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

3,266 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 145
Gots: 484 | 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 Birmingham
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: A complex but moderate aroma of floral notes, spices and caramel.

Appearance: The beer is copper color and has a slight haze. The head is tall off white and persistent.

Flavor: Balanced towards the malts with mild bitterness and caramel notes.

Mouth Feel: The beer has medium light body with some cloying.

Overall Impression: Very easy to drink, the first one went down in minutes. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I would expect more hop flavors and balance more towards the hops in American Pale Ale. That said it is still a great beer.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gold standard for me on pale ales

Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a nice orange amber with some chill haze. A nice finger of eggshell/light khaki head, and fantastic lacing

S- A lovely multi-faceted hop profile of citrus, pine, and floral components balanced with a nice biscuity malt.

T- Follows the smell perfectly. You can identify it as a Deschutes beer from the yeast they use. Balance is the name of the game here.

M- Medium, with amble carbonation. Dries just a touch on the back, but not IPA levels of dryness.

O- is there a finer APA around? I think not.

Photo of OhioRay
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep amber. Decent clarity. A finger and a half of head. Awesome lacing.

Smell - Good hop aroma balanced by a sweet maltiness.

Taste - Good bitterness and citrus hop notes up front. Quickly gives way to the maltiness that was in the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent APA. One of my favorites. Well balanced beer.

Photo of molegar76
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams beer glass.

Nice head after poured into Sam Adams beer glass, but almost disappears. Little head left which leaves nice lacing.

Nice appearance, hazy medium auburn, smell light floral/ citrus hoppiness. Hopps not overpowering but present.

TASTE: WOW. Really smooth. Taste of hopps but not overpowering like some pale ales. VERY refreshing. While browsing through my ligour aisle at albertsons and taking way too long to pick from my usuals, my impatient 8 year old said, "Dad, pick something new!" This was the one and no regrets. Good stuff maynard!

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This, along with Deschutes' Black Butte Porter, was one of my first craft brews. It definitely brought me into the world of better beer and I've been craving another one for a long time. I needed to try it again since I'm heading back home on the East Coast and Deschutes only distributes on the West Coast.
A - Such a vibrant, haze, dark orange color w/ a fluffy, soft white head.
S - Wow, hops and fruit explode in your nose with the first whiff. Some bready, caramel scents come through as well. Very inviting...
T - Just as I remember it. Very balanced and full of flavor. The hops and bread-like malts are the prevailing flavors, but ripe, summer fruits show in the finish.
M/D - The hops are subtle enough to where this is very enjoyable and not overly dry or hoppy. The carbonation is very smooth as well. I love the balance of hops, fruit, and malt, and every sip reminds me of why this is one of my favorite Pale Ales. Some PA's can get tiring after a pint or two, but this one keeps you intrigued. I wish Deschutes would distribute back East, but I understand why they stay on the West Coast right now.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a hazy reddish orange with a thin foamy white head. Good lacing.
S- smells a malty, slightly citrus hop that is not overbearing.
T- Bitter hop with slight citrus. Malt is more present in this APA than most. The bitter sticks around. Nice balance around
F- As smooth as any APA Ive had. Bitter, yet crisp clean finish.
O- Great overall APA, in which the balance and mouthfeel is its best quality.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a medium yellow. The aroma is stronger than you might expect of a pale ale; malt and some citrus in there, too. Taste is a nice blend of malt, citrus, and hints of some spices that are hard to put my finger on. An intriguing pale ale, one of the better ones out there, and one I could drink one after another.

Photo of LazyL
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just like this beer, that simple. It is darn good and caught me by surprise. It shouldnt have though as anything from Deschutes is good. The colour is nice and the nose is good but the taste is fantastic. It has just enough hops to really stand out but not enough to overpower it. Turns out I love the citrusy flavours of Cascade hops.

If you are looking for a nice hoppy ale that goes down real easy, this is a beer for you, and if you havent tried a Deschutes beer, you are missing out. Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon, while you sit in the snow on the top of your local mountain.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear, light amber colored body with a puffy, off-white head showing signs of hop resin. Great lacing and retention

S- Clean, simple Cascade hops and Caramel malts.

T- Candy sweetness and a citric bitterness. Bread-like malty characteristic and a clean yeast profile.

