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RATINGS: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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With its unique citrus character, smooth drinkability, and distinctive hop character, Drifter Pale Ale is truly an original. Brewed with generous amounts of Summit hops, a variety known for their intense citrus flavors and aromas, Drifter has a taste unique to the Pale Ale category. True to style, the bittering hops are perceptible enough to give the beer a crisp, clean, quenching finish, yet also soft enough to keep the beer smooth and balanced. 2006 GABF Silver Medal Winner


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beisen (90) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Picked this one up for fishing tomorrow, but I couldn’t resist cracking one open tonight. Pours copper with a small head that dissolved quickly. Aroma is mellow citrus and very inviting. Nice pine hop flavor with an expectedly bitter finish. Real nice. I’ll enjoy it tomorrow, and look for it again next year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Reddish amber pour with medium foamy head, nice aroma of sweet malt & citrus piney hops. Caramel malt presence is high, hop flavors are fruity and aromatic citrus. A very enjoyable APA, glad I bought a sixer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Thanks to KenB for this one as part of Mystery Swap 2.0. Pours hazy deep ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of big fruity hops, caramel malt, mango, star fruit. Tastes caramel malty, with notes of hops and fruits, such as mango, pear, and tangerine. Decent complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Light amber in color with very small whtie head. Big nose of pine and citrus. Flavor is much the same, hops all over the place, then it washes into a light texture that almost gets watery. Finish is bitter which is to be expected.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small frothy off-white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel), heavy hops (spruce, citrus, grapefruit), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of peach. Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Small, off-white, and pillowy head that disappates quickly to almost noting; body is transluscent and ruby red in color. Nose is very subdued; notes of pine and sugared pink grapefruit. Flavor is very surprisingly unbitter... Some sweet caramel notes under citrusy pink grapefruit and tangerine; low bitterness. Palate is moderately light, almost soft, and drying out as the flavor progesses. Finishes with the citrusy notes and some herbal notes in the average length. Not what I was expecting after last years ’W’, but it was intersting and unique. Not really what I look for in a APA, but it was unlike any beer I’ve tried.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Toast, orange peel and marmalade aroma; citrusy initial flavor, slightly astringent, dry finish; a little malt character; silky mouthfeel. Nice showing of Summit hops, but could use a little more aroma. Solid, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2184) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle Pours a thick syrupy amber that even after a vigerous pour, generated only a small corse sandy colored head. A thin ring and wispy sheeting lacing is maintained. Classic PNW hop aroma citrusy, orange and fresh. Rather hefty, sweet malt profile and while the hop bitterness is not over poawering, there is plenty of flavor. Bold and balanced, with a thick palate. Satisfying !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Copper color with an off-white head. Very fruity (summer fruit, ruby red grapefruit) aroma. LIghter bodied than expected. Hop fruit flavor without a lot of bitterness. Some caramel malt, but not enough to give it the body you want it to have. Lingering fruit and a bit of sweetness. LIghter bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle: Clear copper pour with a medium white head and good lacing. Nose of pine and citrus hops, malt, sugary notes, and caramel. Tastes of malta, earthy, pine hops, light citrus, and more floral hops. Lingering and dry finish, medium body.


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