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Aroma Prieta - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NorCalYeti on 02-19-2011)
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Photo of magictacosinus


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Jupiter into a 16oz pint glass. I was happy to be able to try this, as in the entire East Bay I've never seemed to find this one available on the shelves.

Pours an oily looking IPA on tap, with an amber-orange color and a head that is frothy and thick, but sadly doesn't stick around for to long. A ring does remain for the remainder of consumption, but carbonation was definitely present enough throughout. Some lacing sticks to the glass, but not as much as other oily hoppy beers that I've had from this brewery. Still, it's a terrific color, and it definitely will look its best in its freshest condition.

The aroma is an immediate, familiar cascade of Nelson Sauvin hops, which are always slightly tropical and herbal when used to their advantage - and this here is no exception. Wonderful notes of passion fruit, papaya, grapefruit, and light peaches immediately rush to the front of the nose, followed by a large piney flavor. Notes of green pepper and green onion abound, as well as a pungent earthiness from the oils. There's a sweetened toffee backbone here, but it's all extremely green and the hops are truly working their magic in the manner that I know and love Drake's for. Dank, pungent, but super breezy overall.

The flavor is delicious - a little bit more one-note than Aroma Coma, but probably more enjoyable in terms of its build and flavor profile. Big grapefruit, passion fruit, and blood orange flavors are in full force here, which meld with pine and light green peppers. Very astringent but extremely green, with notes of grass and oregano at the finish. Light toffee and caramel creeps up at the end, but it serves as a backbone to the enormous hop profile, aromatically and texture-wise - nothing more, nothing less. Excellent carbonation and build on this one - it feels very juicy, fresh, and very pleasant to drink overall. The flavor is not as complex as other offerings of theirs, but it's still quite delicious.

Excellent stuff from Drake's once again - their seasonal offerings never seem to disappoint. I'd imagine this would fall off a cliff rather quickly, so the sooner you consume, the better. I believe I like this even more than Aroma Coma - less experimentation here, but it's a great, solid offering that knows what it wants to be.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 00:02:14 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of hayesjw


4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - great clarity on a kumquat colored ale poured in a standard pint glass at Zeitgeist.

T - pleasant aromatic and bittering hops with subdued malt and harmonious yeast.

S - light and pleasant finishing hops are present.

M - low carbination. keg system delivers this early autumn libatation at a refreshing temperature to enjoy during our upcomming Indian summer in San Francisco.

O - easy to suggest a second at $5 per pint. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 18:02:25 | More by hayesjw
Photo of elNopalero


4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a glowing light amber/orange color with generous foaming that leaves laces. It has a zesty, spicy, tropical aroma from the New Zeeland hops. It’s vibrant and dynamic and fresh smelling with a great tropical fruit flavoring as well. I found some guavaberry and a touch of papaya on the back end coming across in layers. The beer has an upfront bitterness that finishes dry with a touch of pine. So good I had to get a second pint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 19:15:18 | More by elNopalero
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal and vegetal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hops in this one come across more on the vegetal side of things.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 23:03:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Samuel906


3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this the same day I had the Aroma Prieta and to be honest, I'm not really sure what Drake's was going for releasing two similar IPAs at the same time. They are certainly different. The titular "aroma" was not nearly as exquisite as the Aroma Coma's but was instead much more reserved. Grapefruit, pine and hops are still there but I simply did not enjoy it as much as I did it's sister beer, or many other IPAs for that matter. However, on the other side of the coin, the flavor is much more fleshed out with the Aroma Prieta. Had much more presence and kept it's flavor intact all the way through. Not terribly complex, but lots of citrus and malt and plenty of hops. Overall, I think I still prefer the Aroma Coma simply for the smell. Both are solid IPAs but both are simply outclassed by several other IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 07:53:26 | More by Samuel906
Photo of Philousa


3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 9/20/12. Reviewed from notes.

