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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

2,770 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,770
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 237 | FT: 3
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:
Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ChopsMeister, Feb 16, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....this is a good beer!!! I believe this is my first from Deschutes and I can't wait to find other goodnesses from thia brewery. The beer pours a nice copper with thick slightly off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is very subtle, sweet malts and fresh bittering hops. The taste starts with a sharp bitter, then a smooth sweet caramel malt takes over fro a nice finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is one heck of a pale ale...absolute session!!!

WoodBrew, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Beerswag, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mcdsports, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of steveh
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to our area and I found a reasonable sale at a local grocer. I'm pretty sure I've had this on a couple visits to the Pac Northwest and N. California some years past, but I don't recall my impressions.

Best by 4/24/13 right on the label -- nice.

A -- Clear, deep orange in color -- not what I expect in an APA, but not at all distracting. Good eggshell white head that holds up very well, leaving nice lacing.

S -- Pretty light nose of mild caramel, citrus and piny hops, and fruit esters.

T -- Citrus hops and fruit esters balanced well up front, sweet, caramel malts make a great balanced backbone, spicy and citrus hop blend with a nice bitterness in the finish. A lightly tart fruitiness and the bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is medium and the mouthfeel tends toward some syrupiness -- again, not expected in an APA, but very enjoyable.

O -- A very well-balanced APA with a great blend of malt and hops. Not in-your-face, but definitely embracing the hoppiness of the style. Well worth a try for studying the style.

steveh, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Spaghett, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

zonker17, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jriggins6, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jovo, Feb 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Fossilhunter, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Mendelbaum
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this right after a Belhaven. The Belhaven was superior in my opinion, Mirror Pond to me is almost fruity to Belhaven's nutty. Doesn't finish as clean as the Belhaven. My wife did not like it and that's usually a good indication that a beer has some unwanted aftertaste.

Mendelbaum, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

snohojimbo, Feb 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tried this beer a few months ago from the bottle and was not impressed. Decided I should try again from tap before reviewing, so here goes:

A- Copper with nice 1-1.5 finger head. Hazy. Solid retention and lacing. Nice looking APA

S- Not much to note hear. Very subdued aroma. Some pine hop and pale malts detected, but not what you would expect from a NW brewery for this style.

T- Off flavors throughout. Bitter and astringent, but not the type of astringency that is common with many APAs and IPAs. The best way I can describe it is wet cardboard. Aftertaste lingers, and not in a good way.

M- Fair drinkability. Mid body. Maybe a little under carbonated. Having a tough time looking past the flavor though.

O- Well, can't say I didn't give it a fair chance. This one just doesn't come together for me. Bitter off notes along with a weak malt body and harsh astringency leaves me unimpressed again. Will not try for a 3rd time.

Bosoxfan20, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nachos4two, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

WestCoastBrew2, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

hitshtwithsticks, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

powdersoldier, Feb 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

teraflx, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

jgarvis, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Troville1990, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,770 ratings.