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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

2,864 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,864
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 120
Gots: 260 | 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 superspak
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, pineapple, biscuit, and light toast. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with good balance; but they are a bit muted. Taste of orange, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, caramel, toast, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great hop flavor balance with malts; and a very nice robust amount of flavor for a 5% beer. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. Great amount of flavor; with nice hop and malt balance. Extremely drinkable and smooth. My glass was gone a bit too fast. Really enjoyed this.

superspak, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bomber into a pint glass. The pour produces a billowing 2 inch head of tan foam. Slow to recede, leaving veru sticky thick full coverage lace drapes. A solid cap of headd retention with great staying power. Color is a glowing amber, transparent filtered look. Minimal carbonation rise through the beer.

Aroma is hop forward with citric grapefruit and orange peels. As well as malt backing with a sweet caramel nose mixing with a bready biscuit aroma.

Taste is malty up front with hop bitters, opening midway with much more citric hops, grapefruit, orange peel and a touch of spice. Toffee in there too, sweet grain flavors. Hops bittering into the finish with a clean crisp feel.

This is a textbook pale ale, well balanced, great hop taste, fresh and easy to drink. This beer has huge drinkability.

Thank you Deschutes for coming to MN!

Buebie, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of isaac
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A good looking orange/golden beer with a 2 fingered head that settles into bubbles and thin lacing.

S - Hops. Classic Pacific NW citrusy smell with hints of grapefruit and something spicy... the alcohol? cooking herbs?

T - Starts off very sweet with the malts and slowly transitions, dancing back on the tongue to a thicker, breadier malt flavor, and then to a more bitter, hops finish. This doesn't have a massive amount of flavor (the kind of hops bite that kicks your ass and keeps on running), but it's all there.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of crispness from the carbonation. Not too watery, not too syrupy.

D - Mmm. It's so nice, I think I'll have another.

isaac, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank
for this snack I really appreciated it. This brew was poured into a strait pint glass and it had a nice white head that left a great lace as I drank it. The body of the brew was a clear amber in color.

The brew was nice and hop forward with a light sweet malt backbone. Great aromas of pine and citrus fruits filled my nose. The flavor was very similar to the aromas this was a great pale balanced leaning slightly to the bitter. It was light and crisp in my mouth.

I really liked this brew and the bottle when way to fast for me I would gladly by more of this brew if I could.

joepais, May 29, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an extra from my recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks John, I always love Deschutes brews when I can get my hands on them.

A vigorous pour produces more head than my glass can handle, so I must wait a bit to dump the whole bottle in. Mirror pond has a copper colored body with two fingers of off-white head. The head is thick and creamy, boasting great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a good one for an APA also. A huge floral bouquet from the hops comes through, with just a small edge of bitter hop aroma. A little bit of sweet malt is underneath that, but a great hop scent makes up most of the nose.

The taste is dominated by bittering cascade hops. However, this bitterness is by no means over powering; it is rather mello. The floral accents of the hops carry over to the taste. These hops are accompanied out by a caramel malt backbone that balances out the flavor, but is subdued enough that it still allows the hops to shine as the premiere flavor of the beer.

The mouthfeel has just the smallest suggestion of oily hops, and is a little light bodied with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable brew overall. A well made APA.

Hojaminbag, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

Slatetank, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of dwilson01
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, brimmed the glass nicely with 2 solid fingers of creamy off white pale yellow head. Nice lacing as it dissipates uneven like a puffy cloud. The color is a maple orange, chill haze is prominent and it has a consistent amount of carbonation rising.

The smell is nice, a refreshing orange and sweeter apricot are prominent, but a backbone of fresh garden herb and dry spice round it out.

The flavor strikes me as more tangerine in the citrus fruit category, lots of residual unfermented sugars give it a sweeter flavor and the hops are all aromatic with very little bittering qualities employed.

Good initial mouthfeel, the great flavor aids in this, finishes a tiny bit dry which isn't a bad thing with this brew, keeps the smooth refreshing quality that I initially pick up.

