Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
12-30-2007 06:22:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
01-03-2008 03:15:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
03-30-2012 01:06:04 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-15-2014 20:31:00 | More by WVbeergeek
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-26-2005 00:45:59 | More by russpowell
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
10-03-2011 14:33:39 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Tiny head, near violet in color. Aroma: loads of fruitiness: strawberry, melons, raspberry, very tasty. Finish is swift, though, and body is weak. I'm becoming bored very quickly. Hops don't provide much spark on the palate, feels a little flat. Maybe it's supposed to , but I feel a bit let down.
I did like Black Butte Porter, and Obsidian Stout, but this one did little for me.
(P.S., Seven years later, I'm a little embarrassed with this review. Now that it's becoming prevalent in my hometown market, I intend to review a freshly tapped pint someday soon.)
01-12-2003 15:26:16 | More by feloniousmonk
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Beer is brownish and hazy. Forms a thin head of small bubbles, white, that leaves some lacing on the glass.
Beer is sweet and has a hint of cascade-esque hops to it. Smell pretty good.
Beer is sweet and medium to light in body. There is some bitterness at the back and well balanced. Some carbonation on the palate, its pretty good. Its simple and tasty. I like it.
04-22-2010 02:41:35 | More by drabmuh
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
04-15-2007 12:54:08 | More by Slatetank
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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