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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -8.7%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.9%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of SFLpunk
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kshock for this one!

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a beautiful dark amber brown with bubbly, thick tan head that falls down quickly to about 1/8 inch but stays there forever.

Nose: Rich and sweet smelling. Lots of dried/candied fruits, some pine resin, a whisper of white smoke, tobacco and figs.

Palate: Is big and fat like an East Coast DIPA, but snaps totally dry with awesome bittering hops and what seems like a yeast that sucked all the sugar out of this monster. High notes from the alcohol include some flavors of apricot and pear, but then the malt comes out and is all dark and dank caramel with a hint of biscuit. It quickly snaps to bitter tropical hops and I'm left with a bone-dry palate.

Notes: Really quite interesting and mad props to Kshock for sending this out my way. Had never heard of these guys, but now I need to seek them out. It seems to have the malt body and bill of an East Coast DIPA, but the dried out style of the West Coast. Unique and delightful.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear coppery amber with an off-white head that lasts, with copius, sticky lacing.

Aromas of hops, hops, hops, and more hops and a little sweet malt and hay.

Tastes of sweet malt followed by intense concentrated grapefruity hops. Finishes dry with a lingering intense peppery bitterness. It is a hop assault, but it is well balanced between sweet maltiness and hoppy bitterness.

Body is medium but sweet and sticky, though carbonation gives it some creaminess. It coats the mouth with a sticky hop bitterness.

This is a hop bomb and for those who like hops, this delivers the goods. It is actually pretty delicious in its own way, but one bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of Mooch273
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowing burnt orange color with nice head retention and lacing. It almost has the appearance of a light amber.

A: The smell of citrus is mild, like the fragrance of orange pith. Cinnamon and nutmeg malt undertones noticeable.

T: Caramel malt sweetness at first leads to a peppery bitterness. The citrus initially found in the aroma was surprisingly not present in the taste. The maltiness reminded me of slightly over-toasted pumpkin seeds.

M: Smooth, almost chewy. Mild carbonation. Well balanced malt and bitterness suppress most signs of booziness.

D: This delicious brew flows smoothly from start to finish. By the time I reached the bottom of my glass, I was ready for another. Just be aware that you're drinking a beer with nearly 10% ABV; it may sneak up on you.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into an eastern sierra lager pint glass, body takes an orange-gold glow with a tint of red in it, nice carbonation and a thin head with a small amount of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy and floral, a fresh multicolored garden combined with an orange tree is what I think of. The malt is there backing it up but the forward scent is all hop.

The flavor is great, it's got a ton of malt and hops in it with some stages. Initially I get a nice hoppy bite to the brew accompanied with some of the citrusy type flavors associated with hops. This is followed by a solid brown sugar and caramel malt taste which definitely gives a great backup and refreshes the palate for the next hopping. The 3rd stage ism back to the hops, this time its a spicier type woody hop that I get which gives the mouth a nice thing to leave on and impart a great aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great, it's got a perfect amount of malt to the hop flavors they were going for. This is what I like to feel out of an ipa.

Extremely drinkable, for a 9.75% I taste very little alcohol and a ton of different flavors which all need their due turn in recognition...my palate is glad to try and identify them and it can't wait to do so!

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Photo of xmorgan
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a piney, bitter beer, super hoppy and it lives up to it's name.

Appearance: dark amber, poured a great head, with very nice lacing.

Smell: piney, citrus very hoppy.

Taste: piney, citrusy, with a full mouth feel. This beer is so big, you can have it as a meal.

It leaves a floral citrus residue that is pleasant and tropical.

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Photo of misinformed
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/11. 22 oz. bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A- Amber color. Poured with a light tan small head that faded fairly quickly. After the head was gone I was left with a small slick of bubbles from the etching on the bottom of my glass. Some lacing.

S- Sweet, floral hops, some light citrus hops, and malt.

T- Floral and citrus hops, of course, with a malty and citrusy finish. Nicely balanced, not overwhelming in any way.

M- On the light side of medium. Lightly oily, but not a standout in this category.

D- Great DIPA. Very smooth. Great flavor without being too overwhelming. My palette wasn't completely ruined, but I definitely couldn't review another beer after this one. I enjoyed it a lot and I will go back for more even at $7 a bottle. I could drink it often and all night long.

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Photo of berebrando
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at O'Shea's in Laguna Niguel. It was one of the few beers labelled IPA that I had not tried yet, so it was the first I found. Anywho, it was in a 22 with a rather interesting label, now it's in a pint glass, and soon it'll be in my belly.

Amber orange in color with a small off-white head that dissipates in minutes. While I'm writing about appearance, it should be noted that the graphic design on the label is notable. It's high-contrast black-and-white with the word 'Denogginizer' written in a semi-unreadable fashion. Suffice to say, it drew me in, and here I am, about one day, $7 and change later, tasting it.

Smells a little creamy, with citrus and pine.

Taste is good. It has a creamy and (very) slightly boozy aftertaste, but nothing about this beer is offensive. It's good. Try it.

Mouthfeel. I don't even know what that means but it feels good in my mouth. And, yes, it is drinkable.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby to copper look. Very clear. Nice near white frothy head, leaves slow and sudsy lace remains. Disk of head after 5-10 minutes.

