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

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

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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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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Drake's Denogginizer from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 863 ratings.
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