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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,975 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,975
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 120
Gots: 297 | 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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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Illmaticzx, Apr 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

IllHaveAnother1, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

dgian13, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of KelOne333
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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!

KelOne333, Nov 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Hophead21, May 24, 2014
Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +28.2%

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.

WAbeerfiend, Sep 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

mgould10, Jul 21, 2014
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Billykop, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

notdriving, Jun 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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buckyp, Jan 10, 2012
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SIEVS, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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.

6string, Sep 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

RedWeizen83, Jan 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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.

BrewQuest, Aug 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

DennisHanley, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

rudy0908, Feb 24, 2012
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,975 ratings.