Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 200
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sessycuban on 08-08-2009

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Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed August 1st, 2013 in a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer pours a hazy lightish yellow; looks more like a dark hefeweizen than a proper IPA. A two finger off-white (bordering on light yellow) head forms but lacks staying power. It does leave behind some spotty but adequate lacing. Despite nucleation point in the bottom of my glass, very few active bubbles.

Aroma is tropical fruits, mainly: pineapple, mango, tangerine. A slight grassy note.

Flavor is slightly sweet and a little rougher than expected; the caramel malt is hard to taste as there is tingly, almost burning bitter astringency that settles in on the middle of the tongue almost right away. Fruity hops as in nose fade up fast after this, leading to a primarily bitter and fairly long-lasting finish. Aspirin-style bitterness persists insistently on the tongue long after each sip. A mixed bag.

Mouthfeel is thicker and more astringent than expected, though not outside the style guidelines.

Pretty much a bitter hop bomb, I find the best part of this beer to be the smell.

Interestingly, I had it on draft about a week earlier and I don't remember disliking it then. Oh, well... too bad BA doesn't let us review beers twice any more or I'd write up that review, which I have notes for.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle! It pours a cloudy and muggy, golden color which appears to have more of an orange-ish hue in the center. It's pretty damn cloudy, approaching complete opacity, but I love the unfiltered look. A pretty nice sized, chunky eggshell creme sits on top of the golden brew and leaves a few spots of lacing during its decent to the bottom of the glass.

Juicy hops all up in the aroma; light, gummy orange flesh and slight peel with some tropical essence that comes without exact fruit discernibility. Danky, resinous hops lie in the background behind the fruits and seem to come out more and more with each whiff. Another good pass of West Coast hops, left and right; plenty of stanky pines and sticky tropics. Very, very nice.

The taste also includes pretty copious amounts of bitter pines and pungent oils, followed closely with a more mild grassy note and a touch of green onion. The Citra and CTZ hops must be the big contributors of the tangerine peels, pineapples, and pithy citrus notes that I'm picking up. I would have guessed Simcoe may be a part of this bill as well, but surprisingly, it is not!

It's actually pretty bitter on the back of the tongue and it stays that way through the finish. It's only a 6.7% ABV single IPA, but it'll scrape your palate pretty nicely - luckily, the tropical fruits and citrus perform a nice balancing act. Let's not forget about the malt, either; lots of biscuit and bread, not huge in flavor, but more so in body and balance with just a hint of doughy sweetness to keep the hops from going overboard.

Thin-medium bodied, carbonated well with a slightly resinous and mildly sticky and coating mouth feel. Drinkable, though the bitterness on the back-end may get to some people over time. A bomber might be tough to drink alone, but the citrus and tropical notes could probably pull me through. Either way, definitely a great beer. Unfortunately the West Coast has so many insane IPAs that this one may get overlooked, but it's pretty damn good.

Photo of SanFranJake
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, what a let down!
Between the hype and the price point, I expected way better.
Looked great poured into a tulip glass.
Aroma was really good (not great) and like Jenna Haze, gave great head.
Other than that... What a waste.
Lacked flavor and aftertaste, which for me is big.
Maybe my palete is shit after all the DIPA and TIPA's I've had of late, but other than the other bomber I have, that's it. I'll take a fresh sixer of Torpedo for a buck more.

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Very slightly hazed, but nearly clear, golden and light amber with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves appropriately sticky lines down the glass. A gorgeous, perfectly pretty IPA.

As the name would suggest, the aroma is this beer's calling card. Lots of fresh citrus zest and flesh, along with pineapple, and a very mild caramel and bread backbone.

The flavor too is nice, though it doesn't compare to the aroma. Decent amount of citrus and pineapple flavors accentuated by bready malts and a tiny bit of sweetness. Moderate level of bitterness. Complete and wonderfully drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Probably my favorite Drake's offering to date.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, glowing amber/copper type of color, very inviting, as are most of Drake's hoppy offerings (well all of them now that I think about it).

Great mix of pine and citrus, they call it 'aroma' coma for a reason, and its on full display here, very clean, crisp. Lots of c hops. But its the citra in the dry hop that really makes this worth it.

German and magnum bittering hops come out late in the mouthfeel, soft citra hop touches first, bitter stuff later.

I don't know why Drake's isn't liked more, probably just the glut of awesome breweries in CA divides attentions and hype.

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 Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

A- Hazy straw-gold body, lots of carbonation on the pour that settles as the beer opens up. Great 2 finger head with decent retention that leaves sticky lacing.

S- YES! Lots of piney/grassy hop, some floral notes. Just hoppy as hell! I love it! Not complex but this is how an IPA should smell!

T- Palate follows nose. Grassy, LOTS of pine, some citrus (bitter grapefruit), caramalt a bit on the finish, but this is a very hop dominated beer! Just too delicious!

MF- Light-medium body, light carbonation, sticky and very long piney/bitter citrus finish that won't let go.

O- This is a great IPA. Must have! Not much more to say than that... I would recommend it to any hop head and IPA lover. I am getting this again and again!

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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time single IPA's started packing this much hop flavor into below 7% ABV.

