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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

901 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%


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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williamherbert

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:49:23 | More by williamherbert
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 00:08:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Floral and pine hops are the main scent for this one.

Taste: I was pleasantly surprised at this one, much more flavorful and a nice floral and grapefruit hops flavor. Not a lot of malt here, but the hops are the star in this APA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent flavorful American Pale Ale. Would definitely seek this out and drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:02:07 | More by ChopperSmith
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argock

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on front label. Purchased as part of variety 24-pack from Sam's Club (Charlottesville, VA) for $23.72.

A: Honey-gold with 1-2 finger rocky off-white head with good retention but minimal lace.

S: Delicious spicy orange hoppiness is matched with solid pale and light caramel malt backing.

T: This brew's flavor is substantial with exceptional pale and caramel malt sweetness coupled with a unique orange dominated and spicy, herbal hops component that rounds out this very nice beer.

M: The maltload must be more subtantive that the taste belies as the body is medium-plus with low carbonation.

D: A really good APA with solid malt backbone and a unique hop profile which provides big flavor. This would be an exceptional session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:14:59 | More by argock
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Trappissed

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty unique APA. Taste is very light and unassuming. Faint, but pleasant citrus and light maltiness. A bit of a metallic taste that I get in some APAs. Its almost like I'm not drinking beer, but its still somehow good. This beer goes down like a hooker on death row after she found out that she was pardoned and can start being a hooker again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:24:50 | More by Trappissed
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EtOHMD

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Globe in Boston on XMas Eve procrastinating from shopping. This beer is a good diversion. Clear burnt orange color with reddish tints and thin white head. Decent lacing. Smells mainly pine. First sip was bad for some reason but rest was really good and kept getting better. Mild hops, resin, pine up front followed by refreshing mildly spicy (clove) citrus and apple. Excellent taste. Crisp smooth feel. Could go for a few but alas last minute shopping calls.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 20:21:13 | More by EtOHMD
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LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifull clear copper with bright yellow/orange highlights. There is a thin off white foam. Tropical fruit, tangerine and a gentle boozyness. The smell is intoxicating! On the taste I get fresh orange that lingers with some pine and just minimal bitterness. The taste is so smooth and complex yet very refreshing. The mouthfeel is lightly dry. This is a very nice beer that is full of flavour, very easy to drink and just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. This is a perfect example of a hoppy Pale Ale. All the hops of an IPA but brewed for flavour and aroma over bitterness. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 01:01:22 | More by LazyL
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philbertk

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W’07 Pale Ale--Brewmasters’ Release 2007--12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--37 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin dark caramel amber color. Earthy Summit hop front. Crisp doughy earthy tangy mild sweet caramel light toasted body. Rich earthy Chinook hop spice tangy mild citrus end. Chewy! Sampled 1/10/2007.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Drifter the Original Pale Ale--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.35 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Rich foamy lacy off white head. Clear rich bright deep amber color. Huge floral grapefruit hop front. Rich mild sweet citrus fruit toasted biscuit caramel creamy doughy crusty malty body. Refreshing smooth clean balanced mild hop spice lingering grapefruit end. Sampled 7/1/2009. 2 @ $2.99 Each.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Drifter the Original Pale Ale--"Unique Citrus Character, Anything But Pale." 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.25/ 5.0) Pale Ale--Dense rich lacy off white head. Clear bright pretty deep amber red color. Rich floral pine citrus earthy hop front. Rich dry sweet caramel fruit biscuit earthy chewy rich tangy body. No sediment. Rich hop spice clean dry malty citrus end. Hoppy Red Ale. Sampled 3/20/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 28 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) No sediment. Foamy thin short lived mild quarter 1/4" inch off white head. Very pretty rich bright thin dark amber color. Sweet floral citrus hop malty hint front.Mellow sweet slightly creamy doughy rich delicate toasted hint caramel minimal fruit rich malty Pale Ale body. Rich clean balanced mild hop spice nourishing end. Rich tasty hoppy Pale Ale. Excellent! Sampled 5/2/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 5/2/2011.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:42:25 | More by philbertk
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this must be my favourite straight-up pale ale these days. It's crisp, has a good amount of bitterness (but not super hoppy...though I like that), has a good bite and no nasty aftertaste at all. I had a few flavours of Widmer's when I was down in Oregon a month ago and everything I tried from this brewery was delicious. I'd definitely recommend - I just hope I can find it in my neck of the woods again some time soon!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:13:39 | More by timtwoface
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Spikester

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Full amber with a modest white head from a gentle pour. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste is citrus orange pinapple with a sweet caramel malt. It does have a moderate amount of hops bitterness and an IBU of 32. A very drinkable, slightly sweet Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:49:38 | More by Spikester
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Because the Brrr was so absolutly delicious I saw this today and had to grab it.

Poured from a brown 12 oz non-twist off bottle. Went into a tulip forming a semi foamy cola like white 1'' head. Receeding to a nice colar of retention and a thin film of white. The color on this is a deep amber, transparent though, but still nice deep copper amber color.

The aroma is sweet and pine like with plenty of citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges and a little brown sugar, with a spicie hint of pepper.

The taste is almost as it smells, good malt backing of a semi-sweet nature. Plenty of crisp hop bitters and a nice crisp clean finsih. Hops dont linger in a bitter somtimes annoying obliterating fashion. This finish is smooth and clean with a touch of bitter linger, also some grains and malt.
Great summer beer, with a crispness from the carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, it isnt intended to be creamy and thick.

