mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
[1648-20080902] Tap. Grainy faint aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange brown body with a long-lasting creamy white head (you can see where the nozzle was pouring in the head) and some spotted lacing. Some grainy grains and a hint of citrus in the flavour. Medium body has a slightly astringent finish. Not bad but everything seems to meld together into a little blandness.
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2008
<i>(@ Hangar on the Wharf; Juneau, AK)</i>
i remember liking it. vaguely. i mean, i vaguely REMEMBER liking it, not that i vaguely LIKED it. this was the question-mark-numbered pint in a line of big burly beers. and my stomach was empty. and i’m a texan in the coloradoian mountains. and that means that i forget quicker than i can remember to take notes on a napkin or coaster. there was something in my head about "dude, eat this with fish-n-chips - and do it soon." that was a note to myself, which worked because i remembered it. there was also something about this pale ale looking really red - like nearly maroon. maybe i recall a surprising abundance of malts as well, like this was hoppy on the front and sweet on the follow through. i really should type these things in the moment. mmmbeer (1429) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2008
12 oz. bottle in trade from mar- thanks! Served in shaker- poured a faded copper, nice foamy white head one finger thick formed and stayed around for a few minutes with moderate lacing, low carbonation, aroma of earth, malt, and citrus. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is there but some odd bitterness is in the background, finish is bitter but still has that odd taste to it. Up for a re-rate down the line... Dogbrick (13759) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Sample at Yard House in San Diego. This brew is a rich amber color with a medium and frothy white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing. Citrus and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrus and earthy malt, and unfortunately a strong model glue flavor. The finish is very astringent and the acetone/model glue character permeates throughout. I have to assume the fault is the lines or some other QC issue but will have to try again sometime to verify. ebowman (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours a beautiful amber color with a thin head, but does not dissipate quickly. Aroma of toffee, smoke, and a light touch of citrus. A full-mouth taste that spreads out quickly with nice hoppiness. A very nice beer from Deschutes.
BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2008
On cask at public house in Portland. Amber with thn white head. Floral hop aroma. Dry and slightly malty.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Best by: 5/21/08
Received in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks for the big ol’ boxes Russ! Mirror Pond Pale is a polished copper bordering on orange with a good deal of fine particulate suspended throughout. A finger and a half worth of cotton white head formed on the pour but quickly dropped to a skim coat with not much more of a ring. The head leaves some patchy lacing but nothing out of the ordinary.
There’s a good deal of toasted grains right off the bat, I even get some dry but muted nuttiness. The hop additions bring about a decent amount of orange oils with a little grassiness and earthiness in the background. Very balanced pale ale, unfortunately I’d enjoy a little more hoppiness.
The flavor rolls right along with the aroma. Toasted grains with a slight drizzling of caramel frame the orange oil hoppiness with grassiness here and there throughout. Mirror Pond is a very balanced pale ale, just not really my style. A good pale none the less.
There’s good body on this beer. Medium bodied with a smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is soft and pleasant.
Mirror Pond is easy to put down. Something you don’t really have to think about but that’s enjoyable to put away.
Deschutes brews some quality beer. This isn’t one of my favorites from them but it is a solid pale ale. This is a very well balanced pale ale.
5/11/08 MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF.NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2008
Amber with a thin off white film. Hops, caramel, sweet fruity notes and a little burnt sugar. Slightly soapy in the finish. So so.
Tasted @ the Deschutes Brewery and Public House in Portland.buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 15, 2008
Orange colored brew. Sweet and hoppy. A bit plain.
Bottle at Peemkaew, Portland. Poured a clear amber mahogany. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Goes down smooth and paired well with the Thai cuisine.