Mirror Pond Pale AleJuly 1, 2001 Bend, OR
Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Available: AL, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, WY
The Deschutes Brewery uses flower hops exclusively. Their Mirror Pond Pale Ale is one of several beers that are dry-hopped, a process that requires an extra week of conditioning in tanks containing fresh hops.
Original gravity: 1052
Great aromatics with an especially delightful and assertive hop nose. This beer has everything one could expect in an American Northwest pale ale and much more. It is dry hopped and bottle conditioned with an impressive, almost perfect, malt-hop balance. A nice Lombard-style Taleggio cheese would enhance the enjoyment of this fine beer.
- Fred Eckhardt
A hazy, honey-colored beer (it’s bottle conditioned), it raises a small, pale head. The hop aroma is classic Cascade, all pine needles and grapefruit. On the palate, the beer is surprisingly restrained, with a moderate bitterness balancing a rounded, slightly sweet malt center. The finish is clean and crisp, both malt and hops lingering nicely. A pleasant, well-brewed beer that’s very drinkable and would be particularly versatile with food. A good beer to have permanently stocked in your fridge.
- Garrett Oliver
Bright pale orange. Dense, creamy, head. Always perfumy, aromatic. Very fruity hop aroma. (the fruits of dry-hopping). Notably firm-bodied, with a dusty, ground vanilla spiciness that almost abrades the tongue. Sounds unpleasant, but I found it quite sexy. Perhaps I need help. Lots of flavor development. Leafy, woody hop flavors. Very arousing—to the appetite, I mean.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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