Aroma Coma | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Aroma ComaAroma Coma

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Hendry
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale copper, clear as a bell, frothy 2 finger off white head, sticky lacing all around the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is hop forward but with an underlying whiff of maltiness that has me wondering if it will carry over into the flavor with that all too common blast of diacetyl, which is unfortunately a characteristic of so many IPAs.

Taste crushes any allusions created by the aroma that this may be another malt bomb. Flavors are abound with incredible citrus notes. Mango,pineapple,and nectarine flavors wash over your palate. Aroma Coma is easily one of the best tasting IPAs I've tried, just incredible really.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and creamy as all heck, reminding me of Mad Fox Orange Whip in the creamy smooth texture and seductive aftertaste departments.

Get this one in your mouth if you love hops, it is one fabulous IPA. Props to Drake's for this amazing offering.

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Photo of edgeh2o
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

IMO, the best smelling beer. A ridiculous amount of hops and citrus bombarding your nose. I'll say it one more time- the best smelling beer ever.

It tasted pretty good too :)

Can't wait to get another, I'll be ordering some online since they are extinct in my city! And just 3 hours from the brewery, go figure.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for splitting this bottle! It pours a cloudy and muggy, golden color which appears to have more of an orange-ish hue in the center. It's pretty damn cloudy, approaching complete opacity, but I love the unfiltered look. A pretty nice sized, chunky eggshell creme sits on top of the golden brew and leaves a few spots of lacing during its decent to the bottom of the glass.

Juicy hops all up in the aroma; light, gummy orange flesh and slight peel with some tropical essence that comes without exact fruit discernibility. Danky, resinous hops lie in the background behind the fruits and seem to come out more and more with each whiff. Another good pass of West Coast hops, left and right; plenty of stanky pines and sticky tropics. Very, very nice.

The taste also includes pretty copious amounts of bitter pines and pungent oils, followed closely with a more mild grassy note and a touch of green onion. The Citra and CTZ hops must be the big contributors of the tangerine peels, pineapples, and pithy citrus notes that I'm picking up. I would have guessed Simcoe may be a part of this bill as well, but surprisingly, it is not!

It's actually pretty bitter on the back of the tongue and it stays that way through the finish. It's only a 6.7% ABV single IPA, but it'll scrape your palate pretty nicely - luckily, the tropical fruits and citrus perform a nice balancing act. Let's not forget about the malt, either; lots of biscuit and bread, not huge in flavor, but more so in body and balance with just a hint of doughy sweetness to keep the hops from going overboard.

Thin-medium bodied, carbonated well with a slightly resinous and mildly sticky and coating mouth feel. Drinkable, though the bitterness on the back-end may get to some people over time. A bomber might be tough to drink alone, but the citrus and tropical notes could probably pull me through. Either way, definitely a great beer. Unfortunately the West Coast has so many insane IPAs that this one may get overlooked, but it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 7/30/13

Had this last week from a bottle packaged on 7/05/13, so we'll see how much better this one is.

a: slightly hazy light orange , small bubbles quickly making their way to the top. poured a very small head, some lacing.

s: big astringent hops, some toastiness, reminds me of fresh sculpin. Tropical, but not over-the-top. Aroma is mild.

t: big, big bitterness with that same astringent hop flavor coming with it. It has this roasty, burnt type of quality to it. It's not that tropical, sweet IPA, but something that put like to call "Oniony".

mf: medium, not too syrupy, nice carbonation, accents the beer well.

Overall a really nice beer. Even though it is "only" 75 ibu's, I find it to be a little too bitter and unbalanced, less bitterness and a litter more pine flavor would make this much better.

B+ IPA, better than Racer 5, but not quite as good as Torpedo or Simtra.

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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 Lothore
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden hue with a 1.5 finger, off white head that fades quickly.

S - Huge hop notes, citrus, pine, wheat.

T - Lots of citrusey hots up front, grapefruit, citrus, moves into a wheaty middle with a semi-bitter back end.

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D - This is a great ipa that I could drink all day. Smells heavenly.

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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 BucannonXC5
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 0.5L (16.9 oz.) draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! In North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Aug. 4, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 4, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange hazy color with two fingers of pillowy creamy white head when I got it. Good amount of foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass all the way down. Good retention on the top.

Smelled a potent whiff of floral and citrus hops. Also grapefruit, tangerine, orange, orange rind, pine and lime.

Tasted similar to the smell, with more bitterness. Floral and citrus hops dominated. Also grapefruit, tangerine, orange, light pine, lime and caramel.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing bitter finish.

Just another fantastic beer from Drake’s. Been meaning to try this and I’m so glad I did.

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Photo of charlzm
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed August 1st, 2013 in a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Beer pours a hazy lightish yellow; looks more like a dark hefeweizen than a proper IPA. A two finger off-white (bordering on light yellow) head forms but lacks staying power. It does leave behind some spotty but adequate lacing. Despite nucleation point in the bottom of my glass, very few active bubbles.

Aroma is tropical fruits, mainly: pineapple, mango, tangerine. A slight grassy note.

