Drift - Brothers Craft Brewing

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: VeganUndead on 04-24-2014

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Photo of dhartogs
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Just an outstanding session IPA, great hop profile and surprisingly full body for a low abv beer. This was my beer of the summer. I am sure I will have plenty more. Excellent aroma to match. Drink fresh though.

Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

No canning date, poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small fizzy & foamy white head that reduces to a thin film, leaving nothing behind 3.5

S- nice fresh grassy hop aroma with notes of mint leaves, pine needles & floral notes. Malt profile is very clean, allowing the leafy hop aroma to stand out 4.25

T- that fresh, grassy, minty and leafy hop flavor follows the aroma. Light tangerine/mango flavors kick in, the malt bill is clean overall with just a hint of biscuity character, dry finish with more mint on the linger 4.5

M- medium body with moderate carnation lead to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish, super drinkable 4

O- this is the best session IPA that I've had to date. The hop profile is clean and super fresh, and has more flavor than most session IPA's. I could drink this all the time 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus, tropical fruits. Taste has a good hop bitterness, lots of citrus, a light bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of TheCobbgoblin
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Can. Easily one of the best beers out of this brewery. Loads of citra hops and citrus flavor. Drinks easy, and it's something you could take to the beach, or float down the river with.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can gifted from my Better Beer Authority mate, Richard Hartogs (insert accolades), unknown brewing/canning date but assured fresh, drank over 39 minutes out of my large bottom The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass

A: 2/3 - light golden coloration, low-to-moderate clarity for style (cannot read or see through, which is likely obscured by the carbonation), initial soft eggshell white head settles into a subtle glass lacing with carb islands; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass and settle into the lacing

A: 8/12 - mild ineffable Citra aroma - tangerine, blood orange and slight pine; some background/muted malt breadiness and alcohol; intensity of the aroma improves with warming

T: 14/20 - gentle citrus bitterness of the front of the tongue closely followed by classic Citra hop flavors - again, tangerine, tangelo and mango; some balancing American 2-row breadiness and maybe some specialty malts; low alcohol flavors; the flavor profile does not linger but this beer finishes dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - moderate body, high carbonation for style; low-to-moderate alcohol presence and some hop resins improve the chewiness; overall solid drinkability

O: 8/10 - really nice balanced "session IPA" that due to it's relatively high ABV (and attendant body) for style that I'd actually place closer to an APA; my major complaint is that the hop aroma and flavors don't live up to expectations for an aggressively Citra hopped beer; however, I definitely appreciate the opportunity (thanks, Richard) and am interested in trying more Three Brothers beers soon

TOTAL - 36/50

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -2%

I was down in DC two weekends ago to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Three Brothers Brewing: Join the Brotherhood!”; “Our Session Ale”; “Drift Session Ale [-] Escape the mundane with this [C]itra-based, [sic] session IPA, the perfect beer to end a workday or to carry you through a weekend with friends. A heavy dry-hop and pristine finish make Drift the ideal indulgence for any time, every time.”; “Serve cold and enjoy with friends.”; “Three Brothers Brewing is located in downtown Harrisonburg, VA: The heart of the Shenendoah Valley. Come see us sometime!”

Once again, I was faced with a Pint CAN, so once the Crack! had happened, I began an inverted Glug that CANtinued until there was too much foam to deal with and I had to back off. I got just under two fingers of fizzy, bone-white head for my troubles and it showed me little respect by quickly fading to wisps. Color was a solid Yellow, what I would call Sunshine Yellow (SRM = 4), with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a hoppy cattiness, which CAN also be characterized as "dank". Mouthfeel was medium. For once, the taste of a session AIPA matched its nose! Usually, aroma hops lead me to expect what the taste is incapable of delivering, but here, they were almost indistinguishable. It had a grassy earthiness coupled with a catty, dank flavor and I was surprised that this was a session beer. Its ABV shows as 5.0%, which is the extreme high end, but to have this much flavor …? Wow. The finish actually had a cooling mintiness and I have to say that overall, it was a dry beer. I would absolutely put this into my cooler in favor of some of the other session AIPAs that are currently on the market.

