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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 712
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 20%
Wants: 206
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(draft, Drake's Brewery, San Leandro) pretty solid IPA (citrusy) but bitterness lingers a bit too much for me. Will give it another spin down the line.

Aroma Paloma (favorable)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My current score reflects my second review, not the first (old bottle).

6.75% ABV according to my bottle. I dig the label on this one. It's got an '80s graffiti vibe to it. 75 IBUs. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high given its current ratings; I hope I'll love it but Drake's tends to underwhelm me. I've learned recently that I like my IPAs amarillo-centric, and this doesn't seem to fit the bill.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above-average ABV. Body colour is a transparent pale translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appropriate for the style, but there's nothing special or unique about it.

Sm: Floral bittering hop character. Caramelized malt. Some oily hop notes. Tangerine (from the Citra, no doubt). Stilted fruit. A bland murky aroma, average in strength. I'm not taking to it too kindly. Nugget hops. I don't see anything special about this aroma. Is the name meant to be ironic?

T: Clean caramelized malt body with bland floral hops atop. Some muddled tangerine throughout. Hop bitterness just after the climax. Lightly oily. Fermented murky pineapple. I suppose tangerine is dominant. Finish is a mess of bitterness and stale dying malts.
Built alright, but very underwhelming for the style. No pine, no grapefruit, no real oil commitment, no bright citrus, no pleasant floral quality. Just a bland mess. Meh. The bitterness is way too evident here, destroying the balance.

Mf: Wet and somewhat coarse from the hops. Coarsens and gets a bit more dry towards the climax. Suits the flavours only generally. Carbonation is a touch high. It's a bit too thick for its lack of flavour.

Dr: Did I get an old bottle? This is pretty mundane. Hides its ABV well and would pair well with spicy food, but this is just boring. Far overrated on this site currently. I don't see what the fuss is about. Another forgettable IPA that's rated highly. Drinkable. Overpriced. Drake's continues to underwhelm. Poorly chosen hops.

High D+

Revisiting this beer on 07/31/2013 as I suspect my prior review was an old bottle. Notes are truncated due to BA's word limit. 6.75%. 2013 bottle. $6.99. Served into flared stem-snifter in Los Feliz.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger whtie colour head. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing. Pretty good (~4 minute) retention.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent.

Sm: Dank resinous piney hops. Notable citrus - primarily grpaefruit with some mango. Oily and nectary hop character. Far better than I remember this being the first time I reviewed it. Pale malts. A fresh assertive hop-emphatic aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol or yeast is detectable.

T: Quite hop emphatic, with grapefruit and pine fighting for dominance. Also some floral, light oily, and very light nectary hop content. A biteen too tropical, with the mango and perhaps passionfruit distracting from the core hop build. Clean pale malt body. Not as complex or balanced as the best beers in the style, but pleasant nonetheless. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Zero subtlety; it's all played to the surface here. But it's got some flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. Below average depth of flavour; it's a shallow beer. Pretty good amplitude.

Mf: Smooth, oily, and wet, with some biting lightly coarse patches. Crisp. No tannins. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate, but it doesn't come off custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: I'll easily kill this bomber alone, but by no means is it a great beer in the style. It's a drinkable, enjoyable IPA, and I might get it again, but it can't throw down with something like Sculpin, for example. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Decent value for the price.

Low B-

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Photo of mikul93
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Pours a Golden amber, rather clear with a nice healthy head. Nice lacing.

S Citrus, some peach, slight pineapple. Some sweet malt coming through. Not as aromatic as I was anticipating in regards to the name.

T Not as sweet as the nose but a nice touch. Goes down really smooth initially and then the bitter hops kick in towards the end. Bitterness lingers for a while. Lots of grapefruit. Dry finish. Not a very well balanced beer. Not enjoying it so much that I wish I had more.

M Medium body with tons of carbonation. Maybe a bit too much. It's a crisp beer.

O Nothing to write home about. Probably would not seek it out again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of charlzm
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of sessycuban
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 12th Anniversary IPA Festival at the Bistro in Hayward.

A - The beer pours a deep amber color. One inch of head, good lacing. Pretty standard.

S - This one is all C's; chinook, columbus, and cascade. Not unlike Drake's IPA.

