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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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2,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 2277
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%

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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Photo of justintcoons


3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber with 1 finger of creamy looking head. Moderate carbonation with excellent clarity.

N: Lemongrass, tangerine and caramelized sugar.

T: The caramel malts are very forward in this beer. The hops bill is comprised of notes of lemongrass along with dollops of grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, clean and refreshing.

O: A very underwhelming APA. It's balanced and easy drinking but I would prefer the hops to be a little more forward.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:51:31 | More by justintcoons
Photo of ryrust5301


3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Similar to a glass of apple juice in color. Clarity is of the highest order. Doesn't seem to have enough body to it, and it seems as though it should be very thin. Head was a nice white and certainly up to pale ale standards, but once again nothing holds together very well.

Smell - Pale malt shines through with a hint of apple skin. Seems as though there's a bit of a sweetness to it as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - A very average pale ale, and much to thin for my taste. Almost watery in a way. A very solid pale malt backbone wins the day here, and I don't taste very much hops at all. I do taste the apple more than any other fruits. Feel is very thin with little carbonation.

Drinkability - Sierra Nevada curb stomps the crap outa this beer. It is highly poundable due to it's light body. If you lived in Oregon a sixer would make for a nice session beer at a gathering.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:29:48 | More by ryrust5301
Photo of 321jeff


3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Troegs pint glass. Best by date of 8/19/10, received in a trade in early December 2010 and consumed in February 2011.... great, thanks for that.

Pours a gorgeous amber caramel color with lots of suspended carbonation and a finger of just off-white head. The head fades to a solid layer and leaves some decent lacing. So far, so good.

The aroma is actually holding up well. A solid blast of grapefruit and orange teams up with some sweet caramel to create quite the sweet smelling concoction.

The aroma may have held up, but the taste doesn't seem to have made it. Some caramel sweetness and bits of citrus but it's all kind of muddled by a faint taste of tea in the background. Kind of a mess at this point.

The mouthfeel is a bit off as well, almost grainy but at the same time thin and watery with an especially weak finish. I'm sure this is a good beer fresh and I wish I had noticed how far past the best by date it was when I received it. Lesson learned: drink your pale ales fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:34:24 | More by 321jeff
Photo of nohead02


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label talks about a generous helping of cascade hops but I think this beer lacks a bit. Not much of an aroma upon pouring and there seems to be a very subtle sweetness that distracts from what hoppiness there is. Kicks up a frothy head that makes you think there might be something to this beer but in the end it doesn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 03:40:44 | More by nohead02
Photo of jethrodium


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark golden amber with a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is light floral hops as well as some sugar cookie. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable. Taste is very similar to the nose. Some sugar cookies as well as some floral hops. Clean finish with a light bitterness. Light body. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:07:12 | More by jethrodium
Photo of winomark


3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle notched with a "best before end of month" marked August.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper with a substantial off-white head.

Aroma: Good hop citrus balanced with sweet malt. Slight hint of wheat?

Taste: Good rich maltiness help balance a good dose of hops.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but with a dry finish. Lingering bitterness is quite pleasant.

Drinkability: My first real love of west coast beers. Thanks to Dave for making me try this one. Well done, but wish I had a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 16:18:52 | More by winomark
Photo of ShrLSU


3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearence is a clear copper color with some nice white lacing and almost zero head. THe nose has some piney hop and a fail amount of malt in there as well. Taste is some slight hop bitterness with a light malt taste coming through and taking over. A slight grassy hop taste at the end. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall a pretty modest pale ale. Good but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:23:00 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of HopeEngineer


3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BBD 7/26/13. Poured from the bottle to a "Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass"

A - nice med tan color w/ a foamy head that stayed to the finish

S - soft, mild yeast aroma

T - like a cream ale or a Boddington's. I taste no bitterness or hops. Nothing wrong with that, just not what I expected.

