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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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear copper in color with a thin layer of beige head. Great hop aroma on this citrus, pine, resin, some sweet malt. I haven’t smelled this much hops in an APA for a while. Taste is sweet, some malt, then some pine and citrus hops in the end. Grapefruit/orange aftertaste. A bit watered down and light, that disappointed me a little. A little more malt presence would’ve been nice. Overall better than what I was expecting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Update: The new Drifter Pale version is a touch different. The bitterness has died down, but it still doesn’t have enough malt base. Very floral nose, but watery body and a let down on the malts. Very sharp hop nose, floral and citrusy, and very green smelling. This beer just didn’t have enough malt base for me, the hops were very sharp and the bitterness dominated. Not balanced enough in my opinion. The hops gave a nice tangerine smelling nose. Wish it just had a bit more malt to balance it, was just to sharply bitter like the halo.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2007
12 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small beige head. Nose is notes of honey, as well as some earthy & floral hops. Taste starts out sweet, some honey and toffee, then the earthy/piney hops kick in. They are on top of a light but tastey malt backbone though, and this has a nicely balanced bittersweet finish. Light/medium body. Moderate carbonation. An excellant easy to drink beer, perhaps even better than the 2006 version.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2007
12 oz bottle. Dark copper/amber beer with a good sized frothy/foamy light tan coloured head. Great laceing as the beer goes down Qute a strong piney hop aroma to this one. Some malts but its mostly hop scents. Strongly bitter taste to begin with, almost on the borders of astringent, then some citirc accents ..i get lime for some reason.Malts are pretty weak on this pale ale. Mouthfeel is OK, nothing special. I found it actually begin to get on the watery side. Overall a nice beer, though could have done with more malt in it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Dark amber with a foamy, white head. Aroma is abundant with citrus hops. A lot piney qualities as well. Very fresh and hoppy nose. A bit of sweet malts underlying. Bitterness comes out strong at first in the flavor leading to a rush of orange citrus. Toasted malts in the background. Medium bodied with a lightly sticky palate. It ends with a bitter citrus bite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2006
GABF 2006. Apparently the "Summit" hop variety is a new strand that they used for this beer. Bright golden, medium head. Large hop aroma, tons of esters, pine, and bubblegum. Taste is green and vegetal, very earthy, herbal bitterness from the hopping. Just a tad too bitter I think. Body is very light. Needs more malt muscle.


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