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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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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irishgreensoda

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

11-20-2012 22:43:07 | More by irishgreensoda
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-11-2012 04:51:06 | More by Dapperticus
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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

pours a surprisingly rich bold amber hue with hints of gold and ruby. A strong one-finger head of an eggshell color erupts seemingly from nowhere and has impressive retention, deflating to a foamy cap leaving impressive spongy lacing down the glass.

strong citrus hop aroma with green, floral and herbal notes. almost reminds me of simcoe hops... I suppose it's the summit hops? vanilla, cakey malt... rich and slightly sweet. Smells intoxicating.

Taste is delciously hoppy with that same cakey malt... almost banana bread and vanilla muffin malt backbone, with some amazing grapefruit and herbal hop notes. a light but delicious clean bitterness. Deliciously bright juicy citrus hop profile without being overly hoppy - the pale and caramel malts balance almost perfectly, yielding something not all that far from perfect, and more citrusy and vibrant than your average APA.

mouthfeel is smooth, a touch thick for the style, fairly creamy with ample carbonation. Truly enjoyable to drink, it goes down smoothly and has just enough crispness and light drying to keep things feeling light and uplifting.

I'm sold. this may be my apa/ipa six-pack choice for a while. Enjoyable on all levels, with enough character and pop to make each sip enjoyable. definitely one of my favorite recent bottled offerings from Widmer (by a long shot, actually). Definitely worth a try if you have any appreciation for balanced hopping what-so-ever.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 18:08:00 | More by djeucalyptus
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Front Porch Pub in Houston - served in a shaker pint.

This is the best looking pint of the night... a clear deep reddish color with a pretty impressive head. Not bad at all.

The aroma was a good combo of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The blend I look for in a good APA was there, and definitely want to give it a taste.

The flavor is more of the hoppy fruit flavors than the malt, but the malt still comes through as well. The sweeter flavors are there when you swish the beer around in your mouth and the beer rolls over the tip of the tongue. On the swallow, the hops come through even moreso.

A good beer, best one of the night, and one I went back for seconds of.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 16:22:49 | More by theboozecruise
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually quite a pleasant surprise. I will not lie, I wasn't expecting too much. Appearance is nice copper color, looks somewhat light and refreshing. Smell and taste have very nice hop characteristics. Deep and grapefruity with enough malt to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but acceptable. Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 04:19:58 | More by supercolter
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mjurney

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, hazy. Few little bubbles. Small head.

Aroma:
Piney and citrus hops. Sweet malts. Very crisp smelling.

Taste:
Balance from hops and malts. Hop character is a little more milder than most American Pale Ale I had, I’m getting piney and citrus, maybe a little grassy. Nice malt background, sweet, bready, caramel-toffee, just a touch of butter (almost English like malts). There some fruitness from the yeast. Body is dry, a little crisp. Carbonation is mild.

Finish:
Sweet and dry finish. A little crisp. Dry aftertaste.

Overall:
It’s pretty good for American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 18:20:47 | More by mjurney
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-30-2011 03:33:52 | More by elec
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seand

California

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light orange-ish amber, with a small frothy white head. Just a bit on the surface sticks around, but enough to leave decent lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, with a slight malty sweetness.

T: Citrusy hops, hints of grapefruit. Also has a slightly sticky sweetness to it.

M: Medium to light bodied, medium amount of carbonation.

D: A nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:48:47 | More by seand
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xdtfx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-27-2012 04:02:57 | More by xdtfx
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TheMarkE

California

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

Fairly mild mannered, with a bit of malt and handful of hops. Smooth, well balanced, and drinkable. Widmer makes solid brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 00:13:05 | More by TheMarkE
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-21-2011 22:34:33 | More by fizzyted
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: enticing mix of red, crimson, orange, and yellow mingling together. The rim and base house the lighter pale shades with the darker hues hanging in the middle. Head is safely white in color with a few dabs of soft yellow. The glass housed intermittent strings and blobs of lace nicely, good look overall

S: bursting with a juicy fruit basket of smells: lemons, grapefruits, sweet oranges, and a ring of pineapple, and some pine notes. Subtle candied/honey dipped pine cones, otherwise fruity. The smell is rather delicious!

