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

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Reviews: 897
Hads: 3,291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 505 | 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 verge
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange color. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

S - Mild hops. Some fruit and floral aroma. Not overpowering, but very pleasant.

T - Clearly an American Pale Ale. A mild hop flavor in the beginning. As you swallow, the Cascade hops start coming forward. The instant after you gulp it down, you taste the full amount of hops but then as soon as it starts, it's over as it gives way to an extremely pleasant flowery/fruity flavor that balances everything sufficiently. Malts are there, but under the surface. The mild hop play is interesting and not overpowering. Really nice.

M - Average. It feels like an American Pale. Nothing special here.

D - This is the best part of this beer. The flavor is really nice, but the aftertaste is extremely pleasant. At 5% ABV, these don't mess you up enough to warrant much caution. Unlike some stronger pale ales and most IPAs, you don't feel shocked by the flavor of it, and the dryness of the hops makes you want to keep drinking. This is absolutely a session beer. Buy a six-pack of it.

Overall, a very solid American Pale Ale. From Deschutes, it's expected to be good, and it delivers. Great balance. (1,211 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. I found it at a nice little bar that sells craft brews in Richmond, BC (O'Hare's) and finally decided to try it after hearing so much about Deschutes in general and Mirror Pond in particular. I was not disappointed.

This is the sort of awesomeness I've come to expect from a major microbrewery in Oregon - a smoothe, easy-drinking beer with a bit of bite and minor hoppiness and minimal aftertaste. This one is insanely refreshing.

For all the non-hop-bombs (which I love) from Oregon, I would put this beer on a very level playing field with Widner Bros.' Drifter Pale Ale...that one has a bit more bite to it when it comes to hoppiness, and that's about it. Both are excellent and I would recommend to any person that likes the Pale Ale style. (773 characters)

Photo of pheggeseth
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber in color, rocky white 1 inch head with decent lacing

S: buttery caramel, resiny hops, great floral aroma

T: citrusy hops with a caramel malt back, more lively than the smell

M: slightly watery, but good

D: its understated, but its great flavor adds to its drinkability (297 characters)

Photo of tmcelvain
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

L: gold; slight copper with a medium head.
S: Malty, with a faint yeasty smell.
T: Good balance between malts and hops, but I am overwhelmed by a sour yeastiness. Bad tap line, or have I just lost my taste for Pale Ales? Don't think so as I have recently had others that I had no problem with.
M: Just fine - refreshing with a mild carbonation.
D: Low because of my taste, but it seems like a well put together beer. (416 characters)

Photo of BenHesk12
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a typical coppery amber that you have a little trouble seeing through. Little to no head without noticeable effervescence. There is no strongly detectable aroma. Taste is lightly bitter all the way through with a light malt and hop character. The beer has a great mouthfeel that will outperform other mediocre pale ales on tap at the local bar, but overall is a forgettable beer. The nice thing is that they sell this bar on tap many many places in the west coast and when presented with your typical sportsbar lineup, ie bud light, blue moon, sierra nevada, I will usually be happy with a Mirror Pond.

Best by date on bottle was only 2-3 months away so I will consider re-reviewing at a later date with a fresher sample. (728 characters)

Photo of brewdub17
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper/orange with a nice beige head that leaves wonderful lacing.

Smell: Sharp, dry and crisp are all going to be expected in the taste. Caramel and almost small amounts of honey are noted as well.

Taste: Very crisp and dry for the style. Combines pretty well with those caramel notes from the smell. Sweet and malty in the middle with the crispness noted in the beginning and end. Hops are delicate but add to the blend a small spicy role.

Mouthfeel: All around pretty dry and relatively puckering from the combination of dry causing malts and the spiced hops. Side pallets and front of tongue are getting most of the flavor and effervescence.

Overall: I've always liked this beer and it is a solid reference point as well as ambassador of a similar style. Maybe not exactly what I would expect from an "APA" I would see it more along the lines of an English style. (889 characters)

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good APA.

While it gets pretty high reviews on this site I would say it was good but not great. Appearance was good but perhaps a little to dark in terms of an APA. Smell was quite disappointing and there wasn't enough hops in the nose like a great APA. Taste was great with a good balance between hops and malt.

Would have loved some more hops in the smell, would have made this beer excellent if it had some more aroma hops in there. (439 characters)

Photo of mdunman
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber that pours a thick head than disappeared quickly but had plenty of linger

S: Hops, malt, spices and a bit of lemon

T: Great balance of hops and malt to provide a very enjoyable flavor

M: Medium body with a bit of carbonation makes for a good feel.

