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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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cavemanlawyer

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Horse Brass from the cask tap.

Big thick off-white head. Aroma of malt mostly, with just a hint of hops.

Opaque amber hues in color. Lower carbonation than usual due to the cask-style service.

Really enjoyed trying this on cask, although I prefer the Bitter. This had an almost buttery smooth mouthfeel, extremely light and silky.

Drinkability is very high, partly due to the lower alcohol (5%) and also to the mellowness added by the cask-style service.

Nothing really stood out and made me say"wow" but it was a very pleasant experience.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2011 20:09:43 | More by cavemanlawyer
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djbreezy

Washington

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

Had on cask at the Portland pub. Reviewed from tasting notes.

appearance - pours amber with a smooth head, good lacing

smell - citrus, pine hops, malts

taste - hops, bready malts, the dry hopping done for this pub only cask version really showcases the ingredients on the mouth

mouthfeel - exceptionally smooth, light bodied, creamy, few will get this same mouthfeel out of the bottle, but if you are able to try on cask...this is exceptional

drinkability - the cask pour really puts the beer on a level playing field and lets it shine. amazing pale for something so readily accessible.

Serving type: cask

05-06-2010 03:07:55 | More by djbreezy
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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

Had this again on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA from a bottle. I still like it all these years later but would drop the taste and mouthfeel to 3.75 from the bottle.

Had this at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland, OR on 2009-03-03

A - Slightly hazy rusted gold with a modest white head

S - Grain, citrus, floral

T - On cask this time and WOW, it really tastes great. It's darker, thicker and overall richer in the malt and the hops than on normal draft. Some fruit and excellent bitter balance from the cascade hops.

M - Creamier on cask but there was still a surprising amount of carbonation. Impressive

D - All day long. Had to raise the ratings a bit from my previous review.

Serving type: cask

04-27-2010 16:06:53 | More by Tucquan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
Best By 4/15/14

A - Deep golden in color, the hazed beer almost has an amber hue to it. The tall head of off white foam slowly descends to a clumpy pile below the thick lace it leaves on the beer clean pint.

S - Gentle waves of citrus hops lap the shores of the nostrils with a breeze of grainy malt and hints of caramel close behind but even though it's within the date range, it smells somewhat old.

T - Fresher flavor explores the depths of the hops, wading from shallow citrus and slightly fruity notes to deeper earthy complexities, which works well with the subdued caramel sweetness and toasted bread crust finish.

M - More crisp and refreshing than the aroma lets on, Mirror Pond is as smooth as glass with a very nice level of hop bitterness along the finish.

O - The bottle might be encroaching on the final days of it's "best by" date but it's still got a little life in it. Deschutes' Mirror Pond is a smooth and easy drinking pale ale with hoppy notes but at the lower end of the spectrum, making it a nice-to-pair belly up to the bar beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:25:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a mostly clear, amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is fairly bitter smelling for a plain pale ale. Upon tasting it is surprising the aroma is so hoppy because overall the beer is very simple tasting. While having a crisp, clean finish this beer is very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 00:06:58 | More by Lemke10
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StJamesGate

New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 18:35:20 | More by StJamesGate
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Tebonator39

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking at reviews of this earlier today and decided to go for it. Not sure why earlier posts mention great hops in this one. Just not feeling that. Maybe my six pack is bad but this is similar to budweiser. Very disappointed! Yep, AAL taste all the way.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:38:49 | More by Tebonator39
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lochef81

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another impressive buy from my Ohio buying spree. So glad to have finally gotten to try some of Deschutes' offerings. This apa pours a beautiful reddish brown hue with very little off white head. It does retain a nice film and a very nice lacing. The nose is quite deep and malty but with a pleasant hoppy bitter bite and a little roastiness. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Almost a bit too light. I'd love a little more coating and chew to this beer. Maybe if it was unfiltered, this may be perfect. The flavor is very balanced. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and an almost funky belgian yeast flavor all play together beautifully. This is an excellent apa and just makes more excited to taste the other two Deschutes offerings I bought last week.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 23:45:19 | More by lochef81
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The is a beautiful beer, a rich copper/amber color. It porurs with a nice amount of foam that compacts to a nice 2-finger head that leaves behind some generous lacing.