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -2%

16 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden yellow with 1 fingers of white head. Good clarity with medium-light carbonation.

Honey, tangerine, and papaya.

Honey and caramel maltiness. Grapefruit and tangerine with a green dankness. Hints of papaya and candy sugar.

medium-light bodied and crisp with a light bitterness.

A nice Citra based Session Ale. Very crushable.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drift is a pretty typical session ipa. Light, crisp, and supremely crushable. Nice biscuity light malt bill. The hops on this were very muted effecting the smell and taste. On a hot day, I could see myself throwing back a bunch of these. Wouldn't be my first choice if you were craving a full flavored ipa, but it has it's place in your fridge. I'd say somewhere between Go To and All day.

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -2%

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has lots of zest bright citrus fruits, sweet floral.

The flavor has big citrus peel notes and grapefruit in the front. The middle has some crackery malt and a hint of sweetness. The back end has a strong bitterness of herbal and grassiness.

A well made session IPA, although does not pop out of the glass as Citra should offer.

Photo of uvachief
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass. Full 3 fingers of white fluffy head after an aggressive pour. Light golden orange color. Nice lacing. Smells of dry hops and citrus, probably grapefruit. Tastes clean and crisp. More west coast than east coast pine. Little bitter on the front or back end. Easy drinking session IPA. Very good.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks top olavzisper for the hookup. Brew pours a semi transparent orange with a massive classic ipa head, looks to style. Nose is a nice citric blast tropical fruit, doesn't smell session at all smells diggity. Taste matches the nose but with more resin and less citric. Mouth is thin and watery but overall a homerun for the season ipa. Very solid offering at a reasonable abv.

Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a slightly cloudy medium gold. A big pillowy white head just lasts and lasts and offers up some nice lacing. The aroma is floral and sweet. The taste is similar with additional hits of pine and then earthy notes on the finish. The body is not too light or heavy, especially considered against the flavor and aroma. This is a great little summer ale

Photo of kegnation
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Beer!! I have been looking for a good all around APA that doesn't hit you over the head with ABV but still has all the great flavor and I finally found it! Pours slightly hazy, has a great floral, hoppiness, and malt on the nose. Drinks like an APA- medium light mouthfeel, great light and crisp finish.
Highly recommend for a Summer river float!!

Photo of argock
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy can into a Shaker pint. No freshness date on the can. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Light orange-amber with 1-finger of big-bubbled off-white head with decent retention and lacing. A lot of floaties hurts this beer a little.

S: Nice toasty malt backbone with citrusy and slightly herbal, weedy, grassy hops. No yeast esters.

T: The flavor is pretty interesting, and I would say this beer would occupy a style of American Bitter -- it has the toasty, light caramel maltiness of an English pale ale but it is undoubtedly whipped with American hops which leaves an orange and grapefruit citrus character, a bit of honeysuckle and herbal grassiness without any vegetative flavors.

M: Solid mouthfeel, a bit watery a first but then the nice malt character coats a little yet it finishes dry. Light-bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Drift is a really nice session beer (barely) that is right in there with 21A Bitter American for the type of beer it is -- English in malt but American in hops with little yeast character. I like it and am glad I had the chance to try. Makes me want to design a beer like this to homebrew.

Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, 4 pk from WF Fair Lakes.

Pours a hazed, sediment heavy dark golden color with a quickly fading off white head. Thin clumps of lace and thin collar of white film linger. Nose of citrus rind and grapefruit skin, floral hops and bready malt. Flavor starts with juicy orange and grapefruit citrus but is dominated a little more heavily than the nose by a bready and biscuity malt base. Blends well with the pepper in the bitter floral finish. Full bodied and well carbonated, very pleasant body, soft on the palate. Love the body, love the nose, the bready/biscuit malt body isn't unwelcome for the style, but wish the initial citrus punch in the flavor persisted into the finish and had a little less floral/pepper bitterness.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light copper to orange in body, sporting a half inch of sticky, white head. Mild haziness. Aromas of citrus with dank, resinous hops. Tartness from grapefruit character with oranges and a hint of pine. Mild bitterness in the back. Smooth and easy drinking. Certainly one of the better IPAs to emerge from the DC/VA/MD area. Good stuff.