Overall this was an enjoyable pale ale. Had a great balance of flavor and is just a bit more hops away from hitting IPA level. (392 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the freshness date 2/18/14 clearly printed on the label into a pint glass and I get 2 finger of white head.

A: Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of head that dissipate at a moderately slow rate. There is more than just a covering on the top of my glass that last to the end. A fair amount of lacing covers most of my glass.

S: I smell pine, lemon grass, and some malts.

T: Citrus, pine resin and a hop bitterness is balanced with slightly sweet malts.

M: More than medium bodied and medium carbonated. This goes down good.

O: I think this is a very nice pale ale. I like it and would have it more often if the code dates were fresher. Sometimes I find this beer on the shelf past the freshness date. This is an extremely drinkable beer that I can enjoy without affecting me too much because of a high alcohol content. I recommend it and I am going to have another. (916 characters)

Photo of hoppyhampy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This bottle says best by 8/26/10. Yellowish-orange in color with a solid inch of head that slowly dissipates and leaves a good amount of lacing. Fresh hops on the nose combine with a distinctly sweet malt to provide a great aroma. I get pineapple and citrus notes. The taste is well rounded. The hops and malt strike a nice balance so that you seem to taste both equally. Bitter, fresh hops dance on your tongue and the malt provides just enough sweetness to make this one very refreshing and easy to drink. Carbonation might be a little on the light side for me but not by much. The finish leaves you with only a slight hop resin and a little bit of malty sweetness but is overall pretty clean for a beer with this much flavor. (770 characters)

Photo of UncleFrank
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a friend bring some back from a west coast road trip. Boy is that a good friend! Lets see why.
The color is a bright clear oragne hue with a thin white head.
The aroma is bursting with citrus and sweet malts. Fruit and a touch of caramel are present.
The taste has citrusy hops from start to finish. The body is thin to medium but has enough taste that its complex and good. A slight bready flavor is there also in the finish.
I really liked this beer and hope to score more of it somehow here on the east coast. I've been told its better on tap and on the west where its fresh. (587 characters)

Photo of gtn80
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head that dissipates to a ring of tiny bubbles quickly.

Aroma is a big dose of piney hops with a bit of citrus in the background. Some malt comes through in the back of the aroma, but hops dominate.

Taste is bitter throughtout. Hops dominate, not floral bitterness or citrus, but piney and resinous. Bit of bready malt peeks through the hop parade, but taste starts and ends bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty high on the carbonation spectrum, full bodied.

Drinkability is great, perfect session beer, crisp and bitter enough that it never gets cloying. (657 characters)

Photo of NefariousR
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Rich orange-amber with a foamy off-white head. Quite hazy.

S - Citrus, piny hops, with a hint of malt sweetness pervading.

T - Malt leading into hop overtones, with just a bit of sharp nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Slight bit of stickiness with a pleasant carbonated texture.

D - Very nice, great for a spring afternoon. Full-flavored but not even slightly overbearing. (433 characters)

Photo of ThePortlander
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a very nice logo into a pint glass.

A: A dark gold with red-orange hues and a white head.

S: Very much a northwest APA: cascade hops shone through the mix with floral and citrus aromas.

T: A crisp taste opens as the beer slides in over the tongue, with a medium body. The hops are certainly present, and they carry with them a great citrus note that works well with the bitter finish. After the initial crispness, Mirror Pond smooths out, leaving a sweet and grainy taste on the tongue. A wonderful beer.

M: A medium body, with just the right carbonation.

D: A strong example of an APA. Some wonderfully brilliant cascade hops thouroghly dominate, producing a crisp beer. Well done. Recommended to any Pale Ale fan. (752 characters)

Photo of isaac
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A good looking orange/golden beer with a 2 fingered head that settles into bubbles and thin lacing.

S - Hops. Classic Pacific NW citrusy smell with hints of grapefruit and something spicy... the alcohol? cooking herbs?

T - Starts off very sweet with the malts and slowly transitions, dancing back on the tongue to a thicker, breadier malt flavor, and then to a more bitter, hops finish. This doesn't have a massive amount of flavor (the kind of hops bite that kicks your ass and keeps on running), but it's all there.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of crispness from the carbonation. Not too watery, not too syrupy.

D - Mmm. It's so nice, I think I'll have another. (688 characters)

Photo of bwd110
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In Portland on business, on tap at hotel bar. Sweet Jesus, I'm diggin Portland! Even the crappy hotels have a decent tap list!

A: A bright orange rust, nice fluffy white head, considerable amount of lacing.

S: I love Cascade hops, sure they are overused, but man they smell great - citrus grapefruit goodness. Fair amount of malt detected in the nose, nice sweet undertones.

