(I’m A) Roadrunner

Posted on 05.18.09 7:46PM under Hops, IPA, Tasting

widmer-drifter-6packI was totally expecting to be disappointed. I mean, when I first read about Widmer’s Drifter Pale Ale, it sounded great. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. But then I came to believe it sounded too god to be true. I mean, a lot of people claim great hop flavor and aroma, but it’s such a subjective thing. Every hop is different and “a lot” can vary from palate to palate.

I am happy to say that Drifter is a great beer. It really is a highly hop flavored and scented beer, with really hardly any bitterness there. Frankly, for my tastes, I’d prefer a bit more bitterness, but the flavor is great.

It has that nice sweaty citrus hop scent to it, with the citrus kick to go along with it in the flavor department. The carbonation is a little light, but it’s not the end of the world.

In the end, Drifter is a nice readily available beer that feeds the hop flavor demon without a boatload of alcohol (only 5.7% by volume) and without tongue-lashing bitterness. A good one to keep around and use as a “normal beer” in between 90 minute IPAs and oak-aged Insanities. At the same time, you might be able to lure Joe Sam Adams into a glass of Drifter for a taste of some incredible American hop flavor.

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