M- Moderate carbonation and body.

D- An above-average, middle-of-the-road brew suitable for a wide range of occasions.

Photo of Foyle
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2"+ fluffy off white head leaves significant lacing. Orange-copper in color and a little cloudy with moderate carbonation visible.
Aroma: wonderful smelling brew. There is a grassy aroma along with citrus and pine hops, caramel sweetness from the roasted barley,
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, fluffy ale mouthfeel with a somewhat wet finish. Flavor: a delicious combination of flavor. Malt leads the way with caramel, toffee, toasted bread flavors. The hop backbone then shows up with citrus and piney spice ’burn’ in the finish.
Overall: this is an outstanding, delicious, drinkable brew.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One I haven't had in a while but I'm sure I came back to it.

Pours a golden copper color with thick white head and slightly hazy appearance.

Aroma is all fresh hops and really pleasant.

Flavor is a great hop-heavy balance between sweet roasted malts and citrus/pine hops. Great overall.

Mouthfeel is good but maybe a bit over carbonated for my tastes.

Drinkability is very good and a deal at a buck a bottle.

Photo of Bekke
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a pleasant experience to drink this beer - the first taste was quite appealing - good mouthfeel, great taste. Easy to keep drinking. Enjoyable by itself. . .but it goes well with poultry dishes, especially. Tried some of their other beers, too - very good, although not necessarily my preference of style This one's a winner, though.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional pale ale. Pouring with a light copper color and gorgeous clarity, It's bright, bold and balanced with a citrusy hop character that stands way out front in the nose and leads the way towards a clean and malty taste that reminds me of toasted bread. The mouthfeel Is medium without being watery or oily and i would call the carbonation level perfect.It's not overly complex and I would argue its a bit too hoppy to be marketed as a straight laced pale ale, but its highly enjoyable and a great beer to serve to friends who are curious and beginning to dabble in craft beer. Mirror Pond will be the one to convert them!

Photo of beertunes
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Cap Hansens bar in Bellingham, WA. Poured a beautiful, clear, light amber color with an inch of white head.

A solid, but not sweet, malt scent reaches the nose carrying the the subtle and solid floral hop aromas. The flavors follow the scent, as expected. An extremely well balanced beer, this does not fall into the trap of trying to be an IPA-Lite. Enjoyably smooth and tasty, this beer is a reliable companion for most situations.

Worth seeking out, this should be considered a solid go-to beer, suitable for quenching thirst after yard work or introducing someone to the world of craft beer.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I love pale ales and I love this beer.

I am reviewing from a six pack that I just found in my fridge, pretty excited. Just a twelve ounce bottle with some mountains on it, or more precisely Mirror Pond.

The appearance is beautiful for a pale ale, darker than most. Came to a two finger head, with an off white head.

The taste of this beer is really great, a real mild brew. It comes really mellow and stays to give you that great Deschutes hop flavor that doesnt knock you out, its just there for a good time. I have a six pack of these for some reason and I will for sure dust them all off tonight. What a great beer because not only are they tasting great, they have great drinkability.

I always will buy this beer when looking for a good pale ale. Deschutes is the shit.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden color with good sized white head that leaves nice lace. Nose is very citrusy-hoppy, especially lemon and grapefruit. Palate is somewhat sharp with the citrusy-hop profile again, though the malt sweetness in the background is quite pleasant. This is one of the easiest drinking hoppy ales I've encountered in a long time.

Photo of PintOHops
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Glass - Pint

A - Copper with a small 1-finger head, retention wasn't good either. Light Co2 can be seen, and it left some spots here & there. Lacking overall, and yes my glass was clean.

S - Soft floral hop, a bit of citrus with dominant malt aroma's, biscuit, honey, toast. A bit of pineapple in there as well, very mellow aroma.

T - Big malts, biscuit, toast, soft caramel flavors unfold to a nice hop finish. I got soft fruity pineapple & citrus flavors that cut the malty palate for a second, then a long/lingering biscuit/toast combo pronounces itself again. Nice hop bitterness as well, just enough to balance.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth, Co2 bite was very low lending little crispness. I wanted a bit more crispness here.

D - This was a more malt forward APA, but still very balanced with floral hop in the smell, and citrus notes in the flavor. Very very good, extremely drinkable, I could drink a 6-pack of this brew, and I think I'd buy this one again sometime. I recommend it. Cheers!

