Aroma Coma 2013: Very disappointing

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by montanese, Jul 7, 2013.

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  1. montanese

    montanese Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2013 California

    Is anyone else disappointed in the latest Aroma Coma and Aroma Prieta release? They seem to be missing the full-bodied flavor profile of previous years' batches.

    We look forward to this release every year (and actually purchased a keg this time around) and really feel that it has gone down hill.
  2. FGITP

    FGITP Initiate (38) Mar 27, 2012 California
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    I haven't tried aroma coma yet but I felt that way about hopocalypse.
  3. MssrTussaud

    MssrTussaud Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2013 California

    So it's like all other years.
  4. AdamSimpson

    AdamSimpson Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California
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    I found the batch from a couple months ago disappointing. This batch was fantastic. I still, however, prefer 1500.
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  5. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    My recollection is that Prieta is better and Coma is worse, although I think my issue with Coma is that it has that hop spiciness going on, but not with the New Zealand hops adding their awesome fruitiness, and it's not really my thing. I have a keg of both though, so I guess I'll get pretty acquainted with them over the coming weeks.
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  6. AdamSimpson

    AdamSimpson Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California
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    I loved the nose on the Prieta, but I found the Coma to drink better. I also get, but enjoy, a little of that spicy hop bite. I was hoping the cask was going to be the best of both worlds for me, but I found that to be pretty terrible.
  7. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I didn't think it was terrible. I had the Prieta on coma hops, which was the one that I expected to not be as good. I wasn't going to stick around Drake's for 8 hours so I didn't try the other one.
  8. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Please don't take this the wrong way but why buy a keg before trying? Even if you loved it in the previous years. What size keg is it?
  9. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (579) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Y'all talkin crazy over herrr
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  10. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    5 Gal kegs, and trying it before you bought the keg would've been difficult.
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  11. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 California

    Is this year's batch of Aroma Coma really not up to par? This beer is usually amazing...
  12. BlakeSmith

    BlakeSmith Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2012 California

    Say it ain't soo... Been waiting for Coma, I'll reserve judgement until then.
  13. PeterWeller

    PeterWeller Initiate (163) Jul 16, 2010 California
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    I thought it was great. Judge for yourself.
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  14. grrrah

    grrrah Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 California
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    Coma didn't disappoint me. The Prieta didn't do as much for me though.
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  15. morgenw

    morgenw Initiate (136) Dec 24, 2008 California

    I like Prieta, but it was a much better beer before they started making it with the New Zealand hops.
  16. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 California

    It has always been made with NZ hops if I'm not mistaken...?
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  17. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Initiate (177) Aug 9, 2011 California

  18. morgenw

    morgenw Initiate (136) Dec 24, 2008 California

    Before they bottled it, it was more of the traditional west coast ipa. This was back in 2011 though.
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  19. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (461) Aug 30, 2012 California

    IPAs/DIPAs just don't excite me anymore. That being said I'll probably pick up a bottle if I come across it. I recall Aroma Coma being decent last year, but nothing amazing. Then again I don't think any DIPAs are amazing.
  20. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (579) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Coma and Prieta are different beers, Prieta was introduced last year and has always had the NZ hops. Need to make it to the Barrel House this weekend I think!
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  21. morgenw

    morgenw Initiate (136) Dec 24, 2008 California

    Last year was the first year they bottled it. Before then it was a completely different beer with different hops. I remember having this the year before out at one of the 1st Friday events. Check the last review for Prieta on here, it has the hops used in it before the New Zealand hops were used.
  22. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    Just tried it and thought it was great! First time though...
  23. OTB

    OTB Disciple (373) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Just had a super fresh bottle yesterday and it was delicious.

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  24. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    I had a bottle on Friday and loved it. I'm probably going to split a case with a co-worker.
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  25. kaseydad

    kaseydad Savant (934) Nov 23, 2008 California
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    Had both on on release day and wasn't impressed cuz they served the two wayyyy too cold and I didn't have time to wait for it to warm a little. Had Prieta on cask which was very good. Drinking both from the bottle at the right temperature greatly enhanced my flavor experience. Love the Coma and became a fan of the Prieta this time around.
  26. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Aspirant (206) Jul 13, 2012 California
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    coma all the way.
  27. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (257) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    I thought it was great.
  28. MarcM

    MarcM Initiate (130) Aug 19, 2011 California

    Does anyone know when we can expect to see some bottles in SoCal (specifically the San Fernando Valley)?
  29. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    There are bombers that are just as good or better for less. Hop Stoopid anyone?
    It was good, just not great, especially at the $8 p-point.
    Hell, I'll pay $2 for a four pack of Hoptimum.
  30. calidelphia

    calidelphia Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2012 California

    Had both at the brewery last week. Coma smelled, and tasted exactly the way I remembered. Nose way better than taste. Prieta however, has always been a letdown to me. It just seems like they skimp on the Nelson.
  31. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (461) Aug 30, 2012 California

    Agree completely. Then again I'm not that impressed with drakes, they rotate through head brewers frequently lately and it shows IMO.
  32. mc4z

    mc4z Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2010 California

    I love this beer (drinking it now). I'm always happy to find it fresh and on tap. With that said, all Drake's beers are a $1 or $2 more than I think they're worth, so I don't buy too many bottles.
  33. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    Every special release was better the previous year brah
  34. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Drinking it at this moment. I actually like it better than last year. I bought a bunch of bottles when it came out, and I just wasn't digging it like I was the previous year. Really enjoying it so far. Still hoping to see a keg of Prieta in my area (I'm looking your way, Whole foods).
  35. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (622) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    This from the Full Pint - June 5, 2013
    Recipe Change for Aroma Coma
    Yeah, you read this before. Like Alpha Session, we are building Aroma Coma around the best hops we own. But how do we determine “the best”? Well this year, we as a company sat down blind and smelled over a dozen different lots of multiple varieties hops – everything from Simcoe to CTZ, Mosaic to HBC 342. Everyone pitched in – owners and accountants, brewers and bottlers – to suss out what we liked best. Ratings were totally hedonic, and after 24 hours of sniffing and huffing we analyzed the results. Some definite favorites came through, with El Dorado and Citra leading the way. We are going to balance that pairing of bright citric hops with another crowd favorite – a particularly dank batch of Amarillo, and then glue it all together with classic Cascades and a very piney crop of Chinooks. With multi-stage dry-hopping, this guy should be a hops-to-eleven bomb that everyone at Drake’s had a hand (or nose) in creating.
  36. chromebomb

    chromebomb Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2009 California

    I saw it at Vendome BH so it might be at Vendome Toluca Lake.
  37. goodbetterbestbested

    goodbetterbestbested Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 California

    yeah this tastes weird....i guess i only had aroma coma a few times last year so i'm not an authority but this tastes strange. kind of flat tasting but still pretty good. interesting aftertaste
  38. Anita05

    Anita05 Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2009 California

    Hop Stoopid is the best bang for your buck. A really good beer for less than $5.
  39. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (621) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    Admittedly, this is the first year I've had Coma but I thought it was AWESOME.
  40. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (579) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    They both tasted great on Saturday, I'd give the edge to Coma this year.
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