Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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88
very good

3,050 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,050
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 127
Gots: 333 | 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 GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-brown color with a modest white head. Nice floral Cascade hop aroma along with some pale and caramel malt. Smells like a sweeter pale. Cascades really shine through in the flavor, with distinctive apricot characters and a little grapefruit. Pleasing bitterness, and a caramel sweetness that emerges with warmth. Mouth is chewy and sticky for a pale, which enhances the bitterness. Definitely more resiny than your typical APA. Moderately carbonated - just about right for my preferences.

Mirror Pond was one of my favorite pale ales early on and while the competition's gotten pretty stiff, I still very much enjoy this beer.

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of lightindarkness
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to DHGranstrand for sending me all my Deschutes.

Pours a nice glowing ambery orange, with soft head and decent lace.

Nose has pronounced grain, nice citrus note, coarse bread and good floral background.

Taste is so classic for an American Pale. Good light maltiness in the middle, with a little dry grain flavor towards the finish and a hop flavored ending with light bitterness. Super balanced.

Feel is clean and smooth, with a decent carbonation tingle.

There's nothing overly stand-outish about this brew, except for how solidly it's put together. Everything is done in great balance and I feel like I could drink a lot of this stuff if I had a lot more. Overall just a really nicely done beer.

Photo of exonthebottle
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this beer is great example of American Pale Ale in my opinion also thanks for finally distributing to Minnesota!
appearance
nice clear amber color, retains head and has nice lacing
smell
floral hops and breadness nice aroma not overpowering but pleasant
taste
flavor good malt and hops not complex but still good
mouthfeel
carbonation is there but not overpowering or watered down
great drinkability enjoy

Photo of avaldivia
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper cor with good head and lacing.

S: Pine. Some really nice floral notes. Good caramel malts.

T: Citrus and pine. Very nice. Good caramel malts.

M: Nice and crisp. Medium bodied.

O: Excellent pale ale. Good summertime, and really, good anytime beer.

Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Pours golden, with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow, leaving beautiful lacing. Role model.

S/T - Toffee, flower, and some bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop-dominated, really good though.

D - Great pale ale. The smell and taste could be a little better to leave me in complete awe.

Photo of gpogo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with off-white head leaving light lacing.

A- Grapefruity citrus hop aroma

T- Fruity grapefruit citrus flavor. Nicely bittered malt flavor.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D- A great APA. Any APA lover would love this, goes great with a meal(or without one).

Photo of IllNate
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper. Good amount of off-white head, decent retention.

S - Citrus and floral hops. Sweet malt background. Nice example of a pale ale.

T - Citrus hops with a balancing caramel malt. Malty and hoppy, just the way a pale should be.

M - Medium body, smooth with a bittering that begs for another sip.

O - Fine example of pale ale. In fact BJCP list this as a good example of an american pale ale.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shared a pitcher of this, severed in mason jars...poured a burnt golden with a tall white head.
The aroma was bright cascade hops and a bit of sweet malt.
The taste was nice, a clean, refreshing pale ale, mainly floral cascade, a bit fruity and bready malt, with a crisp, clean finish.
The mouthfeel was average, medium light body, some carbonation.
This is a highly drinkable pale ale. It had a fairly robust taste of cascade hops and just sweet enough to taste the way I prefer my pale ales, it was refreshing and easy drinking.

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this nice little brew while in Portland recently. Pretty average in appearance and smell as this may have been on tap too long. However the taste was extremely good, something I am starting to expect from Deschutes Brewery. Had a good mouthfeel to it, good play between the malts and hops. This is another extrely drinkable beer from this brewery, makes me want to abandon the desert as I do not think this is available in Arizona!

Photo of maltlikker
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of cleolicious
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a small white foam head. Bursting scent of fruits and malts. Tastes exactly how it smells with a slight edge of hops. A bit carbonated. has a smooth but brisk mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink. No alcohol taste. Would be great with pasta and cream flavored sauces or fish. Just a damn good beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head. Scent is VERY fruity. Lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit. It has a bit of a funky scent to it as well. Taste is quite pleasant. Very well balanced and smooth. Initially, I get citrus (lemons, orange, grapefruit)...then I get a bit of tropical mango. Then it ends with a nice caramel malt flavor. Very nice. I see this beer everywhere, but I never buy it...I regret that. Mouthfeel is kinda thick for a pale ale...but I have NO complaints about that. Drinkability is very high. It seems like it's a bigger beer than it actually is (weighing in at only 5%).

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear rusty orange color. A solid fingers worth of white head which fades to a thin film leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is soft and nuanced. plentiful citrus hop character comes through as well as leafy and slightly herbaceous notes. Cake batter sweetness with possibly a touch of vanilla. Quite intriguing.

