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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

940 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of katan
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint, dated 042209

A - Pours a brown with an amberish hue. Very well filtered, no hazing whatsoever. Very little head formation, with only a small white film left behind.

S - A roasted and nutty malt base leads the way, with only a light amount of american hops in the background. The hops note is more piney and edgy.

T - Surprisingly to me, this beer was all hop bite. The nuttiness I thought that was on the nose was all American fresh hops. Very piney as noted in the smell. Towards the mid-stream the bitterness builds, which then draws in some grassy notes. Certainly has a west coast flair to it. Aftertaste maintains a "fresh hop" flavor.

M - Moderate to high body - beer is well built with a combination of alpha acids and unfermentables. No alcohol warming to note. Carbonation is light.

D - In the land of west coast APAs, this beer lines up very well fo rme - the flavors are smooth, well integrated, and not overbearing. ABV is manageable. Not filling.

Dang, just when I thought I had Widmer pegged as a brewery that didn't fit me, I run into a beer I find to be pretty dang solid. Reminds me quite a bit of a OB Dale's Pale Ale.

katan, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of RedChrome
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer was clear and copper colored. Three quarters of an inch of white head faded to a slick quickly. A few small carbonation bubbles rising slowly. A minimal amount of lace.

Cereal grains dominate the initial nose full. A second whiff has a distinct fruit presence but not enough strength of any one fruit to identify. A light hops aroma.

Fruitiness coats the base grains and bends nicely. An overall hops bitterness is also pleasantly strong. Nicely balanced taste on the tongue.

A bit watery as it runs off. Taste linger nicely on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit active.

A solid offering. A great hamburger and fries brew. A definite beer to session with. This is a great choice to bridge people into the craft brew world.

RedChrome, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Widmer- Drifter Pale Ale

A- Deep amber copper brown with a big thick creamy lacing head.
S- Creamy bready malt with a nice sweet grapefruit and citrus hop twang.
T- Solid sweet caramel malt with buttery biscuit and grainy bread malt. Mildly sweet citrus and grapefruit hops never overpower. Finishes off with a nice fresh hoppiness.
M- Very creamy and smooth. Perfect balance of sweetness. Hops appear fresh and juicy.

Overall- Smooth and fresh tasting. Nice balanced Pale Ale. Widmer's best offering!

NJpadreFan, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep bronze color...very nice look.

A-Top notch...one of the best aroma's for a pale ale I have smelled. Juicy citrus...oranges, tangerines, sweetened grapefruiit, pinneaples and more...Better than Itasca Pale Ale from Rock Bottom which to me was always the standard.

T-Bright citrus jumps out at you....same fruits...great hop burps...I love the use of hops in this beer. Just a hint of caramel malt backing evident...it lays down a nice firm but not big backbone for this.

M-Medium bodied at best...not a big beer but not watery at all.

D-This is an awesome pale ale...maybe the best I have had.

ZAP, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts along with a piney hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very malty flavor that really focuses on the bisquit malts. It's smooth with a mild hop finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker. It's nice to see a different take on the APA.

WesWes, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BWMKappaSig
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A: The pour produces a finger-thick off-white head and a rich, clear, copper colored beer. As the head goes down, it leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Typical pale ale smell of mild malts with a little hop background. A slight buttery caramel smell is evident. On the spectrum of Pale Ales, closer to Bass in the smell than Sierra Nevada. Strangely, the hops become a little more apparent as it warms.

T: The initial taste is characterized by a hoppiness not evident in the smell. After the bitterness, a slight malt sweetness comes through. Well balanced and true to style, I originally thought there was a sweet breadiness to it, but I believe I was tasting the citrusy hops.

M: Medium body, with a moderately dry finish.

D: The dry finish and low alcohol make this a very drinkable beer. Nothing overly complex, but a classic example of the quintessential beer. Not intimidating for beginners at all.

