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Mirror Pond Pale Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good
969 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
969
Ratings:
3,604
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
21.94%
 
 
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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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Reviews: 969 | Ratings: 3,604
Photo of Ezone024
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

friends of mine moved out to nor-cal, and immediately raved about this beer. so i got it in on trade. and it's delightful. poured out of the bottle into my NY giants pint glass. it had a thin and easy aromatic head. My initial response was wow, this tastes like i just poured a long trail into a sierra nevada. and it really is right in between the two. it looks great with a dark golden color with lots of carbonation throughout. the smell is light and clean. This beer is so clean and smooth you can shower in it if you want. Too bad this is my last one, i am always up for a trade for this so if you see this and you got it, let me know your style.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, the bartender poured this with no head to speak of so I wasn't able to get much smell out of it at all. Just a light beer smell. It was a cloudy copper color and looked good despite the lack of head.

It was a dry beer, with a lemony flavor to it. This beer didn't do it for me. I've liked other offerings from Deschutes but not this one. It could be the pour or something because I seem to recall liking it from the bottle. I must try this one again to make sure I'm giving it a fair shake.

I did notice the higher alcohol content in this one, though, as it kicked in on me soon into my second beer.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade hops are great.

The interesting thing about... well, anything... is that it can induce a wide variety of the same response at either end of its extreme. For example: riotous laughter and ecstatic dancing can be the result of either wonderful, or absolutely horrible music. Gasps at the dinner table? Terrible cuisine, or the best of the chef's.

Mirror Pond is an example of Cascade hops in their laughing, dancing, gasping phase... because they are in beautiful balance. Not blowing you away, not making you wonder, 'what is this? pinapple?'. Although this beer can blow you away in its balance of Maris Otter (rough, rich bread, slightly grainy mouthfeel) backbone streaked by some light-medium crystal (right before it hints at roastiness) and the terrific Cascade bitterness and flavor (yes, citrusy, but actually, remember that pinapple that I hinted at?).

A winner in any season.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - I used to drink Mirror Pond all those years and haven't yet reviewed it. So here goes.

Mirror Pond was one of my first entries into the craft brew arena way back when my palette began to demand more than Bud Light. Now that I've experienced hundreds of the finest brews on the planet, I can't help but be a bit disappointed when I come back to it. The taste and complexity are nothing special, and when I can get a twelver of, say, Celebration for the same price, you know which way I'm going.

I recently picked up some Mirror Pond for a special occasion party in which many of the guests had unrefined beer palettes, and it was like seeing an old friend again after many years apart...

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Photo of laintringulis
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass.

pours a hazy amber/orange color with moderate off white head that thins quickly. Little lacing.

Strong piney smell with a floral earthiness. Very light toasty malt smell.

Slightly off balance, but not bad. Nicely hopped between pine and floral hops. light citrus taste during the initial and mid taste, finishes with a strong citrus dry finish. I cannot distinguish the citrus flavors. The malt seems to get loss.

Light bodied. A bit too thin on the moutfeel for my preferences, but it is not watery. I would have liked a little bit of oiliness in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. Easily sessionable. Good solid beer, not great.

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Photo of jakon
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-13-7

Pours a hazy golden orange with an adequate white head that drops off steadily leaving tracks of sticky lacing. The aroma is excellent. Bright floral hops with a touch of yeast and caramel malt. The taste is about all you can expect from an APA. Great balance between the hop bitterness and malt sweetness with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. This is a delicate brew that needs to be consumed as fresh as possible in order to enjoy it for what it really is.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from womencantsail. Thanks Andrew!

Appearance - Pours a very deep orange with hints of brown around the edges. Extremely translucent and poured with a bit less than 1 finger creamy white head.

Smell - Extremely citrusy, grapefruit and orange in the nose. A bit of pine and grassy hops on the end. The malt comes through it smells like caramel and candy.

Taste - The hops come through, fairly earthy and grassy and the pine is evident, not as fruity as the nose would suggest but it is there, in the form of fruits. The end is biscuit sweetness with yet a nice hop bit falling right after. It seems a bit watered down and the alcohol is evident. Very earthy throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very thin and seems almost watery, the tastes are very rounded and are not sharp at all. The carbonation seems to be lacking a little bit, seems flat. Very light and thin.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these but not a 6 pack, something is just a bit off for my liking.

My first from Deschutes.

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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 evanforbeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful amber-orange with fluffy sudsy white head. BB date 11/06/13 on the bottle
Smell- musty tropical fruit, floral notes, bread, spice
Taste- smooth hoppy profile with citrus and some tropical fruit, and subtle floral. An interesting note of faint blueberry sweetness is somewhere in there. Savory toasted grainy malt with a dash of pepper and hop spice. Citrus and spicy hop resin linger on the palate
Feel- lightly carbonated, light-medium bodied. Drink a million of em

Hoppy, fruity, floral, spicy, malty. A wonderfully balanced and complex pale ale, great to enjoy in any season. Love me some Deschutes. Cheers

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice copper colour with an off white head. Pleasant slightly floral aroma. Not overly hoppy taste. Very smooth. A nice example of an American pale ale. Prost!

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks! Freshness date: 3/08/11
A - Very nice, white fluffy head that dissipates to nothing on top of a light amber. Not much lacing.
S - Super floral smell. Rose petals, anyone? Hints of pear and similar fruit as well.
T - Light fruit that dances across the palate followed by a slight punch of bitterness. Grainy bready finish. Somewhat sweet aftertaste with a bit of bread again .
MF - Fairly sharp carbonation, I would tone it down just slightly. Still, very refreshing though.
D - Very easy to drink. Expected, given the ABV.

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Photo of katybee
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me immediately as a high-quality, slightly more flavorful, but average lager...rather like a drily hoppy Budweiser. It didn't have some of the more distinguishable pungence of other hoppy microbrews-- the citrus punch of some or the highly herbal nosiness of others (like Hazed and Infused which has a huge nose!) However it was definitely drinkable for this very same reason, and easily combined with any meal. (Sometimes I find the odd flavors and textures can obscure foods' tastes, and to me this is annoying.) But this is a very good beer.

appearance: amber gold, deep good color,
with full but quickly dissipating foam head.

smell: lightly herbal, a dry floral lavender hoppiness, not overpowering, and not overly bitterly pungent "hoppy"; simply crisp.

Taste was clean and thinner like a lager, no cloudiness, crisp carbonation, but with dryness and light floral lavendar touch of cascade hops. None of the citrus or bitterness of centennial hops. But a slight light dry medicinal or perhaps malty aftertaste to distinguish this as a designer beer and not your average Bud!

Very drinkable, yet not highly distinguishable...might get lost in the masses of microbrews out there. Good sessions beer and good with food.

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Photo of LazyL
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just like this beer, that simple. It is darn good and caught me by surprise. It shouldnt have though as anything from Deschutes is good. The colour is nice and the nose is good but the taste is fantastic. It has just enough hops to really stand out but not enough to overpower it. Turns out I love the citrusy flavours of Cascade hops.

If you are looking for a nice hoppy ale that goes down real easy, this is a beer for you, and if you havent tried a Deschutes beer, you are missing out. Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon, while you sit in the snow on the top of your local mountain.

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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 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 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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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.