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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

919 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 22 | 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)
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swh1972

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-24-2012 22:51:00 | More by swh1972
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-24-2012 14:30:57 | More by tenacioustomato
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DustinPurvis

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-24-2012 03:28:52 | More by DustinPurvis
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newick's in South Portland, ME:

In a pint glass:

A: clear, golden amber colored boy with a one finger white head that left spotty yet foamy lacing, some rings were left in the wak. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: some citrus, hops and mild malts.

T: basically the same.

M: medium with a decent amount of carbonation felt but came across slightly smooth

O: this was a good beer. There was nothing that made it stand out, but it was still very good and would make me want to have this any time or any place.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 17:57:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
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pebbs

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-21-2012 20:48:26 | More by pebbs
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-20-2012 20:49:08 | More by cletetron
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-20-2012 02:25:39 | More by AndrewMichael
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-13-2012 06:45:44 | More by PatGreer
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity and sweet with floral hops and caramel malt. Tastes are similar to aromas - fruity, overly sweet caramel maltiness, still floral and refreshing. Thin body and low carbonation, but smooth. Overall, nice meld of flavors, but could have used a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Still pretty good though, altough I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:16:09 | More by barnzy78
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sandflier


2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

05-07-2012 19:30:08 | More by sandflier
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-07-2012 00:46:17 | More by Jamstone714
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap 2 Miller's Alehouse-Destin, FL.

Poured nice near clear sunny color with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma was faint with some earthy hop tones and a crisp malt profile.

I'm not sure the temperature was right for this...it was cold. Felt colder than the ice water I was drinking. Bit of maltiness, with a crisp earthy hop profile, though again, like with the aroma, it was mild.

Light to upper light in body

It was decent. I will definitely still grab some bottles if I ever find some.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 21:40:38 | More by EgadBananas
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck into standard pint served at fridge temp (~45 F) no freshness date.

A: Kind of cloudy golden color with a slight reddish tint. Doesn't seem that pale to me, could be the caramel malt. No head but a decent looking ring and spotty very sparse cap. Looks pretty average.

S: Citrusy hops on the nose and a touch of malt. The malt is very light and the hops drowns out any sweetness that might come through because of the caramel malt. I like citrusy hops smell.

T: Sweeter than expected from the nose with just enough hop bite to balance but no lingering hop bitterness. The slightly sweet malt hits and then a wave of slightly earthy and lemony hops sweeps away the sweetness and it finishes with a twang of bitter that fades very quick. Slightly drying.

M: Medium bodied on the lighter side but that could be due to the temp of the beer. No surprises in this ones mouthfeel.

O: Not remarkable but not at all bad. Balanced drinkable pale ale. Can't say I wouldn't drink it again but would most likely shoot for something a little more impressive when I am buying.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 06:21:18 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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dmadsen

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale ale color that I expect. Strong head with good lacing that stays with the glass. The smell is pleasant, with citrus notes. The taste is good, but not impressive. Flavor I expect from a Pale Ale. Appropriate balance and bitterness. Good floral notes that match the smell. The mouthfeel is clean, lightly carbonated. Strong overall beer. If I found it on tap on a pale ale kind of night, and there was no Summit EPA available, I'd order it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:12:21 | More by dmadsen
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DocJitsu

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-amber with nearly no head at all. Very little lacing around the edges of the glass. The bouquet is characterized by sweet lemon, almost Pledge-like. There's a mild sting in the nasal passages that has a piggybacking aroma that is difficult to distinguish. A very nice, pleasing, balanced mouthfeel. Beef jerky and buttermilk flavors compete with a little tart citrus. Not a magnificent beer, but certainly a better effort than their lifeless hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:39:02 | More by DocJitsu
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-01-2012 01:22:54 | More by dmorgan310
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce with Feb 01 12 date on the bottle.
A - caramel tinted amber with a finger of lacy head.
S - lightly malty with a difinite caramel character and a touch of hops.
T - caramel sweetness with a subtle citrus hops aftertaste.
M - medium bodied with carbonation towards the lighter side.
D - easy drinking sweetness.
Not stellar but an easy going darker pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:02:14 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. served into a SA perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a chilled hazed amber with a uniform off white.

S - Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, soapy hops, soft cereal grain, strawberry. Biscuits really start coming out as it warms.

T - Soap and grapefruit hops with a sweet graham cracker malt center. The citrus zest is very clean and carries through to the finish. Some strawberry and spice notes linger.

M - Medium carbonation drops off and turns smooth and creamy, light bodied.

Love the grapefruit. Very clean citrus flavors. Nice graham cracker-like malt adds good balance. Light bodied and very session-able.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:59:07 | More by StaveHooks
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Ryan1423

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-26-2012 04:04:46 | More by Ryan1423
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Mechphisto

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if the bottle I had was from a different batch than average, based what I'm seeing from other reviewers.
Mine poured a reddish amber, although nice and clear. The lacing was insignificant and quick to dissolve, but it had a nice carbonation.
The taste was a bit sour. Sharp and sour. Actually, it started out pretty sour but then became more malty as it went on. So, in a way, while it had an after-taste I wasn't that impressed with, the aftertaste actually improved my impression of the beer.
It felt a little heavy for its appearance. It had a touch of citrus and a bready base. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't chose it over something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 02:15:50 | More by Mechphisto
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-23-2012 05:15:44 | More by Irrationalist
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mkbarron2131

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-23-2012 00:11:18 | More by mkbarron2131
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

04-21-2012 13:42:32 | More by Cavanaghty
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illestkilla


4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-21-2012 12:48:03 | More by illestkilla
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +20%

04-21-2012 00:03:35 | More by HamGlade10
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.