Aroma Prieta | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Aroma PrietaAroma Prieta

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by NorCalYeti on 02-19-2011

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Photo of Samuel906
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
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. 

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A:Golden straw yellow with minimal head

S: Subtle meyer lemon, kiwi, apple, floral. Nice but could/should be a lot more pronounced.

T: grassy, bitter lemon, white wine

F: Almost lagerish. Smooth.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is a "good" IPA. Nice hoppy profile, minimal malt, booze non exisitant. I did expect more and here is why; aroma coma is fantastic. This basically being a NZ hop version I expected the Nelson to be more aggressive than it was. It was there, but subtle. Lastly the body was a little thin...However, with expectations removed, this was a "good" ipa

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of Hop_God
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A:Golden straw yellow.Thick foamy white head. some mild haze to it.

S: Def NZ hop profile. all aromas quite subtle.some bread, grassy resin, lemon peel, mango pith just barely.

T: Pine, lemon peel, orange zest. Fresh green grass. Nelson.little bit of tangerine pulp.

F: very smooth, very creamy, well balanced. low to mild carbonation.

O: While this is not the same hop explosion of bold flavors like its counterpart Coma, this delivers in a well made solid IPA way. Good balance, more bitter grassy forward but has a nice sweet maltiness right when it needs to.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly hazy orangey amber in the glass. Maybe there is some sediment stirred up from a previous pour. Hops are listed as Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Pacific Jade from NZ, and Helga from Aus. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at KNB liquors in San Diego.

Remarkable distinctive aroma. Fermenting pineapple and papaya. Big mango flavor. Orange with just a little peel. This is not overly sweet either. It's interesting how low the bitterness is, until finally after some sipping there is a long bitter tang. But with all the aromatics and fruitiness this would be a good lesson in hops for someone new to craft beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.02/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the nose on this brew, but the taste left me wanting more. Get it fresh, guessing it won't hold up long on the shelf. Rating based on 2 week old bottle.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very nicely balanced and clean southern hemisphere hopped IPA from Drake's. I've noticed some have mentioned that they were expecting a more flavorful, big, juicy, hop bomb from this beer, and if that is what you are expecting this is going to leave you wanting a little more. I found the restraint and subtlety of this beer to be quite refreshing however, and thought it was overall a more enjoyable beer than Aroma Coma this year.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Dank, citrus fruits and rind. Orange, pine and grapefruit zest, Dry. Balanced bitterness. Easy to drink.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An ANZAC IPA? Please, over here! Thanks Tina for the bottle! On to the beer:

This beer is heady, airy on top, light orange colored with visible small carbonation bubbles running through and brightening the appearance. The head retention is excellent on top. The aroma, also pleasing. It offers soft hops, and to be specific, lime, grass, light honey, and spicy hops hit my mind. A fine aroma, but with a name like Aroma Prieta, you would expect an earthquake of hops. The taste turns up the dial one further by bringing a blend of hops and malt which isn't too sweet nor overly hoppy. A pleasing honey base lays the foundation for lime, cantaloupe, and spicy hops to hit. The beer has a smooth texture, not becoming bitter, and its flavor smoothens out as the beer warms.

I will helping myself to a second helping in the future. This IPA is impressive.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of spark3148857
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey orange with an off white head. Aromas of strawberry, white grape, melon, pine. Taste of fresh berries up front with lots of white grape notes and a medium bitterness. Love both of drakes aromas but this one is really unique from its use of Australian and New Zealand hops.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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