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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Tumble, Jun 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

drjman, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Lob, May 27, 2012
Photo of intensify
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruity notes on the nose such as orange peel, apricot and various spices. Also, has a grassy aroma with a slight biscuity tone. Taste follows closely behind. Cracked pepper and a semi hoppy backbone. Tropical fruits remind you of the style. Close to a california Pale Ale, but not quite. Medium bodied with a good kick of carbonation.

intensify, May 27, 2012
Photo of aflies
4/5  rDev +6.7%

aflies, May 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

khargro2, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

CalbeDacks, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

swh1972, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tenacioustomato, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DustinPurvis, May 24, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newick's in South Portland, ME:

In a pint glass:

A: clear, golden amber colored boy with a one finger white head that left spotty yet foamy lacing, some rings were left in the wak. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: some citrus, hops and mild malts.

T: basically the same.

M: medium with a decent amount of carbonation felt but came across slightly smooth

O: this was a good beer. There was nothing that made it stand out, but it was still very good and would make me want to have this any time or any place.

BeerKangaroo, May 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

pebbs, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

cletetron, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

AndrewMichael, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
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.

barnzy78, May 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

sandflier, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jamstone714, May 07, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, May 06, 2012
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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.

N3rdM3t4l, May 06, 2012
Photo of dmadsen
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.

dmadsen, May 05, 2012
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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.

DocJitsu, May 05, 2012
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.