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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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very good

2,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 121
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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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Sicem99, Apr 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Stew, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dogma33, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Austin_M, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dads_basement, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of bwood06
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Clear orangish amber in color with a 2 finger frothy head. Head is orangish khaki in color. Head dissipates slowly. Carbonation is easy to see. 4/5

S - Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, oranges. Grassy and pine. Caramel sweetness. 4/5

T - Caramel, citrus, and a finish of pine/resin. Earthy with a bit of biscuit. Lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Very dry, especially the back end. 4/5

O - Very nice complexity to the aroma. Aroma is also well balanced. Definitely a hop forward pale ale. Bitterness overshadows sweetness. I prefer the Inversion IPA to this but this reflects the mainstream IPA style more truly. 4/5

bwood06, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Adamdc
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber/copper pour with a half inch bright white head that settiles quickly to about a quarter inch with very good lacing

S: very malty with slight hops and a bit citrusy. I like the aroma.

T: follows the aroma to a 'T' with slight bitterness when going down

M: seems just right. Not too thick and not too thin. Perfect for a Pale Ale

D: Very drinkable----definitely it's strength. Almost too drinkable!

A very solid, sessionable Pale Ale from a great brewer. Didn't knock my socks off but didn't disappoint either. I've got to seek this out again!

Adamdc, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of codfeast
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: a golden amber color, 1/4 head, lots of bubles raising from the bottom. lots of sticky laceing.

S: malts and hops with a little lemon, and floral notes.

T: Sweet malt balanced out with the hops, a bitter but no to bitter finish.

M: medium carbination, smooth and creamy a pretty big mouthfeel.

O: A really well balanced pale ale, not as hoppy as Red Chair or SNPA. Real refreshing and easy drinking, and at $11.99 for 12 who are you to pass it up?


codfeast, Jul 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Urs, Sep 16, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

ManWithNoName, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bwyu, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

mdtnelson, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

ChuckHardslab, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

DocG, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

CaryBrew92, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

KateK, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

PingBob, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mikeb8, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Sargully, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

kylefurlong, May 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Sirvis, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Beerriver, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of verge
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange color. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

S - Mild hops. Some fruit and floral aroma. Not overpowering, but very pleasant.

T - Clearly an American Pale Ale. A mild hop flavor in the beginning. As you swallow, the Cascade hops start coming forward. The instant after you gulp it down, you taste the full amount of hops but then as soon as it starts, it's over as it gives way to an extremely pleasant flowery/fruity flavor that balances everything sufficiently. Malts are there, but under the surface. The mild hop play is interesting and not overpowering. Really nice.

M - Average. It feels like an American Pale. Nothing special here.

D - This is the best part of this beer. The flavor is really nice, but the aftertaste is extremely pleasant. At 5% ABV, these don't mess you up enough to warrant much caution. Unlike some stronger pale ales and most IPAs, you don't feel shocked by the flavor of it, and the dryness of the hops makes you want to keep drinking. This is absolutely a session beer. Buy a six-pack of it.

Overall, a very solid American Pale Ale. From Deschutes, it's expected to be good, and it delivers. Great balance.

verge, Nov 22, 2010
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Frozenmoses, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dcbike, Dec 11, 2011
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.