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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Added by sessycuban on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 727 |  Reviews: 149
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About time I got to try this. Split 50-50, poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. No freshness date... But I bought this as soon as it hit the shelves 1-2 weeks ago, and it should be pretty green given my East Bay proximity.

Pours a classic orange-amber color with a good amount of a creamy, off-white head. Head retention, in fact, is quite excellent on this on, dwindling down to about a half finger but still remaining throughout. Lacing is quite good - not fabulous, but showcases the resinous feel demanded in this beer. Citra, chinook, and cascade?! Some of my favorite hops for sure. Bound to be this sticky and resinous looking.

Yeah, right on the aroma I can tell that this is dank as hell, reaching for an abnormally dry hopped character for an IPA, yet unlike Denogginizer, does not get overblown. Deep notes of grapefruit and pine (Cascade) meld with the more floral, earthy notes of oranges, dried blossoms, herbs (Chinook), and finally with a sweet tropical finish of pineapple and slight (and I mean slight) papaya from the Citra. It's really cool to see the various stages that these hops take over time! The malts get a little canceled out from the dry hopping, but there are notes of caramel underneath that provide a touch of sweetness that balances things out. Glad this beer lives up to the name - it's highly dry hopped to the point of coma inducing, but it never gets to the point of tiresome insanity.

The flavor gathers all these initial dank flavors from the aroma, and blends them together to create a fuller, creamier, and surprisingly pleasing drinking experience lacking in any high, dried astringency. Moving on from that run-on sentence, this provides an initial burst of citrus peel and pine that envelops a little stronger at the finish, revealing notes of peaches, grapefruit, dried mangoes, papaya, slight honeysuckle, and juicy toffee goodness. The alcohol is well hidden, and there's enough malts in here and resinous characteristics that make this easy to drink. The hop profile lacks in complexity overall, but it makes up for it in the pleasing aftertaste - at least, as soon as it warms up. A solid hoppy offering from Drake's.

It seems Drake's most notable beers are their seasonal offerings (as seen with Hopocalypse). This is highly resinous, yet unbelievably drinkable stuff, chock-filled with West Coast classic flavors that are fuller, and a fine example of what makes Californian hoppy choices so unique in the realm of craft brewing. Don't miss a chance to try this - but, please do yourself a favor and have this as fresh as possible. These hops are glowing at this point!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split

Dark copper body - quite aromatic : floral, grassy, citrus. A little malty, but not in a bad way - also fairly bitter and very tea-like. A smorgasbord of IPA - lots of hop oil, toasted malt, lingering tongue destruction. My taste buds weep...

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a perfect golden color with a good solid white head that forms up to an inch tall. Pretty translucent and bright brew.

Aroma of papaya and grapefruit. Not intense like a DIPA, citrusy and yummy but not overtly so. Aroma of some bready biscuity malts. Quite herbal and flowery as well in the nose.

Flavor is quite straight forward but with yummy. Nice notes of tropical fruits more mild than other brews. Papaya and some mango. Pineapple notes and some grapefruit are present in the flavor. This brew is interesting because it has all the notes of a great piney and citrusy DIPA but with a lower ABV and a more drinkable overall profile. The hops are amazing and not too overwhelming.

Overall this is a solid and delicious IPA. Nothing less can be expected from Cali.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MEsoJD
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

[pint glass]

A: A golden/honey transparent body with a decent white bubbly head (semi tight and moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Smells of citrus, tropical fruits (lemon and grapefruit), pine/slight earth hops, and sweet malt.

T: Fresh pine hops with a hint of spice and earth, sweet barley malt, grapefruit, lemon zest, guava, good hop presence upfront with a gentle fade.

M: slightly slick/clean finish, good carbonation, medium body, and apparent alcohol(good level/non intrusive).

O: Very satisfying ipa that you can never wrong with. Highlights for me would be the carbonation and finish. I would buy this beer again and recommend to others.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lsummers
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nicely with a two finger bone white tall head but it dissipates almost instantly. Fairly clear golden orange with some fair carbonation.

Smells of the pine/herbal hops right away. This might be the most dank smelling beer I've encountered. All I'm really getting is fresh hops. You can definitely tell this was dry hopped.

Taste hits with a well blended hop bitterness notes of pine, grapefruit and some slight grassy/herbal notes. Touch of orange zest. Malts come through ever so slightly as sweet and biscuity. Taste is actually really nicely balanced towards hopheads. Your getting the extreme hop bite without the harshness. A hop lovers summer beer for sure. The drink ability on this is amazing. I tend to like the stronger hoppier beers to be somewhat more viscous however. This is feeling very light on the tongue and doesn't weigh you down at all. No need to worry about the summer heat with this one.

Overall this wasn't looking outstanding at first but showed me its truly a good beer. Hot summer days paired with this summer seasonal is perfection, any other time and it may seem a little thin.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear honey, nice near white thick head, lots of cling.

S - Cat pee, malt, citrus.

T - Very nice beer. Huge malt squashed by stringent malt. Pretty good stuff.

M - Medium body, good carb and a very nice balance.

D - Could easily take on a 6er of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
4.25 out of 5 based on 727 ratings.
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