Quite drinkable, session pale for sure. I guess this one in my opinion basically compares to sn pale ale but with less of the roasted malt and bittering hop flavor profile. Possible more of a mellow wheat beer presence in the hops here which make it more preferable to girls?? Ill experiment on that and get back to you.

dwilson01, May 21, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brownish and hazy. Forms a thin head of small bubbles, white, that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and has a hint of cascade-esque hops to it. Smell pretty good.

Beer is sweet and medium to light in body. There is some bitterness at the back and well balanced. Some carbonation on the palate, its pretty good. Its simple and tasty. I like it.

drabmuh, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange color. Big, fluffy white head. About two fingers in thickness with excellent retention. Slowly settles to about one finger of head and leaves great lacing behind.

S - Well balanced aroma of toasted bready malts and citrusy/piney hops. The toasted aroma is rather sweet and the hops are a nice mix of fresh pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet bready malts initially with biscuit notes as well. The hops come through mid-drink, priamrily pine tasting. Some fruitier notes as well. Very even balanced between the hoppy bitterness and sweetness from the bready and biscuity malt tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation levels. The beer finishes on the sweeter side and that taste lingers. Very easy drinking pale ale.

ckeegan04, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting here on a Friday night, watching old Ben Harper, Pearl Jam and others from Austin, as well as old Beastie Boys videos (we lost a good one today) thinking that it's pretty good night for a beer.

Hazy golden-orange with lots of small particles of suspended sediment below and a small amount of white head above.

Though both seem fairly muted to the nose, with the floral hops in balance with sweet malts.

Exceptionally well balanced - can clearly profile both the malts and hops, with them each taking precedence from one drink to the next. The hops are of light citrus and an oddly faint hint of banana. The malts, bready.

Crisp and clean on the tongue, with lingering bitterness.

Outstandingly good interpretation of a pale ale. After drinking lots of IPAs, stouts and other heavy beers, this is compartively light, refreshing and easy.

mdcrouser, May 05, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an orange-hued testaceous color with a light, but incomplete, film of head over top. The brew is slightly cloudy with just a few stray bubbles making their way to the surface. Taking a smell, I get moderate caramel sweetness, with even a touch of honey. This is backed by sweet orange and lighter grapefruit citrusy hop, even a light kick of peppery hop as well. I like how the sweetness of the malt is a little subdued and lets the juicy-smelling hops shine through. This one has good balance. The first sip brings caramel and grapefruity sweet hop. This moves to a more full caramel after swallowing, with a very nice moderate hoppy bitter that clings on the finish, but not harsh and offensive. The aftertaste is very orangey citrusy to me as well, leaving a nice dichotomy between the bitterness and the sweetness playing on my tongue. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. It is not light, but definately nowhere near being a heavy beer, and I think it hits the mouthfeel very well for the flavors. I think this is a very solid example of an APA. The hop and malt flavors and aroma are in synch with each other, and its something I could make a nice session out of, so this one is a keeper in my book.

kmpitz2, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of TrevorGW
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden color on the slightly darker side. Nice big soapy head.

Soft bready malts and creamy hops on the nose.

Taste is full of grassy hops, de-intensified up at the finish by the sweet caramel hints. Well-balanced version of the West Coast Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy, benefiting from a light carbonated.

Drinkability could not be better. Perfect ale for any time of day, any time of the year. I am very impressed with this Pale Ale and will seek it out again.

TrevorGW, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle with a fresh-by date which is getting close to the present date. Didn't matter though - it was enjoyed. Not an overwhelming smell - little hoppy and malt smell. The taste was of course full of the cascade hops, but a pleasant carbonation along with a mild fruity background. I did find a bit of an odd after-taste. However I countered that by not waiting long between tastes. A very nice pale ale which is nice in the summer as refreshing with enough hop flavor - Deschutes is a reliable brewery in my mind.

BradMacMullin, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from a local liquor store. Hey, Deschutes, must be good.

Nice translucent copper. Thick frothy head. Very nice initial impression.

I get a nice subtle caramel smell. Faint hops. Taste is same. Nice. Not a big kick in the ass, but a highly drinkable, smooth, tasty, refreshing pale ale.

