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RATINGS: 473   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2008
Can at ZBF08. Powerful hop aroma, also very malty... Bonbon and caramel. Clear chestnut colour. Very small tan head. Very hoppy flavour, slightly biting hoppiness. Sharp grass finish. Very sweet but balanced well by the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Can [Thanks to Phil_L] @ <a href=http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eventID target=_new> Zythos Bier Festival 2008, Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Unclear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, grape - orange. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. (020308)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13392) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
Can at ZBF 2008 - thanks to ???. Clear dark amber - light yellow head. Lots of bread, high malty, high hoppy, sweetness, spicy, honey, flowery, grassy, piney, peppery. Alcoholic finish. OK - but a bit unbalanced !!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2008
Huge, dense & fine yellow head over clear red-chestnut beer. Fine lace. Toiletsoap, C-hops, lytchee, ripe mango and pineresin. Superb inviting nose that makes one want to bite in the glass... Very bitter, orange- or grapefruitrind-like, also vegetable bitter, with a lot of C-hop flavour, near overpowering the not unimportant amount of malts, including caramel malt. Slick, slightly sticky-oily, resinous, very well-bodied, near chewy. A hard, somewhat unidimensional IIPA, but all in all a very good Westcoaster. Thank you very much, Rodger D.!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 A Mes rate: Unlabelled can during Zythos.
Stunningly good looking amber with a good brown / white head. Huge resinous alcoholic hops carried expertly well by some barley and really good malt. Petrol and diesel character in the mouth let it down a little. The hops are lovely but I can’t help but feel that they are being held back. Lovely bitterness on the finish but it is washed away to soon by some stinging alcohol. Great beer but just a little over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Draught, City Beer, San Francisco, 24th Feb 2008. Great amber colour with lots of lacing. Awesome aroma of peach, grapefruit and mango plus hops. The flavour is a mix of the same notes as the aroma with a full malty body. Bit cloying in the mouth, but overall, I found this a nice strong beer. More of a barley wine than a double IPA in some regards though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2008
Can at ZBF 08, thanks to Phil_l. Beautiful amber colour. Lots of big American hops, resiny, slightly empty in terms of malts. Bit metallic on the hops. Some good toffee. Very hoppy on end, but it’s a metallic unbalanced hop. Some pepper, hot hop on finish, just a bit too big and unbalanced. Met the brewer, Roger, the following day at Struise and he is a very nice guy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2008
ZBF 2008 Sunday Thanks to whoever brought the can and passed it around!: Dark red amber with a nice tan head. Biscuity caramel that seems somewhat powdery. Alcohol intertwined with a big grassy hop sandwich. A touch of mint and tree-bark and just a sprinkle of black pepper. Peppery hop flavor balanced (if you can ever say balance with a double IPA) with the toast and burnt caramel. Many layers of caramel. Good malt background. A touch of lychee and maybe strawberry. All kicked up a notch by the hot alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
On tap @ City Beer Store. Pours a ruddy copper with huge tan head leaving substantial lacing. Wonderful nose of pine and citrus hops, with a nice malt influence as well. Flavor is perfectly supported by the nose, with all the complexities of the different hops and malts blending beautifully. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7410) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
ZBF 2008 on the Saturday, poured from a can and shared by Phil L, thanks Phil! What an amazing big hoppy nose and as Chris O said this is like the essence of liquified hops quite incredible. A goodly dose of malts just about take some of the edge of those aromatic hops for a while but they just keep coming back at you like a randy king charles spaniel at an unguarded leg. Poured mid amber with no head, the hoppy nose momentarily gives way to grapefruit and a stunning bitterness, I really liked this.

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