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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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2582) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass. Transparent copper color with a finger of head. Lots of bubbles visible. Muted grapefruit smell with some lemon backup. A cotton candy smell too... odd. Clean taste, crisp body, moderate carbonation. Mild malt, quick bitter bite, smooth ending. 1, 2, 3 "simple" good beer.


2.5
StandUpBob (2) - Florence, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2017 does not count
Great Aroma and initial taste, but leaves a citrus peel aftertaste that’s too bitter to be considered refreshing.

2.9
mcberko (18422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2017
On tap at Widmer, pours a clear copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is very like, with light floral notes and dry biscuity malt. Flavour is more aggressive for a pale, with floral hops and biscuity malt. Reasonably balanced but pretty boring.

3.5
mrdrock (18) - - JUN 25, 2017
Bright citrusy aroma Light head Clarity of appearance Fresh taste with effervescent bite Smooth aftertaste I like this for a pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
crispaire (242) - - JUN 22, 2017
Smooth and very drinkable. Great notes of citrus. Clean. Balanced bitterness on the finish. An excellently crafted pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
tricksta_p (4874) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2017
From tap at The Widmer Brothers Pub, Portland. Aroma is soft fruity hops with mild citrussy notes and a sweetish caramel malt backbone. Flavour is moderate sweet and mildly bitter. Body is medium. Classic APA, easy and drinkable.

2.7
BeerRenter76 (1028) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/10/09. Aroma of citrus hops along with some malts. Appearance was a mid amber body, plenty of carbonation, thin head that left some lace. Flavor was a bit disappointing with the hops taking on a earty almost skunky taste. Overall it was fairly decent until the flavor got in the way

4.5
trveboozer (3) - The Desert, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2017 does not count
Great Summer beer, hoppy with a light citrus aftertaste. Doesn’t disappoint, perfect on any day.

5
JackLope (1) - - MAR 19, 2016 does not count
I can’t find this anymore. My favorite location stopped serving it long time ago.

3.6
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3/4" head with nice lace and a firm cap atop a clear orange amber brew.... The nose is resounding citric... tangerine even.. Flavor is the same... zesty orange.. some doughy maltiness adds a little bit of sweetness.. with a light smack of caramel.. really balanced yet you still know this is a fresh PNW pale ale... medium body with a lively carbonation... even the burps taste like tangerine juice essence.. This is actually pretty damn good pale ale.

3.7
justsayswell (281) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Reviewed from notes. Pours a clear amber with about an inch of head. Nose is bread, caramel, and citrus. Taste follows. Bready malt backbone with a punch of tropical fruit and citrus from the hops. A delicious and sessionable Pale Ale.


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