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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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruity notes on the nose such as orange peel, apricot and various spices. Also, has a grassy aroma with a slight biscuity tone. Taste follows closely behind. Cracked pepper and a semi hoppy backbone. Tropical fruits remind you of the style. Close to a california Pale Ale, but not quite. Medium bodied with a good kick of carbonation.

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

On tap at Newick's in South Portland, ME:

In a pint glass:

A: clear, golden amber colored boy with a one finger white head that left spotty yet foamy lacing, some rings were left in the wak. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: some citrus, hops and mild malts.

T: basically the same.

M: medium with a decent amount of carbonation felt but came across slightly smooth

O: this was a good beer. There was nothing that made it stand out, but it was still very good and would make me want to have this any time or any place.

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3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity and sweet with floral hops and caramel malt. Tastes are similar to aromas - fruity, overly sweet caramel maltiness, still floral and refreshing. Thin body and low carbonation, but smooth. Overall, nice meld of flavors, but could have used a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Still pretty good though, altough I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Poured nice near clear sunny color with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma was faint with some earthy hop tones and a crisp malt profile.

I'm not sure the temperature was right for this...it was cold. Felt colder than the ice water I was drinking. Bit of maltiness, with a crisp earthy hop profile, though again, like with the aroma, it was mild.

Light to upper light in body

It was decent. I will definitely still grab some bottles if I ever find some.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck into standard pint served at fridge temp (~45 F) no freshness date.

A: Kind of cloudy golden color with a slight reddish tint. Doesn't seem that pale to me, could be the caramel malt. No head but a decent looking ring and spotty very sparse cap. Looks pretty average.

S: Citrusy hops on the nose and a touch of malt. The malt is very light and the hops drowns out any sweetness that might come through because of the caramel malt. I like citrusy hops smell.

T: Sweeter than expected from the nose with just enough hop bite to balance but no lingering hop bitterness. The slightly sweet malt hits and then a wave of slightly earthy and lemony hops sweeps away the sweetness and it finishes with a twang of bitter that fades very quick. Slightly drying.

M: Medium bodied on the lighter side but that could be due to the temp of the beer. No surprises in this ones mouthfeel.

O: Not remarkable but not at all bad. Balanced drinkable pale ale. Can't say I wouldn't drink it again but would most likely shoot for something a little more impressive when I am buying.

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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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