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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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Reviews: 915
Hads: 3,374
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 153
Gots: 560 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of KelOne333
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two bottles shipped to CT for me by a friend.
BA says that "All "5's" should be rare (ie. cannot improve anymore). Just keep that in mind." Well, I kept that in mind...and I can't think of a better beer for me right now.

Served at 35-40 degrees F into a shaker glass. Pours a beautiful rust brown color with a fluffy, light, off-white head that lasts the whole glass.

Nose - bready malt with a hint of almond extract and a layer of citrus and pine.

Taste - Biscuit and caramel with a perfect pine hop backbone. The finish is citrus and a sweet malty hit that lingers for a few seconds and makes me want another sip. Neither side, the malts or the hops, overpowers the other.

Maybe I love it because I can't get it around here. Maybe it's just where my pallette is right now. Either way, I can't think of how it could be any better.
If anyone knows of something that's available in CT that comes close to Mirror Pond, let me know!

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Hops: Cascade.
Malt: Pale, NW Pale, Crystal, Carapils.

40 IBU.

Best by date: 02.18.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.24.14.

A: Red/orange. 1/2 finger head.

S: Pine, citrus. Not as strong smelling as new school APAs.

T: Pine, biscuit, caramel.

M: Crisp.

O: This is easy to drink and perfectly balanced. It's a classic APA.

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Photo of 6string
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Beyond all other styles of beer, ambers are my preferred favorite. For some reason, the Mirror Pond really hits the mark right on the head for me. There's notes of hop bite, caramel, oak, and flavors of red meat and sausages. I can't explain why, but after drinking German weizens, Belgian doubles and triples, or roasty porters, this beer knocks it out of the park. No harsh after bite or lingering tastes. Crisp, but even on the tongue. I'll be stocking my fridge with this one for quite awhile.

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Photo of BrewQuest
5/5  rDev +27.6%

I agree with the Bros, this is a world-class beer. Fresh, crisp and hoppy and one of my new summer favs. First had it on tap and was pleased to have as equally good experience with bottled.

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Photo of MrNuggets
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mirror Pond:

Prime example
this use of fine hop.
Splendid sample
with white foam on top.

Delighting the snout
seducing my taste;
piney throughout
divoid of haste.

Golden reflection
on this hillside pool.
Brilliant complexion
soothing: not cruel.

Leave me for dead;
that feeling prevades.
Please place my head
atop the Cascades.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale has a very thick, fluffy, egg shell-colored head, some good lacing left behind, lots of bubble streams, and a mostly clear, orange appearance. The aroma is of a bold, sweet, bready, barley malt and strong citrus. Taste is of those things and is similarly bold. The bitterness is robust, but not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale finishes dry, refreshing, sweet, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer. Check it out!


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Photo of ernestosabato
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Superb beer that hits your palate smoothly, only to awaken with just the perfect blend of bite and hop. It is simply an ideal pale ale, whose flavor satisfies while not overwhelming, whose crispness bids farewell to any lingering, lazy drabness. Beautiful.

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Photo of millsn1
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might not be as carefully crafted and have as many ingredients as other, higher rated beers, but I have not yet found a better drinking beer. It's smooth, full of taste but not too strong with a nice balance of hops and malt that really respects the Pale Ale moniker. Also goes for a great price in the Northwest, which really rubs in the fact that I now live on the east coast because this stuff also destroys anything from the Boston or Brooklyn breweries.

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Photo of Lenny2884
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best American Pale Ales on the market. If you see this in your local liquor store, pick it up. If you are a fan of American Pale Ales, you need to get your hands on this. Unfortunately Deschuttes is so small that they do not distribute much beyond Oregon, California, and Washington.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color, produced a creamy white head, featured excellent retention and excellent lacing. The aroma contained malted grain, citric lemons and herbal hops. Medium bodied, there was a nice foundation of malted grain, apples, yeasty esters orange and lemon citrus and piney hops. This is a very nicely hopped APA, If you enjoy micro brewed APA's...this is one of the best!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, this is a nice APA. Bright, golden body with a fluffy white head. It diminishes in fairly short order, but just above it, wafting out of the glass, is a fresh citrusy yet sorta grassy hop nose. Nicely balanced taste profile. A bit of malt that's wonderfully offet by some tingling on the tongue from the hops. Not a ton of bittering hops; just a well-balanced brew. Mouthfeel is medium, just where I think an APA should be. Drinkability; kick butt. I consider SNPA to be a the benchmark of APAs, and damn tough to beat. But I'd rather have Mirror Pond.

