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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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915 Reviews

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Reviews: 915
Hads: 3,375
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 153
Gots: 562 | 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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Reviews: 915 | Hads: 3,375
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the caramel malts flavors seem a bit stronger. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to nonic pint glass
BB 11/21/12

A: Pours a dark and hazed caramel amber color with a bit of golden-orange hue to it. Some nice bubble action is visible and produces a thin cap of off-white creamy whip. Retains for just a few, leaving some lazy splashes of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of sour orange peel with a firm pine aroma. Hops give way to some warm yeasty bread with a touch of caramel and spice. Pleasing aroma overall but nothing really stunning here.

T: Tastes is prominent with dry bitter pine cone and some spiced orange flesh. I get a bit of fresh orchard apricot that transitions into the caramelized bread and graham malt characters. There is a moderate amount of bitterness producing just a hit of sharp pucker. Otherwise very smooth with no real alcohol presence. Nice flavors and well balanced.

M: Very smooth and creamy in texture with a moderate to low feeling body. Has a nice dry crisp finish with some lingering hop oils.

D: Another nice "standard" from Deschutes. American “C” hops showcased through a nice bready pale ale. Smooth, tasty, and well balanced. Very drinkable.

Nothing revolutionary by today’s standards but Deschutes has such great quality in their brews.

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Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a substantial beer ring and a little blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of lacing remains as you drink.

S: Floral malt, with a slight sweet smell of honey and pine nuts.

T: Pale pungent malt. Very woody and heady. Light hop tone with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. The hop note lingers throughout the experience. Sharp, dry finish.

D: Great sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Appearance is nothing too exciting, but has a nice amber hue, foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is not complex, but a nice floral malt. Flavor, similarly, not complex; but done well. Pungent malt with woody and slightly sweet hope notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has some retention. The head is an off white with hints of yellow while the body is mostly clear, medium amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has been left behind so far.

Nose- Somewhat subtle but not entirely without complexity. Citrus (especially grapefruit), biscuit, grass, and floral notes. Lots of orange notes as well.

Taste- Citrus (orange and grapefruit) are the initial flavors I get followed by a slight pine and woody bitterness. Some resin on the finish as well. Has sort of a dry finish which interacts well with the bitterness. Some spiciness and a bit of a floral character. Not bad but it's a little boring. I would definitely take a Red Chair or a Sierra Nevada over this. Some biscuit and grain but the citrus is the dominant aspect with a round and easygoing bitterness coming in second.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with fair amount of carbonation. May be a little too much but it works with the citrus and spice well.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. No alcohol and very sessionable. Standard price for a six pack in Oregon.

Overall- An above average beer that's worth a try but Deschutes does make better products.

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Photo of shirfan
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale copper, average foam.

Aroma of biscuity malt, hints of leafy hops.

Taste: this is an incredibly "average" pale, but in a good way. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light biscuity malts not quite balanced by some leafy hops. Hints of caramel.

If this were listed as an English Pale, I'd give it at least another half point on taste. Not quite hoppy enough for the Yankee version. However, it is a thoroughly enjoyable if unremarkable beer, something I could easily order a few pints of in a night if it were available here.

Tasty yet simple.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass about a week shy of freshness expiration. Thanks, Darren.

A: Clear golden/amber. A white one finger head that dissipates to bubbles. Spotty lacing.

S: Grainy hops, cantaloup, melon, grapefruit.

T: Grainy, bright, citrus-y with orange and lemon, bready malts. Light, piney hops come into play. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Dry.

O: Didn't float my boat in the Mirror Pond. Wonder how it might've tasted fresher. Glad to try it, though.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a moderately cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. Flavor of bready malts, floral hops, light fruits. Spritzy mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too carbonated, but easy drinking. Sweet finish. A quality pale ale.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at place not sure of rotation:
Beer pours an medium orange, clear with visible carbonation feeding small bubbles head. The head lasts and becomes foamy, lacing the glass well. Initial nose on a cold beer is mostly void, a light grain is about all. As the beer warms, a little citrus and pine come through.

Definitely need to get the beer away from ice-chest temps for the flavors to come out. Opening is sort of crisp, clean. A little fruit comes in, apricot, apple, little ruby grapefruit - but these meld with the opening more than taking over. The pine of the Cascade comes through in the middle, again melding more than overpowering. Feel is not quite medium, noticeable carbonation.

A nice balanced beer. I expected a bit more, and perhaps the beer was just old enough to be muted, because it didn't taste stale at all.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a friend bring some back from a west coast road trip. Boy is that a good friend! Lets see why.
The color is a bright clear oragne hue with a thin white head.
The aroma is bursting with citrus and sweet malts. Fruit and a touch of caramel are present.
The taste has citrusy hops from start to finish. The body is thin to medium but has enough taste that its complex and good. A slight bready flavor is there also in the finish.
I really liked this beer and hope to score more of it somehow here on the east coast. I've been told its better on tap and on the west where its fresh.

