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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

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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Tavern (The Essex Resort):

Comes off the tap a medium-amber color, looking much like an English ale/bitter. Very little head with no retention. White bubbles round the edge.

A hugely aromatic, but somewhat simple nose. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, gooseberry. Very similar aromas to a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc. It's medium- to light-bodied, and leaning on the crisp side from the hops, but there is a nice malt presence too. The flavors are dominated by the hop character, but the beer is not overly bitter. Lots and lots of grapefruit, with underpinnings of cereal and lightly toasted malt.

An interesting beer to be sure. Drinkability suffers a little because it's really focused on that grapefruit note and it builds up sip after sip, but was really surprised at how much I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 15:40:00 | More by SFLpunk
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peck95

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the appearance is a nice copper color with very little head and a minimal amount of lacing.

has very powerful citrus hop aroma (could be dry hopped with citra hop i didn't check). the aroma does fad rather quickly though.

a nice citrusy hop flavor and a little bit of grass. The malt flavor is ok could be a little bit bigger.

a little bit watery, also has a bit of an odd bite on the end that isn't from the hops

a good pale ale would recommend and buy again. Probably one of the best beer ive had from widmer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:09:24 | More by peck95
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froghop

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale amber-orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly, some lacing.

smell of some caramel, floral, and a touch of grapefruit.

taste is light, hops, malt in the back, some citrus, earthy, and a little pine in the back too, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:51:43 | More by froghop
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soupermirl

Mississippi

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good beer. Grapefruit flavored hops with a really sweet taste and almost sweet hops with a grapefruit aftertaste. But still sweet and hoppy. Odd. I like it. Crisp and clean. Nice. Mostly no head but a constant very little ringer left. Smells grapefruity sweet, again odd. Mouthfeel is good, full of flavors, hops, maybe different kinds of hops, not sure what. Very easy to drink, good beer...

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 23:21:42 | More by soupermirl
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originalsin

California

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The pour is a deep reddish amber. Not necessarily pale, per se. Not too much head to speak of, but I can live with that. Retention is ok, but there's little lacing.

S- Citrusy hops are almost overwhelming on the nose. Who can really argue with that? This beer smells like it has all kinds of potential, let's just leave it at that.

T- Right away there's a pretty distinct caramel and pale malt taste. It's really nothing spectacular, and almost somewhat of a turnoff but then the bitterness kicks in around the same time as a nice hopped aftertaste does. Again, though, it's really nothing special.

M- The mouthfeel is a bit light but at the same time I can't find anything wrong with it. It goes down real easy.

D- Honestly, it's a really drinkable beer- but it's just not good enough to be a so-called session beer. I could sit down and drink 5 of these no problem. But then i'd hate myself. Maybe i'm being unfair.

I might just have something against Widmer but this pale ale just doesn't do it for me. I got a case for 13 bucks, which was good...but i don't know if i'd even spend that much if i had a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 07:50:09 | More by originalsin
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Brad007

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red color with a one-finger head into my glass. Are you sure this is a pale ale?

Aroma is nice and hoppy in the nose with a nice whiff of biscuit malt as well. Hops are quite floral and present.

Taste is mildly hoppy with a bit of biscuit malt upfront. A bit of malt sweetness shows up as well that doesn't seem like it belongs here. A bit buttery.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and malt and that light, buttery flavor. Otherwise, it goes down good.

Starts out on the right foot but there's just something that's not right about it. Otherwise, it's drinkable and at least they got the hops part right.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 22:06:10 | More by Brad007
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elniko

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: This almost looks like a red ale, rust colored red. Soapy head with heavy lacing and a ridiculous amount of carbonation. Quite nice looking.

S: Clean smelling with some citrus tones on the nose, quite strong and enjoyable.

T & M: I have yet to be impressed with any Widmer thus far in my beer journey but this beer is the exception. The citrus tones in the nose really come through with the taste as well. It almost has tropical notes which I can't say that I've encountered in an APA.

