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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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very good

3,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,163
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 137
Gots: 414 | FT: 5
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of doughanson78
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. My first review of an American Pale Ale.

A: Perfect copper color with a slight haze. One finger off white, rocky head. OK retention, and decent lacing.

S: Some orange. Floral hops. Light citrus. Sweet caramel.

T: Sweet malty caramel throughout with a nice light floral hop taste and bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy. Light to med. carbonation.

O: What can I say? Deschutes just doesn't disappoint. A very refreshing beer.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

The color is a reddish, copper toned amber with a solid initial 3 finger head that eventually settles down to a half ring for the remainder of time. Lots of thick fluffy lacing coating the glass, which is nothing but surprising. There's a few strings of bubbles rising atop, but everything looks relatively stable, unfiltered, and normalized as far as pale ales go. A simple yet classic rendition of what is the APA style is considered to be.

The aroma is a combination of strong, sweetened caramel malts with a touch of grassy/citrus zest. Lots of toasted graininess in the aroma, although definitely muted by the overbearing amount of malts. This is definitely not an amber ale or anything - the Cascade hops are well amplified at the finish, and bit of lemon rind and toffee notes soon follow. Brown sugar syrup flavors appear to meld with a toasted biscuit backdrop. Just like appearance, simple and straight to the point.

The flavor takes the aspects of the aroma a little bit more up front, with lots of breaded malts, toasty grains, and an ever-growing presence of hops the more this sits around. At the front, there's dense, syrupy caramel, which soon follows into graininess and then zesty, lemon-like hoppiness. This is indeed the cousin of SN's own pale ale... However, it's slightly more carbonated and has less of the hop pine/citrus zest of that beer. Despite the malts being strongly magnified, it's not a red ale or anything, but definitely a different, breadier rendition of the style. The finish is sweet and semi-dry, with a nice astringent aftertaste. Not bright or crisp by any means, but still juicy and flavorful.

Mirror Pond has made its mark as one of the few go-to APAs I've been getting for the past years whenever I'm in the mood for one. It definitely is on the sweeter side, although the 5% ABV and easy drinkable aspects make it a classic beer of its type. This one in particular is the most balanced of Deschutes' offerings, and a crowd pleaser. Want to find a gateway beer that will turn people on to craft? This is one of the main ones to pick for sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of steve8robin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to MN. 22oz bottle split between 2...

A: Burnt light brown orange with a half inch white head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Smells of some oaky wood with some raisin bready yeast. Some sweet maltiness in the middle with some bitter hope on the backend. Decent.

T: Watery hops upfront with some flowery elements in the middle blended with some earthy hops and sweet malts on the backend. Decent.

M: Light body with a light carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good.

All in all, this brew was not much special. I'm glad I got to try it, but I will not hunt it down again, for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with tons of suspended sediment and active carbonation in the body. One-finger, fluffy, sticky, off-white head retains well and drags tons of web-like lacing.

Smell: Cracker-like malt, caramel, and lemony citrus. Sadly, I'm not getting much else.

Taste: Sturdy malt body with associated lemony hops, pine, astringent alcohol, and a good amount of bitterness. Nice balance for a pale ale, but not my favorite flavor.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, well-carbonated (a bit on the high side), medium-light in body, and pretty well balanced.

Drinkability: Not my favorite pale ale, but a very good example of the style. Well balanced and flavored, but just doesn't quite fit my tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GreenCard
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: (on hard pour) a pretty thick stand of off-white bubbly head which slowly compacts, copper color, slight haze

Aroma: caramelly, slightly grapefruity hop, some unripe pear esters

Flavor: initial caramel-coated fruit (apple? plum?) sweetness, a round gentle flavor, mellow cascade flavor comes in, gradually followed by a subdued bitterness, some graininess along with an even malt backbone

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, smooth, easy-drinking, no astringency

Overall Impression: On par with their Black Butte Porter, this is one of my favorites that I've tried. Delicious. No complaints at all about this one! In fact, I really like this beer a whole hell of a lot!

Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, highly drinkable APA that didn't quite live up to the Inversion IPA or the Hops in the Dark I tried, but still a solid effort from Deschutes. Pours how you'd expect, then a nice balanced mix of hops and malt. I could have done with a bit more fruitiness, or flavor in general, but it's a fairly subdued style. Highly sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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