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Aroma Coma - Drake's Brewing Co.

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611 Ratings

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 196
Gots: 62 | 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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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

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
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 04, 2012
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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
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

davidsk, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of OTB
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first time with this. Poured into my tulip it is a copper hued orange brew with a very nice white cap that sticks around leaving nice curtains of lace as I sip down. With a name like Aroma Coma I guess I was expecting something from way-out there as far as the nose goes. It's a nice hop infused dankly sweet nose, fruity and very pleasant. The Flavors run side by side with the nose profile, you get tropical fruits, bitter pine,a little savory note that is niclely balanced by just enough semi sweet malting, as the brew warms more tropical fruits begins to play. The mouth is fine and crisp, quite refreshing. Overall this is a very well made IPA and at under 7% abv it's pretty easy to drink without worrying about the booze. Highly recommended.


OTB, Aug 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

CEDAMA, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kdown, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ipa247, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of floral, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of reisny pine and citrus hops, bitterness, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and resiny finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong hop profile with some good bitterness. Good overall balance.

ngeunit1, Jul 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

John11486, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MrHirschybar, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Callmecoon, Dec 29, 2011
Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.