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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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144 Reviews
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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

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Beer added by: sessycuban on 08-08-2009

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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 712
Photo of reebtaerG
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured bottle dated 6/25/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a clear light copper color with a two finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Great aromas of pine, resin, citrus and some dank.

T-The taste has tropical fruit, resin, citrus and hops. There is some malt and dankness as well.

M-Mouthfeel is well balance and great carbonation.

O-Overall I was quite impressed how this beer was juicy and had the right amount of dry bite. I would get this one again.

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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 mick92627
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

We thought it was delicious. Enjoyed it with some small bites of a nice sharp cheddar. Outstanding finish, not sweet. The citrus and pine notes were not overdone; and at 6.75 ABV, although too high to be a session beer, it was still considerably more quaffable over the long haul than some popular 8s. Quite good.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Great aroma, the Amarillos hops really come through. Not overly bitter, but it definitely lingers, not in a bad way. Great hop flavor, bright tropical notes with a Golden color, lots of carbonation that left a nice lacing pattern. Overall a very good IPA and at a great price. Would definitely drink another if I have the chance.

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Photo of bneel317
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pours a light golden amber with a nice frothy head. Very hoppy nose as expected, equally heavy citrus and piney hops. Pretty bitter on the palate, the piney/resin hops seem more forward here than on the nose. Pretty solid body, the bitterness lingers, owning up to its 75 IBUs. Pretty solid IPA for not being over the top ABV.

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Photo of tviz33
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a tulip.

A- Pours an absolutely crystal clear golden-orange body with a two finger off white head that lasts.

S- Tons of citrus aroma. A little pine in the background and ever-so-slightly noticeable alcohol. Lots more going on, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Something like dill and pineapple.

T- Moderate bitterness, but a fairly balanced malt and hop presence. More piney and grassy than citrusy in the taste. A lingering spiciness and some mango finish things off.

M- Medium feel with crisp carbonation.

O- Pretty tasty brew, and even better since it was a trade extra!

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Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light orange with absolutely brilliant clarity. Definitely filtered. Finger of off whtie head. Dissipation of the head is moderate. Lacing is stellar. Carbonation is mild, with bubbles lazily risimg to form the substantial head.

S: Aroma definitely a correct name for the this. This one pops with juicy tropical notes. Pineapple, grapefruit, spicy mango. Carries a mild undertone of the onion/garlic, but this is pretty subdued. Definite dankness in this one. Smells intensely fruity, without the edge that huge hops can bring.

T: Moderate hop bitterness up front. Citrus takes off, with hints of grapefruit, lemon and kumquat pith. Some guava, mild pineapple juice. Agitation brings up harsher elements of lemon peel, pine needle and a definite astringency. Finishes with a tropical sweetness and a very focused malt bill. Malt is present, but it is strictly a stage for the aromatic and fruity hops to play. Aftertaste is predominantly tropical, again exploding with huge tropical and mango notes. Finishes very dry, with a spike of citric pine. Aftertaste is very dry and surprisingly bitter.

M: Absolutely perfect texture. Absolutely glides and coats the palate for being such a low abv beer. The bubbles are miniscule, and do a great job of opening and refreshing the palate.

O: This beer is damn delicious. Definitely in my upper tier of single IPA's. The aromas are quite delicious, and the texture is absolutely amazing.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

El Dorado hops used bring out a great aroma of lifesavers candy and a slight cherry soda smell. The taste is a great balance of malt and hops. The right amount to allow both characters to come through. The citra hops bring out the big tropical fruit taste. This was bottled over 20 days ago. A great fresh, bitter, big tropical IPA.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Clear yellow gold with a solid two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Amazing aroma, sweet malt, mango, pear, peach, some dank pine and grass, a little banana, very exotic.
T - Sweet malt and strong bitterness up front, then its orange candy, tons of ripe mango, peach, a little white grape, dank pine bit at the end.
M - Finish is on the extreme dry side. Mouthfeel is medium but bitter as well.
O - The name is what this beer really is, great aroma, flavor is good, but its not the best it could be. Glad to have gotten it though.

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Photo of sloejams
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, bottled 14 days ago

Pours a a golden orange with lighter colored hues. A finger and a half of foam has retained pretty well with low carbonation coming from the center, good lacing on the sides of the glass

Smell's great. Pretty straight forward, lots of catty pine followed up by citrus notes of grapefruit and a touch of mandarin. A sweet caramel malt is pretty submissive to the hops, finishing with a splash of alcohol. Aroma coma indeed !

Taste follows pretty well. Strong upfront pine, followed by lots of orange and mandarin, finishing with notes of grapefruit and pine apple. Malt is just as sweet as the smell, tying it together with some alcohol

Feel is a moderate body, sticky and wet with good bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well, very easy to drink

Overall a very aptly named beer. I can't believe they limit such a great beer to Cali distro only. Knock that off, it's too good to hoard

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Photo of JackTse
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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 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 49er
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A- Straw with lasting head.
S- Definite aroma which is fruit, very pleasant.
T- Mild fruit and only slightly bitter, very pleasant. Nothing overpowering.
M- Lasting carbonation.
O- A wonderful warm weather treat.

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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 RaulMondesi
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of MacQ32
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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