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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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94
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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 201
Gots: 68 | 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.