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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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432 Ratings

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sessycuban on 08-08-2009)
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at the release. Tulip.

A: Pours a bright golden color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a very rocky film leaving great streaks of sticky lace down the glass. I can tell this beer is fresh and impressively hopped just by the way it works.
S: Huge notes of citrus dominate including scents of tangerine, orange peel, and juicy grapefruit, but I get sweet and nectary hints of pineapple and apricot. No malt to be found. Grapefruit and a bit of pine in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with huge notes of citrus hops, grapefruit, and pineapple in the finish.
M: Very slick mouthfeel, even carbonation, medium body, smooth and easy to drink.
O: A very solid and highly drinkable ipa. I would drink this now and again if it were available everyday.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2012 00:24:12 | More by scottfrie
Photo of bbb099


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fair amount of foamy white colored head with nice retention. Clear, golden copper color.

S - A hefty amount of floral hops and slight citrus. A highly appealing aroma.

T - Taste was quite light on the hop side for an IPA. Semi-sweet front with a clean floral and grassy hop finish.

M - Medium bodied for an IPA. Good amount of carbonation.

O - Solid IPA overall. Nice one to have in the summer considering it's very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2012 01:48:44 | More by bbb099
Photo of biglobo8971


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from growler into a tulip. Very pale orange with some vibrant yellow. Good 1 in head when first poured, lacing was present the whole glass. Smell of hops, more ghangha that anything, with a slith citrus sweetness. Very easy to hold under the nose for the entire drink.
Loved the taste, nice and bitter with a present hop resonancy that stayed with me for the whole drink. This opended my eyes to other Drake's beers, will seek this one out in the future.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 02:25:27 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of womencantsail


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Arthur.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a small white head.

S: Seems this beer is very aptly named. It has a very intense aroma with lots of citrus, tropical fruits, and pine. There are some floral hop notes to it as well. A light bread character on the back end.

T: There is just a light bread sweetness, but otherwise there are tons of floral hops and citrus peel flavors. A moderate pine note and bitterness, but not quite the same variety of hops that the aroma had.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: One of the more fragrant IPAs I've had in awhile and a really nice beer overall.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 18:35:06 | More by womencantsail
Photo of HopHead84


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Growler shared by Arthur Pendragon at Clusterfork #7 and poured into a snifter. Thanks!

A: Hazed dark golden orange with a big frothy beige head. Great retention and scattered lacing.

S: The beer is bursting with hop character. This was aptly named. Peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine explode from the glass. Malt is very faint, imparting no evident character. Pine is also faint.

T: A cornucopia of fruit greets my palate: orange, mango, peach,  and tangerine. The beer is dry, with a pleasant moderate bitterness. Malt imparts a bit of saltine cracker but mostly stays out of the way. There's a suggestion of onion.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: An excellent IPA. Drake's is making some killer hoppy stuff these days. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2011 08:42:16 | More by HopHead84
Photo of JackTse


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 04:27:52 | More by JackTse
Photo of PHBoiler


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 17:30:45 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of jeonseh


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:19:00 | More by jeonseh
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Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 05:21:53 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of dar482

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 18:38:09 | More by dar482
Photo of laituegonflable


3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 05:14:10 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:56:23 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:52:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.61/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:59:30 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brighter yellow gold with nearly 2 fingers of dense white head. Fantastic lacing and retention.

S - Citrus hop bomb! Smells exactly how I want my ipas to smell. Lots of juicy sweet citrusy fruit, some resinous bitterness and maybe the slightest bit of sweet malts.

T - Taste is phenomenal. Citrusy sweet flavors transition to a dry bitterness. Lingering taste is mostly dry and somewhat citrusy resinous hops. As I exhale the sweet citrus fruits really show however after that the aftertaste is mostly dry bitterness.

M - Very very good, lighter, moderate carbonation, somewhat thick feeling on my tongue, very refreshing.

O - Definitely a fantastic citrusy IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:28:37 | More by MacQ32
Photo of arizcards


4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Whole Foods in San Diego in late July for $8.49. Bottled on 07/03/13.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice white head upon initial pour that is leaving a lacing behind.

Nose was very fresh upon cracking the bottle, is catty and citrusy after sitting a half hour at room temperature.

Taste is bready malts that quickly give way to grapefruit and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and refreshing.

Overall this is a solid west coast IPA that is true to the style. This is a major hop bomb with primarily alpha hop varieties. Gotta be a hop head to appreciate this brew! Was fun to try but the price point is pretty steep for a single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:01:55 | More by arizcards
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a slight orange hue. Creamy bone white head sits on top and lingers just long enough before it falls to a layer of bubbles on top and it leaves nice wet lace.

