Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Photo of bondjedi
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a 1/2 barrel (full keg) of this for $150.00. A tremendous bargain, as the retail value of this brew is about $30 a case.

The bottled version is tasty, though sluggish and heavy. From the tap, it becomes something closer to Nectar of the Gods. Held up to candlelight, the pint glass takes on a copper hue, the color of the grandest sunset you will ever see. The smell is the weakest point - at best I would call it unobjectionable.

The taste is honey sweet and rich. It overwhelms the front of the tongue with an ambrosia sensation, yet gives a knock-knock to the back of the tongue on its way home. This is some serious pop you're drinking, it wants to remind you.

Highly drinkable. I prepped myself for a binge with a couple glasses of water, and went to bed eight hours later for a good night's sleep. I recall walking to bed and locking the doors, and that's about it.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of 6string
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Beyond all other styles of beer, ambers are my preferred favorite. For some reason, the Mirror Pond really hits the mark right on the head for me. There's notes of hop bite, caramel, oak, and flavors of red meat and sausages. I can't explain why, but after drinking German weizens, Belgian doubles and triples, or roasty porters, this beer knocks it out of the park. No harsh after bite or lingering tastes. Crisp, but even on the tongue. I'll be stocking my fridge with this one for quite awhile.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper color accented with red and gold highlights. The head on the beer is dense and stable with a moderate retention.

Really wonderful balance on the nose with bright citrus and soft pine needles, balanced by a wonderful earthy quality. Rich, slightly sweet malt, bread dough and a gentle herbaceous note come together wonderfully.

The hops hold their own against the malt without over powering things. Warm brown bread and light spice play on the tongue. The flavor lingers with the pine and light resin notes coming in on the finish.

Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. The hops help to push the finish nicely.

Really well balanced and a wonderful example for the American style. The hops are used with great care, both showing just a little bit of flash while maintaining a wonderful balance in the beer.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with foamy yellow head that quickly fades away. Sticky lacing and large bubble carbonation.

S: Grains and hops. Some light stone fruits, peach maybe, and some cedar/wood.

T: Grains and medium hop bitterness. Starts off with an IPA-like flavor and ends bland. Bitterness fades quickly.

M: Thin with bubbly carbonation. Typical for the style.

D: This is a beer that people are usually glad to see you show up at a party with, since it's a little better than the terrible stuff that is the most common. Easy to drink casually, but nothing there for people looking for something interesting.

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Photo of appenzeller
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on the porch by the river at Louie's in Ashland, Oregon with their fine burger. Life is good.

Pours a light amber, minimal head, hazy. Smells fresh and hoppy, Cascade hops. Taste starts with a clean and moderate bite of the hops, bitter, with underlying notes of caramel and lemon. The balance on this beer is excellent.

Big fan of Deschutes Brewery, have been from the start and their little brewery was brand spankin new. With Deschutes, it's almost as if their "terroir" shows in some of their brews. Mirror Pond is a pale ale I've loved for decades, it never gets old. Also, this is one that needs to be fresh for the full effect, I have bad visions of some esoteric brew from Oregon sitting on shelves for months in New Jersey or Georgia and then getting picked up by beer lovers. Makes my head hurt.

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Photo of bbb099
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Common pale ale look. Clear, light copper color. Light tan colored head with nice lacing.

S - Pretty strong aroma of piny and floral hops.

T - Great flavor of herbal hops that comes through first. The malt then oozes in and counter the hops pretty well with its caramel sweetness. Goes down in a refreshing sweet and bitter combination leaving traces of hops that makes you crave more.

M - Medium high carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Smooth and just the right amount of malt.

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Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 inch slightly tan head. Amber color, slightly hazy, obvious carbonation in the first bottle, light to little carbonation in the second. Odd. Head recedes slowly leaving an uneven surface and sticky lacing. Somewhat weak aroma, with slight fruit or citrus. Malty initial taste, sweet middle, with only a very mild hop bitterness in the middle. The bitterness (such as there is) asserts itself more in the aftertaste, but this beer is not bitter at all, really. The malt backbone is substantial, but well balanced between malt and hops (considering both aroma and bittering), but malt dominates the taste itself (i.e. little bitterness). Mouth feel is moderate, typical for the style. Overall, a well done traditional American Pale Ale, but clearly not in the recent trend of hopped up "APAs" that are more like IPAs.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a thick off-white frothy head. Aroma is pretty uneventful, though there is subtle evidence of some legitimate hopping going on here. For a pale ale, this has much more of a roasted malt base than I anticipated & I like it. Hop profile is piney & citrusy - just like with the aroma though, it seems subdued a bit, but does linger. Mouthfeel is medium to thin & a dry finish makes this highly, highly drinkable. Solid. Thanks to skyhand for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jtfest
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of pianoguy
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle best by (11/18/2015)

Pours a somewhat opaque copper body with a fluffy white head. Some retention , good lacing

At first pour a slight citrus aroma comes through. This settles down to a slightly sweet bread malt that dominates after the initial pour...

