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Deschutes French Oak Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Deschutes French Oak Mirror Pond Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   ABV: -
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aged 2 months in both new and used French Oak Barrels then dry hopped with copious amounts of Cascades


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pretty damn tasty offering from a pretty damn tasty brewery. A bit mjore complexity than the standard mirror pond as well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ranger_Steve (1) - USA - APR 27, 2010 does not count
One of my favorite American Ales. Much better on tap than in a bottle. Just had one last night at a local sports bar after a softball game with a bacon cheeseburger. Nothing could be better! Medium color, I’m guessing 15 SRM. Nice cascade aroma from dry-hopping, yet overall bitterness is subdued. Good head retention, and a nice dry, crisp finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2007
On tap at the brewpub (and subsequently on growler at home!). Pours an almost clear orange-brown with a medium, cream-colored head like ocean foam. Leaves decent lacing. This is a wonderfully aromatic pale ale, with more than just the usual suspects. To be sure, there’s a healthy amount of lemon-lime citrus and some caramel (not really very pronounced before warming). But these combine in such a way, and undoubtedly with help from the oaking, to convey rose-petal perfumes and a bright fruity character you might find in a dry white wine. The beer is on the light-bodied side with very mild bittering. The body is sweet in a perfumy sort of way and there’s some lemony acidity. Finish is medium in length and light caramel lingers. This is a very nice twist on a pale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
On tap at the Deschutes pub. This was really nice, the pale was dried out a lot by the oak. Sweet caramel hint of front blended nicely with the oak and the finish was crisp and very dry from the citrus hops. Pours a clear amber with a tall white head. This beer didn’t stand out much before, but the oak adds a subtle character that makes it much more interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Nice light amber, but a soothing cascade hops and honey-suckle aroma. Medium body w.th just enough cascade hops to keep it from being bland. Simple, but crisply hopped beer and a pleasant finish.


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