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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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3,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,132
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 132
Gots: 395 | FT: 4
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:
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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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond is a classic American Pale. It pours a nice amber color with a nice foam head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is fruity. The taste is malty up front in a biscuit sort of a way. Then it is fruity and finishes with a dryness on tongue like a dry white wine. I highly recommend this to anyone.

Photo of Ajmorriso1
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of appenzeller
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on the porch by the river at Louie's in Ashland, Oregon with their fine burger. Life is good.

Pours a light amber, minimal head, hazy. Smells fresh and hoppy, Cascade hops. Taste starts with a clean and moderate bite of the hops, bitter, with underlying notes of caramel and lemon. The balance on this beer is excellent.

Big fan of Deschutes Brewery, have been from the start and their little brewery was brand spankin new. With Deschutes, it's almost as if their "terroir" shows in some of their brews. Mirror Pond is a pale ale I've loved for decades, it never gets old. Also, this is one that needs to be fresh for the full effect, I have bad visions of some esoteric brew from Oregon sitting on shelves for months in New Jersey or Georgia and then getting picked up by beer lovers. Makes my head hurt.

Photo of Niedzws
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of toddysd
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Aces & Ales, Las Vegas.

Amber color (I think, it's dark in here) with a thin white head. Few lacey splashes left by a collared retention. Aroma is fresh cascade, fruity toasted malt and beautiful hop resin like pine pitch. Taste is beautifully toasted malt with bubble gum and hop spice. A little dry cracker in back.

I love Deschutes.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance and tasting

Appearance (4.5) : A fantastic, fluffy 3-fingered head with a caramel-peach body. Crown retention is great. Leaves sticky web lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell (4) : Cascade hops are at the forefront, followed by some lemon zest, cut grass, and a wee bit of winter pine. Some spicy citrus notes also begin to surface as the head diminishes.

Taste (4) : I thought I'd hate it but it's not bad. I'm extremely sensitive to bitter and this one is not necessarily LESS bitter, but more drinkable perhaps because of where the bitter is in the body next to the other flavors.

Wheat, yeast, and cut grass is at the forefront, with the bitter hops coming in a bit sharp and then numbing down right away. The lemon rind is there, and also what's like licking an orange peel. Coriander. Out of the bottle it's fresher, crisper, better for some reason. I think next time I'll just drink it straight out of the bottle. The bitters diminish by the time you reach the finish (that rhymed), and the last taste is the first taste - wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel (4) : Creamy, smooth, fluffy. Nice to drink. Finishes crisp.

Overall (4.04) : As indifferent as I am to Pale Ales, this one wasn't bad at all. In fact it was pretty good. The hops were there but they weren't overdone. They were flavorful but subdued enough to taste the other flavors (wheat, lemon/orange peel, coriander). If one is looking for a good pale ale, look no further. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack because of my sensitivity to bitter beers, but I can rate this one on its own merit - it's good.

Photo of toothirsty
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superbohl4
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange with a rocky white head and superb lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S: Citrusy grapefruit hops, classic cascade, nice toasty, cracker malt and moderate fruity esters.

T/M: Nice citrusy bitterness upfront, moves into a robust toasted bread malt flavor and a medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish is semi-dry and fairly slick, with lingering malt and grassy, grapefruit hops.

Overall, a classic Northwest Pale Ale. Everything about it screams Cascadia, the hop and malt balance, the fruity yeast, and the full mouthfeel. As an added bonus, it is a touchstone that homebrewers and brewers alike can use for tasting the intricacies of the Cascade hop. I overlook this one to much.

Photo of charlatan
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generally my attitude towards pale ales is one of bewilderment. Why drink a pale ale when you can take on an IPA? Remarkably I found myself in a bar in Portland which was bereft of IPA, but, realising that one can rarely go wrong with a Deschutes beer, I ordered a Mirror Pond.

It was somewhere between amber and bronze with a slightly acidic smell which I wouldn't like to expand on since my venue was bigger on smoke than beer. The head was rather limited.

This was rather hoppy for a pale ale (immediately I was glad there was no IPA!) and boasted the usual creamy, raisin flavoured Deschutes backing. They certainly weren't being stingy with the malt here. This was a well coordinated and very drinkable beer with a reasonable feel (lots of small bubbles). Perhaps I should drink more pale ale rather than IPA, but more likely I should drink more Deschutes beer. I find Deschutes to be the most dependable brewery (never a bad beer). Good stuff!

Photo of Tanktizzo
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MgoJohnStamos
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ironlung
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at a pool hall in Costa Mesa back in '06 when it was frist making its rounds in socal, and was unimpressed.
A buddy really enjoys this one, so he got me to give it another shot. Sure glad I did...

