Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: 40 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Crystal, Carapils and Munich. Hops – Cascade.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Floral, citrus and caramel notes. Balanced with the beautiful simplicity of the Cascade hop.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.22
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 12th May 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear copper colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated quickly but left nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Sweet caramel and bready malts with some pineapple, apple, grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Mainly pine with light biscuit malt and light caramel. Citrus is there but fairly restrained. Finish is lightly bitter and spicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high prickly carbonation.
Overall: This was just ok for me. Everything was just quite light and the flavours felt lacking.

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Deschutes River Ale

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 3.9%
Style: American Blonde Ale
Other Notes: 28 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Munich, Carapils and Crystal. Hops – Cascade, Crystal and Nugget.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Crisp sessionable and undeniably refreshing.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.57
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 19th April 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden copper colour with a one finger slightly off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a little lacing.
Aroma: Bready and biscuit malt with a hint of caramel, fruity pineapple and apricot.
Taste: A strong bready malt backbone with some nice light apricot, grapefruit, pine and grass.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s easy to drink and nice and fruity. A decent beer but nothing spectacular.

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Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 5.6%
Style: Belgian IPA
Other Notes: 55 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Unmalted Wheat. Hops – Bravo, Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Bright citrus and coriander notes of a traditional wit beer, with a refreshing hop kick.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 13th May 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy pale golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly but leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma: Strong banana and bubblegum sweetness followed closely by some citrus and coriander.
Taste: Much like the aroma, there is strong banana, honey and bubblegum sweetness followed by some citrus orange and coriander and finishes with a light but lingering lemon zest bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.
Overall: A good mix of Witbier and IPA. This was extremely drinkable and refreshing. I could definitely see myself drinking this quite a lot during hot summers.

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Deschutes Red Chair NWPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils and Pilsner. Hops – Cascade and Centennial.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A citrus punch, bold hop aroma and clean finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.77
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 7th May 2016 and poured into a Moonzen Teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear amber copper colour with a two finger off white head that retains pretty well, leaving nice streaky lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, mandarin, apple, brown sugar and hints of pineapple and grassiness.
Taste: Bready and caramel malt sweetness heavy with bitter grapefruit pith and juicy grapefruit on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good but perhaps a bit too malt heavy for my liking.

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Prairie x Saint Somewhere Prairie Somewhere

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales x Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma.

Brewer Description: (from website) Prairie Somewhere is a blend of golden farmhouse ale and a sour ale. Citrus fruit is used in the kettle to add intense orange and lime notes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.23
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 16.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 10615, meaning it was bottled on 16th April 2015. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy copper dark orange colour with a one finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing.
Aroma: Tart, funky, barnyard, apple and lime.
Taste: Sour tartness, lemon juice, orange and a strong lime finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: This sour saison style is right up my alley and Prairie Somewhere ticks all the right boxes for me. Very enjoyable and something that I will be looking to get more of if possible. Love the bottle art as well!

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