Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
09-20-2013 05:14:10 | More by laituegonflable
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
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
09-14-2013 19:56:23 | More by bigfnjoe
3.65/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
09-07-2013 04:52:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.61/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
09-05-2013 03:59:30 | More by RaulMondesi
4.39/5 rDev +3.3%
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
09-05-2013 02:28:37 | More by MacQ32
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-31-2013 01:01:55 | More by arizcards
Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.