Overall: good for any occasion

PatronWizard, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of robhbest
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy Golden Yellow with 1 finger white head.

S: Bready, malty, some citrus at the end

T: Biscuity from the malts, citrusy at the end

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth drinking beer.

O: I've heard about this beer for a while now from a fellow BA. The girlfriend was able to score some for me on a recent trip to Chicago. Can't say that I'm disappointed at all! Smooth easy drinking APA, my first from Deschutes and hopefully not my last! Would seek some out again for sure, but probably wouldn't go bonkers if I didn't have it.

robhbest, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of alexrichman
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle (best by 1/9/13) into a glass.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a classic brew from Deschutes Brewery, one of the staple breweries in Oregon. This beer is everywhere in Oregon. It's one that I've enjoyed many times throughout the years, but I've never taken the time to review it.

A> A good looking pale ale. A little darker than most, taking on a rusty brown appearance. This brew pours with a 1 finger head that reduced mostly down but had a small bit of retention, leaving a little lacing down the glass.

S> Not a huge aroma, but I get a lot of caramel from the malt and a bit of pine in the background. It's got a good aroma, but nothing special.

T> This is a great tasting beer. Personally, I think it's pretty bold for a pale ale. It's got a great malt backbone that greets your taste buds. Slightly sweet, a nice complex/roasted caramel. The hops are assertive without being overly aggressive. The hops are very piney with a hint of citrus/grapefruit. There's a nice toasty/sweet finish that comes back into the palate after the hops subside.

M> Great feel, great carbonation, great drinkability. Not too watery, not too thick. This beer is in a unique category that is quite complex but also smooth enough to be a session beer. Kudos to Deschutes on the feel of this brew.

O> An awesome beer and a great example of what Oregon beers are all about. Deschutes shows why it sets the standard once again. Deschutes makes beer that is mass produced, but still has the attention to detail that microbreweries command. I am proud to have Deschutes represent the Pacific NW. If you are visiting Oregon or the Pacific NW, make sure to try this one!

alexrichman, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(had this at the PDX airport at a pub whose name escapes me, but they had the most ridiculously large Bavarian pretzel I'd ever taken in)

Orange-amber in color, filtered clean and bright, with a wispy/feathery off-white head - nice, snotty lace sticking around.... Mostly a floral-soapy hop aroma, toasty pale malt just sneaking in underneath, to balance.... The floral-soapy thing certainly comes across in the taste, refreshing, matched against some pleasant lime/grapefruit hop flavors - supporting malts show a bit more here, but never really give the esters and hops much of a fuss - bright/lightly tart bitterness, bit of an English esb/pale flavor quality.... Smooth, quite clean light-medium body, maybe a little round-maltier than drier than desirable in the finish - but having a little fat is no crime... A really solid APA - the invigorating hop/ester combo is showcase here - definite warm-weather treat

Bouleboubier, May 09, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great session beer. One of the finer Pale ales out there. I think it gets over looked because it is so easy to get, but with great tradition is great beer. I don't think they have to change a thing. Great citrus notes. Wonderful aroma. And you can actually have a couple of them without being completely loaded. That seems to be a problem with a lot of these beers these days. Nothing better on a sunny after noon

vinny21bal, May 09, 2013
Photo of goodbeerallday
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark haze orange with medium carbonation present but no head. not even a couple mils.

S: a very piney smell with little hints of citrus coming onto the nose. orange and grapefruit being the primary notes. a nice smelling beverage.

T: beautiful. this is a delicious beer. nice front bitterness and some spice that spreads evenly over the pallet. no huge lingering flavours. diminishes over a short period and leaves a sticky note in the mouth. really enjoy this beer.

M: sticky, and a little sharpness to it but at the same time smooth?

O: im currently staying at the samesun hostel in vancouver and this is the only beer that really has taken to me so its been my session ale. really enjoyable and a beverage ive been recomending to the crowds.

goodbeerallday, May 30, 2012
Photo of Porter_Hoarder
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Porter_Hoarder, Aug 24, 2014
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
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,864 ratings.