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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

2,706 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 112
Gots: 222 | 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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budgood1

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

pours out a hazy cooper and bronze colour with a half inch thick off-white head with great retention. nice lace. flowery, perfumy, citrus tinged hoppy aroma with a nice toffee and caramel malt base. taste pretty much follows up on what the nose had to offer...a bite of lemony hop bitterness gives way to some solid base maltiness...all nicely balanced and approachable. nothing overly flavourful but solid nonetheless. the body of this pale ale has some girth to it, a bit more than usual for the style which therefore leads to a mouthfeel that is rich and slippery with a quick snap of bitterness for good measure. drinkability is nice...it seems to drink "bigger" than your run of the mill pale ale.

my first deschutes offering and i'm impressed. nicely balanced and would be a perfect compliment to some spicy food or hot wings.

02-11-2011 23:11:24 | More by budgood1
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soju6

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Has a clean aroma of herbs and fresh grain with a touch of citrus. Very inviting.

T: Starts with a mild fruit flavor then some bitterness with a bit of sweetness mixed in. Quite dry finish.

F: Medium body,clean crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

D: Great drinker. A excellant example of the style.

02-10-2011 23:24:01 | More by soju6
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kinupanda

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a nice, hearty amber-orange with a lingering half- to one-finger head that provides some lacing through the first half of drinking. A subtle scent of hops and some floral tones, but mainly malt with spice. The taste is a sweet (possibly caramel) maltiness with good hops that provide an almost-IPA bitterness. Moderately light carbonation and relatively smooth.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH. Not bad at all. As an IPA fan, I find this to be a good balance of some bitterness in a slightly more subtle and sweeter package.

02-09-2011 22:06:18 | More by kinupanda
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Chill hazed orange copper. Golden edges. Big dense offwhite head. Decent retention. Thin bubble-etched lacing.

Cascade citrus, some pine and resin. Sweet caramel, toasted bread. Not hoppy enough to bump to next level for me.

Juicy citrus, slight pine and apricot. Some sweet caramel and lightly toasted bread. Pleasant bitterness. Above average.

Medium-light body. Feels a bit thin. Slow carbonation. Some dryness at the end.

Solid and drinkable pale ale. Sessionable. Not top notch, but very pleasant.

02-09-2011 20:44:09 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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mdunman

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Hazy amber that pours a thick head than disappeared quickly but had plenty of linger

S: Hops, malt, spices and a bit of lemon

T: Great balance of hops and malt to provide a very enjoyable flavor

M: Medium body with a bit of carbonation makes for a good feel.

Overall this was an enjoyable pale ale. Had a great balance of flavor and is just a bit more hops away from hitting IPA level.

02-05-2011 01:21:49 | More by mdunman
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Duff27

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

A- Pours a medium copper/red with a solid one-fingered head. Excellent lacing for a pale ale.

S- Floral hops.

T- Caramel malts with a short biting, but mostly subdued hops.

M- On the watery side of things it seems. Everyone is claiming good to great carbonation but I'm just not getting that. Hmm. Loses points here :/

D/O- Besides the mouthfeel misstep, this is a very drinkable Pale Ale. I believe this is the first time I've had this beer and I am quite enjoying it. I like Deschutes.

02-04-2011 04:13:55 | More by Duff27
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bbb099

California

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
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glid02

Georgia

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
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SirRuss

California

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
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mountsnow1010

Vermont

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
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nataku00

California

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
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bizzlebrew

Minnesota

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
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bfields4

Colorado

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
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robwestcott

Indiana

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
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

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
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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
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bmwats

Louisiana

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
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busternuggz

California

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
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nrbw23

Ohio

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
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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
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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
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GBB

Colorado

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
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leedorham

Washington

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
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diomz88

California

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
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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
Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.