Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
"Brewed on" date clearly marked on label. Poured into a stange glass.
Orange body with a tint of amber under two fingers of nearly white head that laces amazingly and retains well.
The aroma has a juicy handful of citrus and tropical fruits with malty sweetness underneath. A little swirl brings up some subtle yeast notes and more hops.
The flavor is long and well crafted. It begins with a bitter snap followed with some fresh bold hops of the classic northwest variety. Before long some deep toasty malts wash all over the hops and bring (as the label for once accurately states) a deft balance. The aftertaste is a medley of hops and pale malts.
The mouthfeel is down the middle of the road, with neither more of less carbonation than usual. Medium bodied.
Conclusion: I would expect nothing less than a great pale ale from a brewery with as a good a track record as Deschutes. This is a great pale ale from an outstanding brewery.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2011 01:21:43 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.23/5 rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Huge thanks to tony223366 for this beer!
Reviewed alongside a Fresh Hop Mirror Pond on 12/4/11 from a bottle dated best by 02/07/12.
Appearance: Pours a nice translucent orange with a pale white frothy cap of about 1 finger. The head quickly dissapates, leaving only a thing ring behind.
Nose: It smells juicy, but not overpowering. Orange notes dominate, maybe a little lemon zest, the faintest whiff of phenolic alcohol.
Taste: Much more bitter than expected from the nose. The aroma promised orange, but the flavor delivered grapefruit. There is a sharp tartness at the front of the tongue which I quite like, though as it spreads across the palate it morphs into a minerally flavor. This is largely one note however, and the malt characteristic is almost non existant here. For some reason, as I sip on it, the product TANG keeps popping in to my head.
Mouthfeel: Thin, but in a refreshing way and not too lacking from it. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.
Overall: This would be a good summertime drinker for most I think. The predominance of bitter grapefruit in the taste without much to offset it turns me off a bit, but overall it's not a bad beer. Not remarkable, but easy to drink and refreshing.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2011 05:57:13 | More by jzmaxson27
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.