Flavor is slightly sweet and a little rougher than expected; the caramel malt is hard to taste as there is tingly, almost burning bitter astringency that settles in on the middle of the tongue almost right away. Fruity hops as in nose fade up fast after this, leading to a primarily bitter and fairly long-lasting finish. Aspirin-style bitterness persists insistently on the tongue long after each sip. A mixed bag.

Mouthfeel is thicker and more astringent than expected, though not outside the style guidelines.

Pretty much a bitter hop bomb, I find the best part of this beer to be the smell.

Interestingly, I had it on draft about a week earlier and I don't remember disliking it then. Oh, well... too bad BA doesn't let us review beers twice any more or I'd write up that review, which I have notes for.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
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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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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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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Photo of srandycarter
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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Photo of zhanson88
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Aroma Coma pours out a brilliant, warm, clear, light copper color. I really can't overstate the attractiveness of the color of this. About 1" of pure white head forms, which has just okay, but very good lacing. A good, moderate amount of carbonation is present. Really the only thing keeping this appearance score from being perfect is the retention could be a bit better.

Smell: A bit of pale and caramel malt is apparent, but really the highlight is a combination of great floral and grassy notes. Resin notes are in the background but definitely there. Not quite as powerful as I was expecting based on the name. Seems nicely balanced, but I was not expecting a nose dominated by florals.

Taste: Good solid pale malt backbone followed by floral hops and a lot of citrus hop flavor. Way more citrus on the palate than on the nose, namely tropical fruit and bitter grapefruit rind. A bit resiny on the finish, and drying.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light-medium with an appropriate amount of carbonation. As I mentioned before, a bit drying. Quite refreshing and easy drinking. Definitely drinks easier than it's 6.7% mark. Overall, I really enjoyed this.... great hop complexity and freshness. Definitely a winner in my book.

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and brassy, clear body with a dollop of tight white bubbles form a head with lasting retention. Clumps of attractive lacing almost form a perfect ring on the glass.

For a beer that brags aroma in the name I'm certainly let down, dry hopping kicks up a pine and very floral ipa only a couple of notches. Slight bubble gum sweetness mingling amongst the floral notes.

Here's where the beer suffers somewhat, all the hops went into aroma and bitterness and left little to the imagination about the taste leaving a weakened west coast ipa. The pale two row is rather clean and bready and the rye adds a spicy flavor and much needed dimension. Hops are grassy and piney with a lemon zest finish and acidity. Bitterness is mild.

The aroma makes you forget that this is only a single IPA and the mouthfeel makes this beer a breeze to take down. Alcohol is nicely hidden and the body is in check as is the bitterness. Doesn't dry particularly well with some sticky residue.

I was really expecting room filling aroma once I cracked the bottle but instead I got a nice floral ipa with slightly above average aromatics. Very flowery and spicy with the addition of El Dorado hops and rye. Those flavors will stick with me longer than the aroma.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up the other day at my wife's work.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus, piney hops, wonderful

Taste- citrus, piney hops, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was wonderful! Very good! Love the hop flavors!

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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 popery
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, golden amber. Mildly cloudy. Nice bone white head. Good retention, lots of lacing. Good looking beer. The head is foamy and thick. The aroma is heavy on sweet citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. I'm getting a lot of tangerine and pineapple, particularly. There's also some kiwi, raspberry, grapefruit, a little spruce and wildflowers. Some honey-ish malt sweetness in the background. The taste has lots of hop flavor, a good mix of malt sweetness and hop bitterness and a solid, crisp finish. It's mildly dry, overall, but there are some sweeter flavors bouncing around in the beer. Medium bitter finish. Lingering tangerine peel finish. There's some hop oiliness to the beer, and it has a decent body for the abv, but it's still pretty light on the palate. Very easy to polish off a bomber. I had to slow down a bit for the review. Solid IPA from Drake's, though I don't quite understand why it's a special release. If Drake's put this in their regular lineup or even made it into a multi-batch seasonal, I'd be happy, and I think it would do a lot for their image, not that there's anything currently wrong with it, of course. However, this beer could make them stand out a bit more.

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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 ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know it is anti-thetical to reach for an IPA on stout day, but this beer paired much better with my italian sandwich than a stout ever would.

I poured this beer into a tall chalice type glass. On the poure I get a few fingers of foam on the light orange brew. There isn't much lacing sticking around on my glass.

The smell from this beer is pretty impressive. I love the copious hop presence in each whiff. The name is very appropriate.

The flavor is also excellent. The hops really come out in this beer. I was surprised by the balance, and much less bitterness than expected for the amount of hops.

Overall a very impressive beer. One of the best IPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent by lurchingbeast, thanks man. Keep lurching.

Amber, slightly hazy, medium head, good retention, excellent lacing. Smells softly malty, caramel-ly, with a medium hop character. Good hoppiness in the taste with medium bitterness supported by a firm malt backbone. Slightly sweet in taste but clean enough in the finish. The carbonation was IPA appropriate. Quite good.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

PS: I would seriously like to know the reason for putting an IPA in a bomber and then waxing the hell out of it. WHY? Especially since the wax was a pain in the ass to take off.

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Aroma Coma from Drake's Brewing Co.
4.25 out of 5 based on 724 ratings.
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