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RATINGS: 478   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Hand-bottle sampled on 7/2/06: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a thin-lacing, wispy white head. Aroma of sweet, grainy caramel malt and fresh green citrusy hops. Body starts with some lightly sweet pale maltiness turning more bitter and grapefruity floral hoppy toward a drier bittersweet finish. Doesn’t quite have the hop profile I like in a double IPA, but is still a pretty decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
On tap poured copper in color with a nice off white head. The aroma was full of citrusy hops with some small caramel notes. The taste had some bitterness, but balanced well with the amount of alcohol. A nice treat to find, if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
GABF 2006. Bronze body with a small off-white head. Nose is hoppy with citrus notes and light pineapple. Light caramel and evergreen notes round out the aroma. Taste is more citrus fruits, lighter pineapple, some sticky pine or pine sap, and light caramel. Body is medium-full and has a light carbonation to it. Some alcohol makes itself present during the finish along with more citrus, pine, and light caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap, Toronado. Brownish/amber coloring on the pour. Sweet candy aroma along with alot of bitter pine. Flavor is very thick and syrupy citric hoppiness with a firm malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. Pours to a hazy caramel colored body with excellent lacing and lightly off-white head. The aroma is nutty and hoppy with peanuts and hazelnuts with bright lemons and grapefruit. Some perfume too. The flavor is citrusy, nice cereal and barley, lemons, grapefruit, light nuts. Smooth, lightly resiny palate, medium bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Dark copper-amber color with a medium head. Fresh hops aromas abount with notes of orange and pine bark and pine wood with some interesting honey sweetness. Pleasant, moderate bitterness with full hop and malt flavors are supported by a substantial body and a well-balanced alcohol character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Had this at the Stone 10th party. Deep amber/orange color, sticky lace head. Wow, super hoppy tons of grapefruit, with a pine resin bite. Thick, sticky and slightly sweet with a big alcohol wallop in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Big thanks to Davecooks. Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Big hoppy aroma of citrus, orange peel, grass and light alcohol notes. Hop foward flavor with a malty and fruity middle. Mild bitterness on the finish that grows to a decent size. Long lasting finish. Warming in the throat. Pretty nice balance overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Davecooks, apparently hand bottled by the brewer. This is certainly a hop bomb, in the best sense. It pours a deep amber with not much head (though I poured it very gently. As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the hops, and in my tulip glass, my nose was assaulted by an amalgomation of sweet, flowery, cirtusy hops. Tasting it, there was a good malt presence to balance the hops, but the hops were definitely still the star. It finished fairly dry and bitter. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 16, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 On tap at the Liar’s Club: Pours a cloudy deep orange with an off-white thick head. Aroma is of apricots, diacetyl and caramel malts. Maybe some melanoidin too. Flavor is heavily diacetyl with lots of sweet caramel and bready malts and just light pine and grapefruit. Quite yeasty too. Finish is med. bitter at best. They would do better with a diacetyl rest and should just call it an American Strong Ale because a IIPA this is not. 6,3,6,2,10...2.7 re-rate 9/24/06 Thanks Milo2: Pours a deep clear copper with a small off-white head that lasts. Aroma is dried apricots, some sulphur, a touch of crystal malts, and a touch of alcohol, but no big fresh dry-hopped character. The body is med with an appropriate level of CO2. The flavors are melanoidin and resinous piney hops. No citrus to speak of. Lots of Resin though. Finish is nice and bitter, clean but just not pungent enough. This is far better than the last one I had but I still don’t see this as a DIPA. American Strong Ale I buy. Double Red ale, sure. But just not nearly enough in your face hops for me.

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