me a bit... this one is a little too bitter for my taste in comparison, but still a very tasty beer and something I'm sure I'll have again...

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Photo of 100floods
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden hue and a dense amber. There are floral aromas in the works, but nothing strong enough to enjoy. It smells like you'd expect a good DIPA to smell like, but a little weaker. Very bitter start with a smooth malt finish. Grapefruit flavors linger in the after taste. Definitely a lot of hop complexity. Very good, familiar hop flavors, again, leaning towards the fruity and citrus sides of things. Very smooth texture, which actually seems to make the hop attack on my pallet much more enjoyable. it saves it from being a raging hop bomb, any more malt and this might be harder to drink.. I'm finding most of the hop bite comes later towards the aftertaste. The more I drink this beer I find the grapefruit/hop flavors to be dominating. I think more carbonation would have been overkill. This isn't the hardest DIPA I've had to drink, but it puts up a good fight.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks berkey! Live review.

Pours a nice burnt orange-amber color with a few bubbles, no real strong head formation, maybe half a finger. Some good lacing. Especially syrupy-looking during the pour.

Aroma isn't as aromatic as I would like. It's got a nice touch of grassy- piney hops but is lacking some vibrancy and the tropical fruitiness to really set it off and brighten it up. A touch of booze peeks out as it warms.

Flavor has a nice combination of slightly syrupy caramel, malt breadiness contributing sweetness combining with piney hops, and a firm bitterness. It's not boozy per se but it drinks heavy, the mouthfeel is big, with low carbonation, tons of malty caramelly sugars behind the hop bitterness. A tiny bit of orange peel, bittersweet through the finish. It's a big beer thats really mostly about this piney hop- caramel malt combo. It's pretty good in terms of that, but is lacking the necessary aromatics to make it a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of mbunje
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cool label. Have not had much from Drake's...so here goes

Appearance. Brassy-orange color. Bone white head with excellent lacing

Smell - Hops for sure. Pine and grapefruit. but i smell a bit of staleness in this. I can't decide if its my glass or the beer. So i won't knock it down much. Pungent hops, though

Taste - Bitter on the front, back and sides of my tongue. Wow. packs a punch. Fruity middle and a dry bread at the end.

Moutfeel - Chewy, thick. Highly carbonated and pinprick-like carbonation

Drinkability...says 9.75% ABV, but it seems higher. So I can have a couple of these. Heavy.

Overall, really a good DIPA. balance is nice (hops/malt)...maybe a bit too much malt making it heavier than I would like. But a really great DIPA. Well done.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured into a tulip from a bomber.

A: Cloudy, deep amber/copper hue with carbonation throughout. Thick eggshell colored head sits on top (very big head!) and recedes very little. The lacing clings to the edge. As the beer settles, it clears up to a beautiful crystal clear amber tone.

N: Pine and peach with a hint of sourdough toast.

T/M: Pine & tartness sit in equilibrium with buttered toast. Very oily and a bit chewy. Carbonation spikes sharply on the tongue. Not all that complex of a flavor (simple mix of citrus from hops and a toasted sourdough backbone), but good nonetheless.

This beer is HUGE, yet totally drinkable because of how balanced it is. As it warms, the bitterness becomes more overwhelming followed by a flash of sweetness that departs quickly leaving a lingering acidic aftertaste behind. Good!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with a half inch head of whipped beige. Plenty of ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat.

Aromatics are filled with citrus-spiked floral resins and plump malt. Apricot, mangoe, grapefruit, tangerine, and juicy two-row. Heavy on the citrus, low on the pine, but not screaming out of the glass.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith, pine sap, and gummy hops lead off the palate. A malt-forward wave almost balances the hops, but there's a decent bitterness and alcohol bite that wins out.

Finishes with lingering, sweet malt, bitter citrus, and good heap of warmth.

