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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

914 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 21 | 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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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-20-2012 20:49:08 | More by cletetron
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-20-2012 02:25:39 | More by AndrewMichael
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-13-2012 06:45:44 | More by PatGreer
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity and sweet with floral hops and caramel malt. Tastes are similar to aromas - fruity, overly sweet caramel maltiness, still floral and refreshing. Thin body and low carbonation, but smooth. Overall, nice meld of flavors, but could have used a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Still pretty good though, altough I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:16:09 | More by barnzy78
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sandflier


2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

05-07-2012 19:30:08 | More by sandflier
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-07-2012 00:46:17 | More by Jamstone714
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap 2 Miller's Alehouse-Destin, FL.

Poured nice near clear sunny color with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma was faint with some earthy hop tones and a crisp malt profile.

I'm not sure the temperature was right for this...it was cold. Felt colder than the ice water I was drinking. Bit of maltiness, with a crisp earthy hop profile, though again, like with the aroma, it was mild.

Light to upper light in body

It was decent. I will definitely still grab some bottles if I ever find some.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 21:40:38 | More by EgadBananas
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

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

12oz longneck into standard pint served at fridge temp (~45 F) no freshness date.

A: Kind of cloudy golden color with a slight reddish tint. Doesn't seem that pale to me, could be the caramel malt. No head but a decent looking ring and spotty very sparse cap. Looks pretty average.

S: Citrusy hops on the nose and a touch of malt. The malt is very light and the hops drowns out any sweetness that might come through because of the caramel malt. I like citrusy hops smell.

T: Sweeter than expected from the nose with just enough hop bite to balance but no lingering hop bitterness. The slightly sweet malt hits and then a wave of slightly earthy and lemony hops sweeps away the sweetness and it finishes with a twang of bitter that fades very quick. Slightly drying.

M: Medium bodied on the lighter side but that could be due to the temp of the beer. No surprises in this ones mouthfeel.

O: Not remarkable but not at all bad. Balanced drinkable pale ale. Can't say I wouldn't drink it again but would most likely shoot for something a little more impressive when I am buying.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 06:21:18 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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dmadsen

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale ale color that I expect. Strong head with good lacing that stays with the glass. The smell is pleasant, with citrus notes. The taste is good, but not impressive. Flavor I expect from a Pale Ale. Appropriate balance and bitterness. Good floral notes that match the smell. The mouthfeel is clean, lightly carbonated. Strong overall beer. If I found it on tap on a pale ale kind of night, and there was no Summit EPA available, I'd order it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:12:21 | More by dmadsen
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DocJitsu

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-amber with nearly no head at all. Very little lacing around the edges of the glass. The bouquet is characterized by sweet lemon, almost Pledge-like. There's a mild sting in the nasal passages that has a piggybacking aroma that is difficult to distinguish. A very nice, pleasing, balanced mouthfeel. Beef jerky and buttermilk flavors compete with a little tart citrus. Not a magnificent beer, but certainly a better effort than their lifeless hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:39:02 | More by DocJitsu
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-01-2012 01:22:54 | More by dmorgan310
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce with Feb 01 12 date on the bottle.
A - caramel tinted amber with a finger of lacy head.
S - lightly malty with a difinite caramel character and a touch of hops.
T - caramel sweetness with a subtle citrus hops aftertaste.
M - medium bodied with carbonation towards the lighter side.
D - easy drinking sweetness.
Not stellar but an easy going darker pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:02:14 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. served into a SA perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a chilled hazed amber with a uniform off white.

S - Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, soapy hops, soft cereal grain, strawberry. Biscuits really start coming out as it warms.

T - Soap and grapefruit hops with a sweet graham cracker malt center. The citrus zest is very clean and carries through to the finish. Some strawberry and spice notes linger.

M - Medium carbonation drops off and turns smooth and creamy, light bodied.

Love the grapefruit. Very clean citrus flavors. Nice graham cracker-like malt adds good balance. Light bodied and very session-able.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:59:07 | More by StaveHooks
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Ryan1423

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-26-2012 04:04:46 | More by Ryan1423
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Mechphisto

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if the bottle I had was from a different batch than average, based what I'm seeing from other reviewers.
Mine poured a reddish amber, although nice and clear. The lacing was insignificant and quick to dissolve, but it had a nice carbonation.
The taste was a bit sour. Sharp and sour. Actually, it started out pretty sour but then became more malty as it went on. So, in a way, while it had an after-taste I wasn't that impressed with, the aftertaste actually improved my impression of the beer.
It felt a little heavy for its appearance. It had a touch of citrus and a bready base. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't chose it over something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 02:15:50 | More by Mechphisto
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-23-2012 05:15:44 | More by Irrationalist
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mkbarron2131

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-23-2012 00:11:18 | More by mkbarron2131
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

04-21-2012 13:42:32 | More by Cavanaghty
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illestkilla


4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-21-2012 12:48:03 | More by illestkilla
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +20%

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


4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

04-20-2012 20:26:40 | More by beercca
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RWNay

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-19-2012 22:21:09 | More by RWNay
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LordVodka

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-17-2012 12:56:04 | More by LordVodka
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MikeDre

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-15-2012 22:58:32 | More by MikeDre
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a bit of a sugary apricot flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit. It ends with a caramel/malty aftertaste with a some bittersweet notes.

Overall - A nice well balanced very drinkable pale ale. The flavours are fairly subdued, but they are good. I wouldn't pick this one up again, but I wouldn't turn it away if offered. There are just too many better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:53:15 | More by spinrsx
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.