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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

937 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 3,493
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 163
Gots: 644 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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: 937 | Hads: 3,493
Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited 01.13.13 because Deschutes is now available in Chicagoland... So I'm editing my review hoping that THIS bottle is fresh and it will make a differemce in my opinion of this beer!

Bottle into tulip pint.
Vigorous pour yields two full fingers of head. Orangey copper hued body.
Smells and tastes lightly sweet, bright citrusy and floral hops, and a mild yet noticeable bitterness. Dry crisp finish has progressively more bitterness with each sip as we warm up.

The body is spot on for a pale ale-- firm carbonation, not watery, yet not full, and easy drinking.

Overall-- I gave this beer a 3.3 when I had in December of 2010... It is more enjoyable now. A 3.7 sounds about right. Not the best pale ale, but better than average.

---Original review from 12.05.2010---
Poured bomber into pint glass.

A coppery orange with off-white head. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Smells sweet... Floral hops. Tastes sweet, surprisingly malty. Big sweet finish. Not a lot of bitterness. Big floral and grassy hops.

Oily, cloying, and medium bodied. Feels undercarbonated.

Wow is this sweet. I'm very disappointed in this beer. I love Deschutes... I'm just going to endthis review and return to watching Star Wars with my 3 year old...

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A standard pale, nothing special here.
Edit - tried another bottle, perhaps it was fresher. Enjoyed this one more. I've had better but well done. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of kevanb
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Galway Arms in Chicago in a shaker pint.

Pours a nice copper color, slight chill haze, hues of orange and brown, medium amber with a 1 finger white head that has moderate retention and leaves behind wonderful rings of soapy lace throughout the session. Aroma is of rich and smooth caramel malt, fairly sweet, light piney hops with a faint bit of citrus comes out as well, nothing special here. The flavors are similar, lots of sweet caramel malt, light hops, citrus, a bit of earthy pine and grassy flavors come out as well. The body is fairly thin, a bit watery, finishes light dry but definitely lacking any punch.

Verdict: At best, this is a decent pale ale. It's fairly refreshing at times, but compared to many other pale ales out there, this just doesn't stack up.

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Photo of ZAP
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavily hopped...noticable on the nose and the buds...good fruity hop notes...citrucy...bittering units are much higher on this one than their other pale ale I would assume. Nice frothy creamy head that settles nicely...cloudy gold in color....tastes like it was dry-hopped....a spicy, fruity ale without enough malt backbone..decent and more adventurous and flavorfull than their other pale ale (Cascade Ale), but not as balanced. I prefer the other one (Cascade Ale) even though it lacks this flavor because I see this as a little unbalanced...

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Photo of sonata2008
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger width of creamy, ivory-colored foam. Orange copper color. Clear with good carbonation. A bit of lacing.

S: Hops, clean pine, orange citrus.

T: Sequence of flavors. Caramel malt, orange sweetness, bitter tang finish. Not particularly hoppy.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: A great lawn mowing beer. Actually great for any time you want a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the ol' standby's. Pours a rich amber color, another dark pale oxymoron. Very clear and professional looking. Good aroma.

Taste, lately, has been a little maltier, woodier feel. Good hopping for a pale ale. The standard stuff, none of the new high alpha hops, this feels of Cascade and Chinook maybe. Never really found out what they use. But you know that classic C variety of hop feel v. the simcoes and amarillos of the world. This is old style pale ale from the West Coast.

Mouthfeel, because of the dissipation of the hop quality as you drink, I am a little disappointed. Drinkability is much better, its one of the best price/quality ratio's out there. Routinely find this for $6.99.

EDIT: This beer continues to go downhill, Deschutes either expanded too far or something, because we just don't get the same fresh awesome mirror pond as it used to be.

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Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy orange-red with a white head that falls fast. Looks good but it does not smell like much. In fact, the piney boquet is light that it takes some doing to detect. But things pick up when it comes to the third sense - taste, which is well balanced, allowing the nutty malt flavors to come out without being sweet. The touch is also nice; it feels good in the mouth. It is slightly parching but only enough to make you want to drink another.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This is a hazy amber colored beer with no head. I'm guessing its going to be more on the hoppy side of things. At least thats what it looks like from here.

S- Sweet hop smell is all I could smell. Nothing more, and that was after putting my nose almost in the beer and drinking it with my nose.

T- This is a different tasting pale ale. Its nice and clean. There is a great fruityness mixed in with the hop taste. Its almost like a cherry taste that is there, its very unique. The taste is definitely making up for the lack of smell.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thick or thin.

D- Easy to drink. I like it, might become a session beer.

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Photo of boomer31
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich gold with a thin white head

S - A muted citrus hop presence with a touch of malt. Not much in the nose

T - The fruity hops are again subdued but a light bitterness is a nice surprise in the after taste. The malt comes close to overwhelming the hops but a nice balance is achieved.

M - Low carbonation and think mouthfeel.

