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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

598 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 197
Gots: 61 | 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 GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

GregoryMo, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of DallasJones
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

DallasJones, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of kflorence
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden, copper in color with a nice finger-thick white, sudsy head. Lots of lacing as you drink hints at the amount of hops this thing packs. Carbonation levels look solid, if not a bit on the low side (which I actually tend to prefer).

S: Wow, this thing packs some major aroma. Lychee, lemon, grapefruit, mango, orange, juniper, pine resin and a bit of floralness... truly spans the hop spectrum. Gotta love those Cascade hops. There is also a hint of malt lingering in the background and definitely a bit of alcohol especially as it warms. A fitting name, I must say.

T: A hop assault up front, which follows the notes in the aroma quite well. Definitely a hop-forward and predominantly bitter beer, but there is still a solid malt backbone in there that keeps everything in check. I must note that this beer tastes particularly fresh, perhaps because of my proximity to the brewery.

M: Medium bodied but light on the tongue. Some chewiness but relatively thin (but not watery). A good amount of bite. Carbonation makes itself known but isn't overly bothering. As noted in the appearance, it's probably on the low side, but that truly lends to the drinkability.

O: Truly pleased with this one. Not only is it solidly flavorful, but it's actually quite drinkable. This one jumped out at me in the store based on packaging and description and I must say it was as advertised. I loved the freshness of the brew and wouldn't hesitate to grab it again whenever I'm in the mood. If you're looking for something that will please a hop-head, look no further. Cheers!

kflorence, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev 0%

millerbuffoon, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Popp24
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Popp24, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pinche_Oso, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of afrokaze
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Drake's Barrel House from the weekend of the release.

Pours a light gold/amber with tight cap of head that dissipates fairly quick, decent lacing.

The namesake of the beer is pretty amazing, although not as great as I remember from 2011. Blend of pine, floral notes, lemon/orange citrus, grapefruit, and some dank herbal notes reminiscent of Summit hops. Definitely couldn't stop smelling this one between sips.

Taste is a pretty balanced mix of grapefruit/orange citrus, herbal/grassy flavors in the mid palate and some dank notes on the finish. Bitterness builds well and lingers just enough in the finish. Feels bigger than the listed 75 IBUs.

Body is another highlight, has that slight slickness that I find characteristic of Drake's hoppy beers. Finishes semi-dry with minimal alcohol heat.

Another hit from Drake's, although the aroma wasn't as strong as I expected. Another round of dry-hopping might make this perfect.

afrokaze, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -5.9%

HumanParaquat, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with beachstrength49. Thanks man!
Poured into my FFF teku glass

Appearance: This IPA poured an orange-copper like color and produced a great two finger size bright white head. The head settled down to soft coating on the surface of the beer. Some lacing is evident.

Smell: Well whats to be expected with a beer named as such. Big time pine hops. Also getting citrus with grass/floral aromas followed up by orange peel, lemon, some lime (a little tropical fruit). Have to admit with a beer named Aroma Coma I was expecting tons more here.

Taste: Up front I get the hop profile on the front of the tongue but interestingly I get the tropical fruits more than I expected. It is bitter as it sort of makes me pucker and is quite dry in the finish. The fruits are there as pineapple, mango, some lemon, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: I'd say light in the mouth with moderate carbonation. This is what I would describe as "crisp" and quite refreshing.

Overall: Though not completely wowed I did enjoy this very much. The taste is well balanced and quite an easy drinker actually. As my first glass is nearing empty I must mention the lacing is spectacular as it is sticking to the glass like it dried there when I know there is no possibility that it has.

sleuthdog, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -5.9%

roblund, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
5/5  rDev +17.6%

hilgart1, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

DaveHack, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of colforbin73
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 21, 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of EtherealArtistry
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

EtherealArtistry, Aug 17, 2012
Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.