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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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88
very good
960 Reviews
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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Portland

Dark amber with white film.
Dark toast, orange rind, and pine on the nose.
Caramel and peach sweetness with lots of candy, then resin and tangelo hops end.
Mango finish and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Candy sweet - very entry level. No IBU bite, and cloys a bit. Slight sandpaper bitterness as it warms, but just not what I’m looking for in an APA.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant Amer. Pale Ale. Smell is faint, but has hints of bubble gum and light citrus. Taste is unexpected, with a very strong grapefruit-like note coming all the way through. Body is substantial until about two-thirds of the way through it, then it effervesces into very little. Finish is sweet, with a light malt left on the tongue for a few seconds. This leaves a pleasant mouth feel which warrants another sip!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at a Tacoma Raineirs game. Deep copper pour with a creamy head. Citrus and malt aroma. Flavor follows with citrus hops and a strong malt backbone. A nice bit of grapefruit or mango here to go along with the caramelly malts. Finish is not as clean as I had hoped. Not bad and easy drinking brew that went well with baseball.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready aroma mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a light harvest fruit and a little bit of a grassy and earthy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and very lightly caramel sweetened flavor mixed with a moderate showing of an earthy hop (for a pale at least). As the taste moves forward the caramel fades, giving even more show to the bready malt, while at the same time some flavors of grain and more earth come to the tongue. With a little bit of a grassy taste coming at the very end, one is left with a somewhat drier and rather decently earthy pale ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the mix of the drier bready flavors and the moderately earthy hop tastes, the feel is rather nice as it’s moderateness accentuates these flavors all while not making it too heavy on the palate.

Overall- A decent pale ale overall. A little bit more earthy in nature with a decent showing of a bready taste. Not too sweet for a pale, but rather robust in flavor and somewhat slower sipping for a brew of only 5 %.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Bright, burnt dark orange and amber. Off-white head. Decent lacing.

Minimal aroma and not overly hoppy. Some grapefruit hop aroma, but not a particularly aromatic beer.

Bready, caramel malts with some piny and grapefruit notes. Very simple.

Medium to thick in the mouth. Easy to drink.

A very balanced, simple American pale ale. A great beer to enjoy with food.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a faint clear copper with nearly 2 inches of big creamy frothy head. nice light retention and some lacing.

faint citrus hops, mostly sweet. caramel and sweet malt.

similar to the nose only more caramel and sweet malt with an underlying citrus hoppy backing.

nice slightly chewy body with a mild carbonation.

pretty solid pale, although subtle, drinks easy.

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Photo of vdread
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a color between copper and orange, with a clingy head that leaves thick spots of lace on the glass.

smells of citrus and sweet caramel malt.

malt forward, but balanced, malts have a bready, doughy taste, slightly caramel, balanced by the floral and citrus hop notes. bitterness is low to medium for the style.

m good, creamy, very highly carbonated.

+ a great sessionable beer, and a well made APA. my only problem is with the aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice golden honey color with excellent clarity. Pure white head makes an appearance, but apparently has another party to go to. Extremely fine and mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Very little lacing.

Smell: Massive blast of piney, citrusy hops. Not much else, but that's fine with me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not surprising, spicy hops hit the palette hard. And that's about that, folks. No real malt balance to speak of, and an astingent bitterness to finish. The mouthfeel is very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth.

Drinkability: Nice hoppiness and super light body make this a session star; you can drink them like water.

It's simple, poorly balanced and quite thin, but the excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation redeem it nicely. Works for me.

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Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear orange/amber body. two fingers of sticky foam rise and settle a little too quickly.

s: citrus and bread with some caramel in the background.

t: nice citrusy punch with caramel sweetness and bready malt body.

m: kinda thin, well carbonated. subtle dryness to it.

o: no red chair but pretty tasty. worth trying.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to morimech.

Pours a clear burnt orange with golden hues. A one finger high head bubbles up, eventually dissolving into a light film, leaving a few streaks and rings of lacing.

Some crispy malt, a bit of caramel, and toasted breadiness in the nose.

Elements of grain and some citrus hops swirl on the palate. Mid level malt backbone is very apparent with some light caramel and some breadiness. Ends crisp with some juicier hops and some citric sweetness.

