Aroma Coma | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Aroma ComaAroma Coma

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big IBU, a 1.5X IPA.. A tad of age in the aroma, and off flavour in the finish, yet still a good IPA. Very drinkable. Big bubbly head on golden body.Citrus,piney, creamy, malting is in the minority, not a match for the up front hops.
Mike's bottle from SF.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white head that fades fast.

The nose hits you with fresh pineapple right after you pop the cap and even before you pour it! Huge fresh assertive nose that actually becomes a bit more subdued with some air.

Mouthfeel is creamy, rich and inviting.

The flavor profile is gigantic bitter hops. This one can take its place among the best of the IPAs with perhaps just a hint more brightness in the flavor profile. Otherwise, it's spot on and delicious.

Finish is more pine than citrus and a bit more brightness would be nice here. Still, a first class effort. It comes off as a double and one must again look at the bottle to confirm it's only 6.75% abv and a regular IPA. Nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a 2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to a craggy small cap. Nice thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of tropical fruits (papaya/mango especially), peach, apricot, and various citrus zest. Unfortunately the taste is not as awesome but I am getting some subdued tropical fruits, citrus zest, and some malt flavors on the finish. A medium amount of bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip and is almost like chewing on citrus rinds. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an amazing smell but sadly the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell

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Photo of largadeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Golden amber with slight haze, topped by a big fluffy white head.

A huge hop aroma on this one. Really nice juicy ripe tropical fruit aromatics. Pineapple and mango, along with a great floral undertone and a slight grainy malt profile.

Great on the palate, too. Drier than it smells, with a huge hop flavor but relatively little bite. Pineapple, grapefruit and peach come to mind. There's a mild grainy malt character, little sweetness. The finish exhibits mild bitterness and lingering tropical fruit flavors. Pretty fantastic stuff, really a top notch IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My current score reflects my second review, not the first (old bottle).

6.75% ABV according to my bottle. I dig the label on this one. It's got an '80s graffiti vibe to it. 75 IBUs. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high given its current ratings; I hope I'll love it but Drake's tends to underwhelm me. I've learned recently that I like my IPAs amarillo-centric, and this doesn't seem to fit the bill.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above-average ABV. Body colour is a transparent pale translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appropriate for the style, but there's nothing special or unique about it.

Sm: Floral bittering hop character. Caramelized malt. Some oily hop notes. Tangerine (from the Citra, no doubt). Stilted fruit. A bland murky aroma, average in strength. I'm not taking to it too kindly. Nugget hops. I don't see anything special about this aroma. Is the name meant to be ironic?

T: Clean caramelized malt body with bland floral hops atop. Some muddled tangerine throughout. Hop bitterness just after the climax. Lightly oily. Fermented murky pineapple. I suppose tangerine is dominant. Finish is a mess of bitterness and stale dying malts.
Built alright, but very underwhelming for the style. No pine, no grapefruit, no real oil commitment, no bright citrus, no pleasant floral quality. Just a bland mess. Meh. The bitterness is way too evident here, destroying the balance.

Mf: Wet and somewhat coarse from the hops. Coarsens and gets a bit more dry towards the climax. Suits the flavours only generally. Carbonation is a touch high. It's a bit too thick for its lack of flavour.

Dr: Did I get an old bottle? This is pretty mundane. Hides its ABV well and would pair well with spicy food, but this is just boring. Far overrated on this site currently. I don't see what the fuss is about. Another forgettable IPA that's rated highly. Drinkable. Overpriced. Drake's continues to underwhelm. Poorly chosen hops.

High D+

Revisiting this beer on 07/31/2013 as I suspect my prior review was an old bottle. Notes are truncated due to BA's word limit. 6.75%. 2013 bottle. $6.99. Served into flared stem-snifter in Los Feliz.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger whtie colour head. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing. Pretty good (~4 minute) retention.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent.

Sm: Dank resinous piney hops. Notable citrus - primarily grpaefruit with some mango. Oily and nectary hop character. Far better than I remember this being the first time I reviewed it. Pale malts. A fresh assertive hop-emphatic aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol or yeast is detectable.

T: Quite hop emphatic, with grapefruit and pine fighting for dominance. Also some floral, light oily, and very light nectary hop content. A biteen too tropical, with the mango and perhaps passionfruit distracting from the core hop build. Clean pale malt body. Not as complex or balanced as the best beers in the style, but pleasant nonetheless. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Zero subtlety; it's all played to the surface here. But it's got some flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. Below average depth of flavour; it's a shallow beer. Pretty good amplitude.

