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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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2,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,675
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 214 | 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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Photo of bbb099


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Common pale ale look. Clear, light copper color. Light tan colored head with nice lacing.

S - Pretty strong aroma of piny and floral hops.

T - Great flavor of herbal hops that comes through first. The malt then oozes in and counter the hops pretty well with its caramel sweetness. Goes down in a refreshing sweet and bitter combination leaving traces of hops that makes you crave more.

M - Medium high carbonation. Medium bodied.

D - Smooth and just the right amount of malt.

02-02-2011 04:04:58 | More by bbb099
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev 0%

On-tap at The Vig in Phoenix, AZ.

Pours a clear and light copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of bread along with floral and slightly grassy hops. As the beer warms citrus hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by citrus and slightly earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn more herbal, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer for the style but it's nothing special. Worth a shot.

01-31-2011 19:52:26 | More by glid02
Photo of SirRuss


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

A - bright copper with a light haze and white head. Retention is ok, and so too is the lacing.

S - delicate blossom and floral scents with a subtle sugary background remind me of the barely present aromas of a rose-petal panna cotta. Gentle citrus notes also float within the airy aroma, and although the overall impression is pleasant, its lack of presence sheds credit points.

T - The palate expresses similar characteristics portrayed on the nose, but with slightly more impact. The balance is perhaps the best aspect of the overall profile, with relatively bold hop bitterness being well supported by an appropriate level of bready maltiness. However, despite this increased intensity, the brew is again somewhat lacking; this time in complexity.

M - Solid, but far from mind-blowing. It does exactly what it should - nothing more, nothing less.

D&O - The intensity and weight of this brew offers the opportunity to sink them one after another without a second thought, and it is within this characteristic that its dichotomy exists. There's not really enough in the glass to stimulate prolonged interest or that second thought, yet it is interesting enough to not bore you to death. Consequently, MP is best summed up as worthy of attention - just not the center of it. A solid session brew only.

01-29-2011 01:42:05 | More by SirRuss
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks! Freshness date: 3/08/11
A - Very nice, white fluffy head that dissipates to nothing on top of a light amber. Not much lacing.
S - Super floral smell. Rose petals, anyone? Hints of pear and similar fruit as well.
T - Light fruit that dances across the palate followed by a slight punch of bitterness. Grainy bready finish. Somewhat sweet aftertaste with a bit of bread again .
MF - Fairly sharp carbonation, I would tone it down just slightly. Still, very refreshing though.
D - Very easy to drink. Expected, given the ABV.

01-28-2011 00:55:03 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of nataku00


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Clear golden orange with three fingers of off white head. Head receded to about a finger, leaving a little lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is fairly weak, mostly light biscuit malt, a bit of citrus peel and slightly herbal hops.

Taste is on the sweeter side upfront, biscuit malts, finishing with citrus and herbal hops. Not too much of an aftertaste on this one.

Light bodied and very well carbonated. Refreshing and sessionable, great with a meal or to quench thirst.

01-26-2011 06:38:48 | More by nataku00
Photo of bizzlebrew


4/5  rDev +2.6%

This pours up to a nice 1-2 finger head with a nice burnt orange/copper color.

The smell is very slight, but the little aroma there is comes from the hops.

The beer has a fizzy type of mouth feel that leads to a nice, not to bitter aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable IPA and well worth the money.

01-25-2011 01:26:40 | More by bizzlebrew
Photo of bfields4


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a somewhat dark golden. Light off white frothy head.

Pine and citrus. Not much malt presence.

Citrus hops are well pronounced in the flavor. Orange and lemony. Good flavors not very complex, but done well. A bit of the sweet malt presence sneaks up on you.

Good level of carbonation. Easy drinker. Really solid brew. Deschutes does a phenomenal job with all their lineup.

01-24-2011 00:05:24 | More by bfields4
Photo of robwestcott


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

thanks to ivanwho and the Noob BIF round 2 for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle a honey gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

aroma floral hops, citrus and sweet malts in the wayback.

subtle earthy hops up front with a hint of ripe peaches and a bitter aftertaste toward the roof of the mouth. caramel malts provide a decent balance to the bitter hops.

subtle bitter, light bodied, high carbonation, slick.

drinkable - yep, but not a favorite.