M - full, smooth, creamy, lingering, very low carb

O - The more I drink it, the more I like it. Maybe it tastes this way because it is so close to the BBD or maybe the friend who gave it to me let it get hot or something. A fine pub ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 06:18:52 | More by HopeEngineer
Photo of david18

New York

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Deschutes Brewery a lot and had very high expectation for this beer but was a little disappointed in the end. Pale Ales are tough to be real standouts because if anything of the aspects dominate (hops, malt, etc), then it's something else. However i would recommend this beer just for its pedigre.


Had this beer again and would agree with the above. Not really a stand out. Color was a light copper with a light hop aroma. Flavor also had a light hops, nothing outstanding but not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 01:55:11 | More by david18
Photo of Jemonster


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with foamy yellow head that quickly fades away. Sticky lacing and large bubble carbonation.

S: Grains and hops. Some light stone fruits, peach maybe, and some cedar/wood.

T: Grains and medium hop bitterness. Starts off with an IPA-like flavor and ends bland. Bitterness fades quickly.

M: Thin with bubbly carbonation. Typical for the style.

D: This is a beer that people are usually glad to see you show up at a party with, since it's a little better than the terrible stuff that is the most common. Easy to drink casually, but nothing there for people looking for something interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:13:46 | More by Jemonster
Photo of maxcoinage


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass with an inch head that left some decent lacing after settling down. Color is a brownish-orange.

Aroma - not too powerful - but hops and citrus

Taste - Not too much going on here either. Slight hop and malt flavors. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium carb / body

Overall - An okay Pale Ale. honestly I'm not that impressed with the beers I've had from Deschutes

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:39:14 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of weeare138


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Plenty of small streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candied oranges, flowers, light grass, sugary grapefruit, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Flavors of citrus and honey standing out amongst the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lingers of floral, hoppy, & citrus. Mildly bitter, with a thin, dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2007 20:34:33 | More by weeare138
Photo of SargeC


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, amber-gold beer with a frothy, golden white head.

Smell: Decent hop aroma with sweet malt accents.

Taste: Light citrus flavor with minimal malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light body. The finish on this brew leaves me hanging.

Drinkablity: Decent brew, a bit tamer than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 04:31:22 | More by SargeC
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass...

Appearance-Pretty clear light amber with a two finger off white head. Some nice lace.

Smell-Flowers and Pine. Big malts, bready, biscuity malts.

Taste-Very malt forward, light bitterness in the side of the tongue. Not too much flavor besides the malts. Pretty one demensional.

Mouthfeel-Easy to drink. Light bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Overall-Reasonable and easy drinking pale ale, as for flavor, pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:36:41 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of jzmaxson27


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to tony223366 for this beer!

Reviewed alongside a Fresh Hop Mirror Pond on 12/4/11 from a bottle dated best by 02/07/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice translucent orange with a pale white frothy cap of about 1 finger. The head quickly dissapates, leaving only a thing ring behind.

Nose: It smells juicy, but not overpowering. Orange notes dominate, maybe a little lemon zest, the faintest whiff of phenolic alcohol.

Taste: Much more bitter than expected from the nose. The aroma promised orange, but the flavor delivered grapefruit. There is a sharp tartness at the front of the tongue which I quite like, though as it spreads across the palate it morphs into a minerally flavor. This is largely one note however, and the malt characteristic is almost non existant here. For some reason, as I sip on it, the product TANG keeps popping in to my head.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but in a refreshing way and not too lacking from it. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: This would be a good summertime drinker for most I think. The predominance of bitter grapefruit in the taste without much to offset it turns me off a bit, but overall it's not a bad beer. Not remarkable, but easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:57:13 | More by jzmaxson27
Photo of jmdrpi


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Best by date of 9/11/12 on the bottle.

copper colored, bright white head that fades quickly. sharp grainy malt aroma. some earthy hops are in there as well.

taste is well balanced. biscuity malt, slightly citrusy hops. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - average, easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 03:48:22 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of aracauna


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale orange amber with small quickly fading head. THe aroma is mostly hops, although not powerful. A bit citrusy, a bit floral. The flavor flip-flops being mostly malt. Ver bread-doughy, like multigrain bread. The finish is dry and short. The palate is soft. The beer is a bit thin in flavor for my tastes, but it isn"t bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 00:38:17 | More by aracauna
Photo of IceAce


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle with a best-by date of: 03/22/05

Pours a nice bronze body with very nice clarity, capped with a light tan collar of foam with only moderate lacing. Nose needed much coaxing and finally revealed a mild hop aroma...but not a lot of it.