Top notch IPA here, had both fresh on tap and 4 bottles now.

A - Pretty standard here, very active in the varieties of glasses I've poured them in from Tulip, to Pint and 23oz Schooner. Crisp and golden. Solid head and standard lacing.

S - I'd reference this as a more pungent Blind Pig - HUGE on the grapefruit sweetness, backed up by solid Pine and Grassiness. Smells big and juicy. Better than many DIPA's out there.

T - No different than what I exlained in the nose. Tons of juicy grapefruit and pine backing it up, including nice dry and crisp grassy finish...just how I like my IPAs and DIPAs. Not much malt backbone found here but it does make it self known once you get close to room temp. This beer really reminded me of a juicier Blind Pig.

M - Superb. Almost perfect. Dry, crisp and grassy finsh that keeps you coming back for more. Hop oils linger just enough but not too much whereas you're smacking your lips after each sip. It truly is a treat for me when a IPA / DIPA can pack so much juicy hop flavor upfront while at the same time finish so dry, crisp and clean. Before you know it, the bomber is finished.

O - I mean...come on. Get rid of your yearly IPA and swap it with Aroma Coma Drakes PLEASE. There's no comparison which is better. (Oh yeah...and bottle Hop Salad while you're at it) I get the same hop fix here as I do with many DIPAs out on the market. A true testiment to the brewer here in packing this much hoppy goodness into a somewhat sessionable beer. This beer is up there with Blind Pig and Just Outstanding IMO and yes, for my palate it's better than Two Hearted and Sculpin without a moments hesitation.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Peachy-caramel color with a frothy eggshell colored head with good retention and pretty good lacing.

Brilliant nose which actually smells pretty similar to Citra DIPA (my favorite DIPA). Beautiful mild citrus, pineapple and sweet floral hop notes with a nice mildly sweet maltiness.

Flavor is just exceptional as well with fantastic balance. Again like the nose there is an excellent hop character with wonderful floral, light pine and citrus, pineapple, peach and mango notes and a perfect malt balance.

Mouthfeel is light, fresh and fairly crisp and lively with med-high carbonation.

Overall I was blown away by this random pick up. This is now my favorite IPA just beating out Just Outstanding IPA. This has amazing hops character through and through and deserves to be ranked and hyped up there with RR, Alpine and Kerns big IPAs. I absolutely recommend picking up one of these.

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big IBU, a 1.5X IPA.. A tad of age in the aroma, and off flavour in the finish, yet still a good IPA. Very drinkable. Big bubbly head on golden body.Citrus,piney, creamy, malting is in the minority, not a match for the up front hops.
Mike's bottle from SF.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chad for this one. No bottling date but this one is from the newest release. About 3 weeks at this point. Into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

Pours a frothy, 1 finger white head with good retention. Beer is clear orange-copper. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick, close to the head. Quite a looker!

Tree sap, citrus, cane sugar, and some other tropical fruit (noticeably no papaya or pineapple). Aromatic. Nice.

Opens some citrus, tree sap hop bitterness. Bark, fresh grass, with a light cane sugar malt backbone. More hop bite towards the end with a sticky, resiny finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Delicious.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and crisp and refreshing going down. Accented finish with a mellow, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable. The perfect summer beer.

I usually prefer the more citrus and papaya prominent IPA more. That being said, this is a really solid representation of the style. Hugely drinkable with great balance in the flavor. Very good.

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split

Dark copper body - quite aromatic : floral, grassy, citrus. A little malty, but not in a bad way - also fairly bitter and very tea-like. A smorgasbord of IPA - lots of hop oil, toasted malt, lingering tongue destruction. My taste buds weep...

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of orange, grapefruit. A bit of simcoe. Doughy malts.

Taste - Big hop flavor here as well, but the malt is stronger here. Citrus hops. Orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit. Little bit of sweetness and a strong hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Good balance to the sweetness and malt.

Overall - Had this a few times. It's a hop bomb like most west coast IPAs, but it has a unique character to its hop profile. They emphasize the bitterness in this beer.

Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow color with a moderate white head .

Smell: Pine trees and grapefruit/citrus fruit aromas.

Taste:The pine scent, grapefruit and citrus fruit aromas carry over to the taste. I get all hops with some very slight malt flavors. Very clean after taste.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good. The hop aromas live up to the billing on the bottle.

Photo of nickhiller
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear straw, little if any head and lacing.

S: lots of fresh pine, reminds me of cold weather and pine, like a Christmas tree or wintery lodge.

T: pork chops, pork sausage and oregano. This sounds crazy, I know, but I can't describe it any other way, and I like it.

M: hop bitterness coats the mouth like tree sap, dry finish.

O: not at all what I'm used to with this style (I mean who is used to tasting pork in an IPA?) but this was weird in a great way. I give big points for originality and uniqueness.

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 GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white head that fades fast.

The nose hits you with fresh pineapple right after you pop the cap and even before you pour it! Huge fresh assertive nose that actually becomes a bit more subdued with some air.

Mouthfeel is creamy, rich and inviting.