The smell hits me faintly at first but grows as I drink the beer. I get a very nice fruitiness, pineapple and mango and maybe even a hint of peach or apricot. Perhaps the slightest hint of a yeasty bread as well.

The taste is just excellent. First off is the hops, all nice and juicy and fruity. Pineapple mainly, maybe a hint of orange and peach. Then come the sweetness of the malts. There's some toffee, maybe a bit of honey as well. It finishes with a pleasant, lingering bitter note.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, lightly bubbly and very pleasant. I don not detect the alcohol at all.

Overall, this may be my favorite pale ale and one of my favorite beers. Just a great balance and so easy to drink. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 21:39:27 | More by SD-Alefan
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Deep copper amber slightly chill hazed with a bright white head forming thick and fine speckled lace left evenly as it dwindles down. Aroma complements malts and hops so well, slight sweet breadiness, herbal, pine, and citric notes complement the soft baked bread qualities. Pungent hops reach out to the nares as it warms, really nice American pale ale that's been around since 1988, wow!!! Flavor is amply hopped but round, malts mild sugar coated hops, fresh baked bread, biscuit quality, a hint of chalky yeast packet...herbal rolling hops, citric notes, pine earthy dankness is mild yet expressive in the hop components of this beer. I grabbed a sixer without hesitation when I saw this one at one of my local stops. Mouthfeel is packed with crisp flowing carbonation carries light hop resins across the palate, not much going on but the feel is very natural no forced over carbonation on the palate perfectly balanced well engineered pale ale with character all day. Overall this is the bread and butter of this great brewery out of Bend Oregon someone started making this at home in the 80's and had a eureka moment.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:31:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/brown, nice 1/2 foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale ale malts, bready, citric hops, yeasty sugars, a little lemon note at the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, pale malts with a nice citric, lemon flavored hop bite makes up the flavor. A biscuity, bittered flavor mixed in with some light yeasty sugars. Grapefruit and a little pine also adds some flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth pale malts coat the tongue with bready/biscuit flavor. Palate gets some hops, sugars and a little more malts. Aftertaste is smooth, malty with some lemon and orange peel.

Overall - A nice, smooth and flavorful pale ale. Very easy to drink, has enough hops to give it nice fruity flavors. No alcohol is noticeable, just balanced well and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:26:15 | More by wvsabbath
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Brenden

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in the darker range for the style at a brownish sort of red-orange. The head, close to white, doesn't rise very high and, though bubbly, sustains itself as a heavy foam that's rocky despite being thin in areas. The lace is solid, mostly patching and dense considering.
The nose is pungent, with strong aromatics of pine and citrus layered with not-quite-tropical fruit sweetness along with the rind and pulp of the citrus, fresh and juicy but noticeably hoppy. This is a deeper aroma than I get from most pale ales, with malts adding caramel and a sort of lightly toasted breads note just enough to balance.
The malts come out a bit more in the flavor, and it detracts just a touch from the overall hop profile. It's still nicely hopped, though, even as some sugary undertones and roasted grains come out in the finish.
In a medium body with plenty of support without going too strong or heavy, there's a nice, creamy quality on the palate with a consistent crsipness supporting.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 21:32:58 | More by Brenden
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Retroman40

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a pale yellow with strong lasting head.

S - A strong hop aroma with citrus dominating.

T - A great balance of sweet malt and citrus hops. Malt start and a rich hop finish.

M - Tangy and rich with good carbonation.

O - I was excited that Deschutes started distribution in KY and wasn't disappointed. This is an outstanding Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 10:56:22 | More by Retroman40
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

Called a Pale Ale for a reason this has a clean pale amber color and a bright white head of frothy foam.

Cracker, nuts and biscuity malt hit the nose with light floral hops and even some lemongrass.

Malty, crackery, biscuity and nutty this reflects a Pale Ale very well.

The feel is slick and easy with a tang of astringency but this is light enough to be a multiple beer drinker.

This may be my favorite from Deschutes thus far as it reflects the style well but has its own original take.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:13:20 | More by KYGunner
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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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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