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

897 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 897
Hads: 3,291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 503 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews: 897 | Hads: 3,291
Photo of garuda
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper, white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet, bready malt up front, subsiding to pine hops with a touch of citrus.

T - Very nice taste with pine hops up front, a bready malt middle, then finishes with some more bitter pine hops with a touch of citrus, and some caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp finish.

O - I'd definitely get it again, a very good, nicely balanced pale ale. (467 characters)

Photo of jmccullough108
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, bottle dated best by 5/3/2013

Appearance: Pale golden, light brown, light bronze, slight haze (I am assuming their is some dry-hopping here), Large, two finger head with excellent retention. Sticks along the side of the glass throughout the entire time.

Smell: Interesting up front spice smell, orange zest, apricot, a hint of biscuit/bread

Taste: Very smooth, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, complex malt/roast taste, mixed with just the right amount of hops. Also taste a bit of spice of sorts.

Overall: Excellent American Pale Ale, very refreshing. The smell may throw you off into thinking this is a hop monster, but it's really not. Whereas there is some bitterness in the mouthfeel, it seems to be more on the smell. Highly recommended! (782 characters)

Photo of Mendelbaum
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this right after a Belhaven. The Belhaven was superior in my opinion, Mirror Pond to me is almost fruity to Belhaven's nutty. Doesn't finish as clean as the Belhaven. My wife did not like it and that's usually a good indication that a beer has some unwanted aftertaste. (277 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Slightly hazy with a light amber color with an off white head that held on and leave a light lacing
S-has a malt and hop balance with a citrus background
T-hops am\nd hop balance in the beginning that quickly goes to a pine hops aftertaste with a grapefruit taste that leaves with a dry crisp finish
M-medium body with good carbonation
O-this was a beer with a twist. The smell makes you believe it is a pale ale at the first sip, but the after that I would have thought this was an IPA (492 characters)

Photo of cleolicious
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a small white foam head. Bursting scent of fruits and malts. Tastes exactly how it smells with a slight edge of hops. A bit carbonated. has a smooth but brisk mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink. No alcohol taste. Would be great with pasta and cream flavored sauces or fish. Just a damn good beer. (323 characters)

Photo of Leeshka410
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Amber-ish in color with a caramel yet fruity aroma. No bitter after-taste but hoppy enough to satisfy the hops fan and mild enough to pacify the "I hate hoppy beer" drinker. Nice in-between brew. (195 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm hooked on Deschutes, and got this as an extra from bendretread. I'm excited to give it a try.

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head that sticks around for a while. A crystal clear amber honey orange color reveals all the mini bubbles rising up from the bottom. Leaves a slight lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the beer downwards.

N: Ooooh, a really nice hop aroma slaps me. A slight but distinct crystal malt aroma gives a nice background. On top of blasts with distinct cascade hops that have a really nice aroma. Floral citrus and slightly grassy and spicy hop aromas bite me. A nice fresh hop oil bite as well.

T: Mmmhmmm, again super distinct crystal malt flavor hits you nicely, then adds a really nice juicy hop flavor with some hints of citrus, spicy hop, and a bit of grassy bite. Very crisp and clear, distinct flavors, but delicious flavors. A nice bitter juicy bite and slight fresh hop oil earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, a little bit of oil feel, and hop spice.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp. Touch of a bitter hop bite, but its not too much. Light and crisp, clears your palate very well with a nice bitter finish. Very nice tasting ale and very clean and crisp, nice crystal malt and good cascade hops. Another winner from Deschutes. (1,287 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: (on hard pour) a pretty thick stand of off-white bubbly head which slowly compacts, copper color, slight haze

Aroma: caramelly, slightly grapefruity hop, some unripe pear esters

Flavor: initial caramel-coated fruit (apple? plum?) sweetness, a round gentle flavor, mellow cascade flavor comes in, gradually followed by a subdued bitterness, some graininess along with an even malt backbone

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, smooth, easy-drinking, no astringency

Overall Impression: On par with their Black Butte Porter, this is one of my favorites that I've tried. Delicious. No complaints at all about this one! In fact, I really like this beer a whole hell of a lot! (707 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, typical light amber-orange color with an ok head that doesn't leave too much lace (I somewhat suspect it's really the glass though). The nose is wonderfully and intensely floral. Lots of cascade. The taste is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Love the hops and nice light maltiness of this beer. For a pale ale, it's a phenomenal beer. (351 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Off white, egg shell colored head. each sip could be seen by the lacing on the edge of the glass. A mild, hazy, carot orange color in the standard pint glass.

