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Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 186 | 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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OscarO67

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-14-2011 20:36:55 | More by OscarO67
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-13-2011 01:37:23 | More by Beertracker
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-12-2011 23:16:03 | More by drummermattie02
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Yagman3000

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served into a Brooklyn goblet. Part of a tasting with fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears an apricot orange color in the glass. There's a little sudsy head in it. It looks like it might carry a little weight despite its timid abv.

Smells of apricots with tangerines coming through behind it. I think it puts forth a decent hop profile for a straight pale ale.

Tastes pretty crisp and clean. There's a tight citric tone to this beer. I almost pick up some cider-like apple tones.

It's mouthfeel doesn't jump out as a stronger attribute. It doesn't have much staying power. It has a bit of a dust on its way out as well.

An ok beer in my opinion but, as a lover of double IPAs, I feel like I'm jaded against less bold statements out of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:38:25 | More by Yagman3000
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cosmicevan

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened alongside a fresh hop mirror pond with yagman. best by 12/28/2011 (opened a fresh hop too best by 12/11/2011 - tomorrow). thanks ricoch3t/cfh64 and MADhombrewer!

a - classic orange into a brooklyn snifter. not much head...some scattered lacing on the glass. swirling the glass builds a frothy foamy head...almost like an ipa. a twin to the fresh hop, but upon closer inspection the fresh hop is darker and deeper with visible steady carbonation.

s - nice malt with a hint of sweaty hopping in the background. faint bitterness at the end of the nose. classic pale ale. the fresh hop was way more aggressive in the sweaty hop smell (duh) and sweetness, but they were both very nice.

t - very good classic pale ale with nice bittering at the end. this is subtle bittering at its finest. this is a great first step beer for bringing someone over to the ipa darkside. solid earthy malt with good hopping balance...more on the sweaty side, but very much in the backseat of the flavor. the fresh hop is obviously more hop forward and sweeter. i find that i enjoy it more than the mirror pond, but the mirror pond is more classic pale ale.

m - medium bodied. good carbonation...a bit of a macro shine in the maltiness backend. not as thick as the fresh hop, but probably easier to throw back several of. fresh hop was also more fizzy.

o - overall...great pale ale, wish this was a local. i continue to be impressed by deschutes. the fresh hop was an interesting take on the beer and another that i'd pick up regularly...but the mirror pond just seems so accessible that it would be the kind of beer that would just always be in the fridge. nice job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:33:53 | More by cosmicevan
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dcbike

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-11-2011 03:13:47 | More by dcbike
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randalem

California

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-10-2011 23:44:48 | More by randalem
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MrBatman

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-10-2011 05:00:41 | More by MrBatman
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Popp24

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-09-2011 19:49:10 | More by Popp24
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-08-2011 22:08:32 | More by tbeq00
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Anew

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-08-2011 20:53:26 | More by Anew
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kornkid8600

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-08-2011 07:29:41 | More by kornkid8600
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boku56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-08-2011 02:26:15 | More by boku56
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-08-2011 02:12:31 | More by dwaz
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-07-2011 22:47:47 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Unchi

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-07-2011 17:41:35 | More by Unchi
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leprakhan

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-07-2011 08:02:40 | More by leprakhan
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

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

"Brewed on" date clearly marked on label. Poured into a stange glass.

Orange body with a tint of amber under two fingers of nearly white head that laces amazingly and retains well.

The aroma has a juicy handful of citrus and tropical fruits with malty sweetness underneath. A little swirl brings up some subtle yeast notes and more hops.

The flavor is long and well crafted. It begins with a bitter snap followed with some fresh bold hops of the classic northwest variety. Before long some deep toasty malts wash all over the hops and bring (as the label for once accurately states) a deft balance. The aftertaste is a medley of hops and pale malts.

The mouthfeel is down the middle of the road, with neither more of less carbonation than usual. Medium bodied.

Conclusion: I would expect nothing less than a great pale ale from a brewery with as a good a track record as Deschutes. This is a great pale ale from an outstanding brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:21:43 | More by allforbetterbeer
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2011 13:28:28 | More by ROGUE16
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Mtnbeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2011 02:12:24 | More by Mtnbeerman
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 16:35:56 | More by mhaugo
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jzmaxson27

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to tony223366 for this beer!

Reviewed alongside a Fresh Hop Mirror Pond on 12/4/11 from a bottle dated best by 02/07/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice translucent orange with a pale white frothy cap of about 1 finger. The head quickly dissapates, leaving only a thing ring behind.

Nose: It smells juicy, but not overpowering. Orange notes dominate, maybe a little lemon zest, the faintest whiff of phenolic alcohol.

Taste: Much more bitter than expected from the nose. The aroma promised orange, but the flavor delivered grapefruit. There is a sharp tartness at the front of the tongue which I quite like, though as it spreads across the palate it morphs into a minerally flavor. This is largely one note however, and the malt characteristic is almost non existant here. For some reason, as I sip on it, the product TANG keeps popping in to my head.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but in a refreshing way and not too lacking from it. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: This would be a good summertime drinker for most I think. The predominance of bitter grapefruit in the taste without much to offset it turns me off a bit, but overall it's not a bad beer. Not remarkable, but easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:57:13 | More by jzmaxson27
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mrunseen

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 01:13:56 | More by mrunseen
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kytrios

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-04-2011 01:53:22 | More by kytrios
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ejw127

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-03-2011 22:39:56 | More by ejw127
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,615 ratings.