Golden copper and slightly opaque. Great lacing, but head retention really needed the help of the laser etching of the Allagash glass it was served in. A good amount of head clings to the rim , but the top remains mostly bare. Lots of pine and lemon in the nose. Kinda curls the hairs a bit, very biting and fresh. A little skunky as it warms, but its not unwelcome. Very light pale malt undertones. This reminds me of Pliny the Elder a lot so far. Nuttiness starts off the flavor, tending towards walnut. It's earthy, like dirt. Some copper taste, but not much. The hop bitterness kicks in pretty strong. It's vinous with some bark, contributing to the earthiness described earlier. The hops smell fresh, but mean business on your taste buds. Feel is balanced and finish is dry.

Really enjoyed the aroma, but I'd like to get more of the citrus in the flavor. Comes up in a burp, but that's different. Still, I could have another. Drake's brings another solid to delicious beer again. 

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 18:28:26 | More by Philousa
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer here but that's becoming par for the course in today's rhelm of IPAs.
On tap at the source after the watching the Angels beat the A's at the Colliseum, Wednesday September 5th 2012.

White grapes and grapefruit tamed by a strong earthiness which dominates equally or more than the citrus.

Dry and crisp on the palate, making this beer go down fast and easy.

Think of a grassier & earthier Aroma Coma.

A recommended and solid IPA, but nothing that will knock your socks off.

Happy to have been able to try this, especially at the Barrel House. The atmosphere most definately adds to the beer drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 16:25:02 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of afrokaze


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Blend of pine, lemon/orange citrus, grapefruit, and less dank/more floral than Aroma Coma, but the addition of NZ hops makes this better than its sister beer. Nice mellow berry, wine grapes & melon make this irresistible.

Taste is a pretty balanced mix of grapefruit/orange citrus, white wine grapes, melon, salmonberries, lychee, 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.

This beer just confirms that I love those crazy Kiwi hops. They add a new dimension of aroma and flavor that elevate this over Aroma Coma.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 03:52:34 | More by afrokaze
Photo of Arbitrator


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house.

A: Pours a hazy golden-copper color; standard Drake's IPA look. Next to Aroma Coma, this is a shade hazier. It also pours with less head and poorer retention; that's how I told them apart on release day, and the same pattern held true a week later. Odd.

S: More floral and tropical than Aroma Coma; its fruit emphasis is on pineapple and papaya. It has a modest dankness instead of the pine of its brother. This is an interesting exercise in seeing what different hops can do.

T: The biggest difference is here: Aroma Prieta is much less bitter than Aroma Coma. The caramel of the malt backbone subtly contrasts the dankness and enhances the pineapple, papaya, and apricot that the hops contribute. The beer finishes dry.

M: I appreciated the mouthfeel of Prieta after having its more bitter / astringent brother immediately prior. This one is downright velvety by comparison, aided by what appears to be lower carbonation.

O: I had this at the release and thought Aroma Coma was better, but that was in the midst of talking to people, not paying attention, not taking notes, etc. Going back a week later and having it in a quieter setting made me appreciate it a bit more. I wound up liking this one better in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 07:35:55 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of kaseydad


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the name. +1 for that. The brew was poured and out came an apricot colored ale with a bright white head. Nice fruity aroma. Pears and pineapple in the nose. Citrus taste with some grapefruit and orange and malt. Full bodied ale with a lingering aftertaste. Overall I was surprised by this local brew and impressed with the offering. Would like to see this bottled in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 23:25:46 | More by kaseydad
Photo of NorCalYeti


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light color, smooth mouthfeel, great aroma, sour tasting, light on the palate, slightly oily, bitter hop finish, medium-length finish

brewers- brian, mike, and jeff

ibu's- 75

abv- 6.5

bittering hops- german magnum

flavoring hops- citra, chinook, centennial

dry hops- citra, cascade, columbus, centennial

sampled this at the bistro's 13th annual ipa festival august 7, 2010

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 23:34:32 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of FosterJM


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1573rd Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip

Bottled 08/06/12 according to Drakes
Purchased at Drakes Barrel House

App- A bit of a darker orange color with a bit of a glowing center to it. A bit deeper in density and more orb like. A good bit of coloration around the edges. A nice puffy pretty fast receding white head was present as well. Fell to a nice sheen and cling wall with good stick to it.