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Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 inch slightly tan head. Amber color, slightly hazy, obvious carbonation in the first bottle, light to little carbonation in the second. Odd. Head recedes slowly leaving an uneven surface and sticky lacing. Somewhat weak aroma, with slight fruit or citrus. Malty initial taste, sweet middle, with only a very mild hop bitterness in the middle. The bitterness (such as there is) asserts itself more in the aftertaste, but this beer is not bitter at all, really. The malt backbone is substantial, but well balanced between malt and hops (considering both aroma and bittering), but malt dominates the taste itself (i.e. little bitterness). Mouth feel is moderate, typical for the style. Overall, a well done traditional American Pale Ale, but clearly not in the recent trend of hopped up "APAs" that are more like IPAs.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Brewery's stuff is finally available in Minnesota- for once some of it is even gettable outstate. Thank you Westside Liquors.

Mirror Pond pale ale pours a good two fingers of loose, rocky foam over a clear orange brew. Carbonation is brisk and steady, the nose is fruity marmalade, a bit of yeasty funk, and spicy, medicinal hops. The flavor is bready malts with notes of lemon and a little mild herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and round, smooth and slightly dry. That a bit surprising as I was expecting it to be a bit more assertive, West Coast brewing practices being what they are. Altogether a pleasant, decently crafted offering in a very very broad field of similar ales. If they are your local brewery, by all means support them- the fresh stuff deserves your loyalty.

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Photo of gford217
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of ArrogantB poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours bright hazy amber with a very thin bubbly head that dissipated almost immediately leaving absolutely no head or lacing.

S: Smell of light, sweet malts with some citrus and floral hops.

T: Tastes of subtle citrus hops, orange and some pine resin, with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Fairly crisp, sweet finish with little bitterness present at all.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light but smooth.

D: This one certainly isn't the most complex or daring APA, but I have to admit that I wouldn't mind throwing a few of these back on this warm spring night. Very sessionable.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - I used to drink Mirror Pond all those years and haven't yet reviewed it. So here goes.

Mirror Pond was one of my first entries into the craft brew arena way back when my palette began to demand more than Bud Light. Now that I've experienced hundreds of the finest brews on the planet, I can't help but be a bit disappointed when I come back to it. The taste and complexity are nothing special, and when I can get a twelver of, say, Celebration for the same price, you know which way I'm going.

I recently picked up some Mirror Pond for a special occasion party in which many of the guests had unrefined beer palettes, and it was like seeing an old friend again after many years apart...

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Photo of Thads324
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is beautiful slight orange hue. Small white head, very solid lacing.
Low aroma. Toasted malts and a hint of caramel and bread. Earthy and piney hops.

Taste begins watery, transitioning into a mellow malty mash up. Sweet caramel, toasted wheat bread, a hint of dark dried berry. Hops come in the second half, slightly citrusy, mostly earthy. The hops are mellow and the beer finishes earthy and dragging with the smallest hop bitterness.

Incredibly drinkable, light in body with a lingering hop bitterness.

A very good pale ale. Great balance, not overly aggressive or assertive. Excellent

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Photo of Lemke10
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a mostly clear, amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is fairly bitter smelling for a plain pale ale. Upon tasting it is surprising the aroma is so hoppy because overall the beer is very simple tasting. While having a crisp, clean finish this beer is very easy drinking.

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Photo of Duff27
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium copper/red with a solid one-fingered head. Excellent lacing for a pale ale.

S- Floral hops.

T- Caramel malts with a short biting, but mostly subdued hops.

M- On the watery side of things it seems. Everyone is claiming good to great carbonation but I'm just not getting that. Hmm. Loses points here :/

D/O- Besides the mouthfeel misstep, this is a very drinkable Pale Ale. I believe this is the first time I've had this beer and I am quite enjoying it. I like Deschutes.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at The Morrissey in Vancouver. From notes.

A - Golden, bright, two finger white head left great thick lace and a film of retention.

S - Orange citrus and grass.

T - Orange, citrus, grassy, some bread.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet orange finish with some bitterness.

O/D - Not too bad, very drinkable and pleasant with nice balance.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber for 1.99, can't beat that!

A: golden, red and brown color. Poor head but good lacing.

S: Delicate caramel malt and a mild hop bitterness detected. Not much more to say.

T: This one is a bit milder than most Pale Ales, it has a bit more of a malt body and less hops. Not to say that it is not delicious, spicy earthen flavors are prominent.

