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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 202
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: sessycuban on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 640 | Reviews: 133
Photo of CJNAPS
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty i wish this beer was year round.

Photo of avwrite
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I actually was expecting a stronger taste out of the Aroma Coma, as Drake usually packs a punch. Still good though, and ease of drinking is up there. Tasty and a bit on the stronger side.

Photo of jooler
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells delicious and very hoppy just like hop stoopid. Very hoppy initial taste. It's kind of like hop stoopid but lighter just like sculpin. Little to no malts, just how I like it

Photo of Jengal23
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Great hop presence...nose and taste. Pleasant surprise from San Leandro. Will search these guys out. Citra, Cascade, and Chinook.

Photo of gcamparone
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thank you vitese for this extra!

Pours a hazy straw body with a thick fluffy white head that reduces to leave some lacing and retention.

Smell is floral, piney, citrus rind, caramel. Not as aromatic as you'd expect from a beer called aroma coma.

Taste is light pine, citrus, some smokeyness, floral, some onion-ness, all sitting on a light caramel malt background. Medium body and carbonation.

Was expecting more from this beer, especially in the aroma category. Mediocre IPA.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Outstanding appearance, aroma and flavor. This is my kind of IPA. Great hop flavor and complexity without overdoing the bitterness, oiliness or ABV. Great stuff!

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.75/5  rDev +12%

This is a stellar beer. Crisp, hippy, refreshing. Citrus notes are outstanding. Wish this was more then a seasonal brew

Photo of reebtaerG
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured bottle dated 6/25/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a clear light copper color with a two finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Great aromas of pine, resin, citrus and some dank.

T-The taste has tropical fruit, resin, citrus and hops. There is some malt and dankness as well.

M-Mouthfeel is well balance and great carbonation.

O-Overall I was quite impressed how this beer was juicy and had the right amount of dry bite. I would get this one again.

Photo of Thudman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Good IPA.

Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

Thanks to analogchainsaw for knocking off this long-time want in a recent trade. Just saw a bottle in a San Diego museum, er, beer store, too. Wouldn’t have bought it though. Looked like the place still had every bottle of beer it had ever purchased. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is California orange with a tight collar of carbonation. One of the rare beers that lives up to the advertising, the nose on this is a mosh pit of sweet fruit, with more orange than anything else.

Aroma Coma mixes sweet & bitter in close to equal measure, but avoids the dreaded “balanced IPA” label. Mango (like I just had in my homemade scallops & rice), sweet orange, & citrus open. The mid-palate flowers with a sharp edged bitterness, & just the faintest edge of earth-strewn dankness. Finish is north country pine run down by a long, lingering shot of bitter hops. Half a bomber is sufficient, but it’s possible I could mop up more.

Interesting beer that, like many others, doesn’t live up to the rowdy nose. Good beer.

Photo of mick92627
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

We thought it was delicious. Enjoyed it with some small bites of a nice sharp cheddar. Outstanding finish, not sweet. The citrus and pine notes were not overdone; and at 6.75 ABV, although too high to be a session beer, it was still considerably more quaffable over the long haul than some popular 8s. Quite good.

Photo of MLDucky
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Great aroma, the Amarillos hops really come through. Not overly bitter, but it definitely lingers, not in a bad way. Great hop flavor, bright tropical notes with a Golden color, lots of carbonation that left a nice lacing pattern. Overall a very good IPA and at a great price. Would definitely drink another if I have the chance.

Photo of bneel317
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a light golden amber with a nice frothy head. Very hoppy nose as expected, equally heavy citrus and piney hops. Pretty bitter on the palate, the piney/resin hops seem more forward here than on the nose. Pretty solid body, the bitterness lingers, owning up to its 75 IBUs. Pretty solid IPA for not being over the top ABV.

Photo of tviz33
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a tulip.

A- Pours an absolutely crystal clear golden-orange body with a two finger off white head that lasts.