Medium body, a little dry and chewy. Goes down easy but not exactly something you go crazy over. Definitely a decent session beer but there's better APA's out there.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 6-pk purchased at the local grocery store for $6.49.

Poured an orangy gold/amber color, with a moderate white head.

Smell is of floral hops and sweet maltiness.

Taste is mildly hoppy, with a little bit of sweet maltiness in the background. I thought this tasted good without being anything special.

This is a nice pale ale that wasn't terribly special, but certainly not offensive. Certainly it's eminently drinkable, and not bad if you can get it on sale. Otherwise, don't strain anything to get a hold of it.

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Photo of SirRuss
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright copper with a light haze and white head. Retention is ok, and so too is the lacing.

S - delicate blossom and floral scents with a subtle sugary background remind me of the barely present aromas of a rose-petal panna cotta. Gentle citrus notes also float within the airy aroma, and although the overall impression is pleasant, its lack of presence sheds credit points.

T - The palate expresses similar characteristics portrayed on the nose, but with slightly more impact. The balance is perhaps the best aspect of the overall profile, with relatively bold hop bitterness being well supported by an appropriate level of bready maltiness. However, despite this increased intensity, the brew is again somewhat lacking; this time in complexity.

M - Solid, but far from mind-blowing. It does exactly what it should - nothing more, nothing less.

D&O - The intensity and weight of this brew offers the opportunity to sink them one after another without a second thought, and it is within this characteristic that its dichotomy exists. There's not really enough in the glass to stimulate prolonged interest or that second thought, yet it is interesting enough to not bore you to death. Consequently, MP is best summed up as worthy of attention - just not the center of it. A solid session brew only.

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Orange. Subtle hop aroma of grapefruits, tang and oranges. Very approachable, juicy, fruity and well balanced hop profile in the mouth with notes of grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. The meek malt presence serves its purpose and balances well. Very creamy and quite good.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky amber orange color with a yellow tinted head. Tight bubbles and good retention.

S - Yeasty baked bread, caramel/toffee, some acidic fruit.

T - Bisctuity, lemon/orange citrus, sweet pale malt, tart fruit, hops resin creeps in close to the finish and sits on the back of the palate all the way through to the aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium at first but grows fuller towards the swallow.

A good overall APA. Excellent finish with good flavors. Hops provided flavor but didn't kick up bitterness until the last second.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from a BIF. I was happy to open a beer from my past. Deschutes was one of the earliest brands I drank even before I turned 21 while living in Oregon.

I poured this beer in a fat tulip glass. I got about two fingers of foam with some pretty decent lacing. Off the top I get a little bit of citrus in the nose. The bouquet on this beer is very understated... just a simple presence.

The body had a decent amount of english malt and hopping. This reminds me more of an english pale. This is an easy drinker. It is a pretty good offering.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is caramel.
The taste is caramel and malty with a balance of lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
It's nice.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Not quite clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy head that falls quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Grassy hops, mild citrus fruitiness, crystal malt. Not much going on, but pleasant nonetheless.

4.0 T: It tastes a hell of a lot better than it looks or smells, but still isn't that impressive. A bit grainy, caramel, mild bitterness, grassy hops, mild lemony citrus.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation, but could be creamier and smoother.

3.5 D: All around average or worse.

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

Originally sampled on 21 August 2002. Had this at Deschutes' brewpub while in Bend, OR. It's hoppy w/ a nice nose. The pour is a cloudy amber color. It finishes fairly well balanced. This is a pretty good American Pale Ale. I would definitely have this one again.

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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange-amber body, good streams of carbonation, big yellow-tinted soapy head. Tropical hops and toasted malt in equal proportions on the nose; piercing grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and orange zest with literal toast behind it. It's very, very good, but weak- I'm sniffing like a madman because it's elusive but also worth the effort. The flavor, sadly, drops off the face of the earth- bland malt bill with underpowered hops trying to revive it. The delicious tropical notes are still there, with the new addition of peach, but it just isn't enough to overcome the soggy bread malt. The bitterness lends a crisp edge, and the medium body and happy carbonation make this one refreshing drinker.
I didn't think such a wonderful nose would be hidden in an everyday bottle, but there it was: juicy, tropical, tasty fruitiness for my nose to have a field day with. Sadly, the rest of the experience matched my expectations as an average brew.

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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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.