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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

2,521 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 171 | 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

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mghotbi

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. A (very slightly cloudy) amber - copper color with thin head and little lacing.

Smell is predominantly hoppy, but with a slight biscuit note. Not quite as floral as SNPA, but quite pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel with good body, not watery at all.

Taste is wonderfully balanced. Hops are prominent, but do not overwhelm the sweetness of the malt. Citrus notes arise near the finish, but end abruptly, leaving no acidic aftertaste.

Another excellent and very drinkable beer from the folks at Deschutes Brewery. I can see this becoming a regular session brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 03:59:42 | More by mghotbi
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NefariousR

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Rich orange-amber with a foamy off-white head. Quite hazy.

S - Citrus, piny hops, with a hint of malt sweetness pervading.

T - Malt leading into hop overtones, with just a bit of sharp nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Slight bit of stickiness with a pleasant carbonated texture.

D - Very nice, great for a spring afternoon. Full-flavored but not even slightly overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 19:16:03 | More by NefariousR
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to weefisheads for allowing me to sample this fine, fine brew. A solid-looking pale ale out of the bottle, this brew oozed from its 12 ounce bottle a somewhat hazy golden color. The aroma was clean and clear, with serious noted of cascade hops and some citrus sweetness to boot. A nice combination of bread, hops and sweetness in the flavor as well. A fine plae ale, and one that I would not hesitate to have again!

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 14:09:38 | More by goindownsouth
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deeper amber hue; pretty much a rust color. About a 2 finger, frothy head that retains and laces very well. High clarity.

S- Moderate hop profile hits first, followed by some malts. Mostly lighter hops with some floral tones. Slight hint of metallic flavors mixed in with the medium flavor malts.

T- Starts with a moderate hops bitterness and bite, just like the scent. Light to medium malts move in. Slight hints of light grains and malts, but balanced with a little bit of caramel malt flavor. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

M- Moderate to high carbonation. Slick across the tongue and smooth. Not too heavy, not too light. Very sessionable.

Overall, this is a solid APA. Between this and SNPA, they represent the style very well. Depending on the price, I might get this over SNPA. All in all, if you're in Deschutes distro, this should be a staple.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 01:04:30 | More by boilermakerbrew
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C3likesbeer

California

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had straight out of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden amber slight haze

Smell: Slightly spicy with some fruit and slight wheat.


Taste: Hops are there but not overbearing. Slight citrus and even a touch of maltiness. Carbonated but not too bubbly. Very smooth refreshing with nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Good refreshing pale ale for a sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 18:07:10 | More by C3likesbeer
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steveh

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to our area and I found a reasonable sale at a local grocer. I'm pretty sure I've had this on a couple visits to the Pac Northwest and N. California some years past, but I don't recall my impressions.

Best by 4/24/13 right on the label -- nice.

A -- Clear, deep orange in color -- not what I expect in an APA, but not at all distracting. Good eggshell white head that holds up very well, leaving nice lacing.

S -- Pretty light nose of mild caramel, citrus and piny hops, and fruit esters.

T -- Citrus hops and fruit esters balanced well up front, sweet, caramel malts make a great balanced backbone, spicy and citrus hop blend with a nice bitterness in the finish. A lightly tart fruitiness and the bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is medium and the mouthfeel tends toward some syrupiness -- again, not expected in an APA, but very enjoyable.

O -- A very well-balanced APA with a great blend of malt and hops. Not in-your-face, but definitely embracing the hoppiness of the style. Well worth a try for studying the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 22:18:11 | More by steveh
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for this brew won in a bet in the BA Fantasy Football League. Cheers.

Pours amber with a thin head. Slight pine hops scent. Taste is of light piney hops also. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable. A nice example of the style & a solid brew.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 18:40:14 | More by SkinnyElvis
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ironlung

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at a pool hall in Costa Mesa back in '06 when it was frist making its rounds in socal, and was unimpressed.
A buddy really enjoys this one, so he got me to give it another shot. Sure glad I did...