Smell- This was a bit of a ok smell for me. The mixture of the hops created a nice aroma but something just didnt click for me. The grapefruit juice and zest didnt really do it for me. A good backing citrus was there with a nice bitter hop and a bit earthy as well.

Taste- Its a good DIPA. Being from CA. Good is a relative term. This had some good layers behind it and was tasty. Didnt wow me like I hoped it would with the Nelson in it. The grapefruit like the nose was a bit much and was a bit overpowering and didnt leave a lot of layers. Still tasty. Just wanted more punch.

Mouth- A full medium bodied DIPA. Its a larger drinking beer than the 6.5% would indicate from the body on this. The carbonation was a fuller medium as well. A bit of that residual grapefruit zest and bitter remained.

Drink- A good DIPA, but not a great one. Wanted this to be better but its still good. I would have this one again. I would like to see it on draft somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 14:47:51 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Gobzilla


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellowish orange in color with a small bubbly head that left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of earthiness upfront on the aroma with good hoppy qualities such as grassy, citrusy, piney notes, a little malty sweetness and hints of pinieapple fruit.

T: the earthiness is just as potent on the palate with good hoo proflie which accomodated citrusy, grassy, piney character and good bitterness but had grapefruit pineapple accents. It did however have a good sweetness that helped on the balance.

M: the brew was thin to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which an earhty, citrusy, slightly fruit, mild sweet, piney and bitter finish.

O: pretty solid IPA and is a very good interpretation of a west coast IPA. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 20:03:34 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to leschkie and stupac2 for the bottles...

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small pure white head that fades quickly. All that remains is a thin ring around the edges of the glass. There is almost no lacing to speak of.

S: The nose is citrus, mainly lime, pineapple, and some light flowers. It's smells really nice, but it's a bit stinging. Looking forward to trying this.

T: Hmm. I get pineapple, slight malt, some big hits of pine and what an only be described as a lime taste. It's bitter, but not overly so. The beer is sweeter in the middle and finishes with more lime bitters.

M: This beer hits the palate with huge potent citrus flavors, but it falls off ad really mellows out after the first sip. It's sweet and well balanced in the middle. Again, it finishes dry.

O: This is a really good beer, but I prefer Aroma Coma much more. There is something really unique about this beer that I enjoyed immensely, but the "lime-ness" of this beer really threw me. I just that's what I liked about it. Who knows? I feel very fortunate to have tried it and I'd drink this beer again, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 20:34:23 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of willjschmidt


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a thin white head.

S: Light citrus, orange and pineapple.

T: Loads of hops over a slightly sweet mast base. Hops are in the form of light citrus and tropical fruits. Pineapple, orange, apricots, papaya, etc. Finish is slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: An outstanding IPA. Great contrast between the hop profile of Aroma Coma.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:34:35 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chad for this one. No freshness date but this one is from the newest release. About 3-4 weeks old at this point. Into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Looks the same as its brother. Some nice spotty lace.

Nose is bigger on the citrus. Some grapefruit as well as a hint of garlic (?). Clean but not as aromatic as aroma coma.

Opens citrus, pine, grapefruit, resin, and some tropical fruit. Hop bitterness in the middle through end. A touch soapy towards the finish. Aftertaste is citrus and with a light malt presence. Really tasty.

Feel is just like Aroma Coma. Perfection for the style.

Although the two beers are very similar, I prefer Aroma Prieta a bit more than its brother. More citrus and tropical fruit and less tree sap and resin. Definitely worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:36:32 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of macrosmatic


4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for sharing this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: A hazy orangeish-copper, with about one finger's worth of white head with nice lacing. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Very nice & complex hop profile - citrus, grass, pine, some tropical fruit/mango, dank, sweat, and light malt in the background.

