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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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2703) - 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 !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2809) - Boise, Idaho, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2007
clear copper/red body with a lacey tan head, fresh hop nose, oranges, crisp hop flavor, apples ,light and lofty palate, refreshing and delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Nice hoppy pine aroma at pour, sweet and malty while still bitter with a citrus aftertaste. Amber color with white head that falls away to leave no resting head. Easy to drink, tasty and leaves a clean taste in your mouth. Another interesting beer from Widmer. While not my favorite Widmer, it’s one of the better bottled offerings and is a pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Aroma of pine filled the room as the cap came off. Aroma of grapefruit filled the glass. Nice copper color with a beige head that lasts for awhile. Starts with pine, turns a bit sweet, then that turns into slightly sweet citrus. I think there’s some malt, but the hop is so great I am not sure. The finish continues with that light sweet character, balanced by hop. The sweet must be malt. The grapefruit persists for quite awhile. This is just wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Wife spotted this one in the cooler at Papago. Good thing, citrus aroma along with a fruity cherry aroma. Cooper body with off white head, mild lacing. Body had a syrupy texture to go along with a good citrus flavor. Citrus aftertaste on the palate good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle: Nose of fresh piney hops, lots of grapefruit and grass, sweet clean malts and an overall perfumy character. The flavor is strong and hoppy, nice balance. Full mouthfeel, creamy tail. Nice pale ale, could even pass for a nice IPA. Finishes sweet and tangy. Dark brown color.

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