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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,776 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,776
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 238 | 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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Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with thin white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Some sweet citrus and grapefruit, grainy toasted malts and a touch of spiciness.

Taste: Bright citrus, semi-sweet grainy malts, with some spicy bitterness at the end, and a hint of sourness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body but somewhat watery, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a fairly typical example of an APA. Quite good, but not worth seeking out with all of the other choices out there.

bsp77, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden color, looks like a standard pale. Lacing was the best part as it left ring after ring in my glass. A picture in itself!

S: up front the hops most notable with a hint of honey sweet

T: very laid back pale ale..in some regards a bit thin. Has floral hops and grapefruit. Some malts are present that help round things out.

M: smooth and well balanced with slight sharp hop finish

D: good all night drinker, middle of the road.

Magpie14, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of nfo
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy appearance and a pleasant, light hoppy aroma. The flavor is very smooth with mild hops and a bit of citrus. It goes down easy, with a manageable amount of carbonation - I could drink a lot of this beer. A good bang-for-the-buck that doesn't overpower food and even non-beer-drinkers won't find offensive, it's handy to keep some around.

nfo, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very large, expansive head. I poured pretty soft and still had to catch the top of it before it hit my computer. Biggish, just off white bubbles which are fading fast. The beer is a nice copper golden color and clear, with a little active carb. That head though....yeesh.

S: Hoppy, mostly west coast piney hops is what I get. Perhaps a little malt. The smell isn't too strong though.

T: Taste is similar to smell, though a little more malt and the hops have started to mellow. Similarly weak though. After have Black Butte I had high hopes for this one.

M: Smooth, one of the nicer facets of the beer. This is one thing I do like about West Coast PAs is the creamierness of them.

D: Doable, just very basic.

mdwalsh, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-orange color with two fingers of beige head. A trace of lacing.

Light aroma of tropical fruit and grass along with caramel malts.

The taste was more malty than hopppy. Caramel malts and biscuit with a light hint of fruit and medicinal notes into the finish.

Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation.

The flavor felt a bit washed out. But overall, a pretty good APA from Deschutes.

Monkeyknife, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Best By: 09/10/11

Pours a orange hued golden with visible rising carbonation and a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma and taste are of citric and piney hops, with a breaded malt backing. The taste has a bit more malt than is picked up in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

Easy drinking enjoyable pale ale, not the best out there but tasty none the less.

vkv822, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at 14 Below, Santa Monica, CA.

Clear golden hued beer with a thin skin of white foam.

Subtle hop aroma of citrus and a light maltiness.

Flavor is subtle, with light crystal malt balancing out some Pacific Northwest hoppiness (barely perceptible pine and grapefruit). Finish is barely bitter and fairly clean.

I think I liked this one better from the bottle.

charlzm, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Mikus
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (from a mixed six pack) into my tulip glass. No date on bottle. Is it normally on the six pack container? Anyways, 1 finger of a pure white head (no retention, though), over a nice reddish copper body. Not much aroma on the nose, however a slight citrus hit on the end. Tasted some citrus, however, and also some of that nice piney astringency. Very crisp taste, and nice balance of bitter Consistent light carbonation and an overall light bodied brew. Good mouthfeel (for an APA style). Nice expected balance from Deschutes... would have liked a bottle date (if only to know if this was super fresh, or if I needed to do some more hunting. Overall a good choice for a lighter pale ale style (as I am a huge fan of big IPAs).

**UPDATE** Found a very fresh bottle from the inlaws when I came home from work. Best by date of 11/13/14. Still a very nice brew, but not noticeably hoppier, juicier, etc than my previous review. Still a good, solid APA.

Mikus, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color, 2F fluffy off-white head. Clear, lightly carbonated. Nice rings of lacing.

S-Light bready malts. The "hop nose" is hard to find.

T-Mild caramel malts, not sweet. Some hops.

M- Silky smooth medium body. Hop tang that goes to the end.

O- It improved as it warmed, the flavors and aromas were hidden by the chill, perhaps.

NiceTaps, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of BgThang
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was sort or a let down to me, I was expecting more hops, but on the other hand this is a good beer.

