Deschutes Brewery: Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Deschutes Brewery: Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Guest blog post by Matt Anderson. You can follow Matt on Twitter @supermatt28.

Here is a link to the previous Deschutes write up:

Red Chair

I came to a decision today, one that will affect all of our readers here. I am going to do a Deschutes series. I decided this while I was standing in the beer aisle at a local grocery store trying to decide which beer to buy. I got four. Today I am going to be reviewing their Pale Ale. My goal is to go from lightest to darkest, as if we were sitting at a table together doing a beer tasting.

Despite the name Pale Ale, this beer has a nice dark golden color to it. The head is cream color (some might say off white, but whatever.) The aroma that assails the nose is light and refreshing. It smells florally, with a slight twinge of citrus and hops. The taste is bold and sharp. A light hop, or bitter, flavor hits you first followed by a fruit like flavor. This is exactly what I want in my Pale Ales. Deschutes always does a great job with their beers!

This beer is light and refreshing, it is a 5% abv beer, which to me is light on the abv, but is about average for beers. That being said, this beer is amazing! Who care about alcohol content when it tastes great! This beer could be paired with a pasta dish mixed with a sharp cheese, like a Dubliner or 2 year aged cheddar perhaps. The Deschutes website suggests a pairing with Mushroom Bruchetta or clams in corn stock (presumably available at their breweries.) For my tasting tonight, I used a craft pub glass. A standard pub glass will do just fine with this beer. The craft pub glass tapers in a bit at the top to catch the head and bouquet during the pour.  Bottoms up and enjoy!

Over All-Rating: 8.25

Approachability (for new comers): 7

Flavor: 9

Pour/head: 7

Bouquet: 10

Here are the links to the following Deschutes write ups

Inversion

Black Butte

Obsidian

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