S- Tons of citrus aroma. A little pine in the background and ever-so-slightly noticeable alcohol. Lots more going on, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Something like dill and pineapple.

T- Moderate bitterness, but a fairly balanced malt and hop presence. More piney and grassy than citrusy in the taste. A lingering spiciness and some mango finish things off.

M- Medium feel with crisp carbonation.

O- Pretty tasty brew, and even better since it was a trade extra!

Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light orange with absolutely brilliant clarity. Definitely filtered. Finger of off whtie head. Dissipation of the head is moderate. Lacing is stellar. Carbonation is mild, with bubbles lazily risimg to form the substantial head.

S: Aroma definitely a correct name for the this. This one pops with juicy tropical notes. Pineapple, grapefruit, spicy mango. Carries a mild undertone of the onion/garlic, but this is pretty subdued. Definite dankness in this one. Smells intensely fruity, without the edge that huge hops can bring.

T: Moderate hop bitterness up front. Citrus takes off, with hints of grapefruit, lemon and kumquat pith. Some guava, mild pineapple juice. Agitation brings up harsher elements of lemon peel, pine needle and a definite astringency. Finishes with a tropical sweetness and a very focused malt bill. Malt is present, but it is strictly a stage for the aromatic and fruity hops to play. Aftertaste is predominantly tropical, again exploding with huge tropical and mango notes. Finishes very dry, with a spike of citric pine. Aftertaste is very dry and surprisingly bitter.

M: Absolutely perfect texture. Absolutely glides and coats the palate for being such a low abv beer. The bubbles are miniscule, and do a great job of opening and refreshing the palate.

O: This beer is damn delicious. Definitely in my upper tier of single IPA's. The aromas are quite delicious, and the texture is absolutely amazing.

Photo of Celtics17
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

El Dorado hops used bring out a great aroma of lifesavers candy and a slight cherry soda smell. The taste is a great balance of malt and hops. The right amount to allow both characters to come through. The citra hops bring out the big tropical fruit taste. This was bottled over 20 days ago. A great fresh, bitter, big tropical IPA.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into Golden Road tulip glass. Bottled on 7/1/14, drank on 7/25/14.

A: A very appealing gold -- fairly opaque, and with a decent-sized foam head that lingers.

S: Intoxicating aroma that fills the glass. Tropical fruits, some mild sugar and pine are all abundantly present.

T: Sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Those tropical fruit tones and sugary malts are at the forefront, with the pine coming in on the backend.

M: Starts off on the medium side, but gets a bit heavier as it warms. Some pretty mild carbonation and a non-resiny finish still make these very pleasant.

O: This beer is everything it's supposed to be; some amazing aromas and a hop profile that also delivers some great tastes, too. It's a very good IPA for summer -- finding a great balance between flavor and body, while not possessing alcohol content that's going to make it difficult to drink in the sun.

Photo of Omnium
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Clear yellow gold with a solid two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Amazing aroma, sweet malt, mango, pear, peach, some dank pine and grass, a little banana, very exotic.
T - Sweet malt and strong bitterness up front, then its orange candy, tons of ripe mango, peach, a little white grape, dank pine bit at the end.
M - Finish is on the extreme dry side. Mouthfeel is medium but bitter as well.
O - The name is what this beer really is, great aroma, flavor is good, but its not the best it could be. Glad to have gotten it though.

Photo of sloejams
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you like fresh, sticky hops; stick your face in this.

After making a somewhat painstaking trip to find Drake's Brewing Co because of our Uber driver, we got in and tried a few beers. Well, the missus tried a few beers. I remember having and enjoying this beer a lot, so I just jumped right in. It was a good call.

Get this while you can and send me some!

Photo of lordofstarside
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, bottled 14 days ago

Pours a a golden orange with lighter colored hues. A finger and a half of foam has retained pretty well with low carbonation coming from the center, good lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell's great. Pretty straight forward, lots of catty pine followed up by citrus notes of grapefruit and a touch of mandarin. A sweet caramel malt is pretty submissive to the hops, finishing with a splash of alcohol. Aroma coma indeed !