S: Bready, doughy malt vibe with a subtle piney hop nose.

T: Toasty, bread crust, malt flavor when sipped at sub 40F temperatures, mild pine and earth bitterness adding to a nice balance of hop and malt flavors. As it warms up the hop presence is more apparent and the flavors realy emerge. A subtle dankness comes out and adds complexity but overall no less drinkable.

M: Moderate carbonation and body, crisp and refreshing.

O: A very balanced and flavorful APA. There are alot of overly hoppy APAs that make kill your pallet after one pint, but this isn't one of them. Great for an afternoon BBQ! (765 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A neighbor dropped this one off the other day. I haven't had it in a while, but drinking it reminded me of how it is simply one of the best in its style.

A: Two thick fingers of beige, creamy head over an amber ale. Beautiful retention and some sticky lacing.
S: Sweet malty goodness with a firm hop backbone. Grapefruit is discernible, and is a bit of orange zest. Some spices on the nose. Really powerful hop aromas.
T/M: A very balanced brew right off the bat. Citrus hops, a dark fruit and bready backbone to balance. Very smooth with medium carbonation. Residuals leave mild bitterness behind. Some notes of metallic, which I often find in APAs. Citrus comes out even more with warmth, and that's a darn fine characteristic.
D: Balanced. Smooth. Refreshing. Definitely one of the best APAs and session brews available. Just another day for Deschutes! (856 characters)

Photo of jsimon816
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Mirror Pond Pale at Brick Oven Pizza in Crested Butte, CO. After a long day of hiking we found this establishment while walking down the main street in town. On a hot summer day this pale ale had all the attributes I needed to wash down the thin crust pizza I was eating. The beer has an outstanding pleasant aroma with a crisp not overwhelming taste. Its slight dry mouthfeel was complimented with a suttle hop flavor. The Deschutes Brewery puts out some great products, I only wish the Pale Ale draught was available in more locations in Colorado. (557 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, clear, with one finger head that laces very well for a pale. Big nutty malt with cracked wheat grain in the nose. Some sweet honey is barely there as well. Hops are definitely present but not overpowering, accenting the other aromas. Taste is also nutty up front, some wheat bread, a hint of metallic tin fades quickly to a sweet bread flavor and bitter green grass. Reminds me of summer. Aftertaste is solidly bitter, both from hops and malt. Super balanced feel with slightly dry finish.

This is a classic. perhaps my favorite pale ale. Deschutes proves that they can make really good barrel aged ales and standard brews as well. (649 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....this is a good beer!!! I believe this is my first from Deschutes and I can't wait to find other goodnesses from thia brewery. The beer pours a nice copper with thick slightly off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is very subtle, sweet malts and fresh bittering hops. The taste starts with a sharp bitter, then a smooth sweet caramel malt takes over fro a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is one heck of a pale ale...absolute session!!! (500 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dull orange color that is mostly clear and see through. not much head and no lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts and pine dominate the nose. I get some faint hints of citrus on the back end.

F- ooh this is tasty. the hops come through with pine and citrus that have a nice complement to each other. the alcohol itself comes through on the back end as well.

M- light bodied, crisp and smooth all the way around. the hops linger in the mouth just long enough and the malts finish it off.

O- a great pale ale. A top 15 beer and a top 7 pale ale. worth a case. (591 characters)

Photo of chrisms86
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring with a nice lasting head, Mirror Pond is the definitive pale ale. Starts off slightly sour and finishes with the bitterness you expect from a pale ale. In the background I taste some hints of wood. This style of beer has never been my favorite but Mirror Pond is definately an easy drinker, good for just about any occasion. (332 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bonsreeb85 hooked me up with this extra!

A- Pours a light copper color with a decent white foam head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Nice citrus hop aroma with grapefruit being the most dominant.

T- Quick hoppy bitterness initially with orange and grapefruit flavors. A sweet caramel malt finish helps for balance.

M- Light/medium body with good carbonation.

D- Nice hoppy flavor that is easily sessionable. (416 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for this beer I have een looking to try for a very long time.

Poured a typical murky orange, red, brown color that I associate with the Pacific Northwest. Thick, frothy head that just clings in rings to the edges of the glass. Nose is pungent moss with subtle hops that just wrap themselves around my nose hairs.

