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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

3,134 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,134
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 132
Gots: 396 | FT: 4
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of robhbest
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy Golden Yellow with 1 finger white head.

S: Bready, malty, some citrus at the end

T: Biscuity from the malts, citrusy at the end

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth drinking beer.

O: I've heard about this beer for a while now from a fellow BA. The girlfriend was able to score some for me on a recent trip to Chicago. Can't say that I'm disappointed at all! Smooth easy drinking APA, my first from Deschutes and hopefully not my last! Would seek some out again for sure, but probably wouldn't go bonkers if I didn't have it.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mjurney
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of TheKitten
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,134 ratings.