1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

2,758 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,758
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 237 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mirror Pond Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,758 | Reviews: 851 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of HairyToeKnuckles
3/5  rDev -23.1%

HairyToeKnuckles, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of likesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

likesbeer, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Urs
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Urs, Today at 01:27 AM
Photo of bdk1417
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

bdk1417, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of belm001
4.25/5  rDev +9%

belm001, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of krberg
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Looks pretty much par for the course. Light copper with a white head that faded very quickly.

Smells hoppy, but with huge sweet malt that reminds me of caramel.

It starts out quite hoppy but that fades as quickly as the head into a nice malt balance which in turn fades into a suprising dryness. Extremely refreshing!

Its mouthfeel is just right. Light with enough CO2 to lift the creamsauce from my tongue.

Wonderfully drinkable. It must be amazing on tap and cask. I could easily drink this all night. Hopefully, this summer I will have that chance.

Highly recommended! If I could get Deshutes here, Mirror Pond would be a summer staple.

I purposely paired it with my penne and andouille in a pancetta and smoked gouda sauce (recipe doesn't have beer, so you can't have it). Perfect! It doesn't overwhelm any part of the sauce, yet it can stand up to the andouille and smoke and cut right through the dairy.

krberg, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of josssmith
4/5  rDev +2.6%

josssmith, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

From a 22oz. bottle. Pours with good body. Golden pale appearance with slight haze. Not exceptionally amber.
Ample head that dissipates at a regular pace. Decent residual foam and lace but not a lot.

S - earthy, floral hops. Sweet malt notes. Full nose. I am surprised, because it is Deschutes, that there is so little citrus.

T - rich malt with rounded hop taste. Very good for a pale ale. Moderate bitter and well balanced.

M & D - very drinkable and great mouthfeel. Round and unastringent. This would bena good choice for you staple commercial drinkin' beer. I definitely will come back
To this one now and again.

MinnesotaRIS, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of PostVinyl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

PostVinyl, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Sara
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sara, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of RicoFalcon
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

RicoFalcon, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Shawkabukoo
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Recless7
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Recless7, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of HoppyToday
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

HoppyToday, May 12, 2014
Photo of beerrooster
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

beerrooster, May 14, 2012
Photo of hughesm4
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Had on tap in the Portland brewpub
a-Poured a very light color gold color with a light ring of head around the edge of the glass.
s-Smell is a little bland with a slight piney smell (this could be due to the fact that I am drinking this after an IPA).
t-A stronger hop taste than I was expecting up front with a very slight hint of malt.
m/d-Very light in the mouth, but it has a little bit of balls for a pale ale. There are a number of pales that I would drink before this, but it would make for a nice drink on a warm day.

hughesm4, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of jmdr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jmdr, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of kevfujii
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of sonata2008
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Finger width of creamy, ivory-colored foam. Orange copper color. Clear with good carbonation. A bit of lacing.

S: Hops, clean pine, orange citrus.

T: Sequence of flavors. Caramel malt, orange sweetness, bitter tang finish. Not particularly hoppy.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: A great lawn mowing beer. Actually great for any time you want a very refreshing beer.

sonata2008, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of californiakulak
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured a bottle of this beer into my Anchor Steam pint glass. I was searching for a good pale ale for my kegerator and this was one of the possibilities.

A. This beer is a light copper like color. It had a ever so slightly off white head, about an inch, that vanished rather quickly. Good lacing.

S. Good nose. Floral hoppiness. Some malt undertones as well.

T. Good, but a slight let down. THe taste was a little weaker than the aroma. But it was a good hoppy taste. Some sweetness form the malt. Pleasant enough I suppose.

M. Kind of thin. It was, however, crisp and refreshing.

D. This is a pretty good session beer. Kind of boring but easy to drink.

californiakulak, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of waffles
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

waffles, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of heather625
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bodybyadam
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Took me a while to finally drink one but I'm glad I did. Served in pint, this was enjoyable.

A: A golden unfiltered color with a 1/2" head that rested atop for a bit.
S: An almost nutty malt aroma, which through me off for a Pale ale.
T: At first taste a sweet cold flavor of mild malt, then comes a hoppy blend that tingles the palette with a growing hop flavor.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with a hoppy finish.

D: This is a good "relaxing beer". Yes, buy this in your local market beer case.

Elbows Up,
Adam

bodybyadam, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Night
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy copper with orange and gold tones. Medium to large foamy, creamy, head; good lacing. Aroma is sweet dough, coconut, a touch of butter, and faint citrus tones. Juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Flavor is mellow and well-balanced with lighter bread and sourdough malts, distant butter, caramel, suds, and bitter (though restrained) pine and floral hops. Aftertaste is clean and lightly soapy.

Night, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of yuriruley
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance - cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Head disappeared pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell - piney citrus, and hops.

Taste - Very similar to the smell, with a bready hint.

Mouthfeel - nice and crisp, good carbonation.

Drink - Super easy to drink.

Great APA, I have had a ton of this stuff. Mostly before I appreciated beer. Before it just seemed really bitter to me, but now that I have really gotten into beer I revisited it and I really enjoy it.

yuriruley, Nov 30, 2009
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,758 ratings.