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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

906 Reviews
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Reviews: 906
Hads: 3,341
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 153
Gots: 536 | 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: 3,341
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready aroma mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a light harvest fruit and a little bit of a grassy and earthy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and very lightly caramel sweetened flavor mixed with a moderate showing of an earthy hop (for a pale at least). As the taste moves forward the caramel fades, giving even more show to the bready malt, while at the same time some flavors of grain and more earth come to the tongue. With a little bit of a grassy taste coming at the very end, one is left with a somewhat drier and rather decently earthy pale ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. For the mix of the drier bready flavors and the moderately earthy hop tastes, the feel is rather nice as it’s moderateness accentuates these flavors all while not making it too heavy on the palate.

Overall- A decent pale ale overall. A little bit more earthy in nature with a decent showing of a bready taste. Not too sweet for a pale, but rather robust in flavor and somewhat slower sipping for a brew of only 5 %. (1,509 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic pale ale, with just the right level of hops for its style. Not as potent as an IPA, which makes it more drinkable, and a refreshing aftertaste. (156 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a orange amber shade.

Overall: This beer has the distinct taste of hops with a deft balance of different flavors. The multi-layered taste of caramel and molasses and balance of malts and hops make a unmistakably good unique beer. Well crafted and very enjoyable. (285 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 9/10/15
Smells a lot like caramel/molasses. But the taste is well balanced between malt and hops. Nothing too interesting going on with this beer but it is still a well made pale ale. (192 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Best by dating on the label ( 9/19/15) yeah fresh beer

Pours lightly hazed, shimmering orangy amber. Moderate lite khaki cap, leaves a very fine bubble film, thin collar and minor slippery bits and strands of lacing.

Whole whear and lite hops on the nose.

Pleasantly smooth, tasty and balanced PA . More whole wheat, more soft and smooth citrusy hops. Well crafted and quite enjoyable. More quality brew from Deschutes Brewery....go get some (461 characters)

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle. Look is amber, diminishing head and decent lacing. Smell is complex citrus and pine notes. Taste leans more toward hop bitterness than malt sweetness. Feel is light and crisp. (223 characters)

Photo of Chris72
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Deschutes period. This is a good lighter offering. Great for a hot summer day with frisbees n dogs. Smooth all around. It's a good introduction to micros. Been a while since I've had it, so my details are a bit slim at the moment. I'll get back to it with a more current update. (285 characters)

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

A nice example of a west coast pale ale. Pretty golden color, balanced hop profile and taste, not the best pale ale but surely competitive and would never turn one away if offered by a friend.

A = 4 - as you would expect for a pale ale
T = nice and balanced, some hops there and enough malt backbone to not be watery and bitter
S = some citrus and malt with sublet pine on a deep inhale
M = not water, not heavy, a nice feel decent carbonation
) = 4 (450 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 EMV
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a deep semi-opaque amber. Nice white head falls rapidly.

S: Citrus and pine. Fruity and malty.

T/F: Citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. Fruity and piney... medium mouthfeel and both smooth and drinkable.

O: A damned fine IPA, and Deschutes again does the Pacific Northwest proud. Very sessionable, and a classic IPA. (380 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retetntion and light lacing. Mild aroma of grainy malt and citrus hops, slightly floral. Flavor is biscuit malt with a light wheat grainiess, grassy, citrus and lightly piney hops. Finishes with a nice lingering biscuity grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good mouth feel for a pale ale. There's a reason this has been a classic, favorite pale ale in the Northwest for so long. Although hops are now more bold and herbal, this ale is well balanced and has an agreeable old fashioned grassy, citrus hop bill that still tastes great. Refreshing and well made. (676 characters)

Photo of Lord_Boobzit
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.75

Look: I gave it a 5 but that's only because it doesn't go to 6. It's definitely a six pack
Smell: yes
Taste: good, I like it.
Mouthfeel: wet. Especially initially after I sip and before I swallow.
Overall: nope. Just regular pants. But probably later I'll switch to no pants.

Characteristics: definitely earthly but possibly via an extraterrestrial or extradimentional origin. Beer-like but also, in some ways pretty similar to other watery liquids. It only came with a carrier and a receipt, no notes to speak of, but sometimes it's the notes you don't play.

Ready to drink now. (582 characters)

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

$12 Howler fill.

Appearance: Sexy. Pours an orange-yellow color with an off-white, creamy head. There's a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Excellent looking pale ale.

Smell: Subtle, pretty simple, but nice. A citrus rind bitter-ish smell underlies a sweet malt aroma and the spicy hops.

