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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

929 Ratings
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

Pale, Caramel 20L, Caravienne 20L, Caramel 80L, Carapils

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Summit, Nelson Sauvin
Dry Hopped: Summit, Nelson Sauvin

(Beer added by: madtappers on 12-23-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

beercca, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

RWNay, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

LordVodka, Apr 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

MikeDre, Apr 15, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

spinrsx, Apr 13, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Stillwater Wine & Spirits Warehouse in Stillwater, OK as part of a pretty cheap deal on a mix-a-6.

Drifter is a light amber which gives a finger's worth of white foam in a pint glass, but leaves very little lace.

Aromas are slightly grassy, but sweet like honey bread.

Even though the flavors are mild, they are enjoyable. You'll get bisquits and honey from it's malty backbone followed by a slightly flowery hop bite that fades back into white bread and butter. Pleasant.

I feel this a bit thin even for a pale ale. Still, highly drinkable and refreshing.

Pretty sure this was my first Widmer Bros brew. Pretty sure it won't be my last.

DelMontiac, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dgeebs07, Apr 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

DrTrygga, Apr 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ajanesz, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

jamiesmithnc, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

bigash, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber with a 2 finger head. Good retention.

Smell - Smells mildly of citrus hops, and of mildy sweet caramel malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light citrus hops and sweet, light caramel malt notes. Very mellow. Not much in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Decent carbonation. Very, very smooth.

Overall - A very approachable, very drinkable pale ale. What it lacks in bold or complex flavors, it makes for in a smooth, velvety texture and great balance. Session friendly. One of the better Widmer beers I've had.

TheSixthRing, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Davekim_md, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

SweJon, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DZales1000, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

alexrich82, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

TheBossMan24, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

jtomaka65, Mar 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Jsmitty1967, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Aewachiw, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.