EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Strong caramel malt aroma, with some citrus hop. Great citrus/berry and spicy hop flavor; almost cinnamon-like in the finish. The caramel malt flavor is OK; a little weird, better than the aroma. Some bready flavor and bitterness in aftertaste. sawbuck (778) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Fair aroma of fresh hops, and citrusy notes. Nice orange amber with slightly tan head. Nice balance of hop blend, bitterness up front, some spice and citrus flavor..... finishes with some malt sweetness, and a replay of harsher bitterness....lingers just a little bit too long. kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pourer from a bottle at George street pub. Light amber pour. No head at all. Floral and malty taste. This is good fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a clear, light copper with a 1 finger, cramy, beige head. Aroma of sweet crystal malt, light toast and mineral notes and planty, floral and light pine hops. Flavor starts out nicely with caramel, biscuit and toasty malt, floral and citrus hops, but finishes with weird crystal malt sweetness and odd, soapy, candied citrus. Dry entry, slick, but sticky finish light, but sharp carbonation.Pretty decent beer overall, but needs less oversweet crystal malt. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
A spectacular seasonal ale. Hyper carbonated, bourbon notes. Yeast and hops competing for main stage.
tmoreau (4735) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured to a SA pint glass, showing a fairly clear, amber hue, with frothy/billowy, cream colored head foam, and good cling to the waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was citrusy grapefruit & orange, maybe just a hint of resin, with smooth, bready malt, and touches of caramel & sweetness. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the flavor also presented an earthy, rind-like hop bitterness, that was lingering through the finish, but not overbearing. A nice balance of malt and hop, but did sense some light oxidation, soapiness/off notes in both nose & taste. Midwest market push? GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is hops and malt. Where is the citrus hops they claim. Taste is good but not as claimed. Bold and tasty but missing citrus. Nice lacing. jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Darker pinkish copper than mirror pond pale.Clear,thin head,slight lacing.
Aroma is more toffee than mirror pond,otherwise its about the same,very slight hop,with some tart-butter notes.Maybe a bit of floral.Less english/noble like I was getting in the mirror pond.
Taste is more toffee than carmel as the mirrror pond,maybe hoppier,seems the malt carmels are strong,as is the citrus,its balanced but eaqually well noticed. Definatly not likeing my intro to Deshutes so far.Far from a favorate pale ale.Its just a step up hoppier/maltier than mirror pond.As is the abv. Garvinil (4) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
Excellent color, modest head. Smooth pale start with citrusy, apple peal finish.
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Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head. Smells subtly of sweet grapefruit citrus and bready malt. Tastes like a hopped up amber ale - very mild and one dimensional. A perfectly average APA, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that