Mf: Smooth, oily, and wet, with some biting lightly coarse patches. Crisp. No tannins. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate, but it doesn't come off custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: I'll easily kill this bomber alone, but by no means is it a great beer in the style. It's a drinkable, enjoyable IPA, and I might get it again, but it can't throw down with something like Sculpin, for example. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Decent value for the price.

Low B-

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More of a golden color than the usual orange cast of big IPAs. It really is sensationally aromatic. I'd have to call this one of my top favorite IPAs. They do more with the flowery hops and less with the bitter thud. Light body, crisp, and refreshing. Bitterness is the aftertaste but it's not brutal. Resiny flavors are enlightening. Orchid smell and vanilla flavor.

Had this on tap last summer at Beer Revolution in Oakland. It was the bottle release party so I bought this one to take home. Intensely fragrant. Totally worth trying if you're into the pleasure of hops rather than the harsh mistress.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Arthur.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a small white head.

S: Seems this beer is very aptly named. It has a very intense aroma with lots of citrus, tropical fruits, and pine. There are some floral hop notes to it as well. A light bread character on the back end.

T: There is just a light bread sweetness, but otherwise there are tons of floral hops and citrus peel flavors. A moderate pine note and bitterness, but not quite the same variety of hops that the aroma had.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: One of the more fragrant IPAs I've had in awhile and a really nice beer overall.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of orange, grapefruit. A bit of simcoe. Doughy malts.

Taste - Big hop flavor here as well, but the malt is stronger here. Citrus hops. Orange, tropical fruits, grapefruit. Little bit of sweetness and a strong hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Good balance to the sweetness and malt.

Overall - Had this a few times. It's a hop bomb like most west coast IPAs, but it has a unique character to its hop profile. They emphasize the bitterness in this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #26 Top Beer - American IPA on the best of style list on

Beer is orangish, with a mild haze, soft white fluffy head of medium and small bubbles, lacing on the glass, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is so strong I smelled this beer once I took the cap off. Strong citrus, hop bouquet, really in your face with the aroma here, some pine, minor malt.

Beer is grindingly hoppy. Medium in body, minor malt sweetness on the front of this beer and the finish is pretty bitter but not overly so. The hop flavors in the midpalate are really nice, it's like a garden, citrus and pine, very tasty beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap @ Monk's Kettle.

A - Pale hazy orange colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Beautiful tropical fruit and pine. Fresh and juicy. Light honey sweetness in the background.

T- Good bitterness with pine, grapefruit, peach, mango. Flavours are very fresh and juicy.

M - Light to medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a golden bright color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is huge of citrus orange and grapefruit with a bit of pale malt character. A bit of resinous pine.

The flavor follows with a light body that emphasizes tons and tons of endless hops along with orange and grapefruit. There's some pine on the finish. It drinks really easily with some bitterness that lingers on the end.

I was pleasantly surprised by this hop bomb of a beer. It does not stop with how hoppy it is and can stand up with Russian River and the VT hop bombs.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks Richard.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is CTZ hops, resiny and bitter, with a strong biscuit malt presence. Grainy, bitter flavor, resiny hops throughout, mild citrus sweetness in the finish, but a strong malt body balances out the bitterness. Medium thick, light carbonation, and a dry, leafy finish. Extremely forgettable, an adequate local IPA. I'm going to assume this falls off really fast or something?

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours goldenrod to light amber with a nice white head, solid lace per the style.

S: Gorgeous nose with pineapple, mango, wildflowers, and pot.

T: Very strong hop character, the malt is left completely to a minimum. Strong grapefruit and lemon flavours with a hint of pine and tropical fruit. Direct and to the point. Very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, easy going for the most part, never resiny on the whole.

O: Drake's continues pumping out fantastic IPAs, and I'm eager to drink them. They're on a roll in my book and I'm glad to be with them on the ride.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Growler shared by Arthur Pendragon at Clusterfork #7 and poured into a snifter. Thanks!

A: Hazed dark golden orange with a big frothy beige head. Great retention and scattered lacing.

S: The beer is bursting with hop character. This was aptly named. Peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine explode from the glass. Malt is very faint, imparting no evident character. Pine is also faint.

T: A cornucopia of fruit greets my palate: orange, mango, peach,  and tangerine. The beer is dry, with a pleasant moderate bitterness. Malt imparts a bit of saltine cracker but mostly stays out of the way. There's a suggestion of onion.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: An excellent IPA. Drake's is making some killer hoppy stuff these days. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you SanFranJake for this bottle.

A - Pours a clear, bright orange gold color with generous carbonation and a bright white, soapy looking head.

S - No malt aroma at all and dominated by tropical, fruity hop dankness and tropical fruit rind.

T - Follows the nose, spicy and dank bright tropical fruit from start to finish with a dank, piney finish.

