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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

3,128 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 130
Gots: 396 | 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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Ratings: 3,128 | Reviews: 886 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Entire bomber poured into a weizen glass. Yep, that's right. Lovely golden orange color with about a half inch of white head that fell to a lasting cap, spotty sheets of lacing. Looks great! Good hoppy aroma here, but not overpowering in anyway, less grapefruit than I was suspecting, cut some citrus notes are there with a lightly malty component in the background. Good balance on this pale ale. Tastes more like an English style, but the American citrus-like hops do show up on the clean bitter finish. Malts are very mellow, not much sweetness, and pretty well balanced. Carbonation is just about perfect for this lighter bodied brew. Easy drinkin beer, light bitterness made this bomber go quickly. Great session brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in a 12oz brown bottle. No best before or freshness date noted. Poured into a standard pint glass. Mirror Pond had a slightly hazy light copper color topped by a whitish head that faded down to a small cap and miniscule lace.
The nose had a crisp floral citrus aroma nicely counterbalanced by the toasted malts. The taste had a well integrated merging of sweet grainy malts and the acidic tang of grapefruits and lemon rind. Neither malts nor hops attempt to one-up the other; rather, they blend together smoothly for a well balanced flavor. The feel was medium-light and crisp.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a highly drinkable brew that's perfect for enjoyment while camped out in front of the TV watching football (college or pro). Another great beer by Deschutes, one of the most underrated breweries in the U.S.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very hazy copper brew with a huge head. Lots of webbed lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Pine, spicy white pepper and moss. Very nice blend of hops. There is a hint of malt underneath.

T - An initial rush of the peppery hops that fades to allow the clean amber malt to shine through with some support from both grassy and pine hops. The aftertaste is of a balance between the malt (which has soured slightly, the peppery hops and a grassy bitterness. Awesome.

M - A little harsh, thin, very, very refreshing.

D - Excellent. This is a gem among APAs. I've had before, I'll have again. It stands alongside SNPA as the best APA available, at least in my mind.

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This, along with Deschutes' Black Butte Porter, was one of my first craft brews. It definitely brought me into the world of better beer and I've been craving another one for a long time. I needed to try it again since I'm heading back home on the East Coast and Deschutes only distributes on the West Coast.
A - Such a vibrant, haze, dark orange color w/ a fluffy, soft white head.
S - Wow, hops and fruit explode in your nose with the first whiff. Some bready, caramel scents come through as well. Very inviting...
T - Just as I remember it. Very balanced and full of flavor. The hops and bread-like malts are the prevailing flavors, but ripe, summer fruits show in the finish.
M/D - The hops are subtle enough to where this is very enjoyable and not overly dry or hoppy. The carbonation is very smooth as well. I love the balance of hops, fruit, and malt, and every sip reminds me of why this is one of my favorite Pale Ales. Some PA's can get tiring after a pint or two, but this one keeps you intrigued. I wish Deschutes would distribute back East, but I understand why they stay on the West Coast right now.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

237 reviews as of this writing. I liked this beer. I decided to match it up with a spicy taco salad for dinner and I was quite happy with the results. West coast inspired, balanced and quite quaffable. Sent my way by a kind BA. I would have this again.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.