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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

2,698 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,698
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 111
Gots: 221 | 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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2012 00:34:06 | More by t0rin0
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Fairly Hazy Orange/Amber Color. Head pours in around 1 finger width head with some good lacing along the sides. Fairly abundant amount of carbonation going on inside.

Smell - Floral Hops, Yeasts, Citrus and Barley. Fairly sweet smelling Pale Ale and quite enjoyable.

Taste - Floral Hops, Resin, Citrus Notes and Yeast/Biscuits

Mouthfeel - Light and fairly crisp, thanks to the moderate carbonation

Overall - This is a Pale Ale which is fairly simple in it's flavor but it's very good. I've had this on tap before and it's one of the few beers that I can trust will deliver in terms of taste.

11-16-2012 20:52:41 | More by NuclearDolphin
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-15-2012 02:51:35 | More by sneaks2210
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gshak

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2012 18:54:17 | More by gshak
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-13-2012 20:39:59 | More by imperialking
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-13-2012 16:07:32 | More by dunix
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Pacioli1445

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-13-2012 00:40:54 | More by Pacioli1445
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz. poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a dark amber color with some yeast haziness. The head is a one finger offwhite color with nice retention. Very nice retention, actually.

S: Seriously fruity - quite different from the caramel malt/Cascade hopped pale ale I'm used to. Figs, grapes, apples, and currants are the dominant aromatic notes. Not much hoppiness, but it is an older bottle.

T: Not very hoppy, but the vaguely tart fruit notes help compensate. There is a *very* slight ping of tropical, citrusy hops on the finish, though. Very pleasant - it's nice to have something nuanced and subtle after downing Double Bastard.

M: The overall texture/finish is neutral, not erring too far in any direction, but there is a touch of finishing dryness I find pleasing. The feel is wonderfully balanced.

O: My first Deschutes offering, and while I wasn't blown away, this is a good offering that's different from the typical pale ale. I'd love to try a fresher bottle, and I'd doubly love it if Deschutes distributed to Maryland. A great "pair with food" pale ale.

11-12-2012 21:50:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-11-2012 03:19:24 | More by tswater
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-10-2012 22:56:41 | More by Beerbuddy21
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alexrichman

Oregon

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%

Served from a 12oz bottle (best by 1/9/13) into a glass.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a classic brew from Deschutes Brewery, one of the staple breweries in Oregon. This beer is everywhere in Oregon. It's one that I've enjoyed many times throughout the years, but I've never taken the time to review it.

A> A good looking pale ale. A little darker than most, taking on a rusty brown appearance. This brew pours with a 1 finger head that reduced mostly down but had a small bit of retention, leaving a little lacing down the glass.

S> Not a huge aroma, but I get a lot of caramel from the malt and a bit of pine in the background. It's got a good aroma, but nothing special.

T> This is a great tasting beer. Personally, I think it's pretty bold for a pale ale. It's got a great malt backbone that greets your taste buds. Slightly sweet, a nice complex/roasted caramel. The hops are assertive without being overly aggressive. The hops are very piney with a hint of citrus/grapefruit. There's a nice toasty/sweet finish that comes back into the palate after the hops subside.

M> Great feel, great carbonation, great drinkability. Not too watery, not too thick. This beer is in a unique category that is quite complex but also smooth enough to be a session beer. Kudos to Deschutes on the feel of this brew.

O> An awesome beer and a great example of what Oregon beers are all about. Deschutes shows why it sets the standard once again. Deschutes makes beer that is mass produced, but still has the attention to detail that microbreweries command. I am proud to have Deschutes represent the Pacific NW. If you are visiting Oregon or the Pacific NW, make sure to try this one!

11-10-2012 22:23:04 | More by alexrichman
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-09-2012 20:21:53 | More by Dank26
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KelOne333

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +28.2%

Had two bottles shipped to CT for me by a friend.
BA says that "All "5's" should be rare (ie. cannot improve anymore). Just keep that in mind." Well, I kept that in mind...and I can't think of a better beer for me right now.

Served at 35-40 degrees F into a shaker glass. Pours a beautiful rust brown color with a fluffy, light, off-white head that lasts the whole glass.

Nose - bready malt with a hint of almond extract and a layer of citrus and pine.

Taste - Biscuit and caramel with a perfect pine hop backbone. The finish is citrus and a sweet malty hit that lingers for a few seconds and makes me want another sip. Neither side, the malts or the hops, overpowers the other.

Maybe I love it because I can't get it around here. Maybe it's just where my pallette is right now. Either way, I can't think of how it could be any better.
If anyone knows of something that's available in CT that comes close to Mirror Pond, let me know!

11-09-2012 20:19:41 | More by KelOne333
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shohen

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-08-2012 23:40:11 | More by shohen
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nloyless

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-08-2012 21:18:16 | More by nloyless
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Squeekybean


4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-08-2012 00:18:42 | More by Squeekybean
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Hipster

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-04-2012 23:44:45 | More by Hipster
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Megbot


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-04-2012 09:27:48 | More by Megbot
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-03-2012 14:04:30 | More by tbone1384
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Polo


4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-02-2012 02:43:07 | More by Polo
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hiphopipa

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle pored into a tasting glass (thanks biglobo8971 !)

This brew pours a hazy, rustic orange with a thin, but hearty, head that dissipates into a thin collar.
There is a faint bready caramel aroma with hints citrus.
Generous soft cascade hops and gently toasted malts.
Smooth and crisp mouth feel.

Overall an easy drinking pale that surely would be a staple if it was distributed here.

10-31-2012 20:00:13 | More by hiphopipa
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: Very hazy orange hue with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Earthy/citrusy hops and caramel malt.

Taste: A pretty sweet palate with a balanced amount of malt flavor and hop bitterness. A tad watery but not bad considering the low 5% ABV. Not getting much of the biscuit malt character that I've come to expect in APAs but there are good citrus and pine flavors from the hops. Slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium bodied. Average drinkability. Lots of effervescence.

Final Thoughts: A good representation of the style but nothing amazing. Someone new to craft beer would likely enjoy this one. Would I drink it again? No, but Deschutes has a whole line up of other great offerings.

10-31-2012 03:00:37 | More by JamesMN
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Greenbaygator


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-30-2012 22:13:21 | More by Greenbaygator
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joshwalt

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-30-2012 04:51:42 | More by joshwalt
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Veebz

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-30-2012 00:49:44 | More by Veebz
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,698 ratings.