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Drifter Pale Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

948 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: madtappers on 12-23-2008

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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Ratings: 948 | Reviews: 406
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz glass of dark red goodness. Almost no head but a good ring around the glass makes me think it was just the pour. The aroma has a solid amount of caramel and sourdough but that is dominated by a large amount of orange citrus and grapefruit. I was expecting more malt in the flavor but I was overwhelmed with fruity hop flavors. A ton of grapefruit and orange, like the nose, but with a tasty combination of malt and hops that is fruity, tangy and sweet. This went down very smooth because of how tasty it was. Medium/light body with a juicy, thirst quenching finish.

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mjurney
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, hazy. Few little bubbles. Small head.

Aroma:
Piney and citrus hops. Sweet malts. Very crisp smelling.

Taste:
Balance from hops and malts. Hop character is a little more milder than most American Pale Ale I had, I’m getting piney and citrus, maybe a little grassy. Nice malt background, sweet, bready, caramel-toffee, just a touch of butter (almost English like malts). There some fruitness from the yeast. Body is dry, a little crisp. Carbonation is mild.

Finish:
Sweet and dry finish. A little crisp. Dry aftertaste.

Overall:
It’s pretty good for American Pale Ale.

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of beachbum1975
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Per the label, bottled on 05-20-2009. Neat old school label. The label makes me wanna go to the Pacific Northwest and fish or something.

Poued into my tulip, a clear, medium brown with blonde highlights. Average tan head with average retention.

Smells like your average pale ale. Light to moderate pale malts with a light citrus tinge.

Slightly watery mouthfeel echoing the nose in flavor. Surprisingly low carbonation.

Average.

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Greggy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 of 3 in my tour of portland reviews.
Date on bottle: Sept 7th, 2011

A- Pours a slightly hazed orange/red body. No sediment is present. The tan head starts as 1 finger and recedes to a 1/4 inch cap. Sparse lacing is present.

S- Nice big aroma. Grapefruit, pine, a bit of orange marmalade. Good hop aroma.

T- Starts out with a very herbal/medicinal hoppiness. The finish is herbal and has a very medicinal/alcohol finish. I'm searching hard for a description but the finish is almost gin-like (herbacious and boozy).

M- Appropriate carbonation, a thinner body for the ABV.

D- Overall, a drinkable Pale Ale I can see going well with food. I'd like to have this again, definitely with a fresh bottle (maybe in portland).

Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of timoteo833
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of climax
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured a copper color with excellent clarity, a finger of even head never quite disappeared and left some sticky lace

real refreshing nose on this one. strong sharp citrus and pine, a bit floral as well. sweet malt occupies the background. IPAish

taste is an extension of the nose...which is a good thing. spicey pine and citrus. a nice malty finish

mouthfeel is a crisp and clean, quite a bit of carbonation, somewhat dry and sticky aftertaste. a bit more body would have made it excellent for it was a bit light

a very drinkable beer. i think this is by far the best selection from widmer brothers.

Photo of irishgreensoda
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a surprisingly rich bold amber hue with hints of gold and ruby. A strong one-finger head of an eggshell color erupts seemingly from nowhere and has impressive retention, deflating to a foamy cap leaving impressive spongy lacing down the glass.

strong citrus hop aroma with green, floral and herbal notes. almost reminds me of simcoe hops... I suppose it's the summit hops? vanilla, cakey malt... rich and slightly sweet. Smells intoxicating.

Taste is delciously hoppy with that same cakey malt... almost banana bread and vanilla muffin malt backbone, with some amazing grapefruit and herbal hop notes. a light but delicious clean bitterness. Deliciously bright juicy citrus hop profile without being overly hoppy - the pale and caramel malts balance almost perfectly, yielding something not all that far from perfect, and more citrusy and vibrant than your average APA.

mouthfeel is smooth, a touch thick for the style, fairly creamy with ample carbonation. Truly enjoyable to drink, it goes down smoothly and has just enough crispness and light drying to keep things feeling light and uplifting.

I'm sold. this may be my apa/ipa six-pack choice for a while. Enjoyable on all levels, with enough character and pop to make each sip enjoyable. definitely one of my favorite recent bottled offerings from Widmer (by a long shot, actually). Definitely worth a try if you have any appreciation for balanced hopping what-so-ever.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Front Porch Pub in Houston - served in a shaker pint.

This is the best looking pint of the night... a clear deep reddish color with a pretty impressive head. Not bad at all.

The aroma was a good combo of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The blend I look for in a good APA was there, and definitely want to give it a taste.

The flavor is more of the hoppy fruit flavors than the malt, but the malt still comes through as well. The sweeter flavors are there when you swish the beer around in your mouth and the beer rolls over the tip of the tongue. On the swallow, the hops come through even moreso.

A good beer, best one of the night, and one I went back for seconds of.

Photo of supercolter
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually quite a pleasant surprise. I will not lie, I wasn't expecting too much. Appearance is nice copper color, looks somewhat light and refreshing. Smell and taste have very nice hop characteristics. Deep and grapefruity with enough malt to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but acceptable. Drinkability is very good.

Photo of seand
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light orange-ish amber, with a small frothy white head. Just a bit on the surface sticks around, but enough to leave decent lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, with a slight malty sweetness.

T: Citrusy hops, hints of grapefruit. Also has a slightly sticky sweetness to it.

M: Medium to light bodied, medium amount of carbonation.

D: A nice session beer.

Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of cwd
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of socalbrewlvr
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Magpie14
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of philbertk
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W’07 Pale Ale--Brewmasters’ Release 2007--12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--37 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin dark caramel amber color. Earthy Summit hop front. Crisp doughy earthy tangy mild sweet caramel light toasted body. Rich earthy Chinook hop spice tangy mild citrus end. Chewy! Sampled 1/10/2007.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Drifter the Original Pale Ale--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.35 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Rich foamy lacy off white head. Clear rich bright deep amber color. Huge floral grapefruit hop front. Rich mild sweet citrus fruit toasted biscuit caramel creamy doughy crusty malty body. Refreshing smooth clean balanced mild hop spice lingering grapefruit end. Sampled 7/1/2009. 2 @ $2.99 Each.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Drifter the Original Pale Ale--"Unique Citrus Character, Anything But Pale." 2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--32 IBU’s. (4.25/ 5.0) Pale Ale--Dense rich lacy off white head. Clear bright pretty deep amber red color. Rich floral pine citrus earthy hop front. Rich dry sweet caramel fruit biscuit earthy chewy rich tangy body. No sediment. Rich hop spice clean dry malty citrus end. Hoppy Red Ale. Sampled 3/20/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 28 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) No sediment. Foamy thin short lived mild quarter 1/4" inch off white head. Very pretty rich bright thin dark amber color. Sweet floral citrus hop malty hint front.Mellow sweet slightly creamy doughy rich delicate toasted hint caramel minimal fruit rich malty Pale Ale body. Rich clean balanced mild hop spice nourishing end. Rich tasty hoppy Pale Ale. Excellent! Sampled 5/2/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 5/2/2011.

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +7%

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Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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