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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

2,766 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,766
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 237 | 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 Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at a little sports bar in Caesar's Palace, served in a bubbled ping glass. reviewed from notes i randomly found.

A - dark gold in color, sticky and frothy off-white foam about half an inch in height. leaves a thin layer of spotty lace behind.

S - assertive but not overdone piney and grassy hops, lightly toasted caramel malt underneath.

T - starts off grassy before turning into slightly sweet and floral hops, balanced nicely by a sweet caramel and lightly bready malt. a little sweeter than i expected but pulled off nicely.

M - medium bodied for the style, carbonation is within normal limits. refreshing and leaves a light lingering bitterness.

D - a very solid APA, one i would love to drink if it were available here. another great beer from Deschutes.

Stigs, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Ezone024
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

friends of mine moved out to nor-cal, and immediately raved about this beer. so i got it in on trade. and it's delightful. poured out of the bottle into my NY giants pint glass. it had a thin and easy aromatic head. My initial response was wow, this tastes like i just poured a long trail into a sierra nevada. and it really is right in between the two. it looks great with a dark golden color with lots of carbonation throughout. the smell is light and clean. This beer is so clean and smooth you can shower in it if you want. Too bad this is my last one, i am always up for a trade for this so if you see this and you got it, let me know your style.

Ezone024, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of ajuarez
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of this at the grocery store. Poured into a stemless wine glass. Slightly murky orange and copper hue with a nice little cream head. Fresh hop aroma reminds me of dandelions covered with honey. Alcohol is evident on the nose after 20 minutes of warming. Taste is sunny with solid caramel base. Hints of lemon or grapefruit. Enough carbonation to perk the buds without that over-tingling sensation. At 5% abv, I could drink this brew all night long. I think I will.

ajuarez, May 27, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the regulars I drink that I've never gotten around to writing a review. Living in Oregon gives plentiful, affordable access to this excellent brewery.

Nice clear copper color in my pint glass. Moderate head has some of the orange golden tint to it, but doesn't leave much lacing.

Appealing fruity citrus hops and discernible malts on the nose. Strongest aromas are grapefruit and whole grain honey toast... smells like a good breakfast. Intensity isn't off the charts, but balance is great. It seems many beers from this style I've had recently are more one-dimensional.

Flavors are balanced too. Malts are toasty and slightly sweet, with mildly bitter, citrus hops abundant. Feel is juicy and medium with a slightly dry finish. Could have had just a bit more oomph, but it isn't watery.

One of the Northwest classics. If you're wondering with a US Northwest American Pale Ale tastes like, try this. It easily rises above most other options in the supermarkets, yet sets you back less than a sixer of piss Euro lager. In my opinion, not quite as tasty as Sierra Nevada's pale, but an outstanding beer on all accounts.

josiahschlender, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of franksnbeans
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down. Nice lace. Smells of strong hops and citrus with mild rind and malt. Tastes wonderful of hops citrus and a nice balance of malt. Feel light and crisp in the mouth with great carbonation. Another sessionable beer which I have done myself in with tonight. Delightful and recommended.

franksnbeans, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 4/8/12

Appearance: Burnt orange, some gold around the edges - decent sized off-white head, keeps a little, foamy ring, leaves streaks of lacing

Smell: Mild and clean - some floral orange and grapefruit - caramel and pale malts, bready, with some grains, dough, and lightly toasted biscuits

Taste: Nicely balanced and mellow - some touches of orange and grapefruit flesh, and a hint of zest and pith - a little earthy - low bitterness, good for the style - malts are very tasty, bready and vaguely biscuity - very dry overall, with a mild sweetness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely carbonated, medium body

Overall: Nearly perfect for the style

This is stupidly drinkable, and I imagine that it is fantastic with food. I would love to drink this all day. But, of course, I can't. I need a private jet so I can get regional beers whenever I feel like it.

angrybabboon, May 08, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I can thank the House of 1,000 beers for this one. Sure it's not in my distribution area but I gladly paid the 4 dollars just to get a taste.

