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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

2,969 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,969
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 121
Gots: 294 | 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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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark blond (think burnt orange) with good carbonation and a nice thick, off white head that’s very bubbly frothy and just overall inviting. I hope hell is this soft when I get there! You can smell the hops right away, some mild citrus fruits aromas with some wheat mixed in. Its got a medium-to-light body and is crisp on the tip of your tongue with mildly tangy kicks when it hits the sides and back of your mouth. The hops are present and very welcoming and like those overbearing mother-in-laws or grandma’s that always say” here you go, have a little more food, you’re too skinny”. The aftertaste is nice and smooth, the hops pick up a little more and there’s a slight grapefruit taste in there too. Not bad beer over all, I can’t wait to have this one again.

vickersspitfire, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Appearance: reddish amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: fruits, hops, and grain.

Taste: nice malts, hops, and a faint grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a good pale. It has plenty of flavor and is easily drank.

megahurts4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy blonde leading to tan in color the head is a frothy white with very good lacing down the glass.

The nose is pleasant malt with pine and citrus hop notes. A decent nose.

The flavor matches the nose very well. The maltiness is very strong and has a commanding presence without being a fruity beer. The hops do a great job of matching the richness of the malt with a very pleasant pine, caramel, that is quickly dominated by the hops leaving a nice pleasant finish without the bad lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is rich and satisfying. The beer is a little heavy for a pale ale but is more than acceptable and very enjoyable.

I drank this with home cooked boiled live crawfish that were burn you twice spicy and this one goes excellent with spicy. I really like it and will definitely be buying this one again.

AtrumAnimus, May 03, 2012
Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy with bright orange color. Vigorous pour provides thick rocky head that drops to 1/8" and holds strong. Lots of lace.

Sweet bready malt smell with a good floral aroma.

Caramelly sweet malt flavor with piney and citric hop flavor. Good balance.

Smooth medium body, as it should be. Quite good.

A good smooth pale ale. Good balance and a solid example of the style.

Tasted on 5/1/08, but labeled as best by 2/19/08... Ooops!

tmitch75, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Redneckwine
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.

Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy

Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.

Redneckwine, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Entire bomber poured into a weizen glass. Yep, that's right. Lovely golden orange color with about a half inch of white head that fell to a lasting cap, spotty sheets of lacing. Looks great! Good hoppy aroma here, but not overpowering in anyway, less grapefruit than I was suspecting, cut some citrus notes are there with a lightly malty component in the background. Good balance on this pale ale. Tastes more like an English style, but the American citrus-like hops do show up on the clean bitter finish. Malts are very mellow, not much sweetness, and pretty well balanced. Carbonation is just about perfect for this lighter bodied brew. Easy drinkin beer, light bitterness made this bomber go quickly. Great session brew.

KeefD, May 18, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 9/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, pineapple, biscuit, and light toast. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with good balance; but they are a bit muted. Taste of orange, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, caramel, toast, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, biscuit, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great hop flavor balance with malts; and a very nice robust amount of flavor for a 5% beer. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. Great amount of flavor; with nice hop and malt balance. Extremely drinkable and smooth. My glass was gone a bit too fast. Really enjoyed this.

superspak, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh bomber into a pint glass. The pour produces a billowing 2 inch head of tan foam. Slow to recede, leaving veru sticky thick full coverage lace drapes. A solid cap of headd retention with great staying power. Color is a glowing amber, transparent filtered look. Minimal carbonation rise through the beer.

Aroma is hop forward with citric grapefruit and orange peels. As well as malt backing with a sweet caramel nose mixing with a bready biscuit aroma.

Taste is malty up front with hop bitters, opening midway with much more citric hops, grapefruit, orange peel and a touch of spice. Toffee in there too, sweet grain flavors. Hops bittering into the finish with a clean crisp feel.

This is a textbook pale ale, well balanced, great hop taste, fresh and easy to drink. This beer has huge drinkability.

Thank you Deschutes for coming to MN!

Buebie, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of isaac
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A good looking orange/golden beer with a 2 fingered head that settles into bubbles and thin lacing.

S - Hops. Classic Pacific NW citrusy smell with hints of grapefruit and something spicy... the alcohol? cooking herbs?

T - Starts off very sweet with the malts and slowly transitions, dancing back on the tongue to a thicker, breadier malt flavor, and then to a more bitter, hops finish. This doesn't have a massive amount of flavor (the kind of hops bite that kicks your ass and keeps on running), but it's all there.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of crispness from the carbonation. Not too watery, not too syrupy.

D - Mmm. It's so nice, I think I'll have another.

isaac, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank
for this snack I really appreciated it. This brew was poured into a strait pint glass and it had a nice white head that left a great lace as I drank it. The body of the brew was a clear amber in color.

