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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

2,295 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2295
Reviews: 822
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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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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Thads324

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is beautiful slight orange hue. Small white head, very solid lacing.
Low aroma. Toasted malts and a hint of caramel and bread. Earthy and piney hops.

Taste begins watery, transitioning into a mellow malty mash up. Sweet caramel, toasted wheat bread, a hint of dark dried berry. Hops come in the second half, slightly citrusy, mostly earthy. The hops are mellow and the beer finishes earthy and dragging with the smallest hop bitterness.

Incredibly drinkable, light in body with a lingering hop bitterness.

A very good pale ale. Great balance, not overly aggressive or assertive. Excellent

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 21:12:28 | More by Thads324
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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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JSuperman

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I managed to find a tap with Deschutes beer at the airport on my way out and gave their popular Mirror Pond Ale my first ever try. This was a fantastic easy-drinking pale ale. I don't gravitate to hops but this beer had the perfect blend of hops and malt. This reminds me of some good honey-blondes with a pleasant hop add-in. I really liked this one a lot and it went down rather quickly.

If this beer was a Christmas gift, it is the gift you never knew you wanted but now you can't imagine being without.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 02:01:18 | More by JSuperman
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light bronze to brown in color. I get a good inch of foam resting on top with good lacing and great clarity. I smell light malt and Pacific Northwest piney hops. The hops and malt are well balanced. I get piney hop aftertaste followed by delicate malt backbone. This is a very smooth, session beer packed with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 22:49:51 | More by Franziskaner
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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
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.