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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

2,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,614
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 186 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-06-2012 17:52:49 | More by Bondaddyjr
Photo of FlyingBull


4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 12 pack of this beer at the Riteaid on sale. Great deal - went back for more and they were out.

This was poured from a 12oz brown bottle marked with a best by freshness date on it. The beer poured a clear gold/dk gold color and a 1/2 bubbly white head and good lacing. The aroma was unmistakable cascade hops right up front, followed by a fruity and citrus smell. There was also a nice PA nutty grain aroma with a mild sweet malt.

Oh did this taste delicious. It was very smooth, with a medium body. There was nice crisp malt, a bready flavor, followed by mild fruit, some faint esters, and a nice balanced hop bitterness. There was a touch of citrus and pine, with a nice semi-dry finish.

I think this was a wonderful example of a west coast style pale ale. Some would even mistake it as an IPA I think. I thought it was one of the best APAs I've had in a long time. The last time I had it was on tap at Triple Crown in SD on Adams Street. I don't remember it being this good. :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:43:00 | More by FlyingBull
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

09-10-2012 04:11:36 | More by Beercounter1
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-30-2012 04:01:52 | More by I-Beir-the-Bel
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-02-2014 02:40:33 | More by ManEdward1979
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-27-2014 12:08:59 | More by blakkorchid
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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally in MN! And for $3 to boot...

Pours a clear amber with about a finger of head. Odd smell... smells metallic and a bit like a port-a-potty or a freshly cleaned bathroom. Tastes a lot like a lager to me. It has a woody bitter taste in the back of the mouth. Sweet in the beginning, even a bit fruity like fresh berries. Very crisp and light, the flavor does not linger very long. At about 150% of the cost of Summit EPA, I will stick with my Summit, though the price isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 23:06:31 | More by happilysurly
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New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-10-2012 01:51:46 | More by jmpizzo
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-06-2013 09:22:53 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a six-pack with a best by date of 9/25/13, this pours a lovely golden-copper amber with lots of very fluffy, frothy head that foams up fast, dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Clarity is good, a slight amount of haze with adequate carbonation.

Grassy and fruity smells predominate, with a good amount of spicy smell as well; the sweet, biscuity malt takes a backseat to the hops smell, and there's a lot of hops; almost as much as I'd expect with an IPA, but not quite. The taste is again grassy and fruity, bitter from the hops, and I detect a little bit of bready malt that intensifies after the swallow. There's also a crisp, sweet flavor that I can't put my finger on but imagine is the mountain water they brew with, which serves to make this pale ale even more refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and clear, almost too light, but I could put back a sixer of these if I felt the urge.

Overall I'm not blown away by this ale, but at the same time it tastes pretty darn good and serves its purpose; it's very refreshing. I'm more of a fan of lagers and darker, more robust ales than I am of pale ales, but this is really a good example of what a pale ale should be. Pick it up if you're a fan of the style. Cheers to good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 07:21:25 | More by Caj1
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-25-2014 05:54:04 | More by Druid_51
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-28-2014 07:46:16 | More by drunkheathen
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-30-2014 02:55:25 | More by dads_basement
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy copper, off-white head, nice lacing

S: Pleasant pine, floral aroma, sweet caramel malt

T: Light toast and caramel malt balanced perfectly with hops, fruity yeast character makes this special, wonderful malt character

M: Medium to thin, but with some malt character, smooth hopping

D: Very drinkable, excellent hop flavor and malt complex with the lighter mouthfeel makes this a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer. One of the best, if not the best, examples of an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 03:30:03 | More by kdpark
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a rich, hazy amber color, with a foamy head, good retention and lacing.
Definite Cascadian hops in the nose, with citrus accents and a hint of malt.
Again, noticeable Cascadian hops, with notes of citrus and a little sweet. Notes of grain and malt in the finish.
Smooth, but with noticeable bite.
Easy to drink, decent alcohol content. Good session, especially for fans of the American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 06:03:23 | More by Airyk12
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-12-2012 20:37:42 | More by timmick
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

12-01-2013 01:16:12 | More by AZYescas
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-12-2014 20:20:39 | More by johng90
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-31-2014 23:39:27 | More by wawarner
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper apple with two fingers of off white head.

S - Smells wonderful! Very hoppy & fruity!

T - Cascade hops smack you in the pallet and linger all the way through as the fruity/floral tastes blend and end with a golden sweetness.

M - Not too bitter, but definitely some good hops here. Lacing layers the glass nicely as my tasty libation sinks lower and lower.

D - Easy to drink with a good amount of hops here.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 19:47:24 | More by stawn
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-13-2013 01:18:44 | More by tyelton2
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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - brown/amber, 1 1/2 finger of off-white head.

S - Pine, lemon, fresh bread, slight caramel.

T - hop forward, bitter, slightly sour, lemon zest,

M - Nicely carbonated, creamy, smooth.

O - Not bad, not great. Good for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:31:04 | More by LaneMeyer
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

02-08-2012 22:51:12 | More by SIEVS
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

04-09-2013 01:42:07 | More by Nzinger
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-25-2014 06:00:41 | More by AmeriCanadian
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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