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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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919 Ratings
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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

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)
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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-01-2012 21:14:34 | More by Tumble
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2012 02:08:25 | More by kylemckinnis
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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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-16-2012 00:02:55 | More by mitch3114
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

3/5  rDev -20%

06-02-2014 21:12:14 | More by xJMFCx
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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-24-2013 23:59:01 | More by jmccullough108
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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
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-01-2014 18:58:07 | More by ShepardCommander
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-07-2012 18:46:20 | More by JRBecks
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-21-2013 20:55:44 | More by WoodburyMN
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-26-2012 13:19:43 | More by Tracker83
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-23-2013 01:34:38 | More by sacrelicio
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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:09:47 | More by BarrelO
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 04:18:59 | More by Gyle41386
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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-22-2012 19:02:24 | More by kobeer
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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice copper pour with a 3/4 cap of tan foam which dissapates within 2 minutes.

S: Great aroma of hoppiness and light malts with traces of some piney and mostly citrusy.

T: Very crisp and clean and great with a nice sharper cheese I enjoyed it with a Dubliner.

M: Nice the way it quickly dissapears from the tongue, but very good flavor while there.

D: Very drinkable and smooth could drink a few of these easy!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 05:56:24 | More by nukem5
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-30-2013 14:25:14 | More by davet100
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber body with a small cream head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Sweet caramel aroma with a citrusy hop aroma.

T- Very balanced. Nice sweet malt up front followed by a spicy hit of citrus hop bitterness. Quite a bit of hop flavor opposed to just bitterness. Leaves a pleasant caramel beer aftertaste.

M- Medium body, very smooth. Moderate to high carbonation.

D- I find this to be a very pleasant pale ale. Check it out. I wish I had more of these and would consider buying them again. Lots of hop flavor opposed to just bitterness and it is balanced quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:24:09 | More by gpogo
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-27-2012 05:13:27 | More by aflies
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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep amber-tinted golden color with a creamy medium off white head that has pretty good retention and leaves very good lacing all the way down the glass.

S-Right away I get very citrusy lemon and orange hops, and maybe a sweet hint of grapefruit. Very very nice. No real malt aroma. Which is fine with me.

T-The flavor of the Summit hops are sooo nice. It's like ... lemon juicy hops and a little sweet pale malts and slightly bitter. The bitterness is there but it's so clean and soft. It's nice.

M-Has a solid medium body with a sweet malt backbone that coats the mouth very well. Well balanced beer indeed. But the hops shine in this offering from Widmer. My favorite thus far. Their two new ones are soooo good. They are really stepping up their game. I'm excited to see what they will offer in the future.

D-This I could session all night long. Very drinkable. Please go out and get a sixer of this bad boy. You wont be dissapionted.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 05:10:04 | More by hoplover82
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-08-2013 07:54:28 | More by jesus808
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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