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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,782 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,782
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 239 | FT: 3
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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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

efsulliv, Saturday at 05:04 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

killcore, Saturday at 04:08 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

CED, Friday at 10:28 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Muggins25, Friday at 05:22 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jakea, Friday at 04:06 AM
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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

AJD-L, Friday at 01:31 AM
Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: poured into a nonic, it has a great two finger white head with great lacing and retention. Crystal clear deep golden color with medium carbonation and activity.

S: floral mild hops with very light malt, probably carapils and very very light malt to stay out of the delicate hops' way. Pleasant.

T: faint lemon and grassiness with floral highlights, lavender hand soap, udder cream, bitter papaya.

M: Silky, velvety smooth on initial then smooth, impossibly clean and dry finish.

O: I see why this gets high marks. It embodies many things that are good about gentle APA styles. Unobtrusive malt and yeast, delicate hop bill and much skill in the application of the hopping schedule has produced a very fine APA.

Scrapss, Friday at 12:54 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Brams17, Thursday at 05:41 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Bonsall_Phil, Thursday at 01:00 AM
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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%

dagubna, Wednesday at 09:41 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

AMCPhD, Wednesday at 03:01 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

SteveB24, Tuesday at 10:16 PM
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

millelacsmark, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thick one finger off-white head with medium retention.
Fruity aroma with lots of red fruits. Notes of strawberries, honey and peaches.
Flavor of guaraná-papaya, tea bags, malt sweetness and spices. Finishing with pine taking to a very dry aftertaste.
This is a couple of months to best by date, still considering that it felt to me as an APA on the malty side. Mild fruity APA.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

FLima, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Urs, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Corson, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Danmullens1, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a nice orange amber with some chill haze. A nice finger of eggshell/light khaki head, and fantastic lacing

S- A lovely multi-faceted hop profile of citrus, pine, and floral components balanced with a nice biscuity malt.

T- Follows the smell perfectly. You can identify it as a Deschutes beer from the yeast they use. Balance is the name of the game here.

M- Medium, with amble carbonation. Dries just a touch on the back, but not IPA levels of dryness.

O- is there a finer APA around? I think not.

JWU, Sep 14, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +23.1%

MrBiscuit, Sep 14, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Kolyaya, Sep 14, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

samdelira, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Hellpop65, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance and tasting

Appearance (4.5) : A fantastic, fluffy 3-fingered head with a caramel-peach body. Crown retention is great. Leaves sticky web lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell (4) : Cascade hops are at the forefront, followed by some lemon zest, cut grass, and a wee bit of winter pine. Some spicy citrus notes also begin to surface as the head diminishes.

Taste (4) : I thought I'd hate it but it's not bad. I'm extremely sensitive to bitter and this one is not necessarily LESS bitter, but more drinkable perhaps because of where the bitter is in the body next to the other flavors.

Wheat, yeast, and cut grass is at the forefront, with the bitter hops coming in a bit sharp and then numbing down right away. The lemon rind is there, and also what's like licking an orange peel. Coriander. Out of the bottle it's fresher, crisper, better for some reason. I think next time I'll just drink it straight out of the bottle. The bitters diminish by the time you reach the finish (that rhymed), and the last taste is the first taste - wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel (4) : Creamy, smooth, fluffy. Nice to drink. Finishes crisp.

Overall (4.04) : As indifferent as I am to Pale Ales, this one wasn't bad at all. In fact it was pretty good. The hops were there but they weren't overdone. They were flavorful but subdued enough to taste the other flavors (wheat, lemon/orange peel, coriander). If one is looking for a good pale ale, look no further. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack because of my sensitivity to bitter beers, but I can rate this one on its own merit - it's good.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 13, 2014
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,782 ratings.