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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review: Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

     
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale 
Posted: 5 November 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale from USA Four malts and Cascade hops go into the Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale.   Deschutes describes it as a quintessential northwest pale ale.   I'd have to agree that Deschutes described their own beer rather well. I'll continue to order for my wife. She enjoys something more complex than a macrobrew from time to time but nothing too complex.
Avg price/liter: USD 5.30   ABV %: 3.9  Type: Pale Ale   
       


One of the beer importers in town threw a bash a couple of weeks ago.  They promised free beers and super cheap prices on beer.  It wasn't a bait and switch.  When we arrived, they were handing a coupon for one free beer you had to queue up for limited to a range of perhaps ten different types of beer.  Other beers were available you could buy coupons for, the average beer selling for about $3.50, considered cheap for these kinds of beers in Thailand.          

One of the freebies, chosen by my wife, was Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  She loved it.  I couldn't make a fair assessment of the beer at the bash.  It wasn't served very cold.  I promised her I'd order it, chill it at home, and we'd resample it.  Here I am keeping my promise.         

Four malts and Cascade hops go into this one.  Deschutes describes it as a quintessential northwest pale ale.  Usually, I don't pay much mind to the company's own marketing spiel, but for this one, I'd have to agree that Deschutes described their own beer rather well. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale is, in a nutshell, a pale ale that tastes like a decent version of what a typical Pacific Northwestern brewery will produce with Pacific Northwestern ingredients.         

Mirror Pond Pale Ale is no slacker.  It's won its share of awards, and I'd not hesitate to order it again at a bar. I am also jaded.  I've tried over two hundred beers in 2015 alone.  The Mirror Pond, for being as decent as it is, wouldn't have gotten my attention among that pack. 

I'll continue to order for my wife.  She enjoys something more complex than a macrobrew from time to time but nothing too complex.  That's as succinct a definition for Mirror Pond Pale Ale as you're going to ever get.         

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