Taste follows pretty well. Strong upfront pine, followed by lots of orange and mandarin, finishing with notes of grapefruit and pine apple. Malt is just as sweet as the smell, tying it together with some alcohol

Feel is a moderate body, sticky and wet with good bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well, very easy to drink

Overall a very aptly named beer. I can't believe they limit such a great beer to Cali distro only. Knock that off, it's too good to hoard

Photo of JackTse
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First started drinking Drakes via Hopapocalypse and slowly branched out. Aroma Coma is a fantastic late summer beer that is refreshing, bright and full of New Zealand hops.

The initial scent is bright and citrusy. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp. The taste is hop forward but with many complimentary notes that help distinguish its unique taste.

Highly recommend it as a West Coast style IPA.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA looks good in the glass with a bold golden hue that is slightly murky like many heavy hitting beers of this style. The nose is a bit muted given the hops listed on the label and the namesake. I do get some light pine but minimal citrus rind. The taste was fine. This is an average IPA for me. Big bitter hop punch, not enough fruit/citrus, and a bit more malt than I care for. This beer is big. Loads of hoppiness and loads of malt. If the lack of an assertive nose is due to this beer being a bit old, then Drake's needs to bottle date. I can only speak to the beer that I'm currently drinking. Not one that I'd seek out in trade, but I'd drink if in the area.

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark hazy orange and brown with a light golden tone. White head that leaves nice lacing

S - Sweet citrus with tangerine, orange. There is some pineapple and passion fruit as well and caramel melt sweetness 4.25

T - Orange and pineapple up front. As the beer come along there is light mango and passion fruit to make this sweet up front. There is some hop bitterness that comes thru near the back end to give a pine flavor. The biter and pine linger on in the finish.

M - Medium slightly syrupy body up front. Leaves a hop resin that comes thru with the bitter hops

O - Really good DIPA that balances a sweet tropical and citrus hops up front with a nice pine bitterness in the back

Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending me this beer

Consumed 10/17/13

Appearance: Pours bright, somewhere between deep gold and tangerine orange - kind of glows gold when held to the light (always a nice attribute for IPAs) - nicely clear - medium sized, off-white head, easy to stir up a creamy, foamy cap - fades to a small cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Not exactly coma-inducing at this point (this is a summer beer being consumed in mid-October), but it's still notably potent - some dank, wet hops - pine resin - some tropical notes still present (probably Citra), even after months - ruby red grapefruit, ripe tangerine, and some orange flesh - some oily citrus rind, and some herbal notes - smells clean (common across most beers from Drake's) - some pale and caramel malts hiding in the background

Taste: About as crazy as an IPA can get without being considered a DIPA - big citrus notes, with some serious grapefruit (mild, ruby red), tangerine, and orange - nicely fleshy - oily citrus with just a touch of pith (this is decidedly non-abrasive) - some dank, resiny, wet pine, and some straight-up leafy hops - lightly herbal, spicy, and floral - some caramel malts in the background, some sweetness reminiscent of crystal malts, pale malts, some light bread, and a tiny hint of toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, extremely smooth, stupidly drinkable

Overall: All comas should be like this (no bedsores!)

The good things I heard about this beer led me to trading for it, with the knowledge that it came out in the summer. And honestly, I would do it again. It's stupidly aromatic and loaded with hoppy goodness. The absurd amount of dry-hopping makes this smell like a hop bomb and drink like an APA. And it has the fresh, clean flavor found in most other beers from Drake's. I hope to have this again sometime.

Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a golden bright color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is huge of citrus orange and grapefruit with a bit of pale malt character. A bit of resinous pine.

The flavor follows with a light body that emphasizes tons and tons of endless hops along with orange and grapefruit. There's some pine on the finish. It drinks really easily with some bitterness that lingers on the end.

I was pleasantly surprised by this hop bomb of a beer. It does not stop with how hoppy it is and can stand up with Russian River and the VT hop bombs.

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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.