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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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929 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 929
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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Photo of selecter70


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%

I hadn't heard of this beer when I snuck out for a nice lunch at Lir with the missus (pretty decent food too). Every beer was fairly common/decent and I hadn't been aware of this Widmer offering before. The pint came thankfully not pre-chilled, a nice dark russet with thin lilght brown head and very little lace thereafter. The aroma was a fruity roasted malt with a hint of lemon. The flavor likewise was a fruitier Bass Ale, not much in the hops leaning towards a maltier ale. the carbonation seemed a bit low, and the mouthfeel was slick with a bit of a syrupy aftertaste. I'd try this again, maybe with a better pour, as it seems to have potential...

04-16-2010 16:28:19 | More by selecter70
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.9/5  rDev +4%

Pours a nice semi-transparent mahogany with a decent pale beige head. Aroma is strongly hoppy and almost evergreen. Flavor is hoppy, slightly spicy and slightly floral with a subtle undertone of sweet apple. Smooth, lively, fizzy texture leaves a fruity and hoppy finish.

04-12-2010 00:35:47 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -4%

A: Bright amber, with small white head.

S: Fairly hoppy, and sweet citrus in there.

T: Not overly hoppy. Has the grapefruit taste, and a little bitterness, but mainly sweet.

M: Quite crisp, and pretty light, too. Has some good carbonation though.

D: I've never been a big fan of this, it's decent, but won't drink it unless there are no other options. However, it's easy to put down and tastes pretty good, so if you like it, got for it.

04-08-2010 14:30:02 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of RoyalT


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

Appearance - This came out a nice shiny copper in color with a decent head that actually left a little lacing.

Smell - The classic PacNW hop profile is here albeit muted but the grain is a little cheap at the nose.

Taste - The hops don't carry over well into the taste losing their complexity and taking on a really one-dimensional citrus flavor. The grain unfortunately tastes like it smells. It's not bad but just not good. It's really not anything just kind of a mediocre effort at a grain backbone.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the sprightly carbonation of this ale but it was too thin and watery for the style.

Drinkability - This was OK to drink but it really lacked substance.

04-08-2010 01:18:39 | More by RoyalT
Photo of mooseisloose


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

04-04-2010 17:57:47 | More by mooseisloose
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 DNICE555


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Trivia Night at the B

A - Dark copper, thin white head.

S - Earthy, fruity, citrusy hops.

T - Same as it smells. Bitterness really makes a nice appearance. This is a lot better than I thought it was be.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Very well balanced.

D - A Very nice pale ale. Not my favorite but very nicely crafted.

03-12-2010 18:58:43 | More by DNICE555
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled on 01/04/10

Drifter Pale Ale pours a nice coppery amber, very clear with an off white head that falls quickly leaving moderate amounts of oily lacing.

The aroma is fresh very aromatic citrus and floral hops.

The flavor profile is very hop forward, full of grapefruit, orange and lemon, a bit of fruit sourness, not overly bitter and backed by a nice bready malt back bone.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drifter is a nice smooth drinking beer, it may not become an everyday beer for me, it's a bit on the citrusy side, but I'm glad I bought and my wife and I will have no trouble whatsoever polishing off the six pack. Recomended

03-04-2010 23:29:55 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of Minkybut


2.63/5  rDev -29.9%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a gas colored concoction with no head what so ever. The beer had a bit of a caramel smell. The beer was flat tasting and looking and I thought terrible. Then I discovered it was a year old by the brewed on date. I took the 6-pack back to Food Lion and got a refund. I am also sending Widmer Brothers Brewing a note explaining the ordeal.

02-26-2010 19:37:02 | More by Minkybut
Photo of scottyshades


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

A: pours an opaque/slighty cloudy copper
color. The head is decent, retains ok

S: delicate hop aromas, floral notes. A light
toastyness, with come caramel malt, molasses, and apple?

T: really nicely balanced, hops are present (floral but not really bitter) and the bready malts balance perfectly. Caramel and
light fruit makes an appearance as well.

MF/D: spicy mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, medium/heavy in body for the style

nice surprise after their hefe

02-26-2010 04:02:37 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Offa


4/5  rDev +6.7%

This is a good, yeasty, very drinkable, well-balanced and well-rounded American Pale Ale with hop and malt qualities both quite noticeable.

Amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and some frothy lace.

Aroma is mandarin orange, a little clearly noticeable but subdued grapefruit, bread, hints of pine resin, yeast, anise, and hay.

Taste is a lot of dough, a bit yeasty with light, juicy orange, yeast, hints of dried herbs and hay. It is very balanced in sweetness ans bitterness, hop and malt character, but not weak in any element. It is very drinkable and has a faint, subdued English quality to it.

02-24-2010 05:33:22 | More by Offa
Photo of alleykatking


3/5  rDev -20%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a amber color into the glass. Half finger white head dies almost as soon as it appears. Some light streaking lacing on the dies of the glass.

S- This has some floral and light citrus hops in the aroma. The malts in this bring forth a light sweetness. Also there is some almost apple like qualities to this beer. Not what I was expecting.

T- Some light hops in the front of this (citrus kinda). The malts pretty much take up most of this beer with a bready overtone. A light bitterness in the back end of this...didn't seem to go together as well as I thought it could have.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light hop flavor left on the palate to duke it out with bready malt. Aftertaste was very malt forward with a hint of bitterness. This beer didn't have either a crispness to it or a clean taste.

D- This was a alright pale. Nothing at all that I would really want to try again. It was good for one beer but left me hanging for something that has a little more flavor to it. I take that back...something with a little more balanced flavor to it.

02-15-2010 04:30:07 | More by alleykatking
Photo of L337ish

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours a dark apple juice color. Off-white that dissipates and surprisingly laces quite well.

S: Smells awesome. The citrus really comes through here and mixes perfectly with the malts.

T: Nothing to complain about here. The tangy, citrus note from the smell is definitely there with the caramel malts.

M: Citrus-y and kind of a medium body. Not as bitter as one would think given the hoppy-ness of the beer.

D: Very drinkable, but this is one of those brews I would rather just have one or two of to preserve it's appeal.

I like this beer a lot. If it's a hot day on the beach, or a barbecue, or whatever, this is an awesome beer to make your taste buds rejoice.

02-12-2010 20:50:14 | More by L337ish
Photo of jdc8d8


4.7/5  rDev +25.3%

At Champps sports bar in Indianapolis on tap.

More of a red/amber color than I expected from a pale ale.

Tasted great, surprised me with the flavor in a good way.

Was easy to drink and was very smooth. Was through a 20 oz in literally minutes.

Ordered several and will be looking for six paks at my local Friar Tucks.

02-06-2010 00:13:21 | More by jdc8d8
Photo of bmwats


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. Very slight, bubbly, white head. The little bit of carbonation migrates to the rim of the glass. Slight smattering of streaky lacing remains.

S: Tangy malty nose. Really floral, lemon citrus. Sunflower I think.

T: Really robust and flavorful. Again, tangy malty goodness. Very hoppy, but not really all that bitter... kinda' strange in that regard. Just a hint of sweetness.

M: Light, but full. Has kind of of syrupy feel to it. Floral notes fill the nose and coat the palette. A bit of steely, biting finish that lingers throughout.

D: Good beer to sip, kinda' hard to drink fast.

Great atmosphere. Appearance is maybe a bit above average, nothing to write home about. Nose is great though. Full and floral, but not overly sweet. Flavor is full, robust, and has really strong outstanding components; but nothing overwhelms anything else making for great balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

02-01-2010 02:53:38 | More by bmwats
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 BDJake


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

A- pours a somewhat hazy copper brown with minimal head and retention

S- some earthy, floral hops, mild grapefruit notes, and a little malty

T- slight bitterness up front, a little citric and some bready undertones

M- didn't do it much justice, medium in body with low carbonation and a lingering bready aftertaste

D- decent enough, but it'll likely fall into the every-now-and-then status I've seen from Widmer thus far. a good sessionable brew, nothing more, but then again, it doesn't need to be

01-25-2010 09:39:41 | More by BDJake
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Light copper color with good off white head and some lacing.

Aroma is citrus/piney/soapy? Can't quite put my finger on the hop blend here? But after a few more swigs it starts to grow on me.

Nicely balanced, maybe a little more hoppy, which in my book is a perfect APA.