Entry is clean but not noteworthy with a midtaste dominated by euromalt. Finish is Cascade hops, and not in an overdone sort of way. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but all in all an acceptable pale.

I'd love to sample this with some sharp cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 08:09:01 | More by IceAce
Photo of iconoklaztor


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color. Mirror Pond didn't produce much of a head but it did have a strange sweet smell. A little weird this beer is a little thin and not very hoppy. Probably a old batch. I received this in a trade and wonder how old it is. probably good fresh.

Overall, this beer could be good fresh. its a little sweet and has very little hoppy notes. I'd try it again just to confirm or debunk what I wonder about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 23:09:51 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle brought to our Brewers of South the Suburbs meeting. Light in color, with a thin head. I didn't find it to be as hoppy as other people have described it. Just a nice, clean smell and taste that goes down well, and another brewer I hope to sample further in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 15:27:26 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of rye726


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this a little nicer than Deschutes other pale ale. It has an amber color and a good tan head. The nose has a solid bouquet of hops backed by soem rich malts. The taste is a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops. Fairly light body has good carbonation. Another session from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:47:05 | More by rye726
Photo of fsimcox


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber with little to no foam with little lacing. Seemed flat from the beginning.

Smell is faint hops and a hint of citrus and pine with earth over tones. Overall weak!

Taste is hops, lemon and citrus with a lemony finish. A smooth not bitter lemony after taste.

Mouth feel is smooth with some carbonation. But a little disappointing!

Overall a good IPA but not as good as SN.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 14:29:27 | More by fsimcox
Photo of rawfish


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper gold with a noticable chill haze, turbid pour nets a two finger parchment paper head, very porous bubbles as it subsides.

Nose is pleasant, nothing too strong but a good mixture, bready with grains, honey, cannabis and a little mint. Hop profile is citrus but toned and earthy. Some faint fruity esters on the back.

Dry and grainy almost has a bit of wheat twang odd for a pale ale. Bread malt taste offset with citrus and lightly herbal hoppiness. Not overly bitter, drinks like an amber, very balanced. A little soapy feel on the aftertaste. Rather simple in its approach but delivered well.

Medium body and carbonation. Full on the drink but finishes dry and with soap residue without much bitterness.

I was looking for a snappy pale ale for this gloomy weather instead mirror pond is more of a sessionable amber, very balanced but doesn't deliver quite the refreshment or enough bitterness. A drinkable brew, but I don't like getting fooled.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:37:05 | More by rawfish
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich deep gold almost amber ale with a thick slightly tan head that subsided slowly. The aroma is of fresh floral hops with distinct fruity esters mixed in. The taste is bittersweet on the initial taste with a clean cascade hop flavor supported by a sweet carmel malt but the initial impression is on hop flavor not bitterness. The absence of high alpha hop roughness gives credibility to the pale aleness of Mirror Pond as the hops are deliciously there but not to the point of being an IPA. The mouthfeel as with other Deschutes brews is great when concerning the carbnonation and carbonic bite but in terms of body i belive this is lacking but not of making this beer poor. Very drinkable but i like the black butte or quial springs for a session beer instead of htis one as the hops could become less distinct after the first pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 19:16:06 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy deep gold with a decent-sized bubbly off-white head on top. Retention is fair leaving some decent lacing. This smells really good for an APA. Big pineapple scent pulling through. This mixes well with a heavy sweet malty presence. Very nice.

The mouth on this is weak and wet. Too watery for my liking. Knocks drinkability down a notch. Flavor is a little muted as well. It's not offensive at all, just slightly absent. Some malts and a slight bitter finish. This beer is not bold in any way, and I think it needs to be in the flavor. This could be tweaked a little. Not bad, but I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 02:56:50 | More by Onenote81
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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