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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,277 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2277
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%


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:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:06:06 | More by vette2006c5r
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this one. Reviewing out of the bottle but it was better on tap.
A- dark bronze color, kind of murky. Creamy white head
S- rather light, pleasant, but not overwhelming. Malty with light fruit notes and light hoppiness.
T- malt forward with a little hop bitterness to balance things. Very well balanced and great drinkability. Good APA and very true to the style.
M- A creamy layer coats the mouth. This is really smooth. So easy to drink. Carbonation is medium and nice.
O- Another solid offering from Deschutes. I'm bout to have my 3rd bottle of the night. Definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:42:36 | More by Cory_Brown
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barczar

Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Fresh cut grass, resin, grapefruit, tangerine, and light bready malt form the aroma. Pine and herbal hops dominate, but citrus sharpness accents well.

Flavor reveals more muted citrus underpinnings, with sweet, toasted bread at the backbone, carrying into a slightly bitter, modestly resinous finish. Grapefruit, orange, and fruit cocktail add complexity. Hops and malt are both well represented, but hops take the win. The flavor does seem a little flat.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Very well balanced pale ale, with good flavoring and bittering variety. The hop flavor lacks a bit in comparison to the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:04:08 | More by barczar
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BierJager89

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- - Dark copper with a slightly tan head.

S: Pineapple and a bit of citrus in the nose.

T: Strong malt taste up front followed by a nice lingering sweet citrus and pineapple. Much more fruit forward after the first sip.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O: A delicious pale ale. One of the best out there, with a nice orangey/slightly tropical taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:03:56 | More by BierJager89
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 16:46:59 | More by mrfrancis
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. Nice clear, bright, orange-amber color with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Good retention. Nice lacing. The nose is hop-forward with citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit, along with fresh linen (?!).

Light-medium body with a nice, round flavor. Very clean-tasting. Almost lager-like. Pleasant, buiscuity maltness up front balanced with a fruity, hoppy character. Not bitter at all (I expected more hoppiness). I get flavors of toast, honey, tea, and lemon. Really refreshing and easy to drink. Light flavor doesn't linger too long.

If this beer came out today (instead of years ago), I wonder just how well it would be accepted. I definitely like it, but I think the crowds who gravitate towards, big, bruising, citrusy beers would shun this one and consider it a bit dated. I would recommend this one to those new to craft beers. If you've been drinking craft for a while and are just getting around to this one, you may be a little disappointed. It's a good beer, but there are many Pale Ales out there today that surpass this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but I'd grab it if you happen to come across it and haven't tried it yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:09:15 | More by deadonhisfeet
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is Deschutes number three for me. All three have been quality brews although none of them were extraordinary, just well made.

This one looks like a pale should - slightly dark, clear. It has little head or lace. The aroma is faint but OK. The taste is crisp and clean. Nice and dry - not a hint of yeast or malt - all light hops taste. The finish is clean as well.

Overall, this is a very competent, well made pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:12:08 | More by schoolboy
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patpbr

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper and amber colored pour with a small head.
S - Balance of malt and hop on the nose.
T - Citrus, grapefruit and fruit, some pine and carmel malt.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a clean finish.
O - Pretty good pale ale its worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:43:11 | More by patpbr
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BB1313

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Best by 4/18/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange with nice clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty faint. Lots of bread, malts, and grains. Lots of caramel. Not much of a fruity hop presence. The flavors aren't exactly exciting, but they're clean and refreshing. Tons of caramel. Very bready. Lots of grainy and earthy characteristics going on. The hop flavor and hop bitterness feels non-existent. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's obviously and easy drinking beer.

This isn't really an exciting pale ale. It personally reminds me more of an Irish red ale. This is ultimately boring and forgettable. This is my first experience with Deschutes so I guess this isn't the best first impression, but it's all good because there are more goodies from them for me to try out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:02:10 | More by BB1313
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BenHesk12

California

3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a typical coppery amber that you have a little trouble seeing through. Little to no head without noticeable effervescence. There is no strongly detectable aroma. Taste is lightly bitter all the way through with a light malt and hop character. The beer has a great mouthfeel that will outperform other mediocre pale ales on tap at the local bar, but overall is a forgettable beer. The nice thing is that they sell this bar on tap many many places in the west coast and when presented with your typical sportsbar lineup, ie bud light, blue moon, sierra nevada, I will usually be happy with a Mirror Pond.

Best by date on bottle was only 2-3 months away so I will consider re-reviewing at a later date with a fresher sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:54:33 | More by BenHesk12
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:30:15 | More by a0lbudman
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is my favorite pale ale. Every other ale pales in comparison. Ha! This beer has a wonderfully balanced flavor and mouthfeel, and the low ABV allows one to drown the stomach in a short period of time if one is not careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:18:11 | More by Johnny_Muir
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kwc017

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Green Flash Imperial Pint glass. Lovely light copper color. Nice inch head or so. Smell is floral, fresh, piney hops. Pine really stands out to me. Taste is refreshing and mildly hoppy. Wonderful American Pale Ale. Had the pleasure to go to the brewery in Bend and it's even better there. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:01:36 | More by kwc017
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Redneckwine

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.

Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy

Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:57:04 | More by Redneckwine
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HighGravityMan

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger creamy white head, godly lacing covers the glass as the brew rapidly diminishes in volume.

S - Smells good. Some hop, some malt

T - Wow. The balance. I mean, it's perfect. There is distinct hop, malt, nuttiness with nothing too out front. It's not an ass-kicker like Stone brews but somehow the toned down simplicity of it is beautiful. Every sip is a pleasant experience. Not overly dry, not overly sweet.

M - Feels right for the flavor. I'm not the best at determining this aspect but it seems balanced like the rest of the beer. Not thick, not thin. Both slick and sticky. Carbonation is on point.