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Photo of Soonami
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to MNbeerhunter for sending me A bomber of Mirror Pond in the N00b 5 BIF. This beer is a bright amber with a nice tuft of foam that leaves a little lacing. The beer smells like candied oranges and graham crackers. The beer tastes wonderful, with great citrus zip. The malts are chewy and a little dough like a good pizza crust. There are nice herbal and citrus hops percolating through this beer. Wonderful. I think this is one of the best examples of an APA I've ever had.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a growler full from the craft beer outlet, and I,m forever glad that I did.

A nice looking beer with a beautiful contrast between the beer and it's foamy head.
The beer pours a rich burnt amber color and is very clear. Well carbonated. The foamy cap is a tanish white thats dense and mouse like. Good lacing in the foamy head's wake.

Very aromatic. Hops have a slight upper hand here with plenty of citrus hop pop followed by another dose of floral. Malts are decidedly sweet with a good caramel backbone. It mingles nicely in the bouquet of hops.

Now the taste. A well balanced beer with a malt bill that's sweet and complex. The hops are not overbearing here and are inline perfectly.
There is a rich hop flavors of citrus and grapefruit and a lesser flavor more atuned to floral. Maltty biscuit finishes up the tasting.

Mouthfeel is medium with a clean finish.

A super tasting, very drinkable beer here with plenty of things going on.
This particular beer I had today was also very fresh.
The people up in Portland have a good thing here, I hope they realize that.

On the other hand the aroma and flavor dropped off quite a bit by the bottom of the growler.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we have a most delicious Pale that has few equals, in my opinion. Purs a golden orange with ample, persistent off-white head. Lacing is moderate and carbonation is slow and attractive.
The smell is the best part of this one, and is hoppy and tart through and through. A warm, sweet alcoholic maltiness insinuates itself at the close. Taste is top notch as well, and is wonderfully refreshing. Crisp fruit notes are present here, as well as huge hops that suggest juniper and citrus. Mouthfeel is good and slightly oily. The carbonation adds to the complexity but does not get in the way. Drinkability is supreme. Quickly becoming a classic.

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Photo of kdpark
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy copper, off-white head, nice lacing

S: Pleasant pine, floral aroma, sweet caramel malt

T: Light toast and caramel malt balanced perfectly with hops, fruity yeast character makes this special, wonderful malt character

M: Medium to thin, but with some malt character, smooth hopping

D: Very drinkable, excellent hop flavor and malt complex with the lighter mouthfeel makes this a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer. One of the best, if not the best, examples of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of dalion037
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was rather impressed to find this on tap at the Chargers/Colts playoff game at Qualcomm and since I never had one I tried it.

I was impressed with color and smell from the start. It poured a very nice deep reddish brown with a silky, lacy head. You could smell the hops from about 6-8 inches from the nose. I thougt it was an IPA from the smell. The taste was a fruity, floraly hop taste with a malty back.

It's a great everyday beer.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Clear, bubbly amber. Beautiful lacing down the length of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, toasty malts with a subtle, clean, citrus hop aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: On the tongue this beer presents a very subtle, slightly sweet, crisp, citrus hop flavor with no characters of strong bitterness, piney, or resin flavors. Mouthfeel is quite tingly and lively. It finishes clean, with a blossoming flavor of nutty/biscuity malts slowly becoming fully present on the back of the tongue. While the finish has a strong malt character, it isn’t necessarily “malty” in that it is still balanced by the clean, sweet hop flavor. The strength of this beer is in its balance, and let me say that it’s one of the best balanced beers I’ve ever had! The hops are present enough throughout the beer to keep the rich, full malt flavors from ever being overwhelming, but they NEVER reach the point of overwhelming the beer with bitterness or strong citrus. The hops here help keep the palate clean without trying to muscle their way to the front of the flavor profile.

