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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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very good

2,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 2281
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%

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

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Photo of sml505


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange, hazy amber color. White head.

S - Cascade hops. Grapefruit, floral, pine, and caramel notes.

T - Notes of grapefruit, caramel sweetness with a crisp finish.

M/ D - Very good APA. Nice balance of grapefruit, pine hops and caramel hops. Crisp and tasty. Lt to med mouthfeel and nice carb. Good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:46:21 | More by sml505
Photo of willgro


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer, incredible taste. Not a huge head on it, but I really love this beer. For an american pale ale, this beer is amazing. Incredibly refreshing, good color, good smell/taste. Good alcohol level, great body. Overall very very good, I have no improvements to make. You can find this at Whole Foods, which makes it even better.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:51:21 | More by willgro
Photo of LaneMeyer


3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Photo of Caj1


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Photo of Lenny2884

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best American Pale Ales on the market. If you see this in your local liquor store, pick it up. If you are a fan of American Pale Ales, you need to get your hands on this. Unfortunately Deschuttes is so small that they do not distribute much beyond Oregon, California, and Washington.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 19:11:49 | More by Lenny2884
Photo of sj660


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fantastic deep golden color leaving a thin coronet of foam that laces the glass exquisitely. Visually perfect.

Slightly powdery yet creamy mouthfeel with a full body. This ale purports to be more well balanced with hop bitterness than other APAs especially from the Pacific Northwest, but this claim only goes to show just how overhopped American craft brews have become. Yet the bitterness is pleasing and mild enough that the virtues of the Cascade hops can be detected. I get a slightly nutty taste off of it as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:44:53 | More by sj660
Photo of D11


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- a hazy light copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

S- hops with citrus. smells nice

T- floral hops with citrus(orange). theres also a tinge of grapefruit on the end of the drink but well done. has a slight tang/sour note to it near the end also.

M- really good mouthfeel. some might say its a tad on the watery side but i thought it was quite refreshing. crisp.

O- i really enjoyed this beer and have gone back to buy more. its balanced well, tastes great and goes down good. burps taste yummy too. this is definately one to try, and one of my personal favorites now.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:41:26 | More by D11
Photo of stawn


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Photo of danetrain0101


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to live in Oregon and I never tried this beer. I lived in Eugene and would see it on tap and at almost every bar. But now I am drinking it in AZ. Probably not as good as one from the source.

Nice foamy creamish head with a dark honey look.

Smells of malts and a strong presence of hops. Some grains and alcohol can be smelt.

Nice presence of hops. Not as over powering as what you might find in a strong pale ale or IPA. It took a second to hit me. I couldn't find much in it besides the hops, but I am a real fan of the hops.

Has a nice full bodied feel. Nice and smooth yet heavy.

Great beer to accompany a burger, but also great on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 07:50:24 | More by danetrain0101
Photo of beeritron


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers out there right now. I poured this beer into a pint glass and let it warm up from fridge temp. It has a color that is between golden and copper, with a nice head that lasts throughout the glass. There is a gentle sweetness through the sip that finishes with a citrusy bitterness on the back of the tongue. I prefer a smell that has a little more grapefruit attached to it, however. I enjoy how the beer rolls around in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 20:13:30 | More by beeritron
Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Orange/amber body under a tan 1 in head.

S. Sweet malt and hops with honey and orange notes.

T. Sweet citrus and honey with hops and a hint of lemon in the aftertaste.

M. Smooth with a citrus bite.

D. Very nice. Liked it better than most brews with citrus flavors I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 19:47:01 | More by Jyubei
Photo of kinupanda


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, hearty amber-orange with a lingering half- to one-finger head that provides some lacing through the first half of drinking. A subtle scent of hops and some floral tones, but mainly malt with spice. The taste is a sweet (possibly caramel) maltiness with good hops that provide an almost-IPA bitterness. Moderately light carbonation and relatively smooth.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH. Not bad at all. As an IPA fan, I find this to be a good balance of some bitterness in a slightly more subtle and sweeter package.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 22:06:18 | More by kinupanda
Photo of C3likesbeer


4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had straight out of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden amber slight haze

Smell: Slightly spicy with some fruit and slight wheat.

Taste: Hops are there but not overbearing. Slight citrus and even a touch of maltiness. Carbonated but not too bubbly. Very smooth refreshing with nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Good refreshing pale ale for a sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 18:07:10 | More by C3likesbeer
Photo of SDHoffers


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the first pale ales that I tried and loved from the instant I caught that great hoppy aroma. I have since appreciated hoppier brews but I enjoyed this in the beginning because there was more to it than hop. The appearance is golden with a little lace left behind. The smell isn't too strong. I could probably drink multiple pints because it always leaves me wanting another. Mouth feel is good but not much linger on this one. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a classy pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 15:52:00 | More by SDHoffers
Photo of abeerwiseguy


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been giving Deschutes' Mirror Pond a try for a few six packs now and today thought the time was right for a review.

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner at 46 degrees. Listed as 5% ABV on Deschutes website.

Deep orange tinged color with three fingers of a rich white head that dissipated slowly leaving heavy strings down the glass as the beer quickly disappeared down my gullet.

Aromas of malt, hops and floral notes provide a hopeful expectation that the flavors will be balanced.

The taste is very well rounded, with just the right amount of malt and hops with light floral and citrus overtones. It has a very slight bitterness on the finish.

The beer has a medium body with low carbonation that well supports the flavor profile.

This is in my opinion one of the better examples of the American Pale Ale style and one which I recommend to some of my friends who shy away from some of the hopped up IPA’s out there. (Deschutes Inversion, Stone Ruination, and Dogfish Head 90 Minute to name a few)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:35:17 | More by abeerwiseguy
Photo of goldendenizen


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back round: I used think this beer was weak in comparison to SNPA and other PAs. I now really love this beer and appreciate that I can purchase it at almost every corner store in SF. Session beer most definitely so dont compare it to Russian River brews or other hop heavy beers.

