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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

611 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 196
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  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.

Sammy, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

t0rin0, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a 2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to a craggy small cap. Nice thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of tropical fruits (papaya/mango especially), peach, apricot, and various citrus zest. Unfortunately the taste is not as awesome but I am getting some subdued tropical fruits, citrus zest, and some malt flavors on the finish. A medium amount of bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip and is almost like chewing on citrus rinds. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an amazing smell but sadly the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Golden amber with slight haze, topped by a big fluffy white head.

A huge hop aroma on this one. Really nice juicy ripe tropical fruit aromatics. Pineapple and mango, along with a great floral undertone and a slight grainy malt profile.

Great on the palate, too. Drier than it smells, with a huge hop flavor but relatively little bite. Pineapple, grapefruit and peach come to mind. There's a mild grainy malt character, little sweetness. The finish exhibits mild bitterness and lingering tropical fruit flavors. Pretty fantastic stuff, really a top notch IPA.

largadeer, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jason, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When they named this Aroma Coma, they weren't playing around. The nose on this thing is incredible. But as far as the beer goes, it really is bringing it. I just had another Pliny several days ago, and I have to say that this reminds me of it quite a bit. That mature floral and oh-so mildly citric tones. Comparison to other beers aside, this is quite the tasty brew. It's my first one of the night and I am just blowing through the damn thing with little left and more notes needed to finish this review. Bottom line: this beer is pretty awesome. I just killed my bomber and I'm definitely wishing there were more.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #26 Top Beer - American IPA on the best of style list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is orangish, with a mild haze, soft white fluffy head of medium and small bubbles, lacing on the glass, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is so strong I smelled this beer once I took the cap off. Strong citrus, hop bouquet, really in your face with the aroma here, some pine, minor malt.

Beer is grindingly hoppy. Medium in body, minor malt sweetness on the front of this beer and the finish is pretty bitter but not overly so. The hop flavors in the midpalate are really nice, it's like a garden, citrus and pine, very tasty beer.

drabmuh, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More of a golden color than the usual orange cast of big IPAs. It really is sensationally aromatic. I'd have to call this one of my top favorite IPAs. They do more with the flowery hops and less with the bitter thud. Light body, crisp, and refreshing. Bitterness is the aftertaste but it's not brutal. Resiny flavors are enlightening. Orchid smell and vanilla flavor.

Had this on tap last summer at Beer Revolution in Oakland. It was the bottle release party so I bought this one to take home. Intensely fragrant. Totally worth trying if you're into the pleasure of hops rather than the harsh mistress.

mactrail, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.7%

mendvicdog, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

MarkyMOD, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

beernads, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  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+

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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-

kojevergas, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours goldenrod to light amber with a nice white head, solid lace per the style.

S: Gorgeous nose with pineapple, mango, wildflowers, and pot.

T: Very strong hop character, the malt is left completely to a minimum. Strong grapefruit and lemon flavours with a hint of pine and tropical fruit. Direct and to the point. Very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, easy going for the most part, never resiny on the whole.

O: Drake's continues pumping out fantastic IPAs, and I'm eager to drink them. They're on a roll in my book and I'm glad to be with them on the ride.

Halcyondays, Aug 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

imperialking, Nov 29, 2011
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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.