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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

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very good

929 Ratings
very good

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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

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

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

(Beer added by: madtappers on 12-23-2008)
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3/5  rDev -20%

trocketsauced, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a amber color into the glass. Half finger white head dies almost as soon as it appears. Some light streaking lacing on the dies of the glass.

S- This has some floral and light citrus hops in the aroma. The malts in this bring forth a light sweetness. Also there is some almost apple like qualities to this beer. Not what I was expecting.

T- Some light hops in the front of this (citrus kinda). The malts pretty much take up most of this beer with a bready overtone. A light bitterness in the back end of this...didn't seem to go together as well as I thought it could have.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light hop flavor left on the palate to duke it out with bready malt. Aftertaste was very malt forward with a hint of bitterness. This beer didn't have either a crispness to it or a clean taste.

D- This was a alright pale. Nothing at all that I would really want to try again. It was good for one beer but left me hanging for something that has a little more flavor to it. I take that back...something with a little more balanced flavor to it.

alleykatking, Feb 15, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20%

omegaman, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

bigbeers84, Jan 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even allowing for the style, the hopping was sub-par and muted to the point that the malt competed for dominance in the flavor profile. Mild caramel malt with equally mild, slightly fruity hops. Finish was clean with slight astringency. While this would certainly make a more than acceptable lake or lawnmower beer, on the pale ale scale it ... well, .... pales.

Brent, Apr 20, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20%

nbutzier, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

DrTrygga, Apr 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Bromine, Apr 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

AleVana, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

ckk527, Sep 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

krome, Jul 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

doucmehu, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

NorthernSoul, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

candcholt, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

jgunther71, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

ejimhof, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

jratt79, Nov 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- one finger of head fades quick to a spotty layer of lace, orange amber coloring.

s- all malt here, some sweetness, maybe a touch of vanilla and a hint of hops.

t- malt heavy pale ale, some slight citric hops kick in on the back end.

m- medium body.

d- this is an average pale ale, nothing sticks out as being really great, i wouldn't seek this one out.

thecarster1, Oct 09, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20%

TheTinDoor, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Jovian, Aug 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

skyisland, Oct 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Pfejeran, Feb 17, 2012
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.