Archive for the Pale Ale Category

Widmer Brother’s Original Drifter Pale Ale

Posted in Ale, Pale Ale, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 21, 2011 by Steve

The Original Drifter Pale Ale – Brewed by Widmer Brother’s Brewing from Portland, OR – 5.7% alcohol

Funny story: I onced seeked this beer out a couple years ago due to the review it received in Maxim Magazine’s beer issue. I believe it took 2nd over Pork Slap. When I finally found it after a few months of looking, I got excited, rushed home to stick it in the fridge. When they were cold, I grabbed one out, opened it and…..hated it. I was so disappointed. There was something telling me that I was really going to like this beer. I was still in my Bud Light phase and not very experienced in other beers yet. Segway to very recently…

My girlfriend decided to surprise me with a 6 pack of beer to do a review on, and not remembering that I had tried this brew before, she picked up some Drifter Pale Ale. Since I was a little more cultured in beers this time around, I said hell with it and tried it again. One word: Wow.

This beer is delicious and I don’t know what the f@#$ I was thinking. Even the girlfriend likes it. She hates pale ales. She hates most beers, honestly. There’s such a presence of citrus in this, but it’s not strong and overbearing and it definitely helps mask any bitterness that may be in it, because you taste absolutely none.

I’ve been reserved on giving out 5 pint ratings, and even though I love this beer….I don’t know if it’s that top tier 5 pint beer I’ve been seeking out. Still, if you see this anywhere, GET IT! It’s rare from what I can tell so you won’t see it often, and you won’t be disappointed.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)


Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

Posted in American Pale Ale, Pale Ale with tags , , , on August 23, 2011 by Steve

Chamberlain Pale Ale – Brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company out of Portland, Maine – 4.9% alcohol

This beer is the reason I bought the Shipyard variety pack. Not because I’ve had it before or knew what it tasted like, but because of General Joshua L. Chamberlain himself. My mother is a huge Civil War buff and I suppose I picked up quite a bit of it from her. After seeing the movie “Gettysburg“, General Chamberlain quickly became my favorite Civil War General. Funny enough, he’s played by Jeff Daniels (of Dumb and Dumber fame).

Enough about that, on to the beer. I found it to be weird, but in a good way. It’s a pale ale that isn’t very bitter or hoppy at all. In fact, it tastes like it’s about to have that coffee/dessert thing going on like a stout would, but then it just disappears. Strange, but very tasty.

I’m a fan (though I’m probably biased due to that handsome picture of General Chamberlain on the bottle). It’s a good beer to relax with and I think even my wonderful girlfriend likes it. If you never tried a pale ale and want to venture out, this is a good starting point, or stepping stone. Definitely would have this again.

Final Rating – (4 pints)