BWMKappaSig, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of ttam281
1.78/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I had high hopes for this beer as I love Broken Halo and their hefe. But this on just didn't work out for me. The amount of bitterness is perfect for an american pale ale but the type of hops they used disagrees with my palate 100%. Their website said they used summit, nelson sauvin, and alchemy hops in this beer. I'm assuming its the summit or the Nelson Sauvin hops because I like their IPA and it has alchemy hops in it. Would be a great beer if they used something like cascade instead. But then I guess it'd probably just taste like Sierra Nevada.

ttam281, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber color. Small head disappears into a thin lace. Smells sweet, a lot of citrus. Maybe some lemongrass. Tastes strongly of grapefruity american hops. Its medium bitterness is enough to balance any cloying sweetness from the caramel/bready malt backbone. Pretty decent, the grapefruit stands out for me in this one.

drunkboxer1, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deepish orange color with a small white head. Nose is on the mellow side of citrus notes. Taste is a little hop forward with some citrus and floral notes. Mouthfeel is nice, bubbly and pretty good. Nice ABV makes it a good session brew. Very drinkable indeed. Surpsise by Widmer.

barleywinefiend, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey-golden color. Icy wisp of lace. The head is pure white and not bad at all.

The smell is of major sweet citrus and stone fruit hops. Thick tangerine and blood oranges. Also grapefruit and citrus hops. The malt is of the pale variety, but not too prickly.

The taste is a heavy tangerine hop. Only a hint of citrus here. The malt is a tad roasted, which adds a dark balance. The malt is more like rye than pale malt in the taste.

The feel is smooth and buttery. Like silk, and almost perfect. The drinkability is high, because this beer is really impressive. Has an unexpected sweet/bitter balance.

williamherbert, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnished copper body. Thin beige head. Spotty lace. Very pleasant aroma of vibrant aromatic hops and carmelized malts. As with the nose, there's a nice balance on the palate between hops and malt. Bright citric hop notes meld with caramel malts to create an agreeable flavor. Medium to medium-full body. Moderately carbonated.

Bighuge, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of supercolter
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.

supercolter, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Briarscratch
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a thin off white head that fizzed away fairly quickly. It is leaving a bit a lacing halfway down the glass.

This beer smells delicious with a hoppy, sort of citrus aroma like a hint of grapefruit along with a malty sweetness.

Tastes very refreshing with an immediate hop fruitiness that stands out the entire time. Something about this beer other than the color is different than most pale ales. The taste is very mild and only lingers on the tongue for a few seconds. Slightly bitter.

Very thin and easy to swallow. Decent bit of carbonation.

The drinkability is awesome. I finished this beer before I could even finish typing this review and this is the last one of the six pack. (I didn't drink them all today).

Briarscratch, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of albern
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise, and one of the more estery hop filled APAs that I've tried. The beer pours a nice slightly orangey amber color with a slightly foamy off white head. The retention doesn't last and there is just a touch of lacing. The nose is awesome for an APA. It has very nice piney hop notes, as well as some nice grapefruit and floral bittering hop as well.

The taste is quite good. The hop is very juicy and estery. The beer itself is a tad bit thin, doesn't have lots of bready backbone or a substantial creamy base. What you do get is a very nice, slightly thin, malty beer with some very nice hop notes throughout. It is a tad drying in the finish, and there is some leafy bite in the finish as well, but this beer is quite good, refreshing, enjoyable, with a mouthfeel that is a bit citrusy and an aftertaste that is very mild. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, May 30, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with thick off-white head. Good lacing down glass. Smells like sweet grapefruit hops. Smells great, but kind of one dimensional. A nice blend of citrus, fruity grapefruit hops and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is a little thick and full for a pale ale but good. Great drinkability, could drink these all day.

Kromes, May 30, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar in my hometown. Hadn't heard of this before so I didn't know what to expect, but given the selection at this bar, I was not optimstic.

