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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

906 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 906
Hads: 3,333
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 154
Gots: 529 | 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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Reviews: 906 | Hads: 3,333
Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an all time classic pale ale, next to maybe only the sierra nevada, but this pale is stronger and can stand alone as an adventure a little more, deschutes does a good job of keeping their beer developing, where some of the other large micros start to remain the same, stagnant in their creations, deschutes pale mirror tastes a little different every time. (356 characters)

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

Mirror Pond...what a solid brew. Store some in the Deschutes River and then pull out slowly and hand to a friend. Smiles will ensue.

Aroma:
Cascade dry hop, floral, citrus, slight banana and light caramel. Appetizing.

Appearance:
Big frothy creamy off-white head with tight bubbles. Copper colored with some slight chill haze. Intense beading, good lacing.

Taste:
Medium bodied, with some slight caramel up front that segues into a firm but not overpowering bitterness. Well balanced. You will want another after finishing the first.

Finish:
Tending towards the dry side with some slight lingering bitterness. (616 characters)

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful: orange, like a sunset really. Huge slight off-white head.

S: clean aroma, strong citrusy hops, but not very complex.

T: more balanced than aroma, with some soft sweetness from malts and still strong bittering hops create a clean palate and offer strong, refreshing taste.

M/D: smooth brew that offers a strong hop bite while still being highly drinkable. This could be a great session ale. (407 characters)

Photo of Beefeater57
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, burnt orange in color with golden edges. Sudsy head with little retention.

S: A nice clean smell. Good hop aroma that has some smells of floral and pine.

T: Some malt sweetness up front that is slighty tangy. Hops come in fast, have a good flavor to them...sit on the back sides of the tongue. The flavor is good, just can't pin point what it is. Definitely a hop flavor, but hints of citrus weave in and out. Has a pretzel-like aftertaste.

M: Carbonation definitely makes it fizz on the tongue. Body is good, has a small oily feel due to the hops.

D: Easy to drink, refreshing, tastes like it would go great with pretzels or chips and dip. The hop flavor is really nice, and I would definitely drink this beer again. (730 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with a head and lacing that creates a picturesque brew.

S: Cascade hops and herbs.

T: Fruity esthers are preceded by a sweet bready grain flavor. Slightly dry, but the citrus flavors make this a down right refreshing Pale Ale.

M: Dry and sugary aftertase. Goes down smooth and easy though.

D: Easy to drink, but solid and interesting enough to go back for more. (380 characters)

Photo of Adamdc
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly cloudy amber/copper pour with a half inch bright white head that settiles quickly to about a quarter inch with very good lacing

S: very malty with slight hops and a bit citrusy. I like the aroma.

T: follows the aroma to a 'T' with slight bitterness when going down

M: seems just right. Not too thick and not too thin. Perfect for a Pale Ale

D: Very drinkable----definitely it's strength. Almost too drinkable!

A very solid, sessionable Pale Ale from a great brewer. Didn't knock my socks off but didn't disappoint either. I've got to seek this out again! (571 characters)

Photo of codfeast
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: a golden amber color, 1/4 head, lots of bubles raising from the bottom. lots of sticky laceing.

S: malts and hops with a little lemon, and floral notes.

T: Sweet malt balanced out with the hops, a bitter but no to bitter finish.

M: medium carbination, smooth and creamy a pretty big mouthfeel.

O: A really well balanced pale ale, not as hoppy as Red Chair or SNPA. Real refreshing and easy drinking, and at $11.99 for 12 who are you to pass it up?

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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 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 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 Caj1
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,282 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)

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.