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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

901 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 901
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%


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)
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar in my hometown. Hadn't heard of this before so I didn't know what to expect, but given the selection at this bar, I was not optimstic.

Beer was served in a 20 oz. glass. The beer was amber with reddish tones and had a small beige head with little retention. The aroma was fruity, particularly citrus and grapefruit. There was a slightly noticable caramel undertone. The taste was citrusy. The grapefruit notes didn't appear to be from the hops though, as the beer was not at all bitter or piney. Some caramel undertone. The taste was nice, but felt somewhat artificial. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation. Drinkability was high due to average ABV and light flavor.

Overall, a decent beer with some nice light fruit flavor, however I would not consider this a Pale Ale. A decent, sessionable beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 04:46:55 | More by Gosox8787
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass at a local seafood restaurant this beer wasn't half bad. It was between this and Bud Light and I think I picked the right one. The head was decent (around 1 inch) and overall the beer was a deep reddish brown.

The nose was rather bland - no hops at all are present in the aroma. There is the smell of malt and metal. I thought for sure this was AB - and ended up being right but I honestly had no idea when I bought the two of them tonight.

The taste was surprisingly refreshing. The first thing you notice is the malt and the length of the flavor. There is minimal hops - basically this is more in line with an English Pale Ale but who really cares - it's not bad beer at all.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin for my taste in pale ales - I think it was a touch overcarbonated, but that could be the bartender's fault. He really didn't seem to know much about beer.

The drinkability is decent. I did end up having 2 decently sized pints (16 oz) and had no problem finishing them both. Overall I'd say this beer was a decent surprise at a location I figured I would have to order wine in order to be happy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 03:13:37 | More by PerzentRizen
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MisterClean

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the west coast beer festival

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered off-whte head. Dissipated moderately and left no lacing.

S/T - Honey, grass, and light citrus.

M - Full-bodied and hop dominated.

D - Good, but couldn't taste much in the form of malts in this pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 19:04:06 | More by MisterClean
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red. Thin head with faint retention. Decent lacing.

The nose has a lot going on. Pine, citrus. but mainly a floral aroma.

Hits very bright and citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple are present. Full bodied for the style. Very full finish with nice, nice bitters.

A keeper.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 00:03:02 | More by beer2day
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper body with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Lightly grainy pale and caramel malt nose with a earthy, fruity, particularly citrusy hop scent.

Taste: Unassuming pale and caramel maltiness with a medium level of sweetness. Tiny tinge of grains. Earthy, citrusy hops imparting a taste of infused citrus peels, though the overall bitterness remains light. Drying finish with a mere hint of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, simple, but easily accessible American Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 16:29:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Tavern (The Essex Resort):

Comes off the tap a medium-amber color, looking much like an English ale/bitter. Very little head with no retention. White bubbles round the edge.

A hugely aromatic, but somewhat simple nose. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, gooseberry. Very similar aromas to a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc. It's medium- to light-bodied, and leaning on the crisp side from the hops, but there is a nice malt presence too. The flavors are dominated by the hop character, but the beer is not overly bitter. Lots and lots of grapefruit, with underpinnings of cereal and lightly toasted malt.

An interesting beer to be sure. Drinkability suffers a little because it's really focused on that grapefruit note and it builds up sip after sip, but was really surprised at how much I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 15:40:00 | More by SFLpunk
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soupermirl

Mississippi

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good beer. Grapefruit flavored hops with a really sweet taste and almost sweet hops with a grapefruit aftertaste. But still sweet and hoppy. Odd. I like it. Crisp and clean. Nice. Mostly no head but a constant very little ringer left. Smells grapefruity sweet, again odd. Mouthfeel is good, full of flavors, hops, maybe different kinds of hops, not sure what. Very easy to drink, good beer...

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 23:21:42 | More by soupermirl
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

Body is a clear, very light amber. A quick 2 fingers of off-white head that quickly reduces to a thick, creamy skim that sticks around til the end. Decent lacing.

Nice citrusy and fruity hop nose, with a just-right sweet malt and toasted bread accompaniment. Quite tasty. Juicy orange and pineapple hops (in moderation) with a touch of grapefruit. Perfectly balanced by some honey, caramel, bread and nuttiness.

Moderate body and carbonation. Feels pretty smooth. There's some bitterness that attempts to linger, but it's chopped off by some nice toasted breadiness.

Drinkability is off the charts. Great balanced pale ale, and sure to be a summertime staple for me. This beer makes me want to buy a kegerator!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 22:27:50 | More by PDXHops
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at their Gasthaus in Portland. What a great place!