Nose will put you into a coma. I felt my eyes roll up slightly on the first whiff of decadent sweet fruits. Mango, peach, apricot, tropical notes and some grapefruit. There is a honey malt sweetness on the nose that is like candy and the hops give a nice floral. There's a little pine and a faint spice. There is bright candied fruit peel and the lemon is really graceful over the top of the stone fruits.

Drinks like a dream. All that fruit is nice and sweet to greet the palate. The malt comes in quick with more bread than you were expecting and a little biscuit too. It adds plenty of sweetness to the already sweet fruits but stays honey like and only approaches caramel. The sweetness is sticky but the bread keeps it moving and keeps the body light. There is a nice resin and hop oil bitter to accentuate the pine and it has an oniony flavor too. Nice bitter finish with a delicious aftertaste of the grapefruit the bright lemon, the sweeter stickier fruits and the honey. Medium body, great balance and medium carbonation.

This beer was the find of the summer. I feel like I discovered something no one knows about yet. It's a big beer and has a little alcohol warmth as it drinks but it's not unpleasant. Fruity, juicy, sticky and has a winning and pleasant taste. The bitter is just right and it drinks like a ripe bushel of stone fruits.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 14:42:26 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Shumania


4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber picked up at City Beer Store in SF, poured into a snifter

A: bright glowing orange, fluffy head and looks to be good lacing

S: The name lived up to expectations! Huge citrus kick with mango and tropical fruit. I assume that is the Citra coming through.

T: Starts very clean, then there is a nice mix of tropical and spicy hops. It finishes with a good balance of hop bitterness and a malt backbone.

M: Very good body and very easy to drink

Wow, this is one a great smelling beer. The taste is different than expected from a California IPA, but this is fantastic. It is more balanced than others west coast IPAs. My nose may be in my drink the entire time I drink this.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:54:03 | More by Shumania
Photo of Hendry


4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale copper, clear as a bell, frothy 2 finger off white head, sticky lacing all around the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is hop forward but with an underlying whiff of maltiness that has me wondering if it will carry over into the flavor with that all too common blast of diacetyl, which is unfortunately a characteristic of so many IPAs.

Taste crushes any allusions created by the aroma that this may be another malt bomb. Flavors are abound with incredible citrus notes. Mango,pineapple,and nectarine flavors wash over your palate. Aroma Coma is easily one of the best tasting IPAs I've tried, just incredible really.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and creamy as all heck, reminding me of Mad Fox Orange Whip in the creamy smooth texture and seductive aftertaste departments.

Get this one in your mouth if you love hops, it is one fabulous IPA. Props to Drake's for this amazing offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:22:03 | More by Hendry
Photo of edgeh2o


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

IMO, the best smelling beer. A ridiculous amount of hops and citrus bombarding your nose. I'll say it one more time- the best smelling beer ever.

It tasted pretty good too :)

Can't wait to get another, I'll be ordering some online since they are extinct in my city! And just 3 hours from the brewery, go figure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 22:32:45 | More by edgeh2o
Photo of tectactoe


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 11:37:42 | More by tectactoe
Photo of raynmoon


4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 7/30/13

Had this last week from a bottle packaged on 7/05/13, so we'll see how much better this one is.

a: slightly hazy light orange , small bubbles quickly making their way to the top. poured a very small head, some lacing.

s: big astringent hops, some toastiness, reminds me of fresh sculpin. Tropical, but not over-the-top. Aroma is mild.

t: big, big bitterness with that same astringent hop flavor coming with it. It has this roasty, burnt type of quality to it. It's not that tropical, sweet IPA, but something that put like to call "Oniony".

mf: medium, not too syrupy, nice carbonation, accents the beer well.

Overall a really nice beer. Even though it is "only" 75 ibu's, I find it to be a little too bitter and unbalanced, less bitterness and a litter more pine flavor would make this much better.

B+ IPA, better than Racer 5, but not quite as good as Torpedo or Simtra.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:57:08 | More by raynmoon
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:58:54 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Lothore


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden hue with a 1.5 finger, off white head that fades quickly.

S - Huge hop notes, citrus, pine, wheat.

T - Lots of citrusey hots up front, grapefruit, citrus, moves into a wheaty middle with a semi-bitter back end.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D - This is a great ipa that I could drink all day. Smells heavenly.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 03:20:28 | More by Lothore
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Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 15:31:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
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