I recommend this beer. I think it is a prime gateway beer for some people that are not ready for the torpedo or the furious.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 19:40:33 | More by Buebie
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BarrelO

Virginia

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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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz glass of dark red goodness. Almost no head but a good ring around the glass makes me think it was just the pour. The aroma has a solid amount of caramel and sourdough but that is dominated by a large amount of orange citrus and grapefruit. I was expecting more malt in the flavor but I was overwhelmed with fruity hop flavors. A ton of grapefruit and orange, like the nose, but with a tasty combination of malt and hops that is fruity, tangy and sweet. This went down very smooth because of how tasty it was. Medium/light body with a juicy, thirst quenching finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 00:56:34 | More by DrinkingDrake
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper-gold with a dense tan head with a yellowish cast. Medium carbonation. Stunning citrusy orange-grapefruit-lemon-passion fruit and pine aroma. Could sniff this one all day. Good malt with pine wood taste. Dryish finish. Exceptional aroma carries the day here.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:23:18 | More by atomicbeer
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IPAguy2009

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid 7-8 bucks for a 6 pack of this stuff. Been drinkin it for years and was my "stepping stone" into the beautiful world of great beer.

A- when chilled it holds some haze. Good looking dark amber color. That of an okto ale. Pours a good head that gives sticky lacing!

S- tropical citrusy fruits. Lemon and grapefruit zest. Slight caramel in there with some syrupy malts.

T- malt hops malt hops! Back and forth. Ending in more lasting malt than hops. Mmmm. My favorite memory of this beer is when I didn't like beer at all I tried a sip of my brothers drifter and said wow it tastes like oranges a little bit. He said "naaaa" and I then read him the "distinct citrusy character" description off the six pack and noticed the dot in the i from the original design for the six pack was a orange slice. The rest is history with this beer :) so expect a great citrusy note!

M- semi thick. Good carb.

O- love it, always have. My solid go to beer anytime. Will be drinking this stuff forever. Get some! Love to Widmer

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:37:14 | More by IPAguy2009
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Zorro

California

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a small tan colored head. This is a shade of amber I could call Bronze.

Smell is strongly of northwest style hops, very much a pine and grapefruit scent. Very strong hop resins, the malt is just a honeysuckle trace this is very much a hop beer.

The taste starts out neutral in sweetness and very hoppy, grapefruit in the first taste. Tropical fruit flavors and pine, just like the scent this is a hop beer. Little bit of lemon shows up after a while, wonder how many IBUs this is.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a bit better than expected. Website says 32 IBUs seems stronger than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 03:20:19 | More by Zorro
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 19:21:47 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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albern

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 19:36:14 | More by albern
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Docer

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-pack from Fred Meyer.. poured into a tumbler glass.

-Nice amber color.. dark copper.. minimal to no head with slight lacing.

-Great smell.. a very citrusy and piney hop.. with a sweet caramel sent of rich malt.

-Tastes much the same as it smells.. not very bitter, but still is to a slight extent.. with some pine and citrus. Took that dry-hopping to get it i'm sure. Nice malt character and well balanced. I suppose it's the 'well balanced' that doesn't make this an IPA?

-Malty aftertaste and doesn't leave too dry. A bit on the weak side.. so a bit watery.. but it's a pale so... very drinkable and quite good. Would love to see a summit hopped Imperial IPA. Reminds me of the 3-time dry-hopped Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood... but much more mild and store-shelf ready.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 22:20:40 | More by Docer
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Halcyondays

California

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a soft white head, solid lacing.

S: Pink grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, a nice pungent aroma.

T: Rather strong bittersweet malt note, lemon/orange zest, good balance of flavours.

M: Soft body, light carbonation, resiny.

D: A real nice surprise from Widmer, I think I like this one better than Sierra Nevada, well done, certainly worth a purchase at a $7.99 six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 17:22:24 | More by Halcyondays
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dig pub
1finger light amber head fairly clear.
Aroma. Sweet malt. Piney hops
Taste. Very unusual. Very well balanced. Not bitter at all.
Late addition piney hops used. (summit?)
Mouthfeel. Sorta thin but drinkable
This spa was a nice surprise. The second widmer beer to surprise me lately -- I liked brrr a lot also

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 23:01:11 | More by JonathanL7890
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fcarreras

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer - I was recovering from a cold when I tried this.

Had this beer on tap at Cadillac Ranch in Tempe, AZ. This was the closest place I could find that was already carrying it, but the place is not my favorite.

Hard to judge the color as the bar was dark and lit with red mood lighting. There was virtually no head, and very little carbonation detected.

The aroma was very distinctly grapefruit, as was much of the flavor. Again, I was still a bit congested drinking this.

The taste was refreshing and clean. Very little maltiness to balance out the citrus hoppiness. Aftertaste very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Finish had a bit of a drying effect (think tart lemonade), so not really a thirst-quencher, but a solid refreshing beer none the less.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much (four times over). I look forward to trying it out of the bottle at home.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 17:32:31 | More by fcarreras
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Beernoisseur

Utah

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hopstrong brew. It's surprising that it's only 32 IBUs as another reviewer mentioned. Tons of grapefruit, a little pine, and a good healthy amount of bready malt. This is an excellent APA. Dark bronze amber. Nice head, spotty lacing. The drinkability is good, along with the mouthfeel. I was not expecting this level of goodness from this little gem.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:39:09 | More by Beernoisseur
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jeremyd365

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, dark amber with only a hint of head. Not much haze and smells of a solid, fruity hop. It's got a solid body with good mouthfeel, and the flavor is delicious. It's crisp and piney with overall good hop character to finish. This was a very enjoyable pale that I would definitely recommend!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 23:55:58 | More by jeremyd365
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badmoonrison

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good pale ale. The "bite" is grapefruity but not too harsh like some. I bought it as part of a sampler pack at my local Hy-Vee liquor store... purely on a whim. Probably mellow enough to enjoy at dinner, yet quite drinkable if you're trying to get a little tipsy.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:09:03 | More by badmoonrison
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