Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.0 IBU: 40
Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale
What the brewers say
“Mirror Pond Pale Ale is the quintessential Northwest pale ale. Cascade hops and more Cascade hops give this tawny colored ale delicious hops-forward aroma and flavor. Pale malt allows the hops to linger, not overpower.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Classic Northwest hops citrus nose with notes of sweet orange juice, low resin, and multidimensional. Light malt sweetness with notes of honey (like Bit-o-Honey candy), but not overpowering. Fruity yeast esters hint at apple, strawberry, and pear. Ester aromas are strong—the fermentation character is almost stronger than the hops aroma.”
Flavor: “Medium body for an APA, medium to high carb. Honey character and citrus tartness return in the aftertaste. Reasonable bitterness but could use a bit more hops flavor. Malt is sweet but flat. Alcohol evident. Balance is a bit on the malt sweet side, but the lack of bitter is made up in hops flavor.”
Overall: “Predominant orange creamsicle character is interesting. It's a more malt-focused pale ale that wanders a bit into "winter warmer" territory— it borders on ‘English’ in terms of yeast character. There’s enough malt complexity and richness here to back up a bolder showcase of hops.”
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