Most of the country would probably call this an English IPA, but it is definitely a Pacific NW pale ale. The front tones are hops, all wet and pungent. Really just stick to the tongue, cheeks and teeth. Malts balance it all out nicely with a sugary background. Medium to full body with the typical heavy water feel of NW beers. Just a great all around pale ale. (699 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body. Thin and bubbly dirty white head. Lace is spotty and fairly abundant. Fresh lemon citrus hoppy aroma with a slight background of caramel malts. Quite the nice aroma. Fresh citrusy flavor too with a solid malt backbone. Again, I'd say more of a lemon citrus aspect than the expected grapefruit, but I'm not complaining. This is obviously fresh and very agreeable with my buds. Carbonation level is pretty high and this is quite quenching. Would lend itself very nicely to some spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes. (527 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden bordering on brown with a medium white-ish head. The foam falls apart soon enough leaving only a bit of lacing on the inside of the glass.

The nose is best described as "yummy" and "inviting" - not exactly objective descriptions but there's a nice balance between a complex of malt notes (toast, caramel), yeast (fruit, flowers) and hops (pine, herb, citrus) It all adds up to something yummy and inviting.

The flavor follows right along with the nose with a surprisingly fruity flavor echoing a British Pale Ale, plenty of sweetness in a golden caramel flavor, a nice lightly toasted grain flavor and a clear but restrained hop presence.

Mouthfeel is dead on. This is a light-bodied brew with just a hint of tongue coating sweetness but a crisp finish of light hop bitterness and enough carbonation to keep the drink lively.

Whenever I'm drinking a Pale Ale (especially a "West Coast" PA) it's hard not to compare it to the gold standard - SNPA. Not only does Mirror Pond compare to Sierra Nevada very favorably but in some ways like the malt note it may even be superior. The hopping may be a bit lighter than SNPA but this is a first rate example of the style. (1,196 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me this is about as good as an american pale ale gets. quite similar to the odell 5 barrel in a lot of ways. smells more malty than most, almost british style in that regard, but also has a touch of sweetness in the smell and in the flavor too. flavor has a nice fruity hop profile, but nothing aggressive, just a nice balanced easy drinking session pale ale. works will with tailgate style food, and is a nice beer for that purpose. i must say, this brewery has done nothing but impress me, i will always buy their stuff because its so unique and high quality. this is their staple beer for good reason. (607 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Mirror Pond in quite a while, couldn't resist a fresh 12 pack at $12.99. ABV listed as 5.0%.

Appearance: Golden-amber, brilliantly clear with a soapy, sticky off-white head. Retention is great.

Smell: 50/50 between hops and malt. Hops are citrusy, bright and fresh, supported by a dry, biscuity malt foundation. Solid and appetizing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy citrus hop flavor up front, bringing to mind grapefruit and lemon peel; signature cascade flavor. Malt balances but doesn't add much in the way of complexity beyond a light toasty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and ultimately drying. Bitterness is just about perfect for the style, and the finish is toasty and clean.

Drinkability: Remarkably easy to drink without tasting dumbed-down or simple; in short, a great session beer. (812 characters)

Photo of Star80
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before 5/04/2013.

A - Pours out an orange copper color with a sticky head. Decent lacing on my glass.

S- Smells like apricot, lemon zest and some pine resins.

T - Taste is a lot of citrus, some more sweet juicy fruits, and some twangyness. Also picking up a faint toasty sweetness.

M- mouthfeel is good, a bit creamy.

O-Overall a nice, sessionable pale ale from Deschutes. (382 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a brilliant, clear golden amber with a bubbly, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuits, crackers, herbs, grass, plums, apricot, nectarine, white peach and mild citrus are present on the nose.

T: Notes of biscuits, crackers, caramel, minerals, toffee, nougat, sweet cream, plums, apricots, honey, white peach, nectarine, lemon zest, lime, orange, grass, and herbs wash across the palate. The finish is balanced with biscuit and cracker notes underscored by flavors of honey, apricot, nectarine, and lemon zest.

M: On the lighter side of medium, milky, smooth, and silky. Carbonation is delicately prickly.

O: An amazing APA, this is most likely one of the best examples of the style I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. This ale displays a gorgeous texture and flavor profile. The fact that I could drink this all day reminds me of why this beer is considered a classic. For fans of the style, I cannot recommend it highly enough. (968 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Track Town Pizza

A- Poured a reddish-amber color, pretty hazy, small frothy head that left no lace

S- Bog aroma of sweet grapefruit, pineapple, tropical notes, and big sweet caramel maltiness. Big fruity and sweet aroma

T- Lots of caramel sweetness, sweet grapefruit, tropical notes, breadiness, and leaves some nice lingering bitterness

M- Smooth, medium body, finishes dry, very drinkable

O- This is what you want a pale ale to be, very balanced malt and hop character. Lots of flavorful malt and fruity hops. I could see myself getting some six packs of this. (604 characters)

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.