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 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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Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of droomyster
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good pale ale. Pours a copper colored body with an off-white head with good retention. Aromas are a bit atypical from what I'd expect from an APA, but I like them: I get a lot of pineapple and grapefruit notes from the hops with caramel maltiness playing a less pronounced role. These flavors define its taste as well, but the caramel malts are more prominent, making for a well-balanced beer. Well done, Widmer.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mikerieder
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of trytoketchup
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of zestd
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at a Class Six in Fort Benning, GA.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pub glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper hue with a rather disappointingly thin, bubbly head of off-white foam that disappears quickly and leaves behind virtually nothing of itself on the walls of the glass.

I smell dry-hopping! Aroma is a full onslaught of American hop goodness, bright, floral and citrusy, with loads of grapefruit and orange. Quite delightful and very inviting.

Light-to-medium in body with a bit of a lively carbonation. Sadly, the flavors aren't quite as delightful as the aroma. Slight caramel sweetness shows itself up front, moving into a mildly bitter middle with rather one-dimensional herbal hop notes; develops into a slightly bittersweet, medium-dry finish with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness.

Quite drinkable, though not the most complex Pale Ale out there. Still, it is quite a cut above the mediocre-at-best "Hefeweizen" that is the brewery's flagship beer; this one should be bumped into that status, as the nose alone is enough to win out over the Hefeweizen any day.

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Photo of loren01
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium orange color, decent head that dissipates farily quick with good lace down the glass.
S: Lots of citrus, herbal scents....smell is great!!
T: Very citrusy with floral and herbal taste in there as well
M: Light to medium bodied goes down real smooth.
D: This is a great session beer, goes down way easy, smell and taste is very nice.

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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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