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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,684 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,684
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 110
Gots: 218 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Light orange, with head of foam that evaporates slowly. Significant lace left in glass. C-hop grapefuit aroma and malt. Soft on the palate, but an aftertaste of tongue tingle from carbonation. Medium grapefruit and orange flavours, with bitter and a tad metallic finish never mind it. Refreshing though drying. Give me another, this hot summer night.

07-03-2006 02:51:41 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2012 00:34:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt and some subdued herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt, subdued herbal/floral hops, and some slight grape juice flavors. Minor hop bitterness quickly fades from the palate. This beer has good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink and with the 5% ABV I could drink these all night long.

09-28-2011 04:05:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2011 01:21:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head and some pretty nice lacing. The nose is citrus and floral hops with some orange standing out. The flavor is nice and balances the hops with just a bit of malt, but certainly not too much. Good body with a nice bitterness. This drinks incredibly well and would certainly be a staple of mine if Deschutes were to ever make it out East.

11-09-2010 23:11:00 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2014 22:30:18 | More by nmann08
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Bright rustic orange, pumpkin to be exact. The largish head is ecru in color, is moderately dense and is beginning to pit on top. It hangs around for a bit, eventually falling to a short disk with a ragged collar of lace. If anyone wants to know what pure, unadulterated Cascade hops smell like, have them take a whiff of Mirror Pond. Even though Cascade tend to be overused, I still love their bright, grapefruity citrusiness.

The flavor profile is pretty evenly balanced with gently toasted malt and Cascade hops playing equally important roles. That's too bad really, since this would have been the perfect beer to let those hops go a little crazy and show what they're capable of. Of course as a self-avowed hophead, I could hardly be expected to feel otherwise.

The understated sweetness from the malt and the gentle bitterness from the hops makes this beer as easy drinking as any APA that you're likely to run across. The body is medium for the style, but has a disturbing habit of fading into a slight wateriness at the finish which prevents the agreeable flavor from lingering as long as it might.

Men's Journal recently stated that Mirror Pond Pale Ale is America's Best Beer. Hardly, but it is a fine, drinkable example of the American Pale Ale style. Most everyone should enjoy this fine ale from one of the Pacific Northwest's best breweries. I know that I do.

08-06-2004 21:16:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a modest head that leaves a dancing pattern of lace

Smell: Fruity aromatics of grapefruit and apricot with a caramel undertone

Taste: Caramel malt and then a brief apricot introduction before a pink grapefruit blast arrives; bitter hoppy flavors dominate after the swallow with some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nicely balanced example of a west coast-inspired pale ale

03-16-2008 00:10:32 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-21-2014 06:27:33 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big fomay off white head. A real nice slow fade with good retention. A very nice layer of lace and just a super hazy overall look.

S - Smell was crisp, clean and not overly biting or strong. Lightly linger and waffed through the air. Nice hint of subtle hoppiness and a blend of sugary tones. Not bad, could be stronger.

M & T - First impresssion was very smooth, but then it kinda fell flat on the tongue, with a dull feel. The finish was nice and hoppy and had some lingering to it, and the overall flavor had a nice balance to it with the malt profile.

D - Overall this is a very nice session beer. I will chalk up the dull flat feeling to a bad bottle for now. This is more then likely awesome on tap and would love to try it in that regard.

05-08-2007 23:42:20 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2013 15:07:57 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium citrus hops with a good caramel malt base. Taste is also a good mix between some caramel malt with some lightly citrus and bitter hops. Very refreshing with good carbonation. Very well done for the style.

01-14-2009 03:41:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%

A: The pour is a very nice looking burnt orange/amber color with a thin white foam which settles down to a thin ring.

S: The nose offers up some pleasant grapefruit and mild pine notes along with a strong aroma of bready malt.

T: The flavor has quite a bit of sweet, juicy citrus and fruit flavors from the hops with a mildly bitter finish. While the hops are at the forefront, there's still a solid malt component.

M: The body is perhaps a touch watery with a surprisingly low carbonation.

D: An easy to drink pale ale, but nothing outstanding compared to some of the other pale ales out there.

03-22-2010 06:47:25 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-02-2011 22:10:25 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-07-2013 20:50:19 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -48.7%

09-18-2013 03:58:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-12-2013 03:13:01 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-06-2014 15:01:45 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-23-2013 18:17:45 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Had the privelage of sampling this beer many times yesterday at the WBF,poured a slightly hazy deep orange with a clingy white head on top.To be expected this Oregon produced pale ale's aromas are hop dominated wich is a good thing fruity citrus with underlying pine very fresh smelling.This goes down very easily and would be a staple of mine if I could get it here,flavors are pretty nicely balanced there is a firm dry maltiness up front finishing with the big dose of cascades in the finish citrus and pine linger nicely.Deschutes makes some damn fine brews I wish I could get them more locally instead offline.

10-09-2005 12:41:33 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

To answer the label's question: CCR's Chronicle. Cheating? Maybe. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises light grass, flowers, and light toffee. Almost nothing makes it all the way to my 'strils, but I do get the general idea of some of it (I assume). The taste brings in more of the same, amped up to proper volumes, and with some additional mild orange zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid pale ale, indeed. 'Nuff said.

01-25-2013 07:40:29 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 19:52:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Ah, Cascade hops! Floral and piney! There are underlying notes of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of piney, grassyhops with a sharp bite of bitterness. There is a burnt toast caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

D - This is great. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes beers.

01-05-2011 02:23:06 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

My first Mirror Pond in quite a while, couldn't resist a fresh 12 pack at $12.99. ABV listed as 5.0%.

Appearance: Golden-amber, brilliantly clear with a soapy, sticky off-white head. Retention is great.

Smell: 50/50 between hops and malt. Hops are citrusy, bright and fresh, supported by a dry, biscuity malt foundation. Solid and appetizing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Juicy citrus hop flavor up front, bringing to mind grapefruit and lemon peel; signature cascade flavor. Malt balances but doesn't add much in the way of complexity beyond a light toasty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and ultimately drying. Bitterness is just about perfect for the style, and the finish is toasty and clean.

Drinkability: Remarkably easy to drink without tasting dumbed-down or simple; in short, a great session beer.

01-17-2009 02:59:31 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a cross-border trip with my mom last week.

This beer pours a softly hazy, attractive medium orange-amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some random stringy, chunky lace around the glass in its relatively slow wake.

It smells of caramel nougat and bready malt, a pleasant tropical fruitiness, a wee twinge of green yeast, and sort of bitter leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet, weirdly warming bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of buttered toast, and a decent punch of zingy blended pine and citrus hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite unilaterally soft, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and even kind of creamy - very nice. It finishes off-dry, clean and biscuity, the hops chiming in again to cement that mouth-watering experience.

Yup, a pleasantly hoppy session ale, through and through - tasty, balanced, and increasingly drinkable, due in no small part to its lingering dryness - and look - my glass is now empty - quelle surprise!

08-14-2010 04:47:09 | More by biboergosum
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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,684 ratings.