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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,873 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 120
Gots: 266 | 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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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

brentk56, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, May 09, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -48.7%

ygtbsm94, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kylehay2004, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

largadeer, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

biboergosum, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me this is about as good as an american pale ale gets. quite similar to the odell 5 barrel in a lot of ways. smells more malty than most, almost british style in that regard, but also has a touch of sweetness in the smell and in the flavor too. flavor has a nice fruity hop profile, but nothing aggressive, just a nice balanced easy drinking session pale ale. works will with tailgate style food, and is a nice beer for that purpose. i must say, this brewery has done nothing but impress me, i will always buy their stuff because its so unique and high quality. this is their staple beer for good reason.

StonedTrippin, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown with a best by freshness date.

LOOK: Bubbly white lace, tarnished golden colour

SMELL: Cascade hops, fruity, citric rind, mint, nutty grain, mild malt sweetness.

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, semi crisp malt, bready, mild fruit, faint esters, hop bitterness, citric peel, oranges, kiss of pine, finish semi-dry

A great pale ale to be had here, any hop head would be pleased and if you love cascade hops this is your ale! A great snapshot of what an PNW Pale Ale.

Jason, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus sweetness and good amount of grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with a finger of off-white head. This retains with a smooth foamy richness, with a roughly ½ finger flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose, with some bright smelling citrus character sitting underneath. Sweet bready grains add a touch of thickness underneath. The more I sniff at this, the more of a fresh and flowery (even herbal) character emerges from this. It’s nice.

The taste is fresh citrus flavor with a moderately (and slightly spicy) bitter bite. That is well balanced by a backbone of sweet bready graininess. While flavorful, the overall profile has a certain amount of thickness to it that taking away from this a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm, mouth-filling, creaminess to the carbonation. This definitely still has some smoothness to it in spots though, which helps this go down.

You know, I really liked the character of this for a Pale Ale, having a well balanced and accessible hop profile but the overall thickness of it (which seemed totally unrelated to the body) did hold the drinkability of this back some. I’m guessing that it’s the English-style yeast strain that Deschutes uses, which has never really been a problem for me until this beer. I think that a 16 oz pint of this was just a little too much for me of this beer during this sitting.

Kegatron, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with some head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is heavy with hops with a firm citric/sweet edge to it. Almost like a cross between a lemon and an orange. Feel is what you'd expect - has a little carbonation to it, and it feels good on the tongue. Extremely drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a simple yet inviting label, into a dimpled lager mug.
Best by 2/27/07 indicated.
A - Golden amber color that is slightly cloudy with white head. The beer resembles clover honey.

S - The smell of citrusy sweet hops and gentle whiffs of malt with lightly lactic and nutty aromas.

M - Resinous, sugary, medium body with minimal but ample carbonation.

T - Tart citric hops allow a nice bitter quality at the intial tastes. Nutty caramel malts are tasted and a clean sweetness follows with nice lightly toasted tones in the finish.

D - A very good tasting, hop accented pale with a subtle effervescence. Nice lingering sweetness in the finish while tinges of grapefruit accent this easy drinking american pale.

Slatetank, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber to orange with a slight haze. Thick white head holds up well, but only slight lacing

The nose has malt up front and then piney hops (cascade I assume)

Taste: Hops bitterness (grapefriut then resin) on the tounge and throat snd some malt sweetness on the edges, very crisp finish

MF: Smooth, weel blanced and excellent carbonation

Easy drinking PA that goes down great. Not as good as the draft version and the one time was luck enough have this on cask, wow! But this works if you are looking for a PA that won't blow your lips off and still excite the hophead inside you.

russpowell, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm hooked on Deschutes, and got this as an extra from bendretread. I'm excited to give it a try.

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head that sticks around for a while. A crystal clear amber honey orange color reveals all the mini bubbles rising up from the bottom. Leaves a slight lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the beer downwards.

N: Ooooh, a really nice hop aroma slaps me. A slight but distinct crystal malt aroma gives a nice background. On top of blasts with distinct cascade hops that have a really nice aroma. Floral citrus and slightly grassy and spicy hop aromas bite me. A nice fresh hop oil bite as well.

T: Mmmhmmm, again super distinct crystal malt flavor hits you nicely, then adds a really nice juicy hop flavor with some hints of citrus, spicy hop, and a bit of grassy bite. Very crisp and clear, distinct flavors, but delicious flavors. A nice bitter juicy bite and slight fresh hop oil earthy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, a little bit of oil feel, and hop spice.

F: Finishes very clean and crisp. Touch of a bitter hop bite, but its not too much. Light and crisp, clears your palate very well with a nice bitter finish. Very nice tasting ale and very clean and crisp, nice crystal malt and good cascade hops. Another winner from Deschutes.

jlindros, Dec 02, 2009
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.