Awesome copper haze, a nice head and a balanced aroma all come with the pour. Taste is very rich and less refined than most pale ales. Its much more complex and thicker on the taste buds than say a SNPA. I like this beer, it drinks heavy but says it weighs in at 5.0%. It has an awesome taste that makes it stand out to me as a pale ale with alot of backbone. Cant go wrong with a 12er of this in the cooler, summer or winter!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:13:30 | More by ironlung
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good ol' Mirror Pond -- it's available literally EVERYWHERE in Portland. Every bar, every grocery store, every 7-11 and Plaid Pantry... luckily, it's a good beer and deserving of its popularity. It, along with Sierra Nevada, may be the premier American-style pale ale, or at least the West Coast version. It's full of malt, full of hops, well balanced and drinkable, but manages to pack a slight punch. The mouthfeel is smooth and filling. I don't know if the beer is bottle-conditioned but it feels like it. Pours a tawny orange with great head and lace; hops dominate the flavor with fruit flavors that marry well with the sweet malts. Despite the bitterness, the finish is on the sweet side, and soft fruit flavors linger, such as peach or mango. It is an everyday brew, although for an ordinary beer it is lucky that we have one as tasty as this. Many cities have to make do with Bud or Coors. It may be a drawback to some that it absolutely must be poured into a glass; it just doesn't work from the bottle. A beer not to be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 02:12:52 | More by Thrasher
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appenzeller

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on the porch by the river at Louie's in Ashland, Oregon with their fine burger. Life is good.

Pours a light amber, minimal head, hazy. Smells fresh and hoppy, Cascade hops. Taste starts with a clean and moderate bite of the hops, bitter, with underlying notes of caramel and lemon. The balance on this beer is excellent.

Big fan of Deschutes Brewery, have been from the start and their little brewery was brand spankin new. With Deschutes, it's almost as if their "terroir" shows in some of their brews. Mirror Pond is a pale ale I've loved for decades, it never gets old. Also, this is one that needs to be fresh for the full effect, I have bad visions of some esoteric brew from Oregon sitting on shelves for months in New Jersey or Georgia and then getting picked up by beer lovers. Makes my head hurt.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 08:05:03 | More by appenzeller
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a DFH Pint glass.

Typical pale ale coloring and head. Brownish golden color. Nearly transparent when held up to the light.

Fair amount of floral hops on the nose. Very light and well balanced. Just the right kiss of hops.

Another very drinkable beer by Deschutes. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:06:53 | More by tendermorsel
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber orange, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Bread, some citrus hops with grassy notes as well.

T-Nice fruit, bread and grass. Nicely blended together, malt seems to dominate though.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and a tad watery.

O-A good APA, not the best but worth including in a tasting of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 20:17:00 | More by rlee1390
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention that lasts for a good while. Nice clear orange color.

Smell is faint but I smell citrusy and piny hops.

Nicely balanced beer. Nice sweet pale and caramel malts upfront with an assertive citrusy/piney hop bitterness.

Nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

I don't have a lot to say about this beer. Kind of reviewing in a hurry, but it's a nicely balanced beer that I could drink all day long.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 03:18:39 | More by jasonjlewis
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Aces & Ales, Las Vegas.

Amber color (I think, it's dark in here) with a thin white head. Few lacey splashes left by a collared retention. Aroma is fresh cascade, fruity toasted malt and beautiful hop resin like pine pitch. Taste is beautifully toasted malt with bubble gum and hop spice. A little dry cracker in back.

I love Deschutes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 02:06:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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hoppyhampy

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This bottle says best by 8/26/10. Yellowish-orange in color with a solid inch of head that slowly dissipates and leaves a good amount of lacing. Fresh hops on the nose combine with a distinctly sweet malt to provide a great aroma. I get pineapple and citrus notes. The taste is well rounded. The hops and malt strike a nice balance so that you seem to taste both equally. Bitter, fresh hops dance on your tongue and the malt provides just enough sweetness to make this one very refreshing and easy to drink. Carbonation might be a little on the light side for me but not by much. The finish leaves you with only a slight hop resin and a little bit of malty sweetness but is overall pretty clean for a beer with this much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:00:40 | More by hoppyhampy
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Mark

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine offering from Deschutes in Oregon poured a nice deep amber. Lace was wispy from a decent head. I liked the hoppy aroma and while I expected a more prominent hop finish I wasn't let down. This beer was very smooth, refreshing, and drinkable. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side otherwise I say go for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 18:38:56 | More by Mark
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery branded pint glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues. Fluffy one and half finger head, light thin, wispy lacing, above average retention. Light citrus, lightly sweet, some grain notes and fresh green tea. Mild tropical fruit, hints of grapefruit rind, bready, but light malt. Finishes refreshing, crisp and dry.

