Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 131
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rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
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 (444 characters)

Photo of 49er
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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. (212 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.4/5  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 (677 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,535 characters)

Photo of Shumania
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of edgeh2o
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev -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. (2,028 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  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. (608 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.81/5  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. (341 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 0.5L (16.9 oz.) draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! In North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Aug. 4, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 4, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange hazy color with two fingers of pillowy creamy white head when I got it. Good amount of foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Good retention on the top.

Smelled a potent whiff of floral and citrus hops. Also grapefruit, tangerine, orange, orange rind, pine and lime.

Tasted similar to the smell, with more bitterness. Floral and citrus hops dominated. Also grapefruit, tangerine, orange, light pine, lime and caramel.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing bitter finish.

Just another fantastic beer from Drake’s. Been meaning to try this and I’m so glad I did. (817 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JayORear for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is bright-white and starts off creamy and chunky. Drops to a small cap and collar with big sheets and notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Hits the name. Hops everywhere. Deep resinous pine is oily and bitter. Solid hit of citrus with ruby red grapefruit, a ton of tangerine. Mild hop spiciness as well. Some floral and herbal stuff going on as well. It's all there. The malt profile offers some balance, but not much. Some lingering caramel malt sweetness with a light bready thing. Sweet and loaded with pine. A hint of alcohol on the back. Dry hoppiness. Somehow not too much, but close.

Taste: Dank and bitter. Loaded with pine. A ton of oily, slick pine needle. Citrus abounds, pushing grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Warming gives it a bit more floral and herbal help. Malts run a nice moderate sweetness coupled with a slight backing hop spiciness. Some bready elements as well. Mild roasted character. Not abrasive. Some caramelized malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy up front with a slight;y dry finish. Medium body with a just under moderate carbonation. Delightful to drink.

Overall: A really really really long nap.

There's a ton of dry hopped goodness. The aroma is off the charts. Tasty overall, but pretty damn big on the flavor profile to not cross in to DIPA territory. I'll be trying to track down more of this in the future. (1,455 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About time I got to try this. Split 50-50, poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. No freshness date... But I bought this as soon as it hit the shelves 1-2 weeks ago, and it should be pretty green given my East Bay proximity.

Pours a classic orange-amber color with a good amount of a creamy, off-white head. Head retention, in fact, is quite excellent on this on, dwindling down to about a half finger but still remaining throughout. Lacing is quite good - not fabulous, but showcases the resinous feel demanded in this beer. Citra, chinook, and cascade?! Some of my favorite hops for sure. Bound to be this sticky and resinous looking.

Yeah, right on the aroma I can tell that this is dank as hell, reaching for an abnormally dry hopped character for an IPA, yet unlike Denogginizer, does not get overblown. Deep notes of grapefruit and pine (Cascade) meld with the more floral, earthy notes of oranges, dried blossoms, herbs (Chinook), and finally with a sweet tropical finish of pineapple and slight (and I mean slight) papaya from the Citra. It's really cool to see the various stages that these hops take over time! The malts get a little canceled out from the dry hopping, but there are notes of caramel underneath that provide a touch of sweetness that balances things out. Glad this beer lives up to the name - it's highly dry hopped to the point of coma inducing, but it never gets to the point of tiresome insanity.

The flavor gathers all these initial dank flavors from the aroma, and blends them together to create a fuller, creamier, and surprisingly pleasing drinking experience lacking in any high, dried astringency. Moving on from that run-on sentence, this provides an initial burst of citrus peel and pine that envelops a little stronger at the finish, revealing notes of peaches, grapefruit, dried mangoes, papaya, slight honeysuckle, and juicy toffee goodness. The alcohol is well hidden, and there's enough malts in here and resinous characteristics that make this easy to drink. The hop profile lacks in complexity overall, but it makes up for it in the pleasing aftertaste - at least, as soon as it warms up. A solid hoppy offering from Drake's.

It seems Drake's most notable beers are their seasonal offerings (as seen with Hopocalypse). This is highly resinous, yet unbelievably drinkable stuff, chock-filled with West Coast classic flavors that are fuller, and a fine example of what makes Californian hoppy choices so unique in the realm of craft brewing. Don't miss a chance to try this - but, please do yourself a favor and have this as fresh as possible. These hops are glowing at this point! (2,634 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split

Dark copper body - quite aromatic : floral, grassy, citrus. A little malty, but not in a bad way - also fairly bitter and very tea-like. A smorgasbord of IPA - lots of hop oil, toasted malt, lingering tongue destruction. My taste buds weep... (262 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a perfect golden color with a good solid white head that forms up to an inch tall. Pretty translucent and bright brew.

Aroma of papaya and grapefruit. Not intense like a DIPA, citrusy and yummy but not overtly so. Aroma of some bready biscuity malts. Quite herbal and flowery as well in the nose.

Flavor is quite straight forward but with yummy. Nice notes of tropical fruits more mild than other brews. Papaya and some mango. Pineapple notes and some grapefruit are present in the flavor. This brew is interesting because it has all the notes of a great piney and citrusy DIPA but with a lower ABV and a more drinkable overall profile. The hops are amazing and not too overwhelming.

Overall this is a solid and delicious IPA. Nothing less can be expected from Cali. (825 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

[pint glass]

A: A golden/honey transparent body with a decent white bubbly head (semi tight and moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Smells of citrus, tropical fruits (lemon and grapefruit), pine/slight earth hops, and sweet malt.

T: Fresh pine hops with a hint of spice and earth, sweet barley malt, grapefruit, lemon zest, guava, good hop presence upfront with a gentle fade.

M: slightly slick/clean finish, good carbonation, medium body, and apparent alcohol(good level/non intrusive).

O: Very satisfying ipa that you can never wrong with. Highlights for me would be the carbonation and finish. I would buy this beer again and recommend to others. (664 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear honey, nice near white thick head, lots of cling.

S - Cat pee, malt, citrus.

T - Very nice beer. Huge malt squashed by stringent malt. Pretty good stuff.

M - Medium body, good carb and a very nice balance.

D - Could easily take on a 6er of this. (259 characters)

Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.