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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,975 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,975
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 120
Gots: 297 | 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%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Stevedore, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

nowhereman47, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

arniepnminne, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mctizzz, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of mjurney
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Amber-gold color, a little hazy. Lots of small bubble rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Citrusy, grapefruity, sweet caramal, fruity.

Taste:
Hop forward, mainly citrus-grapefruity, some floral. Malt background, bready, sweet caramel. Tropical fruit notes, prehaps mango. Bitter, crisp finish. Body is medium, tangy, dry, smooth, refreshing.

Overall:
Well made American Pale Ale. It's tasty and highly drinkable.

mjurney, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

TheKitten, Mar 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

mdavidson, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deeper amber hue; pretty much a rust color. About a 2 finger, frothy head that retains and laces very well. High clarity.

S- Moderate hop profile hits first, followed by some malts. Mostly lighter hops with some floral tones. Slight hint of metallic flavors mixed in with the medium flavor malts.

T- Starts with a moderate hops bitterness and bite, just like the scent. Light to medium malts move in. Slight hints of light grains and malts, but balanced with a little bit of caramel malt flavor. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

M- Moderate to high carbonation. Slick across the tongue and smooth. Not too heavy, not too light. Very sessionable.

Overall, this is a solid APA. Between this and SNPA, they represent the style very well. Depending on the price, I might get this over SNPA. All in all, if you're in Deschutes distro, this should be a staple.

boilermakerbrew, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

KidsDoc, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Roy1586, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Kacer24, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

G-Hawk, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Infamous7100
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy copper to orange with a nice white head about a half a finger thick. Decent lacing.
S: a nice blend of malty, floral and citrus notes. Nothing us dominate and balance rules here.
T: much like the smell, its very complex but very balanced. There us a nice malty backbone supported by hints of pine and citrus. Just when you think the bitterness might takeover the sweet maltiness there at the start comes back.
M: medium to high carbonation with a medium body. Creamier than expected which really enhances this brew for me.
O: because this brew is so well balanced both in aroma and taste, it really lends itself to be quite sessionable. The 5% ABV doesn't hurt either. A fantastic example if the style and bone that stands out in a market crowded by the style.

Infamous7100, Mar 10, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer. Amber colour, crisp and clear, little off white head, retention. lacing. all the good stuff

smells largely of gentle caramel malts, some grassy hops and grains thrown in for good measure

maltier than expected, but tasty. Some hops in the third act, but less pronounced than anticipated.

Smoothe and crisp finish, really good example of the style. quite drinkable

kemoarps, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

kp29, Mar 09, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

The color is a reddish, copper toned amber with a solid initial 3 finger head that eventually settles down to a half ring for the remainder of time. Lots of thick fluffy lacing coating the glass, which is nothing but surprising. There's a few strings of bubbles rising atop, but everything looks relatively stable, unfiltered, and normalized as far as pale ales go. A simple yet classic rendition of what is the APA style is considered to be.

The aroma is a combination of strong, sweetened caramel malts with a touch of grassy/citrus zest. Lots of toasted graininess in the aroma, although definitely muted by the overbearing amount of malts. This is definitely not an amber ale or anything - the Cascade hops are well amplified at the finish, and bit of lemon rind and toffee notes soon follow. Brown sugar syrup flavors appear to meld with a toasted biscuit backdrop. Just like appearance, simple and straight to the point.

The flavor takes the aspects of the aroma a little bit more up front, with lots of breaded malts, toasty grains, and an ever-growing presence of hops the more this sits around. At the front, there's dense, syrupy caramel, which soon follows into graininess and then zesty, lemon-like hoppiness. This is indeed the cousin of SN's own pale ale... However, it's slightly more carbonated and has less of the hop pine/citrus zest of that beer. Despite the malts being strongly magnified, it's not a red ale or anything, but definitely a different, breadier rendition of the style. The finish is sweet and semi-dry, with a nice astringent aftertaste. Not bright or crisp by any means, but still juicy and flavorful.

Mirror Pond has made its mark as one of the few go-to APAs I've been getting for the past years whenever I'm in the mood for one. It definitely is on the sweeter side, although the 5% ABV and easy drinkable aspects make it a classic beer of its type. This one in particular is the most balanced of Deschutes' offerings, and a crowd pleaser. Want to find a gateway beer that will turn people on to craft? This is one of the main ones to pick for sure.

magictacosinus, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,975 ratings.