This is one of those IIPA's that treads the line between IIPA and Barleywine. Heavy malt and fairly sweet for the style, and it detracts (or balances out) the hops. Quite tasty though, regardless.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with grilledsquid. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a very deep amber color with hints of red highlighting. Body is extremely clear without a hint of haze. A finger of creamy tan foam rests atop falling quickly to a thick foamy collar and a skim coat across the surface.

S - Lots of citrus up front. Grapefruit is the most noticeable by far. Smooth malt body offsets the fruit nicely but doesn't compete in intensity. Grassy and spicy hop aromas on the fringes with some tropical pineapple mixed in for good measure. It's all there in this DIPA.

T - Similar to the aroma. Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and some sweaty bitter hop flavors. Some hints of sugary sweetness and caramel malt. A well balanced DIPA...hops are allowed to shine, but a solid malt base to hold everything together.

M - Medium/full bodied. Really rather thick and creamy for a DIPA for my tastes. The malt that provided some great flavor balance gives this a bit of a heavy feel. Carbonation is a bit creamy and of a medium level.

D - Very smooth DIPA, but a bit on the heavy side. Really good citrusy hops balanced with caramel and sugary malt. Really nice flavor. This one never hit my radar screen...glad to get a chance to try this up til now unknown (to me anyway) DIPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a ton of tropical fruit notes including pineapple, mango, apple, papaya, peaches and starfruit. Every time I smell the beer I get something new.

The flavor is also very fruity. I get some caramel malt along with a ton of papaya and mango. The flavor is not as complicated as the aroma, but it is still a great tasting IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good Double IPA.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice toss-in on a recent trade, thanks Diomede. Darkish amber in hue, giant rocky head on this one, soapy shiny looking bubbles, great life and lace. This has a very familiar hop aroma - reminds me of DF60 and others, can't put my finger on it, and a sweet warm malt presence. Nice piney sprucey hop flavor. Bitter, citrus, very malty as well, toffee, caramel... Robust almost chewy mouthfeel, slightly boozy and warming down the gullet. Nice burly double IPA from the west coast.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured an orangish amber hue with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head but it did leave a little ring of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pine with pineapple greeted my nose first alongside floral hops, some citrus grapefruit character, and a good sweet malt presence. there was some faint booze in the cut as well.

T: it did have a decent hop profile with a little bite but the citrus grapefruit did help to propel the bitterness and also had pine grassy accents. the malt did help out on the balance but was slightly overpowered by the hops which to me was not a bad thing at all.

M: the brew was mediumin body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a citric, slight sweet, but hoppy, bitter and light dry finish.

D: it was a very good IPA that was nicely done and pretty drinkable but was I really surprised how well the booze was hidden on the taste considering the ABV on this puppy; good job drake.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased from Whole Foods Los Altos.

A: Pours a dark amber with ruddy highlights against the light. The light beige head fills the remainder of the glass with dense, creamy foam and threatens to slosh over. As it recedes, it leaves the occasional ring of lace.

S: Thick pine sap and wet pine needles. Dark crystal malt lends a nose of caramel and a touch of toffee. As I remembered from my first experience with it a long time ago, this is a pretty malty DIPA, but its freshness prevents it from smelling like a barleywine.

T: Thick, bitter pine hop flavor blasts the palate. It's offset by a body that is substantially caramel-defined, with touches of toffee rounding out the flavor. Grapefruit. There's something herbal or floral floating throughout, but I can't put a finger on it. Very interesting!

M: Viscous, sticky, with long-lasting bitter finish. It has a drying finish, which is interesting.

D: I felt loopy and very dehydrated after drinking this. I am hard pressed to believe it is "only" 10%; I would have pegged it at 12% or higher. It's certainly not something I want to drink in a bomber form on a regular basis. Wish they'd put it in sixers.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a strong and bright amber color with a thin .25 inch head that is nice and off white. The thing head dissipates fairly quickly down to a thin film with a nice ring around the glass. Quite oily look and when swirled some nice carbonation is produced that is quite sticky.

