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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
84
good

948 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: madtappers on 12-23-2008

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
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Ratings: 948 | Reviews: 406
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3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at a Class Six in Fort Benning, GA.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pub glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper hue with a rather disappointingly thin, bubbly head of off-white foam that disappears quickly and leaves behind virtually nothing of itself on the walls of the glass.

I smell dry-hopping! Aroma is a full onslaught of American hop goodness, bright, floral and citrusy, with loads of grapefruit and orange. Quite delightful and very inviting.

Light-to-medium in body with a bit of a lively carbonation. Sadly, the flavors aren't quite as delightful as the aroma. Slight caramel sweetness shows itself up front, moving into a mildly bitter middle with rather one-dimensional herbal hop notes; develops into a slightly bittersweet, medium-dry finish with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness.

Quite drinkable, though not the most complex Pale Ale out there. Still, it is quite a cut above the mediocre-at-best "Hefeweizen" that is the brewery's flagship beer; this one should be bumped into that status, as the nose alone is enough to win out over the Hefeweizen any day.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium orange color, decent head that dissipates farily quick with good lace down the glass.
S: Lots of citrus, herbal scents....smell is great!!
T: Very citrusy with floral and herbal taste in there as well
M: Light to medium bodied goes down real smooth.
D: This is a great session beer, goes down way easy, smell and taste is very nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep copper color, thick tan head leaves a serious lacing behind. Pretty!

Nice caramel sweet malt aroma, with grassy hops. Good balance to the aroma and it is very enticing. Taste has a nice lemony grass hop profile, The hops only turns subtly bitter in the end, as the sweet caramel blends nicely with the lemon for a nice balanced finish. If anything it is a touch sweet. THis is a nice tasting APA.

Medium bodied, a nice round feel mildly syrupy in the finish. Carbonation is on the low side.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good pale ale. Pours a copper colored body with an off-white head with good retention. Aromas are a bit atypical from what I'd expect from an APA, but I like them: I get a lot of pineapple and grapefruit notes from the hops with caramel maltiness playing a less pronounced role. These flavors define its taste as well, but the caramel malts are more prominent, making for a well-balanced beer. Well done, Widmer.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished copper pour with a one finger head that faded to a ring rather quickly. Some lacing left behind.
Big citrus hoppiness on the nose. Hard tack candy come to mind.
Bites of orange, sour grapefruit seem to dominate this one. Decent malt backing, but seems to be left behind. Bitter eges burn on the tongue.
Feel is average. Not bad at all.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Golden colored ale. Good lacing, very dainty.

S- Hoppy in smell, very grapefruity in smell.

T- The taste is that of an IPA, only more on the malty side. Sort of a caramel taste.

M- Good mouthfeel to say the least.

D- Easy to drink, very tasty.

Photo of Bfarr
2.57/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drifter is a clear orange amber with a thick... froth is a good word considering it looks like a bad cappaccino. It has a fairly nice floral hop aroma. A good spicey hop taste is quickly muted by the malts. It's a slightly watery taste but it is smooth and fairly balanced. Easy drinking but almost too much.

This is definitely good for a summer night but the taste was a little too muted for me. I'll have to try it on tap sometime if I see it.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell nice and hoppy. Smells like tangy citrus, grapefruit on top of a nice malty base. Pours to a translucent pale golden brown with a nice head. Taste is also good and hoppy with a nice hop bite. The hop bite is more sweet that bitter, almost floral like a chardonnay wine, or dandelions, quite different. Mouthfeel is good and carbonated but not overly so. Over all a very good beer al the way around, excepting for the rare hopping, just not bitter enough for my tastes.

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3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The liquid was an amber, copper color with a filmy, eggshell colored head that hugged the glass. The smell is mostly lemon, pepper and tabacco. It tastes just slightly bitter with some spicy, lemony hop accents. There is a hint of bubblegum and a bready finish. Feels pretty light and watery with lots of carbonation. This is a pretty average pale ale, still enjoyable though and I would drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.