T - The beer is all chinook; plenty of citrus, aromatic, but with a bitter aftertaste. Malty backbone, but you don't get it until the end.

M - Medium bodied with a mildly viscous lacing.

D - Very tasty, but it's really a festival beer. Not much unlike Drake's IPA; the only difference, really, is the whirlpool chiller.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks Richard.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is CTZ hops, resiny and bitter, with a strong biscuit malt presence. Grainy, bitter flavor, resiny hops throughout, mild citrus sweetness in the finish, but a strong malt body balances out the bitterness. Medium thick, light carbonation, and a dry, leafy finish. Extremely forgettable, an adequate local IPA. I'm going to assume this falls off really fast or something?

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Photo of knowsbeer
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appears very rustic, not much polish so not filtered to a very find degree. Almost wheat beer appearance. Grapefruit and fresh hay in the nose and solid finish.

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Photo of lsummers
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nicely with a two finger bone white tall head but it dissipates almost instantly. Fairly clear golden orange with some fair carbonation.

Smells of the pine/herbal hops right away. This might be the most dank smelling beer I've encountered. All I'm really getting is fresh hops. You can definitely tell this was dry hopped.

Taste hits with a well blended hop bitterness notes of pine, grapefruit and some slight grassy/herbal notes. Touch of orange zest. Malts come through ever so slightly as sweet and biscuity. Taste is actually really nicely balanced towards hopheads. Your getting the extreme hop bite without the harshness. A hop lovers summer beer for sure. The drink ability on this is amazing. I tend to like the stronger hoppier beers to be somewhat more viscous however. This is feeling very light on the tongue and doesn't weigh you down at all. No need to worry about the summer heat with this one.

Overall this wasn't looking outstanding at first but showed me its truly a good beer. Hot summer days paired with this summer seasonal is perfection, any other time and it may seem a little thin.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear light amber with 1/2 inch of off white/yellowish head. Leaves sticky rings of lacing.

S-Strong hop derived tropical fruit/citrus aromas. Not as intense as Kern River's Citra beer, or even SN Hoptimum, but going in that direction. Some marijuana herbaceousness.

T/M-Light and dry, with crisp, bracing carbonation and a dry finish. Bittering hops are grassy and lightly astringent. There's a soft biscuity malt sweetness mid-palate.

O-Decent. I would take Drake's regular IPA over this.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a name like Aroma Coma, you would expect one of the outstanding features of the beer to be its nose, and this beer does not disappoint. It presents a very clean and refined aroma with plenty of hops to go around and tons of pine and grapefruit. It is a pleasure to simply smell and I indulged myself in only sniffs for a good 4 or 5 minutes before ever even tasting. It follows suite with a pleasant taste, but one that is a little underwhelming and less complex than some of the heavy hitter IPAs of late. It starts off on a good note, sweet and crisp, but the the middle and end are decidedly muted and "watery". It never really delivers the hop punch that you may be expecting. As such, it is easy to drink, but not as enjoyable as some other IPAs. Certainly still a good beer but fails to shine among brilliant competition.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a deep, clear golden colour, with a frothy head of yellow-tinged white. Big bubbles provide the froth meaning that as it settles, there's a big mess of honeycombed aeration on the top. Minimal lacing. Body looks reasonably solid, and holds fine streams of carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is good. Of course it's good. It was going to be good, but I'm surprised that it's just not bigger and better than that. It's a bright, generic citrus zesty aroma, grapefruit, some fresh herbal characters of basil. Pleasantly balanced at least: I just wanted it to punch me in the nose.

Taste is clean and bright, hoppy but with a restrained bitterness than gets lost a little in the body. More grapefruit, fruit skin, and a pithy, slightly herbal character towards the back. There's a savouriness to the malt which provides balance, but it's all a bit flat by the end.

Feel is good. Solid and smooth.

Yeah, it's a good beer. It's a solid IPA with some good flavours. But it really should have been better given its reputation. It just ended up being a little bit flat and generic: definitely good, and well crafted, but not something that got me really excited.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange colour. Clear, with a trickle of bead. Head is off-white, lovely and fluffy and meringue-like on top. Retains well. Very good.

Smells malty but tangy. Lots of kiwi, paw-paw and lychee. Lots of orange zest and mandarin as well. Light and refreshing.

