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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

3,093 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,093
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 358 | 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 champ103
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a large white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus and grassy hops. Some bready and caramel malt for balance. Simple, but pleasant.
T: Light citrus, piney, and grassy hops that leaves a good hop presence. Though it is not overly bitter for bitters sake. Some grainy and caramel malt for a nice balance.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. It seems a bit watery though. Very easy to drink. An easy choice for a good session beer.

Simple, but very enjoyable. Something that is going to be in my fridge more often. Recommended.

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

Pours orange with a half finger of white foam that recedes quickly to a thin but persistent skein. Minimal lace.

Smell is faint all the way around, citric and grassy elements, nutty, biscuit malt.

Taste follows the nose but is more assertive. Light citrus, flower and grassy elements. Nutty, biscuit malt. Just overbalanced slightly toward hop, which imparts a pleasantly bitter, clean, palate quenching finish. Body is medium to light with soft carbonation.

Excellent, easy going APA, drink at will.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a freshness date into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured orange with low carbonation and a nice fluffy head. Left great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Smelled like citrus flowers.

TM&D - Citrusy and earthy with a nice malt backbone to balance it. Very refreshing and drinkable beer. Nice hops after taste and exhale through the nose. It was a real pleasure to savor this one. Make me think of a summer day (not in Arizona, but someplace pleasure in the summer).

Photo of SethB2
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy-ish clear medium amber color with a decent head.Nice lacing for an APA. Smell is of melons and berries. Malt dominates with a little hop. Taste is nice with much of the same characeristics as the smell. Very clean with a lot of flavor. Not as hoppy as most APAs, but that doesn't distract from the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but not bad overall. Drinkablity is great. Not offensive at all and could easily go down one after another.

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

I love this beer, incredible taste. Not a huge head on it, but I really love this beer. For an american pale ale, this beer is amazing. Incredibly refreshing, good color, good smell/taste. Good alcohol level, great body. Overall very very good, I have no improvements to make. You can find this at Whole Foods, which makes it even better.

Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond pours an ever so hazy orange hued gold with a nice slightly offwhite head that doesn't linger. The aroma is malty with some nice biscuity bready notes, and a pleasant herbal hoppiness. The flavor is malty upfront, with a sudden sharp citrusy hop flavor. More bready malt and some nice caramel and toffee pop up in the finish. The moderate bitterness is sharpened by the carbonation in the finish, with just a bit of lingering resin.

Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance (4.25): Clear light copper color with a two finger off white head. Dark for the style

Smell (4.25): fruity and piney hops with a light bready malt undertone

Taste (4): Piney , light citrus hops and bready malt

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body, bitterness, and carbonation; Crisp and easy drinking

Overall (4.05): This was good if a bit bready/yeasty for a pale ale, yet added a nice touch. The hop presence is pretty spot on for the style, but i couldve used a little more. These are minor flaws. It is a clean, solid pale ale, and sometimes thats all i need.

Photo of T100Mark
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 16 ounce glass.

Appearance-Copper colored. Slightly opaque. Fine white head. Mondo stickage on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Mild.

Taste-Creamy. Sweet. Orange zest. Nice hops (not overpowering). Very smooth (for an IPA).

Mouth-Again, creamy. Pleasant.

Overall-Very chugable. A great IPA for beginners. I can't imagine someone not liking this beer.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/brown, nice 1/2 foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale ale malts, bready, citric hops, yeasty sugars, a little lemon note at the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, pale malts with a nice citric, lemon flavored hop bite makes up the flavor. A biscuity, bittered flavor mixed in with some light yeasty sugars. Grapefruit and a little pine also adds some flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth pale malts coat the tongue with bready/biscuit flavor. Palate gets some hops, sugars and a little more malts. Aftertaste is smooth, malty with some lemon and orange peel.

Overall - A nice, smooth and flavorful pale ale. Very easy to drink, has enough hops to give it nice fruity flavors. No alcohol is noticeable, just balanced well and easy to enjoy.

Photo of Retroman40
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a pale yellow with strong lasting head.

S - A strong hop aroma with citrus dominating.

T - A great balance of sweet malt and citrus hops. Malt start and a rich hop finish.

M - Tangy and rich with good carbonation.

O - I was excited that Deschutes started distribution in KY and wasn't disappointed. This is an outstanding Pale Ale.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful: orange, like a sunset really. Huge slight off-white head.

S: clean aroma, strong citrusy hops, but not very complex.

T: more balanced than aroma, with some soft sweetness from malts and still strong bittering hops create a clean palate and offer strong, refreshing taste.

M/D: smooth brew that offers a strong hop bite while still being highly drinkable. This could be a great session ale.

Photo of marty21
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deeper amber hue; pretty much a rust color. About a 2 finger, frothy head that retains and laces very well. High clarity.

S- Moderate hop profile hits first, followed by some malts. Mostly lighter hops with some floral tones. Slight hint of metallic flavors mixed in with the medium flavor malts.

T- Starts with a moderate hops bitterness and bite, just like the scent. Light to medium malts move in. Slight hints of light grains and malts, but balanced with a little bit of caramel malt flavor. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

M- Moderate to high carbonation. Slick across the tongue and smooth. Not too heavy, not too light. Very sessionable.

Overall, this is a solid APA. Between this and SNPA, they represent the style very well. Depending on the price, I might get this over SNPA. All in all, if you're in Deschutes distro, this should be a staple.

Photo of C3likesbeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had straight out of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden amber slight haze

Smell: Slightly spicy with some fruit and slight wheat.


Taste: Hops are there but not overbearing. Slight citrus and even a touch of maltiness. Carbonated but not too bubbly. Very smooth refreshing with nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Good refreshing pale ale for a sunny day.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus sweetness and good amount of grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Waldowin and Newbie BIF '05 for the sample!