The flavor profile is gigantic bitter hops. This one can take its place among the best of the IPAs with perhaps just a hint more brightness in the flavor profile. Otherwise, it's spot on and delicious.

Finish is more pine than citrus and a bit more brightness would be nice here. Still, a first class effort. It comes off as a double and one must again look at the bottle to confirm it's only 6.75% abv and a regular IPA. Nice.

Photo of OTB
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first time with this. Poured into my tulip it is a copper hued orange brew with a very nice white cap that sticks around leaving nice curtains of lace as I sip down. With a name like Aroma Coma I guess I was expecting something from way-out there as far as the nose goes. It's a nice hop infused dankly sweet nose, fruity and very pleasant. The Flavors run side by side with the nose profile, you get tropical fruits, bitter pine,a little savory note that is niclely balanced by just enough semi sweet malting, as the brew warms more tropical fruits begins to play. The mouth is fine and crisp, quite refreshing. Overall this is a very well made IPA and at under 7% abv it's pretty easy to drink without worrying about the booze. Highly recommended.


Photo of ubermick
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Drake's Barrel House.

A: Darker than a standard IPA (as is their flagship brew), with ridiculous hop haze. Almost looked like a hefeweizen, with a beautiful puffy head.

S: Honestly, I didn't even have to get my nose in there - I could smell it when it was set down in front of me. Crazy, crazy, crazy citrus (since it's loaded with Citra hops, not surprising!). Grapefruit and lemongrass really jumped out at me.

T: Outstandingly good - the IBUs are low (comparatively) on this, along with the ABV, so while it's got knock your socks off aroma, it drinks like a sessionable IPA. Nicely balanced. And as an addendum to this, I brought a growler home and this beer really came into it's own when it warmed up a bit.

MF: Nice body, right where an IPA should be.

This is an outstanding beer that could be heralding a new direction in "extreme" IPAs, and one that I'd welcome. As brewers cram more and more hops into their beers, pushing the IBU limits to the extreme, malt bills and ABV rise, and beers become more of an effort to drink as opposed to a pleasure. This beer by Drakes has enough to satisfy any hop head, while still maintaining fantastic drinkability, and having a low enough ABV to be able to session a few. Great work by the boys in San Leandro.

Photo of adsomers
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Review:

A - Light copper color, nice sudzy head w/ thick lace, lazy carbonation

S - Citrus, pine, resin, dank, Very nice layering of hop characters without too much emphasis on any one.

T - Of course the taste is completely dominated by hop character. At first I was a bit turned off by a grassy/vegetal weed-like flavor that distracted from the rest of the profile. However as the beer warmed this seemed to fall off and I was left with a sweeter, more fruity taste that brought a smile to my face with every sip

M - It's slightly sticky, perhaps due to huge amount of hop oil, but its sufficiently attenuated to feel dry and refreshing.

D - Perfect for the hop-obsessed. Tastes like a DIPA but low enough alcohol to drink a lot. Gassy character almost stopped me in my tracks but it became amazingly drinkable after warming up.

2011 Review:

Over-the-top hoppy aromatics, very clean, and easy to drink. Nice head retention as well when you swirl it back up. Perfect canvass for the hops. Dispenses with the notion of "balance"--It's a DIPA without the alcohol kick and sweetness. IPAs with this level of hoppy run the risk of being vegetal, grassy, thin... but this is just perfect. IPA from Jesus. Yes.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap @ Monk's Kettle.

A - Pale hazy orange colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Beautiful tropical fruit and pine. Fresh and juicy. Light honey sweetness in the background.

T- Good bitterness with pine, grapefruit, peach, mango. Flavours are very fresh and juicy.

M - Light to medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Clear dark orange, copper with two fingers of off white bubbly head on the pour. The head quickly dissipates to a collar of bubbles, with a few patches of bubbles and film along the surface. Not much carbonation visible through the glass, maybe a bubble every couple of seconds.

Really aromatic, per the name as I can smell it as soon as I opened the bottle, straight from the fridge. Big sweet citrus, orange and grapefruit, and tropical fruits, papaya and mango. Bitter citrus peel, light fresh pine needles, balanced by a nice caramel malt and baked bread sweetness as well.

Tropical fruits hit the tongue first, the papaya, pineapple, light mango, sweet orange and grapefruit, then very bitter citrus pith and pine. The malts come through mid tongue to try to balance it out, caramel and bread, but the balance leans on the bitter side toward the finish. Dry finish, with lingering light bitter citrus pith.

Light to medium body with a slight presence of carbonation, barely there to softly tickle your tongue, but not enough to leave a slightly oily feeling on the tongue. This is more of a hop bomb than many IPA's I've had, with a great light lingering hop bitterness that doesn't completely overwhelm my tongue. Another excellent IPA from Drake's.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up the other day at my wife's work.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus, piney hops, wonderful

Taste- citrus, piney hops, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was wonderful! Very good! Love the hop flavors!

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The proverbial shit has hit the fan. This son of a gun is smoother than Humprey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon" and juicer than Jack Laline's diet. No, really, this ain't Raul just spitting the thang; the dang sucker is off-the-hook! So light, so juicy, so nice...

Get some, my children.

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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
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