A - A nice clear orange amber body (a touch dark for a pale) but a nice 1/2 inch of head.

S - Smell is balanced with mild citrus hops, a nutty body, and a decent amount of sweet pale malts.

T - I believe this might be the most balanced pale ale I ever got my hands on. It's hoppy but it never loses track of what it is... a pale ale which biscuit like malts and pale ale yeasts leave a clean crisp taste on the palate. Amazing.

M - Light to medium really a great beer.

Overall a great take on one of my favorite styles. If distribution ever gets picked up around here I will be sure to secure a case every month.

DrDemento456, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 7/18/12, on tap in Burlingame, CA: pours clear gold color with a creamy 1 finger beige head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing that left rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, biscuit, caramel, light floral hops, pine cone, herbs and earthy notes; a nice mild pale ale that's sweet and malty overall with sweet hoppy accents.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, biscuit, caramel, floral hops, lemon zest, light citrus hops, herbs, pine cone/pine hops and earthy notes; nice light crisp ale flavor that is clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation, a medium body and malty finish that's on the clean side.

Overall tasty and easy to drink, this was a smooth pale ale that flowed down like water.

CHickman, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~News~
Last week Deschutes was offering a side-by-side Mirror Pond PA tasting. They will probably be changing the recipe, the dry-hopping process in particular. Expect a really nice aroma and a fuller body in the new MPPA.

Pours a golden yellow orange with a big white, (almost beige) head.

Cascade hops in the nose, bright grapefruit and slightly piny. The yeast and malt backbone pokes through though, and makes it enjoyably balanced.

The blend of hop to malt is smooth and complimenting. The sweetness and bitterness take turns running back and forth across the palate through the taste. Begining is a sweet pop, then a bitter kick, then a sweet finish, then a bitter aftertaste.

A bit of weird breadiness keeps this one from getting bought be my every time i'm at Deschutes. I didn't taste it so much in one of the two MP taste-samplers that I had last week, so maybe the new recipe will make this my new Deschutes favorite!

SurlyDuff, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Poured an amber color with a one finger head that left some good lacing.
Smells of sweet grapefruit and floral hops.
Taste is great with citrusy hops and a sweet bubblegum like character.
Medium bodied and very smooth.
This is one of my favorite pale ale's big on flavor.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and some pretty nice lacing. The nose is citrus and floral hops with some orange standing out. The flavor is nice and balances the hops with just a bit of malt, but certainly not too much. Good body with a nice bitterness. This drinks incredibly well and would certainly be a staple of mine if Deschutes were to ever make it out East.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of obrike
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HEB in Round Rock had sixers on sale for 7.49...I'd never tried this one, so a nabbed a sixer.

Good looking pale ale. Light orange/amber...strong pour leaving a significant head...didn't last too long, but a thin white ring remained. Pretty decent lacing too.

Mmmm, smells nice. Citrusy hops dominate...grapefruit, orange, fresh flowers. Smells like a good IPA rather than an APA...impressive.

Clean, crisp, refreshing. Citrus hop bite, a bit of malt backbone, a little bitter on the backend. Good APA...certainly up there with SNPA.

Glad to have finally tried it. Will certainly have it again.

obrike, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has a clean aroma of herbs and fresh grain with a touch of citrus. Very inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit flavor then some bitterness with a bit of sweetness mixed in. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body,clean crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

D: Great drinker. A excellant example of the style.

soju6, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a half finger of white foam that recedes quickly to a thin but persistent skein. Minimal lace.

Smell is faint all the way around, citric and grassy elements, nutty, biscuit malt.

Taste follows the nose but is more assertive. Light citrus, flower and grassy elements. Nutty, biscuit malt. Just overbalanced slightly toward hop, which imparts a pleasantly bitter, clean, palate quenching finish. Body is medium to light with soft carbonation.

Excellent, easy going APA, drink at will.

