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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

3,094 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,094
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 360 | 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 vdread
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a color between copper and orange, with a clingy head that leaves thick spots of lace on the glass.

smells of citrus and sweet caramel malt.

malt forward, but balanced, malts have a bready, doughy taste, slightly caramel, balanced by the floral and citrus hop notes. bitterness is low to medium for the style.

m good, creamy, very highly carbonated.

+ a great sessionable beer, and a well made APA. my only problem is with the aggressive carbonation.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice golden honey color with excellent clarity. Pure white head makes an appearance, but apparently has another party to go to. Extremely fine and mild carbonation; almost looks flat from a distance. Very little lacing.

Smell: Massive blast of piney, citrusy hops. Not much else, but that's fine with me.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not surprising, spicy hops hit the palette hard. And that's about that, folks. No real malt balance to speak of, and an astingent bitterness to finish. The mouthfeel is very thin and light, but the carbonation keeps it smooth.

Drinkability: Nice hoppiness and super light body make this a session star; you can drink them like water.

It's simple, poorly balanced and quite thin, but the excellent hop flavor and mild carbonation redeem it nicely. Works for me.

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear orange/amber body. two fingers of sticky foam rise and settle a little too quickly.

s: citrus and bread with some caramel in the background.

t: nice citrusy punch with caramel sweetness and bready malt body.

m: kinda thin, well carbonated. subtle dryness to it.

o: no red chair but pretty tasty. worth trying.

Photo of fitius5150
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to morimech.

Pours a clear burnt orange with golden hues. A one finger high head bubbles up, eventually dissolving into a light film, leaving a few streaks and rings of lacing.

Some crispy malt, a bit of caramel, and toasted breadiness in the nose.

Elements of grain and some citrus hops swirl on the palate. Mid level malt backbone is very apparent with some light caramel and some breadiness. Ends crisp with some juicier hops and some citric sweetness.

Medium body, a little dry and chewy. Goes down easy but not exactly something you go crazy over. Definitely a decent session beer but there's better APA's out there.

Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 6-pk purchased at the local grocery store for $6.49.

Poured an orangy gold/amber color, with a moderate white head.

Smell is of floral hops and sweet maltiness.

Taste is mildly hoppy, with a little bit of sweet maltiness in the background. I thought this tasted good without being anything special.

This is a nice pale ale that wasn't terribly special, but certainly not offensive. Certainly it's eminently drinkable, and not bad if you can get it on sale. Otherwise, don't strain anything to get a hold of it.

Photo of SirRuss
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright copper with a light haze and white head. Retention is ok, and so too is the lacing.

S - delicate blossom and floral scents with a subtle sugary background remind me of the barely present aromas of a rose-petal panna cotta. Gentle citrus notes also float within the airy aroma, and although the overall impression is pleasant, its lack of presence sheds credit points.

T - The palate expresses similar characteristics portrayed on the nose, but with slightly more impact. The balance is perhaps the best aspect of the overall profile, with relatively bold hop bitterness being well supported by an appropriate level of bready maltiness. However, despite this increased intensity, the brew is again somewhat lacking; this time in complexity.

M - Solid, but far from mind-blowing. It does exactly what it should - nothing more, nothing less.

D&O - The intensity and weight of this brew offers the opportunity to sink them one after another without a second thought, and it is within this characteristic that its dichotomy exists. There's not really enough in the glass to stimulate prolonged interest or that second thought, yet it is interesting enough to not bore you to death. Consequently, MP is best summed up as worthy of attention - just not the center of it. A solid session brew only.

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Orange. Subtle hop aroma of grapefruits, tang and oranges. Very approachable, juicy, fruity and well balanced hop profile in the mouth with notes of grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruits. The meek malt presence serves its purpose and balances well. Very creamy and quite good.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky amber orange color with a yellow tinted head. Tight bubbles and good retention.

S - Yeasty baked bread, caramel/toffee, some acidic fruit.

T - Bisctuity, lemon/orange citrus, sweet pale malt, tart fruit, hops resin creeps in close to the finish and sits on the back of the palate all the way through to the aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium at first but grows fuller towards the swallow.

A good overall APA. Excellent finish with good flavors. Hops provided flavor but didn't kick up bitterness until the last second.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from a BIF. I was happy to open a beer from my past. Deschutes was one of the earliest brands I drank even before I turned 21 while living in Oregon.

I poured this beer in a fat tulip glass. I got about two fingers of foam with some pretty decent lacing. Off the top I get a little bit of citrus in the nose. The bouquet on this beer is very understated... just a simple presence.

The body had a decent amount of english malt and hopping. This reminds me more of an english pale. This is an easy drinker. It is a pretty good offering.