D - A definite session ale though there may be some better options available.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange color with one finger of head and a little lacing.

Smell: Citrus aroma and a background of pine/earthy notes as well. Not a strong scent.

Taste: Well-balanced mixture of piney hop flavor and bready, caramel malt sweetness. Finishes with very mild hop bitterness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and appropriately carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall: A good go-to pale ale with a mild hop profile. Nothing stands out, but an enjoyable drinking experience nonetheless.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, BB dated Oct. 2014, purchased and consumed near Bend, Oregon.

Poured with a semi-durable, frothy head over a deep amber body; excellent clarity; OK retention; Very good lacing.

Aroma: fruity with hints of spicy hops.

Flavor: Fruity/juicy hops with balancing caramel and medium malts. Herbal/grapefruit aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

O: a fruity an slightly mild APA.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a beautiful, yet small, head.

Smells of herbs, pine and citra. There's definteley a lot of herbs and flower in this.

Mouthfeel is light, with limited to little carbonation. Taste is similar to smell, with a lot of fall spices, pine, and hops.

This is okay, yet hardly revolutionary.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took me a while to finally drink one but I'm glad I did. Served in pint, this was enjoyable.

A: A golden unfiltered color with a 1/2" head that rested atop for a bit.
S: An almost nutty malt aroma, which through me off for a Pale ale.
T: At first taste a sweet cold flavor of mild malt, then comes a hoppy blend that tingles the palette with a growing hop flavor.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a good "relaxing beer". Yes, buy this in your local market beer case.

Elbows Up,
Adam

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thick one finger off-white head with medium retention.
Fruity aroma with lots of red fruits. Notes of strawberries, honey and peaches.
Flavor of guaraná-papaya, tea bags, malt sweetness and spices. Finishing with pine taking to a very dry aftertaste.
This is a couple of months to best by date, still considering that it felt to me as an APA on the malty side. Mild fruity APA.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of katybee
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me immediately as a high-quality, slightly more flavorful, but average lager...rather like a drily hoppy Budweiser. It didn't have some of the more distinguishable pungence of other hoppy microbrews-- the citrus punch of some or the highly herbal nosiness of others (like Hazed and Infused which has a huge nose!) However it was definitely drinkable for this very same reason, and easily combined with any meal. (Sometimes I find the odd flavors and textures can obscure foods' tastes, and to me this is annoying.) But this is a very good beer.

appearance: amber gold, deep good color,
with full but quickly dissipating foam head.

smell: lightly herbal, a dry floral lavender hoppiness, not overpowering, and not overly bitterly pungent "hoppy"; simply crisp.

Taste was clean and thinner like a lager, no cloudiness, crisp carbonation, but with dryness and light floral lavendar touch of cascade hops. None of the citrus or bitterness of centennial hops. But a slight light dry medicinal or perhaps malty aftertaste to distinguish this as a designer beer and not your average Bud!

Very drinkable, yet not highly distinguishable...might get lost in the masses of microbrews out there. Good sessions beer and good with food.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Mirror Pond was a light beer all around. The aroma, appearance, flavor were all light. The aroma was crisp with some fruity and floral hits to it. The appearance was an orangey and gold. The flavor was also a fruity/flowery combo. The beer overall was an excellent version of an APA.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a schooner glass. The freshness date is nearly one year ago (June 2012)- the beer was bought at a discount ($2.24 on clearance). The bottle is just barely cellar cool- stored on my back porch for a day or two. The beer has a beautiful, crystal clear pale copper color. The head is nothing much in terms of volume, but is attractive enough, with a patch of foam in the center that looks like one of those small islands used as airfields in the Pacific.

Taking into account the age of the beer, a floral hop aroma is still quite evident in the aroma, with just enough bitterness on the tongue to balance out the malt. A fruity taste is very apparent, and evocative of grapefruit, rhubarb, and perhaps tart, bitter berry- rather like cherry seeds.

I remember drinking this earlier in the year, from the same store (and thus probably past its due date), I thought it to be one of the finest American style, west coast pale ales around (i.e. HOPPY pale ales). Even though the bottle was old, I still found it to be complex enough and easy-drinking enough to be enjoyable, and well worth the 2 1/4 clams I forked over for the bottle.

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Photo of Jyubei
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Orange/amber body under a tan 1 in head.

S. Sweet malt and hops with honey and orange notes.

T. Sweet citrus and honey with hops and a hint of lemon in the aftertaste.

M. Smooth with a citrus bite.

D. Very nice. Liked it better than most brews with citrus flavors I've tried.

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Photo of spree92
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-cooper pour with a egg shell head, that didn't last long. great lacing as I consume.
I'm picking up in floral and citrus. Hops linger in the mouth for a couple minutes and slowly fade into a nice, mellow finish.
Maybe a bit to carbonated, still, easy drinking and a good starter to convert your freinds to craft/micro-brews.

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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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.