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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

3,162 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,162
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 137
Gots: 414 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 3,162 | Reviews: 889
Photo of katybee
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me immediately as a high-quality, slightly more flavorful, but average lager...rather like a drily hoppy Budweiser. It didn't have some of the more distinguishable pungence of other hoppy microbrews-- the citrus punch of some or the highly herbal nosiness of others (like Hazed and Infused which has a huge nose!) However it was definitely drinkable for this very same reason, and easily combined with any meal. (Sometimes I find the odd flavors and textures can obscure foods' tastes, and to me this is annoying.) But this is a very good beer.

appearance: amber gold, deep good color,
with full but quickly dissipating foam head.

smell: lightly herbal, a dry floral lavender hoppiness, not overpowering, and not overly bitterly pungent "hoppy"; simply crisp.

Taste was clean and thinner like a lager, no cloudiness, crisp carbonation, but with dryness and light floral lavendar touch of cascade hops. None of the citrus or bitterness of centennial hops. But a slight light dry medicinal or perhaps malty aftertaste to distinguish this as a designer beer and not your average Bud!

Very drinkable, yet not highly distinguishable...might get lost in the masses of microbrews out there. Good sessions beer and good with food.

Photo of GAMB1T
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the ol' standby's. Pours a rich amber color, another dark pale oxymoron. Very clear and professional looking. Good aroma.

Taste, lately, has been a little maltier, woodier feel. Good hopping for a pale ale. The standard stuff, none of the new high alpha hops, this feels of Cascade and Chinook maybe. Never really found out what they use. But you know that classic C variety of hop feel v. the simcoes and amarillos of the world. This is old style pale ale from the West Coast.

Mouthfeel, because of the dissipation of the hop quality as you drink, I am a little disappointed. Drinkability is much better, its one of the best price/quality ratio's out there. Routinely find this for $6.99.

EDIT: This beer continues to go downhill, Deschutes either expanded too far or something, because we just don't get the same fresh awesome mirror pond as it used to be.

Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy orange-red with a white head that falls fast. Looks good but it does not smell like much. In fact, the piney boquet is light that it takes some doing to detect. But things pick up when it comes to the third sense - taste, which is well balanced, allowing the nutty malt flavors to come out without being sweet. The touch is also nice; it feels good in the mouth. It is slightly parching but only enough to make you want to drink another.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This is a hazy amber colored beer with no head. I'm guessing its going to be more on the hoppy side of things. At least thats what it looks like from here.

S- Sweet hop smell is all I could smell. Nothing more, and that was after putting my nose almost in the beer and drinking it with my nose.

T- This is a different tasting pale ale. Its nice and clean. There is a great fruityness mixed in with the hop taste. Its almost like a cherry taste that is there, its very unique. The taste is definitely making up for the lack of smell.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thick or thin.

D- Easy to drink. I like it, might become a session beer.

Photo of boomer31
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich gold with a thin white head

S - A muted citrus hop presence with a touch of malt. Not much in the nose

T - The fruity hops are again subdued but a light bitterness is a nice surprise in the after taste. The malt comes close to overwhelming the hops but a nice balance is achieved.

M - Low carbonation and think mouthfeel.

D - A definite session ale though there may be some better options available.

Photo of mfavoino
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep orange color with one finger of head and a little lacing.

Smell: Citrus aroma and a background of pine/earthy notes as well. Not a strong scent.

Taste: Well-balanced mixture of piney hop flavor and bready, caramel malt sweetness. Finishes with very mild hop bitterness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and appropriately carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall: A good go-to pale ale with a mild hop profile. Nothing stands out, but an enjoyable drinking experience nonetheless.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Not quite clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy head that falls quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Grassy hops, mild citrus fruitiness, crystal malt. Not much going on, but pleasant nonetheless.

4.0 T: It tastes a hell of a lot better than it looks or smells, but still isn't that impressive. A bit grainy, caramel, mild bitterness, grassy hops, mild lemony citrus.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation, but could be creamier and smoother.