Photo of hughesm4
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the Portland brewpub
a-Poured a very light color gold color with a light ring of head around the edge of the glass.
s-Smell is a little bland with a slight piney smell (this could be due to the fact that I am drinking this after an IPA).
t-A stronger hop taste than I was expecting up front with a very slight hint of malt.
m/d-Very light in the mouth, but it has a little bit of balls for a pale ale. There are a number of pales that I would drink before this, but it would make for a nice drink on a warm day.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked up the 22 oz. bottle for three bucks at my local beer store...nice price.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber color with a nice white foamy head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Citrus hops and pine notes with some sweet malts behind it for balance. Nice.

Taste: Very hoppy up front with that citrus-pine flavor of Cascade hops. Balanced well with sweet roasted malts underneath. Smooth finish with little bitterness and a bit of lingering sweetness.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and very easy to session due to the lower ABV. A great balance of hops and malts, this is a solid entry in the very crowded America Pale Ale category. I will definitely drink this one again due to the low cost and great flavors.

Photo of californiakulak
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this beer into my Anchor Steam pint glass. I was searching for a good pale ale for my kegerator and this was one of the possibilities.

A. This beer is a light copper like color. It had a ever so slightly off white head, about an inch, that vanished rather quickly. Good lacing.

S. Good nose. Floral hoppiness. Some malt undertones as well.

T. Good, but a slight let down. THe taste was a little weaker than the aroma. But it was a good hoppy taste. Some sweetness form the malt. Pleasant enough I suppose.

M. Kind of thin. It was, however, crisp and refreshing.

D. This is a pretty good session beer. Kind of boring but easy to drink.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foamy richness, with a roughly ½ finger flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with some bright smelling citrus character sitting underneath. Sweet bready grains add a touch of thickness underneath. The more I sniff at this, the more of a fresh and flowery (even herbal) character emerges from this. It’s nice.

The taste is fresh citrus flavor with a moderately (and slightly spicy) bitter bite. That is well balanced by a backbone of sweet bready graininess. While flavorful, the overall profile has a certain amount of thickness to it that taking away from this a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm, mouth-filling, creaminess to the carbonation. This definitely still has some smoothness to it in spots though, which helps this go down.

You know, I really liked the character of this for a Pale Ale, having a well balanced and accessible hop profile but the overall thickness of it (which seemed totally unrelated to the body) did hold the drinkability of this back some. I’m guessing that it’s the English-style yeast strain that Deschutes uses, which has never really been a problem for me until this beer. I think that a 16 oz pint of this was just a little too much for me of this beer during this sitting.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Best by 10/24/14.
A: Pours a clear orange-yellow hue with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 off white head that fairly quickly settles down to a thin skim. Nice for style. (4.25)
S: Light caramel malt and a faint hint of hops. (3.5)
T: Light caramel malt, honey, spicy grain, and a faint hint of hops. (3.75)
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Mildly sweet. (3.5)
D: A decent brew...perhaps better when younger (I drank this about a week past the best by date). (3.5)

Photo of JasonEdelson
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beerceller99
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a amber hued liquid with a decent head that quickly fades to a sheen. Has a very slight sweet caramel smell with a whiff of hops. Has a medium body, with a taste of caramel sweetness followed by smidgin of floral hop bitterness to finish. A very easy drinking, smooth beer - maybe too smooth.

Photo of efsulliv
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Portland

Dark amber with white film.
Dark toast, orange rind, and pine on the nose.
Caramel and peach sweetness with lots of candy, then resin and tangelo hops end.
Mango finish and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Candy sweet - very entry level. No IBU bite, and cloys a bit. Slight sandpaper bitterness as it warms, but just not what I’m looking for in an APA.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Toddv29424
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant Amer. Pale Ale. Smell is faint, but has hints of bubble gum and light citrus. Taste is unexpected, with a very strong grapefruit-like note coming all the way through. Body is substantial until about two-thirds of the way through it, then it effervesces into very little. Finish is sweet, with a light malt left on the tongue for a few seconds. This leaves a pleasant mouth feel which warrants another sip!

Photo of BMMillsy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at a Tacoma Raineirs game. Deep copper pour with a creamy head. Citrus and malt aroma. Flavor follows with citrus hops and a strong malt backbone. A nice bit of grapefruit or mango here to go along with the caramelly malts. Finish is not as clean as I had hoped. Not bad and easy drinking brew that went well with baseball.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mirror Pond Pale Ale pours a hazy dark copper color with a small lacing head. There is a nice mellow floral aroma. The taste has a noticeable hoppy flavor; mild, but finishes with a rich biscuit flavor. Good feel, good flavors, and very drinkable. Overall its a nice pale ale, strong biscuit flavors make sit rather unique.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with tons of suspended sediment and active carbonation in the body. One-finger, fluffy, sticky, off-white head retains well and drags tons of web-like lacing.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, caramel, and lemony citrus. Sadly, I'm not getting much else.

Taste: Sturdy malt body with associated lemony hops, pine, astringent alcohol, and a good amount of bitterness. Nice balance for a pale ale, but not my favorite flavor.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, well-carbonated (a bit on the high side), medium-light in body, and pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but a very good example of the style. Well balanced and flavored, but just doesn't quite fit my tastes.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,094 ratings.