Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a murky orange amber hue with considerable off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is classic APA, citrus, gooseberries/black currants, tangy caramel malts and a little toasted grain. Palate follows the nose, with some brown bread, gummy candy sweetness and toasted grain propping up orange marmalade, green grass, mint, and chamomile floral notes along with a little pine resin. A bit chewy but skewed towards crisp and dry. Finish is like a high-quality semisweet citrus soda, clean, crisp and smooth. A little pine and fresh earth accumulate on the palate along with another bitter flavor that I am having some trouble placing ... Its a bit seltzer-like or chalky/medicinal in character. Well-balanced between tangy rich malts and classic American west coast aroma hops. Very true to style, not tropical and dank like many American IPAs but certainly has citrus twang and ample 4-MMP character (the chemical compound that gives American hops a "black currant" character). Find this brew as fresh as possible to get more of the bright top note flavors. Great session beer and something I will bring to a gathering of the beer proletariat to introduce them to the world beyond shitty macro-lagers.
11-23-2013 19:38:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.01/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the freshness date 2/18/14 clearly printed on the label into a pint glass and I get 2 finger of white head.
A: Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of head that dissipate at a moderately slow rate. There is more than just a covering on the top of my glass that last to the end. A fair amount of lacing covers most of my glass.
S: I smell pine, lemon grass, and some malts.
T: Citrus, pine resin and a hop bitterness is balanced with slightly sweet malts.
M: More than medium bodied and medium carbonated. This goes down good.
O: I think this is a very nice pale ale. I like it and would have it more often if the code dates were fresher. Sometimes I find this beer on the shelf past the freshness date. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I can enjoy without affecting me too much because of a high alcohol content. I recommend it and I am going to have another.
11-17-2013 03:39:31 | More by JohnnyJam
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,680 ratings.