Final Word: Highly recommended beer for practically any purpose! This is just as enjoyable at a great beer pub as it is as a take home six pack. Phenomenally well balanced and well rounded! Full flavor with a gentle ABV.

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Photo of beernut7
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think one of the best American pales out there. Many breweries stay ligth on the malt to bring out more hop flavor, but Mirror Pond has a great malty character to balance out the wonderful flavor of the Cascade hops. Love this stuff.

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Photo of blewisg
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is well balanced. The perfect pale ale for any occasion. Pours a light amber. White head that leaves good subtle traces. The session drinker would be happy to have several. The aroma is good, but nothing to write home about. The taste does deliver for a well rounded pale ale.

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Photo of pyrrha
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly light golden to copper in hue color with slight opaque haze (possibly due to dry hopping). Very inviting color -- it just looks good. Head is slightly off white with silky appearance, about 1 to 2 fingers when pored. Head whittles down to a fine lace that stays until the last sip that is typical when using crystal malts.

Aroma is fresh, something to be expected of a Cascade American Pale Pale. Aroma is slightly less crisp than would be expected from dry dry hoping with cascade hops.

Taste is very similar to smell but more pronounced. Fresh citrus taste from dry hoping to green tea bittering flavor range characteristics of Cascade hops used throughout the brewing cycle. Good balance with only the use of one hop variety and right malt balance.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying, well-balanced with hop bittering. Finishes off slightly watery on the pallet with a pleasing lingering of the cascade hops flavoring and aroma.

This is a beer that could be enjoyed by anyone willing to try a American Pale Ale. To those that already enjoy and seek out APA's, this label should be a very pleasant experience

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Photo of joecast
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear light copper color. head is thin layer of white foam. low carbonation with average retention.

nice full hop arooma with sweet malt filling in the gaps. good floral character (more so than citrus).

taste is really well balanced. juicy hop flavor washes across the palate. plenty of malt as well without being too sweet or taking away too much attention from the hops. good enough bitterness to make you notice, but not too much that you struggle to drink it, and the finish lingers for a while.

had this on tap a couple of times and loved it. the bottle might not be quite as nice (best before date is March) but still a very good apa.

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Photo of mirth23
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty golden amber color. Good head retention.

S: One of the best smelling beers there is. Zesty citrus kick with malty undertones. I could spend a while just sniffing this beer.

T: Deep flavor that demands repeated sips. Starts with hints of tangerine and spruce and wanders into orange cordials and ends with some lingering vaguely dark hoppy notes. Nice fizz. There's a bit more hops and malt than most pale ales, but the balance is so perfect that neither feels overwhelming.

M: Really quite pleasant, a touch of crispness. A tiny bit sticky on the back end.

This might fall slightly outside of typical pale ales because of the big flavor, but it's a fantastic beer. Definitely a worthwhile go-to.

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Photo of StevieD2
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great session-able pale. I feel like a lot of pales fall short in the area of complexity. Mirror Pond brings to the pale category a bright citrus smell and taste. A lot of pales seem to sacrifice complexity in order to appeal to the standard "light" drinkers. Sitting on the back of the tongue this beer begs for another sip. Excellent color adds to the pleasure making this an all around enjoyable beer, a great beer to bring to a party or to take the edge off a long day.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear copper tinged gold under a 3” finely bubbled dirty white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass marking each drink with a line of lace.
S: mild citrus and resin from the hops, mild fruit and malt.
T: Begins with slight fruit sweetness and mild light malt flavors serving as a platform for a moderate pacific northwest hop flavor and bitterness. It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness. Moderate malt and esters.
M: medium body, a little creamy, medium low carbonation.
O: Very drinkable APA with well balanced malt and hops that leans slightly to the malt.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A better version of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Extremely high drinkability and perfect amount of hops, does not overload it as a lot of these West Coast beers are apt to. I wish I could easily find this back on the East Coast as it's my favorite example of an APA.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.