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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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Silver Medal winner for Imperial India Pale Ale, Great American Beer Festival 2009. Besides Jolly Roger, this is probably Drake’s most renowned beer. An Imperial (or Double) IPA, Denogginizer is a big bold beer hopped with an abundant amount of Simcoe and Amarillo with a touch of Ahtanum and Chinook. Mashed with Crystal malt and Caramalt for color and flavor to help balance out the hop assault. Denogginizer is also Drake’s most powerful regular offering, at a whopping 10% alcohol by volume!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Bomber from City Beer, SF. Enjoyed during the JCB family reunion in SF. Rock on! Before pouring and drinking this bad boy, I was unaware that it was so intentionally a malt-forward example of a West Coast DIPA. So I was a bit perplexed that a beer I knew had just been released gave off such a sweet bready aroma. Then my slow brain caught on and I began to dig what the beer was about. The deep lustrous orange and creamy head look the part, and there are certainly some bitter notes detectable in the nose. But when you get into the sippage, the creamy mouthfeel complements the malts extremely well, and there are some lovely citrus and pine notes that come in to give shape to the beer rather than simply emerging as an afterthought. Nicely distinctive and superbly balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Tasted at DDOS tasting. Light brown pour. Spicy rye and citrus aroma. Taste is thick resiny citrus hop and a nice rye spice balance. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle shared by footbalm, thank bud
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy amber with a nice off-white head and some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Fruity and sweet citrus
Taste: Fruity, citrus and caramel malts
Very nice and well balanced. Clean, crisp and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5554) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2011 Bottle shared by Eric, what a good beer. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white head. The aroma sets up this brew; awesome sweet citrus and strong malty notes. The flavor is just awesome; sweet citrus, light bitterness, loads of sweet dry malts balancing it out. Very smooth and very drinkable. A lot of sweet caramel malts along with the citrus. Very damn good. Re-rate: bottle thanks to Silky. Copper hue, very smooth, some caramel and rich bitter citrus, very smooth, lingering bitterness. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Opivy44 (14) - Novato, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Winner, Winner!!! What a GREAT BEER!!!! BEST BEER I’VE TASTED... It got a 4.8 rather than a 5.0 because maybe there’s a BETTER BEER OUT THERE??? Wow! What a Beer! Aroma: HOPPY & Malty... Very Balanced! Appearance: Reddish Brown, Clear- Nice head for an IPA! Taste: Medium Bitter up front... then goes to a VERY Balanced Hopped Maltiness! Overall: What a GREAT BEER! Drake Brew Co. Sell this at BEVMO wow! Super Duper Beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Good DIPA. Drake’s seems to be able to make IPAs in all sorts of different ways. This one probably wouldn’t be my pick for a new bottled beer from them, but it’s still a solid, enjoyable beer. This beer pours a transparent, medium amber with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is pine needles, pineapples, tangerines, candied lemon peel and papaya. It’s a big mess of hop notes. There’s also an apparent caramel malt backbone lurking underneath. The flavor has some acetone and is rather sweet for a West Coast DIPA, but it’s an enjoyable version of this type of DIPA. There’s a ton of bitter pine resin in the flavor, particularly the finish. The caramel malt is more apparent on the tongue, but there’s also some booziness in there. The mouthfeel is a tad harsh and boozy but nothing too bad. Carbonation is light. Despite the malt sweetness, the bitter finish is really doing a number on my palate. I’d reserve this one for the end of the night.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 8, 2010
A clear amber beer with a decent cream colored head that leaves some lace and sticks around. Aroma is amazing citrusy and piney hops with a bit of sweet caramel malt. The flavor has a lot more malty taste to it, sweet and roasty. A bit almost cloyingly sweet. Could use some more hop flavor and bitterness instead of the sweetness. Syrupy mouthfeel. Good beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (736) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Poured an inch tall white foam head. Dark orange body. HUGE hop aroma full of scents of spruce and pine. Huge hop flavor carries forth into the flavors with pine residing on the palate long after you’ve swallowed your beer. Most definitely a Left Coast DIPA!! Reminds me of a full-bodied SN Celebration Ale. Worthy of shelf space in anyone’s fridge that loves hoppy beers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Sampled from the bottle thanks to Mike. The appearance is a little deeper golden hue. The flavors and aromas are full of rich hops, a lot of summer melons, grapefruit, and a more mild pine. The carbonation is just right. A delicious DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Had to pick this up after reading all the typical hype, i think i’m old eneough to see every package change from these guys and have always wanted these guys to succeed, and i think this beer is getting them in the right direction. For one of the trendiest over done styles out there, this beer is solid eneough, but also unique enough to differentiate itself. Pour was a deep amber with a chunky head, smell matched the taste, big citrus, malty middle and slight boozy finish. What I liked about this beer was the malty finish that didn’t hide the 9%, but eased you through it. Good stuff.


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