Drifter Pale Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by madtappers on 12-23-2008

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Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with thick off-white head. Good lacing down glass. Smells like sweet grapefruit hops. Smells great, but kind of one dimensional. A nice blend of citrus, fruity grapefruit hops and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is a little thick and full for a pale ale but good. Great drinkability, could drink these all day.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of hustlesworth
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- clear copper colored with golden highlights. Oddly tan head is thin and unimpressive. Not much lace to speak of.

S- decent grapefruit and orange herbal spicy hops with some berry and toasted malt aromas.

T- a little toasty, a bit of wet dog, mild hop flavor and bitterness. Tastes diluted. Burnt grapefruit and grains in the finish.

MF- low end carbonation, dry rubbery feel, lighter than medium body.

D- finding a positive point, it's easily drinkable and refreshing due to the lack of flavor. the remainder of this bottle will go into a foil packet to keep a brisket moist while I reheat it.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar in my hometown. Hadn't heard of this before so I didn't know what to expect, but given the selection at this bar, I was not optimstic.

Beer was served in a 20 oz. glass. The beer was amber with reddish tones and had a small beige head with little retention. The aroma was fruity, particularly citrus and grapefruit. There was a slightly noticable caramel undertone. The taste was citrusy. The grapefruit notes didn't appear to be from the hops though, as the beer was not at all bitter or piney. Some caramel undertone. The taste was nice, but felt somewhat artificial. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation. Drinkability was high due to average ABV and light flavor.

Overall, a decent beer with some nice light fruit flavor, however I would not consider this a Pale Ale. A decent, sessionable beer though.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber color with a thick off white head.

Smell: Hops/Citrus/Pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium Bodied. Taste of bitter hops/pine, hint of sweeter citrus.

Overall: Not a terrible beer, I would have this one again.

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Photo of Buebie
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Because the Brrr was so absolutly delicious I saw this today and had to grab it.

Poured from a brown 12 oz non-twist off bottle. Went into a tulip forming a semi foamy cola like white 1'' head. Receeding to a nice colar of retention and a thin film of white. The color on this is a deep amber, transparent though, but still nice deep copper amber color.

The aroma is sweet and pine like with plenty of citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges and a little brown sugar, with a spicie hint of pepper.

The taste is almost as it smells, good malt backing of a semi-sweet nature. Plenty of crisp hop bitters and a nice crisp clean finsih. Hops dont linger in a bitter somtimes annoying obliterating fashion. This finish is smooth and clean with a touch of bitter linger, also some grains and malt.
Great summer beer, with a crispness from the carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, it isnt intended to be creamy and thick.

I recommend this beer. I think it is a prime gateway beer for some people that are not ready for the torpedo or the furious.

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Photo of pperez38
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of rxthree
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Apellonious
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a orangish brown , semi cloudy, thin head and lace

S - smell is citrus, wood overtones. This is maybe the only forum where I can say "wood overtones"

T - taste is heavy on the hops, with a bitter finish. Lemony citrus trickles in.

M- sharp, slightly prickly. Not quite like licking a cactus, but sharp.

O - decent beer, heavy on the hops, better overall when it warms and smooths out.

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Photo of riversider76
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber golden brown I'm going to call it. Thin white head, with some retention and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy piney hops with a hint of caramel. Body is light with just a hint of carbonation. Taste is light yet full flavored. Good mix of bready malts and grassy hops.Hints of grapefruit too. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the west coast beer festival

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered off-whte head. Dissipated moderately and left no lacing.

S/T - Honey, grass, and light citrus.

M - Full-bodied and hop dominated.

D - Good, but couldn't taste much in the form of malts in this pale ale.

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Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is very American citric (grapefruit) and floral and mildly fruity (esters). Smells good.

Pours clear copper, moderated creamy head. Looks good.

Lots of clean hop flavor - following nose - and clean maltiness. Very mild bitterness. Soft pungent notions. Finishes clean. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Decent pale ale, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with a cream colored head. Itself, the head isn't really thick but doesn't disappear entirely, settling down to a thick layer over the brew. Lacing is nice and sticky, but slightly streaky. There appeared to be lots of heavy carbonation after the initial pour but it settled down to fine bubbles that rise slowly.

S- Big time citrus aromas, primarily of grapefruit, but also with milder tones of orange and lemon. There is also some wonderful bitter hop aromas going on here, and I like them so much because they aren't overpowering but are heavy enough that you really notice them. The malt sweetness is there as well but it isn't a dominant smell. A true smelling APA!

T- A very nice balanced flavor overall but not as intense as the aromas let on. The malt sweetness hits the palate right away, followed closely by a citrus combination of grapefruit, and to a lesser extent, orange, lemon and lime. There's a fresh, clean leafy hop bitterness to help smooth out the aforementioned flavors. The bitterness clings to the palate for a short while after the swallow.

M- This is a medium bodied beer, that is a nice balance of clean & crisp flavors, mixed in with a creamy texture that the oils of the hops have brought out well. Carbonation is relatively fine, which help out with keeping the texture smooth.

D- A very nice beer to satisfy a person's thirst....I personally don't think I'd drink it all night though. It's a very nice patio beer and I think that it would do well with a salad dressed with a tart vinaigrette! The acidity and bitterness would also help balance out a spicier dish. A very good example of this style!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell nice and hoppy. Smells like tangy citrus, grapefruit on top of a nice malty base. Pours to a translucent pale golden brown with a nice head. Taste is also good and hoppy with a nice hop bite. The hop bite is more sweet that bitter, almost floral like a chardonnay wine, or dandelions, quite different. Mouthfeel is good and carbonated but not overly so. Over all a very good beer al the way around, excepting for the rare hopping, just not bitter enough for my tastes.

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Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Drifter pale poured an amber color with a good 1-2 finger foam head. It had some nice webbing on the sides of the glass and retention was moderate.

The smell was good and reminded me of the brrr. It must be the same hop profile coming to mind. Brrr was a great surprise and led me to buy some more Widmer products. I am thinking it is the summit hop which seems so new to the nose. You get grapefruit light aroma.

The taste was light and had a decent malt profile with a light tinge of bitterness. It is listed at 32 ibu's and doesn't make much of a fuss that way. It was lemony on the tongue with that grapefruit and well carbonated. Overall a unique and pretty darn good APA.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey-golden color. Icy wisp of lace. The head is pure white and not bad at all.

The smell is of major sweet citrus and stone fruit hops. Thick tangerine and blood oranges. Also grapefruit and citrus hops. The malt is of the pale variety, but not too prickly.

The taste is a heavy tangerine hop. Only a hint of citrus here. The malt is a tad roasted, which adds a dark balance. The malt is more like rye than pale malt in the taste.

The feel is smooth and buttery. Like silk, and almost perfect. The drinkability is high, because this beer is really impressive. Has an unexpected sweet/bitter balance.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep bronze amber color with a thick fluffy white foam that leaves nice rings of lace.

S- Some light floral hop aromas and caramel malt.

T- Nice crisp hop bitterness initially with some light citrus and floral flavors. Some fairly noticeable sweet malt in the finish that balances nicely.

M- Medium body with ok carbonation.

D- Nothing spectacular but a nice easy flavor and feel.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a darker orange amber with a thin but steady head and fair lace. Smell of lightly sweet malt and floral citric hops. Taste has a good balance of the sweet malt and floral citric hops with a note of grapefruit and pine that finishes clean. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. What I would consider a hearty pale ale that goes down nicely.

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Photo of cwd
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 968 ratings