Drifter Pale Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #850
Ranked #22,571
3.75 | pDev: 13.33%
Nov 29, 2021
Dec 23, 2008
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
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Short tasting notes from 2011.
6 pack of 12 ounce bottles from Anoka municipal liquor.
Has a dull copper look with a fairly hoppy smell for a pale ale and there's a hint of bread as well. It tastes really hoppy with some sweet caramel and again light bread or even biscuit. Not strong or intense but more hoppy than I would've guessed for a pale ale but it's very tasty and easy to have more than one in a row for sure.
Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by craigbelly from Iowa

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by TheBeerbarian from California

Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Pretendeer from Washington

Dec 01, 2017
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Reviewed by northwestdr from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle, into a pint glass. Somewhat-clear, rust color, with less head than average but with adequate carbonation. Tiny flecks of barley or hops are suspended. A smooth but flavorful brew, with satisfying hoppiness but not particularly bitter. No unpleasant aftertaste. A bit citrusy. Overall, one of my favorite pale ales.
Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by elglueckert from Montana

Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a copper, rusty orange with an off white, creamy head, good amount of lacing, beer is clear with a good amount of carbonation as well.

A: Subtle aromas of citrus like grapefruit peel and pine, slight notes of caramel malts, alcohol absent on the nose, fairly straightforward.

T: Up front, notes of grapefruit and lemon peel with pine needles, a little bit of pepper, spicy, herbal note, moderate/low bitterness, finish has lingering notes of citrus peel and pine along with some slight caramel malts.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish.

O: A very drinkable APA that has more caramel malt notes than other APAs I've tasted and can remember, I probably would not seek this out again but I would not refused one if offered.
May 29, 2017
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Reviewed by WortHead from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pale golden with a hint of red hue gives this beer a beautiful look before even being tasted. A citrusy aroma and creamy mouth feel makes this the best APA ever created. The taste is excellent for the style.
Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Darker than 'pale' this ale comes in a dark gold, almost amber and auburn color scheme, standard 1/2" white head. The nose really pops on these, especially for a Widmer beer, best dry hopping I may have ever had from them, seems Nelson and Amarillo by morning.

I like the crisp hop bit and carbonation mouthfeel on these. As it warms the malt can become a little more heavy, those caramel feels really creep on this one, especially the older the bottle. Fresh though, you're hard pressed to find a more decent widely available option outside of something classic like SNPA, but this is like an updated proprietary newer hop varietal for pale ales.
Oct 05, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by Brandon632 from North Carolina

Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 3.43 by Acforster2 from Florida

Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 11, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Reddish amber, ½” cream colored head, multi-sized bubbles S: Has rich hop aromas, citrus and some malt in the background T: Starts with a burst of creamy maltiness and then is followed by spicy herby hops and finishes with more hop flavors lingering through the finish than hop bitterness. A little lemony citrus from the hop balanced by malt sweetness. F: creamy, medium body, medium carbonation, no astringency. O: With the whiff of hops up front you expect more bitterness but this highlights hop flavors more than bitterness balanced by the malt. Very well done, drinkable, refreshing and repeatable.
Aug 18, 2015
Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 972 ratings