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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

587 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 197
Gots: 59 | 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 DaveHack
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

DaveHack, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of colforbin73
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

it is all about the dry hopping here.... drake's regular IPA is a solid offering.... but this ups the ante with some serious aroma hops added after the boil. the effect is fantastic.

pours a pretty darn clear golden amber with a generous white foam that sticks nicely to the glass. very appealing. the smell is as advertised, fresh and a little on the piney side with citrus overtones.

the taste is outstanding as well.... a very sumptuous beer, i think the late hop addition comes out in the flavor as well.... you get a big dose of bitter but it is mild at the same time and does not kill your palate. you get a really nice bitter-sweet mouth coating.... definitely a west coast IPA, you get the hops and a nice dry finish. a little oily in the mouthfeel, but it is just right and you still get the dry finish.

love the drakes! one of the overlooked gems of west coast beer.

colforbin73, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

12owls, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev -5.9%

joshwalt, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

gpawned, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to Chad for this one. No bottling date but this one is from the newest release. About 3 weeks at this point. Into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

Pours a frothy, 1 finger white head with good retention. Beer is clear orange-copper. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick, close to the head. Quite a looker!

Tree sap, citrus, cane sugar, and some other tropical fruit (noticeably no papaya or pineapple). Aromatic. Nice.

Opens some citrus, tree sap hop bitterness. Bark, fresh grass, with a light cane sugar malt backbone. More hop bite towards the end with a sticky, resiny finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Delicious.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and crisp and refreshing going down. Accented finish with a mellow, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable. The perfect summer beer.

I usually prefer the more citrus and papaya prominent IPA more. That being said, this is a really solid representation of the style. Hugely drinkable with great balance in the flavor. Very good.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

cletusdog, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

ambruns1979, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

noyellowfizzbeer, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottled: recently I'm assured.

Apricot with a good peanut quilt, low clarity. Smells of citra, orange, lime, pine, weed, resin - all the awesome things from hops together. The nose does not fit any single IPA, it's blowing my mind - I'm expecting booze, but the ABV indicates otherwise. So I give it a taste, I'm surprised at the bitterness up front - then the citrus notes come back through and bitch slap my tongue. Biscuity malts follow through. Medium bodied with hi carb and an oddly dry finish. Nice beer, really nice beer.

harrymel, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Great lacing. A finger of light head, translucent golden.

S: Pleasant, rather piny hops dominate. Lots of C's, including my favorite, Citra. (Also Cascade, Chinook, and CTZ.) Powerful resin, with only a touch of fruit. I'd say Cascade and Columbus carry the day.

T: Very nice IPA. Crisp, pleasingly citrusy-fruity, and not oppressively hoppy. Herbal, earthy, oniony hop base are outshone by a bitterer maintaste supported by a background of light malt (two-row and Caramalt). The aftertaste is grapefruit rind and lingering, pleasant bitterness.

M: Well-supported, lightly carbonated, unobtrusive.

O: Overall great IPA. Perhaps not the best ever, but one of the best on the West Coast. Rivals -- and perhaps exeeds -- Racer 5, my go-to 'best IPA in America'. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz bomber. Fresh bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden orange with about a finger of white foam. A swath or two of lacing left in glass.

Aroma of tropical citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, wet grass, light floral notes. Plenty of sweetness as well, kind of a blend of sweet fruit and caramel.

Flavor hits you with initial citrusy bitterness with somewhat muted notes found in the aroma. Malt balances things out but isn't as sweet as the nose. A more floral bitterness sticks through the middle of the flavor and lingers into the aftertaste. A touch of sweet caramel emerges in the finish as well.

Medium-light bodied with a nice medium amount of carbonation. Snappy on the finish.

brotherloco, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5.9%

drewone, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

EtherealArtistry, Aug 17, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a slightly hazy liquid gold with a solid 2-finger white frothy head which leaves globs of lace.

N: Tremendous grapefruit/citrus combine with floral and herbal notes.

T: Dank and sticky resiny pine with juicy citrus. Some malty backbone evident on warming.

M: Moderate body and lots of carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: A big hop bomb for sure. Really good solid IPA left me burping hoppy suds.

wethorseblanket, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pugs78, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%

This is a respondent golden clear color with a tight foam cap. I am in awe of the incredible aroma. Tropical fruit! Guava! Some mango! The aroma is just amazing… If this put me in a coma I would be a happy man in my somnolence.

The beer has a pleasing bitterness to it which reveals notes of tropical fruit flavors. At least to the extend that an IPA will taste like tropical fruits. Think light, delicate, lightly bodied with enough heft to support it. Some light resin and a ton of fruity aromatic deliciousness followed by a dry finish. I felt like this beer was absolutely delicious. Loved every sip.

