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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

940 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ShamboWattsone, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Davekim_md, Mar 31, 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
Photo of Topher78
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five different malts and four different hop varieties give this beer its unique flavor. The beer pours a amber color with about 1 fingers worth of an off white head that leaves nice lacing. Aromas of fresh picked oranges, lemons and tangerines shine through. The taste is equally delicious with a well blended malt to hop ratio with very little bitterness. Nice light mouth feel.

Topher78, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

hogrider, Mar 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

williahd, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

redfox405, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours brilliant bright amber with very little initial or resulting foam. Sharp malt smell, lighter grassiness, some citrus. Bready taste, very mild hop keeps some sweetness in check. Touch of caramel. Mild carbonation keeps the smooth feeling. Subtle pale, good beer.

KTCamm, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

EyePeeAyBryan, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a fairly vibrant orange hue. Nice head. Mostly clear. All in all a nice looking brew. Clean.

S-Smells quite full of juicy citrus-rind hops. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice malt skeleton too. An aromatic brew that has an enticing nose.

T-Tastes really nice as well. Akin to the nose. Plenty of fruity and juicy hops but the malt reminds you it is an APA. I imbibed this glass quite quickly and was a damn good time.

M-Pretty light with a bunch of carbonation. Could drink several pints of this because of the body.

O/D-Pleasantly surprised as I asked for a glass without being able to see the name of the beer. Just knew I hadn't tried it and was happy with the results. A pretty legitimate APA. Would have it again.

VelvetExtract, Mar 09, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great thirst-slacker for summer time fun. For that reason I will use that vernacular. The color was sunny, and head followed the tide of beer as it ran up the side of my glass. OK lacing. The smell is what first caught my attention. It slapped my nose with demanding floral scents as soon as the seal was broken. The taste was mediocre but not exceptional. My mouth enjoyed the refreshing sensation but seemed thin on flavor. Overall way better than your average pale ale.

RedBiddy, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mugsy62388, Mar 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kchannel9, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Iowacraft, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

BeerTaster727, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of IPAguy2009
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid 7-8 bucks for a 6 pack of this stuff. Been drinkin it for years and was my "stepping stone" into the beautiful world of great beer.

A- when chilled it holds some haze. Good looking dark amber color. That of an okto ale. Pours a good head that gives sticky lacing!

S- tropical citrusy fruits. Lemon and grapefruit zest. Slight caramel in there with some syrupy malts.

T- malt hops malt hops! Back and forth. Ending in more lasting malt than hops. Mmmm. My favorite memory of this beer is when I didn't like beer at all I tried a sip of my brothers drifter and said wow it tastes like oranges a little bit. He said "naaaa" and I then read him the "distinct citrusy character" description off the six pack and noticed the dot in the i from the original design for the six pack was a orange slice. The rest is history with this beer :) so expect a great citrusy note!

M- semi thick. Good carb.

O- love it, always have. My solid go to beer anytime. Will be drinking this stuff forever. Get some! Love to Widmer

IPAguy2009, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

imperialking, Mar 07, 2012
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.