The brew was nice and hop forward with a light sweet malt backbone. Great aromas of pine and citrus fruits filled my nose. The flavor was very similar to the aromas this was a great pale balanced leaning slightly to the bitter. It was light and crisp in my mouth.

I really liked this brew and the bottle when way to fast for me I would gladly by more of this brew if I could.

joepais, May 29, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an extra from my recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks John, I always love Deschutes brews when I can get my hands on them.

A vigorous pour produces more head than my glass can handle, so I must wait a bit to dump the whole bottle in. Mirror pond has a copper colored body with two fingers of off-white head. The head is thick and creamy, boasting great retention and lacing.

The aroma is a good one for an APA also. A huge floral bouquet from the hops comes through, with just a small edge of bitter hop aroma. A little bit of sweet malt is underneath that, but a great hop scent makes up most of the nose.

The taste is dominated by bittering cascade hops. However, this bitterness is by no means over powering; it is rather mello. The floral accents of the hops carry over to the taste. These hops are accompanied out by a caramel malt backbone that balances out the flavor, but is subdued enough that it still allows the hops to shine as the premiere flavor of the beer.

The mouthfeel has just the smallest suggestion of oily hops, and is a little light bodied with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable brew overall. A well made APA.

Hojaminbag, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

Slatetank, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of dwilson01
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, brimmed the glass nicely with 2 solid fingers of creamy off white pale yellow head. Nice lacing as it dissipates uneven like a puffy cloud. The color is a maple orange, chill haze is prominent and it has a consistent amount of carbonation rising.

The smell is nice, a refreshing orange and sweeter apricot are prominent, but a backbone of fresh garden herb and dry spice round it out.

The flavor strikes me as more tangerine in the citrus fruit category, lots of residual unfermented sugars give it a sweeter flavor and the hops are all aromatic with very little bittering qualities employed.

Good initial mouthfeel, the great flavor aids in this, finishes a tiny bit dry which isn't a bad thing with this brew, keeps the smooth refreshing quality that I initially pick up.

Quite drinkable, session pale for sure. I guess this one in my opinion basically compares to sn pale ale but with less of the roasted malt and bittering hop flavor profile. Possible more of a mellow wheat beer presence in the hops here which make it more preferable to girls?? Ill experiment on that and get back to you.

dwilson01, May 21, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brownish and hazy. Forms a thin head of small bubbles, white, that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and has a hint of cascade-esque hops to it. Smell pretty good.

Beer is sweet and medium to light in body. There is some bitterness at the back and well balanced. Some carbonation on the palate, its pretty good. Its simple and tasty. I like it.

drabmuh, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark orange color. Big, fluffy white head. About two fingers in thickness with excellent retention. Slowly settles to about one finger of head and leaves great lacing behind.

S - Well balanced aroma of toasted bready malts and citrusy/piney hops. The toasted aroma is rather sweet and the hops are a nice mix of fresh pine and grapefruit.

T - Sweet bready malts initially with biscuit notes as well. The hops come through mid-drink, priamrily pine tasting. Some fruitier notes as well. Very even balanced between the hoppy bitterness and sweetness from the bready and biscuity malt tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation levels. The beer finishes on the sweeter side and that taste lingers. Very easy drinking pale ale.

ckeegan04, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting here on a Friday night, watching old Ben Harper, Pearl Jam and others from Austin, as well as old Beastie Boys videos (we lost a good one today) thinking that it's pretty good night for a beer.

Hazy golden-orange with lots of small particles of suspended sediment below and a small amount of white head above.

Though both seem fairly muted to the nose, with the floral hops in balance with sweet malts.

Exceptionally well balanced - can clearly profile both the malts and hops, with them each taking precedence from one drink to the next. The hops are of light citrus and an oddly faint hint of banana. The malts, bready.

Crisp and clean on the tongue, with lingering bitterness.

Outstandingly good interpretation of a pale ale. After drinking lots of IPAs, stouts and other heavy beers, this is compartively light, refreshing and easy.

mdcrouser, May 05, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an orange-hued testaceous color with a light, but incomplete, film of head over top. The brew is slightly cloudy with just a few stray bubbles making their way to the surface. Taking a smell, I get moderate caramel sweetness, with even a touch of honey. This is backed by sweet orange and lighter grapefruit citrusy hop, even a light kick of peppery hop as well. I like how the sweetness of the malt is a little subdued and lets the juicy-smelling hops shine through. This one has good balance. The first sip brings caramel and grapefruity sweet hop. This moves to a more full caramel after swallowing, with a very nice moderate hoppy bitter that clings on the finish, but not harsh and offensive. The aftertaste is very orangey citrusy to me as well, leaving a nice dichotomy between the bitterness and the sweetness playing on my tongue. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. It is not light, but definately nowhere near being a heavy beer, and I think it hits the mouthfeel very well for the flavors. I think this is a very solid example of an APA. The hop and malt flavors and aroma are in synch with each other, and its something I could make a nice session out of, so this one is a keeper in my book.

kmpitz2, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of TrevorGW
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear golden color on the slightly darker side. Nice big soapy head.