Bravo, Drakes!

elNopalero, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

2beerdogs, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper, with a one and a half finger white head, medium visible carbonation.

S: Flowery, tropical fruit hops, with just a bit of the sweat/garlic early hop harvest notes - excellent.

T: Follows the nose well with additions of dank, grassy, hay hop flavors. A light malt flavor in background.

M: Lighter than expected mouthfeel, although it's hard to remember this is an IPA, not a DIPA. Nice amount of carbonation sensation, mild alcohol presence. Grassy hop bitterness and some malt sweetness in the hang.

O: This is my first time having Aroma Coma, and this bottle is very fresh. This is really, really good and I'm very happy to have had a chance to try it. Excellent beer.

macrosmatic, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of fezmeister
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Wow, this beer is pretty much just what I want in an IPA. Mandarin orange citrus hop nose, satisfyingly bitter yet flavorful citrus and resin from the hops, with enough of a malt backbone to actually be discernible through all the hop, perfectly carbonated for drinkability. The only possible hole I can find in this one (relative to my personal taste in IPA) is just a faint touch on the resinous side. This is a great seasonal variation from Drake’s, outshining their standard IPA for sure.

fezmeister, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Pahn
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Received as an extra in a recent trade with BA KevSal (this guy knows what I like in a beer, it seems).

Freshness info-wise, I didn't find a date on the label or bottle, but this apparently comes out every August and I think it hit the store it was bought from last Friday. The aroma speaks for itself though; this is not an old IPA.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy yellow with orange/gold highlights. Some small spots of lacing.

Smell: If you took the name to be "Just another punny hoppy beer name," the aroma of Aroma Coma says, "No: we mean it as a boast, and we're right." This is put your head in the hop fridge at the homebrew shop caliber; top tier.

The first thing I notice is a lot of ambiguous citrus with bright yet pungent greenhouse-like aromas. Distinct grapefruit undercurrent comes out soon and sticks around, along with mango. The pungent aroma is like smelling Cascade hops before you put them in a beer and end up with just citrus and pine; that dank, herbal aroma that I basically only experience with hops on their own or really, really good IPAs.

Could go on with the grocery list of fruit and woodsy aromas (Citra orange and lime, etc), as this beer pulls the best out of all 4 of its advertised hops (Chinook, Citra, CTZ, Cascade). This beer smells like some naive hop head homebrewer dreamed up the perfect aroma, and then miraculously achieved it in the finished product.

Taste: Hop-wise, the taste lives up to the aroma; all those beautiful, various hop notes are there (though a lot more pine in the flavor). There's some good hop bitterness and dryness, but my palate wants both to be dialed up... maybe the outrageously bold hop aroma/flavor are switching on bone-dry + DIPA bitterness expectations.

Each sip is dominated by hops (there's really no malt flavor to speak of, besides an almost characterless sweetness), at a ratio of like 50% pine, 35% citrus (grapefruit and orange), 15% that awesome Cascade/Citra pungency I mentioned in the Smell section. It's absolute hop wizardry, but if I'm honest I can say that the "no-malt" and not-quite-bitter-enough aspects are mild flaws.

Going along with the no-malt, while this beer is somewhat paradoxically not-quite-dry-enough, it also strikes me as almost over-attenuated in that it tastes boozy even at 6.7% ABV. That's not a low ABV to begin with, but I don't expect heat like this under 8~9%.

If I could give this a 4.25, I would. I'm wavering between 4 and 4.5 because of the hop smorgasbord and how much I love it, but ending on 4.0 because in the end there is a lack of balance despite its soaring virtues.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly succulent. Moderately dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Despite the note about booziness, this beer goes down really easy. The fact is, balance issues or not, this hop flavor is just delicious--you take a sip, and you want to take another sip, immediately. I'd be happy to drink this beer again, and feel very fortunate to have tried it so fresh.

My first experience with Drake's, and I'm impressed with their talent.

Pahn, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

pepelemofo, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a clear, pale yellow with decent head and good lacing as you drink. Tons of citrus in the nose, mainly grapefruit. Lots of pine as well. Malt is definitely present as well, bready with a little biscuit. Taste starts light, like pilsner malt, fades quick to a bitter, green hops. Pine and sap come to mind for the taste as well. The taste is thick, but not in feel. The sharp bitterness lingers between sips. The feel is balanced but feels a bit acidic on the tongue. Finish is on the dry side.

This really reminded me of Sculpin in the nose, but it really tasted and felt like a hoppy pale ale. The ABV would suggest this is more a pale as well. I appreciate that this is so hoppy with a low ABV, and it still feels mostly balanced to boot. Beginning to really like Drake's stuff.

Philousa, Aug 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

TicoCali, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JoeySchlitz, Aug 12, 2012
Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.