Taste has the bread out front. It's a little earthy. followed by a slightly dry pine crispness

Medium feel

Overall; An oldie but a goody... More malt forward then a lot of today's pale ales. Hard to believe that this was "edgy" 20 years ago.... But it has stood the test of time. A nice malt forward APA

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the first craft beers I'd ever had. Based on this beer, I didn't think I was a craft beer drinker. It pours with a nice head and has a beautiful amber color. But, the malt sweetness smacks you in the face. And, the taste follows. It's just way too sweet for me.

If this APA has hops in it, I'm hard-pressed to find them. I just can't get past the malt. I know there are others who prefer the balanced English pale ale to the West Coast-sytle hop forward style, but I'm not one of them.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/amber color with a foamy bone colored head. Lots of nice streaming bubbles visible.

Strong scent of piney hops with a nice bready background. The smells actually counter balance one another.

The taste is up front pine bitterness with a strong malt backbone about mid tongue. The taste is not that bitter because the balance is really quite nicely done.

The mouth feel is actually light with a bit of a wet finish.

Overall I find this to be a very well crafted pale ale that has a great taste balance between the bitterness of the hops and some nice sweet malts. This brewery also gets it done right by putting this into a 12 pack and putting a decent price on it.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber with little to no foam with little lacing. Seemed flat from the beginning.

Smell is faint hops and a hint of citrus and pine with earth over tones. Overall weak!

Taste is hops, lemon and citrus with a lemony finish. A smooth not bitter lemony after taste.

Mouth feel is smooth with some carbonation. But a little disappointing!

Overall a good IPA but not as good as SN.

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Photo of ironlung
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at a pool hall in Costa Mesa back in '06 when it was frist making its rounds in socal, and was unimpressed.
A buddy really enjoys this one, so he got me to give it another shot. Sure glad I did...

Awesome copper haze, a nice head and a balanced aroma all come with the pour. Taste is very rich and less refined than most pale ales. Its much more complex and thicker on the taste buds than say a SNPA. I like this beer, it drinks heavy but says it weighs in at 5.0%. It has an awesome taste that makes it stand out to me as a pale ale with alot of backbone. Cant go wrong with a 12er of this in the cooler, summer or winter!

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a lot about this Deschutes Brewery - sounds like my last name (Deshayes), which I found out means trash in French. Screw you Frenchie. Anyway, I saw this was on tap and figured I better try it and see what the fuss was about.

The general appearance of the beer was pretty appropriate given that it was a pale ale and was pretty nicely golden. The head was light and dissipated quickly. I didn't get a lot of aroma from the beer, which was sad, as I like the scents that pale ales and IPAs have. Fortunately, the beer made up for the lack of smell with some great flavor - hops, bitterness, a bit of floral citrus. At the same time, the beer was very smooth, so nothing that would drastically piss off anyone. A good overall beer that I would definitely have again.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - A golden color with light head
Smell - 3.0/5.0 - Really light, which I was surprised with given it was a pale ale
Taste -4.0/5.0 - A really strong potent hop flavor with appropriate bitterness. Smooth at the same time.
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth and bitter at the same time and felt good in the mouth. No overkill.
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - A good solid beer that I would definitely get again.

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Photo of zacharius
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice white head that lasted throughout the session. I really dig the golden hue on this beer. The aromoa of the beer is very earthy and floral with suggestion of citrus. However the taste is so different that it betrays the aroma. The flavor is very bland with an overpowering cascade hop flavor--however this beer is has a less sour aftertaste than most cascade hop beers.The body is fuller than I expected and made up a little for the mild flavor.

Due to the mildness I consider this is more of a ladies beer--my girlfriend really likes it. However it is not so bland that I couldn't knock down a few of these and enjoy it.

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Photo of BgThang
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was sort or a let down to me, I was expecting more hops, but on the other hand this is a good beer.

The bottles are not sold in texas yet, but the sales rep was able to get me one from his car that was quite cold.

The nose was great , the color was a nice clear golden ale.
The head was pretty big on it, lasted throughout the glass.
This reminded me of a mild hoppy bass english ale than an american pale ale. I could of used more hopps.

This beer is a nice beer, and it serves its niche, but I may not buy this again just not my style.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Nice slightly cloudy golden brown, half-inch soapy head, with a dried fruit smell.

T&M - Very light and smooth crisp taste with some huge hop and dried fruit flavor.

O - A good light beer. One of the best in its class.

As a fan of Black Butte I was eager to try this one. I brought it home read reviews and realized it was a light beer. I expected a heavier pale ale taste and was slightly disappointed. Aside from its super light taste its not half bad, at first I was turned off but got the hang of it and started to welcome the flavor. One thing that was unappealing was the light body. The dried peach and bitter hops scream heavy body. Overall pick this one up its not too bad and not bad for you. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes brews. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber that clears as it sits. One finger creamy off white foam that leaves a light lacing as it goes. There are some bubbles rising up.

Aroma: Light piney hops, grassy, some fruitiness in the background.

Taste: Mild hops giving a slight bitterness, piney citrus. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium light bodied with a smooth finish.

Overall: My personal opinion: A nice APA but nothing to get all excited about. If I am out at a restaurant or pub I would want to know about other offerings rather than just say "Give me a Mirror Pond".

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.