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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,272 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2272
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%


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

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MrNuggets

Oregon

5/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 03:19:37 | More by MrNuggets
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KelOne333

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 20:19:41 | More by KelOne333
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millsn1

Massachusetts

4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 17:42:40 | More by millsn1
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
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!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:55:08 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Lenny2884

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 19:11:49 | More by Lenny2884
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.81/5  rDev +23%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:57:54 | More by GossageBrewery
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:37:18 | More by DaveFL1976
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2011 13:14:27 | More by micromaniac129
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:23:56 | More by Soonami
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 02:22:43 | More by MobBarley
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kdpark

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 03:30:03 | More by kdpark
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dalion037

California

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 20:29:00 | More by dalion037
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2002 13:59:25 | More by beernut7
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blewisg

California

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 23:28:47 | More by blewisg
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pyrrha

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:52:48 | More by pyrrha
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joecast

Australia

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 16:33:05 | More by joecast
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:22:30 | More by LPorter33
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StevieD2

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 08:52:56 | More by StevieD2
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A: oragneish amber color - nice finger and a half of head that gets bit rocky as it settles - nice lacing. disticnt LACK of clarity here -might be good

S: hops comes thru before I am trying to smell this one, really as soon as I open the bottle.
Bringing my nose to the goblet - I get the sweet maltiness, now stronger than the hops. I suspect this is good stuff

T: OK here goes: and....YES! this is pretty good indeed. not as overstated as say a stone brewery product, but nice hoppiness that hangs around for more than a bit, along with a solid malt backbone. Given the low price this is in competition to be a new favorite.

M: nice healty ABV bite / along with the stong carbonation works well

D: near perfect. I suggest you drink this to excess.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:46:17 | More by burnerfinger
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KBomb

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden-orange color, slightly opaque, topped with 3/4" dense foam that leaves equally dense lacing.
Smells purely like cascade hops: grapefruit citrus with a mild note of pine.
Like the smell, the hop profile of mirror pond is simple and unadulterated. A citric bitterness, accented with just a little bit of sweet, bready malt. The citrus and sweetness call to mind a ripe tangerine. Finish is super clean, too. Very little aftertaste lingers, making it ideal to pair with any number of settings and foods.
Light, crisp, clean mouthfeel make it very inviting for summer.
Overall, one of the most easily likeable beers I've encountered. Simple, drinkable, refreshing, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:33:33 | More by KBomb
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FlyingBull

California

4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack of this beer at the Riteaid on sale. Great deal - went back for more and they were out.

This was poured from a 12oz brown bottle marked with a best by freshness date on it. The beer poured a clear gold/dk gold color and a 1/2 bubbly white head and good lacing. The aroma was unmistakable cascade hops right up front, followed by a fruity and citrus smell. There was also a nice PA nutty grain aroma with a mild sweet malt.

Oh did this taste delicious. It was very smooth, with a medium body. There was nice crisp malt, a bready flavor, followed by mild fruit, some faint esters, and a nice balanced hop bitterness. There was a touch of citrus and pine, with a nice semi-dry finish.

I think this was a wonderful example of a west coast style pale ale. Some would even mistake it as an IPA I think. I thought it was one of the best APAs I've had in a long time. The last time I had it was on tap at Triple Crown in SD on Adams Street. I don't remember it being this good. :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:43:00 | More by FlyingBull
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fattire513

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a Pale Ale this one was pretty strong and I tasted quite a bit of hops. I'm not used to having a pale ale that tastes more like an IPA. Again I purchased this one at a Wal-Mart for only $6 and well worth it to. I figured this beer to be a lot more for the price. The drinkability was great being able to enjoy them for the night but not getting too carried away with myself. I could classify this as better than the Sierra Nevada pale ale, one of my favorite beers. Would love to get some more of this and the price is too good to pass up.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 00:59:19 | More by fattire513
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SamN

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with a lovely thick head, rocky surface and thick, complex lacing. Quite darkly colored for an APA. Smell is lovely; sweet floral hops, honey like maltiness, some crisp green apples for fruitiness. Less citrus, more sweetness from the abundant hops. Would like it a little fuller, please, though. Taste is wonderfully balanced between the singing, crisp fruity hops and the mellow, honey malts. A sweet beer with lots of fruit character, this is simply delicious. Finish is just bitter enough with a great fading sweetness. Feel is lightly medium-bodied, full enough to support the flavor profile but light enough to not fill you up after a few.

This beer deserves high marks in all areas, especially in terms of drinkability. Tasty, well constructed, highly drinkable and one of the top pale ales brewed in the US, without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:33:42 | More by SamN
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Either_Aether

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a pale ale, this beer ventures into a realm of comfort and warmth most don't explore. I'm relatively new to the style, but I find this particular pale ale to be rather interesting due to it's complex profile. The hops are noticeable, but they seem to take on an equal playing field with the malts and caramel flavors this beer offers, which is a delightful spin on the pale ale. In one word: rustic. This beer should not be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:01:31 | More by Either_Aether
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is my favorite pale ale. Every other ale pales in comparison. Ha! This beer has a wonderfully balanced flavor and mouthfeel, and the low ABV allows one to drown the stomach in a short period of time if one is not careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:18:11 | More by Johnny_Muir
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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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