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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium-dark red-brown with a small, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P> Aroma is dominated by heavy hop notes of resin/pine, moderate notes of grapefruit zest, light note of cedar; Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; Yeasty with a light note of doughy sweat; Trace note of pencil shavings.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, trace-to-light bitter, lightly acidic, with a long, lightly acidic, lightly sweet finish. Some astringency on the gums.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of tangerine juice. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Weird acidity on this one; like fruit juice has been added, and bordering on an infected bite. Not very pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (6391) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2007
12 oz bottle. Clear golden body with a rather short beige head. Strong aroma of citrus, peaches, grapefruit and malt. Really refreshing flavor, much milder than expected from the heavy aroma. Fruity, citrus, hoppy, hay, yeast and malt. Surprisingly fresh and aromatic beer at a low alcohol. Interesting and pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2007
Since the only other Widmer beer I have ever had is their Bud Hef I did not have high expectations for this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. The aroma is a pleasant perfumey grapefruit and pineyness. The beer pours a copper color with a bubbly 1/4 inch head. The flavor is a subdued citrus grapefruit balanced by some smooth caramel malts. The beer is a little resiny and dry on the palate, but more crisp and thrist quenching than anything. I really liked this one. It is my favorite Widmer beer to date.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2007
Deep mahogany in color. Rich, sweet, balanced with hoppiness. This beer was great, I typically stay away from Widmer, this beer was a suprise. Id buy it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle: Red copper color with an off-white head. The aroma reminded me of a Christmas tree lot. The flavors are hoppy resembling a bitter grapefruit rind. The carbonation is lively followed by a mild malt aftertaste. Let it warm up a bit or you will experience an unpleasnat metallic aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to Jake65. Poured a golden brown with a small quickly dissapating head. Spotty lacing, good hop flavor with citrus and hops present throughout. More hops then malt but a good balance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
12 oz. bottle, from Fred Meyer, Newberg, OR. Pours deep, clear copper color with a thin beige head. Nice, fresh hoppy aroma - floral, orange and spruce with fruity and light caramely malts. Flavor is also hop dominant, with toasty malts to balance the citrus, pine and fresh bitter herb notes - though oddly, I seem to get a bit of wateriness in the finish. Medium body and tingly carbonation. Crisp and enjoyable, though short of outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2007
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to an orange body with a wispy white head. The aroma is quite hoppy with notes of pine, oranges, sweet Vidalia onion, grapefruit. The flavor is extremely toasted. Granola and barley. Light hops. I love how crisp and grainy this beer is. The beer is smooth, slick, and very easy drinking. Id buy this if it were available around here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
Bottle shared by Jason. Clear amber body under a tight foamy tan head. Zippy pine needle and bright citrus aroma. The flavor primarily has gentle bitter weed stem and pine sap hopping over a non-sweet, toasty malt base. Assertive but soft bitterness, this is aided by the low carbonation level. A very nice pale ale.


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