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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

2,697 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 110
Gots: 221 | 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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Jave

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-01-2013 22:45:31 | More by Jave
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VanKieft

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-05-2014 22:12:32 | More by VanKieft
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psychita

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-12-2014 07:21:38 | More by psychita
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LukeD23

Delaware

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a perfect color for a pale ale, nice orange. Almost no head retention.

Aroma is balanced with a good toasty note and slight hop character. I get some cool toffee notes with a touch of dried pineapple

Flavor is where this beer shines. Really balanced with a perfect malt and hop flavors. I love the cracker like malt backbone to this beer. It has a firm bitterness. Hop flavor is pretty low for a pale ale, but it is so so drinkable. Love it

Mouthfeel is medium with a pretty dry finish. Slight lingering green flavors but really nice

I really like this pale ale, you can drink pint after pint of this stuff

12-18-2011 04:04:51 | More by LukeD23
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RXUYDC

Delaware

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-06-2014 04:58:54 | More by RXUYDC
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dseiters

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-10-2012 08:35:49 | More by dseiters
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BuffaloBill12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-07-2012 01:14:03 | More by BuffaloBill12
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tsailor


4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-27-2012 00:30:41 | More by tsailor
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Mark88

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-03-2014 13:39:01 | More by Mark88
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MLegendre

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

I conducted my own little blind taste test with all three of Deschutes Pale Ales. Here is the result for Mirror Pond...

A: Dark gold with a fairly big fluffy head that is leaving lots of lacing as it melts.

S: Just how I like a Pale Ale to smell, good presense of both Hops and malt. The sweet malt is more noticable than the hops.

T: There is a good strong malt presense, followed by bitter, but not horribly strong hops. The finish and aftertaste are both bitter, the aftertaste lingering for awhile after you've swallowed.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a good amount of carbonation

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not the best I've ever had, but one I would get again.

08-12-2006 21:40:54 | More by MLegendre
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LaPlaya

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-25-2012 17:17:44 | More by LaPlaya
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bergdj

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-26-2012 02:26:13 | More by bergdj
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oceanside

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-20-2014 17:12:39 | More by oceanside
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sasdragon

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-26-2013 22:59:05 | More by sasdragon
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ChadSabin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-06-2013 18:29:57 | More by ChadSabin
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Booman

California

5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-15-2011 10:16:16 | More by Booman
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Hack72

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-16-2012 01:38:44 | More by Hack72
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Golferallen54

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-02-2014 20:07:27 | More by Golferallen54
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thethrone

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate white head that doesn't retain very long.

S - Nice NW hoppy aroma; citrus and floral notes

T - Caramel malts are well balanced by the hop presence. Very enjoyable.

M - Fairly crisp and smooth, with a nice light hoppy finish.

D - A great APA, makes a great session beer.

08-26-2008 02:15:01 | More by thethrone
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Dspohn

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

From a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A. Nice golden color with a smaller white head that leaves a touch of lacing and some retention.

S. Smells of citrus/grapfruit/orange and hops mostly.

T. Taste is pretty balanced between the nice bitter hops and a medium/light malt presence. A quite good lower abv pale ale.

M. Smooth with good carbonation

D. A very balanced drinkable pale ale that I finished quite quickly. This 6 pack wont last long at all I assume.

08-07-2009 21:03:11 | More by Dspohn
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SirRuss

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A - bright copper with a light haze and white head. Retention is ok, and so too is the lacing.

S - delicate blossom and floral scents with a subtle sugary background remind me of the barely present aromas of a rose-petal panna cotta. Gentle citrus notes also float within the airy aroma, and although the overall impression is pleasant, its lack of presence sheds credit points.

T - The palate expresses similar characteristics portrayed on the nose, but with slightly more impact. The balance is perhaps the best aspect of the overall profile, with relatively bold hop bitterness being well supported by an appropriate level of bready maltiness. However, despite this increased intensity, the brew is again somewhat lacking; this time in complexity.

M - Solid, but far from mind-blowing. It does exactly what it should - nothing more, nothing less.

D&O - The intensity and weight of this brew offers the opportunity to sink them one after another without a second thought, and it is within this characteristic that its dichotomy exists. There's not really enough in the glass to stimulate prolonged interest or that second thought, yet it is interesting enough to not bore you to death. Consequently, MP is best summed up as worthy of attention - just not the center of it. A solid session brew only.

01-29-2011 01:42:05 | More by SirRuss
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ely2000k

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A- Large foamy and soapy head. Burnt amber in color. Lots of visible carbonation when I first poured it into the glass, which is a bit ironic because it doesn't taste super carbonated. Good lacing, and overall looks good.

S- Faint smell of citrus, mellow hops and lemon grass maybe. Not overwhelming smell wise, but mellow and appetizing. Kinda smells spring like.

T- Tastes a bit like it looks and smells... smooth, floral taste. Accessible hops, and good flavor, but maintains the crispness of perhaps a lager. I definitely like the taste overall.

M- Light carbonated, which is my only minor gripe. Could use a little more carbonation. Otherwise it's really smooth and good.

O- Pleasant taste, look, and smell. Kinda seems like a spring/early summer beer.

11-07-2011 03:07:07 | More by ely2000k
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jamesDaExMoBeerGuy

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-02-2013 23:08:57 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
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Borlando89

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-30-2013 00:04:14 | More by Borlando89
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Meleah

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-21-2013 14:16:42 | More by Meleah
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,697 ratings.