Drifter Pale Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drifter Pale AleDrifter Pale Ale
BA SCORE
62.6%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 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
Ranking:
#20,684
Reviews:
410
Ratings:
965
Liked:
604
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
13.33%
Alströms:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
43
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of DocJitsu
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper-amber with nearly no head at all. Very little lacing around the edges of the glass. The bouquet is characterized by sweet lemon, almost Pledge-like. There's a mild sting in the nasal passages that has a piggybacking aroma that is difficult to distinguish. A very nice, pleasing, balanced mouthfeel. Beef jerky and buttermilk flavors compete with a little tart citrus. Not a magnificent beer, but certainly a better effort than their lifeless hefeweizen.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce with Feb 01 12 date on the bottle.
A - caramel tinted amber with a finger of lacy head.
S - lightly malty with a difinite caramel character and a touch of hops.
T - caramel sweetness with a subtle citrus hops aftertaste.
M - medium bodied with carbonation towards the lighter side.
D - easy drinking sweetness.
Not stellar but an easy going darker pale ale.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. served into a SA perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a chilled hazed amber with a uniform off white.

S - Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, soapy hops, soft cereal grain, strawberry. Biscuits really start coming out as it warms.

T - Soap and grapefruit hops with a sweet graham cracker malt center. The citrus zest is very clean and carries through to the finish. Some strawberry and spice notes linger.

M - Medium carbonation drops off and turns smooth and creamy, light bodied.

Love the grapefruit. Very clean citrus flavors. Nice graham cracker-like malt adds good balance. Light bodied and very session-able.

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Photo of Ryan1423
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mechphisto
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if the bottle I had was from a different batch than average, based what I'm seeing from other reviewers.
Mine poured a reddish amber, although nice and clear. The lacing was insignificant and quick to dissolve, but it had a nice carbonation.
The taste was a bit sour. Sharp and sour. Actually, it started out pretty sour but then became more malty as it went on. So, in a way, while it had an after-taste I wasn't that impressed with, the aftertaste actually improved my impression of the beer.
It felt a little heavy for its appearance. It had a touch of citrus and a bready base. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't chose it over something else.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mkbarron2131
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 illestkilla
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of beercca
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of LordVodka
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MikeDre
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a bit of a sugary apricot flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit. It ends with a caramel/malty aftertaste with a some bittersweet notes.

Overall - A nice well balanced very drinkable pale ale. The flavours are fairly subdued, but they are good. I wouldn't pick this one up again, but I wouldn't turn it away if offered. There are just too many better beers out there.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Stillwater Wine & Spirits Warehouse in Stillwater, OK as part of a pretty cheap deal on a mix-a-6.

Drifter is a light amber which gives a finger's worth of white foam in a pint glass, but leaves very little lace.

Aromas are slightly grassy, but sweet like honey bread.

Even though the flavors are mild, they are enjoyable. You'll get bisquits and honey from it's malty backbone followed by a slightly flowery hop bite that fades back into white bread and butter. Pleasant.

I feel this a bit thin even for a pale ale. Still, highly drinkable and refreshing.

Pretty sure this was my first Widmer Bros brew. Pretty sure it won't be my last.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DrTrygga
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ajanesz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jamiesmithnc
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of bigash
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber with a 2 finger head. Good retention.

Smell - Smells mildly of citrus hops, and of mildy sweet caramel malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light citrus hops and sweet, light caramel malt notes. Very mellow. Not much in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Decent carbonation. Very, very smooth.

Overall - A very approachable, very drinkable pale ale. What it lacks in bold or complex flavors, it makes for in a smooth, velvety texture and great balance. Session friendly. One of the better Widmer beers I've had.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MumboJumbo
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 62.6% out of 100 with 965 ratings
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