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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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +4.1%
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 -11%
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 -11.7%
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 -1.8%
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 -9.7%
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 -7.7%
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 -9.2%
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 +4.8%
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 -11.5%
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 -5.4%
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%
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark gold/amber with a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt and pine. So much malt. I already have a sad for this beer.

T: Taste follows the nose. It's malty with a super astringent pine bite. It's pretty one dimensional.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sticky and sweet up front, huge pine bite and rubbing alcohol finish.

O: Not my style. I really hate IPAs that are malt heavy. Bummer man. Aroma Coma is so damn good, I had high hopes for this one. I was let down. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drake Brewing Denogginizer

A- Light to medium amber color. Fluffy ivory foam, just a little lacing, not too tight. ½ thick head.

S- Sweet caramel, rich rich malt, piney hops, and light tropical fruit.

T- Way more hops than the nose let on. Earthy, piney hops. Very slight grapefruit in the background. Sadly the malt seems to get lost in the hops. Now I love a good strong hoppy beer, but I appreciate balance more. It’s a good IPA, but the missing malts and caramel that were in the nose make me wonder. As the beer warms I get slightly more malt, but it’s very much taken a backseat in this particular beer.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

FINALLY got to try this one, of all the Drake's offerings I've gone through thus far. Poured into a mason jar at a bar somewhere in downtown SF.

Produces an orange-amber color, almost to the point of being slightly reddish. While I'm still getting used to the mason-jar-replacing-shaker-pint fad going on in various places (all over the country, it seems), it nevertheless does provide excellent head retention overall that comes off as a thick, foamy, and white, about 2-fingers tall. Resinous for sure, and definitely obvious with the lacing that comes around. Slightly bubbly, but nothing too festive. Raw and rustic - looks like a DIPA home brew. Drake's always seems to nail this type of fantastic display in their beers.

The aroma is a beast of resinous hoppy and bittered aromas - not in the same sense as Hopocalypse, but I'd go out and say that this is far harsher. Blood oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, musty, dried hoppy dankness (almost herbal), as well as notes of honeysuckle and minerality. Super floral and the finish, almost the point of stinging the nostrils. There's some sugary malts below this somewhere, but this is not mellow by any means. Booze is well hidden, but this could use some balance. Provides a bittered assault without much substance from the malts, but somehow, this reduces the aromatic qualities of the initial citrus/floral bouquet.

The palate is immediately pelted with dried, resinous hops, often resembling bittered blood orange rinds, grapefruit, and pine, and then soon after melds into a vegetal, near peppery earthy flavor. Extremely floral - almost like eating dried flowers. Luckily, it does hold a more solid toasted caramel-like backbone at the finish, which mellows out the hoppiness and provides more leeway for the flavors to relax and shine. Gets progressively better as it is sipped, and it owes a lot to the excellent carbonation in the beer - which isn't excessive or silky, but rather brings forth sweetened nuances from the grains and booze to relish the initial bitterness a bit. This is really a sipper, though - not for DIPA beginners by any means, and it took me a long while to finish due to the high astringency.

A solid DIPA from Drake's, and it seems like it's very popular, but Lord knows why. This is really acidic, astringent, floral stuff, especially in the aroma. Dry as all get-out, and definitely one that can kick your ass across town with the demonically hidden ABV. Hopocalypse and this are night and day. This focuses far more on providing a hop assault, while the former seems to strive for more balance and flavor complexity with the extra malts. I still find it ironic that my favorite beers in this style contain a malt robustness, but hey, after you've been defeated one too many times by beers this dry and astringent, you couldn't really ask for anything else. I recommend pairing this with food, especially of the spicy varieties. Not my favorite but definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper with the slightest hint of amber, leaves a mountainous 2 finger fluffy light caramel colored head. Fantastic colors, retention is perfect, as is the lacing with outstanding.

S - Juicy sweet and citrusy fruits (orange, grapefruit, pear, lemon rinds, etc), floral hoppy bitterness, and a quite noticeable caramel malty sweetness. A bit of alcohol is detectable as well.

T - Hop bomb! Very very citric and bitter up front, the alcohol and dry bitterness really play well off each other. Lots of piney resin. Sweet malts are undetectable - very dry and bitter with a hefty load of alcohol astringency. Not very well balanced, but definitely a tasty hop bomb.

After about 5 ounces my palate adjusted pretty well and the astringency has faded. Still a ton of citrus, rinds, dry hoppyness and a hint of alcohol, simple and standard but very good.

M - Medium/full bodied, pretty juicy (not too strongly carbonated). A bit of a sipper for sure, much better once my palate adjusts.