Soft bready malts and creamy hops on the nose.

Taste is full of grassy hops, de-intensified up at the finish by the sweet caramel hints. Well-balanced version of the West Coast Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy, benefiting from a light carbonated.

Drinkability could not be better. Perfect ale for any time of day, any time of the year. I am very impressed with this Pale Ale and will seek it out again.

TrevorGW, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle with a fresh-by date which is getting close to the present date. Didn't matter though - it was enjoyed. Not an overwhelming smell - little hoppy and malt smell. The taste was of course full of the cascade hops, but a pleasant carbonation along with a mild fruity background. I did find a bit of an odd after-taste. However I countered that by not waiting long between tastes. A very nice pale ale which is nice in the summer as refreshing with enough hop flavor - Deschutes is a reliable brewery in my mind.

BradMacMullin, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer from a local liquor store. Hey, Deschutes, must be good.

Nice translucent copper. Thick frothy head. Very nice initial impression.

I get a nice subtle caramel smell. Faint hops. Taste is same. Nice. Not a big kick in the ass, but a highly drinkable, smooth, tasty, refreshing pale ale.

Overall: good for any occasion

PatronWizard, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into standard bar pint glass. Reviewing from notes.

A: Pours a light orange-gold color with a two finger frothy head that lingers around for a few minutes, eventually fades down to an acceptable frothy cap. Leaves a nice bit of sticky looking lace down the glass.

S: Very vivid hop and grapefruit aroma. Hints of pine underneath with a slight touch of malt sweetness. I'm usually not overly keen on the scent of APAs, but this one is just so darn refreshing and uplifting. Can Yankee please give me this in candle form?

T: Grapefruit and citrus zest (kind of like an orange zest?) upfront, with a pleasant wave of hop bitterness that's by no means rough on the palette. A light touch of malt sweetness in the finish rounds this one off well.

M: Smooth with a medium body. Slightly more carbonated than I would have liked, but it's not enough to become a distraction. I forgot all about it after the second or third sip. This one tends to feel a little watery towards the end of the glass, but overall it feels solid and drinks easy.

O: A great brew that's quintessential for any fans of the style and newcomers alike. Balanced and refreshing flavors with a smooth drinkability make this one extremely sessionable, especially on warm summer days/nights.

ThePaintedGrey, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Many Thanks! Mirror Pond pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with a petite, offwhite head. Delicate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is enticing. Citrusy esters, a floral note of orange blossom, honey and caramel notes, and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body, crisply carbonated, with a spicy hops bite.

Taste has lots of juicy, citrusy hops, pink grapefruit and tangerine bittersweetness. Bready sweet malt adds a caramel edge. The Cascades hops are up to the challenge, and all the elements come together very well, for an excellent balance.

Very well executed and highly enjoyable. One of the better APA's I've tried.This would be a regular staple in my fridge if it were available locally.

merlin48, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of hiphopipa
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored into a tasting glass (thanks biglobo8971 !)

This brew pours a hazy, rustic orange with a thin, but hearty, head that dissipates into a thin collar.
There is a faint bready caramel aroma with hints citrus.
Generous soft cascade hops and gently toasted malts.
Smooth and crisp mouth feel.

Overall an easy drinking pale that surely would be a staple if it was distributed here.

hiphopipa, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a slight haze. Thick white head holds up well, but only slight lacing

The nose has malt up front and then piney hops (cascade I assume)

Taste: Hops bitterness (grapefriut then resin) on the tounge and throat snd some malt sweetness on the edges, very crisp finish

MF: Smooth, weel blanced and excellent carbonation

Easy drinking PA that goes down great. Not as good as the draft version and the one time was luck enough have this on cask, wow! But this works if you are looking for a PA that won't blow your lips off and still excite the hophead inside you.

russpowell, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Long Beach. Aroma has some citrus/pine hops in there...cascade. Color is a golden amber with a small off-white head. Flavor is a wonderful balance between malt and hops, biscuity, toasty, a little caramel without being sweet, while still being hop forward. light to medium bodied with a dry finish. A very nice example of an APA.

Brewsmith, Jan 31, 2009
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,969 ratings.