T: Primarily pine, tropical fruit, moist grass and citrus hops, but the profile is again complex. There is a caramel malt sweetness but there is no doubt this one is hop forward. Pithy, moderately bitter hang on the front of the tongue.

M: Nice weight, maybe a little heavier than standard for an IPA. Carbonation as expected for style.

O: This is definitely tasty. I went back & forth for some time as to whether I preferred it to the Aroma Coma or not. Finally, I decided I would love to have more of either of them, so perhaps it doesn't really matter. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:58:41 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of HopHead84


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


July 2012 batch. Snifter.

A: Burnished yellow with a finger of white froth. Good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Excellent tropical nose, with notes of papaya, gooseberry, pineapple, and mango. Floral character mingles with light orange and apricot aromatics. Malt is crackery and faint.

T: Big hop flavor with a smooth moderate bitterness. The beer is dry but not astringent or palate wearying. Fruit is explosive, reminiscent of papaya, passion fruit, gooseberry, apricot, grapefruit, and orange. Excellent flavor.

M: Upper light in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A worthy brother of Aroma Coma. An excellent beer that showcases great New Zealand and Australian hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:49:13 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Sideswipe


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of the ever gracious Arbitrator. Thanks Mihir!

The beer pours a hazy amber color with an inch and a half of white foam. The head subsides quickly leaving a thick white coaster floating atop the coppery liquid and minimal lacing. The aroma is hemp and citrus. Taste starts out with bitter orange peel flavors. A nice biscuity malt presence briefly tries to take the edge off the hops, but wonderful bitterness overcomes it in short order. Earthy hemp intertwines with white grapefruit mid-palate. The finish is exquisitely clean and dry with a lingering bitter orange aftertaste. Feel is light to medium, which imparts a refreshing nature to the beer. Overall a wonderful take on the style. This would be a great brew to enjoy all afternoon on a hot summer day. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:00:49 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of scottfrie


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from recent release poured into tulip glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with a huge, dense, off-white head that took forever to fade into a thin but long lasting film. Chunky rocky lace was left down the side of the glass.
S: Dominating notes of tropical fruits and citrus hops fill my nose. I get sweet fruit nectar scents of tangerines, papaya, passion fruit, mango and maybe even a bit of kiwi. Very fresh and hoppy.
T: Hops are more herbal and floral than the nose, and definitely not as citrusy. Pale malts and a bit of sweet toasted caramel poke through the hops as well. Definitely not as bitter as I was expecting.
M: A surprisingly smooth mouthfeel comes through over a medium body and mellow carbonation. Hop bitterness is low, alcohol is hidden well.
O: A very uniquely flavored ipa despite my fairly straightforward review. Not my favorite hop profile but this beer is skillfully done, and done well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:57:31 | More by scottfrie
Photo of largadeer


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh (1 day old) bomber from the 2012 batch.

Appearance: Pale golden body with an inch of froth atop. Slightly hazy. Looks like IPA, strangely enough.

Smell: Big floral hop notes backed by tropical fruit and white grape. Has a lot of that signature dankness you'd expect from nelson and motueka. Nelson stands out but isn't dominant. Smells more gentle than Aroma Coma, and in some ways it's a bit nicer.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pleasantly soft and mellow compared to Coma, the NZ hops seem to contribute less bitterness. There's a ton of great hop flavor here, primarily floral with plenty of white grape, gooseberry and pineapple beneath. The body is light and crisp, while malt remains non-existent from start to finish. There's a pleasantly mellow hop bite to the finish that's uniquely floral.

Overall: The NZ hop bill transforms Coma into a completely different but equally enjoyable beer. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:02:51 | More by largadeer
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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 grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruits with some pine hop, and some caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits hop flavor with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and a bit of spicy hop flavor comes through with some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and piney hops and bitterness with some sweet bready malts.

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:44:36 | More by ngeunit1
Aroma Prieta from Drake's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.