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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

624 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 195
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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 EtherealArtistry
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

EtherealArtistry, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Pugs78
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pugs78, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 -17.5%

2beerdogs, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of pepelemofo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

pepelemofo, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
Photo of TicoCali
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TicoCali, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JoeySchlitz, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours light golden with a hint of copper, a finger and a half of bright white head. Very good retention and some messy lacing.

S: Very nice citrus, grass/herbal/spice; the crystal and caramel malt are there but in a decidedly supporting role. Well balanced.

T: Same, hop forward but malt plays a nice supporting role. Citrus, grass, dried spice. Mild bitterness surfaces and disappears on the finish. Very good, but could pack just a touch more flavor to really put it over the top.

M: Medium body and carbonation. A little bit of a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Excellent! A delicate IPA that showcases the hops and leaves malt presence minimal, making this very drinkable.

pmarlowe, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Retsinis, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1440th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor, $7.49

App- Its a good deep orange with golden highlights and a peach twinge. Had a brilliant 3 finger semi slow receding pancake like head. Nice retention and cling in the glass.

Smell- I always hate to disagree with Ehammond but this just seemed to lack a certain panache, or nuance I was looking for. Smelled nice. Little tropical and a little hoppy. Bits of pine thrown in. Ive smelled the profile before. Not saying its bad, just REALLY hoped for more.

Taste- I again will say that I have had the profile and was really hoping to be blown away by this after waiting a whole year. It was hoppy with the pine as in the nose but was far too bitter and damp. Deep tropical citrus with pineapple and mango notes permeate this beer versus being a bright and crisp DIPA and all at 6.70 as well.

Mouth- A good medium bodied DIPA with a good thick feel to it. A solid medium thick carbonation with a ton of citrus that hangs around.

Drink- I think I paid too much for this one. Not a bad beer but just a tad overpriced in the competitive market of CA. Probably will skip next year.

FosterJM, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery and brought a few home. This review is from the bottle.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice apricot colored ale with a nice frothy cream colored ale.

Grapefruit rind, citrus, dankness and malt abound from this.

The taste is mouth-watering grapefruit in the forefront and hoppy thoughout the sip. Mango, orange, pulp and malt are also included. There is a nice splash of citrus right on the swallow. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a full bodied masterpiece. Chewy and full.

Overall I was impressed with this. This IPA blended the hops and malt and came out with a well balanced IPA. Very nicely done.

kaseydad, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at the release. Tulip.

A: Pours a bright golden color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a very rocky film leaving great streaks of sticky lace down the glass. I can tell this beer is fresh and impressively hopped just by the way it works.
S: Huge notes of citrus dominate including scents of tangerine, orange peel, and juicy grapefruit, but I get sweet and nectary hints of pineapple and apricot. No malt to be found. Grapefruit and a bit of pine in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with huge notes of citrus hops, grapefruit, and pineapple in the finish.
M: Very slick mouthfeel, even carbonation, medium body, smooth and easy to drink.
O: A very solid and highly drinkable ipa. I would drink this now and again if it were available everyday.

scottfrie, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very excited to get my hands on this.

Got two bottles gave one away as an extra.

Smell- No joke and I hope the name is not persuading me this is one of the, if not the best smelling IPA I've ever tried. Smells like 35 tropical fruits that made love to a bag of mixed hops.

Taste- reminds me of palate wrecker. Not a whole lot of tropical flavors like a Sculpin even though the smell had me going there. It is pretty much perfect for an IPA. Little citrus orange nice hops, and lots of them.

I hope this becomes seasonal. Really digging this one.

OneBeertoRTA, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of bbb099
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fair amount of foamy white colored head with nice retention. Clear, golden copper color.

S - A hefty amount of floral hops and slight citrus. A highly appealing aroma.

T - Taste was quite light on the hop side for an IPA. Semi-sweet front with a clean floral and grassy hop finish.

M - Medium bodied for an IPA. Good amount of carbonation.

O - Solid IPA overall. Nice one to have in the summer considering it's very drinkable.

bbb099, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Very slightly hazed, but nearly clear, golden and light amber with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves appropriately sticky lines down the glass. A gorgeous, perfectly pretty IPA.

As the name would suggest, the aroma is this beer's calling card. Lots of fresh citrus zest and flesh, along with pineapple, and a very mild caramel and bread backbone.

The flavor too is nice, though it doesn't compare to the aroma. Decent amount of citrus and pineapple flavors accentuated by bready malts and a tiny bit of sweetness. Moderate level of bitterness. Complete and wonderfully drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Probably my favorite Drake's offering to date.

ehammond1, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When they named this Aroma Coma, they weren't playing around. The nose on this thing is incredible. But as far as the beer goes, it really is bringing it. I just had another Pliny several days ago, and I have to say that this reminds me of it quite a bit. That mature floral and oh-so mildly citric tones. Comparison to other beers aside, this is quite the tasty brew. It's my first one of the night and I am just blowing through the damn thing with little left and more notes needed to finish this review. Bottom line: this beer is pretty awesome. I just killed my bomber and I'm definitely wishing there were more.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with fluffy, off-white head that retains well. Nice lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Great grapefruit-forward citrus aroma; it has lesser elements of orange and lemon. Not quite the tropical smorgasbord I hope for in these beers, and it's not as aromatic as the name implies, but it's quite well done. Toasted, bready malts make up the base.

T: This has a noticeable caramel taste on the front end, which was surprising given the nose. It seems to be well-tempered, however, as the beer finishes dry and fairly bitter. Hoppiness is all citrus (think grapefruit and orange) -- sure to be a winner with West Coast IPA aficionados.

M: Medium-bodied, but the carbonation is almost too lively on tap, and with the beer's dryness, it enhances how bitter the beer is. I found the mouthfeel better for tap Aroma Prieta and bottled Aroma Coma.

O: This is an all-around good IPA. It doesn't hit the level where I can pronounce it 'one of the best,' but I am happy to have it available locally.

Arbitrator, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Slipmthgoose
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Slipmthgoose, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 45 degrees into an Allagash tulip. A nice bronzed yellow color with some tiny bubbles rising. A bright white two finger width head tops the glass and looks quite frothy. Retains a small band of white with some sticky spiderweb like lacing.

Smells very nice, tons of grapefruit there, with a bit of a toasty bread quality coming from underneath. It's super dominant aroma is grapefruit for sure, but I can find some lemon and orange here too. Citrus bomb for sure. Hints of wintergreen and mint too.

The taste doesn't quite hold up to the aroma, but it's still very nice. A decent sized hit of caramel in the front end, which seems to be a recurring theme of all of Drake's IPAs. Huge grapefruit and bitterness in the midrange, finishing up with a bitter orange rind type flavor with a little bit of that mint at the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, it's well carbonated, and has a medium consistency to it with a dry finish. Overall this is the best hoppy offering I've had so far from Drake's. I wish it finished a little less bitter, and I wish the malt backbone didn't have quite as much caramel in it, then it would really be fantastic. I love the super dry finish.

Bubba83, Aug 03, 2012
Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.