Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bought in a six-pack with a best by date of 9/25/13, this pours a lovely golden-copper amber with lots of very fluffy, frothy head that foams up fast, dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Clarity is good, a slight amount of haze with adequate carbonation.
Grassy and fruity smells predominate, with a good amount of spicy smell as well; the sweet, biscuity malt takes a backseat to the hops smell, and there's a lot of hops; almost as much as I'd expect with an IPA, but not quite. The taste is again grassy and fruity, bitter from the hops, and I detect a little bit of bready malt that intensifies after the swallow. There's also a crisp, sweet flavor that I can't put my finger on but imagine is the mountain water they brew with, which serves to make this pale ale even more refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and clear, almost too light, but I could put back a sixer of these if I felt the urge.
Overall I'm not blown away by this ale, but at the same time it tastes pretty darn good and serves its purpose; it's very refreshing. I'm more of a fan of lagers and darker, more robust ales than I am of pale ales, but this is really a good example of what a pale ale should be. Pick it up if you're a fan of the style. Cheers to good health and good beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 07:21:25 | More by Caj1
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