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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,096 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 131
Gots: 363 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of jakon
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-13-7

Pours a hazy golden orange with an adequate white head that drops off steadily leaving tracks of sticky lacing. The aroma is excellent. Bright floral hops with a touch of yeast and caramel malt. The taste is about all you can expect from an APA. Great balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. This is a delicate brew that needs to be consumed as fresh as possible in order to enjoy it for what it really is.

Photo of cvaypai
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from womencantsail. Thanks Andrew!

Appearance - Pours a very deep orange with hints of brown around the edges. Extremely translucent and poured with a bit less than 1 finger creamy white head.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, grapefruit and orange in the nose. A bit of pine and grassy hops on the end. The malt comes through it smells like caramel and candy.

Taste - The hops come through, fairly earthy and grassy and the pine is evident, not as fruity as the nose would suggest but it is there, in the form of fruits. The end is biscuit sweetness with yet a nice hop bit falling right after. It seems a bit watered down and the alcohol is evident. Very earthy throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and seems almost watery, the tastes are very rounded and are not sharp at all. The carbonation seems to be lacking a little bit, seems flat. Very light and thin.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these but not a 6 pack, something is just a bit off for my liking.

My first from Deschutes.

Photo of zduerr
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Oelschlager
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of laintringulis
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass.

pours a hazy amber/orange color with moderate off white head that thins quickly. Little lacing.

Strong piney smell with a floral earthiness. Very light toasty malt smell.

Slightly off balance, but not bad. Nicely hopped between pine and floral hops. light citrus taste during the initial and mid taste, finishes with a strong citrus dry finish. I cannot distinguish the citrus flavors. The malt seems to get loss.

Light bodied. A bit too thin on the moutfeel for my preferences, but it is not watery. I would have liked a little bit of oiliness in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. Easily sessionable. Good solid beer, not great.

Photo of PBIU
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of LazyL
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just like this beer, that simple. It is darn good and caught me by surprise. It shouldnt have though as anything from Deschutes is good. The colour is nice and the nose is good but the taste is fantastic. It has just enough hops to really stand out but not enough to overpower it. Turns out I love the citrusy flavours of Cascade hops.

If you are looking for a nice hoppy ale that goes down real easy, this is a beer for you, and if you havent tried a Deschutes beer, you are missing out. Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon, while you sit in the snow on the top of your local mountain.

Photo of teleforce
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of DPCJR
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of aphamer
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of lpstar
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks! Freshness date: 3/08/11
A - Very nice, white fluffy head that dissipates to nothing on top of a light amber. Not much lacing.
S - Super floral smell. Rose petals, anyone? Hints of pear and similar fruit as well.
T - Light fruit that dances across the palate followed by a slight punch of bitterness. Grainy bready finish. Somewhat sweet aftertaste with a bit of bread again .
MF - Fairly sharp carbonation, I would tone it down just slightly. Still, very refreshing though.
D - Very easy to drink. Expected, given the ABV.

Photo of abuss2
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jumski
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jik18
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is my favorite pale ale. Every other ale pales in comparison. Ha! This beer has a wonderfully balanced flavor and mouthfeel, and the low ABV allows one to drown the stomach in a short period of time if one is not careful.

Photo of Mikeb8
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy orange-red with a white head that falls fast. Looks good but it does not smell like much. In fact, the piney boquet is light that it takes some doing to detect. But things pick up when it comes to the third sense - taste, which is well balanced, allowing the nutty malt flavors to come out without being sweet. The touch is also nice; it feels good in the mouth. It is slightly parching but only enough to make you want to drink another.

Photo of tstigz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jmlewisjr
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingStephenR
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.