Thirsty Thursday – Drifter Pale Ale, Widmer Brothers Brewing

And now for something just a little bit different…

During a recent lunch with a blog savvy friend, an idea for a new, regular feature was born! If you follow me on Twitter (@SuburbanFoodNrd) you may have seen enthusiastic tweets about craft beer or thoughtfully mixed cocktails. Starting today, I plan on sharing a delicious libation with you every Thursday. Think of it as a warm up for the weekend.

Widmer Brothers Brewing is probably best known in this area for their Hefeweizen which has been featured on taps across the region for years. Recently I have noticed several other beers brewed by Widmer, and wanted to give Drifter a try!

Drifter Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Widmer Brothers Brewing
Location: Portland, Ore, USA
ABV – 5.7%
IBU – 28
Malts: Pale, Caramel 20L, Caravienne 20L, Caramel 80L, Carapils
Hops: Alchemy, Summit, Nelson Sauvin
Availability: Year-round
Tasting method – 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear amber with foamy off-white head, carbonation bubbles up as head fades and laces.

Smell: Nice citrus nose with hints of grapefruit, caramel and orange – Pleasantly sweet, finishing with wafting hops.

Taste: Mild, carbonated front, quickly developing hit of citrus then malt and hops, lingering slightly tart metallic finish.

Mouth-feel: Light palate, highly carbonated, thin.

Overall: A decent beer with balanced flavors. Would be a nice light beer alternative in the warmer months, or a refreshing choice for those who are burned out on heavily hopped brews.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10


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I have been obsessed with good food my whole life - cooking it, eating it, sharing it with friends... After really getting into reviewing restaurants on other sites, I realized that my inner food nerd needed a bigger creative outlet! :)
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