M - Medium to medium heavy body with light pricklies on the tongue.

O - Another superb hoppy California beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a deep, clear golden colour, with a frothy head of yellow-tinged white. Big bubbles provide the froth meaning that as it settles, there's a big mess of honeycombed aeration on the top. Minimal lacing. Body looks reasonably solid, and holds fine streams of carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is good. Of course it's good. It was going to be good, but I'm surprised that it's just not bigger and better than that. It's a bright, generic citrus zesty aroma, grapefruit, some fresh herbal characters of basil. Pleasantly balanced at least: I just wanted it to punch me in the nose.

Taste is clean and bright, hoppy but with a restrained bitterness than gets lost a little in the body. More grapefruit, fruit skin, and a pithy, slightly herbal character towards the back. There's a savouriness to the malt which provides balance, but it's all a bit flat by the end.

Feel is good. Solid and smooth.

Yeah, it's a good beer. It's a solid IPA with some good flavours. But it really should have been better given its reputation. It just ended up being a little bit flat and generic: definitely good, and well crafted, but not something that got me really excited.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hits the glowing orange with a little dull copper to keep it from looking radioactive. Hits all the pine and citrus notes, abundantly. Citra and other c hops I'd guess. Sometimes the aroma varies, when its fresh, its perfect, but I've had some older bottles, and their bottle dating wipes right off, a trick I've seen bottles shops exploit.

The bittering hops are good and not overpowering, the dry hopping is top notch. Sucks that this is in a bomber only format, wish it was in 6 packs.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” cream colored clingy, lacy, rocky foam stand with gold highlights that takes 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 of its original size. At 6 minutes it is still a very thick film. S: Some citrus, fruity, earthy, woodsy, resiny aromas. Medium to medium light biscuit malt behind medium to medium high hop aromas. No diacetyl, no DMS. T: a fruity palate with medium to medium high bitterness up front that grows to medium high by the middle. Definite orange flavors. Hop forward flavors medium to medium high, bitterness medium high. Malt low to medium with some biscuit to graham cracker flavors and light sweetness. Lingering bitter fruit flavors with light biscuit and a faint caramel sweetness. F: Very luscious, creamy, mouth filling texture with soft, aove average carbonation. Medium to medium low body with very light warming. O: A bitter, big flavored beer with a wonderful texture.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem thanks to jodan.

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a huge two finger cream-colored head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Bubble gum, citrus, and pine.

T - Pine, earthy, pretty muted.

D - Tons of carbonation, average body, no bitterness.

O - Smell is world class, wish the taste was also.

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Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

Thanks to analogchainsaw for knocking off this long-time want in a recent trade. Just saw a bottle in a San Diego museum, er, beer store, too. Wouldn’t have bought it though. Looked like the place still had every bottle of beer it had ever purchased. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is California orange with a tight collar of carbonation. One of the rare beers that lives up to the advertising, the nose on this is a mosh pit of sweet fruit, with more orange than anything else.

Aroma Coma mixes sweet & bitter in close to equal measure, but avoids the dreaded “balanced IPA” label. Mango (like I just had in my homemade scallops & rice), sweet orange, & citrus open. The mid-palate flowers with a sharp edged bitterness, & just the faintest edge of earth-strewn dankness. Finish is north country pine run down by a long, lingering shot of bitter hops. Half a bomber is sufficient, but it’s possible I could mop up more.

Interesting beer that, like many others, doesn’t live up to the rowdy nose. Good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, glowing amber/copper type of color, very inviting, as are most of Drake's hoppy offerings (well all of them now that I think about it).

Great mix of pine and citrus, they call it 'aroma' coma for a reason, and its on full display here, very clean, crisp. Lots of c hops. But its the citra in the dry hop that really makes this worth it.

German and magnum bittering hops come out late in the mouthfeel, soft citra hop touches first, bitter stuff later.

I don't know why Drake's isn't liked more, probably just the glut of awesome breweries in CA divides attentions and hype.

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4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to leschkie for this bottle.

A: Pours a wonderful golden color. There is hues of orange and pink in this beer as well. This beer has a nice 1 finger of bone white head that quickly settles into a thin white ring along the boundaries of the glass. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells mainly of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Repeat: Huge grapefruit up front with the tropical fruits in the background. It's really pleasant.

T: Starts off sweet and juicy, with notes of mango, peach, and passion-fruit. This beautiful blend eventually fades as the bitter citrus notes begin to take over. But even at the peak of its bitterness, there is never an overpowering flavor.

M: Medium bodied beer. Some lingering bitters, but nothing outrageous.

O: This beer is fantastic. If this was available in my area, I'd be buying it all the time.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
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