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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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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3.5
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Translucent caramel, a little fiery, moderate foamy off-white head, soft carbonation with a few rings of carbonation.   Citrus rind and soft flora on the nose.   Smells quite nice!   Clean hop driven bite up front, soft citrus rind, pale malts, clean finish.   Easy drinking... hell yes.   Body and mouthfeel are of a moderate nature.   Very soft citrus rind like flavors linger, as well as a very mild malt background.   Well balanced, very clean, and just a yummy treat that I would love to have fresh off draught.   This sample was from a bottle that is about three months old.   I can only imagine what this would taste like fresh.   Fairly tasty Pale Ale that is neither too heavy nor too light.


3.8
ganache (6033) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Lots of summit coming through, but a nice little hop blend. Grapefruit and funk nose with citrus and lychee. Perfumey mango and peach. Clear amber pour with a lacing tanned head. Biscuit and bready caramel notes overtake the above-listed hop flavors in the taste race. Lightly bitter and sour with a mildy fruity/citric, dry, hoppy aftertaste and a smooth, creamy medium/full body. Some throaty resin if drunk to quickly. Interesting. Thanks, Jake!

3.6
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
12 oz bottle, via kenb. Pours a very dark copper body under a fizzy beige head that left some sticky lacing. Aroma is moderately aggressive with resiny hops, though I get a light soapy note as well. Light toasted and biscuity malt. The flavor is OK, and actually pretty flavorful for an APA. Fairly hoppy but without a whole lot of bitterness. The malt is there just as a supporting character, seemingly used for the coloring more than flavor. Mouthfeel is a little heftier than the average as well. Medium bodied with a watery, but not thin, texture. Nice moderate soft carbonation. A pretty average beer, but an above average APA. More aggressive than most.

3.9
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2007
Sweet aroma of grapefruit, tangerines and peaches. Pours a clear dark copper with a thin off-white head that leaves sheets of lace. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of cookie dough, pineapple, oranges. A touch of pine shows in the fairly quick and bittersweet finish. A bit dark for an APA, and the most citrus-laden version of the style I’ve tried, but in a good way.

3.7
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
Orange marmalade and tangerines aroma wafts above this reddish amber ale with a nice white head. Fairly red for a pale, but cool. Lots of sticky sweetness in the flavor - seems as though the crystal malt leant more than color. Nice hoppiness for a pale, plenty of citrus and some pineapple. Sweet aftertaste. Not a bad quaffer. Thanks André.

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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
Ernest (7792) - 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
Beer5000 (6677) - 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
riversideAK (6261) - 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
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.


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