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are moderate. Has a citrus, maybe apple, aroma with slight piney hoppiness. Bready malt with a mild bitter hop. Nice bitter aftertaste. Very good beer. Very drinkable session beer.

Photo of tayner
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with best by date clearly marked on label, this one 6-3-08

Poured a hazy burnt orange color with a large foamy white head that was slow to subside and left a thick, fluffy ring and lots of floating skim, and ridiculous lacing for the whole beer.

Smell was cascade hops all the way, a mix of floral and citrus hops. You could also smell some sweetness in the background.

Taste was a sweet, slightly bready, malt backbone that hits right up front quickly followed by a mouthful of Cascade hops. Light yet a citrus and floral hop bite mid palate dried up my palate upon swallowing making me immediately want another drink.

This one is well carbonated and is light in the mouthfeel without feeling watery at all. Just what a pale ale should be.

The drinkability on this one is off the charts. It is a perfect summer ale for the hot arizona summers, and it is a staple in my fridge for the summer. It is also a nice one as a transition beer for friends who come over who say they dont like craft beer... mild but yet bold flavors in this one can change peoples mind about what they should expect out of beer. Not an IIPA but that is why I love it.. a true summer thirst quencher, and at only 5.5% it is easily sessionalble around a bbq in the hot summer sun!

Photo of Strix
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright orange, frothy head.

Very floral smell, mild grapefruit.

Toasted malt and cascade hops. This beer's strength is its balance. Hops are present but not forceful.

Light carbonation, medium consistency, a tad watery at the end but it works.

Nicely balanced and dangerously drinkable. One of my favorite pale ales. When I think of APA, I think of this beer.

Photo of mjaseattle
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber, leaning red. An inch of fluffy cream-colored head on top which seems to have no intention of leaving until you're good and ready to drink it.

S - Piney hops highlight a bold, bready body.

T - Very good. Nothing too special, but as far as I'm concerned, a American pale ale shouldn't be too special, exactly. It distinguishes itself nicely from lesser ales without impinging upon the territory of the IPAs. It's built around a solid framework of malted barley, with just enough of citrusy cascade hops to be interesting, not overpowering. In other words, it doesn't sacrifice drinkability for flavor.

M - While the bitterness isn't overpowering, it does take the main stage. There's a noticeable tapdance across the tongue as it makes its way down.

D - For me, it's a very drinkable beer. There've been more than a handful of nights out with friends involving a string of Mirror Pond pints... It's well blended, but a little too tart to call it smooth. Depending on your taste, it could swing either way on the drinkability scale -- though it naturally feels smoother by the second glass ;)

Overall - It's a classic. Tastes great and goes down easy. This was one of the first beers that really opened my eyes when I moved to the Northwest, and it's still a solid staple of mine.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Oh how I dig Mirror Pond.. it has been too long coming. Best by October 26th 2011, off we go!

A nice simple white three finger head with some decent retention, sits on a simple copper red glowing and clear body. Hints of brown amber as well in the appearance. Head falls at a slow pace.

Nose is sweet mix of sweet citrus hop, and sweet malts. I love this nose, it feels so balanced and not cloying or sticky sweet either.

Taste is light bodied malt, with a sense of small fruit in the mid palate. Finishes with an aftertaste of just bakery fresh bread. Hop profile is subtle, and not overpowering or demanding attention. It just enhances everything else going on. Texture is just light enough but not too watery. Solid, perhaps doesn't even need to be better.

Overall this might be one of my favorite Pale Ales ever made, and why I love Deschutes so much.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traditionally one of the better pales i can find here, figured since its commonly a session beer that i might as well review it.

A: poured a rich light copper color with a giant off white head, at least an inch and a half, which slowly receded, but maintained throughout. excellent, thick lacing.

S: hoppy, caramelly, sweet, but clean as well. one of the better smelling pales. i love the way this beer smells!

T: nicely balanced between a sweet malty and clean hop finish. the hops are clean and piney, really a nice pale. very well balanced.

M: relatively thin, nice clean finish, crisp, not very carbonated, excellent beer.

D: this is probably my favorite session pale ale. i love to drink this beer, and multiple ones. great beer.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,266 ratings.