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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

3,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,035
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 127
Gots: 323 | 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 murrayswine
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in UTBIF from Wolfsdenbrew

Pours a orange/gold with a slight fog.
Litle to no head appears on a straight pour. Minimal lacing, but I'm not worried yet.
The smell is all tart fruity hops with a little hint of yeast.
The taste is lighter than I expected, but I'm a hop addict so I am slightly biased. It finishes refreshing and extremely drinkable. could be the easiest session pale ale I have ever had. Not strong on the hops, but delightfully balanced.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a DFH Pint glass.

Typical pale ale coloring and head. Brownish golden color. Nearly transparent when held up to the light.

Fair amount of floral hops on the nose. Very light and well balanced. Just the right kiss of hops.

Another very drinkable beer by Deschutes. Great session beer.

Photo of PBIU
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why oh why did I wait this long to buy a 5 gallon of Mirror Pond for the home kegerator?

Just a super balanced and flavorful pale ale.

Appearance is a nice bright honey orange. Great carb.

Smell is grassy with those Cascade hops and biscuity. It is one of those beers that just smells balanced (which I think is a rare thing.)

Taste is a tinge of hops on the front of the tongue and then the malt comes in with a biscuity finish. Then you get a nice dry finish that makes you want to come back.

Mouthfeel is creamy with this being on draft. Right where it should be with a pale ale.

Overall just a great example of the style. It does get knocked for not being too hop forward in this day and age, but keeping in mind this recipe is from 1988, Deschutes was ahead of their time.

Fill glass, drink beer, rinse glass and repeat.


Photo of jrenn
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Copernicus
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jtfest
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber with orange tones, small frothy off-white head -- very little carbonation. The Cascade hops are evident in the aroma and the flavor, with a tingly bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, which makes the brew 'feel' sweet even though it isn't sweet at all. Very drinkable -- a nice pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of evanforbeer
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful amber-orange with fluffy sudsy white head. BB date 11/06/13 on the bottle
Smell- musty tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, spice
Taste- smooth hoppy profile with citrus and some tropical fruit, and subtle floral. An interesting note of faint blueberry sweetness is somewhere in there. Savory toasted grainy malt with a dash of pepper and hop spice. Citrus and spicy hop resin linger on the palate
Feel- lightly carbonated, light-medium bodied. Drink a million of em

Hoppy, fruity, floral, spicy, malty. A wonderfully balanced and complex pale ale, great to enjoy in any season. Love me some Deschutes. Cheers

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The beer had a nice two finger head that when it left the rim of the glass, there was a really nice bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The color was a light amber, not as coppery as some of the other APA's that I have drank. One item that stuck out was the amount of yeast that poured into this beer. There was so much floating yeast, I wondered how the taste would be.

I got a slighty higher amount of bitterness from this beer than I have other APA's. The malt did come through as clearly as a Stone Pale Ale. I feel that the beer is more on the bitter side than it should be. Overall, the taste is good, but nothing special.

It is of a medium body and fairly light on the palate.

This is a decent beer, but I do think that there are other APA's that are better.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.