T - surprisingly dry on the palate with maybe just a hint of sweetness. fresh doughy bread upfront with hints of crispy crust. Center is round and full of citric bitterness and notes of lemon pith. Finish is quick and crisp.

M - medium nearing full body. Creamy texture helped by the high quantity of frothy carbonation.

O - an excellent pale ale. I am every happy I was finally able to try this ale and see what a fantastic example of the style it truly is.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark orange/light red. The head is thin and only leaves a slight lacing.

S- Caramel notes along with pine and grass. I'm almost positive there are Nugget hops in this beer.

T- Very similar to Hopback Amber, maybe a little less sweet. Mild caramel upfront followed by a piney bitterness. The finish is slightly grainy.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- A solid pale ale, reminds me of a cleaner Hopback Amber.

Photo of Murrhey
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a thick, four finger white head. Small bubbles, thick and foamy with long retention. Orange color, semi-cloudy.

S- Amarillo hops maybe? Light hops and the light malt body typical of a pale ale. Very nice smell.

T- Hoppy, but extremely accessible. Floral and just top-notch.

M- Smooth, creamy and extraordinarily well balanced.

O- This beer hits every metric to make a great beer in my book. Complex enough to be interesting, simple enough to be immensely drinkable.

Photo of joecalderoni
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice copper color! Very nice head

S: a very subtle hop aroma with an amazing balance of malt!

T: a very nice and complex flavor varying between a malt and flavor hops

M: medium body

O: A very honest pale Ale! Certainly one of my favorites

Photo of matjack85
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer and brewery are new to the Chicago market. Got this bottle from a friend who works for the distributor. 12oz brown bottle with a best before date of 3/26/13.

The beer poured a crystal clear golden/orange color that left a 1½-finger creamy white head on top. Retention was good and the beer left lots of whispy patches of lacing on the glass.

Flowery and citrusy hop aroma with a touch of malt underneath.

Deliciously hoppy. Big grapefruit and orange peel flavor with plenty of bitterness for a pale ale. A mild caramel sweetness is used for balance.

Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate.

This is a really good tasting pale ale. Can't wait to try other offerings from this brewery.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on June 16th, this is reviewed from lost notes found.

Poured into a pint glass, the body is a light coppery hue, as a coarse and sticky 1 finger head leaves gobbed-up rings of lace as I sip. The body is clear and crisp. Nice looking...

The aroma is floral and citrusy hop notes against a caramel malt background. There is also a touch of bitterness here, though the caramel does a good job to balance it. The flavor is similar, with far more floral hop character. The bitterness and caramel backbone temper each other to provide a delightful balance where the floral hops pop and shine against the other beer characteristics.

This is a great pale ale, as it is easy to drink, perfectly carbonated, well balanced, and very aromatic. Good all around, this is a very solid APA.

Photo of roddwolff
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a whiskey glass. Look: brown color with ruby shades, very thin foamy head (maybe because of the glass). Smell: Grass hops and nut malts. Taste: Wood hops with a waterfall of cookie and nut malts, with eart hops at the end. Mouthfeel: Woody, high bitterness, the body is soft for the style. Drinkability: I liked the combination of wood with biscuity malts, very good.

Photo of sinistersteve
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden, somewhat cloudy amber color. Head leaves something to be desired though. No head also means no artistic lace on the glass. The only good part of that is that it'll be easier to clean the glass if I forget to rinse it out. Good flavor that is both malty and hoppy, but not too extreme either way. Good beer, in my opinon, but I think the cheesy hop embossing job on the bottle needs to go.

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Ah, Cascade hops! Floral and piney! There are underlying notes of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of piney, grassyhops with a sharp bite of bitterness. There is a burnt toast caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

D - This is great. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes beers.

Photo of seand
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a touch of red, with a finger or two of off white head. A little bit stays around on the surface, but doesn't leave too much lacing.

S: Sweet floral hops, with a touch of pine. Smells very nice.

T: Fairly balanced, malty sweetness and hops are both present, but neither is overbearing.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Drinks very easily.

In a lot of ways this is a middle of the road pale ale, but quite well executed. Worth a try, and would be a great session beer.

Photo of downhilldrift
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Light yellow-orange color, although it might have been the lighting at the bar. The color was translucent and not too much head off the pour. Had a good crisp taste, with faint hints of a grainy blend. The first sip was very flavorful, and the strong flavor lasted through the entirety of the drink. I strongly recommend.

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I had previously mentioned that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is not an everytime beer, I think Mirror Pond is. Deschutes has done a great job with this one. It's reddish body isn't typical for an APA and it's got a heavy dose of malts and a little fruitiness that work in tandem with that initial hop push to find a great balance. Even my friends that don't typically go for hops or pale ales can get into this one.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,050 ratings.