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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

934 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 934
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)
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

JSeabrookeFox, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kopfschuss, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are pleasant light aromas of passionfruit in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is a bit stronger with subtle flavors of passionfruit and pale malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable pale ale that has interesting aromas and flavors imparted by the Nelson Sauvin hops. There is a good balance between the malt and hops because you can taste the hop flavors but these aren’t accompanied by a strong bitterness like an IPA.

metter98, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ScubaSteve00, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Skunkdrool, Aug 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

Jovian, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

n3utral, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jik18, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

TheTinDoor, Aug 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

mrdziuban, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Dapperticus, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

weaselchew, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of purplesugar
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ya know, if this beer had blew me away, I would do the whole ASTMO thing and spend more time on it. But, it WAS a pleasant surprise. I love their spiced ipa, and was skeptical to try this PA (cause I often stick to IPA's), but it was good. Citrus-y.

purplesugar, Aug 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

MonkeyStain, Aug 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

rydev24, Aug 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

RonKoch, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a crisp, refreshing quaff that hits the right buttons: there is the semi-translucent copper body topped by a thin head, one which results in moderate lacing; there is the mild nose of grass; these are supported by a light floral taste with a subtle touch of tangerine in the mix. There is the pleasing, but light, fade that replenishes a dry palate on a hot day.

If you think about downing a sixer in an afternoon, this could be the beer with which to do it.

jjboesen, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

zonker17, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft, poured into a big old plastic cup.

I'm sure it could be because it was a gorgeous summer day, but from the second I sat down behind this beer, I was happy. It tasted like a straight, down-the-middle pale ale should. Malty, the right amount of hops, some foam. The color was bubbly amber. I enjoyed this beer deeply, and could easily have spent the day happily drinking them. No tricks or surprises here, just a hands-down easy-going happy-drinking pale ale. I can't wait to have another.

mrfreakybig, Jul 24, 2012
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.