A: Pretty amber orange hue.

S: Good not great

T: Smooth and not too sweet; malty. Tastes like an amber and pale ale had an offspring. Biscuit flavor as well. Yumm!

M: Very little carbonation. The Oregon water tastes very good.

O: A go to quality, tasty session brew. Not some amazing beer you tell your children about, but a great beer I tell my wife and friends about!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 23:22:55 | More by goldendenizen
Photo of Longhorn22


2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again I will say, I am not a pale ale fan. I don't know what I don't like about them, but for some reason I don't like the flavors of them.

A - It is a nice amber color, has an average size head that lasts a medium amount of time. The color is very pretty

S - It has a slightly sweet smell, nothing special, but pretty good.

T - It is sort of sweet, but has a strong bite at the end. The bite is strong enough that my girlfriend told me that I was making faces. I am a bit of a wimp for alcohol flavor, and I felt like I could taste some of the alcohol.

M/D - This beer is a little bit watery. The beer made me flinch a bit, so I'd say not very good. I give all Deschutes beers some credits because the beers taste so natural and pure.

Bottom Line: I am a HUGE fan of Deschutes. I give them the benefit of the doubt whenever I am selecting beers, but this one just seems to have missed the mark. I prefer the Red Chair NWPA to Mirror Pond.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 07:16:25 | More by Longhorn22
Photo of diomz88


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Citrusy and malty in smell.
A: Amber in color, hazy, one finger whittish head that recedes right away.
T: citrusy and malty in taste. Bitterness is light.
M: light bodied, light to med carbonation. dry,
D: Well balanced, a drinkable beer.Like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:34:36 | More by diomz88
Photo of joecalderoni


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice copper color! Very nice head

S: a very subtle hop aroma with an amazing balance of malt!

T: a very nice and complex flavor varying between a malt and flavor hops

M: medium body

O: A very honest pale Ale! Certainly one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:26:32 | More by joecalderoni
Photo of wesclaypool


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Dark amber color a bit on the murky side with a thin layer of head that faded pretty quickly.

s - Faint smell of hops and citrus, but not super bold.

t - Very balanced flavor of hops and malt. Smooth with not much bitterness.

m - Medium body with a bit of carbonation feel.

d - Very easy to drink. All around very balanced and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 04:09:04 | More by wesclaypool
Photo of Redneckwine


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from cold 12oz bottle into chalice.

Appearance - 1.5 finger offwhite head hangs around for a minute, then recedes into thin, streaky foam cap. Brew is medium amber and a bit hazy

Smell - Smell is very balanced between biscuity caramel sweet malts and a hit of floral, citrus hops. Though in general, the aroma is fairly subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Much like the nose, there is a deft malt/hop balance. First comes orangy, grapefruit , herbal hops, then come bready, biscuity malts, and trails off with mild orange-peel hop bitterneast. Medium body, carbonation is tingly and lively but not at all harsh. Smooth, very easy to drink.

Overall - Still being somewhat of a hop newbie, I was impressed by the balance of this APA. It is hop forward but the malts balance perfectly, and the bitterness only mildly lingers and dries the tongue, kind of like biting on a little chunk of orange peel. Very drinkable. As a BA just getting into the craft beer scene, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys hop character but can't quite take the high IBUs yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:57:04 | More by Redneckwine
Photo of variousartists


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark goldish color, good clarity, nice consistency, and decent head.

Smell: Cascade hops hit you first. Slight sweetness, can't put my finger on it but smells almost like butterscotch.

Taste: You gotta love those Cascade hops, nothing better in my mind. Extremely hoppy for an APA. Best tasting APA I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a nice "zing".

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Finishes with a nice bite.

A lot of people, including myself on occasion, knock APA's, but this one is addictively good.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 00:08:35 | More by variousartists
Photo of funkyspunk87


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.50 %

Presentation: Off the tap at the Santa Barbara beer Festival

Pretty solid Pale Ale. Not the best, not the worst. Subtle flavors that go well together and a nice, smooth finish. Probably would opt for Sierra Nevada or Firestone over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 23:10:00 | More by funkyspunk87
Photo of cavemanlawyer


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Horse Brass from the cask tap.

Big thick off-white head. Aroma of malt mostly, with just a hint of hops.

Opaque amber hues in color. Lower carbonation than usual due to the cask-style service.

Really enjoyed trying this on cask, although I prefer the Bitter. This had an almost buttery smooth mouthfeel, extremely light and silky.

Drinkability is very high, partly due to the lower alcohol (5%) and also to the mellowness added by the cask-style service.

Nothing really stood out and made me say"wow" but it was a very pleasant experience.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2011 20:09:43 | More by cavemanlawyer
Photo of TheYeagermeister


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Golden orange, looks like cloudy apple juice. Huge creamy vanilla-colored head on an aggressive pour, it is thick and retains nicely.
S--Grapefruit, green apple, yeast, and hops. Scent is very mild but smells slightly stronger as it warms.
T--Starts off with bready malts, green apple, and a tiny touch of molasses, then comes grapefruit and clean cascade hops. Only slightly bitter, very well balanced. Cleanses the palate with a soft hop bite that is not overpowering.
M--Perfectly carbonated. Nice medium body.
D--Great session beer for a warm sunny day.

Overall, this is clean, crisp, and refreshing pale ale. I very much enjoyed it, although I am not as fond of American pales as much as English pale or pub ales. :-)

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:58:19 | More by TheYeagermeister
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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