Description:"Deschutes Brewery’s most popular beer, Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a quintessential American pale ale with a definitive hop aroma and hop forward flavor. Mirror Pond Pale Ale has four different hop additions along with the all-important dry hopping. What separates this pale ale, though, is balance. Most folks just heap on the hops and call it a day. Deschutes, on the other hand, uses a deft touch of Crystal malts to offset the definitive Cascade hop profile resulting in a delicate malty sweetness." — Deschutes Brewery
Random thoughts: This is one of the first beers I tasted when I moved to Oregon over ten years ago. My previous experience was limited to drinking fizzy yellow industrial lager and Mirror Pond opened my horizons to the different styles of beer.
The tasting: Golden straw with a white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malts. Flavors of citrus hops and cereal-like malt are well balanced. Medium bodied with enough effervescence to leave a fizzy sensation on the tongue. Nice citrus bitterness in the finish. This is a balanced beer that leans toward the hoppy side.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again. I haven't had Mirror Pond in quite a while because I've been busy trying new beers. I'll make it a point to visit Mirror Pond every once in a while. Because it's so balanced, I think it's great brew for craft beer newbies as well as for seasoned beer geeks.
Have you tasted Mirror Pond Pale Ale? What did you think?