3.5 D: All around average or worse.

Photo of jcalabre
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 21 August 2002. Had this at Deschutes' brewpub while in Bend, OR. It's hoppy w/ a nice nose. The pour is a cloudy amber color. It finishes fairly well balanced. This is a pretty good American Pale Ale. I would definitely have this one again.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited 01.13.13 because Deschutes is now available in Chicagoland... So I'm editing my review hoping that THIS bottle is fresh and it will make a differemce in my opinion of this beer!

Bottle into tulip pint.
Vigorous pour yields two full fingers of head. Orangey copper hued body.
Smells and tastes lightly sweet, bright citrusy and floral hops, and a mild yet noticeable bitterness. Dry crisp finish has progressively more bitterness with each sip as we warm up.

The body is spot on for a pale ale-- firm carbonation, not watery, yet not full, and easy drinking.

Overall-- I gave this beer a 3.3 when I had in December of 2010... It is more enjoyable now. A 3.7 sounds about right. Not the best pale ale, but better than average.

---Original review from 12.05.2010---
Poured bomber into pint glass.

A coppery orange with off-white head. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Smells sweet... Floral hops. Tastes sweet, surprisingly malty. Big sweet finish. Not a lot of bitterness. Big floral and grassy hops.

Oily, cloying, and medium bodied. Feels undercarbonated.

Wow is this sweet. I'm very disappointed in this beer. I love Deschutes... I'm just going to endthis review and return to watching Star Wars with my 3 year old...

Photo of kevanb
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Galway Arms in Chicago in a shaker pint.

Pours a nice copper color, slight chill haze, hues of orange and brown, medium amber with a 1 finger white head that has moderate retention and leaves behind wonderful rings of soapy lace throughout the session. Aroma is of rich and smooth caramel malt, fairly sweet, light piney hops with a faint bit of citrus comes out as well, nothing special here. The flavors are similar, lots of sweet caramel malt, light hops, citrus, a bit of earthy pine and grassy flavors come out as well. The body is fairly thin, a bit watery, finishes light dry but definitely lacking any punch.

Verdict: At best, this is a decent pale ale. It's fairly refreshing at times, but compared to many other pale ales out there, this just doesn't stack up.

Photo of ZAP
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavily hopped...noticable on the nose and the buds...good fruity hop notes...citrucy...bittering units are much higher on this one than their other pale ale I would assume. Nice frothy creamy head that settles nicely...cloudy gold in color....tastes like it was dry-hopped....a spicy, fruity ale without enough malt backbone..decent and more adventurous and flavorfull than their other pale ale (Cascade Ale), but not as balanced. I prefer the other one (Cascade Ale) even though it lacks this flavor because I see this as a little unbalanced...

Photo of sonata2008
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger width of creamy, ivory-colored foam. Orange copper color. Clear with good carbonation. A bit of lacing.

S: Hops, clean pine, orange citrus.

T: Sequence of flavors. Caramel malt, orange sweetness, bitter tang finish. Not particularly hoppy.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: A great lawn mowing beer. Actually great for any time you want a very refreshing beer.

Photo of Mrchato
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Bright, burnt dark orange and amber. Off-white head. Decent lacing.

Minimal aroma and not overly hoppy. Some grapefruit hop aroma, but not a particularly aromatic beer.

Bready, caramel malts with some piny and grapefruit notes. Very simple.

Medium to thick in the mouth. Easy to drink.

A very balanced, simple American pale ale. A great beer to enjoy with food.

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

pours a faint clear copper with nearly 2 inches of big creamy frothy head. nice light retention and some lacing.

faint citrus hops, mostly sweet. caramel and sweet malt.

similar to the nose only more caramel and sweet malt with an underlying citrus hoppy backing.

nice slightly chewy body with a mild carbonation.

pretty solid pale, although subtle, drinks easy.

Photo of Tok
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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