Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Ratings: 2,706 | Reviews: 844 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.
Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy
Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.
Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.
Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.
12-08-2013 03:57:04 | More by Redneckwine
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
I managed to find a tap with Deschutes beer at the airport on my way out and gave their popular Mirror Pond Ale my first ever try. This was a fantastic easy-drinking pale ale. I don't gravitate to hops but this beer had the perfect blend of hops and malt. This reminds me of some good honey-blondes with a pleasant hop add-in. I really liked this one a lot and it went down rather quickly.
If this beer was a Christmas gift, it is the gift you never knew you wanted but now you can't imagine being without.
12-05-2013 02:01:18 | More by JSuperman
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Light bronze to brown in color. I get a good inch of foam resting on top with good lacing and great clarity. I smell light malt and Pacific Northwest piney hops. The hops and malt are well balanced. I get piney hop aftertaste followed by delicate malt backbone. This is a very smooth, session beer packed with flavor.
12-03-2013 22:49:51 | More by Franziskaner
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.