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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,684
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 218 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Finally, Deschutes has made it to Minnesota. Bomber picked up for $2.99! Not a bad price, not bad at all.

Pours a darker amber color, almost reddish mahogany. Reminds me a lot of the way Furious looks (I had one just before this) but a little lighter and definitely clearer. A fluffy and bubbly eggshell white head sits on top with great retention and leaves tons of lacing.

The nose starts out fruity, with citrus and light floral characters, but it gives way to the biscuity malt character. A good swirl releases more fruity hop notes. Good balance in this one. Simple, yet refined.

The taste is similar to the nose, starting out with light hop characters, which give way to biscuity malts, finishing with a light bitterness. Smooth, almost like a lager. Subtler than I thought it would be, but still good.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with little to no carbonation. Only the lightest lingering bitter aftertaste. Light to medium in body. Drinkability is probably this beers strongest point. A good humid summer afternoon beer, one I will be needing a lot of in the coming months!

Overall, not a bad Pale Ale. For $2.99, I will definitley be seeking out bombers of this again. It's a good alternative to the macro's that everyone else drinks, and not offensive enough to turn them away. I think this could be a good gateway beer.

Welcome to Minnesota, Deschutes!

04-02-2010 02:51:24 | More by Mistofminn
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Had the privelage of sampling this beer many times yesterday at the WBF,poured a slightly hazy deep orange with a clingy white head on top.To be expected this Oregon produced pale ale's aromas are hop dominated wich is a good thing fruity citrus with underlying pine very fresh smelling.This goes down very easily and would be a staple of mine if I could get it here,flavors are pretty nicely balanced there is a firm dry maltiness up front finishing with the big dose of cascades in the finish citrus and pine linger nicely.Deschutes makes some damn fine brews I wish I could get them more locally instead offline.

10-09-2005 12:41:33 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance – The body here was solid brown in color with a decent head from a very careful pour by the bartender.

Smell – The citrus and soft pine hops gave way to a stiff malt balance. The toasted malts were unsweetened and, I thought, a bit heavy-handed.

Taste – The hops from the nose find their way into the taste, but it’s the malt flavor that dominates. It is a rather darkish malt not unlike raw molasses. I would have liked to have seen a bit more balance to this one.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and has just a bit of a dry finish at the very end.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

07-21-2004 00:39:23 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Turbo


4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-19-2013 22:35:17 | More by Turbo
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Mirror Pond pours a pretty golden-amber with a one-finger, snow-white head into a pint glass. The body is see-through and looks to contain medium carbonation within. Lacing left on the glass is frothy and clingy.

First smell reveals light citrus notes of orange and lemon, with a nice caramel and biscuit malt influence. The aroma is very fresh and speaks of a well-struck balance between hop and malt. There are some faint smells of melon also mixed in.

Mirror Pond tastes very much how it smells, with delightfully light hoppy notes of orange, lemon, and melon, with just a slight pine flavor, as well. The malt flavors of caramel and biscuit blend very nicely with the hop flavors and produce a well-blended, tasty pale ale. The finish is just dry enough, certainly not bitter, though.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. About medium bodied for a pale ale, the carbonation is nicely effervescent and harmonizes perfectly with the subtly bitter hop bite. A dry finish caps it all off.

This is a really well crafted pale ale. Extremely sessionable and tasty, without being over the top at all. Another Deschutes brew that has impressed me greatly.

11-14-2011 00:13:01 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of nohead02


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%

The label talks about a generous helping of cascade hops but I think this beer lacks a bit. Not much of an aroma upon pouring and there seems to be a very subtle sweetness that distracts from what hoppiness there is. Kicks up a frothy head that makes you think there might be something to this beer but in the end it doesn't deliver.

09-27-2006 03:40:44 | More by nohead02
Photo of Tiernan


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

05-04-2013 22:20:30 | More by Tiernan
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Overall a pretty solid American pale ale and would be a quality session beer. Amber in color, decent white head that stuck around for a while, Piney Northwest hop flavor dominated the smell, light malty flavor on the taste with a little fruitness that is excentuated by the dominant hops but it's not near the hop level of an IPA or Sierra Nevada, a touch of biscuit flavor as well. Finishes fairly clean without any bad aftertaste. Nothing to write home about but better than your average fair. Although I bet this one goes down fast and gets rated higher on a hot summer day.

02-02-2008 10:16:32 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of joemetric


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2014 17:27:27 | More by joemetric
Photo of orbitalr0x


4/5  rDev +2.6%

The Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours into my glass a nice cloudy amber orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lightly bready caramel malts mix in with floral, somewhat citrusy hops. The hops come out on top with a nice solid balance overall. Nice APA.

First sip brings smooth, biscuity, caramelly maltiness upfront that's followed by a nice blast of really floral, herbal hops that have a bit of a ctirusy twang as well. Goes down easily with a mellow bitterness. Overall, a solid, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Smooth and easy going like a good pale ale should be. I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this for a get together. Easily drinkable and overall a solid pale ale with plenty of hop character. I hope to have a chance to try more brews from Deschutes, thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

09-19-2006 03:30:53 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-27-2014 02:21:25 | More by sabitu
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-27-2013 08:41:08 | More by freshflesh
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South Dakota

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The is a beautiful beer, a rich copper/amber color. It porurs with a nice amount of foam that compacts to a nice 2-finger head that leaves behind some generous lacing.

The smell hits me faintly at first but grows as I drink the beer. I get a very nice fruitiness, pineapple and mango and maybe even a hint of peach or apricot. Perhaps the slightest hint of a yeasty bread as well.

The taste is just excellent. First off is the hops, all nice and juicy and fruity. Pineapple mainly, maybe a hint of orange and peach. Then come the sweetness of the malts. There's some toffee, maybe a bit of honey as well. It finishes with a pleasant, lingering bitter note.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, lightly bubbly and very pleasant. I don not detect the alcohol at all.

Overall, this may be my favorite pale ale and one of my favorite beers. Just a great balance and so easy to drink. Superb.

02-18-2014 21:39:27 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-25-2013 03:35:46 | More by TimoP
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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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