Drake’s Brewing Co. has released its refreshed and ramped-up Aroma Coma recipe, upping the ante and with a bigger, hoppier, and more punched up version of the perennial favorite IPA. The NorCal craft brewery has added more Citra hops and more of the sticky rye malt and light caramel flavors that provide the backbone for the over-the-top dank hoppiness. The ABV has also been bumped up to 8.0% to give the beer amazing balance. Aroma Coma 2XIPA delivers an aromatic punch of citrus hops that lives up to its name.
“We always looked forward to the release of this beer as it was the one place we used Citra, a really impacted hop that we only had enough of to brew this beer as a seasonal,” said Brewmaster John Gillooly. “We finally cornered enough Citra not only to make it year-round, but also to make Coma that much bigger— more malt, more hops. Now it’s 8% of citric dank.”
Drake’s has been making Aroma Coma since 2009. By adding huge American hops at the end of the boil and two rounds of dry hops, they have created a hoppy, aromatic force-of-nature that can be smelled across the bar as each pint is poured. The new Aroma Coma—now available year-round—gets the designation “2X” on every bottle, which is both a nod to the second-generation recipe and its new home residing in double IPA territory. Not meant to compete with mass-market IPAs, Drake’s brewers dedicate Aroma Coma 2X to those who are as obsessed with hops as they are.
Aroma Coma is now available year round in six-packs and on draft at Drake’s Barrel House in San Leandro, Drake’s Dealership in Oakland, as well as distributed to the best craft bottle shops and rotating tap houses across the West Coast.
Summer also heralds a limited release of 2017 Aroma Therapy 3XIPA. A triple IPA that will change every year, this year’s version is bigger than ever at 11%, rivaling the brewery’s legendary Hopocalypse Black Label. Aroma Therapy offers a sensory trip through sunny hop fields from the Pacific Northwest to New Zealand. There’s nothing subtle about this beer: it’s massive, resinous and intensely aromatic. Malt, rye, and orange blossom honey clear the way for multiple rounds of dry hopping with Citra, Ekuanot, Cascade and Centennal. Aroma Therapy is available in 22-oz. bottles and on draft at both Drake’s locations and in select retailers across California.
In celebration of the release of Aroma Therapy Triple IPA and Aroma Coma IPA 2X, Drake’s Brewery is hosting their annual Aroma Day 2017 on July 7th at Drake’s Dealership in Oakland. For more information visit Aroma Day 2017.
Drake’s Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewery located in San Leandro, Calif., that has been dedicated to bringing people together over great beer since 1989. Quietly situated in its gritty warehouse environs, Drake’s has become known over the years for consistently producing a wide variety of hop-forward craft beers. From the groundbreaking 1500 Pale Ale to innovative creations like the Denogginizer Double IPA, and a growing collection of artisan barrel-aged and sour beers, the brewery’s commitment to quality and integrity shines through in every beer. As one of the original craft breweries in the Bay Area, Drake’s is dedicated to supporting its community first and working tirelessly to bring its brand of quality beer to more people.