1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

929 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 929
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 22
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 32 IBU
alcohol by volume: 5.7%
original gravity: 14.0° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Caramel 20L, Caravienne 20L, Caramel 80L, Carapils

hops:
Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Summit, Nelson Sauvin
Dry Hopped: Summit, Nelson Sauvin

(Beer added by: madtappers on 12-23-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 929 | Reviews: 406 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ckk527:
Photo of ckk527
ckk527

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%

09-05-2012 00:19:28 | More by ckk527
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

I was a little aprehensive about buying this because I havent overly impressed with other Widmer products but this was pretty good I have to say.Poured into a standard pint a clear medium golden with a nice tight formed 1/2 finger white head that had good lasting power.Aromas of caramel/biscuit malt with a firm toastiness,a tinge of citric hop comes thru as well.Pretty balanced on the palate,a big sweetish caramel base with some dough up front that yields to a citrusy lightly piney finish.A real summer quaffing pale ale,it blow your mind but its pretty solid.

06-29-2009 22:49:37 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

Appearance - This came out a nice shiny copper in color with a decent head that actually left a little lacing.

Smell - The classic PacNW hop profile is here albeit muted but the grain is a little cheap at the nose.

Taste - The hops don't carry over well into the taste losing their complexity and taking on a really one-dimensional citrus flavor. The grain unfortunately tastes like it smells. It's not bad but just not good. It's really not anything just kind of a mediocre effort at a grain backbone.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the sprightly carbonation of this ale but it was too thin and watery for the style.

Drinkability - This was OK to drink but it really lacked substance.

04-08-2010 01:18:39 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ExtraStout
ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Thin white head but with good retention and lots of big, popping bubbles, not much lacing. Red copper color just deep enough to hold your gaze and get past transparency, nice fade to burnt orange hues along the rims. Admirable mix of pink and white grapefruit in the nose, floral with chamomile tea notes, spoonful of pine sap, no herbaceous nor ultra-sweet elements, stays within itself and on message, you could sniff it for some time. Medium-bodied, however, most of it is palate pressure and a sense of marching forward rather than flavor. The grapefruit and tangerine citrus starts things off well, after that there's momentary pine, green hay, wet stone aspects. But after that it's evanescence leads to homogeneity. Credibly, the carbonation ratchets it down to fit the body profile. It's drinkable enough for a bottle or two before your mind starts to wander. If the palate could match the nose, that would be something.

09-11-2010 00:57:16 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Tiernan
Tiernan

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

10-17-2012 05:03:24 | More by Tiernan
Photo of TimBeaulieu
TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

11-09-2013 22:10:18 | More by TimBeaulieu
Photo of Shakerman
Shakerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-11-2012 03:48:50 | More by Shakerman
Photo of BeerAdvocate
BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Dark copper color with a perfect clarity. The head retention is solid, with a lacing that holds its own. The blood-orange and evergreen hop aroma is very inviting, especially when hints of caramel and toasted malt reach their height. Super smooth, with a slick medium body. Oh yeah, it's on. The malt and hops are battling it out. Each time one throws a layer of flavor on top, the next one rises to do the same. Big hop flavor of fresh wild herbs, sweet citric and tropical fruit. Malt drops a thick layer of caramel, then more of a toasted grain and then a dry breadiness. Long-lingering finish of hops and malt (more hops though).

Good call on making this one a year-round beer from the get-go--a lovely beer to be had. Looks like Widmer was trying to raise their own bar and accomplished that task.

09-10-2010 12:55:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of SunDevilBeer
SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-09-2013 01:50:00 | More by SunDevilBeer
Photo of TTripp725
TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-08-2013 16:32:26 | More by TTripp725
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-04-2013 13:05:39 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-09-2014 01:59:44 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of merlin48
merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle pours a hazy rusty orange body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass.

Subdued aroma has toasted caramel, pine, and grapefruit notes.

Light medium body is crisply carbonated.

Taste is well balanced. Toasted biscuity caramel malt is edged nicely with bitter hop notes of citrusy grapefruit and a hint of pine. Nothing really stands out but it all integrates well.

Pleasantly drinkable and spot on for style.

10-10-2009 12:17:00 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

12 ounce bottle with bottled on dating on the lower front label. (040609) Pours clear darker amber, fluffydarker tan head, that sticks around for ever, leaving more then respectable lace on the glass. The sniff reveals more then typical wiffs of citric hops. Nice, drinkable pale. Pineapple tinged hops, with hints of lime and mango with floral/fruity flourishes. Dry, yet still fruity finish. A pleasant suprise. Well worth a try.

05-23-2009 22:53:32 | More by Billolick
Photo of GarrettB714
GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-26-2011 07:10:09 | More by GarrettB714
Photo of Cavanaghty
Cavanaghty

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

04-21-2012 13:42:32 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of standardcherry
standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-25-2012 19:21:58 | More by standardcherry
Photo of NOLTERN
NOLTERN

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-19-2013 21:30:07 | More by NOLTERN
Photo of rhinonau
rhinonau

Wyoming

5/5  rDev +33.3%

02-18-2014 14:59:07 | More by rhinonau
Photo of highTempo
highTempo

Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -28%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Low carbonation. Has a good medium color for a pale ale - maybe a touch darker orange/brown than average. 1.5 finger head with a gentle pour.

S - The smell has a bit of skunk to it - definitely an odd bitter hop character. There's a little citrus in there but the unpleasant hop is overwhelming it.

T - Starts of nicely with some malty flavor upfront. This dissolves into a 'skunky' hop that matches the aroma.

M - Not a lot of carbonation. It's a smooth, decent, drinkable feel.

Widmer beers vary a good deal in my opinion and this is my least favorite of all of their offerings that I've tried. I'm not sure why it's so popular. If they'd completely change up the hop it might be a nice beer but the hop if pretty forward and pretty off-putting.

08-31-2011 18:58:19 | More by highTempo
Photo of ufmj
ufmj

Florida

5/5  rDev +33.3%

03-03-2013 14:36:24 | More by ufmj
Photo of Cynic-ale
Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-01-2013 03:09:53 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of far333
far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Balanced and sessionable pale ales seem to be in short supply lately, or else I'm just not finding them. This one seems to fit the bill.

Pours a crystal clear apricot color with streams of fine bubbles rising up to a sizzly head that fades out quickly.

Aroma of bright tangerine citrus, some ripe pear and honey, some floral notes.

Flavor fairly matches the nose, non-assertive citrus and floral hops, low bitterness, bready malt with light brown sugar mixed in, some toffee and honey, hops remain upfront, finishes with a flourish of doughey malt and tingle, buttered corn lingers.

Very tasty without trying too hard, well-balanced, great poolside beer.

07-04-2009 16:43:13 | More by far333
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a little dark for a pale, approaching brown territory. Lovely Amarillo hop aroma on these.

Taste, good hop crispness, it does degrade at times into a woody mouthfeel, haven't been able to tell whether due to age or not. A warm up for hopheads and fans of good warm weather beer. Seen the price vary wildly for this, but is a good deal @ $7 I would say for a 6 pack.

08-04-2010 21:41:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of whoneeds8
whoneeds8

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into pint glass golden amber with a nice one finger white head. Very good lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is a nice light floral hops scent. Very faint for a apa. The taste is a light hop bite with a malted balance. Flavor isn't too strong, but it's not missing either.

Overall, this is a very good average APA that I think the average non-BA beer drinker will like alot. I would have no problem ordering this at a bar if offered.

03-25-2009 23:07:20 | More by whoneeds8
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.