M: medium/light body with decent carbonation. Goes down quite smooth

D: Quite high. The beer actually reminds me of an ESB. It's good, perhaps a beer to try and convert friends to craft with. I will admit that I'd get a bit bored with it.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty solid American pale ale and would be a quality session beer. Amber in color, decent white head that stuck around for a while, Piney Northwest hop flavor dominated the smell, light malty flavor on the taste with a little fruitness that is excentuated by the dominant hops but it's not near the hop level of an IPA or Sierra Nevada, a touch of biscuit flavor as well. Finishes fairly clean without any bad aftertaste. Nothing to write home about but better than your average fair. Although I bet this one goes down fast and gets rated higher on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark sunset/amber in color with a thick head the sizzles down toe a skim then a crown in a couple minutes.

Fruity/floral aroma, hop-centered but gentle. Even a hint of steamed veggies, something more in line with various lager styles.

At first the flavor is balanced between floral, grassy and herbal hop characteristics, but a biting, bitter astringency brings it down a little. Not bitter as in hopageddon hopocalypse hopsanity or anything...just a very green, to-the-bone bitterness that makes it feel like this lacks adequate malt presence. The malt that is here reminds me of something English--mild and unassuming--and there's just a tinge of soapiness here too.

Carbonation is vibrant and tingly, with just a slight stickiness, feeling as a beer of this style probably should.

Easily the least impressive Deschutes beer I have yet had. It's a very basic pale ale, if overly bitter for the style. One of my favorite breweries in the universe proves they're mortal by brewing a merely "good" beer like Mirror Pond. I have lost no faith in them.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, orangish-golden color with about a one finger head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving a very slight bit of lacing

S - Floral, tropical fruit aromas with a bit of crisp hop and some sweet malt tones as well.

T - Fairly watered down flavor. Some of the tropical fruit flavors come through with a slight bitterness, but really fairly bland overall. A bit of the sweet malt taste on the finish, but really nothing to write home about flavorwise.

M - Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely not a horrible brew, its not offensive by any means, it just doesn't really have much complexity or intensity to it. Refreshing and wouldn't have trouble putting a few down, really not a standout though, in my opinion.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at B&J's Pizza off of Staples in CC TX.

It was served in a regular chilled pint glass.
Poured amber with a brown tint.
Good head retention that settled to a decent lacing - head clung to sides of the glass.

The aroma was similar to any other pale ale, only a little more piney.

The taste was good. It had all the components of a pale ale. There was a sharp piney taste, slightly bitter. It had a caramel malt flavor that came in to round off the hops. It was less subtle then a Sierra Nevada. Overall, this was good, however, something just was not clicking with me. It seemed like it was haphazardly put together. I thought the malt profile was solid, but the hops were just not working for me. It was a little on the thin side.

To me it was not that drinkable, but I would imagine others liking it. The carbonation was good and it had a dry after taste. I liked it better at colder temps.

I would recommend it. However, this beer was not to my liking. It's worth a try. I gave it a good rating on taste because the flavor was there, but the drinkability factor was not.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed orange copper. Golden edges. Big dense offwhite head. Decent retention. Thin bubble-etched lacing.

Cascade citrus, some pine and resin. Sweet caramel, toasted bread. Not hoppy enough to bump to next level for me.

Juicy citrus, slight pine and apricot. Some sweet caramel and lightly toasted bread. Pleasant bitterness. Above average.

Medium-light body. Feels a bit thin. Slow carbonation. Some dryness at the end.

Solid and drinkable pale ale. Sessionable. Not top notch, but very pleasant.

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Photo of Dspohn
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A. Nice golden color with a smaller white head that leaves a touch of lacing and some retention.

S. Smells of citrus/grapfruit/orange and hops mostly.

T. Taste is pretty balanced between the nice bitter hops and a medium/light malt presence. A quite good lower abv pale ale.

M. Smooth with good carbonation

D. A very balanced drinkable pale ale that I finished quite quickly. This 6 pack wont last long at all I assume.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from womencantsail. Thanks Andrew!

Appearance - Pours a very deep orange with hints of brown around the edges. Extremely translucent and poured with a bit less than 1 finger creamy white head.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, grapefruit and orange in the nose. A bit of pine and grassy hops on the end. The malt comes through it smells like caramel and candy.

Taste - The hops come through, fairly earthy and grassy and the pine is evident, not as fruity as the nose would suggest but it is there, in the form of fruits. The end is biscuit sweetness with yet a nice hop bit falling right after. It seems a bit watered down and the alcohol is evident. Very earthy throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and seems almost watery, the tastes are very rounded and are not sharp at all. The carbonation seems to be lacking a little bit, seems flat. Very light and thin.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these but not a 6 pack, something is just a bit off for my liking.

My first from Deschutes.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.