Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, I picked this up as a mix-six pack several weeks ago. Bottling date of 01/11/11. Wish I had caught this when it was a little fresher, but hey, it is what it is.
Appearance: Very nice body: Amber/caramel color with hints of honey and copper, topped by a tight one-half finger head of off-white foam, eventually fading to a nearly complete cap of lace and bubbles, leaving some rings of lacing down the glass. Ample carbonation rises to the top of the glass. Nice looking APA, a bit darker than expected in color.
Smell: A little tame compared to other APA style beers I've had, but there's something different about this brew which makes it stand out. Aside from the usual citrus and pine characteristics in the aroma, there's a noticeable, earthy tone of caramel/biscuit (bread) malts to offset some of the sharpness from the hops. This causes the beer to walk a fine line between pale ale and amber ale in the smell, which carries over into the taste. The only detractor here is a slightly medicinal/metallic note in the nose, which probably has to do with the fact that the beer is three months old.
Taste: Starts with a pleasant fusion of herbal, floral, and pine characteristics from the hops which is washed away with citric flavors of lemon and grapefuit. The finish is where the malts come through with a pleasing and slightly warming bread flavor. An ever-so-slight medicinal/aspirin edge lingers in the finish. Very balanced and drinkable, even for the fairly assertive hop flavors going on.
Mouthfeel: This is where the beer falls flat. For such flavor and balance I expected more heft, but the body of this is actually fairly thin and clean - almost too clean. There are virtually no flavors lingering into the finish, and the crisp, snappy carbonation leaves no trace of the flavors behind.
Overall: I would call this a drinkable, mostly enjoyable APA. It's not bad, just standard. A mild but pleasing APA, it straddles into amber ale territory as it warms because of the lack of hop forwardness. Ho-hum.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2011 03:55:48 | More by Groomsy
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