S - Struck by the malt. Very deep malt complemented by piney hops with buds/cat pee type smell.

T - Taste matches smell somewhat but hops win! More hops than malt for sure.

M - Big beer, hard to balance. Somewhat creamy, good carb, balance to the hops.

D - Palate killer but nice one to drink one!

New try 10.24.11 Add TONS of melon and pineapple to the taste!

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark amber colored beer with a tall tan colored head. This is dark enough that it could be considered a red beer.

Strong hops with mostly a eucalyptus smell. Pine and grapefruit in about even proportions. I smell wood and ginger and that is about all for the smell.

Starts out sweet and slightly bitter. Sweetness stays in the background. Nice and hoppy but no real nuances to the taste, just hops.

Good mouthfeel.

Not as good as I had hoped. This is an OK beer, but it doesn't deliver on subtleties. There are better beers for less money.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty dark orange with over an inch of lingering off-white head that leaves long trails of sticky lacing. The nose is malty and inviting, with astringently bitter aromas of grapefruit and tangerine. On the first sip, the malty backbone threatens to overpower the hop profile, but within moments you get wave after wave of citric hoppiness, along with more subtle notes of tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, with bracing, peppery carbonation. Denogginizer has everything I look for in a DIPA and then some!

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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 johnnieoz
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber w/o freshness date.

This DIPA/IIPA has a lot of the characteristics of an ABW, but no matter as it is most delectable.

A lovely dark, orange hazy hue with a frothy lacing-prone off-white head greets the eyes. The nose, however, feels envious of its sensory ally as the aromas are less captivating and mostly malt-based. A wave of citrusy bitterness rolls across the taste buds and as it crests it turns into a wonderful whirlpool of caramel and stone fruit. As the flavors numb and then awaken the gums, this viscous, bubbly beast goes down the gullet like a treat. Drinking more than one bomber would be foolish me thinks, but as the volume shifts from glass to gut I savor each sip.

I would want to try the draft version (or an ultra fresh bottle?) to see if this barleywineish end product was the brewer's intent. I have tried many California DIPAs, and they have tended to be far hoppier. Green Flash's IIPA and Moylan's Hopsickle are very different from each other, but they have more in common than they do w/ the Denogginizer. This being said, my noggin is feeling and appreciating the assault.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Amber color with over an inch of off white head which fades pretty quick but leaves a slight film that doesn't go away.

S - Smell of Grapefruit, Pine, Lemon, Dark Sugar, Slight Pepper, and Herbs

T - Tastes of Pineapple, Caramel, Grapefruit, Hops, Tangerine, Mango, Basil. A little on the sweet side.

M - The mouthfeel is almost perfect for my taste.

D - All day long, this is a beer that can be enjoyed in any season. Was great on the warm day I had it on.

This is a very good beer and will I buy more when I see it.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, floral , and mango scents; complex and mouth whetting aroma from Ahtanum and Amarillo hops. Two fingers of frothy off-white head on top of a copper brown, clear body; head fades fast.

Sticky resinous pine cones, robust caramel sweetness, and some ash. Resiny pine with tree sap sweetness on finish. Ends more balanced and sweet than bitter. Sticky pine, earthy, subtle grapefruit, tobacco. Medium bodied, oily, and a medium-high level of carbonation. Overall a malt bomb, but a tasty one at that!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a standard pint.

Golden amber body with two fingers of fluffy off white head. Superb retention with a half an inch cap that doesn't ever go away and very nice lacing.

Sweet caramel malty nose. Hops come through as citrus and pine, but they are taking a decided back seat to the malts.

Piney, resinous, floral, and grape-fruity citrus hop flavors. The caramel malt backbone takes a backseat to the hop flavors in the taste.

Full bodied, creamy, well carbonated with tiny bubbles that produce a fairly crisp and dry finish.

East-coast looks and aroma with a west-coast taste and mouthfeel. Fantastic offering from Drake's.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dense fluffy head that slowly dissolves into a 1/2 in. dense cap. Tons and tons of globby lacing sit above a copper body with nice clarity. Due to the strong malt backbone, this IIPA strongly resembles a very solid Am. BW. Nose is of pine and citrus--lots of lemon/orange zest going on. Not to be outdone, the malt character shines through as well on the nose with notes of sweetbread and toast. This is a very tasty brew with well-balanced construction. If you are looking for a tongue ripper, this isn't it. While overtly hopped, the back of this is pleasantly supported with a strong malt quality. Very dense on the palate with lots of sticky residue on the finish. About as drinkable as any Am. BW: tastes great but can begin getting a bit heavy. Great stuff.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper bodied brew. Sticky lace. Easily managed. Looking tasty to say the least.

It hits all the marks. Very intense hop profile. Bitter, citrus, drying and sharp. Malts are buried deep and provide nothing more than a tolerant backbone. This is the best I've had from Drakes and I hope they make this in larger scale. 6 packs welcomed.

Loved it. Drakes is close to being an elite brewery. They have some outstanding offerings and some run of the mill. Prices are worthy on some and a bit high on others. Fine tuning and this will be a favorite of mine.

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