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Day #17 – Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

January 18, 2011

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

On the road again to pick up a new beer and new glass.  This beer comes all the way from Oregon from the Deschutes Brewing Company.  They’ve been brewing since 1988 and have a nationwide distribution of their beer.  They are now the 6th largest craft brewery in the United States.  The Mirror Pond Pale Ale is their flagship beer.  It is classified as an American Pale Ale and should be served in a shaker or a lager glass.  I am showing off my brand new Mirror Pond shaker to enjoy this beer.

As far as pale ales go, there are slight differences between the two main styles, English and American.  The biggest difference comes from the types of hops used.  American hops are typically characterized by their floral, spicy and pine notes.  They are usually more pungent and present in the aroma and flavor.  English hops tend to be more subtle, earthy and soft.  You will see several examples of both in due time.

Pours a clear orange color with small bits of suspended sediment. This is more than likely due to the bottle conditioning. I believe this is dry hopped to add a bit more hopped flavor.

Aroma is nicely hopped. Smells piney, fresh with a citrus touch. It smells very fresh, like the crisp smell of a forest on a spring morning. Hops are definitely present. A nice pale ale nose.

Flavor is upfront hops but not astringent or too bitter. There is a strong feeling of fruity hops with a resiny flavor to balance. This is pretty well made and has a great flavor of cascade hops. Cascade hops are from the Northwest regions of the United States and usually have a strong piney/floral aroma. They carry through well in this.

All in all this is a very nice example of a pale ale. Not too intense, not too odd.

I walked in the bathroom and what did I find?  An awesome painted mirror!

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