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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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very good

925 Reviews

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Reviews: 925
Hads: 3,424
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 157
Gots: 596 | 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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Reviews: 925 | Hads: 3,424
Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having had this on-tap, I bought a 6-pack of the bottles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance-- pours a darker amber than would be expected from a pale ale-- and much like the on-tap version. Huge fluffy foamy luscious head that stayed for a while and then heavily pooled and laced nicely.

Smell-- nice hoppy bouquet with a sense of the bitters as well. Very sniffable.

Taste-- lovely blend of floral hops and bitters with some slightly earthy malt. Right up there in my opinion.

Mouthfeel-- if you like a nice hops-bitters feel that is pleasant but not gut-wrenching, this is one beer to grab-- in bottle or on tap.

Drinkability-- any time you want some good flavor and a hops-bitters balanced taste. I wish I'd had more when it was on-tap. I wish I'd bought more than just a 6-pack!

Oddly, I'm rating this bottled version higher than the on-tap! I think it's because the on-tap head had faded before it was served, and the mouthfeel was just a bit flat as well-- probably due to the location's stock or equipment (Matt's, Redmond WA).

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Photo of stawn
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper apple with two fingers of off white head.

S - Smells wonderful! Very hoppy & fruity!

T - Cascade hops smack you in the pallet and linger all the way through as the fruity/floral tastes blend and end with a golden sweetness.

M - Not too bitter, but definitely some good hops here. Lacing layers the glass nicely as my tasty libation sinks lower and lower.

D - Easy to drink with a good amount of hops here.

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Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark golden color. It has a white head that leaves a pretty good amount of lacing. It has a nice hoppy, floral, aroma. Slightly citrusy. Taste is of malt and a small amount of citrus. Mild hop bitterness on back of tongue. Good mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation. My friend sent me a few of these from out west. I wish this was sold around here in MI. This would definately be in my fridge on a regular basis. I guess I don't need to recommend it to anybody on the west coast. I'm sure your probably drinking one right now. Try it if you've never had.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Minneapolis. 22oz for $2.99.

A: very good, light brown-red color
S: now this is a good pale ale nose and true-to-type of an English pale ale, nice balance of malt and hops, not over the top with hops like most APAs
T: I had this on tap at Falling Rock in Denver and was very impressed and honestly didn't expect it to be as good as it is in bottle, great balance between malt and hops, not overly hoppy like most APAs but allows the malt to come through, well done
M: very nice
D: excellent drinkability, reminded me a lot of Copper Dragon from Skipton

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Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right up with Sierra Nevada as the classic American Pale. Mirror Pond has a bit more malt and yeast character. Biscuit and caramel are firm against the floral and citrus cascades. Bitterness is even and drying and keeps the drinkability high along with the well-calibrated carbonation. An anytime beer that's great alone or paired with just about any type of food.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from the bottle. It is golden orange in color and has a creamy off white head which dissapates to a sticky lace. The nose is citusy hops with hidden malt notes. The taste is refreshing hop forward and has a nice bitter bite on the finish. Good mouthfeel for the style, and again if more widely available would drink it as a session beer more often.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white that dissipates to a nice white skim of foam floating on top.

S - The aroma is rather faint. Citrus hops with a moderate bready caramel. I get just a touch of honey also. The aroma would be fantastic if it were just a little bolder.

T - Juicy citrus hops & orange slices with a bready caramel sweetness. It has some bitterness to nicely balance the sweet caramel. This one is delicious. Each sip leaves me craving another. Nice orange aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M - Light to medium and very creamy with a light carbonation. The mouthfeel really helps accentuate the taste.

D - I could drink this one all night. Great example of an APA without making me feel like I am drinking a mini IPA like so many other pales resemble.

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Photo of confer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a brown/gold with a just off white head.

S- There is a light pine aroma that is refreshing.

T- Hops are at a very level in this beer. There is a malty start to the taste and then the hops come into the flavor.

M- Nice amount of carbonation.

D- This pale ale goes down very easy and also has a great aftertaste. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with a head and lacing that creates a picturesque brew.

S: Cascade hops and herbs.

T: Fruity esthers are preceded by a sweet bready grain flavor. Slightly dry, but the citrus flavors make this a down right refreshing Pale Ale.

M: Dry and sugary aftertase. Goes down smooth and easy though.

D: Easy to drink, but solid and interesting enough to go back for more.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the yard house in san diego

A - Deep golden amber with thin head with nice sheets of lacing left behind.

S - Nice citrus tropical notes with some floral piney hops. Nice bold notes.

T - Has some nice tropical noted with some grapefruit flavors. There is some nice malts to add body in the middle and some nice floral aromatic hops. Had nice bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, well balanced with a nice bitterness and resin feeling left behind.