T: Maybe top 5 APAs I've had. This is a damn fine brew. The hops and malt coexist almost perfectly. Good hop profile, strong malt balance. Little bit of bitter, little sweet in the finish. Tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth and spot on for the style - no issues here, however flavor does leave the palate quickly.

D: Gone in a flash, 4 more please! (726 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Cervoise Glass

A:-> dark amber, half finger white head, nice sticky lacing.

S:-> grassy, malty. slightly hard to place.

T:-> Breadyness, slight grassy bitterness, smooth though.

M:-> Medium to light in the mouth but in a good way.

O:-> Crisp, nice, would enjoy with a meal next time...a very solid pale. (354 characters)

Photo of peck95
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time i've had this beer in about seven years what a big mistake that has been. I heard they might be changing the formula or so i wanted to try it again and also i've recently developed an appreciation for pale ales.
The color of this beer is beautiful and fairly dark for a pale ale orange/brown there is a small head but the lacing stays consistently down the glass.
the smell is a little faint but the hops are noticeable
the taste is very excellent a nice sweet citrus followed by some bitter grapefruit taste and the sweet malt finish
the mouthfeel is good a nice body with some good carbonation, a slight biscuit aftertaste
this beer is very drinkable one of my new favorites (699 characters)

Photo of MNAle
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of krberg
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty much par for the course. Light copper with a white head that faded very quickly.

Smells hoppy, but with huge sweet malt that reminds me of caramel.

It starts out quite hoppy but that fades as quickly as the head into a nice malt balance which in turn fades into a suprising dryness. Extremely refreshing!

Its mouthfeel is just right. Light with enough CO2 to lift the creamsauce from my tongue.

Wonderfully drinkable. It must be amazing on tap and cask. I could easily drink this all night. Hopefully, this summer I will have that chance.

Highly recommended! If I could get Deshutes here, Mirror Pond would be a summer staple.

I purposely paired it with my penne and andouille in a pancetta and smoked gouda sauce (recipe doesn't have beer, so you can't have it). Perfect! It doesn't overwhelm any part of the sauce, yet it can stand up to the andouille and smoke and cut right through the dairy. (928 characters)

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz. bottle. Pours with good body. Golden pale appearance with slight haze. Not exceptionally amber.
Ample head that dissipates at a regular pace. Decent residual foam and lace but not a lot.

S - earthy, floral hops. Sweet malt notes. Full nose. I am surprised, because it is Deschutes, that there is so little citrus.

T - rich malt with rounded hop taste. Very good for a pale ale. Moderate bitter and well balanced.

M & D - very drinkable and great mouthfeel. Round and unastringent. This would bena good choice for you staple commercial drinkin' beer. I definitely will come back
To this one now and again. (621 characters)

Photo of hughesm4
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the Portland brewpub
a-Poured a very light color gold color with a light ring of head around the edge of the glass.
s-Smell is a little bland with a slight piney smell (this could be due to the fact that I am drinking this after an IPA).
t-A stronger hop taste than I was expecting up front with a very slight hint of malt.
m/d-Very light in the mouth, but it has a little bit of balls for a pale ale. There are a number of pales that I would drink before this, but it would make for a nice drink on a warm day. (525 characters)

Photo of sonata2008
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger width of creamy, ivory-colored foam. Orange copper color. Clear with good carbonation. A bit of lacing.

S: Hops, clean pine, orange citrus.

T: Sequence of flavors. Caramel malt, orange sweetness, bitter tang finish. Not particularly hoppy.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: A great lawn mowing beer. Actually great for any time you want a very refreshing beer. (370 characters)

Photo of californiakulak
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this beer into my Anchor Steam pint glass. I was searching for a good pale ale for my kegerator and this was one of the possibilities.

A. This beer is a light copper like color. It had a ever so slightly off white head, about an inch, that vanished rather quickly. Good lacing.

S. Good nose. Floral hoppiness. Some malt undertones as well.

T. Good, but a slight let down. THe taste was a little weaker than the aroma. But it was a good hoppy taste. Some sweetness form the malt. Pleasant enough I suppose.

M. Kind of thin. It was, however, crisp and refreshing.

D. This is a pretty good session beer. Kind of boring but easy to drink. (658 characters)

Photo of yuriruley
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Head disappeared pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell - piney citrus, and hops.

Taste - Very similar to the smell, with a bready hint.

Mouthfeel - nice and crisp, good carbonation.

Drink - Super easy to drink.

Great APA, I have had a ton of this stuff. Mostly before I appreciated beer. Before it just seemed really bitter to me, but now that I have really gotten into beer I revisited it and I really enjoy it. (472 characters)

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.