Awesome copper haze, a nice head and a balanced aroma all come with the pour. Taste is very rich and less refined than most pale ales. Its much more complex and thicker on the taste buds than say a SNPA. I like this beer, it drinks heavy but says it weighs in at 5.0%. It has an awesome taste that makes it stand out to me as a pale ale with alot of backbone. Cant go wrong with a 12er of this in the cooler, summer or winter!

Photo of Thrasher
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good ol' Mirror Pond -- it's available literally EVERYWHERE in Portland. Every bar, every grocery store, every 7-11 and Plaid Pantry... luckily, it's a good beer and deserving of its popularity. It, along with Sierra Nevada, may be the premier American-style pale ale, or at least the West Coast version. It's full of malt, full of hops, well balanced and drinkable, but manages to pack a slight punch. The mouthfeel is smooth and filling. I don't know if the beer is bottle-conditioned but it feels like it. Pours a tawny orange with great head and lace; hops dominate the flavor with fruit flavors that marry well with the sweet malts. Despite the bitterness, the finish is on the sweet side, and soft fruit flavors linger, such as peach or mango. It is an everyday brew, although for an ordinary beer it is lucky that we have one as tasty as this. Many cities have to make do with Bud or Coors. It may be a drawback to some that it absolutely must be poured into a glass; it just doesn't work from the bottle. A beer not to be overlooked.

Photo of goodbeerallday
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into by red wine glass... listening to the "RIS Beer Party Mix" on the iPod... U2 and Keith Richards "Paint it Black".

Good head... nice lacing that lasts the entire glass... chill hazed dark orange..

Citrus and floral hops decidedly win the fight with toasted and caramel malts... Yeasty fruitiness.

Everything about Mirror Pond says, "Drink Me!" Very balanced... pale/victory/crystal malt sweetness blends perfectly into the bitterness... then more fruitiness... and finishes with an expected finish of floral and citrus hops.... malts evaporate to a dry lingering hoppy finish.

This brew is a staple in my home.... You can get in nearly anywhere for good reason. Non offensive to nearly everyone and any "good" beer drinker this could easily qualify as a session and frequently does for me. Deschutes is a world class brewing company.. and gets a significant portion of my beer budget.

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber orange, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Bread, some citrus hops with grassy notes as well.

T-Nice fruit, bread and grass. Nicely blended together, malt seems to dominate though.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and a tad watery.

O-A good APA, not the best but worth including in a tasting of the style.

Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another beer I really wanted to try while in Denver. We don’t get Deshutes in Boston (that I know of, so I jumped at the tap when I saw it. The bear poured a bright copper, with a thick full white head. A nice lace stayed for the entire beer. It had a bright citrus aroma from the hops. More hop character than I expected. The taste was light and fruity, from the hops, not the yeast, with a light floral middle. It had a light mouth feel and a great drinkability. Nice candidate for a session beer.

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This bottle says best by 8/26/10. Yellowish-orange in color with a solid inch of head that slowly dissipates and leaves a good amount of lacing. Fresh hops on the nose combine with a distinctly sweet malt to provide a great aroma. I get pineapple and citrus notes. The taste is well rounded. The hops and malt strike a nice balance so that you seem to taste both equally. Bitter, fresh hops dance on your tongue and the malt provides just enough sweetness to make this one very refreshing and easy to drink. Carbonation might be a little on the light side for me but not by much. The finish leaves you with only a slight hop resin and a little bit of malty sweetness but is overall pretty clean for a beer with this much flavor.

Photo of Mark
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine offering from Deschutes in Oregon poured a nice deep amber. Lace was wispy from a decent head. I liked the hoppy aroma and while I expected a more prominent hop finish I wasn't let down. This beer was very smooth, refreshing, and drinkable. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side otherwise I say go for it.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.99 / ea.

A: Big loose head over a hazy straw head. Very good retention, great lacing, and a thick rocky cover. Much better than I was expecting.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of honey and lemon. Things are looking really good so far.

T: Bready backbone front and center. Just enough hop character to balance the sweetness, and a clean refreshing finish. Very solid pale ale.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Good traditional pale ale with the drinkability one would expect. Great versatility.

O: I was expecting a solid flagship style beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. One of my favorite pale ales.

Photo of khensley
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color, tan head which dissipated rapidly. Smell reminded me of lightly toasted bagels, very earthy. Taste was much the same, earthy, whole-grain oats, cracker-like. Sweetness is present, yet faint, but well balanced with the mild bitterness. Finishes dry and very pleasing. Did I mention it is very earthy. I had another, and another, and...Deschutes flagship beer sets the standard for Northwest Pale Ale.

Photo of rkarimi
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery branded pint glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues. Fluffy one and half finger head, light thin, wispy lacing, above average retention. Light citrus, lightly sweet, some grain notes and fresh green tea. Mild tropical fruit, hints of grapefruit rind, bready, but light malt. Finishes refreshing, crisp and dry.

Extremely well-balanced and incredibly easy-drinking.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,132 ratings.