1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

927 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 927
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Drifter Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 406 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-21-2011 22:34:33 | More by fizzyted
Photo of mitch3114

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-16-2012 00:02:55 | More by mitch3114
Photo of Magpie14


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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

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


4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-19-2012 17:31:13 | More by TrojanWheels
Photo of kylemckinnis


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2012 02:08:25 | More by kylemckinnis
Photo of philbertk


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

05-17-2011 04:42:25 | More by philbertk
Photo of ShepardCommander


4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-01-2014 18:58:07 | More by ShepardCommander
Photo of Tumble


4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-01-2012 21:14:34 | More by Tumble
Photo of danielharper


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

(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.

01-26-2010 01:30:23 | More by danielharper
Photo of RWNay


4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%

06-02-2014 21:12:14 | More by xJMFCx
Photo of djbreezy


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

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

03-18-2010 03:07:39 | More by djbreezy
Photo of Tracker83


4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-26-2012 13:19:43 | More by Tracker83
Photo of timoteo833

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-14-2014 00:02:40 | More by timoteo833
Photo of csiewert


4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev 0%

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


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-29-2010 20:14:33 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of ahommell


3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-22-2013 00:42:08 | More by ahommell
Photo of JRBecks


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-07-2012 18:46:20 | More by JRBecks
Photo of WoodburyMN


4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-21-2013 20:55:44 | More by WoodburyMN
Photo of davet100


4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-30-2013 14:25:14 | More by davet100
Photo of sacrelicio


4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-23-2013 01:34:38 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of Bobhoya


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-08-2012 03:11:04 | More by Bobhoya
Photo of BarrelO


4.2/5  rDev +12%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/19/10.

A: Medium orange, like the color of honey. Even the most vigorous pour hardly draws any head, but it does leave good lacing.

S: Oranges, tropical berries, and vinous notes.

T: Lots of citrus, but again, it's more orange than grapefruit. Some berries and other tropical fruits I can't quite place. Malt is alternately bready and sweet.

M: Light to medium body, a hint of carbonation.

D: Move over, Sierra Nevada. Take a hike, Liberty Pale Ale. There's a new standard for American pale ales. I'm really happy to see Nelson Sauvin hops showcased in a mass-produced beer.

12-31-2010 03:09:47 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled 4/1/09) into a pint glass.

Pours an amber orange color. Relatively small white head. Spotty lacing.

Hoppy aroma. I'm getting mostly pine, but can detect some citrus, as well. Lemon, pineapple, grapefruit. There's also a sweetness to the nose, and I can't decide if that's coming from the malt base or not.

Yeah, the sweetness seems to be from the malt. There's a decent malt taste up front, then a floral hoppy bitterness takes over. This is much more balanced than the aroma makes it appear.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation level is appropriate. Pretty smooth drinker. Dry finish. Not bad.

05-04-2009 04:18:59 | More by Gyle41386
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.