01-19-2011 03:10:08 | More by robwestcott
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance is good, nice one and a half finger head that disappears within two minutes. Nice lacing throughout the glass. Great amber/golden color. Smell is hoppy, citrus and floral notes are picked up on the nose, but very vague. In the taste the hops are neutralized to some extent by the sweet maltyness, I also start to pick up a taste of fruit, I think I get grapefruit. I can't quite tell which taste is most present, it really just blends nicely all together. The three tastes make for a really nice beer. The drinkability isn't bad, I don't want to drink a hundred, but it is very drinkable and easy to go down.

01-18-2011 04:42:35 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of Scotchboy


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Deshutes Mirror Pond, 12oz bottle, mug

Pours a slightly hazy dirty straw color. 1 finger fluffy off white head that sticks around with a few swirls of the mug.

Smell: spicy earthy aromatic hops, a little citrus.

Taste is mostly hops, some slightly subdued bite and bitterness. I pull out a little grapefruit buts it's mostly an earthy hop. Not overhopped or overbitter but definite hop prescence.

Feels creamy and carbonated.

Refreshing enough and I've had this as a session beer in the past.

01-17-2011 18:44:37 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of bmwats


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pure amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a substantial beer ring and a little blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of lacing remains as you drink.

S: Floral malt, with a slight sweet smell of honey and pine nuts.

T: Pale pungent malt. Very woody and heady. Light hop tone with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. The hop note lingers throughout the experience. Sharp, dry finish.

D: Great sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Appearance is nothing too exciting, but has a nice amber hue, foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is not complex, but a nice floral malt. Flavor, similarly, not complex; but done well. Pungent malt with woody and slightly sweet hope notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

01-16-2011 07:24:16 | More by bmwats
Photo of busternuggz


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Clear coppery-orange color with a 1/4" off-white bubbly head that recedes to a frothy layer. Leaves some spotty lacing.
Big, juicy, hoppy smells of tangerine, passion fruit, a little honey, some pine sap.
Bold but well balanced taste, if not particularly nuanced. There's some grapefruit, grass, and pine on the finish. Pleasant bitterness, nice clean aftertaste. Finishes pretty dry.
Light bodied and clean texture, a little too thin.
Pretty drinkable, a little big for a pale ale but I could still down a few.
I like the boldness but would appreciate more complexity. Still, a tasty beer.

01-14-2011 21:26:50 | More by busternuggz
Photo of nrbw23


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Pours a nice slightly hazy burnt orange with a ok sized white head. Head is gone in a flash and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

S- Quite a bit of malts jumping out at me and then finally I'm getting the hops. A good balance malts and hops. The bottle says cascade and I believe it.

T- A very good balancing act going on here betweent he malts and hops. A bit of citrus comes out toward the end and a bit of pepper.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- I found this one to be really easy to drink. I like what's going on here.

01-13-2011 09:16:33 | More by nrbw23
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Orange-cooper pour with a egg shell head, that didn't last long. great lacing as I consume.
I'm picking up in floral and citrus. Hops linger in the mouth for a couple minutes and slowly fade into a nice, mellow finish.
Maybe a bit to carbonated, still, easy drinking and a good starter to convert your freinds to craft/micro-brews.

01-13-2011 03:21:45 | More by spree92
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

I just like this beer, that simple. It is darn good and caught me by surprise. It shouldnt have though as anything from Deschutes is good. The colour is nice and the nose is good but the taste is fantastic. It has just enough hops to really stand out but not enough to overpower it. Turns out I love the citrusy flavours of Cascade hops.

If you are looking for a nice hoppy ale that goes down real easy, this is a beer for you, and if you havent tried a Deschutes beer, you are missing out. Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon, while you sit in the snow on the top of your local mountain.

01-13-2011 01:56:23 | More by LazyL
Photo of GBB


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Mirror mirror on the...er, pond. Pours a light orange color with a shade of amber/coppery color. Limited foam even with a helpful pour. Not much on retention as well.

The smell is limited overall but most noticeable is the grainy malty aroma. Some hints of caramel and toffee but very light. Some underlining hop notes, mostly a zesty citrus and grassy note. Some underlining almost sour note but could be from the malt.