D: Quite drinkable, I can say that I really enjoyed this beer would definitely not mind having this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:46:42 | More by elniko
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kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Appearance is a clear well carbonated brown/amber. Lacing is okay, head is minimal, not much retention..leaves barely anything on top

Aroma: Sweet and fruity, hops (citrus)

Taste: Malts come in well and finish off with a citrus hop finish. Somewhat sweet in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, has a somewhat creamy finish to it. Goes down well

Drinkability: Taste is good, mouthfeel good. Easy to drink a few. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:10:22 | More by kshankar
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty average APA, relatively new, I believe. Grassy citrus notes throughout, but without much of the bitterness that usually accompanies these aromas and flavors. Its drinkable enough, but isn't on the same playing field as SNPA or Dale's Pale Ale, in my opinion. Pick up a sixer and try it out, its a good session beer and you may love it. Or may be like me, and go right back to where you came from.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 18:24:30 | More by joshuadlight
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morimech

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head that had excellant retention. Nice lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice citrus hop aroma. A little biscuit malt sneaks past the hops. The flavor starts out very good. Nice bitter, citrus hop flavor. Hints of grapefruit and orange. The malt is not really detectable. Unfortunately things diminish quickly leaving a medicinal aftertaste. Bitterness is on the high side for an APA. Has a nice body and carbonation. A surprisingly good APA and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:46:18 | More by morimech
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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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Genghis22

California

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: 2-10-09

A - Pours a nice golden caramel color. Slightly opaque, but not exactly "cloudy." Little white head formed at first, but did not last long.

S - Lots of ripe and sweet citrus. Lightly roasted malt with sweet grapefruit and tangerines.

T - Malts hit the taste buds first, with a nice dry hop finish. Not bitter or overly strong. This is a sessionable pale ale.

M - A medium bodied ale with moderate to low carbonation. This is a bit thin, but fits the style.

D - Great session beer! Not a life changing brew, but great for summer BBQs and late nights around the camp fire.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:22:05 | More by Genghis22
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colts9016

Idaho

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

Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A medium amber color with copper hues. There was a quarter inch ivory head that is foamy. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and slightly hazy.

Nose: A very nice maltiness with floral with citrus. There is a hint of sweetness and pine on the tail end of the beer.

Taste: A very good malt with floral citrus and a hint of pine. There is a little harsh bitterness in the beer. There is light biscuit, grass, and some sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is bitter and a tad dry. I was rather surprised by this beer, this is a descent APA. It is a little harsh around the edges, but overall I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:02:00 | More by colts9016
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 04/03/2009 (Bottle dated Jan2109):

Pours a clear brownish red color body with a small off-white head, quickly diminishing. Aroma is dry grapefruit. Some bitterness too. But pretty weak overall. Somewhat watery dry taste. Some malty nuttiness. Some hoppy bitterness. Weak bland taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 20:17:30 | More by jujubeast6000
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HardTarget

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Golden amber with a thin halo that laces the glass impressively.

S) Wow. Loaded with grapefruit hops with a Hawaiian Punch element that is very appealing. There is a little sugary base there too that promises not to go all "bitter beer face" on you.This is an IPA smell on an APA.

T) Much more balanced than the nose would have you believe. The balance is toward the hop flavors, but only a mild bitter finish that still gives a sugary malt base that is somewhat cola like.

M) Light body, bubbly without going fizzy, oily finish.

D) Yum. Hope to see this on my local shelves, I plan to get more. This is my favorite Widmer Brothers beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 04:18:42 | More by HardTarget
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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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whoneeds8

Texas

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

Poured into pint glass golden amber with a nice one finger white head. Very good lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is a nice light floral hops scent. Very faint for a apa. The taste is a light hop bite with a malted balance. Flavor isn't too strong, but it's not missing either.

Overall, this is a very good average APA that I think the average non-BA beer drinker will like alot. I would have no problem ordering this at a bar if offered.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 23:07:20 | More by whoneeds8
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allengarvin

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay glass. This has a dark reddish amber color, with only a very slight head. The aroma is excellent, with a bouquet of resinous, new-turned-earth hops. Surprisingly, for the enormously hoppy aroma, the flavor turns out to be hardly bitter at all. It's got a lot of hop flavor, and a good caramel maltiness, but the taste is more like a moderately sweet amber. Reasonably good, but not expected.