Beer was served in a 20 oz. glass. The beer was amber with reddish tones and had a small beige head with little retention. The aroma was fruity, particularly citrus and grapefruit. There was a slightly noticable caramel undertone. The taste was citrusy. The grapefruit notes didn't appear to be from the hops though, as the beer was not at all bitter or piney. Some caramel undertone. The taste was nice, but felt somewhat artificial. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation. Drinkability was high due to average ABV and light flavor.

Overall, a decent beer with some nice light fruit flavor, however I would not consider this a Pale Ale. A decent, sessionable beer though.

Gosox8787, May 29, 2009
Photo of ancientelixir
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a pint glass it came up with one finger of head that faded fairly quickly. Smells of malt and fruitiness, peaches and apricot, with a slight hop. Clean mouthfeel with good caronation, smooth and drinkable. Tastes like a good pale ale with a decent malt/hop balance. The one thing I did appreciate about this beer was a unique citrusy, peach/apricot flavor that I enjoyed. I will probably buy this again.

ancientelixir, May 25, 2009
Photo of michaelgrant1983
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awsome amounts of citrus smell on the brew, makes you think you're going to get a real hoppy brew. Good deep amber color with a head on the beer that disapears quickly. The taste is amazing. Good hops, with a great balance. I can't say enough of how good this beer is. I'm very impressed with Widmer Brothers brewing for coming out with this one.

michaelgrant1983, May 24, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with white head that doesn't last long. Nose has a nice citrusy element, particularly grapefruit, and some candied aromas. Palate is on the dry, hoppy side with a small backbone of malt to balance out. Not a bad offering from one of the BMC affiliates.

yemenmocha, May 24, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with bottled on dating on the lower front label. (040609) Pours clear darker amber, fluffydarker tan head, that sticks around for ever, leaving more then respectable lace on the glass. The sniff reveals more then typical wiffs of citric hops. Nice, drinkable pale. Pineapple tinged hops, with hints of lime and mango with floral/fruity flourishes. Dry, yet still fruity finish. A pleasant suprise. Well worth a try.

Billolick, May 23, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
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.

hoplover82, May 22, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass at a local seafood restaurant this beer wasn't half bad. It was between this and Bud Light and I think I picked the right one. The head was decent (around 1 inch) and overall the beer was a deep reddish brown.

The nose was rather bland - no hops at all are present in the aroma. There is the smell of malt and metal. I thought for sure this was AB - and ended up being right but I honestly had no idea when I bought the two of them tonight.

The taste was surprisingly refreshing. The first thing you notice is the malt and the length of the flavor. There is minimal hops - basically this is more in line with an English Pale Ale but who really cares - it's not bad beer at all.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin for my taste in pale ales - I think it was a touch overcarbonated, but that could be the bartender's fault. He really didn't seem to know much about beer.

The drinkability is decent. I did end up having 2 decently sized pints (16 oz) and had no problem finishing them both. Overall I'd say this beer was a decent surprise at a location I figured I would have to order wine in order to be happy.

PerzentRizen, May 21, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the west coast beer festival

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered off-whte head. Dissipated moderately and left no lacing.

S/T - Honey, grass, and light citrus.

M - Full-bodied and hop dominated.

D - Good, but couldn't taste much in the form of malts in this pale ale.

MisterClean, May 17, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red. Thin head with faint retention. Decent lacing.

The nose has a lot going on. Pine, citrus. but mainly a floral aroma.

Hits very bright and citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple are present. Full bodied for the style. Very full finish with nice, nice bitters.

A keeper.

beer2day, May 17, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained at the local Hannaford, bottled on 4-10-2009. Pours a crystal-clear dark amber body with a very short-lived quarter inch of off-white head. Smells very citrussy and pithy, grapefruit and lemon come to mind. Lemon hits the palat first, with a fair bit of grapefruit and hints of pith in tow. A reasonable amount of caramel malt helps to balance the hops, with hints of breadiness too. Smooth light to medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Very very drinkable, even for the style. Simple and balanced, some may well view this as a bit pedestrian. But nonetheless it's a solid APA and much better than I expected.

MrHurmateeowish, May 14, 2009
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.