The bottles are not sold in texas yet, but the sales rep was able to get me one from his car that was quite cold.

The nose was great , the color was a nice clear golden ale.
The head was pretty big on it, lasted throughout the glass.
This reminded me of a mild hoppy bass english ale than an american pale ale. I could of used more hopps.

This beer is a nice beer, and it serves its niche, but I may not buy this again just not my style.

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of jimmah120
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, from notes

Orange-red with a frothy 1f head. Smell is smooth grains and malt; hint of earthy hops. Taste is smooth grain malt biscuit white bread. The hops are floral and earthy and very much in the background. Feel is excellent, crispy, smooth, well carbonated. No astringency or cloying.

Well balanced, easy to drink. Would be a fantastic introduction into craft brews, but it's not up to par with some of the better pales I've had.

jimmah120, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Moslty sweet with malts with citrus character and subtle hop notes that a very faint. The taste was also big on the malts which makes the more sweet and really no hops to really speak of but had citrus accents. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty,citrusy, and crisp finish. It drank really good and could easily be a session beer.

Gobzilla, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copperish-golden color with an eggshell colored soapy head. Decent head retention with some glass lacing. Hints of lemon and a raisen or two in the bouquet. Perhaps a raisen bread pudding. Certainly nothing obtrusive for the olfactory to experience. Nice, mild flavor with lemon citrus being noted most easily. At first, I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel. I wanted it to be a little more wet. But, after having given the beer a few pulls, I realize that the scrubbiness and just the faintest dustiness accentuate the flavor of the beer. There is more of a bitter feeling on the back of the tongue rather than a discernable flavor at the finish, if you will. I like it. I wish it was just a fudge cheaper though.

DocJitsu, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is a deep-golden orange. Its fluffy white head faded, but settled as a small layer.

Smell: The nose has discernible citrus and floral hops in front of soft bready malts. Hops definitely are the major player in the aroma, but they don't pack as much of a punch as I hope for in pale ales.

Taste: As the nose would indicate, a respectable dose of Cascade hops, leads the way. In addition to the standard issue citrus flavors, there are zesty tangerine notes. Aside from the zesty hops flavors, pale malts bring a wee bit of bread to the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the light edge of medium-bodied and a bit aqueous with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Mirror Pond is a well made beer by a great brewery, but I'm never going to fall in love with a hop-forward pale ale that isn't very hoppy.

goschool, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of highfidelity
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a thick two-finger head and left long lacing well after the pour and first few drinks.

I wanted less of a fruity aroma and taste to the beer and more hops to come through. A good-tasting beer, just not what I was hoping for exactly.

Overall good, but not great.

highfidelity, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of pmccallum86
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber transparent color with a giant thick bubbly head. Nothing too special but a little above average.

Smell is of light malts with some light citrusy hops. None of the aroma is very strong, kind of light in aroma.

Taste is of light bitter hops and light bready malts. This is one of the light APA I have encountered. It's a good beer, just nothing extraordinary. I would like to see some more flavor in beer, kind of bland in terms of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is light and delicious, medium carbonation.

Drinkability is great, this would be an awesome session pale ale.

pmccallum86, May 02, 2010
Photo of thomas2357
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

thomas2357, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

aquazr1, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Prospero, May 29, 2014
Photo of MNMike
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

MNMike, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color, with a thin off white head. The head fades quickly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a subtle caramel like malty aroma. It has a slight floral hop aroma also. I think the aroma is lacking. It is boring. I have had many pale ales that were more aggressive and complex in the aroma area, and that is what I want in an APA.

This beer tastes exactly like it smelled. As with the aroma, I want more taste in my beer.

This beer is refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a very slight caramel aftertaste. Carbonation is good for the style.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. Low alcohol, and non aggressive flavor.

Overall: I didnt expect much, so I wasnt let down. I just moved to a beer wasteland, but I can find this everywhere. I assume I will have this on hand a lot since there is not much else. Give me a few years, and I assume I will grow to love it.

OStrungT, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of vfalstad
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

vfalstad, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of bdk1417
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

bdk1417, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Megbot
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Megbot, Nov 04, 2012
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.