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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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2,524 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,524
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 103
Gots: 171 | 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

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Photo of Ryan011235


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a nonic pint glass on 3/8/11 at Streets of London, Sacramento, CA

Nice, deep amber color. Pale and burnt. Honey-gold highlights. Mostly clear. 1/4th inch head. Thin retention. Drippy, webbed lace.

Full, balanced aroma. Grassy hops with some citric notions; namely orange peel. Toasted malts - bread and biscuit.

Tastes grassy and herbal. Undertones of citrus blend in low in the mix. An earthy, piney, hoppy punch holds up throughout. Orange peel moves into view as it warms up. Toasted bread solidifies the back end.

Medium body with prickly carbonation; though more than I prefer, it accentuates the bitterness. Swirling tames the carbonation a bit. Finishes grassy with a lingering bitterness.

This is a pale ale loaded with flavor and reasonably heavy on the hops. Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 00:01:24 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of philbe311


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of rocky cloud like egg shell colored head... Decent retention... The color is a warm inviting amber... A moderate bit of carbonation... Leaves rings of lace on the glass throughout the session...

S - Loaded with warm bready malts... A touch of citrus... Caramel... Some piney hops...

T - Lots of bready malts... A bit of caramel... Some nuttiness... A very subtle hop bite that is equal parts piney and floral...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Slight carbonation... Clean... Crisp... A bit of lushness...

D - This one is an extremely sessionable American Pale Ale if ever there was one... Slight more assertive than most, but nothing overpowering... Simple... Straight forward... Very effective...

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 02:46:42 | More by philbe311
Photo of corby112


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at London Grill.

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden orange color with golden apricot edges and a frothy two finger soapy white head.  Very good retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Floral hop aroma with lots of earthy pine as well as some faint citrus.  Pale malt backbone with hints of light fruit and straw.  Subtle alcohol.  

Medium bodied but a bit fuller than expected with a somewhat creamy texture.  Subtle floral hop presence up front with faint dryness.  Only slightly bitter with kind of a weaker hop presence than anticipated.  Sweetness underneath with pale malt, grass, straw, apple and pear.  Slight dry finish.  Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 06:51:52 | More by corby112
Photo of garuda


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper, white head that has good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet, bready malt up front, subsiding to pine hops with a touch of citrus.

T - Very nice taste with pine hops up front, a bready malt middle, then finishes with some more bitter pine hops with a touch of citrus, and some caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp finish.

O - I'd definitely get it again, a very good, nicely balanced pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 19:23:14 | More by garuda
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Burger Bar at Mandalay Place in Vegas. Served with a nice little tulip glass...

A: Pours from the 12oz bottle a dusty, light copper; off white head that leaves some nice rings of lace.

S: Light piney hops and biscuit malts... nothing too crazy.

T: Light caramel sweetness and some dry, earthy hops; a touch of grapefruit rind in the hop profile, as well.

M: Medium-bodied with a higher carbonation; a little prickly.

D/O: Refreshing and smooth; a pretty classic example of an American pale ale... good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:24:09 | More by jpro
Photo of inlimbo77


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. No bottle date on this one.

A: Very clear amber color, basically no head even with an aggressive pour, but there is good carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass

S: I smell the florals from the Cascade hops, some malts as well, smells like a really nice PALE

T: Just a really clean beer, no BS in this one, just really crisp, nice hop bite, solid malt backbone, crisp clean finish, not much to complain about

M: Light bodied beer for sure, not muddled at all, doesn't coat the mouth at all, session brew loud and clear

O: This is a great pale ale, crisp clean and delicious, I seem to have enjoyed everything from this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:40:22 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Dope


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour with a good sized fluffy white head. Good lacing. Solid.

S: Lots of bread up front. Some mild citrus and flowers are hiding in the back but most of the aroma is the bready malt. As the beer warms the hops stand out a little more, but are still well balanced with the bread aroma.

T: Light lemons and orange which fades away to strong bready malt flavor. Surprisingly low in bitterness. Very clean aftertaste.

M: Pretty light, the heavy malt flavor on the backend makes it seem heavier than it is I think.

O: Nice, light and tasty and very drinkable. This is a very mild APA and IMO is more suited to the style. I have had some very hoppy APAs that while delicious, are almost indistinguishable from IPAs. This turns the hops down a little and makes it into a nice balanced APA. All around good, but nothing outstanding in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:26:54 | More by Dope
Photo of StaveHooks


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky amber orange color with a yellow tinted head. Tight bubbles and good retention.

S - Yeasty baked bread, caramel/toffee, some acidic fruit.