O - A pretty big beer for sure, lots of bold in your face flavors collide at once but it works well. If I wanted a BIG IIPA this is definitely a good choice!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a beautiful pour. copper/amber clean pour with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head leaving behind nice amounts of lacing. smells nutty, sweet, slight grapefruit hint.. malt forward scents. wow, this is a tasty dipa but not very hop-forward like i was expecting. lots of caramel and barley malt.. very reminiscent of dfh 90. medium body with a modest amount of carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

this is a pretty solid beer to have year round, didn't notice the abv was so high.. it's barely noticeable. i just wish it were hoppier.

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

Raul does this. Raul does this well and good.

Nice lil balance between the West and the East. Like Columbus landing in the West Indies, Raul found him a goodie. Nice lil balance between the malt and the juice - it reminds Raul of his last hottie; intelligent, beautiful, intellectual, definitely different from the rest... but unlike said hottie, Raul won't ditch Denogginizer for greener (less psycho) pastures.

Woogie boogie!

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Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy copper color, hues of orange and amber with a thick, frothy white head, about a finger and a half high that has some spotted lace left behind. The aroma is nice, lots of piney, resinous hop oils with some rich, sweet caramel malt that is fairly sweet with some alcohol behind it. The flavors are nice, lots of hoppy goodness, grapefruit citrus with pine and lots of bitter, dank, earthy, resinous grassy oils that is balanced nicely with sweet and rich caramel malt and lingering alcohol. The body is nice, a bit rich and thick for an IPA, but carbonated perfectly with a lightly dry and sweet finish.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Drake's, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries for their solid and consistent work. This is a bit malt forward for what I look for in an IPA but still rewarding.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Note: Adapted from notes taken 3/22/13

Comment: Surprised to see this beer on-tap at a restaurant next to my hotel on a recent visit to San Francisco (for a conference, which really cut into my drinking time)

Appearance: Clear, bright orange with a touch of gold - big, fluffy white head, leaves a nice web of great lacing

Smell: Tons of citrus, with an emphasis on oily rind - juicy orange and grapefruit - loads of oily citrus rinds, zest, and pith - some wet pine - very floral - some malts, with some sweetness, caramel and pale - some pretty obvious alcohol

Taste: Surprisingly burly, wouldn't quite describe this as a West Coast hop bomb - sticky, oily citrus and wet pine resin - almost syrupy in its oily citrus aspect - unrelenting grapefruit rinds everywhere, remarkably bitter - earthy - sweet caramel malts seem to be amplified by the alcohol, which honestly seems beyond the advertised 9% - very noticeable

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, sticky, oily, decent carbonation but could use some more to deal with the oil

Overall: Good, not fantastic

This is quite interesting. A big, harsh IPA with an emphasis on bitter, oily citrus. It's a bit too sweet, and is lacking the fleshy, juicy, hoppy magic that I associate with West Coast IPAs. Definitely interesting and worth a try. I'm not certain how fresh this was, since it was on tap, and I might want to re-evaluate for a bottle.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, orange-copper with an off-white, 2 finger head. Great retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass well, sip after sip.

Smell - Big pine notes upfront, complimented by some mild tropical fruitiness and hints of spice.

Taste - Less pine on the tongue than in the aroma, but still plenty to be had. Lesser notes of grapefruit. Malts come across with a toasted biscuit quality, and do well to compliment the big hop character. Finishes with some tropical fruit sweetness, and more grapefruit pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body with moderate carbonation. Juicy and smooth before a drying finish.

Overall - Both are very, very good, but I think I prefer their Hopocalypse just a tad more. This one reminds me a quite a bit of Firestone-Walker's Union Jack in it's all-around character. Drinks closer to your standard IPA than a DIPA, but only due to it's superb smoothness. That 9.75% is ready to kick in your teeth when you least expect it. Drink responsibly, friends.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bottle from Bevmo La Quinta CA for 7$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste sugary caramel, malts, and woody hops. There is also some aprocits and pineapple and I can pick up on the booze. It ends with a malty very bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – Lots of bitter hops and lots of sweetness. I'm torn with this beer, it's over the top but that's what it is supposed to be. If you're in the mood for a big bold DIPA than seen this one out.

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Photo of chaint
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured reddish-brown color with good clarity. The head quickly dissipated. Not much of an aroma to the beer which was a bit surprising. Very balanced/conservative flavor...I wish there was more up front hop flavor, but there is a good sweet-bitter finish. In the end, a very simple DIPA. Good, but not great.

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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 853 ratings.
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