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
Alcohol by volume:
|PALE, CARAMEL 20L, CARAVIENNE 20L, CARAMEL 80L, CARAPILS|
|BITTERING: ALCHEMY |
DRY HOPPED: SUMMIT,
Goes well with:
|A variety of fresh seafood and shellfish, but also has the malt backing to stand up to hearty offerings like grilled steaks.|
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy orange with a small off white head.
Aroma: Floral and citrus hops, light caramel notes.
Flavor: Slight hop bitterness up front. Quickly turns to caramel sweetness. Finishes with sweet citrus hops and pineapple. Moderately sweet, the hops balance the profile nicely and have a great unique fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low - medium carbonation.
Overall: Extremely refreshing pale ale. The malt bill plays perfectly with the hops. The combo of citrus and pineapple is something that is very unique and I have not tasted a pale with that type of hop flavor before. This is a very good example of the style and what I would assume a showcase of the summit hops.