The hoppy taste is certainly unique and may not be everyones cup of tea, but it works for me.

It has a little odd soapy taste in the finish but not enough to turn me off. Overall a nice APA. I will try again for sure.

01-21-2010 15:58:00 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of YOOJ


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

I am generally not a Widmer fan, but this brew is surprising. A moderate flavor with a matching 5.7% , but certainly enough character to be both interesting and highly sessionable.

A satisfying maltiness with a very interesting hop character coming through nicely as well. Piny with a little bit of grapefruit, Drifter has an excellent hop profile considering the abv, the brewery, and the price tag.

Honestly there is not much bad about this beer.

(This was a very fresh bottle, I plan on trying this beer again for a re-review )

01-17-2010 09:32:54 | More by YOOJ
Photo of FallinDeck


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Small fluffy head witch didn't last long. Has a nice amber color. Not much of an aroma coming off the beer. Has a nice citrus flavor with a very light hops taste (almost none). The mouth feel leaves something to be desired though. It was very light in body, and has an almost slimy feel going down. As far as a Pale Ale I see this beer a very week one. It does have a good citrus taste working for it and I little tingle for after, but oddly no real after taste.
Pro: I see this as a good weekday beer that you can chug away at, with not a bad flavor.
Con: Has a great lack of full body.

01-14-2010 14:56:03 | More by FallinDeck
Photo of bum732


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a very clear copper orange, decent head with great lacing. Smells of mild citrus hops, grapefruit and orange mostly some bready malt, an almost wine like aroma, pinot grigio to be exact. Tastes of semi-sweet bready malt with a nice crisp fruity hoppy backbone. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

A really nice beer, has an almost wine like character to it, probably due to the Nelson Sauvin hops. Bitterness is pretty low but the hop taste comes through nicely. A solid APA. A solid beer, reminds me a lot of SNPA, very similar flavors.

12-24-2009 02:54:23 | More by bum732
Photo of Kitt


3.08/5  rDev -17.9%

Pours a deep rich orange-red. Head very weak with lacing same; however, thin head persists remarkably long for initial volume.

Aroma un-remarkable; average; straw with a citrus background and a hint of malt. Taste about the same but with an added prominent hop influence. Although apparently an APA I place it on the opposite side of IPA. Hops too weak for a true APA. Carbonation is off-center, a bit too forward for my taste.

Mouthfeel good, smooth, but rather weak in viscosity. Drinkability - refreshing.

This beer falls somewhere just on the weak side of IPA. The hops are prominent and somewhat bitter but don't linger long leaving the ambient citrus background wanting. A refreshing beer suitable for a mid-week lunch break.

12-12-2009 02:18:37 | More by Kitt
Photo of velosuds


4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Sep 16 09. From a six pack purchased for $5.99.

A-Pours an amber-orange with a one and a quarter finger, off-white head with average retention and nice, even lacing.

S-Very fragrant, citrusy hops and caramel malt.

T-A full flavored light ale. Nice blend of bitterness and tropical fruit notes with a balanced malt presence.

M-Very smooth. Good carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable and is frequently on sale for $1.00 a 12 oz. bottle which makes it a very good value.

11-22-2009 03:58:54 | More by velosuds
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops with nice mango ester. Taste is a nice mix between some citrusy hops with nice mango notes and a light caramel backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well done with nice mango ester and well balanced sweetness.

11-21-2009 15:39:56 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of vdread


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

Drifter Pale Ale
bottle to glass

ok, so this review is based on a tasting recommendation by my lady, who is not a beer drinker by any stretch of the imagination. the date on the bottle was two months past, but i don't know if it was the brewed date or the drink by date?

it is a light amber color and frothy on top, smelling of bitter citrus hops. the grapefruit sticks out the most, and comes with an intense hop bitterness that seems out of balance with the rest of the flavors. the malt is soft and stays behind the abrasive hop astringency. grapefruit, orange, caramel malt, and oily hoppiness really stick out.

mouthfeel is slick, nothing offensive about the mouthfeel. easily sippable.

+ grapefruity, hoppy pale ale

+ a solid pale ale, in some ways similar to a SNPA

- the hop bitterness doesn't blend well with the overall taste.

11-21-2009 15:09:34 | More by vdread
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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