T - Bisctuity, lemon/orange citrus, sweet pale malt, tart fruit, hops resin creeps in close to the finish and sits on the back of the palate all the way through to the aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium at first but grows fuller towards the swallow.

A good overall APA. Excellent finish with good flavors. Hops provided flavor but didn't kick up bitterness until the last second.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:35:53 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of augustgarage


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Not quite clear Princeton orange body with a perpetual finger of delicate ivory cream forming the head. Pasty even lacing adheres doggedly to the sides of the glass.

Fresh gala apples, a touch of ginger, roses, and mountain air in the nose. So inviting.

Malty palate entry, bready with hints of wheat and alfalfa. Vague licorice root and rye could be in there as well. Moderate bitterness picks up mid-palate suggesting pinecones and river stones which carry on into the finish. Very well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, dark yet crisp.

A great NW APA, even better paired with food (e.g. a high quality burger). Readily overlooked by their porters and stouts, but Deschutes knows how to brew a wide variety of styles with distinction and craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:38:01 | More by augustgarage
Photo of WillCarrera


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, golden/orange with a finger of creamy white head.

S- Floral hops, citrus, some grainy malts.

T- Grainy, sweet malts, citrus, hops are big through the middle and last into the finish with a bitter, wet hop flavor.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish.

O- A very tasty brew, goes great with food, a great session choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 00:56:26 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of AwYeh


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

A: Clear amber-golden color with a finger of frothy off-white head.

S: Light caramel sweetness and slightly bitter floral hops. Nice balance, neither overpowering nor too weak.

T: Hop bitterness is a bit more pronounced here, though it's a shift of balance that makes prolonged drinking of this easier. Biscuity and a bit metallic, with a lingering bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for prolonged sessions with this one. Not that I'm rating it any higher because of this, but the low cost will have me returning to this one soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 05:40:16 | More by AwYeh
Photo of kagent777


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Utah state system, with a best by (give a bottled on date please) of 6-29-11. May not be the freshest.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper colored beer with a head that settled quickly to a film of bubbles in my goblet with a little lacing.

Smell: Mineral metallic floral hop aroma with a biscuit malt backbone.

Taste: Solid extension of the smell. Caramel, biscuit malts play nicely with floral and citrus hops. The metallic note does not appear in the taste.

Mouthfeel: The flavor coat the mouth without overwhelming the senses. The body and carbonation are middling.

Overall: This is a very good APA. Obviously not as intense as an IPA, maybe a good introduction to craft beer for the unwashed.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 03:18:03 | More by kagent777
Photo of molegar76

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams beer glass.

Nice head after poured into Sam Adams beer glass, but almost disappears. Little head left which leaves nice lacing.

Nice appearance, hazy medium auburn, smell light floral/ citrus hoppiness. Hopps not overpowering but present.

TASTE: WOW. Really smooth. Taste of hopps but not overpowering like some pale ales. VERY refreshing. While browsing through my ligour aisle at albertsons and taking way too long to pick from my usuals, my impatient 8 year old said, "Dad, pick something new!" This was the one and no regrets. Good stuff maynard!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:51:00 | More by molegar76
Photo of acelin


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

Poured Into a sniffer at the worst seafood place in Portland, Oregon, Dan and Louis oyster bar. Never go there.

Poured a nice amber color with an average head and average lacing.

Nose was slightly hoppy, reminded me of most pale ales. Faint hints of apple? It was nice.

Taste was pretty good, would have been better had the beer been fresher. The initial flavor is fruity, delicious with strong hop notes. Middle was malty, pale, and very crisp. The finish was again hoppy, with faint fruity malt flavors. By far the easiest drinking pale ale I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was good, going to their Portland pub tonight to have a proper glass.

Overall excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 01:43:51 | More by acelin
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an almost clear amber-gold with over a finger of frothy white head that fades pretty quick and leaves some bands of white lace.

Smell. Lots of toasty light malt and some grassy hops.

Taste. Good toasty, light grains and caramel malt. Citrus fruits - lemons, oranges, grapefruits and lime. Nice

Mouthfeel. Medium-light in body with lower than medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great tasting pale ale. Wish it had a little more carbonation, but that's a pretty minor complaint.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:21:26 | More by Rutager
Photo of jethrodium


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark golden amber with a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is light floral hops as well as some sugar cookie. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable. Taste is very similar to the nose. Some sugar cookies as well as some floral hops. Clean finish with a light bitterness. Light body. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:07:12 | More by jethrodium
Photo of inthebeeraisle


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack of 12 oz bottles. This is a standard of many craft brews in the NW.

