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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

2,889 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 863
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 119
Gots: 271 | 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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Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

sparx1100, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Budinetz, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

SuperHop18, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper with a fantastic off-white head, lingering for the duration of the glass, with pretty decent lacing at top. Aroma is nicely hopped, obvious citric fruits, not a 'wow' but leading to... A really good tasting beer. Up front... it falls short toward the end, which was pretty disappointing after the first mouthful. Actually, I'm finding the larger the sip, the better/longer the aftertaste. Duh. Anywho, good hop attack up front, malts playing nice in the background, giving way to esters and citric bite thats not really a bite, but a hold, that lets go and eases into a finishing hop oil that isn't too outward, but still nice. A medium body full of carbonation up front and smoothing out nicely at end. Overall, quite a fine beer, one I'll be glad to take home.

objectivemonkey, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Pours golden, with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow, leaving beautiful lacing. Role model.

S/T - Toffee, flower, and some bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, hop-dominated, really good though.

D - Great pale ale. The smell and taste could be a little better to leave me in complete awe.

MisterClean, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber, with nice label and clearly-stamped best by date; right on! Great to finally have Deschutes in Missouri!

Appearance: Poured into my Schlafly APA glass, this pours a bright orange-copper brew with low, steady carbonation and a nice, chunky ivory cap with good retention and nice lace.

Smell: Nice, bright citrus and pine aromas. A very mild malt backbone. This is fresh, bright, and quite nice...the aromas aren't anything new or particularly ground-breaking, but they're dead solid and quite pleasant.

Taste: Nice orangey citrus hop notes, with a strong, lightly toasty malt background. Medium, firm bitterness and a bit of minerality on the finish. Lots more malt than suggest by the aromas...nice balance of malt/hops/bitterness/hint of minerality. Drinkable? Oh yeah.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium

Overall: SOLID American Pale Ale. $2.99 for a bomber? Heck yes. This is a solid B+, something that for the price would be an easy call to pick up whenever you're in the mood for an APA. This makes a nice counterpoint to Schlafly's more earthy, dank Dry-Hopped APA.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a medium golden brown with a minimal off white head with little retention or lace.

S_Nice blend of caramel malts and floral hops with a bit of fruity yeast. none of the aromas dominates over the other leaving this well balanced.

T_A bit of caramel malty sweetness up front followed by a good bit of fruity yeast in the middle. The follow through packs a decent hop punch that I wasn't expecting from the aroma. A nice pine hop kick lingers in the mouth.

M_Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Works well with the flavour.

D_A well done pale ale that I would drink often if readily available.

sleazo, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of stealth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

stealth, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kodt, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Knoxrb12, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of therica
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having had this on-tap, I bought a 6-pack of the bottles. I was not disappointed.

Appearance-- pours a darker amber than would be expected from a pale ale-- and much like the on-tap version. Huge fluffy foamy luscious head that stayed for a while and then heavily pooled and laced nicely.

Smell-- nice hoppy bouquet with a sense of the bitters as well. Very sniffable.

Taste-- lovely blend of floral hops and bitters with some slightly earthy malt. Right up there in my opinion.

Mouthfeel-- if you like a nice hops-bitters feel that is pleasant but not gut-wrenching, this is one beer to grab-- in bottle or on tap.

Drinkability-- any time you want some good flavor and a hops-bitters balanced taste. I wish I'd had more when it was on-tap. I wish I'd bought more than just a 6-pack!

Oddly, I'm rating this bottled version higher than the on-tap! I think it's because the on-tap head had faded before it was served, and the mouthfeel was just a bit flat as well-- probably due to the location's stock or equipment (Matt's, Redmond WA).

therica, Sep 21, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Houser, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Blanco
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty nose with applefruit.

Amber color, good clarity, moderate head.

Stiff bitterness and lots of hop. Clean & crisp flavor profile. Minimal malt flavor beneath the hops. Again, lots of bitterness - pleasant and tasty. A little fruit.

Balance is way off to the hop bitterness side. That's atypical of the APAs I've tried. Nice change of pace.

MrHungryMonkey, May 30, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kushlash23, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this last week for $4.99 and enjoyed it enough to get another yesterday. From a 12fl.oz. brown bottle with a Best By : 4/26/06 and some code1346L, pours a pristene amber ale with a 1/2 inch of frothy beige head. The head settles a bit, but the carbonation feeds it to stay aloft at 1/4 inch. Some nice tight lace is left behind, a good looking brew overall.

A nice malt nose that's not too sweet, with some of the Cascade hops coming through a bit on the grassy side, especially as it warms. The smell leads you to believe it's got a fine balance, the taste backs that up 100%.

A nice bisquity malt intro with a mild sweetness that becomes consumed with the hops giving a gem of a citrus flavor, mainly of orange and grapefruit. It's got a good bittering bite to the finish that pans out clean and very refreshing. This is a very good example of an APA that certainly rivels the likes of SN Pale Ale, which is one of my favs in this style.

A super easy drinker that helps beat this Summer's heat, with it's good body, mouthfeel and not too much alcohol...a great session ale.

Cheer's to Deschutes for a fine Pale Ale!

scottoale, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange amber hue with considerable off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is classic APA, citrus, gooseberries/black currants, tangy caramel malts and a little toasted grain. Palate follows the nose, with some brown bread, gummy candy sweetness and toasted grain propping up orange marmalade, green grass, mint, and chamomile floral notes along with a little pine resin. A bit chewy but skewed towards crisp and dry. Finish is like a high-quality semisweet citrus soda, clean, crisp and smooth. A little pine and fresh earth accumulate on the palate along with another bitter flavor that I am having some trouble placing ... Its a bit seltzer-like or chalky/medicinal in character. Well-balanced between tangy rich malts and classic American west coast aroma hops. Very true to style, not tropical and dank like many American IPAs but certainly has citrus twang and ample 4-MMP character (the chemical compound that gives American hops a "black currant" character). Find this brew as fresh as possible to get more of the bright top note flavors. Great session beer and something I will bring to a gathering of the beer proletariat to introduce them to the world beyond shitty macro-lagers.

CalgaryFMC, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

MonkeyBread, May 03, 2014
Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a half finger of white foam that recedes quickly to a thin but persistent skein. Minimal lace.

Smell is faint all the way around, citric and grassy elements, nutty, biscuit malt.

Taste follows the nose but is more assertive. Light citrus, flower and grassy elements. Nutty, biscuit malt. Just overbalanced slightly toward hop, which imparts a pleasantly bitter, clean, palate quenching finish. Body is medium to light with soft carbonation.

Excellent, easy going APA, drink at will.

JackieTH, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

fox227, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Beer21, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

TheRuss9585, Dec 03, 2012
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.