S - Delicious aroma! Nice resiny pine is just oozing from the glass. Christmas tree farm. There is some nice toasty grain in there as well that hold up well against the hops. Slight sweet caramel hints as well as some nice boozy warmth. Very aromatic DIPA with some nice flowery hints as well that complement the pine scents.

T & M - Quite interesting toasty malt grain up front that is well balanced with some nice piney and hoppy resin. Then some nice caramel notes pop up as well. One of the more balanced DIPA I've tasted. A little less viscous than the pour would indicate but still very nice body with great CO2 that just sticks to your tongue. As the malt and hops mingle together and the beer warms you start to get a bit more of the citrus notes that dry the palette very nice and sticky. For a beer with 90 IBUS and such a great pine hop profile there is still some nice toasty caramel malt sweetness.

D - Very delicious IPA all flavors are well represented. The ABV is on the higher side. Not s typical West Coast IPA as there is less of the grapefruit and citrus than others still delicious.

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Photo of beorn7676
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a little haze and light tan head

I get a lot malt sweetness in the the aroma along with dank piney hops

Lots of pine and some citrus backed up by a healthy amount of caramel and honey malt flavor. hard to detect the 9.75 abv.

Nice mouthfeel, slightly creamy but not to heavy. Just about right for this style.

Really enjoyable IIPA, comparable to DFH 90 minute.

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Photo of uturn
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz capped bomber poured an Ommegang glass.

A: This beer poured a copper color with a 2 finger light tan head. It left a thin lace near the bottom of the glass.

S: The nose was both malty sweet & had piney and grapefruit notes.

T: The taste was leaning more towards a Barleywine then a DIPA, it was malty sweet up front, then bitter on the back side and very well balanced. It could be that the hops have faded since this beer is about 5 months old.

M: The mouthfeel was smooth with a medium body.

D: The drinkability was very good and leaves you wanting a 2nd Bottle.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into my mu brooklyn Brewery snifter. Dark copper color. Really looks like and amber ale or almost Maarzen. Clear pour with no haze at all. Great one finger head that held for as long as its taking me to type this out. First appearances are worth a lot and this beer has a great first appearance.

S - This is my least favorite part of this beer. Its a good smell, but for an DIPA, i was hoping to have a hop bomb, and what i go instead was a malt bomb. We'll see what it tastes like. Very sweet smelling.

T - Yep, massive malt backbone, with hints of citrus and pine flavors that balanced this beer out quite well. I like it, but its not what i expected for a DIPA

M - Smooth, with great light carbonation that i have come to expect from DIPA's. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

D - This is a great beer, don't get me wrong, but i would say that in this category, I'm a bit disappointed. I prefer huge hops and not huge malts. Its strong too, which i love. One bottle is plenty for a great evening. This is a beer i would enjoy again, but next time i would set my expectations strait.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Duvel glass pour and I am met with a copper ale and a big beige foamy head with major staying power. Great lacing. Malty, grapefruit aroma with a splash of orange. I was expecting a bitter brew but this is balanced nicely. Not too bitter and not too malty. The Drake's crew seemed to perfect the balance. I would have preferred more on the bitter side but that is just my preference. There is also a reminder of smoke and leather in the taste. Lingering citrus aftertaste well after the sip is consumed. Big bodied mouthfeel on each sip. While other's may be able to drink multiples, the maltiness made me shy away and the alcohol presence does creep in....though this is still a great beer from an awesome brewery. Worthy of a find and try.

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Photo of seand
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish amber with a fairly small amount of off white head. A layer retains pretty well, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Sweet grapefruit and oranges, strong malts present from the start.

T: Strong sweet malt upfront, with a big hop presence to finish. Notes of citrus and sweet fruit.

M: Very full bodied, medium but very present carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable and balanced in terms of DIPAs, but I wouldn't want too much, especially at this ABV.

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