Glad I randomly bought this in a mix and match six pack at my local store. This is my new favorite chill out beer. When I don't want to assault my tastebuds I will sip on this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:52:49 | More by HighGravityMan
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange amber hue with considerable off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is classic APA, citrus, gooseberries/black currants, tangy caramel malts and a little toasted grain. Palate follows the nose, with some brown bread, gummy candy sweetness and toasted grain propping up orange marmalade, green grass, mint, and chamomile floral notes along with a little pine resin. A bit chewy but skewed towards crisp and dry. Finish is like a high-quality semisweet citrus soda, clean, crisp and smooth. A little pine and fresh earth accumulate on the palate along with another bitter flavor that I am having some trouble placing ... Its a bit seltzer-like or chalky/medicinal in character. Well-balanced between tangy rich malts and classic American west coast aroma hops. Very true to style, not tropical and dank like many American IPAs but certainly has citrus twang and ample 4-MMP character (the chemical compound that gives American hops a "black currant" character). Find this brew as fresh as possible to get more of the bright top note flavors. Great session beer and something I will bring to a gathering of the beer proletariat to introduce them to the world beyond shitty macro-lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:38:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
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JohnnyJam

Arizona

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the freshness date 2/18/14 clearly printed on the label into a pint glass and I get 2 finger of white head.

A: Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of head that dissipate at a moderately slow rate. There is more than just a covering on the top of my glass that last to the end. A fair amount of lacing covers most of my glass.

S: I smell pine, lemon grass, and some malts.

T: Citrus, pine resin and a hop bitterness is balanced with slightly sweet malts.

M: More than medium bodied and medium carbonated. This goes down good.

O: I think this is a very nice pale ale. I like it and would have it more often if the code dates were fresher. Sometimes I find this beer on the shelf past the freshness date. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I can enjoy without affecting me too much because of a high alcohol content. I recommend it and I am going to have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:39:31 | More by JohnnyJam
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Powerturn11

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer but lacking overall flavor. Bright orange color looks inviting and the aroma is very hoppy, but the overall flavor falls short. I was hoping for a little more maltiness out of a pale ale. I think it most certainly fits the style of a pale ale just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:06:37 | More by Powerturn11
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FlyingBull

California

4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack of this beer at the Riteaid on sale. Great deal - went back for more and they were out.

This was poured from a 12oz brown bottle marked with a best by freshness date on it. The beer poured a clear gold/dk gold color and a 1/2 bubbly white head and good lacing. The aroma was unmistakable cascade hops right up front, followed by a fruity and citrus smell. There was also a nice PA nutty grain aroma with a mild sweet malt.

Oh did this taste delicious. It was very smooth, with a medium body. There was nice crisp malt, a bready flavor, followed by mild fruit, some faint esters, and a nice balanced hop bitterness. There was a touch of citrus and pine, with a nice semi-dry finish.

I think this was a wonderful example of a west coast style pale ale. Some would even mistake it as an IPA I think. I thought it was one of the best APAs I've had in a long time. The last time I had it was on tap at Triple Crown in SD on Adams Street. I don't remember it being this good. :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:43:00 | More by FlyingBull
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date 12/19/2013

Into a pint glass:

A: golden orange colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head, ringy foamy lacing graces the sides of the glass, spider webs a bit

S: floral yet bready, some caramel comes through

T: pretty the same as the smell, bready yet somewhat floral aftertaste, no finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is pretty smooth for the style and is pretty good to me

O: a nice flavorful and satisfying APA that has a good drinkability worthy to consume with its respected food, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:17:01 | More by BeerKangaroo
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 11/07/2013 printed on the label. Deschutes makes some tasty beers so I'm looking forward to this one.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a bright honeyed orange colored body with about a finger of cream colored head. Lots of fine light sediment twirling in the glass and nice streaks of lacing.

S - Smell isn't very powerful but it is aromatic. Flowers, fresh lemongrass, strawberries, bready caramel malt, some dish soapiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready caramel malt, lemongrass, and the usual Deschutes tropical fruits & florals.

M - Feel is sticky, fruity, & mildly bitter. A clean finish.

Overall, a nice flavorful pale ale, one that fits in well with the rest of Deschutes' beers. Easy drinking and sessionable at 5.00% abv. A slighty above average offering, if anything.

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:11:08 | More by mfnmbvp
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TheMarkE

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange bronze shade with good head and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Malt and citrus.

Taste: Earthy hops, pine, citrus, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Very good. Everything a pale ale should be, with a good balance between malts and hops, sweet and bitter. Maybe not quite as good as Sierra Nevada or SweetWater, but it's not very far behind at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:03:00 | More by TheMarkE
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brewbattles

California

2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:12:20 | More by brewbattles
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Epoch91

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The look is a nice clear dark amber/bronze color. A nice bubbly/off-white head.

Nothing off-putting about the smell whatsoever. Earthy/ Citrus notes.

Tasted slightly bitter. Citrus. Bready almost. Nothing overwhelming.

The mouthfeel was perfect for me. Smooth and drinkable throughout. Very refreshing.

Overall one of the best craft beers I've had the pleasure of drinking in my young beer career lol .

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:59:49 | More by Epoch91
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle with a fresh-by date which is getting close to the present date. Didn't matter though - it was enjoyed. Not an overwhelming smell - little hoppy and malt smell. The taste was of course full of the cascade hops, but a pleasant carbonation along with a mild fruity background. I did find a bit of an odd after-taste. However I countered that by not waiting long between tastes. A very nice pale ale which is nice in the summer as refreshing with enough hop flavor - Deschutes is a reliable brewery in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 21:48:18 | More by BradMacMullin
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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