Drifter Pale Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
965 Ratings
Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

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

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

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

Added by madtappers on 12-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
965
Reviews:
410
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of williamherbert
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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 cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 projectflam86
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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%
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 scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque/slighty cloudy copper
color. The head is decent, retains ok

S: delicate hop aromas, floral notes. A light
toastyness, with come caramel malt, molasses, and apple?

T: really nicely balanced, hops are present (floral but not really bitter) and the bready malts balance perfectly. Caramel and
light fruit makes an appearance as well.

MF/D: spicy mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, medium/heavy in body for the style

nice surprise after their hefe

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly mild mannered, with a bit of malt and handful of hops. Smooth, well balanced, and drinkable. Widmer makes solid brews.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Minkybut
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a gas colored concoction with no head what so ever. The beer had a bit of a caramel smell. The beer was flat tasting and looking and I thought terrible. Then I discovered it was a year old by the brewed on date. I took the 6-pack back to Food Lion and got a refund. I am also sending Widmer Brothers Brewing a note explaining the ordeal.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours amber in color with a small off-white head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: Toasty smells, with floral hops.

Taste: Buttery and sweet throughout, with some herbal flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a crisp, clean finish.

Drinkability: Overall, this is a decent beer. I'd have it again, but there are many better options before it.

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Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Bill235
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Apellonious
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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 slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mjurney
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of mbs11
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass the beer is a translucent lighter amber/copper color with a nice 1 finger head, some retention and lacing. A nice citrus nose with hints of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and a hint of piney resin. A light malt background. The taste again begins with a nice citrus character, mild bitterness, sweet crystal malt flavors. Finishes clean and crisp with a lingering citrus bitterness. Nice. Very approachable and drinkable, on the old drinkability score this beer would shine. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a good APA. Perfect for a summer day, would be easy to put several down in a sitting.

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Photo of cwd
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of LoganMc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of assman79
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nothing special or out of the ordinary. SRM is right on, nice and clear, but the head might be a tad thin for my liking.

S - Nice and balanced. Easy to pick out the sweet amber malt character and the hops are clean and earthy.

T - Tips the scales a little to the hoppy side but the balance does remain in a good ratio. The hops are crisp and clean with flavors of citrus and grass. The malt is present in the aftertaste but not too heavy at all. I was actually quite pleased with the flavor of this one.

M - Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice lasting dryness on the palate from the hops.

Overall I was very surprised from this beer as I find most of the Widmer creations kind of bland and just average. This one gave a renewed faith for me in the brewery. Very nice beer for the season.

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Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 965 ratings.
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