Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by madvermin:
4.95/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Haven't reviewed in a long time, but Drake's has managed to get me back on here with a beer for the ages.
Appears dull gold, hazy and orange. Head is white and foamy, fluffy and light. Retains well and doesn't lose its pure white color for a while. Color could be brighter, but no big complaints.
Aroma lives up to the name of the beer - I have never smelled an IPA better than this one. Mandarin orange, sour grapefruit, lemon zest, a touch of basil and mint, with a caramel sweet backbone, this beer is exhilarating to smell. Hint of weediness on first sniff that dissolves into the fruit. Brilliant.
Taste follows with enormous citrus flavor, a touch of dull soft hoppy bitterness and a tempered malty ending that is enhanced by the dryness of the hop character. Minty citrus keeps going and going and going, and the Caramalt does a good job of smoothly transitioning the citrus to the dry end. Ridiculously smooth and easy. For the style I can think of nothing better...there are beers with stronger flavors or more unique flavors, but none I can think of that meld everything together better than this.
Crisp without being overly dry, juicy without being sticky, this beer is a perfect IPA. Single IPAs are probably my favorite style these days just for their mouthfeel, and this beer reminds me why with a perfect feel to go with its phenomenal aroma. Drinkability is unmatched by just about any other single IPA I've had, and only blind pig really comes close. Simple sensational beer from Drake's and I'm elated that they are bottling this at all.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2011 07:30:50 | More by madvermin
More User Reviews:
4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 15:58:26 | More by JohnCassillo
Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.