Mystery Beer Revealed

Our Mystery Beer yesterday is full of hops, but balanced with its grain bill — Hops: Amarillo, American Bravo, Citra, Cascade, Chinook and El Dorado; Grains: American 2-Row Barley, Simpsons Golden Promise, Weyermann Rye, Simpsons Caramalt 10-15 — it presents with a fruity aroma on the nose, a well-balanced flavor on your palate with mild hop bitterness followed by its citrus flavors with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and more!

Everyone loves to venture a guess as to what the Mystery Beer is — and we love saying “no” to each guess — and yesterday was no different. But nobody guessed that this delicious brew is Aroma Coma from Drakes Brewing Company in San Leandro, CA.

Our summer seasonal Aroma Coma India Pale Ale delivers an aromatic hop assault that lives up to its name. We start with almost all 2-row barley malt and a touch of Caramalt and Rye for body. Intense additions of American hops Citra, Cascade, Chinook, and a touch of El Dorado and Amarillo deliver huge flavors of citrus and resinous pine. Finally, a double round of dry-hopping amps up the aroma to absurd levels of hop enjoyment. Inhale. Exhale. Drink. Repeat. 2014 release: June 28.


Over the years as beer drinkers clamored for more and more hops, California brewers started making what has become known as a “West Coast style” IPA with a stripped down malt bill and loads of late addition and dry hops that lend hop flavor and aroma without overwhelming the balance with bitterness. In 2009, Drake’s brewers struck out to create one of the first of these beers with their Aroma Coma. with huge American hop additions at the very end of the boil and a double dosing of dry-hops, they created a hoppy, aromatic force-of-nature that can be smelled across the bar as each pint is poured.

Visit the Drakes Brewing Company website for more information about this and all their other brews, including information on visiting their brewery and taproom in San Leandro. And be sure to stop in to visit us for a glass of Aroma Coma before it’s gone! (It was immensely popular and we’re almost halfway through the keg already! It might survive long enough to be on tap tomorrow for #IPAday!)