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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 04:13:06 | More by Bighuge
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supercolter

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 04:19:58 | More by supercolter
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Briarscratch

Tennessee

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 21:08:13 | More by Briarscratch
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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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Kromes

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:02:55 | More by Kromes
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 04:46:55 | More by Gosox8787
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ancientelixir

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 00:43:43 | More by ancientelixir
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michaelgrant1983

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:02:27 | More by yemenmocha
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:53:32 | More by Billolick
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hoplover82

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 05:10:04 | More by hoplover82
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 03:13:37 | More by PerzentRizen
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MisterClean

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 19:04:06 | More by MisterClean
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beer2day

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 00:03:02 | More by beer2day
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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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Cakanator

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sample bottle. What a surprise after having the amber. This poured a much richer color with a thicker head. I suppose the 5.7% on the front might have something to do with a fuller bodied beer. Nice darker hue than the amber. Goes down smooth and has great balance between hop and malt. It's not the best thing I've ever had, but considering the previous beer I drank, this one is a solid, accessible beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 12:48:21 | More by Cakanator
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled 4/1/09) into a pint glass.

Pours an amber orange color. Relatively small white head. Spotty lacing.

Hoppy aroma. I'm getting mostly pine, but can detect some citrus, as well. Lemon, pineapple, grapefruit. There's also a sweetness to the nose, and I can't decide if that's coming from the malt base or not.

Yeah, the sweetness seems to be from the malt. There's a decent malt taste up front, then a floral hoppy bitterness takes over. This is much more balanced than the aroma makes it appear.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation level is appropriate. Pretty smooth drinker. Dry finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 04:18:59 | More by Gyle41386
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper body with a thin, fine, white head.

Smell: Lightly grainy pale and caramel malt nose with a earthy, fruity, particularly citrusy hop scent.

Taste: Unassuming pale and caramel maltiness with a medium level of sweetness. Tiny tinge of grains. Earthy, citrusy hops imparting a taste of infused citrus peels, though the overall bitterness remains light. Drying finish with a mere hint of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, simple, but easily accessible American Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 16:29:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far, I haven't had a lot of fun with Widmer products. Here's hoping Drifter will change that. On to the beer:

A little hazy on the pour, the beer has a hazy, brownish-orange color to it with a froathy inch-thick head on top. Leaves a few rings of thin lacing. In the nose, it is grapefruit and diacetyl. Pretty monotone aroma, and not terribly intense either. (Correction, it gets more hoppy in intensity as it warms, +0.5 in aroma).

Actually, Drifter has a pretty good balance going for itself. It's not as hoppy tasting as it smells, but there's still enough to keep me happy. A good mix of flavors....it's like a fruit salad. Well, first it's the hops, then it's the fruity esters, burnt sugar, and a pinch of diacetyl (no buttery popcorn, more like butterscotch). Goes down really easy too.

Oh yum, that hits the spot. Now I wish I bought another one. My favorite Widmer product to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 06:05:20 | More by DoubleJ
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper/amber color. Poured a coaarse 2 finger tan head with fair retention. Sticky lacing through the first half of the glass.

S: Big floral and citrus hops up fronta. A little sweet bready malt comes through.

T: Sweet caramel and pale malts. Resiny hops is the middle. Sharply bitter finish to balance.

M: Light side of medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Bitter finish lingers.

D: Very drinkable. The floral hops and sharp bitter provide nice contrast. Malts givie it some character.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:40:05 | More by Haybeerman
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olmatty

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a low, off-white head with minimal lacing and moderate retention, beer is a deep brown/red copper.

Smell-Very citrusy hops, strong nose of tangerine.

Taste-Citrus hops come in early and dominate throughout without overwhelming. A delicious and unique hops painted over a middling backdrop of amber malts and not much changes along the way.


Mouthfeel- Moderate body and carbonation.

Drinkability-Smooth and flavorful, medium bodied. An excellent session if a touch high ABV for one.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 05:38:22 | More by olmatty
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seanbhudson

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
Pours a clear orange-amber color with a large off-white head that dissipates at an average rate. Moderate lacing.
AROMA:
Light to moderate aroma of tangerine and caramel
FLAVOR:
Tangerine sweetness and malt. Light pine/grapefruit hops finish.
MOUTHFEEL:
Light to medium body with a creamy / slightly syrupy texture. Soft fizzy carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
A very easy drinking beer. Would be decent on a hot day. For me there is nothing special to it and the tangerine taste is a bit strange/fake tasting.
NOTES: BBCSD-0903-DanM

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:19:11 | More by seanbhudson
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Gary for sharing.

The beer opens with a thin copper, medium amber, and golden look. Good head formation allows for fine retainage and lacing. Pretty fair for a Pale Ale, just looks a bit thin and over carbonated.

Aromas of hops leap right out with a largely citrus note and to a lesser extent, metalic notes. Pretty sharp to the nose, an odd sweaty, catty, urine-line note comes out but seems to disipate quickly. Soft maltiness blends with even softer grain aromas to provide a counter to the assertive and sharp hop scent.

Flavors of malt and grain rise first with a biscuity sweetness and moderate maltiness. Hop flavor seems a bit bitey and again metalic; but also has some fresh orange zest and grapefruit taste to go along with that same anoying metalic taste.

Body as expected is kinda light and allows for the grains to add nearly the bite as does the hops. More than just bitterness, the hops also give an undesirable astringency that I could do without.

Seems like a lot of negativity comming out of this review, but these ill attributes don't kill the beer. I think it's fine but suffers from some tomato-catty things in the initial aroma and poorly chosen hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:34:15 | More by BEERchitect
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largadeer

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper colored with perfect clarity. The small off-white head recedes pretty quickly.

Smell: Biscuity, nutty malts balanced by a solid hop profile of citrus and spruce.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tropical, grapefruity hops supported by a toasted malt backbone. Light in body with a slight alcohol presence. Wet, hoppy finish, only mildly bitter. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 22:04:32 | More by largadeer
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.