Photo of siege06nd
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From can to nonic pint...

A. Pours a crisp, clear honey gold. One finger of off-white head that settles to a quarter finger and leaves fairly consistent lacing on the glass.

S. Top rate. Mango, orange rind, whipped cream, pine needles, mild dankness, mostly tropical, cracked pepper, fresh bread.

T. Big tropical orange, citrus, tangerine, and honey which quickly fades to a bready, dough-like sweetness and then gets blasted back with mild pine, grapefruit, and fresh cut grass. Resolution is a pleasing, slightly bitter, dry biscuit malt flavor with tropical dusting. Finish is slightly abbreviated and a little light in touch, but it's a session ale, right? Outstanding.

M. Moderate-high carbonation and a whole lot of flavor at 5%. Very light on the palate overall, with good flavor burst and large doses of hop bitterness, but the oils don't coat the tongue and linger after each sip. This is crisp and rather refreshing.

O. An outstanding APA, session ale or not. Citra hops are on show here and while it is a little lighter on the palate that I typically like for this hop, there's no denying it's an outstanding beer than really showcases Citra flavor. Excellent.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours an amber color that isn't very lustrous. The head is two fingers high, and white in shade. Retention is good, and so is the rocky, froth-laden texture. Lacing vigorously sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: No doubt, this showcases Citra well. I get plenty of melon, grass, mango, and general dankness. I don't pick up much malt, letting the hops do the heavy aromatic lifting. And that's always a good thing! (3.75)

Taste: Unlike what the nose suggested, I do pick up some maltiness here. Luckily, it's not the featureless bread of most IPAs - instead, it's a vibrant sugar cookie character that really plays off the Citra hops well. And speaking of citra, it presents a nice grassy yet subtly tropical character throughout. If the fruity character popped a little better, this would get a 4. Still, it's nonetheless one of the more impressive small (I won't say session, damnit) IPAs I've sampled. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: So, so dry. Despite the prevalent malt sweetness, the finish cleans it up so damn beautifully. And it's refreshing to boot! The feel is just light enough to not seem dinky, but go down with incredible effort. (4.25)

Overall: A good session IPA is supposed to be drinkable 'til the cows come home. And guess what? This does just that. It has the substantiality of a typical IPA with the lightness of a small IPA (again, I'm not saying session - especially at 5%). I'm certainly glad I got a 4-pack of this one, that's for sure. (4)

3.84/5: This is what I want from a 'session' ale

Photo of Pencible
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricots and grapefruit, with some sweet honey and papaya.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and bready malt, with a little honey and apricot. It had a clean mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent IPA. Nice scent, with muted taste good for session drinking. The body was a little weak, but it was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not my favorite, but pretty solid.

Photo of cjgiant
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a translucent golden yellow, with visible carbonation that sustains a thin film of head. A swirl does bring back a thick, quickly dissipating head.

S: a bit of tropical fruit, mango or papaya, with a hay-like grain smell

T: It is nice and light, which I would expect, but perhaps just a bit on the watery side. There is some hops bitterness that doesn't quite meet the nose, to me. The light bitter bite is more like the hay, a bit earthy and a less fruity, with maybe a little lemon in the end.

M: decent carbonation, and, while not full-bodied, there is a decent balance to the beer that is not present in a bunch of session IPAs, in my mind (most are overly bitter)

O: an ok session beer, but not strong on the IPA characteristics. I enjoyed it for a summer beer and for what it is, something to have quite a few of over a period of time. I do think there are better options out there for flavor, but most are a little heavier.

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic session IPA. Better than the likes of an all day IPA or Go to

Drift from Brothers Craft Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.