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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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very good

3,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,087
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 129
Gots: 357 | 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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Photo of Sicem99
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 1.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, floral notes, malts, and caramel. There is also a touch of grapefruit juice and zest. It ends with a malty lightly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - Nothing groundbreaking, just a very solid and drinkable APA. I can see how this beer will appeal to just about any beer drinker. It might be a little too sweet to have more than a few of them though.

Photo of waffles
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells very mellow. Maybe it's because the only beers I've had from Deschutes have been of the Big n' Bad variety, but I was unconsciously expecting this one's aroma to have a bit more oomph. As is, you got a nice, medium-hopped APA, with light nodes of grapefruit and pine against a surprisingly heavy, thick malt.

Tastewise, the malt is still heavy and thick, but not a bad or syrupy way. Things start off bready, then get piney, then there's a very nice finish of doughy yeast, citrus, and caramel. The yeast *really* brings everything together, and the chewy backend keeps things plenty interesting throughout the duration of the bomber.

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of drh1382
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copperish-golden color with an eggshell colored soapy head. Decent head retention with some glass lacing. Hints of lemon and a raisen or two in the bouquet. Perhaps a raisen bread pudding. Certainly nothing obtrusive for the olfactory to experience. Nice, mild flavor with lemon citrus being noted most easily. At first, I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel. I wanted it to be a little more wet. But, after having given the beer a few pulls, I realize that the scrubbiness and just the faintest dustiness accentuate the flavor of the beer. There is more of a bitter feeling on the back of the tongue rather than a discernable flavor at the finish, if you will. I like it. I wish it was just a fudge cheaper though.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of calmond72
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DM1293
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a hop into a nice sweet, slightly toasty malt. I don't get enough of the hop flavor aside from the initial quick bite. Its really hard to describe, its pretty simple stuff in my opinion, but I really like it.

If you're looking for hop, stick to the Inversion or Red Chair, but if you're looking for malt, this is worth a try.

Photo of GJonesy
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DWarcher
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a wine glass. best by 5/5/12.

pours out a bright golden orange color with some slight haze and slight sediment visible. a nice retentive white head with both big and tight bubbles, very nice lace as well.

biscuity, slightly buttery malt is mostly noticable. a light leafy, citric, herbal hop under the malt. smells pretty clean and simple.

a nice balance. buttery, biscuity malts are cut with a leafy citric, slightly herbal hop. some hop bitterness in the finish, but not really on par with some of my more favorite pale ales.

medium to light in body. very easy drinking, almost a bit refreshing.

i maybe expected a bit more from this great brewery, one of my favorites. but a good session beer non the less, i can definatly see the mass appeal. this is not something i would buy again, but id definatly put one back with ease if offered.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,087 ratings.