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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

2,779 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,779
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 239 | 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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2/5  rDev -48.7%

mdavidson, Mar 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Liondiscs, May 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

dorf, May 17, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

andrew84, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of victory4me
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

victory4me, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of clfrost
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

clfrost, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Auracom
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap somewhere in Fashion Island at Newport Beach. First tango with Deschutes. Served in a pint glass on November 4th, 2011.

A - Deep golden/amber coloring with a light cream-colored head. Fluffy, though average, lacing and retention.

S - Eh, a bit muted. Light citrus notes and pine.

T - Better but not by much. Initial hop bite shifts into grapefruit tartness. Middle notes include slight malt presence and fruit sweetness. Bitter finish with (oddly) some alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

M - Medium body, not too smooth, quite carbonated, almost excessively so.

D - Finding more eloquent descriptions for a relatively bland pale ale is pretty difficult. A disappointment. Oh well.

Auracom, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/20/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased on 9/20 at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquor --

A: Decent amber in color. A generous pour yields a one finger head that fades quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Stale. Really stale. The hops here smell like they've been covered in moth balls and tossed in the attic to be forgotten. Egh.

T: Diacytal all over this thing. Buttery weirdness, weak malt and decrepit hops make for an unpleasant drinking experience.

M: Though it may not taste and smell like a winner, it sure feels like one. Nice carbonation and texture here.

O: This bottle of Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale is most certainly past it's prime. At least that's what I'm telling myself, as a brewery like Deschutes wouldn't knowingly produce something this dissapointing.

Or would they?

Rhettroactive, Oct 09, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

shawnchong, Aug 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

e911mann, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BB1313
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Best by 4/18/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange with nice clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty faint. Lots of bread, malts, and grains. Lots of caramel. Not much of a fruity hop presence. The flavors aren't exactly exciting, but they're clean and refreshing. Tons of caramel. Very bready. Lots of grainy and earthy characteristics going on. The hop flavor and hop bitterness feels non-existent. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's obviously and easy drinking beer.

This isn't really an exciting pale ale. It personally reminds me more of an Irish red ale. This is ultimately boring and forgettable. This is my first experience with Deschutes so I guess this isn't the best first impression, but it's all good because there are more goodies from them for me to try out.

BB1313, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Metz, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of DCon
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Cadillac Bar & Grill in Jackson, WY for $4.50. Tapped from the Wooden Handle w/ Deschutes down the throat of it & a "mirror pond" with mountains above it into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a good amount of hop in the aroma but mostly a variety from the UK and lighter... Nothing else comes up.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head but dies quickly. Has a copper colored body and clear. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Corn and slight malts come up in the taste too quickly... Hops were not a first impression. Where are they? Barely a light bitterness level here.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes sweet but brutal.

Overall Impression- This Mirror Pond in front of me HAS to be due to an old/over due keg or line problems... I will be reviewing the bottle I picked up from Lukas Liquor soon. I surely cannot recommend this beer from what I had to sit through with this version. An English Pale Ale at best...

DCon, Jan 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

JFrankParnell, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

AbbeyNORML, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Longhorn22
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again I will say, I am not a pale ale fan. I don't know what I don't like about them, but for some reason I don't like the flavors of them.

A - It is a nice amber color, has an average size head that lasts a medium amount of time. The color is very pretty

S - It has a slightly sweet smell, nothing special, but pretty good.

T - It is sort of sweet, but has a strong bite at the end. The bite is strong enough that my girlfriend told me that I was making faces. I am a bit of a wimp for alcohol flavor, and I felt like I could taste some of the alcohol.

M/D - This beer is a little bit watery. The beer made me flinch a bit, so I'd say not very good. I give all Deschutes beers some credits because the beers taste so natural and pure.

Bottom Line: I am a HUGE fan of Deschutes. I give them the benefit of the doubt whenever I am selecting beers, but this one just seems to have missed the mark. I prefer the Red Chair NWPA to Mirror Pond.

Longhorn22, Feb 07, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Dapuma, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

DrNo, Jan 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Roland45s, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. It has a hazy appearance and light amber color. The head was thin, white and did not and lace the glass much at all.

The beer smells hoppy. It is not particularly fragrant in the glass.

The taste is a little bitter, with a decided hop flavor and bitter citrus like grapefruit. The after taste lingers and is also bitter.

It has a nice mouth feel, and tasting is when you have the best opportunity to smell the beer.

I liked this beer, but I think it’s a little bitter for my taste. I wouldn’t want to drink much of it, but it’s a nice occasional change of pace.

RJLarse, Jan 02, 2006
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2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice slightly hazy copper color with a thin white head. Little to no lacing.
The smell was grape or raisn like. Nothing to strong kinda bland and that was after about 15 tries to detect some charcter to it.
The taste as I was affraid was much like the smell. Seemed rather bland. There was a slight sweetness to it but not much else. A bit dissapointed since Im a big fan of many of their other beers.

HochFliegen, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of zacharius
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice white head that lasted throughout the session. I really dig the golden hue on this beer. The aromoa of the beer is very earthy and floral with suggestion of citrus. However the taste is so different that it betrays the aroma. The flavor is very bland with an overpowering cascade hop flavor--however this beer is has a less sour aftertaste than most cascade hop beers.The body is fuller than I expected and made up a little for the mild flavor.

Due to the mildness I consider this is more of a ladies beer--my girlfriend really likes it. However it is not so bland that I couldn't knock down a few of these and enjoy it.

zacharius, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of Cooper
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Cooper, Jun 11, 2013
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,779 ratings.