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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Pale Ale Showdown: Sierra Nevada vs Deschutes


These two Pale Ales are common sights in North Cal bars, restaurants, and stores. Sierra Nevada tends to have a wider distribution than Mirror Pond. If you're in the mood for a very drinkable, straightforward beer, Pale Ales are usually the right choice. So what's the right choice between two of the most popular West Coast Pale Ales?

Beer advocate gives Sierra Nevada an average rating of 4.09 out of 5, with 2,483 reviews and a grade of A- from both the review average and "The Bros"(the the owners and operators). Mirror Pond has an average rating of 3.93 out of 5, with 635 reviews and a grade of B+ from the review, but an A from The Bros. 

From the disparity in reviews we can tell Sierra Nevada is more wide spread. However, the Bros who operate the site and publish Beer Advocate magazine, give Mirror Pond a slight advantage.

Rate Beer gives Sierra Nevada a 3.62 out of 5 and gives Mirror Pond a 3.46.

While Sierra Nevada seems to have a slight edge in reviews, The Blog unanimously felt that Mirror Pond is the superior brew. We thought Mirror Pond has a better balance of malt and hops with smoother drinkability. We would choose Mirror Pond over Sierra Nevada anyday.

Sierra Nevada has some amazing beers. But to us Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the "testing the water" beer for the folks that love their Coors or Bud. Mirror Pond is slightly more obscure outside the West Coast, but is by far the better choice for a drinkable, enjoyable Pale Ale.

What's your opinion?

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