Taste/feel: Follows the smell quite well -- almost identically -- but with a fantastic true-to-the-style bready flavor at the end. Slight citrus oil/rind bitterness vibe, a tiny bit of spiciness, and a tasty malt finish. Very subtle bitterness makes this a very easy drinking beer. The feel is pretty full surprisingly, as there's a slight creaminess to it. A little carbonation moves things along nicely.

People saying this is an average pale ale clearly haven't had many pale ales... this one's exceptional. There are sips where I feel like I can taste a very faint Fresh Squeezed sort of flavor, but much more toned down. Really nice to have a true pale ale -- not an IPA disguised as one. (986 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange, with a white head, extensive lacing.

S - Floral, pine and lemon, honeyed malt notes.

T - Bright pine resin and lemon paired closely with bready, sweet malts.

M - Brisk and clean. Very fine.

O - A good, solid beer with a nice balance. I'll drink this again. (280 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear medium Amber with a nice cap of off white head. It leaves a speckling of lacing.mthe aroma is very mild, but pleasant with light caramel sweetness and citrus hops. The taste is much the same. The body is lighter without being watery. (248 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Hazy amber with thick white head. Decent retention and solid lacing.

S: Notes of grain, lemony citrus and pine.

T: Slight citrus sweetness, toasted grain, grassy pine like hops at the finish.

F: Light bodied, crisp and smooth, lightly carbonated.

O: One of the most solid APA's out there in my opinion. At 5% it's a great every/all day kind of beer. (386 characters)

Photo of p3rspxv
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good look. Very drinkable. Impressive balance. A good flavor profile of sweet, grainy, hoppy, and a hint of malt. I feel like it struggles to rise above because it's so agreeable. Maybe a hint onthe sweet and bright side. Beer snobs be damned, this is tasty and accessible. (273 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy amber-gold with yeast sediment and lots of fluffy white head and lacing
Smell: Light citrus and floral
Taste: Light overall with very mildly sweet maltiness dominated by graprefuit-lemon type bitter citrusy hops.
Feel: Light body and average smooth mouthfeel

Overall: Very light, refreshing, and sessionable, good for warm weather. Personally I prefer the Deschutes Red Chair, which has a fuller flavor but is admittedly closer to an IPA. Conceptually the Mirror Pond is similar to the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. (526 characters)

Photo of dabone
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap. Dark Amber in color with a decent head. Very hoppy and aromatic smell. Taste is good blend of hops and cereal grains. Finish is a little strong with cereal grains. Good texture, overall very good. (211 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty easy going pale ale. Easy to kick back as well... Fresh, clean, grainy bread dough malt, light citrus/lemon, floral, and green apple/pear. Smooth fluid texture and some light bitterness. Refreshing and very sessionable. (236 characters)

Photo of MartyMaltose
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite good middle-of-the-road, balanced pale ale. I remember liking this even more a few years ago. Seems to have more bite and astringency, and slightly less malt than before. I probably changed, rather than the beer, but I like to register these thoughts in case Deschutes happens to read it and they really had changed something. It makes me really thirsty for their excellent Bachelor ESB if only it were available instead. (427 characters)

Photo of ernestosabato
4.89/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Superb beer that hits your palate smoothly, only to awaken with just the perfect blend of bite and hop. It is simply an ideal pale ale, whose flavor satisfies while not overwhelming, whose crispness bids farewell to any lingering, lazy drabness. Beautiful. (256 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 4/18/15 poured into an IPA glass.

A - Cloudy amber orange with a fluffy two finger head that dissapates slowly.

S - Grains, mild citrus, grass/pine

T - Toasted grains, citrus, pine, follows the nose well

M - Very crisp, carbonation medium, great finish.

O - Sometimes I forget how much I appreciate the subelty of a good pale, at 5% these are definitely sessionable. (394 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear copper tinged gold under a 3” finely bubbled dirty white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass marking each drink with a line of lace.
S: mild citrus and resin from the hops, mild fruit and malt.
T: Begins with slight fruit sweetness and mild light malt flavors serving as a platform for a moderate pacific northwest hop flavor and bitterness. It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness. Moderate malt and esters.
M: medium body, a little creamy, medium low carbonation.
O: Very drinkable APA with well balanced malt and hops that leans slightly to the malt. (589 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass about a week shy of freshness expiration. Thanks, Darren.

A: Clear golden/amber. A white one finger head that dissipates to bubbles. Spotty lacing.

S: Grainy hops, cantaloup, melon, grapefruit.

T: Grainy, bright, citrus-y with orange and lemon, bready malts. Light, piney hops come into play. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Dry.

O: Didn't float my boat in the Mirror Pond. Wonder how it might've tasted fresher. Glad to try it, though. (518 characters)

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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