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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

3,162 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,162
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 137
Gots: 414 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 3,162 | Reviews: 889
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a pale ale, this beer ventures into a realm of comfort and warmth most don't explore. I'm relatively new to the style, but I find this particular pale ale to be rather interesting due to it's complex profile. The hops are noticeable, but they seem to take on an equal playing field with the malts and caramel flavors this beer offers, which is a delightful spin on the pale ale. In one word: rustic. This beer should not be overlooked.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, bottle dated best by 5/3/2013

Appearance: Pale golden, light brown, light bronze, slight haze (I am assuming their is some dry-hopping here), Large, two finger head with excellent retention. Sticks along the side of the glass throughout the entire time.

Smell: Interesting up front spice smell, orange zest, apricot, a hint of biscuit/bread

Taste: Very smooth, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, complex malt/roast taste, mixed with just the right amount of hops. Also taste a bit of spice of sorts.

Overall: Excellent American Pale Ale, very refreshing. The smell may throw you off into thinking this is a hop monster, but it's really not. Whereas there is some bitterness in the mouthfeel, it seems to be more on the smell. Highly recommended!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really quite attractive dark amber brew in the glass. A modest fine-grained foam with pleasant carbonation. Slight aroma of beery caramel.

This is all more subtle than a lot of Pale Ales. It tastes more like the English style with the pronounced mineral flavor and the moderate bitterness. Fairly malty with a light, sudsy mouthfeel. A touch of roasted sweet malt on the lips. Faint bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable and low-key. From the 12 oz bottle at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange with a rocky white head and superb lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S: Citrusy grapefruit hops, classic cascade, nice toasty, cracker malt and moderate fruity esters.

T/M: Nice citrusy bitterness upfront, moves into a robust toasted bread malt flavor and a medium bodied mouthfeel. The finish is semi-dry and fairly slick, with lingering malt and grassy, grapefruit hops.

Overall, a classic Northwest Pale Ale. Everything about it screams Cascadia, the hop and malt balance, the fruity yeast, and the full mouthfeel. As an added bonus, it is a touchstone that homebrewers and brewers alike can use for tasting the intricacies of the Cascade hop. I overlook this one to much.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pale ale - nice all around. Pours a bit darker than your average pale ale - brown to orange in color with a nice foamy head. Head is retained well and nice spotted lacing on the glass. Based on aroma alone you would think this is a darker beer - earthy malt. Flavor is nicely balanced with a bit of body yet still light and refreshing.

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Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,162 ratings.