Aroma Coma | Drake's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by sessycuban on 08-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,016
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
733
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Samuel906
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a name like Aroma Coma, you would expect one of the outstanding features of the beer to be its nose, and this beer does not disappoint. It presents a very clean and refined aroma with plenty of hops to go around and tons of pine and grapefruit. It is a pleasure to simply smell and I indulged myself in only sniffs for a good 4 or 5 minutes before ever even tasting. It follows suite with a pleasant taste, but one that is a little underwhelming and less complex than some of the heavy hitter IPAs of late. It starts off on a good note, sweet and crisp, but the the middle and end are decidedly muted and "watery". It never really delivers the hop punch that you may be expecting. As such, it is easy to drink, but not as enjoyable as some other IPAs. Certainly still a good beer but fails to shine among brilliant competition.

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JayORear for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is bright-white and starts off creamy and chunky. Drops to a small cap and collar with big sheets and notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Hits the name. Hops everywhere. Deep resinous pine is oily and bitter. Solid hit of citrus with ruby red grapefruit, a ton of tangerine. Mild hop spiciness as well. Some floral and herbal stuff going on as well. It's all there. The malt profile offers some balance, but not much. Some lingering caramel malt sweetness with a light bready thing. Sweet and loaded with pine. A hint of alcohol on the back. Dry hoppiness. Somehow not too much, but close.

Taste: Dank and bitter. Loaded with pine. A ton of oily, slick pine needle. Citrus abounds, pushing grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Warming gives it a bit more floral and herbal help. Malts run a nice moderate sweetness coupled with a slight backing hop spiciness. Some bready elements as well. Mild roasted character. Not abrasive. Some caramelized malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy up front with a slight;y dry finish. Medium body with a just under moderate carbonation. Delightful to drink.

Overall: A really really really long nap.

There's a ton of dry hopped goodness. The aroma is off the charts. Tasty overall, but pretty damn big on the flavor profile to not cross in to DIPA territory. I'll be trying to track down more of this in the future.

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Photo of Johnny58
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jasonp79
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of Jessenimmo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of Tyrus
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of SirBentham
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MrDave
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Alduya
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MEsoJD
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of BAstoutsNsours
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 733 ratings
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