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

897 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 897
Hads: 3,291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 504 | 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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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)

Photo of Bierwolf
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber that clears as it sits. One finger creamy off white foam that leaves a light lacing as it goes. There are some bubbles rising up.

Aroma: Light piney hops, grassy, some fruitiness in the background.

Taste: Mild hops giving a slight bitterness, piney citrus. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium light bodied with a smooth finish.

Overall: My personal opinion: A nice APA but nothing to get all excited about. If I am out at a restaurant or pub I would want to know about other offerings rather than just say "Give me a Mirror Pond". (583 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a hazy reddish orange with a thin foamy white head. Good lacing.
S- smells a malty, slightly citrus hop that is not overbearing.
T- Bitter hop with slight citrus. Malt is more present in this APA than most. The bitter sticks around. Nice balance around
F- As smooth as any APA Ive had. Bitter, yet crisp clean finish.
O- Great overall APA, in which the balance and mouthfeel is its best quality. (409 characters)

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

Reviewed after many years of enjoying, from a single (from a mixed pack) into an imperial pint
A: dark goldish amber, 2 finger tight head
S: cacade hops (grass, pine, citrus) balancing caramel and bready malts that might just barely win out.
t and m: great layers that follow the nose but are more compelling; little more fruit than in the nose; finishes medium dry; nice body for a pale. (389 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 2/18/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange color, slightly hazy with a 1/2-finger head
S: Clean - light malt, light hops, a whiff of florals and just a hint sweet
T: So clean/pure. Floral, a hint earthy, with a malt backbone and a bit of hop bitterness for a fresh bite
M: Light-bodied and crisp
O: I would like this better if the aromas/flavors were a bit bolder. That being said, everything is so pure with not a flaw to be found even if on the light side this is not to be missed (508 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No resinous pine smell from this IPA, but a very enjoyable clean tasting IPA. There are some nice earthy smells as if sniffing a fresh cut oak barrel. Lots to enjoy for the nose. Only 5% alcohol which is a nice twist for an IPA. Could absorb many of these and maintain as if drinking pilsners. Lacing is quite good, with dark patchy colors on the glass. Bitterness is slight on aftertaste...lets you know the hops are there. Overall a great IPA for sessions and enjoyment... (475 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a world class beer, indeed. It pours beautifully, with a lovely lingering head that dissipates into a foam archipelago. There is a distinct chill haze to the amber/orange body. Mirror Pond leaves distinct tendrils of foam lacing as it moves down the glass. The flavour is wonderful - biscuit, malt, and hoppy. There are definite grapefruit notes that do a great job of quenching your thirst! I first enjoyed this beer on tap during a scorching hot Idaho day. Today, it helped cut through the heat of a spicy Italian pasta dish. Mirror Pond is equally suitable in either situation and I imagine it rise to any occasion. (626 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We crack a pair, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The beer glows a golden amber coloring. It puts forth a solid one finger head of creamy, ghostly foam the color of pancake batter. It clings in wet, spotted sheets to the glasses, leaving lacing as such in its wake. The mildest chill haze is noted, but no sediment accompanies this. Carbonation appears to be robust. The aroma shows a serious side to the brew, with soured pale and wheaty malts going against grassy and resinously piney hops. Between the two is a simple blend of sap, wet metallics yeastiness, orange zest, sweeter orange juiciness, soft buttery diacetyls, toasty rye breadiness, vinyl plastic bite, coin, and flashes of lemon-lime soda sugariness. The taste to follow gives a brightly piney, soapy, and citric hop core cutting through crisp pale maltiness, raw barley and crystal malt bolster, glassy metallics, bittered nectarine fruitiness, under ripe strawberries, dried leafiness, curiously warming spiced bready sweetness of pumpkin, sand, walnutty bitterness, and cooling lactic creaminess. The body is distinctly medium, and the carbonation is rather active on the palate. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but with lesser cream and froth rolling behind it. Finishing pop is crisp, adding welcomed robustness to the finish. The mouth is otherwise left cooled, prickled, and neither really dried or oiled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back with ease.

Overall, we are finally getting around to reviewing this west coast stable of beerdom. We were first able to sample this about two years ago, on a road trip out to Colorado to visit some friends. Having never seen Deschutes before that moment, this became an obvious first choice when we hit that first brew stop. We happily and rapidly sipped that first six-pack at altitude, but neglected to take any notes worthy of rating. Fast forward to now, and we stumble across a second helping at a Meijer in Sandusky, Ohio, while visiting Cedar Point a month or so back. Here we are, with the meaningful rating baton in hand. This here is your quintessential no-nonsense pale ale. The nose comes across freshly and seriously, with no unnecessary inclusions or deviations. The flavoring is describable in much the same way, but is a bit more to the sweeter and more biscuity side of life. Fill in the gaps with straight quality, and that is really what you’re left with. (2,441 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at place not sure of rotation:
Beer pours an medium orange, clear with visible carbonation feeding small bubbles head. The head lasts and becomes foamy, lacing the glass well. Initial nose on a cold beer is mostly void, a light grain is about all. As the beer warms, a little citrus and pine come through.

Definitely need to get the beer away from ice-chest temps for the flavors to come out. Opening is sort of crisp, clean. A little fruit comes in, apricot, apple, little ruby grapefruit - but these meld with the opening more than taking over. The pine of the Cascade comes through in the middle, again melding more than overpowering. Feel is not quite medium, noticeable carbonation.

A nice balanced beer. I expected a bit more, and perhaps the beer was just old enough to be muted, because it didn't taste stale at all. (841 characters)

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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