The beer is bronze with a thick beige head. It has awesome lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and Pine backed with caramel

The taste is very piney and nicely bitter. It may be a bit out of balance but I like it. Citrus taste emerges mid sip. The three hops give it a great kick (Summit, Nelson & Alchemy). I'm not expert enough to know what each hop adds to the flavor and aroma, but the brewer has hit on a good combination.

The mouth is smooth and benefits from great low carbonation and slightly warmer serving temps. Easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 18:36:07 | More by Redrover
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice pale ale brought to us by the widmer brothers.

A. Pours a nice burnt copper color with a finger and 1/2 white head that hangs around for a bit

S. Sweet malts and hoppy. with hints of citrus

T. Hoppy and sweet nicely done with Malty finish that makes you want more Also, a hint of nuttiness?

M. Medium body with lower-medium carbonation. goes down smooth and crisp

D. I wish i had a keg of this on tap. well balanced with the hops and malt

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 22:54:45 | More by SirChugsAlot
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geomedic

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Draft in a chilled "pounder" pint glass.

A: Clear amber. Poured with a half-inch head that dissipates quickly but leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Sharp odor of piney, flowery hops. Very fresh. Sweet, malty undertones... way-undertones.

T: Primary flavor is fresh, piney hops, very floral. Sweet maltiness nicely counterpoints this flavor without diminishing it. This beer is for hops lovers. The local availability of fresh hops would account for the very bright floral character of this beer.

M: Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D: As a hoppy pale ale lover (note beer-style bias disclaimer) I consider this a session beer. Those that do not share a similar taste for lots-o-hops may strongly disagree. I would expect this beer to compliment many foods with shellfish topping my list.

O: Excellent Pale Ale. The fresh, bright quality of the predominant hops flavor makes me envision the Widmer brothers harvesting the Oregon Cascade hops right outside the brewhouse.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 02:53:51 | More by geomedic
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champ103

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky reddish/brown color. A very small white cap forms and leaves light patchy lace.
S: Citrus and piney hops. Fruity aromas of orange and lemon peal. A malty sweetness balances out the nose. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. At first a fruity and citrus hop bitterness. Sweet caramel malt for balance. A lingering hoppy bitterness in the finish.
M/D: A medium body, but thin and watery. Over carbonated for my tastes. Smooth and easy to drink. I quaffed a few of these at the bar.

Enjoyable and balanced is the name of the game. I would recommend this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 19:34:09 | More by champ103
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fcarreras

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer - I was recovering from a cold when I tried this.

Had this beer on tap at Cadillac Ranch in Tempe, AZ. This was the closest place I could find that was already carrying it, but the place is not my favorite.

Hard to judge the color as the bar was dark and lit with red mood lighting. There was virtually no head, and very little carbonation detected.

The aroma was very distinctly grapefruit, as was much of the flavor. Again, I was still a bit congested drinking this.

The taste was refreshing and clean. Very little maltiness to balance out the citrus hoppiness. Aftertaste very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Finish had a bit of a drying effect (think tart lemonade), so not really a thirst-quencher, but a solid refreshing beer none the less.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much (four times over). I look forward to trying it out of the bottle at home.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 17:32:31 | More by fcarreras
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mjryan

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear copper colour with no head to speak of (none of the beers at the bar were pouring with much head, so Ill put that on them and not the brewer). Hoppy, tropical fruit aroma. Tangerines, nectarines and the like. Sweet caramel malt aroma in the finish. Flavour is great, lots of fruity hops and a nice caramel sweetness, not overly sweet as to be cloying though. Bitterness is very understated and smooth, its there but doesnt bite if you know what I mean. Pretty light bodied for a beer of 5.7 % ABV. Carbonation is medium. This one falls somewhere between an APA and an IPA. Its to strong and hoppy to be an APA but just not aggressive enough to be an IPA. I really like this beer and hope that Widmer sends some bottles my way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2009 20:08:50 | More by mjryan
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dig pub
1finger light amber head fairly clear.
Aroma. Sweet malt. Piney hops
Taste. Very unusual. Very well balanced. Not bitter at all.
Late addition piney hops used. (summit?)
Mouthfeel. Sorta thin but drinkable
This spa was a nice surprise. The second widmer beer to surprise me lately -- I liked brrr a lot also

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 23:01:11 | More by JonathanL7890
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beernut0875

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper carmel color with nice head retention and carbonation.

Smell: nice malty nose with the hops coming through, lots of citrus

Taste: WOW, this is very different; these hops give a lot of grapefruit notes, with other rich fruits following through. Not much in the way of bitter aftertaste, very smooth and inviting.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation for a PA. Silky-smooth easy to drink

Overall: This beer has a flavor of no other pale ale, It is very approachable and has great flavor, making me yearn for another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 13:51:36 | More by beernut0875
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