Weird beer--they must have added a huge amount of late-kettle hops after a very light early hopping schedule. It's not a bad beer, but it's vaguely disappointing... I take a whiff of the aroma and expect a nice hoppily bitter beer, but it doesn't ever pay back. I could understand someone else enjoying it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:36:03 | More by allengarvin
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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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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. yielded nearly no head, but it was a pretty gentle pour. Copper in color.

Smells kind of orangey, with hints of hops.

Tastes smooth, a tad orangey, malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation, medium bodied.

Goes down pretty well, easy to drink overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 01:45:06 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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woemad

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.19. (sale price - normally $1.39). Bottled-on date of January 27th, at 3:53 in the afternoon for anyone interested. First Widmer beer I've had in years!

Poured an orangey-coppery color, with 1 ½ inches or so of off-white foam. Moderate amount of lace, and the head was easily agitated back to life once it dropped.

Lightly citrusy hop aroma, along with a toasted bread maltiness. Doesn't smell like a flavor bomb, but it smells nice.

Taste is like the nose. This is a restrained version of the typical west coast pale ale. It's hoppy tasting, but it's dialed back enough to match the malts, which take on a slightly more caramelish flavor than came through the smell.

Mildly coating, oily mouthfeel that matches well with the fairly light body.

Were this beer not knocking on 6%, I'd say it was a great session pale ale. Definitely something I'll be buying more of as the weather warms up, and I just might go grab a sixer of it tonight. I really hope Widmer makes this a regular offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:54:53 | More by woemad
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Immolation

Arizona

1.1/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, This is a Horrible Beer.It tastes like it was Fermented in Dirty Socks,with Body Order added for Flavor.The Date on the side says Feb 10 09.I don't know if thats the "Born on Date" or "Expiration Date".? Widmer Dropped the ball on this one.I liked everything else they produced.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 09:46:29 | More by Immolation
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: enticing mix of red, crimson, orange, and yellow mingling together. The rim and base house the lighter pale shades with the darker hues hanging in the middle. Head is safely white in color with a few dabs of soft yellow. The glass housed intermittent strings and blobs of lace nicely, good look overall

S: bursting with a juicy fruit basket of smells: lemons, grapefruits, sweet oranges, and a ring of pineapple, and some pine notes. Subtle candied/honey dipped pine cones, otherwise fruity. The smell is rather delicious!

T: hhmm, no real hop bitterness, no oily residue on the tongue, strange? Smells are deceiving in this sense. Otherwise, the hops have nice initial pop of citrus with floral tea notes. After the sip it houses a clean, dry at times, flavor with a maltiness that is steadfast and even. Sweeter notes round out the flavor profile and make even the flavors. Nothing over the top about this one and pretty well rounded

M: good snap of carbonation rouses the tongue with a mild body. Feels like a good APA

D: easily a all around drinker. Has a nice standing and drinks smooth. I still found the hop flavors a bit timid for what the nose presented...still a winner

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:07:25 | More by Magpie14
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in a shaker pint.

Body is a clear, very light amber. A quick 2 fingers of off-white head that quickly reduces to a thick, creamy skim that sticks around til the end. Decent lacing.

Nice citrusy and fruity hop nose, with a just-right sweet malt and toasted bread accompaniment. Quite tasty. Juicy orange and pineapple hops (in moderation) with a touch of grapefruit. Perfectly balanced by some honey, caramel, bread and nuttiness.

Moderate body and carbonation. Feels pretty smooth. There's some bitterness that attempts to linger, but it's chopped off by some nice toasted breadiness.

Drinkability is off the charts. Great balanced pale ale, and sure to be a summertime staple for me. This beer makes me want to buy a kegerator!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 22:27:50 | More by PDXHops
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at their Gasthaus in Portland. What a great place!

The beer is bronze with a thick beige head. It has awesome lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and Pine backed with caramel

The taste is very piney and nicely bitter. It may be a bit out of balance but I like it. Citrus taste emerges mid sip. The three hops give it a great kick (Summit, Nelson & Alchemy). I'm not expert enough to know what each hop adds to the flavor and aroma, but the brewer has hit on a good combination.

The mouth is smooth and benefits from great low carbonation and slightly warmer serving temps. Easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 18:36:07 | More by Redrover
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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