Extremely well-balanced and incredibly easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 05:59:26 | More by chanokokoro
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champ103

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a large white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus and grassy hops. Some bready and caramel malt for balance. Simple, but pleasant.
T: Light citrus, piney, and grassy hops that leaves a good hop presence. Though it is not overly bitter for bitters sake. Some grainy and caramel malt for a nice balance.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. It seems a bit watery though. Very easy to drink. An easy choice for a good session beer.

Simple, but very enjoyable. Something that is going to be in my fridge more often. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:36:24 | More by champ103
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JollyToper

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured orange with low carbonation and a nice fluffy head. Left great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Smelled like citrus flowers.

TM&D - Citrusy and earthy with a nice malt backbone to balance it. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. Nice hops after taste and exhale through the nose. It was a real pleasure to savor this one. Make me think of a summer day (not in Arizona, but someplace pleasure in the summer).

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:52:48 | More by JollyToper
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body, very transparent with a light head that dissipates. Bright and lively, though monochrome and filtered. The ale is very bready. Grassy citrus smell from the hops. Strong floral rose smell. The oils are very dominant.

The body is slightly chewy. It isn't too bitter, just the slightest hint of tingle from the hops. Cascades aren't my favorite but it does the job Taste of caramel and apple peel. Lots of vegetable aftertaste

The body is medium, the balance leans to the malt side.

Match this one with a slice of pizza or hamburger. The quintessence of a northwestern brewpub beer. I'd never turn one down, I'd even buy it again but it isn't my favorite pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 10:17:38 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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SethB2

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy-ish clear medium amber color with a decent head.Nice lacing for an APA. Smell is of melons and berries. Malt dominates with a little hop. Taste is nice with much of the same characeristics as the smell. Very clean with a lot of flavor. Not as hoppy as most APAs, but that doesn't distract from the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but not bad overall. Drinkablity is great. Not offensive at all and could easily go down one after another.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:34:33 | More by SethB2
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willgro

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer, incredible taste. Not a huge head on it, but I really love this beer. For an american pale ale, this beer is amazing. Incredibly refreshing, good color, good smell/taste. Good alcohol level, great body. Overall very very good, I have no improvements to make. You can find this at Whole Foods, which makes it even better.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:51:21 | More by willgro
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond pours an ever so hazy orange hued gold with a nice slightly offwhite head that doesn't linger. The aroma is malty with some nice biscuity bready notes, and a pleasant herbal hoppiness. The flavor is malty upfront, with a sudden sharp citrusy hop flavor. More bready malt and some nice caramel and toffee pop up in the finish. The moderate bitterness is sharpened by the carbonation in the finish, with just a bit of lingering resin.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:57:11 | More by ericj551
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T100Mark

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 16 ounce glass.

Appearance-Copper colored. Slightly opaque. Fine white head. Mondo stickage on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Mild.

Taste-Creamy. Sweet. Orange zest. Nice hops (not overpowering). Very smooth (for an IPA).

Mouth-Again, creamy. Pleasant.

Overall-Very chugable. A great IPA for beginners. I can't imagine someone not liking this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 00:59:49 | More by T100Mark
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generally my attitude towards pale ales is one of bewilderment. Why drink a pale ale when you can take on an IPA? Remarkably I found myself in a bar in Portland which was bereft of IPA, but, realising that one can rarely go wrong with a Deschutes beer, I ordered a Mirror Pond.

It was somewhere between amber and bronze with a slightly acidic smell which I wouldn't like to expand on since my venue was bigger on smoke than beer. The head was rather limited.

This was rather hoppy for a pale ale (immediately I was glad there was no IPA!) and boasted the usual creamy, raisin flavoured Deschutes backing. They certainly weren't being stingy with the malt here. This was a well coordinated and very drinkable beer with a reasonable feel (lots of small bubbles). Perhaps I should drink more pale ale rather than IPA, but more likely I should drink more Deschutes beer. I find Deschutes to be the most dependable brewery (never a bad beer). Good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2005 09:16:45 | More by charlatan
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.