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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

929 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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

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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

12 oz picked up today at the Coop... poured into my Chimay goblet...

3/4" head with nice lace and a firm cap atop a clear orange amber brew....

The nose is resounding citric... tangerine even..

Flavor is the same... zesty orange.. some doughy maltiness adds a little bit of sweetness.. with a light smack of caramel.. really balanced yet you still know this is a fresh PNW pale ale... medium body with a lively carbonation... even the burps taste like tangerine juice essence..

This is actually pretty damn good pale ale... I could see drinking this one for a while in the long run, and it makes me wish I would have picked up a 6'er today to have a fridge beer...

02-14-2009 05:13:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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michaelgrant1983

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

05-24-2009 20:48:39 | More by michaelgrant1983
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Hoopster4hire

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass

Burnt orange/dark gold appearance with minimal lacing

Strong aroma of pine, grapefruit and hawaiian sweet bread

EXCEPTIONAL! Nice blend of hops, citrus and malt intertwined into a highly drinkable beer. Hop flavor is present, but notoverpowering. Citrus and fruit flavor is what shines here. Pineapple, papaya, guava and grapefruit at the forefront. Just enough malt to balance everything out

Great carbonation that lead to a crazily drinkable beer.

Not your typical pale ale but a great change of pace or fun and sunshine beer

Highly recommend

12-27-2010 04:26:36 | More by Hoopster4hire
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leokbelo

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

Had this one while on vacation at Florida's west coast (was able to bring some back home!).
Pours a lively copper, with a nice inch head, that dissipates into a niche half inch lacing. Right away you get a lot of hops on the nose, its bouquet is quite something. Piney and citrusy, made me think of Passion Fruit. Sweet and malty on the tongue, with a very moderate hop bitterness. Again, Passion Fruit!
Extremely drinkable.
This is one great American Pale Ale! Funny thing was that at first, before tasting it, it makes you think of an IPA, right away. So much hops on the nose, but very moderate on the tongue.
Excellent beer, one that I have never seen around the Miami area, so I'll be sad if I can't find it around here...
HIGHLY recommended!

07-22-2010 02:58:45 | More by leokbelo
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jaredseaman77

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-04-2012 17:40:02 | More by jaredseaman77
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heather625

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-19-2012 03:51:17 | More by heather625
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-19-2013 22:11:05 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Dave128

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +20%

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 5-19-11 into a Duvel tulip.

A - Having not read that label or knowing anything about the beer, the pour was surprising. Dark amber in color. As the bottle states, "Anything but pale" Lacing is not too apparent, but it rolls around the glass nicely before slowly trickling down back into the main volume of the beer.

S - sweet crystal malt and american hops. Not too strong on either one.

T - Just about the best tasting APA I've ever had. It is very well if not perfectly balanced. Sweet and caramely up front into a wonderfully grassy hop note. Bitterness was not over the top as I was dreading with most APA's these days.

M - Great for the style. closer to medium bodied than light. Great level of carbonation.

O - A very surprising beer for me, starting from the pour all the way to the last sips. I was expecting an average overhopped APA, but I thoroughly enjoyed this not so pale pale ale.

09-06-2011 04:22:03 | More by Dave128
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Shawkabukoo


4.5/5  rDev +20%

08-14-2012 05:48:09 | More by Shawkabukoo
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logitech886

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-25-2013 00:51:33 | More by logitech886
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richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20%

11-19-2011 14:36:24 | More by richbrew
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mdevonshire

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-15-2012 17:40:21 | More by mdevonshire
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jocain916

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20%

07-17-2012 05:16:43 | More by jocain916
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MadeInOregon

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-01-2013 23:01:41 | More by MadeInOregon
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Metal4Breakfast

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-25-2012 00:05:54 | More by Metal4Breakfast
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CoolGuy42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20%

10-25-2012 20:31:18 | More by CoolGuy42
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DonNachoFresco

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-05-2013 22:57:59 | More by DonNachoFresco
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jamiesmithnc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +20%

04-11-2012 22:20:33 | More by jamiesmithnc
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Atmac


4.5/5  rDev +20%

11-03-2012 23:51:04 | More by Atmac
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Ethanol4one

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%

Excellent balance of hops with rich, if slightly muted and slightly over attenuated malty flavors. I like this beer.

The head looks bottle aged, with those awesome micro bubbles you'll find on Guinness or in a bottle aged Belgian ale that uses Champaign yeast to top it off. I just got served a second, which looked flat, and within 30 second, it's got a head like a Guinness (but tasting nothing like it).

It's deceptive, almost like a big, thin, rice brewed commercial lager but with twice the flavor and punch, or kick in the chops, however you like to think of ABV. Not very hoppy on the nose either, so you still may think you're going to get a basic lager flavor until the malt meets hops toward the back of the mouth.

Compares well to Sam Adams and blows away Shock Top sitting next to it on tap, like a vainglorious David Lee Roth posing next to, say, The Killers. Drifter's Tap handle is pretty cool too, like a clean, cartoonishly retro life saver resting on deck, there for you, in case you need it.

It's all over Florida, so it's there for you if you're lurking around the sunny-rainy "Sunshine" state. Unlike Florida, this beer always appears to deliver.

12-11-2012 20:12:13 | More by Ethanol4one
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TheBossMan24


4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-27-2012 03:24:53 | More by TheBossMan24
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hurstja

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-23-2012 01:25:33 | More by hurstja
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makaip

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-28-2012 01:38:23 | More by makaip
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +20%

04-21-2012 00:03:35 | More by HamGlade10
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paul0311

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20%

09-23-2012 13:42:46 | More by paul0311
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.