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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,573 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,573
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 106
Gots: 181 | 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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sbanacho

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-15-2012 23:46:12 | More by sbanacho
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LandWorld

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-15-2012 17:19:29 | More by LandWorld
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oline73

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Mild malt with some piney/herbal hop notes. This is a very mild smelling beer.

Taste: Better than the smell. Malty up front. Mildly sweet with some nutty and fruity notes. Just a bit bready. The hops show up in the back half of the sip with some pine and citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a finish that has just a touch of bitterness.

Overall: This is a very nice pale ale. I tend to like mine with malt that is a bit lighter, but I enjoyed this one anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:56:41 | More by oline73
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

06-14-2012 01:54:35 | More by notdriving
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swaghawk

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-12-2012 23:33:21 | More by swaghawk
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intensify

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored body with a smaller then expected head. Retention however was good and left a nice trace of lacing behind.

S- Hops, piney, honey, orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Weak on the biterness from the hops. Some pine notes and a zesty kick from the orange. Ends with a honey backbone as well as some caramel.

M- Medium bodied, ends dry and somewhere in between low to medium carbonation.

I would like have to of seen more hop presence in the palate but still a very solid and enjoyable APA. Deschutes has done their research.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 05:51:42 | More by intensify
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-12-2012 00:06:26 | More by bigred89
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6demonbag

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

06-10-2012 19:04:45 | More by 6demonbag
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose has a somewhat muted floral and slight biscuit aroma to it. Pretty standard stuff for the style; nothing that I wouldn't expect.

Upfront, the floral hops come forth first but in a pretty subdued manner to be quite honest. This isn't a very boldly hoppy APA, that's for certain. However, I'm a firm believer that beers don't have to be ridiculously assertive to be good, and I will say it's quite delicious. There's a nice, sweet caramel maltiness in the body of the beer that is very welcomed....and grain shows up in the finish near the closing. Finish is somewhat dry with a bit of bitterness on the tongue and aftertaste. Pretty clean.

All in all, those who want a more boldly hoppy APA may be disappointed but the mix of the floral hops, sweet middle and grain on the finish made this a real smooth drinker that would be wonderful in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:05:40 | More by NODAK
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-09-2012 12:47:45 | More by HarmonMW
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StevieD2

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great session-able pale. I feel like a lot of pales fall short in the area of complexity. Mirror Pond brings to the pale category a bright citrus smell and taste. A lot of pales seem to sacrifice complexity in order to appeal to the standard "light" drinkers. Sitting on the back of the tongue this beer begs for another sip. Excellent color adds to the pleasure making this an all around enjoyable beer, a great beer to bring to a party or to take the edge off a long day.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 08:52:56 | More by StevieD2
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mdtnelson

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-08-2012 00:30:56 | More by mdtnelson
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SoulfulRover

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-05-2012 23:12:31 | More by SoulfulRover
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WhiskeeTango

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-05-2012 15:09:48 | More by WhiskeeTango
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chrisfallon83


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-04-2012 07:26:37 | More by chrisfallon83
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-04-2012 00:06:50 | More by Joshgonzales79
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-03-2012 02:09:42 | More by od_sf
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Oddment


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-02-2012 01:42:21 | More by Oddment
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JimmyTango

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-02-2012 00:26:49 | More by JimmyTango
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Lucasperea

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-01-2012 20:59:36 | More by Lucasperea
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-31-2012 04:25:00 | More by markasparov
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Mister_Joshy

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2012 05:44:30 | More by Mister_Joshy
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Philousa

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, clear, with one finger head that laces very well for a pale. Big nutty malt with cracked wheat grain in the nose. Some sweet honey is barely there as well. Hops are definitely present but not overpowering, accenting the other aromas. Taste is also nutty up front, some wheat bread, a hint of metallic tin fades quickly to a sweet bread flavor and bitter green grass. Reminds me of summer. Aftertaste is solidly bitter, both from hops and malt. Super balanced feel with slightly dry finish.

This is a classic. perhaps my favorite pale ale. Deschutes proves that they can make really good barrel aged ales and standard brews as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:45:04 | More by Philousa
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-30-2012 01:12:14 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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goodbeerallday

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark haze orange with medium carbonation present but no head. not even a couple mils.

S: a very piney smell with little hints of citrus coming onto the nose. orange and grapefruit being the primary notes. a nice smelling beverage.

T: beautiful. this is a delicious beer. nice front bitterness and some spice that spreads evenly over the pallet. no huge lingering flavours. diminishes over a short period and leaves a sticky note in the mouth. really enjoy this beer.

M: sticky, and a little sharpness to it but at the same time smooth?

O: im currently staying at the samesun hostel in vancouver and this is the only beer that really has taken to me so its been my session ale. really enjoyable and a beverage ive been recomending to the crowds.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:05:08 | More by goodbeerallday
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,573 ratings.