The taste is similar to the nose. A malty grainy flavor up front but then balanced with a slight caramel and toffee notes. Some lingering flavors into the finish. The hops come out a bit more than the nose. More of a citrus and piney note with a hint of grass. There is a dry finish, and a light biscuit like taste in the finish. Some hints of yeast but mostly clean.

The body is limited and I think its more because of the dry finish. This does help bring the hops out more in the taste though. CO2 is good. Overall a good APA.

01-10-2011 21:31:21 | More by GBB
Photo of leedorham


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Pours a lighter orange with a thin white head. Very clear.

S - Hops, but not citrusy as I've seen others state. Definitely floral with some pine.

T - Good balance in this offering. There is a definite malt backbone and the hop flavor is floral much like the aroma.

M - A bit thin, makes the carbonation feel harsh.

D - Very drinkable, this is a nice pale for a casual setting or with a meal.

01-10-2011 16:04:09 | More by leedorham
Photo of diomz88


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

S: Citrusy and malty in smell.
A: Amber in color, hazy, one finger whittish head that recedes right away.
T: citrusy and malty in taste. Bitterness is light.
M: light bodied, light to med carbonation. dry,
D: Well balanced, a drinkable beer.Like it.

01-10-2011 04:34:36 | More by diomz88
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

At Aces & Ales, Las Vegas.

Amber color (I think, it's dark in here) with a thin white head. Few lacey splashes left by a collared retention. Aroma is fresh cascade, fruity toasted malt and beautiful hop resin like pine pitch. Taste is beautifully toasted malt with bubble gum and hop spice. A little dry cracker in back.

I love Deschutes.

01-09-2011 02:06:39 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of tmcelvain


2.85/5  rDev -26.9%

L: gold; slight copper with a medium head.
S: Malty, with a faint yeasty smell.
T: Good balance between malts and hops, but I am overwhelmed by a sour yeastiness. Bad tap line, or have I just lost my taste for Pale Ales? Don't think so as I have recently had others that I had no problem with.
M: Just fine - refreshing with a mild carbonation.
D: Low because of my taste, but it seems like a well put together beer.

01-06-2011 04:34:45 | More by tmcelvain
Photo of brewerburgundy


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best by 3/8/11.

Darker orange amber beer with a standard pale ale colored head. The lacing is consistently adhered to the glass in dots.

Big biscuit malt aroma with a healthy complement of floral and citric hops. There is a little caramel sweetness and the hops are sweetly resinous.

The flavors largely follow suit and the bitterness is good but not harsh. Light citrus, big floral, and lots of biscuit.

Soft on the palate, but not at all flat. Just right for a Pale Ale, though it feels a bit English.

My first one went down exceedingly quickly. I bet brand new fresh Mirror Pond is bomb and a rival to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I'm glad I know what I was passing up all those times that I chose something else.

01-06-2011 01:43:21 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of zeff80


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Ah, Cascade hops! Floral and piney! There are underlying notes of sweet caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of piney, grassyhops with a sharp bite of bitterness. There is a burnt toast caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

D - This is great. Looking forward to trying more Deschutes beers.

01-05-2011 02:23:06 | More by zeff80
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Bottle poured into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Light, translucent amber with a light, two-finger head.

S - I can really only smell the hops.

T - Not too bitter -- even less than expected for a pale ale. I think it has a nice, balanced hoppy taste.

M - Pretty dry as you might expect from a pale ale, but not so much that it takes away from the experience overall.

D - I could drink this all night, especially during the summer.

01-04-2011 11:18:54 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of ronniebruner


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

This is an overly hopped beer, which to me is sometimes a good thing. This beer is hoppy, with a grassy, earthy mouthfeel, a golden yellow color with just the right amount of head and carbonation, and is pretty smooth if served very chilled. This beer loses its flavor the warmer it gets. It is very refreshing, and is obviously made by people who know what they're doing. Deschutes usually tends to put out a great product, and this is no exception.

01-04-2011 02:50:48 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of fsimcox


3.28/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured a golden amber with little to no foam with little lacing. Seemed flat from the beginning.

Smell is faint hops and a hint of citrus and pine with earth over tones. Overall weak!

Taste is hops, lemon and citrus with a lemony finish. A smooth not bitter lemony after taste.

Mouth feel is smooth with some carbonation. But a little disappointing!

Overall a good IPA but not as good as SN.

12-29-2010 14:29:27 | More by fsimcox
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,675 ratings.