T: hhmm, no real hop bitterness, no oily residue on the tongue, strange? Smells are deceiving in this sense. Otherwise, the hops have nice initial pop of citrus with floral tea notes. After the sip it houses a clean, dry at times, flavor with a maltiness that is steadfast and even. Sweeter notes round out the flavor profile and make even the flavors. Nothing over the top about this one and pretty well rounded

M: good snap of carbonation rouses the tongue with a mild body. Feels like a good APA

D: easily a all around drinker. Has a nice standing and drinks smooth. I still found the hop flavors a bit timid for what the nose presented...still a winner

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:07:25 | More by Magpie14
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-19-2012 17:31:13 | More by TrojanWheels
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philbertk

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W’07 Pale Ale--Brewmasters’ Release 2007--12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--37 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin dark caramel amber color. Earthy Summit hop front. Crisp doughy earthy tangy mild sweet caramel light toasted body. Rich earthy Chinook hop spice tangy mild citrus end. Chewy! Sampled 1/10/2007.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Drifter the Original Pale Ale--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.35 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Rich foamy lacy off white head. Clear rich bright deep amber color. Huge floral grapefruit hop front. Rich mild sweet citrus fruit toasted biscuit caramel creamy doughy crusty malty body. Refreshing smooth clean balanced mild hop spice lingering grapefruit end. Sampled 7/1/2009. 2 @ $2.99 Each.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Drifter the Original Pale Ale--"Unique Citrus Character, Anything But Pale." 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.25/ 5.0) Pale Ale--Dense rich lacy off white head. Clear bright pretty deep amber red color. Rich floral pine citrus earthy hop front. Rich dry sweet caramel fruit biscuit earthy chewy rich tangy body. No sediment. Rich hop spice clean dry malty citrus end. Hoppy Red Ale. Sampled 3/20/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 28 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) No sediment. Foamy thin short lived mild quarter 1/4" inch off white head. Very pretty rich bright thin dark amber color. Sweet floral citrus hop malty hint front.Mellow sweet slightly creamy doughy rich delicate toasted hint caramel minimal fruit rich malty Pale Ale body. Rich clean balanced mild hop spice nourishing end. Rich tasty hoppy Pale Ale. Excellent! Sampled 5/2/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 5/2/2011.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:42:25 | More by philbertk
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BeerMeBrah

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-25-2012 19:34:05 | More by BeerMeBrah
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2012 02:08:25 | More by kylemckinnis
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danielharper

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Full disclosure: Bottle provided as a sample by a distributor.)

A: Pours deep orange-red with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy, with some effervescence.

S: Smells sweet with apples and some vague citrus with a nice hoppiness underneath. Very fruity, very inviting.

T: Flavor is sweet, fruity, and quite yeasty, with a bit of a hop bite on the back-end.

M: Moderate thickness, heavy on the carbonation and moderate-to-heavy on the hops.

D: It's not an amazing, life-changing beer, but it's definitely worth a try if you like a good pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:30:23 | More by danielharper
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Tumble

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-01-2012 21:14:34 | More by Tumble
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djbreezy

Washington

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

appearance - not much of a head, pours copper

smell - citrus and hops on the nose

taste - subtle flavor of hops, malt, citrus, lingers in the mouth a bit

mouthfeel - light, soft, some carbonation

drinkability - smooth, decent flavor, easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 03:07:39 | More by djbreezy
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mitch3114

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-16-2012 00:02:55 | More by mitch3114
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RWNay

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-19-2012 22:21:09 | More by RWNay
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%

06-02-2014 21:12:14 | More by xJMFCx
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with a trace of head that doesn't lace or retain well. The aroma is pretty fantastic with notes of citrus hops, as well as a little sweet malt. The taste starts with bready caramel malt characteristics and then finishes with citrus and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is balanced, but slightly empty. Overall a great pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:50:16 | More by csiewert
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jmccullough108

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-24-2013 23:59:01 | More by jmccullough108
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of fruity hops with hints of caramel malts.

Taste: Bitter to begin. Develops a citrusy flavors with hints of caramel malts. This is one really stresses the grapefruit/citrus flavors. It's quite nice...

Mouthfeel: A little thin but still crisp and relatively refreshing.

Drinkability: A pretty enjoyable APA. It's not the most flavorful out there but it has a unique citrus flavor to it that's very appealing. The bitterness is pretty mild which makes this very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 20:14:33 | More by wahhmaster
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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