A: A nice copper color with a low amount of head, head retention, carbonation and a fairly significant amount of lacing.

S: Nice smell of biscuits. A touch of sweetness as well as an unitimidating hop aroma.

T: A fairly malty flavor that isn't sweet backed up with a smooth hop finish. The hop flavor has a small amount of floral characteristics. Bready flavor is definitely present.

M: Certainly a good body. Nothing too heavy or too light.

O: A good interpretion of an American style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 21:59:39 | More by inthebeeraisle
Photo of ehammond1

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Bright, burnt dark orange and amber. Off-white head. Decent lacing.

Minimal aroma and not overly hoppy. Some grapefruit hop aroma, but not a particularly aromatic beer.

Bready, caramel malts with some piny and grapefruit notes. Very simple.

Medium to thick in the mouth. Easy to drink.

A very balanced, simple American pale ale. A great beer to enjoy with food.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 04:18:27 | More by ehammond1
Photo of cavemanlawyer


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Horse Brass from the cask tap.

Big thick off-white head. Aroma of malt mostly, with just a hint of hops.

Opaque amber hues in color. Lower carbonation than usual due to the cask-style service.

Really enjoyed trying this on cask, although I prefer the Bitter. This had an almost buttery smooth mouthfeel, extremely light and silky.

Drinkability is very high, partly due to the lower alcohol (5%) and also to the mellowness added by the cask-style service.

Nothing really stood out and made me say"wow" but it was a very pleasant experience.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2011 20:09:43 | More by cavemanlawyer
Photo of mattalive


3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall beer glass. Great orange hue with a nice beige foamy head. Nice smell with a small sweet taste...little alcoholy for a 5.0. Mouthful was watery and a bit disappointing considering the color and head. Overall not a bad beer, just wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.... oh well.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:57:53 | More by mattalive
Photo of Azurescens


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with best by date 5/16/11 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/27/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange hue with big fluffy off white head and decent retention that leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass.

S: The first aroma I pick up is some citrus from the hops shortly followed by sweet bread-like pale and caramel malts. Really nice and not overpowering hop presence, near perfect for a pale ale.

T: Hop bitterness and sweet bready malts up front. The hop bitterness fades leaving the citrus hops to blend really well with the sweet malts. Great balance, not overly sweet or bitter.

M: Smooth medium body with tingling carbonation up front.

O: Classic northwest pale ale, great balance between citrus hops and sweet malts. One of my go-to pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:34:18 | More by Azurescens
Photo of tbern007


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

Pours a bright orange/amber. Large white head that is gone fast. Some lacing; light to medium.
S - like cascade hops, grapefruit/citrus.
T - This beer has only Cascade hops and so this is a good one to be able to distinguish these hops in other brews. I really like hops and wish that the hoppiness was stronger but this is a good beer nonetheless. Malt and hops are balanced.
M & D - a bit watery. Finely carbonated - refreshing. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:45:10 | More by tbern007
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish golden color with quite a few bubbles rising lazily to the top as if this beer was really big. The bubbles don't stick once they make it to the top, so there is just a small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is some pretty solid lave left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The American hops are showcased in this beer as you would expect, but there is also a solid toasty and somewhat sweet caramel background that is also very well done. The aroma is clean and inviting.

Taste: The flavor is a nice blend of hops and malt to interplay on the palate for what seems like forever. There is a lot of flavor here for a 5%ABV beer. The hops are ultimately the dominating force from the initial part of the sip to the finish. In the finish, it seems like they are playing on the water a bit to come across a bit harsh in the aftertaste. Perhaps it is just attenuation, but there is some dryness that you get late after the sip that I am not really fond of.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. The aroma especially is nice and is a bit like a potpourri with a sweet malty edge to it that I enjoyed. Otherwise, the flavor is also good and well blended, I just think that there is something going on with the water to make the hops have that edge. Regardless, I have a 6-pack of this beer and I am not going to let it go to waste, I assure you.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 00:54:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of cyrock1


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale Amber with hints of orange and a one inch fluffy/creamy white head.

Smell: Nice medium malt aroma with light hops in the background.

Taste: Hop attack from the start to the finish, not astringent but assertive with mild malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation starts light but builds to a creshendo with the hop profile.

Overall: Very solid pale ale, love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 06:07:14 | More by cyrock1
Photo of cleolicious


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a small white foam head. Bursting scent of fruits and malts. Tastes exactly how it smells with a slight edge of hops. A bit carbonated. has a smooth but brisk mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink. No alcohol taste. Would be great with pasta and cream flavored sauces or fish. Just a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:47:37 | More by cleolicious
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,524 ratings.