Taste is quite sweet, with cake batter malt and some caramel. Some orange zest and mandarin on there that gets some bitter hoppiness towards the back. Largely malty, though. Some vanilla notes and it all ends quite citric but bitter. Bit of a sweet/bitter dichotomy rather than a nice transition/balance. Nice flavours overall though.

Smooth, but a bit lacking in texture, and body.

Nice drinkin' beer, there's obvious signs that it could have been amazing, though, and it remains just nice for me.

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Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of avwrite
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 Bottle (bottled on 8/5 - so 10 days ago)

Pretty clear, light orange with thin head that dissipates kind of quickly

Smells like mild pine and citrus with a sweet undertone. Definitely not in an aroma coma.

More of a balanced IPA with plenty of malt, some bitterness and some pine/citrus coming through. Tastes kind of smokey on the back end.

Thiner body than I would expect with moderately low carbonation.


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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a goblet

A- pours a slightly hazy orange with a one finger white head that fades quickly. About part for the course

S- tropical fruits, tropical fruits, and tropical fruits. Holy wow. INtense.

T- actually, pretty malty beginning...hoppiness is low, not much bitterness. Eh, expected more

M- medium bodied, on the thick side. Meh, too much with the maltiness

O- disappointing IMO. too much malt, not enough balance

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and brassy, clear body with a dollop of tight white bubbles form a head with lasting retention. Clumps of attractive lacing almost form a perfect ring on the glass.

For a beer that brags aroma in the name I'm certainly let down, dry hopping kicks up a pine and very floral ipa only a couple of notches. Slight bubble gum sweetness mingling amongst the floral notes.

Here's where the beer suffers somewhat, all the hops went into aroma and bitterness and left little to the imagination about the taste leaving a weakened west coast ipa. The pale two row is rather clean and bready and the rye adds a spicy flavor and much needed dimension. Hops are grassy and piney with a lemon zest finish and acidity. Bitterness is mild.

The aroma makes you forget that this is only a single IPA and the mouthfeel makes this beer a breeze to take down. Alcohol is nicely hidden and the body is in check as is the bitterness. Doesn't dry particularly well with some sticky residue.

I was really expecting room filling aroma once I cracked the bottle but instead I got a nice floral ipa with slightly above average aromatics. Very flowery and spicy with the addition of El Dorado hops and rye. Those flavors will stick with me longer than the aroma.

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Photo of Philousa
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow with decent head and good lacing as you drink. Tons of citrus in the nose, mainly grapefruit. Lots of pine as well. Malt is definitely present as well, bready with a little biscuit. Taste starts light, like pilsner malt, fades quick to a bitter, green hops. Pine and sap come to mind for the taste as well. The taste is thick, but not in feel. The sharp bitterness lingers between sips. The feel is balanced but feels a bit acidic on the tongue. Finish is on the dry side.

This really reminded me of Sculpin in the nose, but it really tasted and felt like a hoppy pale ale. The ABV would suggest this is more a pale as well. I appreciate that this is so hoppy with a low ABV, and it still feels mostly balanced to boot. Beginning to really like Drake's stuff.

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Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent by lurchingbeast, thanks man. Keep lurching.

Amber, slightly hazy, medium head, good retention, excellent lacing. Smells softly malty, caramel-ly, with a medium hop character. Good hoppiness in the taste with medium bitterness supported by a firm malt backbone. Slightly sweet in taste but clean enough in the finish. The carbonation was IPA appropriate. Quite good.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

PS: I would seriously like to know the reason for putting an IPA in a bomber and then waxing the hell out of it. WHY? Especially since the wax was a pain in the ass to take off.

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Photo of BrettonJay
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks hazy golden/orange with a lingering milky-textured, mostly white head.

Smells like tropical-dominated grainy malt and pine.

Strong tropical and pine flavors with medium hop bitterness and moderately high maltiness for an American IPA. Bitter grainy flavors stick around after sipping.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation.

This is a good IPA with a better smell.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Briesch
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great floral smell on this one. Definitely expecting for the taste to match up, but it just doesn't. Flavor is a bit dull and tastes watered down. This is a good IPA but nothing to go running to the store in search of.

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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.