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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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smackie (54) - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2010
a new favorite. amazing grapefruit in the finish without being hokey. Priced right to compete with ales costing a couple of buck more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (673) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
First beer that exposed me to Nelson Sauvin hops. I’m a big fan of those hops and as such, this beer really sat high on my list for a while. Nice pale ale with fruit flavors imparted by the NS hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"nice balance of malts and hops here, making this pale better than average pale ale. other than the balance and the nice floral hop aroma, nothing stands out, but it’s a solid rep of the style."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3216) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2014
A pleasant APA. I wasn’t expecting much considering their mediocre hefe, but this is a very well balanced mix of pine and caramel, citrus and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2609) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
On tap at Oriley & Conways, pours a light hazy yellow with really no head at all, the aroma has a decent touch of citrus and fruit at first, kind of surprised me, the flavor is much of the same, hop front end with a bitter finish that is balanced by the malt, not as in your face as I would have liked, but still a nice easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2442) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy yellow around the edges with mostly a nice light looking orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head. For a bar pour, there was a decent half finger white foamy head and a nice light somewhat clingy foamy lacing. The smell had a nice citrusy aroma running into the caramel malts nicely. The taste was somewhat bitter but allowed a decent sweetness to come through in the caramel malts. There was a nice dry bitter citrusy/caramel-like aftertaste that lead to a crisp dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium on the body and it had a nice sessionability about it. The carbonation was right on and there was nothing overbearing or under bearing. Overall, in my opinion, this was a pretty good beer as there’s nothing bad about it. I also had it with some pulled crab sandwich that was gently buttered. Wow, what a nice day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Senka (810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2013
From the archives: Had this in Miami. From the pub, on the high street. Decent APA. I thought it was much weaker than 5.7%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottled 17MAY12 Amber with an etched white surface and excellent clarity. No lace. Smells herbal with a slight resin character and a bit of canned spinach alongside the crystal malt which is sweet but not overplayed. Slightly bitter with a good moderated malt through the center and a fine overall pale character. Nice and limited body with slightly low carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer. Serving type: bottle 07-12-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imaena (1943) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle. this is a pretty straightforward APA without much character or nuance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3534) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Decent pale ale, bottle from bevmo, light hops and flavor, pretty decent overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2013
My first favorite pale ale. I find this crisp and refreshing. It has a nice hop bite, some bitter citrus, but a healthy malt backbone. My favorites for pale ales now are Dale’s Pale Ale and San Tan’s Devil’s Ale, but this one still holds a place for me.

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