D - Thought this was a good beer, nothing over powering but was a good beer that I will search out again. Another good one from Deschutes,

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Photo of MisterClean
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Pours golden, with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow, leaving beautiful lacing. Role model.

S/T - Toffee, flower, and some bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop-dominated, really good though.

D - Great pale ale. The smell and taste could be a little better to leave me in complete awe.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful citrusy pine aroma coming off this one. It smells just right, not too subtle, not too potent.

Clear orange in color with a very light tan head. Lacing is generous and sticks in clumps to the side of the glass, and the head never really goes away completely. Some visible carbonation bubbles are probably the reason for the persistance of this head.

Very interesting in the taste and mouthfeel. This drinks like an IPA. In a blind taste, I would even guess its an IPA. Right up front there is a punch of bitterness followed by a wonderful caramel covered pine flavor and finishes with freshly squeezed orange juice. Smooth to drink, with low carbonation and a light body. Just wonderful overall.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this beer is great example of American Pale Ale in my opinion also thanks for finally distributing to Minnesota!
nice clear amber color, retains head and has nice lacing
floral hops and breadness nice aroma not overpowering but pleasant
flavor good malt and hops not complex but still good
carbonation is there but not overpowering or watered down
great drinkability enjoy

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear rusty orange color. A solid fingers worth of white head which fades to a thin film leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S - nose is soft and nuanced. plentiful citrus hop character comes through as well as leafy and slightly herbaceous notes. Cake batter sweetness with possibly a touch of vanilla. Quite intriguing.

T - surprisingly dry on the palate with maybe just a hint of sweetness. fresh doughy bread upfront with hints of crispy crust. Center is round and full of citric bitterness and notes of lemon pith. Finish is quick and crisp.

M - medium nearing full body. Creamy texture helped by the high quantity of frothy carbonation.

O - an excellent pale ale. I am every happy I was finally able to try this ale and see what a fantastic example of the style it truly is.

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Photo of mattster
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 oz bottle with BB date of 03/04/08.

Developed 1" head, subsided rather quickly. Lacy haze across top of glass. Color is nice Amber brew with haze.

Smell is just what I like in a Pale Ale: Nice a nice hoppy smell, with citrus tones. A little pineapple, a little bit of Oregon Forest.

Taste is even better than the smell. A citrus fruit, but not overly fruity with good hoppy bitterness, but not crazy bitter. Good finish with light aftertaste.

This beer was my first introduction to Deschutes over a year ago; I had it on tap then, but it has always tasted as it did that day. I'm a great Deschutes fan, and this one is classic.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served up on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena.

Appearance was a translucent light burnt orange-blonde, with just the slightest bit of red wanting to come through. Thin white one finger head capped the top and remained for a little bit. Swirling was able to regenerate a temporary replacement. Very nice lacing was left towards the top, but not so much down the last 3/4 of the glass.

Initial aroma was of strong citrusy hops, which, interestingly went away very much as I started working through the pint. Towards the very end as it warmed up caramel creeped through.

The taste was a nice blend of biscuity malt and citrus hops. Not too complex, at least not on my palate. Bitterness wasn't overpowering, maybe middle of the road for a pale ale, and hop flavor was also medium as well. Carbonation was moderately high and added a zing to the tongue.

The drinkability of this is quite good. It's a pretty good pale ale, so you will be satisfied, although you may get bored of this one later on, and want something a little more interesting.

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Photo of wesclaypool
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Dark amber color a bit on the murky side with a thin layer of head that faded pretty quickly.

s - Faint smell of hops and citrus, but not super bold.

t - Very balanced flavor of hops and malt. Smooth with not much bitterness.

m - Medium body with a bit of carbonation feel.

d - Very easy to drink. All around very balanced and pleasant.

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Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a deep semi-opaque amber. Nice white head falls rapidly.

S: Citrus and pine. Fruity and malty.

T/F: Citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. Fruity and piney... medium mouthfeel and both smooth and drinkable.

O: A damned fine IPA, and Deschutes again does the Pacific Northwest proud. Very sessionable, and a classic IPA.

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Photo of garuda
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of jmccullough108
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of Mendelbaum
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Look: Nice amber color, has a lot of particulates floating in it. Thick finger of off white head that left nice lacing on my glass.
Smell: Toasted Grains with some nice earthy dank hop aroma.
Taste: Follows the nose, nice dry bitter finish, has an oily lasting aftertaste that I actually really like.
Feel: Solid medium mouthfeel, good level of carbonation.
Overall: Nice APA, one I buy whenever I find it in my area.

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Photo of cleolicious
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Leeshka410
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.