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color with gold highlights around the edges of my nonic pint with a thin white head with a good bit of retention, left a good amount of lacing. Nose is very herbal and floral, much more hoppy than one might expect. Taste is hoppy enough to be a weaker IPA, but as it stands it's a strong APA. Quite good with a strong malt foundation. Body and mouthfeel is medium but drinkability is way up there, lots of flavor but easily sessionable. Highly recommended!

Slàinte!

Photo of waldoiverson
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: slightly cloudy orange blossom orange, with a solid though slightly sudsy, white foam that left nice lacing, appears quite carbonated

S: a big nose that you can smell from a foot or more away, citrus hops with a fair amount of biscuit

T: a little minty with a blast of bitterness that backs off and you get the malt comes out to play, well balanced, on the whole it is more herbal than citrus

M: Smooth, not slick, with fairly light carbonation which is counter to the appearance

D: well balanced and not overly bitter, yum

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Brewed on" date clearly marked on label. Poured into a stange glass.

Orange body with a tint of amber under two fingers of nearly white head that laces amazingly and retains well.

The aroma has a juicy handful of citrus and tropical fruits with malty sweetness underneath. A little swirl brings up some subtle yeast notes and more hops.

The flavor is long and well crafted. It begins with a bitter snap followed with some fresh bold hops of the classic northwest variety. Before long some deep toasty malts wash all over the hops and bring (as the label for once accurately states) a deft balance. The aftertaste is a medley of hops and pale malts.

The mouthfeel is down the middle of the road, with neither more of less carbonation than usual. Medium bodied.

Conclusion: I would expect nothing less than a great pale ale from a brewery with as a good a track record as Deschutes. This is a great pale ale from an outstanding brewery.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body, very transparent with a light head that dissipates. Bright and lively, though monochrome and filtered. The ale is very bready. Grassy citrus smell from the hops. Strong floral rose smell. The oils are very dominant.

The body is slightly chewy. It isn't too bitter, just the slightest hint of tingle from the hops. Cascades aren't my favorite but it does the job Taste of caramel and apple peel. Lots of vegetable aftertaste

The body is medium, the balance leans to the malt side.

Match this one with a slice of pizza or hamburger. The quintessence of a northwestern brewpub beer. I'd never turn one down, I'd even buy it again but it isn't my favorite pale ale.

Photo of bfields4
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat dark golden. Light off white frothy head.

Pine and citrus. Not much malt presence.

Citrus hops are well pronounced in the flavor. Orange and lemony. Good flavors not very complex, but done well. A bit of the sweet malt presence sneaks up on you.

Good level of carbonation. Easy drinker. Really solid brew. Deschutes does a phenomenal job with all their lineup.

Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky copper not much head.

S honey like sweetness really nice

T nice solid malt clean taste bitter finish

M good med body nice balance full mouth experience

D. Probably my go to at peoria spring training. Really hard to do this on the BlackBerry ...

Photo of steveh
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to our area and I found a reasonable sale at a local grocer. I'm pretty sure I've had this on a couple visits to the Pac Northwest and N. California some years past, but I don't recall my impressions.

Best by 4/24/13 right on the label -- nice.

A -- Clear, deep orange in color -- not what I expect in an APA, but not at all distracting. Good eggshell white head that holds up very well, leaving nice lacing.

S -- Pretty light nose of mild caramel, citrus and piny hops, and fruit esters.

T -- Citrus hops and fruit esters balanced well up front, sweet, caramel malts make a great balanced backbone, spicy and citrus hop blend with a nice bitterness in the finish. A lightly tart fruitiness and the bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is medium and the mouthfeel tends toward some syrupiness -- again, not expected in an APA, but very enjoyable.

O -- A very well-balanced APA with a great blend of malt and hops. Not in-your-face, but definitely embracing the hoppiness of the style. Well worth a try for studying the style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt and some subdued herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt, subdued herbal/floral hops, and some slight grape juice flavors. Minor hop bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink and with the 5% ABV I could drink these all night long.

Photo of everetends
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great Wetpaperbag who sent this sucker to me. Poured into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a honey colored yellowish brown that has a bit of haze to it. Got a good finger of head with this beer but it didn't have too much retention, receeding quickly. Not much carbonation action going on in here. This beer looks good but it just seems a bit boring in appearance. Ah well.

S: Aroma is of some pretty nice sweet hops character. Nice caramel hints and sweetness from the malt. It even has a touch of a sweet cider presence to it. It is a very subtle aroma, but pleasing. Nice and simple. Very nice.

T: Really nice malt character here first and foremost. Sweetness and a touch of caramel going on here. Hops are there but are really subdued and not bitter at all. Nice sweet and floral hops instead of in your face hops. A really nice balance going here in the basic ingredients. There are also some fruit flavors in there as well in the form of light cherries and apple flavors. Very nice.

M: This brew is on the light side of medium in body, I am not fully convince it is medium in body. This is not a bad thing for this beer though. A bit thin but carbonation is crisp, making this beer a thirst quencher. Easy to drink and finishes pretty clean. Very nice.

D: This is a really tasty beer. It is simple and it works for this beer. Its smells and tastes are very accessible and in no way overwhelming. This is an easily sessionable brew that has some flavor to it. This beer is easy to put down and does the job. Very nice indeed.

Photo of NefariousR
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Rich orange-amber with a foamy off-white head. Quite hazy.

S - Citrus, piny hops, with a hint of malt sweetness pervading.

T - Malt leading into hop overtones, with just a bit of sharp nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Slight bit of stickiness with a pleasant carbonated texture.

D - Very nice, great for a spring afternoon. Full-flavored but not even slightly overbearing.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,093 ratings.