JackieTH, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of notsoprobeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw with a white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and toasted malts. Flavors of citrus hops and cereal-like malt are well balanced. Medium bodied with enough effervescence to leave a fizzy sensation on the tongue. Nice citrus bitterness in the finish. This is a balanced beer that leans toward the hoppy side.

notsoprobeer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, with a moderate soft white head. Aroma is malty with a brisk blast of Pacific Northwest citrusy hops. Refreshing and tasty, the malt body is clean tasting with a slight nutty flavor rounded out with a nice finishing hop bitterness. A very enjoyable pale ale.

brakspear, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of birdypowder
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mirror Pond...what a solid brew. Store some in the Deschutes River and then pull out slowly and hand to a friend. Smiles will ensue.

Aroma:
Cascade dry hop, floral, citrus, slight banana and light caramel. Appetizing.

Appearance:
Big frothy creamy off-white head with tight bubbles. Copper colored with some slight chill haze. Intense beading, good lacing.

Taste:
Medium bodied, with some slight caramel up front that segues into a firm but not overpowering bitterness. Well balanced. You will want another after finishing the first.

Finish:
Tending towards the dry side with some slight lingering bitterness.

birdypowder, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with some head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is heavy with hops with a firm citric/sweet edge to it. Almost like a cross between a lemon and an orange. Feel is what you'd expect - has a little carbonation to it, and it feels good on the tongue. Extremely drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an inch of slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Pretty ncie aroma, good hop profile. A nice floral hoppiness with a touch of malt.

Decent taste. A nice floral hop, but well balanced with some pale malt as well. Slightly bitter, and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Good flavors, low alcohol, easy to consume. A great session.

Goliath, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than some and better balanced than many, this is a classic PNW pale ale that really hits the spot. Reasonable hop nose is followed by a real nice balanced body that is drinkable to the core. I think that this is the closest the PNW comes to SNPA.

canucklehead, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of yuriruley
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Head disappeared pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell - piney citrus, and hops.

Taste - Very similar to the smell, with a bready hint.

Mouthfeel - nice and crisp, good carbonation.

Drink - Super easy to drink.

Great APA, I have had a ton of this stuff. Mostly before I appreciated beer. Before it just seemed really bitter to me, but now that I have really gotten into beer I revisited it and I really enjoy it.

yuriruley, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a mug of this for $1.75 at Magoo's in Honolulu -- that's cheaper than a 12 oz. bottle of Deschutes would be in NY. Looks good -- a hazy amber with decent lacing on the glass. I find the nose a little lacking -- Jason said that it was solid Cascades, which is one of the reasons I ordered it, and they're certainly present, but I don't think they're that up-front. In fact, I think they're on par with the bready malts, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not what I'm looking for with this style. All in all, well-balanced.

It tastes good -- the citrus-pine northwest hops match that pale bready malt -- but not the West Coast hophead bonanaza I was expecting. Decent body with a crisp finish makes it go down easy, and I could see having another one on a thirsty afternoon. And then another one. As it is, I've tried nine beers today and I'm ready for bed.

jbsteiny, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of MattXT
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

MattXT, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Gremner
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice amber with a finger of white head that goes down rather quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Citrus, evergreen, hops. Not overbearing, not too week. Nice smell.

T- Fruit initially dominates with a hoppy kick in the middle that lingers through to the end. Fruity, apricot like flavor hangs for a minute.

M- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes mostly clean.

D- I found this to be a very drinkable ale. Its low ABV, fruity flavor, and crisp feel make it good for social occasions.

Gremner, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of sml505
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange, hazy amber color. White head.

S - Cascade hops. Grapefruit, floral, pine, and caramel notes.

T - Notes of grapefruit, caramel sweetness with a crisp finish.

M/ D - Very good APA. Nice balance of grapefruit, pine hops and caramel hops. Crisp and tasty. Lt to med mouthfeel and nice carb. Good session brew.

sml505, Nov 29, 2009
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,766 ratings.